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The President and Israel
We always used to put a "moving the embassy" plank in the Democratic platform even though we never expected it to happen -- or even thought it should before the larger issues about Jerusalem were resolved. I think the first time was in 1980, to try to show up Jimmy Carter, the incumbent president, whom my candidate, Sen. Ted Kennedy, was challenging. It made sense in terms of domestic politics. It made no sense to our foreign policy people.
Monday, December 18, 2017

Moore telling his supporters that the 'battle is not over' yet in Senate race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore is telling supporters that the “battle is not over” in Alabama’s Senate race even though President Donald Trump and others have called on him to concede. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Too anti-Trump to check

It's a wonder that President Donald Trump devotes so much time to discrediting the press, when the press does so much to discredit itself. 

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tables turned: Female candidate quits Kansas race over harassment lawsuit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A female congressional candidate dropped out of the Kansas race Friday over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an unusual case of a woman facing the sort of misconduct allegations that have forced numerous men out of their jobs in recent weeks.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Black women seek rewards from Democrats after delivering in Alabama race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once again, black women showed up for Democrats, with nearly all of them voting in Alabama for new Sen. Doug Jones, just as they did for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot in other states over the last few months.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Why I secretly wanted Roy Moore to lose: Brooks 2020!

Rep. Mo Brooks was the true Trumpian candidate in Alabama, which is why I endorsed him in the primary. When the accusations against Roy Moore first arose, I proposed that the president make a deal to replace Moore with Brooks. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Former top spy rethinks attacks on new president

"Mr. Trump continues to exhibit paranoia about American intelligence agencies," wrote the NeverTrump conservative Max Boot in the New York Times a week or so before the president took office.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Alabama was a win, and not just for Democrats

The Democratic conquest of a senate seat in Alabama produced a lot of winners other than the victor himself, Doug Jones. Many were Republicans, including some who voted for the inexplicable Roy Moore.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

And now on to spending. . .
CHICAGO -- Suppose -- just suppose -- that your goal in politics were to defund the deep state, the entrenched Washington bureaucracy that is more interested in preserving its prerogatives than in serving the country. Suppose -- just for another moment -- that diminishing government's ability to regulate business or to protect the environment was your fondest desire.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Smoke in the air, heroes on the ground
My phone buzzed with the emergency alert at 6 a.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

The garbage case for Roy Moore
In his Alabama appearance for Roy Moore, Steve Bannon turned in an intellectually and morally putrid performance even by his standards.
Friday, December 8, 2017

Roy Moore poisons Alabama's business climate
In 2006, a Chicago schoolteacher was sentenced to three years in prison for molesting teenage girls. He was 34 at the time and, according to news accounts, had slipped his hands under the shirt of a 17-year-old and fondled her breasts.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Jerry Seinfeld endorses Roy Moore?
Apparently, the GOP is now the party of CHILD MOLESTATION! At least the media tell me that's the meaning of President Trump's endorsement of Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Why the Alabama Senate race is shifting in Moore's favor
After all that has happened, the Alabama Senate race appears to be reverting to a fundamental political truth: A state that is one of the most Republican in the nation is likely to vote Republican.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

No, Michael Flynn didn't violate the Logan Act
In December 2016, Michael Flynn was three weeks from becoming the national-security adviser to the next president of the United States.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

In Meghan Markle's 'Suits,' the men wear them
Meghan Markle, the divorcee from Los Angeles now engaged to Britain's Prince Harry, is a lovely woman. But though the actress has ennobled herself as an advocate for women, she lives in the public eye as a character on "Suits."
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Meghan Markle is not a commoner
Margaret Thatcher was born one. So were predecessor Prime Ministers Benjamin Disraeli and William E. Gladstone. Diana, the Princess of Wales, too. Also William Pitt, who presided over the British victory in the French and Indian War and lent his name to Pittsburgh. And, according to some university authorities four decades ago, me as well. We were all born commoners.
Monday, December 4, 2017

Sex in America, Part 2

At least liberals are finally telling the truth about Bill Clinton -- and just 20 years after it mattered! Of course, considering it took the Democratic Party a century to discover that slavery was wrong, two decades is lightning speed for these moral paragons.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Democrats need to drop identity politics -- Now
Bernie Sanders helped elect Donald Trump, and for that he will never be forgiven. But give this to Sanders: He's totally right that Democrats must drop their obsession with identity politics if they want to regain power.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fake news will out
WASHINGTON — The phrase "the truth will out" has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Is Trump making you sick?
I tried not to roll my eyes when an acquaintance, a woman I respect for her professional accomplishments, told me she thought Donald Trump had caused her cancer. "You know, the connection between stress and cancer," she said. I know. But was she really so stressed about Donald Trump that she got cancer?
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Little Shelter in the Land of the Scam, Home of the Fleeced
A circle in hell has been set aside for financiers who fleece ordinary folks. This hot place has long rung with demands of death to the agency that protects working Americans from their pillage. President Trump is on the case as he tries to kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by putting its enemies in charge.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

John Conyers is the albatross that Democrats deserve
There are sexual harassers, and then there is John Conyers, the Democrat from Detroit who made his congressional office an adjunct of his libido.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tax-bill test: How revolutionary are the GOP rebels?
NORTH CONWAY, N.H. -- Within living memory, this part of the world, framed by White Mountain peaks and garlanded by firs and hemlock, was the sturdy redoubt of the old conservatism. There was linguistic irony to the ideology that prevailed here -- think of it as the conservatism of the conifers -- because in these mountain fastnesses nothing was worshipped quite so much as the slowness of change.
Monday, November 27, 2017

The history of sex in America, Part 1
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Trump is right about trophy hunting
It's not often that President Donald Trump's Twitter feed is the voice of reason and compassion, but on the issue of trophy hunting it makes more sense than his own Department of Interior. 
Friday, November 24, 2017

GOP Tax Plan would hurt homeowners everywhere
The story making the rounds is that the Republican tax plan targets homeowners only in expensive blue states -- people who tend to vote for the other party. That's only partly true. Homeowners everywhere would get hit. The reasons will follow.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Must We 'Believe' Juanita Broaddrick? No.
Whenever charges of sexual misconduct shoot through the air, an arrow or three hit Bill Clinton. That's inevitable, given his history of philandering capped by the notorious Oval Office tryst with Monica Lewinsky.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

6 Scenaries for more GOP disaster in Roy Moore senate race
Given the unusual circumstances and very unusual personality involved, it's hard to see this working out well," one laconic Republican lawmaker said recently of the Roy Moore situation. The Alabama Senate race is shaping up as a catastrophe for the GOP, regardless of how it works out. But just how big a catastrophe?
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rick Nolan goes (back) to Washington
"The greatest mystery about a human being is not his reaction to sex or praise, but the manner in which he contrives to put in twenty-four hours a day." -- Sinclair Lewis, "Main Street"
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Preemptive strike: Candidate for Ohio governor reveals his sexual past

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state Supreme Court justice running for governor volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook on Friday, saying he was taking a swipe at the “media frenzy” over sexual misconduct.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The silent backlash to beware Of

I don't want to see the next name in the headlines for sexual misconduct. I know too many of them. I believe the women. Some companies are conducting internal checks, and some are not, because they don't want to get caught up in all this. And because while it's true that sexual harassment is a real problem, there are also questions of degree. An 89-year-old President George H.W. Bush, in a wheelchair, accused of sexual assault? 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Go ahead, Republicans. Investigate Hillary. Again.

Whenever the legal walls start closing in on Donald Trump, the president releases a bad rabbit on the political field, a creature invisible to all but the haters of Hillary Clinton. The most recent example is his attorney general's call to "evaluate certain issues" regarding the sale of a majority stake in Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Roy Moore is pure Steve Bannon

Roy Moore is the Steve Bannon project in a nutshell. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Yes, Virginia, immigration is turning the country blue
Hey, Republicans! Did you enjoy Election Night last week? Get ready for a lot more nights like that as immigration turns every last corner of the country blue.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

At Air Force Academy, a perfect hoax for age of Trump
It's hard to exaggerate the praise heaped on Air Force Gen. Jay Silveria after his impassioned speech against racism went viral at the end of September. Silveria, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, spoke after five black cadet candidates at the academy's prep school found racial slurs written on message boards outside their rooms.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Roy Moore loses the 'he said/she said'
Roy Moore's reputation depends on denying that he dated teenage girls as a grown man, and yet he can't quite bring himself to do it.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

There is no 'without Trump'
Ed Gillespie went from potential vindicator of Trumpism to "cuckservative" in the space of a couple of hours.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

It's Not All the Same
"Me, too," says the girl who was raped when she was barely old enough to know the word.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Shaken and stirred: America after one year of Trump
When President Donald J. Trump sent out a triumphal email to supporters a few days ago on the one-year anniversary of his astonishing victory, he put perhaps the only indisputable remark of his presidency in the subject line: You shook the world. This was one Trump digital communication that was dead-on accurate. No one could possibly argue that sentiment.
Friday, November 10, 2017

New Democratic spin cycle: Launders money, gets out the toughest sleaze!
The Democrats have two very different profiles. One is their public face of absolute moral purity. They're just better people than Republicans.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mueller does what special prosecutors do
Do you think Tony Podesta, the longtime Washington Democratic lobbyist, fixer and brother of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, colluded with Russia to allow Donald Trump to win the 2016 election?
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In Texas, two very American heroes
Before the Texas church shooter encountered any police officers, he was run off a highway and dead. He had been shot and chased by two private citizens who took it upon themselves to respond to a heinous crime when no one with a badge was anywhere to be found. 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Some corner of a foreign field
CAMBRIDGE, England -- Here, amid elm trees, boxwoods and roses, is a set of war monuments no one will ever consider dismantling.
Monday, November 6, 2017

Treatment? For what?

Kevin Spacey is the latest in a long list of men who, in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse, announce that they are seeking treatment. 


Saturday, November 4, 2017

35 states, including Illinois, back bid to collect online sales tax
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Thirty-five state attorneys general and the District of Columbia this week signed on to support South Dakota’s legal bid to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Florida man has fender bender in Manhattan
A man in a Home Depot truck deliberately drove into a bike path in lower Manhattan on Tuesday, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians, crashed into a school bus, then fled the truck, brandishing fake guns and shouting "Allahu akbar!" He was shot by a policeman and taken to the hospital. At least eight people were left dead and many more injured.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

After Trump dossier revelation, FBI is next
Investigators looking into the Trump dossier were not surprised when news broke recently that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, working through the Democrats' law firm, Perkins Coie, financed the "salacious and unverified" compilation of allegations of Trump collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign. (The "salacious and unverified" description comes from former FBI Director James Comey.)
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Don't fire, don't pardon
 With special counsel Robert Mueller unveiling his first indictments and a plea deal in the Russia case, President Donald Trump should do what's hardest for him -- nothing. 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Republicans' Riposte-a-rama
For years, political correspondents, preoccupied with the crisis in one of the country's political parties and beguiled by the alliteration, wrote pieces about the "Democrats' Dilemma":
Monday, October 30, 2017

College football haves, have-nots and dropouts
The University of Alabama's football coach ruffled surprisingly few feathers up north when he dismissively contrasted the game played by the University of Rhode Island with his school's.
Monday, October 30, 2017

The charges against Weinstein and O'Reilly need sorting
It would take a really big jerk to steal the sexual predator headlines from Harvey Weinstein. Defrocked Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly apparently has what it takes.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Facebook farce
The Kremlin knows a bargain when it sees it. 
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Headlines from an administration not putting America first
We are now nearly a quarter of the way through the entire Trump presidency -- and, depending how the 2018 elections go, we could be at the halfway mark.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Everybody needs a lawyer, but do they need you? About Gloria Allred, Lisa Bloom and representing Harvey Weinstein
I wasn't surprised, last summer, when my old friend Gloria Allred went after me for representing Roger Ailes, the late former president of Fox News, who died before he had the chance to defend himself against charges that he vehemently denied.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

What's behind Trump's new executive actions
President Trump's most recent high-profile executive actions -- on Obamacare, immigration and the Iran nuclear deal -- do three big things.
Monday, October 23, 2017

The cognitive dissonance presidency
To paraphrase Groucho Marx, President Donald Trump has a position on the Lamar Alexander/Patty Murray health care deal, and if you don't like it, he has another one.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Weinstein's pimps: Revenge of the ugly girls
Liberalism is a sexual assault protection racket. Judging by the last week's news coverage, everyone in the liberal universe -- Hollywood, the fashion industry, the media and Democratic politics -- knew about Harvey Weinstein's sexual predations and nearly all of them were covering it up.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Al Gore's ecosphere of accomplishment
Al Gore may be the luckiest man alive. And he may be working on the best obituary of his generation.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Johnny Carson > Jimmy Kimmel
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How the NFL lost to Trump
Donald Trump isn't exactly on a winning streak, but he is beating the NFL in a rout.
Monday, October 16, 2017

The Corker moment
WASHINGTON -- The Republicans control the White House and both houses of Congress. And yet ...
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Media begging us for conspiracy theories on Las Vegas
Now the media are just taunting us with their tall tales about Stephen Paddock, the alleged Las Vegas shooter. Reputedly serious news organizations are claiming that he made a living playing video poker. That's like claiming someone made a living smoking crack.
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Will you wed work till death do you part?
Many Americans now face retirement, hearts full of dreams, bank accounts full of nothing. For them, those Wall Street ads showing silver-haired couples sailing warm blue seas may seem aspirations beyond their grasp. Instead, they may find themselves the 72-year-old hired to drive the platinum couple from the airport to the docks.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

10 reasons to stay calm about those Russia Facebook ads
The latest excitement in the Trump-Russia investigation is a set of Facebook ads linked to Russia, about 3,000 in all, that some of the president's adversaries hope will prove the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The great regulatory rollback
One by one, the artifacts of President Barack Obama's rule by administrative fiat are tumbling.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Nobel Prize for cosmetic science?
Warning: What follows here is of no national consequence whatsoever.
Monday, October 9, 2017

What Americans think about NFL protests - and Trump
Whenever President Trump sets off a new controversy, there's always a period of hair-on-fire commentary, usually conducted in the absence of polls or other evidence of public opinion. It's happened again and again, the latest example being the president, the NFL and the national anthem.
Friday, October 6, 2017

Tillerson should go
If Secretary of State Rex Tillerson resigned, how would anyone know? 
Friday, October 6, 2017

House Republicans seek travel records for three Interior Department chiefs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee are asking the Interior Department to provide documents on use of private charter flights for government business by the past three Interior secretaries, including two who served under President Barack Obama.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

First responers
Ronald Reagan after the Challenger disaster. Bill Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing. George W. Bush after the terror attacks in Washington and New York. Barack Obama after the church shootings in Charleston.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Justices divided in key case about partisan districts; Kennedy vote controlling
WASHINGTON (AP) — A seemingly divided Supreme Court debated today whether to strike down a Wisconsin redistricting plan because it is too partisan, in a case that could affect elections across the country.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The passionate non sequiturs of the gun debate
The mind boggles at the horror of Las Vegas, where Stephen Paddock perched himself in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay and sprayed bullets into a crowd of outdoor concertgoers in the worst mass shooting in American history.  
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

First Monday in October: New Supreme Court term begins with new justice


Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is starting its new year, with Justice Neil Gorsuch on board for his first full term.

Monday, October 2, 2017

If life gives you Paul Ryan, make lemonade
It is now clear that Republicans are incapable of giving us a free market in health insurance, so it continues to be illegal in America to buy plans that don't cover shrinks, domestic violence counseling and HIV screening, and perhaps always shall be.
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Outsider politics: Moore's victory over Strange a McConnell indictment
HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — A firebrand Alabama jurist wrested a U.S. Senate nomination from an appointed incumbent backed by millions of dollars from national Republicans, adding a new chapter Tuesday to an era of outsider politics that ushered Donald Trump into the White House.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Trump's big problem: He talks too much
President Trump's speech in Alabama Friday night lasted one hour and 23 minutes. A transcript of his remarks runs to just over 12,000 words.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Not saving is the American way
Smart people living in harm's way of hurricanes know to fortify their homes before the storm hits. In a similar vein, the prudent will shore up their financial position before the next recession bears down -- and one surely will. We're all in harm's way of an economic downturn.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

No way to treat Old Glory
Old Glory is almost certainly the most honored flag in the world.

The late political scientist Samuel Huntington marveled at its place in our national life: We pledge allegiance to it. The national anthem celebrates it. An incredibly elaborate code stipulates how it is to be displayed, handled and maintained. It even has its own holiday.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Will President Trump bring the country back into the Paris climate agreement?
Will President Trump bring the country back into the Paris climate agreement? The bets are on, and this bet says he will.
Saturday, September 23, 2017

'Sovereignty' is not a dirty word

To listen to the commentary, Donald Trump used an inappropriate term at the U.N. -- not just "Rocket Man," but "sovereignty." 


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Megyn Kelly hopes for a new Trump-free zone with new morning show
NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly says she left Fox News Channel to bring more joy to her life. NBC hopes that starting Monday, she can spread some to the network and its viewers.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Colleges come to their senses the hard way
Harvard University came under justified attack when it named Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. Critics asked how Harvard could honor a former U.S. Army private convicted of leaking 750,000 classified or sensitive documents.
Friday, September 22, 2017

They don't call it 'The Great Tweet of China'
During the campaign, Donald J. Trump made lots of promises -- he'd be the greatest jobs president God ever created, he'd cut taxes, he'd balance the budget, he'd give all Americans fantastic health care, he'd renegotiate NAFTA, he'd scotch the Iran deal and so on.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Clash of cultures
Say this about President Donald J. Trump: He never fails to astonish. For in his maiden speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations Tuesday morning, he stunned his critics by his repeated, respectful bows to hoary tradition even as he opened up unusual attacks on other nations and rival ideologies -- and issued an unprecedented vow from a podium of peace to mount a military assault to "totally destroy" another country.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Over DACA, an acute case of Trump panic syndrome
The entire politico-media complex had a nervous breakdown last week over President Trump's position on DACA.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dr Paul The Dentist
Trinity Dodge Fixed

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