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June/July/August 2014 Mobilizing chick power ... Male menopause ... Can Dems match gun raffles?

Is McConnell’s “free speech” machine about to meet its match?

By Michelle Cottle

March/ April/ May 2014 A bygone age … The unraveling … Faith in institutions

This column marks the dawn of the post-Charles Peters era of “Tilting at Windmills”; at eighty-seven, Charlie has decided to stop writing the column himself, and from now on a...

By Nicholas Lemann

January/ February 2014 Why bad news should always trickle up ... Polyester and merlot ... The hippest fund-raiser in New York

No exit Imagine your reaction to being trapped in the backseat of a car having to listen to Ted Cruz quote from one speech of his after another. I suspect...

By Charles Peters

November/ December 2013 Fair, balanced, and untrue ... A Barry bad legacy ... Glamorizing the glamour industry

Fair-weather Democrats You probably read about the two Democratic state senators who lost recall elections in Colorado because they voted to strengthen gun laws in the state. What struck me...

By Charles Peters

September/ October 2013 Cashers in … Swat teams … And the new Enron

The Gilded City For many years, Washington was a city of modest lifestyles, largely determined by the civil service salary scale. That began to change in the 1970s with the...

By Charles Peters

July/ August 2013 Launch pad follies ... Roger and Rupert ... How to refuel your private jet

More scrutiny, not less For the Internal Revenue Service and tax-exempt groups, the real scandal lies not with the few that have been over-investigated, but with the many that continue...

By Charles Peters

May/ June 2013 In praise of better government ... Welfare for the Rockefellers ... Whatever happened to truth in labeling?

Large and in charge Attorney General Eric Holder recently told the Senate Judiciary Committee that some banks have become “so large” that it’s “difficult for us to prosecute them.” Wait...

By Charles Peters

March/ April 2013 McCruzyism ... Too big to jail ... Wake up, Democrats

Wake up, Democrats It’s time for Democrats to wake up to the need to get out their voters in nonpresidential election years. This is where Republicans have been winning races...

By Charles Peters

January/February 2013 Petraus's demands ... Fox News's GOP ambitions ... Washington's merry-go-round

Langley’s Bartlebys I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about “the talking points,” but it’s fascinating to discover that the real culprit was not Susan Rice or a sinister White House...

By Charles Peters

November/December 2012 Woodward’s folly ... Romney’s hardship ... Finishing what Clinton started

President, dictator, whatever In the long parade of books on the topic of what Obama could or should have done, which began with Ron Suskind's Confidence Men, the silliest of...

By Charles Peters

September/October 2012 The enthusiasm gap... Clinton's catch-22... The Me-First Era...

Guilty party "G.O.P. Edge As Dynamics Shift in House Races," read a frightening headline in the New York Times this summer. How can this be happening after a record...

By Charles Peters

July/August 2012 Allen Ginsberg and me... The littlest one-percenters... The bias toward seeing pro-Obama bias...

The bias towards, seeing pro-Obama bias Arthur S. Brisbane, the ombudsman for the New York Times, wrote a column this spring urging his paper’s reporters to take “a hard look...

By Charles Peters

May/June 2012 Koch d'etet... The liberal Republicanosaurus... Romney's attack machine...

Wonder why? The Discovery Channel recently ran an hour-long documentary on the Costa Concordia disaster <more> A ray of hope “Fewer graduates of elite Ivy League schools are choosing careers...

By Charles Peters

March/April 2012 Highballing at Bain Capital... Groundhog Day in D.C. ... A Bastille Worth Storming...

With heroes like these... The Bain con Goldman Sachs is our compass Some things never change One SWAT too many There’s something about Marco Did the Kennedys buy West Virginia?...

By Charles Peters

January/ February 2012 Casino Jack knows... Longing for Bill... JFK's best and worst

Casino Jack knows what he's talking about Memories of Bill Life inside the 1 percent The best think JFK ever did The worst thing JFK ever did Why he had...

By Charles Peters

November/ December 2011 David Brooks's mistake... Barack Obama' successes... And his critics and their choice in 2012

Hidden capital Consider the alternative The company you keep They know not what he does The takeover Christie as cynic Regulation is not the problem The danger of doing nothing...

By Charles Peters

September/October 2011 The Monkey Wrench Gang... All the take that's fit to print... Corporate jetting to the Hamptons

The hand he was dealt Liberals’ anger at Obama during the default debate was based on the fact that they actually seemed to think he had the power to do...

By Charles Peters

July/August 2011 Layer cake... The Department of Housing and Unbelievable Delays... God help the squeaky wheel

Layer cake Much of this column will be devoted to a short course on how Washington really works, with special emphasis on truths that are not widely understood. One of...

By Charles Peters

May/June 2011 Supreme Amnesia…A slam Dunc…Your thoughts, please…

Take a load off, Army One of the problems with our educated elite’s failure to serve in the military is their ignorance of the problems of the average soldier, and...

By Charles Peters

March/April 2011 The ugly truth in twenty-one words… The bakery-industrial complex… Make-believe = survival

Washington at its best I For those of us who came to Washington with John Kennedy, January was a time for both mourning and celebration. On the 20th, a ceremony...

By Charles Peters

January/February 2011 Cool Hand Barack … Don’t let sleeping lies dog … Capitalism could break your heart …

Finally, an audience! The members of the Foreign Service owe a great debt to Julian Assange. He got their cables read. One of the major frustrations of Foreign Service officers...

By Charles Peters

November/December 2010 Mad money… Regulation by milquetoasts… Pulp this item…

Jobs versus schools: It’s complicated In January of 1979, Marion Berry was about to take office for his first term as mayor of Washington. A mutual friend mistakenly thought we...

By Charles Peters

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