Mark Shields / Politics

Whom Do You Believe?

Last year, President Barack Obama made his position perfectly clear: Chuck Hagel "is an American patriot. ... To this day, Chuck bears the scars -- and the shrapnel -- from battles he fought in our name. ... As I saw during our visits together ...

The End of an Admirable Era

After 42 years of steadfast service to his country, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby recently retired from the U.S. Army. More memorable than the official celebration ceremony, which rightly marked the end of this loyal American's service,...

Mr. Muskie of Maine

In 1976, Rep. Bill Cohen, who was a rising young Republican star, seriously considered running for the U.S. Senate against three-term incumbent Ed Muskie, who was the first Democrat in Maine history whom voters had ever elected to the Senate.

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Final Return of 2014

Over the past 85 years, there have been just two Republican presidents who were unbeatable on Election Day and as popular at the end of their two White House terms -- both with 65 percent favorable job ratings in the Gallup poll -- as they were ...

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 ...