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Mark Shields / Politics

Washington Actually Laughs at Itself

How unpopular is Washington in the rest of the country? While it's true that Congress as an institution has never been highly prized by most Americans, many of us continued to hold a soft spot for our own member of Congress who, we were sure, was ...

Peril of Ignoring Change

According to the Census Bureau, for the first time in more than a century, the annual number of deaths among white Americans exceeded the number of births. Add to that the facts that Asians are now the fastest-growing minority in the U.S., and a ...

Iron Rule of Religion and Politics

There is one iron rule regarding religion in American politics, and here it is: With only one exception, ministers, priests, rabbis, and imams -- men and women of the cloth -- should stay out of American politics. The one exception? When the ...

Why Minimum Wage Threatens Republicans

A frank admission: Political reporters, including yours truly, absolutely cherish exit polls of voters. Why? Because the people who are interviewed in an exit poll on Election Day have just voted and, because the voting is still going on, they ...

High School Confidential

As my savvy precinct committeewoman used to say, "A month is a lifetime in politics, and six months is an eternity." On Jan. 9, the Quinnipiac Poll stated: "New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is the hottest politician in the country." Democrats ...

The Rich as Underdogs

Tom Perkins, a venture capitalist with a net worth of reportedly $8 billion, sits on the board of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., which owns The Wall Street Journal. So it was not surprising that when Perkins wrote a letter to the editor whining ...