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: 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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