D.C. Water Cooler
Political News from inside the Beltway, from the steps of the capitol to the basement of the Smithsonian.
Articles in this feature
Aug 18, 2011
Nutty Ames Straw Poll Isn't Iowa—Not Even Close
Don’t judge Iowa by the Straw Poll. It’s play acting. The Corn Poll reveals what real folks are thinking.
Aug 11, 2011
Broken Government: The Speech Obama Should Give
The President needs to make the next election a referendum on obstructionism.
Jul 21, 2011
American Exceptionalism Fuels Republican Obstructionism
If you want to understand Republican obstructionism, look no further than American exceptionalism.
Jul 07, 2011
Rupert Murdoch Runs From his Own Shadow
Something’s rotten in London. Something owned by Rupert Murdoch.
Jun 30, 2011
Bill Clinton Steps in After Congress Fails
Congress fails to create jobs so Bill Clinton steps in.
Jun 23, 2011
Obama Signals Era of Permanent War
What President Obama didn’t say about Afghanistan is both tragic and troubling.
Jun 16, 2011
An Oasis of Brilliance in Arizona’s Desert Full of Crazy
Believe it or not, Arizona takes the lead with a smart new public policy idea.
Jun 09, 2011
Prude Nation Meets Anthony’s Weiner
Anthony Weiner sexted with his pals and our collective head exploded. How embarrassing.
Jun 02, 2011
War on Drugs an Epic Fail, Says New Report by World Leaders
World leaders say we lost the war on drugs. Now what?
May 26, 2011
The Lingering Bush Economic Hangover
New economic analysis reveals we don’t have a spending problem; we have a George Bush problem.
May 19, 2011
Republicans Candidates Fear Drowning by Teabag
Republican presidential candidates don't want Dick Armey's Tea Party to ruin their future electability. So they wait...
May 12, 2011
The Republican Reptile Brain, Now with Science!
Your crazy, right-wing uncle has a genetic reason why he shrieks like Chicken Little. The science behind conservative thinking.
May 05, 2011
Mission Accomplished—Now Come Home
Mission creep threatens to make us a nation permanently at war. If that happens, we lose.
Apr 28, 2011
Judgment Day for Birthers
To a political junkie, the atmospherics of the President's news conference were awe inspiring. By 11PM, Trump was KO'd.
Apr 21, 2011
What Democrats Must Say to Win the 2012 Election
The next election will turn on what voters believe about five issues. With a clear message, Democrats can win.
Apr 07, 2011
The Republican Conspiracy to Cut Your Wages
What do Republican proposals all have in common? Lowering your wages.
Mar 31, 2011
The Koch Brothers Are Getting Nervous
The Koch brothers are getting nervous about a boycott.
Mar 24, 2011
The Tea Party's Mad Hatters are Back
The tea party B-Team is back. And who’s paying Ginny Thomas’ latest salary anyway?
Mar 17, 2011
A Marijuana Policy that will Blow your Mind
What if marijuana makes you more productive at work?
Mar 10, 2011
Newt Gingrich Offers a Moron Test to America’s Christians
Newt Gingrich thinks America's Christians aren't too bright.