Politics

What Greater Cause?

In his latest book, The American Spirit, historian David McCullough had the rare privilege of addressing a joint session of Congress in 1989.

McCullough has observed much in his 84 years, and written much more about the past in books, and the present in … Read More

In Good Conscience

Jeff Flake is the junior U.S. Senator from Arizona whose recent book, Conscience of a Conservative, has received some harsh criticism, mostly from conservatives.

“A Book by A Fake Conservative with No Conscience.” – The Tennessee Star

“Jeff Flake is no Barry Goldwater. He’s Read More

After watching events unfold in Las Vegas last Sunday – now the largest mass shooting in U.S. history – I went to my archives to see how many commentaries I’d written about gun control.

It’s an issue I have revisited several times, maybe eight or … Read More

Trump v. Ethics

“The law’s totally on my side, the president can’t have a conflict of interest.” – President-Elect Trump,  New York Times interview, November, 2016

During the 2016 campaign, Trump spoke dozens of times on Twitter and at rallies that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, should be prosecuted … Read More

“If the National Football League players want to take a knee, they should take a knee at night, every night, and thank God in heaven Donald J. Trump is president of the United States… He’s done such a tremendous job…” – Steve Bannon, former W.H. … Read More

Steve Bannon wants you to know that he’s a “good Catholic.”

Given his M.O. as an extremist flamethrower, I find that more than a little unsettling, and I’m sure Pope Francis is rolling his eyes about now.

Bannon also describes himself as a “street fighter.” … Read More

In the final part of my conversation with Representative Salud Carbajal (D-CA-24) from July 29, we discuss principles, money in politics and avoiding partisan traps.

Lichtman: Here’s one thing that frustrates many voters, me included: political decision-making appears to be calculated toward getting re-elected where … Read More