February 27, 2020

Presidents as Permanent Senators

Washington Merry-Go-Round by Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Ex-presidents are an untapped natural resource. It should not be so. Former President Jimmy Carter is making the rounds of the talk shows promoting his latest book, which focuses on human-rights abuses against women worldwide, which are often conducted in the name of religion. Carter […]

Czar Putin

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Addressing an audience of young people in Brussels, President Obama told them never to take for granted the progress toward democracy that’s been made,  citing Russia “challenging international rules that only weeks ago seemed self-evident.” First among those rules, Obama said, is don’t go into […]

Obamacare Puts Democrats and Hillary on Defense

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Democrats are in a defensive crouch over Obamacare, and that’s not a winning strategy. Last week’s special election in Florida was a real shock because Democrats had a chance to pick up the seat, and they blew it. Democrats didn’t get out their vote like […]

Trip Wires for Putin

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Russian President Putin says he has no additional territorial interest in Ukraine, but a nervous Europe and an appropriately skeptical U.S. president can’t take him at his word. What they can do is slap sanctions on highly placed Russians to prevent them from traveling to […]

Kennedy, Reagan, and deBlasio on Taxes

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – The spread between the haves and have-nots in American society is greater now than at any time since the days of the Robber Barons early in the last century. The widening gap along with the shrinking middle class did not happen by chance, but is […]

Flight 370

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – At this writing, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777-200 plane with 239 passengers and crew aboard, has not been found, in part because so much misinformation has abounded – information that apparently sent search planes and ships looking in the wrong areas. What is […]

The Tea Party’s New Clothes

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Texas held the first primary of the year on Tuesday, and strategists across the country in both political parties are reading the tea leaves to see what the results portend about the Tea Party and its role in this year’s midterm elections. At first glance, […]

The Real Reason Putin Blinked

WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – President Putin insists those troops in Russian uniforms aren’t really Russians, that they’re Crimean nationalists. He says you can buy those uniforms in any store. And Putin said in his lengthy press conference with Russian reporters that he has no intention of annexing Crimea, and […]