February 17, 2020

Who is this guy?

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 31 July 2014 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Who is this guy, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin? Clearly, he is not as he appears, attired in Western clothes, speaking fluent German, and ardently supporting wildlife conservation, all attributes that might […]

How to unlock gridlock

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 30 July 2014 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – One thing most Americans agree on is that Congress is terrible, the worst in memory and well deserving its abysmal 7 percent approval rating. Having elections every two and four […]

The overt covert economy

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 July 2014 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – The consequences of congressional inaction on immigration reform are many, and it’s time to ask who benefits from the refusal of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to bring a bill to […]

In defense of the executive branch

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17 July 2014 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Everything in Washington must be viewed through a political prism. Separating policy from politics is futile because passing legislation requires compromise and cutting deals. Yet the myth persists that there […]

The mismanager-in-chief

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 16 July 2014 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – When it comes to delivering a good speech, President Obama is a master. He writes most of the big speeches himself, and places great weight on his ability to move […]

Why Obama fears Boehner

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 July 2014 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Why does President Obama fear House Speaker Boehner’s threatened lawsuit? He has a good reason. Some say Boehner is doing this to head off the impeachment effort advocated by some […]

  The Hispanic Children’s Crusade

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10 July 2014 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – A thought experiment: If winning the Hispanic vote weren’t so important to the future of the Democratic and Republican Parties, would lawmakers find it easier to pass immigration reform? The […]

Where have all the leaders gone?

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4 July 2014 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – During our Fourth of July celebration of the Declaration of Independence, it is well to remember the primary author of that document, Thomas Jefferson, and his words: “Governments are instituted […]

The Court: insulated from accountability

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2 July 2014 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Most people assumed the debate over contraception was over a long time ago, but the Supreme Court apparently thinks otherwise. In a 5 to 4 decision in the Hobby Lobby […]