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E.J. Dionne Jr.
His latest anti-poverty proposal again falls short.
The public knows it’s not getting what it wants from its politicians. But it has little idea about what it does want.
Studies suggest that practical steps to reverse the trend miss the main problem: lack of motivation.
President Obama prefers campaign-style speeches to the gravitas of an Oval Office address.
George F. Will
In Oregon, Monica Wehby has a chance to unseat the Democratic incumbent.
Americans are getting more liberal on marijuana, but not on booze.
Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan
Democrats could very well lose the Senate but gain governor’s seats.
The move could set up a potential contempt battle between the White House and the House oversight committee.
The Washington Post is seeking input from federal workers and contractors whose jobs now require security clearance.
A new poll shows Americans don’t think any issue is particularly important right now.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) offered the top White House political adviser an opportunity to avoid testifying before his committee.
Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) has been exposed as a plagiarist. But his campaign claims it was a simple “mistake.“
Israel must uphold its responsibilities.
Obama seems to believe in his strategy of passivity.
Readers react to previous Federal Diary columns, speaking their minds on IRS,VA and senior executives.
Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
The senator may be a lame duck, but he can still fly to Europe.
His new anti-poverty plan reveals changes in tone and rhetoric.
His campaign still says this was an “unintentional mistake.” That’s really hard to believe.
Obama’s foes make every foreign policy issue about him.
Republicans have expressed reservations about providing the money without a better explanation for how the funds would be used.
Recent third-party candidacies have followed a similar arc.
The inspector general hits the Agriculture Department over a $34.4 million program to grow and process soybeans in Afghanistan
Access to the president continues to constrict. This is a very bad thing.
Why this case is different.
Americans say they hate Congress. They won’t change it, though.
More than half of people who plan to vote Republican say it is a vote against the president.
House panel considers easing suspension, firing of federal employees in the Senior Executive Service.
IRS officials filed court statements about the agency’s efforts to recover Lerner’s files. Find out what they said.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. It turns out his math is accurate.
Sen. Charles Schumer’s suggestion to go to a “jungle primary” system won’t do what he hopes.
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