Bob Schieffer offers a weekly
dose on rough-and-tumble politics. Catch his commentaries on Face The Nation on Sunday mornings - and online at CBSNews.com.
March 3: Schieffer on the David Letterman - Nightline brouhahha. He thinks they should stay put where they are.
Feb. 24: Schieffer has some thoughts about the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl.
Feb. 17: Schieffer wants to know what's with that Olympic event with the smudge pots or tea kettles or whatever they are, sliding on the ice?
Feb. 10: Schieffer has some thoughts on volunteerism and his stint in the military.
Feb. 3: The terror attacks on America have left Schieffer feeling both old and mad.
Jan. 27: While not a great fan of polls, Schieffer nonetheless wants politicians to heed the latest CBS News-New York Times poll.
Jan. 20: Schieffer thinks that Martin Luther King, Jr. made the world a better place for all of us.
Jan. 13: Schieffer thinks the bad thing about the Enron story is that it will only get orse.
Jan. 6: Schieffer notes that nothing in Campaign 2000 prepared us for 2001.
Dec. 30: Schieffer comments on the Sept. 11 terror attacks and how they affected the country.
Dec. 23: Schieffer likes Time Magazine's choice for 'Man of the Year.'
Dec. 16: Schieffer says there is no doubt that the U.S. will prevail in the war on terrorism
Dec. 9: Schieffer says it was the shared sacrifice of making do with very little that got us through World War II.
Dec. 2: Schieffer says the real enemy is not Osama bin Laden; it is the ignorance that breeds the hatred that fuels his cause.
Nov. 18: Schieffer doesn't know what it will cost, but he says we need stronger security at America's airports.
Nov. 11: Schieffer wants to know how holding down the size of government helps the free market function.
Nov. 4: Schieffer says we won't have to ask; we'll know when we're winning the war on terrorism.
Oct. 21: President Bush has rejected some money-raising advice. Schieffer thinks he did the right thing.
Oct. 21: Men who claim to represent Osama bin Laden are offering him to American media for carefully taped and controlled interviews. Schieffer says that might not help his cause.
Oct. 14: Schieffer has some ideas on how to handle adversity in these trying times.
August 4: Schieffer shares his thoughts as the president decides whether or not the government should back stem cell research.
July 29: Schieffer says this summer movie season has taken animal magnetism a bit too far.
July 22: Former Carter administration chief of staff Hamilton Jordan is back, says Schieffer, and this time he's leading a fight against cacer.
July 15: Schieffer says the latest setback for campaign finance reform could boost the political stock of soft money's biggest opponent.
July 8: Schieffer says reality television seems to emphasize "to the victors belong the spoils," and that's not right.
July 1: Schieffer has a novel idea for celebrating the Fourth Of July this year.
June 24: Mother Nature reminds Schieffer of some of the simpler pleasures.
June 17: Schieffer has some advice for dads on Father's Day.
June 10: The difference, says Schieffer, is freedom of the press.
June 3: Schieffer is bothered by the Supreme Court associate justice's comment in an opinion on a golfer.
May 27: Schieffer finds "Perl Harbor" gives Americans a much-needed connection to the military while reminding us of Memorial Day's true significance.
May 20: After a decade hosting Face The Nation, Schieffer reflects on what's changed and what hasn't.
May 13: Schieffer takes a break from the sturm und drang of covering the news to say "Thanks, Mom."
May 6: No matter what shape the federal budget finally takes, there won't be enough money for education - which puzzles Schieffer.
April 29: Schieffer comments on the burden combat decisions place on the young people sent to war.
April 22: Schieffer wonders just why all those people were protesting at the Summit of the Americas in Quebec.
April 15: Athletes and celebrities are fine, says Schieffer, but the members of the U.S. spy plane crew are real heroes.
April 8: Despite all the promises coming out of Washington, Schieffer has a warning: Don't count your tax cuts until they hatch.
April 1: Contrary to popular opinion, some young people really do care about government, Schieffer says.
March 25: Schieffer explains why the Senate's campaign finance debate is the "real deal."
March 18: Here's something even more fun than the crossword puzzle where the news is "fit to print," Schieffer observes.
March 11: Schieffer says the latest school shooting reveals the "new tone" in the nation's capital on gun control: silence.
March 4: Schieffer bids best wishes to a former colleague and competitor who's just retired: Bernard Shaw.
February 25: The Clinton soap opera has proven lately that it has a longer shelf life than anyone ever thought, Schieffer says.
February 18: Schieffer compares the U.S. government's p.r. efforts on the air strikes against Iraq versus the handling of the Navy's nuclear sub collision with a Japanese fishing trawler.
February 11: Despite a minor flub, Al Gore is faring much better than his old boss these days, Schieffer observes.
February 4: Schieffer pitches some federal property for ex-President Clinton to ponder.
January 28: President Bush had a good first week, but he should also thank his lucky stars, says Schieffer.
January 21: The Founding Fathers knew what they were doing - look at how smoothly the Bush inauguration went, Schieffer observes.
January 14: Schieffer says the nation's economic boom made all the difference for President Clinton during his two terms.
January 7: Taking a breather from politics, Schieffer embarks on a sentimental journey about the late Les Brown.
December 24: Schieffer says victory and defeat were not what they seem this election year.
December 17: George W. Bush's best political friend was, is, and will be the center, Schieffer advises.
December 10: Stressed out by the battle for the White House? Don't worry - Schieffer offers a few words of soothing calm.
December 3: Schieffer confesses how the U.S. Supreme Court reminded him how much fun it is to be a reporter.
November 26: Once the election is settled, who will be the most powerful man in Washington? Schieffer says the surprising answer is: John McCain.
November 19: The battle for the White House could have been a lot worse by now if Florida's top court hadn't intervened, Schieffer observes.
November 12: Schieffer says that the man who loses this hard-fought presidential race still has plenty to look forward to.
November 5: Some journalists deliberately don't vote, since they feel that maintains their "objectivity". Au contraire, argues Schieffer.
October 29: Forget fuzzy math and risky schemes. It's business as usual for politicians spending money on themselves, Schieffer says.
October 22: Schieffer has a few words - and more than one proboscis - for a Republican leader on Capitol Hill.
October 15: Once upon a time, Congress actually made a real impact, often in a bipartisan way. But no more, Schieffer concludes.
October 8: Schieffer says he was cheering on the Yugoslavs as they overthrew Slobodan Milosevic, but adds that's not how it works here.
October 1: Whenever Gore or Bush forgets to stick to the issues, that's when their troubles begin, Schieffer says.
September 24: Something's wrong when the presidential race gets more buzz than the Summer Olympics. Or is it? asks Schieffer.
September 17: Sorry, folks - the presidential campaign is not as "over" as you might think, Schieffer reminds us.
September 10: No "big time" joy for Dick Cheney as George W. Bush's running mate these days, Schieffer observes.
August 27: If you think you're about to read yet another screed about how ethically terrible that certain CBS show is, well, take a breath - Schieffer's got something else to say.
August 20: Schieffer talks about a time when political conventions actually mattered.
August 13: Bush and Gore chose their running mates well, says Schieffer.