Kagan in the garden

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Here's the Sunday print column, slightly expanded...and it's not about the BP spill! Hey, remember Elena Kagan? President Obama's latest... Read more

The fig leaf

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Nobody should be fooled by Joe Barton's staged apology yesterday afternoon. Granted, the Texas Republican congressman disavowed his morning... Read more

So now it's a "shakedown"

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When word got around yesterday afternoon that BP had indeed agreed to establish a $20-billion escrow redemption fund, I knew it was only... Read more

The past as prologue

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Behold the spectacle of a nation spinning its wheels in perpetuity. Here was Barack Obama last night, in the Oval Office: "For decades... Read more

Resolve, not anger

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It's no mystery what President Obama will say tonight, in his first televised Oval Office address. He'll say that the worst man-made environmental... Read more

The long and winding road

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I'm traveling today, with no chance to write. Back tomorrow. Read more

Sea otters and a dead man

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I'll end the week where I began, with the BP oil spill. I wrote on Monday that, according to the government's best estimate, roughly 800... Read more

South Carolina, again

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So I vanish for 24 hours into the deep cool of the Blue Ridge Mountains, having assumed that South Carolina's political cesspool couldn't... Read more