Mark Plotkin

Obama, Garland and D.C.’s Voting Status

Barack Obama has lived in the District of Columbia for some time. He first came here in 2005, when he ...

A Political Season Like No Other

I have a multitude of thoughts after Super Tuesday. Let’s start with some concise remarks about the candidates, beginning ...

Exclusive: Vince Gray Is Not Going Away

First of all, all of you should be aware that former Mayor Vincent Gray knows the exact date of this ...

Police Should Live in the City They Serve

“Community Policing” is a hallowed term in fighting crime. I do not profess to be a criminologist, but what I ...

Ben Carson: Unfit and Unqualified

Before I get into the Chauncey Gardiner of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign — Remember the movie “Being There”? — allow me ...

Donald Trump, D.C. Champion

It is important to state the obvious. Not one person has cast a vote in the Republican nominating contest. The ...

Free, Expert Advice for Tonight's GOP Debaters

Columnist Mark Plotkin offers free, expert advice to the GOP debaters tonight -- with a history lesson, a wink and a smile.

Denny Hastert and the ‘Others'

After the terrible event in Charleston, there was a press conference where an African-American minister called for taking down the ...

Hometown Candidate: Martin O’Malley

If you are a Democrat and you are not quite convinced – not truly "Ready for Hillary" – then Martin O'Malley ...

GWU vs. Georgetown in Basketball?

Those who have ever played one-on-one in their schoolyard or sunk a jump shot in a pick-up game or just ...

Bibi at the Bat

It’s a good thing for American politicians that Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu isn’t a player in U.S. politics ...

An Evening with ‘Believer’ David Axelrod

David Axelrod started off as a journalist, then became a political consultant and then a senior advisor to a president ...

Larry Hogan: The Unlikely Governor

Nobody – I mean nobody – thought that Larry Hogan, Jr., would be elected governor of Maryland. The national Republican Party didn ...

40 Years of Home Rule and Nothing to Show for It

Let’s stop kidding ourselves. It’s been 40 years since D.C. got “limited Home Rule,” and nothing has ...

The One and Only Marion Barry

He never really left the stage. And now he’s gone.

For nearly 50 years, Marion Barry was a force ...

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