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 By MARK SHIELDS    Opinion    December 18, 2014 

When it comes to torture, consider the source

On election night in 1986, when John McCain won the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona long held by Republican incumbent and 1964 GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, who had served as McCain’s campaign chairman, the two men had a private chat....

 
 By Mark Shields    Opinion    January 16, 2014

What did Christie know, when did he know it?

There are legitimate reasons why we voters have been a lot more willing to trust the tough job of president to governors -- 11 separate times, with Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush -- rather than...

 
 By Mark Shields    Opinion    August 8, 2013

Misconceptions on abortion

The answer to one question in the most recent Wall Street Journal-NBC News national poll startled an awful lot of my friends and colleagues in the press corps who are pro-choice. Because it is written and conducted by two respected pollsters, Democra...

 
 By Mark Shields    Opinion    May 2, 2013

A square deal for the little guy

By Mark Shields Columnist To listen to the language of American political campaigns, you could reasonably conclude that “big” is bad and “small” is good. Who has too much power and influence in Washington? Of course, Big Business, Big Banks...