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Author Archive: Maureen Dowd

Cheney family: A dynasty to duck

Dick Cheney and Mike Enzi are in a tiff over whether they’€™re fishing buddies or not. Enzi, the conservative senator from Wyoming who’€™s trying to fend off a carpetbagger challenge from Liz Cheney, is lucky he wasn’t hunting buddies with the trigger-happy former vice president. Then he might not be in the race at all. […]

Call an audible, Dan

Whenever I want to be called a detestable, insidious proselytizer of political correctness, I just bring up the idea of changing the name of the Redskins at a family dinner. What if our football team’s name weren’t a slur, I ask brightly. Wouldn’t that be nice? My family may disdain the ineffectively megalomaniacal Daniel Snyder […]

No brief encounter

The man formerly hailed as a messiah was having a bad day. The Iranians snubbed him. The Brazilians upbraided him. Ted Cruz fauxlibustered him. And you just know that, behind the scenes, the Russians were messing with him. At the end of a long, hard day at the United Nations, he escaped into the sweaty […]

Barry’s war within

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize had been up late pleading for war. The president looked exhausted as he met the press in St. Petersburg on Friday. The man elected because of his magical powers of persuasion had failed to persuade other world leaders at dinner the night before about a strike on Syria. […]

September 08, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Less bully, more pulpit

As far as inappropriate and nasty career moves go, Miley Cyrus has Chris Christie beat. She did a raunchy twerk, while he was a rude twerp. But Christie’s latest flash of a mean streak served as a reminder after a long period of glowing post-Sandy publicity for “The Boss,” as the New Jersey governor was […]

Impeachment fever gripping D.C.

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Kerry Bentivolio, a Michigan congressman, has a dream, too: to impeach the nation’s first black president. “If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true,” the freshman Republican told a local GOP club meeting […]

Summers of our discontent

I have no doubt that Larry Summers can speak truth to power. Indeed, I’€™ve seen him yawn at power. Once, when Vice President Joe Biden was talking to a small group at a holiday party, Summers yawned, checked his watch and walked away while Biden was in midsentence. While he’€™s not exactly socialized –€” he […]

Bill Clinton’s third term?

President Barack Obama proved himself a great segue artist Friday, as he smoothly glided from his previously unassailable position on the matter of surveillance to his new unassailable position on the matter of surveillance. There is no moral high ground that he does not seek to occupy. As with drones and gay marriage, he seems […]

Reince is right about movies

Reince Priebus says a lot of goofy things, but the chairman of the Republican National Committee has a point. Films can dramatically alter the way famous people are viewed, making them cooler, more glamorous, more sympathetic – and the reverse. Clever filmmakers can offer up delicious soufflés of propaganda and storytelling, putting a new imprint […]

August 09, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Time to ‘hard-delete’ Carlos Danger

WASHINGTON — When you puzzle over why the elegant Huma Abedin is propping up the eel-like Anthony Weiner, you must remember one thing: Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet. Comparatively speaking, the pol from Queens probably seems like a prince. Even though […]

Of rats, hitmen and several Judases

BOSTON — It all depends how you look at it, really. One man’s hit man is another’s humanitarian. Johnny “The Executioner” Martorano, who turned government witness and copped to killing 20 men and women as part of Whitey Bulger’s Winter Hill Gang, explained to Whitey’s lawyer Tuesday in federal court here that he was motivated […]

June 21, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

A little birdie told me

In her first two days on Twitter, Hillary Clinton did not bother to follow the man she wants to follow. No @BarackObama for @HillaryClinton as of Thursday. Hillary debuted firmly entrenched in Clintonworld, following Bill, Chelsea, the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Clinton School. She unveiled a self-deprecating Twitter bio that was […]

Cut the strings to George III

You see glistening mermaid sightings on Animal Planet more than you catch glimpses of vintage John McCain on Capitol Hill. But there he was Tuesday, succinctly saying what needed to be said about the scourge of sexual assault cases in the military. Looking grimly at the ribbon-bedecked white male heads of all the services, testifying […]

June 07, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

She’s getting her boots dirty

So when a woman is rolling in millions and has no need to work ever again, what does she do? Festoon herself with Birkin bags? Deck herself in Tiffany’s Gatsby baubles? Revamp a villa in Tuscany? Not Patty Stonesifer. Stonesifer could be found in a gritty alley in a downtown neighborhood in Washington, D.C.,  Thursday […]

Obama better suited to Scandinavia?

Like many others in our business, Jonathan Alter says he is “on fire” about the Justice Department’s snooping on reporters and attempting to criminalize investigative journalism, including labeling respected Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen a “co-conspirator” in a leak investigation. Alter – whose second history of the Barack Obama era, “The Center Holds,” comes […]

Can 44 subtract 43 from the equation?

DALLAS — Do we dare to hope that the Bush administration is finally at an end? After four years of bending the Constitution, the constitutional law professor now in the White House is trying to unloose the Gordian knot of W.’s martial and moral overreaches after 9/11. Safely re-elected, President Obama at long last spoke […]

May 26, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Networks serving up schlock

Networks are generally leery of shows that are set in the past. TV executives think younger viewers don’t care about history. And they’re always on the hunt for the younger demo, working on the mistaken premise that millennials buy more and change brands more often than profligate and fickle baby boomers. Or maybe networks are […]

Cascading confessions by two women

Two of the hot topics trending on Twitter Tuesday were Angelina Jolie and the IRS. Beauty and the Beast. Jolie stunned the world with a New York Times op-ed article explaining why she had decided to have a preventive double mastectomy once she learned that she has the BRCA1 gene, which spikes the risk for […]

When myths collide in the capital

The capital is in the throes of deja vu and preview as it plunges back into Clinton Rules, defined by a presidential aide on the hit ABC show “Scandal” as damage control that goes like this: “It’s not true, it’s not true, it’s not true, it’s old news.” The conservatives appearing on Benghazi-obsessed Fox News […]

America’s military injustice

Along with a boosted Buick LeSabre, another incident listed on a crime report Sunday in Arlington County, Va., was a creepy attack by a man on a woman. ”On May 5 at 12:35 a.m., a drunken male subject approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks,” the report read. […]

May 10, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Time to lead, Mr. President

During the 2012 campaign, the president and his top advisers liked to make the argument that if he was re-elected, the “fever” would break. Washington would no longer be the graveyard of progress, the crypt of consensus. Once dystopian Republicans accepted that President Barack Obama was not running again, they would start cooperating with him. […]

Bombing coverage lost in space

When James Gleick was my editor on the city desk of The New York Times, he would often stare into space. This was no mere daydreaming. Every time he stared, a clever idea bloomed. After leaving The Times, he founded one of the first Internet service providers. He made chaos theory so celebrated it inspired […]

The CIA’s angry birds

Over the winter, I heard military commanders and White House officials murmur in hushed tones about how they would have to figure out a legal and moral framework for the flying killer robots executing targets around the globe. They were starting to realize that, while the American public approves of remotely killing terrorists, it is […]

Guns issue magnified for senator

WASHINGTON — Even as he fights the NRA, Chris Murphy understands that guns are in the DNA. The very junior senator from Connecticut, the father of two small boys, long ago decided not to allow any toy guns in the house or violent video games or even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. “We have lots of […]

A tale of three women

One got famous wearing mouse ears. One got famous wearing brightly colored shifts. And one got famous wearing down the opposition while carrying a handbag. The trio of famous deaths this week seems incongruous. Yet these spirited women – two quintessential Americans known by their first names and one quintessential Brit known by her nickname […]

America is ‘Ready for Hillary’

Please don’t ask me this anymore. It’s such a silly question. Of course Hillary is running. I’ve never met a man who was told he could be president who didn’t want to be president. So naturally, a woman who’s told she can be the first commandress in chief wants to be. “Running for president is […]

Justices disconnected on gay issues

I’m worried about the Supreme Court. I’m worried about how the justices can properly debate same-sex marriage when some don’t even seem to realize that most Americans use the word “gay” now instead of “homosexual”; when Chief Justice John Roberts thinks gays are merely concerned with marriage as a desirable “label”; and when Justice Samuel […]

High court tap-dances around history

As the arguments unfurled in Tuesday’s case on same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court justices sounded more and more cranky. Things were moving too fast for them. How could the nine, cloistered behind velvety rose curtains, marble pillars and archaic customs, possibly assess the potential effects of gay marriage? They’re not psychics, after all. “Same-sex marriage […]

Inside the dark heart of Cheney

Dick Cheney certainly gives certainty a black eye. In a documentary soon to appear on Showtime, “The World According to Dick Cheney,” America’s most powerful and destructive vice president woos history by growling yet again that he was right and everyone else was wrong. R.J. Cutler, who has done documentaries on the Clinton campaign war […]

Is Mayer the ‘Stalin of Silicon Valley’?

When Marissa Mayer became queen of the Yahoos last summer, she was hailed as a role model for women. The 37-year-old supergeek with the supermodel looks was the youngest Fortune 500 chief executive. And she was in the third trimester of her first pregnancy. Many women were thrilled at the thought that biases against hiring […]

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