Stories by Marie Cocco

Marie Cocco is a prize-winning syndicated columnist on political and cultural topics for The Washington Post Writers Group. She is a frequent commentator on national TV and radio shows. subscribe to Marie Cocco's feed

Posted on: Oct 14, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

In her final column, Cocco writes that we face "hard political tasks. But being pushed further down is harder, still. Because no one knows where the new bottom lies."

Posted on: Sep 29, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

I'm counting on Moore to find some humor in all this. Otherwise what we have here is a tragedy that's worth a good cry.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

The Baucus proposal includes a tax intended to dupe the public into thinking it soaks the rich. In truth, it would stick it to millions in the middle class.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Obama's decision impose higher tariffs on Chinese tires is a measure to protect fair trade and the living standards of American workers.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

It's tempting to think of Dick Cheney as a cranky old men stirring up controversy to sell books. But Cheney must not be underestimated.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

The president's hands-off approach to reform has backfired, as overhaul of the health care system falls prey to wrangling in Congress.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Staples is selling school supplies for a quarter. That doesn't seem like a good sign.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Why have we zoomed in on the "health reform timeline" narrative?

Posted on: Jul 20, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

The greatest sorrow in marking Cronkite's death is recognizing that the media has replaced his wisdom with pontification.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2009, Source: Washington Monthly

The scary part is how little we know about the Bush Administration's clandestine plans.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Sotomayor will be confirmed. But the drama stirred up by Republicans reveals some interesting things about race in the age of Obama.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Workers laid off early in the downturn are soon to be left without the basic sustenance of an unemployment check.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Teens are having more condomless sex than they did in the 1990s. It's time for science-based sex ed, not moralizing.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Lobbyists sense that their chances of protecting big insurers, drug companies, medical specialties, technology companies are improving.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

With 39 states now electing judges, the threat to impartial justice is frightening.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2009, Source: Truthdig

The murder of Dr. George Tiller cannot be smoothed over with a speech.

Posted on: May 25, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Our national parks are among the safest places in America. So against what, exactly, are the proponents of the new gun law defending themselves?

Posted on: May 18, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

The United States government must at last hold accountable the architects of the torture calamity

Posted on: Apr 29, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Confronting our own misdeeds is a measure of our character. And yes, the whole world is watching

Posted on: Apr 23, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

So far we have "reformed" the health insurance system by reinforcing precisely what's wrong with it.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Afghan President Hamid Karzai just signed a law consigning the women of Afghanistan to lives of terrible repression.

Posted on: Mar 26, 2009, Source: Truthdig

Political operatives and ideological helpmates of George W. Bush broke the law to keep birth control away from women -- particularly teenagers.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

One reason Obama won is that the public had more than its fill of a disconnected president. Let's see him get his hands dirty and take care of this.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Obama owes us some hands-on involvement, even if that means his hands get dirty with an unpopular program for the nation's most despised industry.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

The Supreme Court's only woman justice is battling pancreatic cancer.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Few traditions are as annoying as the worship of bipartisanship, for it ignores the fact that sometimes one party gets things disastrously wrong.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2009, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Who can seriously argue that a family still earning an income of up to $200,000 is enduring such economic hardship that it, too, needs a tax cut?

Posted on: Dec 29, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

America doesn't have enough women business executives for them to be visible, let alone destroy the economy.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

I still underestimate the peculiar genius conservative Republicans show in exploiting dire, even tragic, situations to wield a partisan cudgel.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Look only to the Detroit automakers' current economic straits to understand why.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Unemployment is soaring and it may be March before we feel the first dollar of an Obama recovery plan.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

It's hard to believe that as recently as 2000, people could smoke on planes.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Unlike Ah-nold, no woman will ever burst into high political office without a lick of experience. And women with credentials don't fare much better.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Wal-Mart is the only store where hard-squeezed consumers can afford anything, and so it keeps posting big profits amid the retail bloodbath.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

It's time to restore some common sense to the presidential campaign finance system -- before we don't have any system at all.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

401(k)s are the contemporary version of the get-rich-quick scheme. They place retirement in the shaky hands of the market.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Palin is a cultural oddity that many Americans value little except as an object -- one that absorbs every projection of the national imagination.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Though Obama's health plan is far better than McCain's, it still only tinkers around the edges. What we need is a system overhaul.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

It is usually the job of the party nominee to build unity once a vanquished rival has conceded. Unless the loser happens to be a woman.

Posted on: Aug 25, 2008, Source: Washington Post Writers Group

Money is on the mind of voters as they see their paychecks shrink from inflation, their jobs threatened and their middle-class dreams diminished.

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