Luis Alvarez, 9/11 First Responder, Laid to Rest Day Before July 4th

July 3, 2019

At the National Mall by the Lincoln Memorial, they’re going to try to make an impression on the Fourth of July. It’s a big thing, what with the talk, the […]

Debate Part 2; Trump in the Zone


Kamala Harris was a standout at the Democratic debate on June 27, followed on June 30 by the startling spectacle of President Trump and North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un stepping across the DMZ.

1969: A Year of Triumph and Turbulence 

June 19, 2019

From the first of time,  before the first of time, before the  first men tasted time, we thought of you.  You were a wonder to us, unattainable,  a longing past the […]

An Astronaut’s Notes on Apollo 


By Scott Altman   Ten years ago last month, I had just returned from my final flight as the commander of STS 125, a space shuttle mission to repair and renovate […]

Muriel Bowser Re-Inaugurated as D.C. Mayor

January 3, 2019

In getting reelected, Bowser followed in the big footsteps of Marion Barry and Anthony Williams, the only D.C. mayors to win reelection, a feat that not even her mentor Adrian Fenty was able to pull off.          

Happy New Year — We Made It!

December 31, 2018

As we write—or try to write—about the future and things to look forward to in 2019 as well as things to look back to what is really an unfinished year, […]

Capitol Buzz: Finger Food, Pelosi Vote, Her Grandkids

December 10, 2018

This week’s column explains the “toothpick rule,” Nancy Pelosi’s apparent two-vote margin to be elected speaker of the House and the nonpartisan affection for congressional grandchildren.

Farewell to Bush ’41’: His Character Counted

December 3, 2018

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

Capitol Hill Buzz: Pelosi, Diversity, Press Credentials

November 19, 2018

Our writer looks at Georgetowner Nancy Pelosi’s chances, the diversity of the 116th Congress and two cases, past and present, of a correspondent’s expulsion.

A Not So Surprising Election Outcome Sets Us Up for 2020

November 7, 2018

It’s over. The hurricane midterm—once in a different political landscape predicted to take on the proportions of a blue wave—has come if not entirely gone. The election—at times feared or […]