Ron Elving

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Go Ahead, Host A Giant Sports Spectacular. But It Will Cost You

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Commentator Frank Deford compares FIFA, the organization that puts on soccer's World Cup, with the International Olympic Committee — and finds both lacking.


Tea Party Still Packs A Punch: How It Happened In Mississippi

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In mid-May, many political observers in Washington and elsewhere were declaring the Tea Party dead after it had lost every major Republican primary it contested this spring. I know, I am one of them.

That judgment looked a bit rash at month's end, as a Tea Party favorite


A Speech To A Nation Weary Of War, And Wary Of The World

Thursday, May 29, 2014

President Obama's speech this week to the West Point grads was for them, their families, the Army they will help lead and the nation they serve. But through much of the hourlong presentation the president seemed to be addressing another large and varied crowd: his critics.

The president made it ...


10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

President Obama gave the graduation speech Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, using the occasion to describe "the next phase" of the U.S. war against terrorism and his ideas about national defense and foreign policy in general. Here are a few general impressions.

  1. Most commencement ...


Hard Sell For 'Hard Choices' Says Hillary's Running In 2016

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As subtle as a bugle call, the marketing effort now underway for Hillary Clinton's new book is the clearest indication to date that she is in fact running for president in 2016.

With just two weeks to wait for the official release (June 10), Simon & Schuster got that crucial ...


Is The Tea Party Finished?

Friday, May 23, 2014

The time has come for us all to take a long, step-back look at this thing we call the Tea Party.

The results from Republican primaries in a dozen states so far this year strongly suggest that the party, such as it was, is over.

It may not have made ...


It May Not Be A Tea Party Year, But Outsiders Are Still Thriving

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The prevailing narrative for Tuesday night's GOP primary results was written weeks ago: 2014 will not be another field of dreams for Tea Party insurgents. Wrapping a candidacy in the flag of "Don't Tread on Me" is not the winning tactic it was in many Republican contests two and four ...


In Kentucky Primary, McConnell Bests Tea Party Challenger

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In a day packed full of primaries, voters headed to the polls in six states — including three that are expected to have highly competitive Senate races.


GOP Candidates Try To Hold Off Tea Party Picks In Primaries

Monday, May 19, 2014

A slate of primary races on Tuesday could reveal more about the direction of the Republican Party in this midterm election year.


'Buy My Volvo' Ad Goes Viral

Monday, May 19, 2014

When Christopher Castor wanted to sell his 1993 Volvo 245 GL, he didn't just put up any old ad. The Swedish graphics artist made a video with his friends and posted it on YouTube. It went viral.


Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially announced this week that he is running for — wait for it — re-election as governor of Wisconsin.

It will be at least six months before he says anything definitive regarding that other office, the oval-shaped one in Washington, D.C.

And that's to be expected.



Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Will the real John Boehner please stand up?

Just a dozen days ago, Speaker Boehner and his GOP leadership team embraced a set of principles for updating the nation's immigration laws.

In that moment, the House seemed about to acknowledge the most pressing issue before the Congress – the ...


Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies'

Friday, January 31, 2014

Henry Waxman's retirement means more than the loss of a legendary legislator on health care, energy and other regulatory issues. It also closes an era that began 40 years ago with the election of the "Watergate babies."

When Waxman departs, there will no longer be a House member who has ...


Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The toughest test of a card player comes not with a big hand or a sheer bust, but rather with cards somewhere in between. Then it's not the deal that makes the difference — it's the sheer skill of the player.

The hand President Obama was playing in his


7 Election Lessons We Should Have Seen Coming

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

In the end, they pretty much all won. The people who were expected to prevail Tuesday night wound up in the winner's circle. In New Jersey and New York, of course, and in Virginia, too, in the end. The ballot measures also went according to script.



Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

One line President Obama might have borrowed for his speech to the nation Tuesday night was a famous one from John F. Kennedy's inauguration address: "Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate."

Always admired as a fine turn of phrase, what meaning does ...


Goodbye, Again, To Obama's Most Audacious Hope

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The sudden eruption of second-term scandals in his administration will have many costs for President Obama, but surely the most grievous will be the lost opportunity to transcend the partisan wars of Washington. That aspiration was his fondest dream for his second term, much as it was for his first. ...


Logic Behind Obama News Conference Hard To Fathom

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

On Tuesday afternoon, President Obama declared May as Older Americans Month, National Foster Care Month, National Building Safety Month, Jewish American Heritage Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

The president also issued a statement on the investiture of the new king of the Netherlands.

While small and routine, ...