Post Archive

January 2015

Memorable moments from past SOTU responses

There’s a lot of pomp and circumstance that surrounds any president’s State of the Union address, and it doesn’t always go off without a glitch.

SOTU guidelines: Stand up, sit down, clap, clap

Tonight marks the annual State of the Union tradition, when a sitting president visits Congress and reads the nation its report card. The State of

How many unsolved murders are there in the U.S.?

Think about this. More than 211,000 homicides committed since 1980 remain unsolved – a body count greater than the population of Des Moines, Iowa. That

Capitol Hill police beat extends outside D.C.

A U. S. Capitol Police special agent helped unravel the case of the disgruntled bartender who was indicted last week in an apparent plot to

Are journalism and satire the same thing?

The deadly attack at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was a sobering reminder that to some religious extremists — the same ones often lambasted on

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. The president made a populist pitch to voters for economic fairness, saying the federal government should more do to balance the benefits of a capitalist society. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

We talk presidential legacies with author Julian Zelizer.

Taking the long view: Who’s running in 2048?

One of the most common complaints about American politics and political coverage is that it is so shortsighted. Its vision extends only as far as

Investigations that go nowhere: A visual history

Washington gets whipped up about investigations but many of them go nowhere. From Benghazi to Bridgegate, data reporter Elizabeth Scheltens decodes some of DC's dead-end inquiries.

Decoding the debate about Islam & violence

We’ve all been watching events unfold in Paris with sinking horror.   Another terrorist attack, turning police, civilians, writers and satirists into blood and meat. 

Gov buildings in need of enhanced security

Monday was not a good day for the federal government. In the middle of President Obama’s speech at the Federal Trade Commission to announce his

States review chokeholds, role of prosecutors
Democrats: Tax breaks for middle, hikes for top

Is Warrenism spreading within the Democratic Party? For those who hope the answer is yes, Monday was a good day. Rep. Chris Van Hollen of

Opinion: Should middle class turn its back?

I recently had occasion to spend a week around the nurses who work at Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.  After a few days, I

Elizabeth Warren: From New Deal to Raw Deal

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat of Massachusetts who often has the word “populist” near her name, gave a speech Wednesday that was billed as a Major

The American Dream is in trouble

This week on the DecodeDC podcast, we tackle one of the most powerful stories in American culture: the bootstraps myth. It's the story–often labeled 'the American