Monday, January 28, 2013
A 12-Step Program for the Republican Party By Tim Alberta and Jim O’Sullivan
Some addicts are confronted through an intervention. Others run to Oprah. In the case of a political party that appears to have lost the capacity to win national elections, redemption starts with establishing something called the Growth and Opportunity Project, a five-member group tasked with identifying the party’s foremost problems and solutions for moving forward. Consider it the Washington version of a cry for help.
The GOP has finally admitted it has a problem winning over voters. Here’s how to get the party back on track.

A 12-Step Program for the Republican Party
By Tim Alberta and Jim O’Sullivan

Some addicts are confronted through an intervention. Others run to Oprah. In the case of a political party that appears to have lost the capacity to win national elections, redemption starts with establishing something called the Growth and Opportunity Project, a five-member group tasked with identifying the party’s foremost problems and solutions for moving forward. Consider it the Washington version of a cry for help.

The GOP has finally admitted it has a problem winning over voters. Here’s how to get the party back on track.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Our January 19, 2013 magazine cover.

Our January 19, 2013 magazine cover.

Monday, January 21, 2013
Our pictures of inauguration day in Washington.

Our pictures of inauguration day in Washington.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
President Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy at the inaugural parade in 1953.See 19 more historic inauguration photos.

President Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy at the inaugural parade in 1953.

See 19 more historic inauguration photos.

A Hoax, A Doper, and the Decline in Public Faith By Ron Fournier
Stories like these leave knots in our stomachs, because we so desperately want to believe our sports heroes are pure. We have the audacity to hope, too, that our politicians are at least competent. It’s the same for movie stars, CEOs, pastors, generals, teachers, cops and leaders of all sorts: We build them up and break them down because we expect so much out of our national institutions.
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A Hoax, A Doper, and the Decline in Public Faith
By Ron Fournier

Stories like these leave knots in our stomachs, because we so desperately want to believe our sports heroes are pure. We have the audacity to hope, too, that our politicians are at least competent. It’s the same for movie stars, CEOs, pastors, generals, teachers, cops and leaders of all sorts: We build them up and break them down because we expect so much out of our national institutions.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Why Obama’s White-Guy Problem Seems Worse Than It IsBy Jill Lawrence
Who would have thought the nation’s first black president would have an optics problem? But his parade of second-term nominations so far is white, male, and of a certain average age (62.3, to be exact), and The New York Times is taking note with an article and a photo that shows Obama meeting with 10 men.
But a confluence of factors is making the frat-house syndrome seem worse than it is. See 4 reasons why.

Why Obama’s White-Guy Problem Seems Worse Than It Is
By Jill Lawrence

Who would have thought the nation’s first black president would have an optics problem? But his parade of second-term nominations so far is white, male, and of a certain average age (62.3, to be exact), and The New York Times is taking note with an article and a photo that shows Obama meeting with 10 men.

But a confluence of factors is making the frat-house syndrome seem worse than it is. See 4 reasons why.

Friday, January 4, 2013
The Notable and Quotable Barney FrankBy Elahe Izadi 
Now-retired Rep. Barney Frank said he’d be interested in filling Sen. John Kerry’s seat until a special election in later this year. And if it actually happens — political junkies could be in for a treat.
Here’s a compilation of the most provocative Frank quotes.
(Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP)


The Notable and Quotable Barney Frank

By Elahe Izadi

Now-retired Rep. Barney Frank said he’d be interested in filling Sen. John Kerry’s seat until a special election in later this year. And if it actually happens — political junkies could be in for a treat.

Here’s a compilation of the most provocative Frank quotes.

(Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP)

Was a baby sworn into the Senate yesterday? Very cute video of the swearing in of Senator Chris Murphy.


Why Is Pennsylvania’s Governor Suing the NCAA?By Naureen Khan
With his approval ratings languishing in the 30s and the Penn State scandal one of the major albatrosses hanging around his neck ahead of his re-election campaign, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to file a federal lawsuit contesting the NCAA sanctions is viewed by his detractors as a last ditch attempt to rehabilitate his image in a state where the university still holds considerable cultural currency.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Why Is Pennsylvania’s Governor Suing the NCAA?

By Naureen Khan

With his approval ratings languishing in the 30s and the Penn State scandal one of the major albatrosses hanging around his neck ahead of his re-election campaign, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to file a federal lawsuit contesting the NCAA sanctions is viewed by his detractors as a last ditch attempt to rehabilitate his image in a state where the university still holds considerable cultural currency.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Thursday, January 3, 2013
lesfiscalmiserables:

Submission by Alex K.

Our reporter, Elahe, made it into a meme!
(PS: If you missed her fiscal cliff haiku project, you’re going to want to check this out.)

lesfiscalmiserables:

Submission by Alex K.

Our reporter, Elahe, made it into a meme!

(PS: If you missed her fiscal cliff haiku project, you’re going to want to check this out.)