Mark Shields / Politics

When Money Speaks, the Truth Is Silent

Let's hear a round of applause. When this year's last negative TV ad has been aired and the last check, from an anonymous donor, has finally been cashed, 2014 -- at a total price tag of close to $4 billion -- will have been the most expensive ...

Premature Postmortems

Grantland Rice, a popular American sportswriter of the first half of the 20th century, gave us an often-quoted homily to sportsmanship: "For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, he writes -- not that you won or lost -- but ...

Recognizing Heroes in Our Midst

That terrifying Tuesday morning, now 14 Septembers ago, when terrorists connected to al-Qaida hijacked jetliners and drove them into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center will be forever with us -- just as we can never forget the 343 ...

Truly Right From the Start

In September 2002, before the Bush administration got its green light from a supine Congress and a full six months before the United States would actually invade Iraq, he wrote in The Washington Post, confronting directly the "neoconservatives ...

An Obvious Republican Front-Runner

Let me admit upfront that I have a real soft spot for people who dare to run for public office. For most of us, life is a series of quiet successes or setbacks. If you and I are the two finalists to be promoted to regional manager and you get the ...