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.

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