Mark Shields / Politics

Renouncing American Citizenship -- for Profit

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people with all the rights of flesh-and-bone citizens -- beginning, of course, with the First Amendment right to spend unlimited amounts of money in American election campaigns. But...

Exceptionally Good Luck

After enduring lavish praise while receiving an award before a big Hollywood dinner crowd, Jack Benny expertly deflected all the fawning with these words: "I don't deserve this honor, but then I have arthritis and I don't deserve that, either."

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Needed: An Honest Debate on War

Our country in September 2014 needs an open, serious and honest public debate so that this time, we can make an informed decision on whether to once again send Americans into war in Iraq. Tragically, the most recent time, 12 years ago, before ...

A Poll Apart

A long time ago, maybe in the first Eisenhower administration, my precinct committeewoman taught me the unchanging rules of how to respond to public opinion polls. If the polls show your candidate trailing badly, then simply attack polls and ...

Nixon's 'Gift'

The U.S. Supreme Court, including former President Richard Nixon's own appointees, ruled 8-0 that Nixon must turn over 64 tapes of White House conversations to the Watergate special prosecutor on Aug. 5, 1974. Investigators heard a tape on which...