Bestselling writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist. She became known for liberal political columns that caricatured such political leaders as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Barack Obama and referred to the powerful men by nicknames ('W.,' 'Big Time,' and 'Spock,' respectively).
In 1973, she graduated from The Catholic University of America with an English degree.
She began her journalism career in 1974 by working for The Washington Star as an editorial assistant.
She and her two siblings were born in Washington, D.C. to Irish-American parents.
She won a Pulitzer Prize for her columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.