Richard ‘Dick’ Thornburgh, 1932-2020

January 7, 2021

The only Republican to serve successive terms as governor of Pennsylvania, Thornburgh provided principled and effective leadership during a major public health emergency.

Kitty Kelley Book Club: ‘Pelosi’

May 28, 2020

Molly Ball’s book is expertly crafted and thoroughly researched, but readers are kept at a remove, being deprived of on-the-record quotes from Pelosi’s family, friends, colleagues and adversaries.

Counting Our 2018 Losses

January 3, 2019

Death is always a loss, of course, but it also acts like a broom, stirring up memories and shared joys, achievements left behind to become permanent, as gifts and reminders.  

A State Funeral Illuminates the Life of George H.W. Bush and America         

December 6, 2018

State funerals are high and mighty, sometimes surreal occasions, solemn and full of formality, and, contrarily, stretched to the limits of theatrical and historical high drama. For such an effect, the […]

Capitol Buzz: Lots of Goodbyes

December 3, 2018

Our columnist reports on the loss of George H.W. Bush and the departure (and arrival) of representatives and senators, also recommending some novels and memoirs.

Farewell to Bush ’41’: His Character Counted


George H.W. Bush’s presidency — his legacy — was astonishingly thick with events that others might not have handled nearly as well. 

Overheard at Lunch: D.C. Gossip Girl

December 6, 2017

Mixed Reviews for Melania Trump’s Holiday Décor First lady Melania Trump unveiled the 2017 White House holiday decorations in a short video last month. Though some praised the administration’s traditional […]