July 18, 2012 |
It turns out, politicians are human, too. Watching seasoned politicians at work, it's difficult to imagine that they ever suffered from self-doubt. But in 60 hours of oral history interviews, men and women who now shape government policy revealed disappointments, exhilarations, vulnerabilities and humbling moments from their first political campaigns — campaigns that formed the foundation of their public careers. They ran for different reasons. Some first ran...
September 5, 2012 |
With looks and brains, a résumé that lists a stint as President Obama's chief technology officer and supporters that include some of the Washington region's wealthiest Indian Americans, Aneesh P. Chopra is a fast-rising star from an immigrant community that is eager to parlay its wealth and education into political influence. Chopra, an Arlington County resident who left the White House in July to launch his campaign for lieutenant governor of Virginia, is an unabashed geek...
May 15, 2012 |
As presidential endorsements go, this one could hardly have been more low-key. ABC News caught up with former president George W. Bush in an elevator in downtown Washington on Tuesday and asked the question that elicited the sound bite. "I'm for Mitt Romney," Bush said, just as the doors slid shut. The 43rd president of the United States was on his way to give a speech on human freedom, in which he made no mention of politics, save one sidelong reference: "I actually found my freedom by leaving Washington.
September 30, 2011 |
On Oct. 7, 1801, three men wrote to the new president of the United States on behalf of their Baptist congregation in Connecticut. The letter from the Danbury Baptist Association is most famous not for its content but for the response it generated from Thomas Jefferson, who described "a wall of separation between Church & State. " The Baptists' letter, however, deserves far greater consideration, particularly in our current political climate. Some 210 years ago, this deeply religious...
January 22, 2010
FOR MORE THAN a century, Congress has recognized the danger of letting corporations use their wealth to wield undue influence in political campaigns. The Supreme Court had upheld these efforts. But Thursday, making a mockery of some justices' pretensions to judicial restraint, the Supreme Court unnecessarily and wrongly ruled 5 to 4 that the constitutional guarantee of free speech means that corporations can spend unlimited sums to help elect favored candidates or defeat those they oppose.
June 17, 2008 |
Tony Schwartz, 84, whose genius in audio recording resulted in the most famous political advertisement ever run and in a huge archive of New York sounds, instantly recognizable commercials and anti-smoking public service announcements, died June 15 of heart valve stenosis at his New York City home. Mr. Schwartz's "Daisy" ad for President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 campaign aired just once but is cited as one of the first, most effective examples of negative television political ads. In it, the film of a young girl counting the...