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home : opinion : editorial April 24, 2018

Bernie the good vs. Bernie the bad
Bernie Sanders is back in the news, showing us all both his good side and the bad. Let's start with the good.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018


A farewell to the WASPs
The memorial service for Barbara Bush over the weekend marked the passing of an era.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The U.S. senate is becoming the great dilatory body
- There was a time, within living memory, when giants strode the Senate chamber.
Monday, April 23, 2018

One percent chance Comey not a self-dramatizing fruitcake
There have been a lot of questions about why Trump fired James Comey, ever since he announced to NBC's Lester Holt -- incomprehensibly -- that it was his decision, citing, by my count, at least a half-dozen different reasons.
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Imagine a 2020 street fight between Cuomo and Trump
Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Thank You, Mrs. Bush
My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago Wednesday, passing away in his bed in my parents' home in Houston.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Social media spreads fake bodies, as well as fake news
Phony "news" stories aren't the only toxic content being spread on social media these days. Bad people are pitching digitally touched-up rear ends and modified thighs as real, dismaying teens and young women unable to attain what's being sold as perfection.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The prig vs. the president
James Comey did it, naturally, for the children. 
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The last special counsel
Donald Trump shouldn't fire Robert Mueller, but Mueller should be the last special counsel.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Paul Ryan story - a tragedy in multiple dimensions
Finally, House Speaker Paul Ryan edged President Donald Trump out of the nation's attention.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Dreamers in the news
With all the tender concern President Trump and Nancy Pelosi have been heaping on "Dreamers" of late, you'd think the media would notice and pepper us with stories about these "incredible kids," as Trump calls them. Alas, no. Our tedious media drones refuse to provide us with moving human interest stories about the Dreamers.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sinclair broadcast group releases video attacking CNN for 'hypocrisy'
The Sinclair Broadcast Group attacked CNN on Tuesday for what it considers hypocrisy about the chain’s recent directive to local news anchors to read a message to viewers denouncing fake news.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lots of Mueller action, but what about collusion?
Remember collusion? The allegation that Donald Trump and his aides coordinated or conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 presidential election is the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg's insufferable tripe
Once again, Mark Zuckerberg is sorry.  The founder of Facebook, who has apologized for privacy breaches throughout much of his company's existence, is back at it, on a much larger stage than ever before.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Porn star's attorney alleging Trump affair to offer reward
The attorney for a porn actress who says she had an affair with President Donald Trump plans to release a composite sketch Tuesday of the person he says threatened Stormy Daniels to stay quiet — and says there will be a reward for help with identification.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Midterm massacre? Or Trumpian exceptionalsim?
Woodrow Wilson lost 61, Warren Harding 77. Harry Truman lost 54, Lyndon Johnson 47. Ronald Reagan lost 26, Bill Clinton 54. And Barack Obama? He lost 63.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Don't talk to Mueller, Mr. President

The chief threat to Donald Trump at the moment isn't that he'll fire Robert Mueller, but that he'll cooperate too readily. 


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Congress' dilemma: Tame the behemoth Facebook or just accepts its apology?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook isn’t just a company. It’s a behemoth, with 2.1 billion monthly users, $40 billion in revenue and more than 25,000 employees worldwide.


Friday, April 6, 2018

College Blues

In those days, you could tell by the size of the envelope. A thick envelope, full of registration materials and welcoming letters, meant you got in.


Friday, April 6, 2018

We used to care about one another
Once upon a time, we cared about the welfare of our fellow Americans. Farmers in the Midwest devastated by tornadoes, trailer parks washed away in a Florida hurricane, our country's ranking on various international comparisons -- we all rooted for our fellow Americans. Like all countries, we would squabble, but we were family. We were all Americans.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

On the Trump-Russia investigation and the rule of law
Recently, I took part in a debate on the question "Does the Russia investigation endanger the rule of law?" I said yes.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Amazon isn't a villain
President Donald Trump gets results. His attacks on Amazon have tanked the company's stock. 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Never Trump delusion
Donald Trump is a dominant presence in our public life, although one that his adversaries have trouble accepting and processing.
Monday, April 2, 2018

Officials set April date for New Mexico border wall work
Officials are hoping to break ground on a project replacing 20 miles of border wall in Santa Teresa, New Mexico in early April.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Stirrings in the heartland
Memo to Democrats who think the Donald J. Trump phenomenon in the American heartland is a passing fancy: The latest census figures released this spring suggest fresh growth in the Midwest, the sea of Republican red that swept the Manhattan billionaire into the White House.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

The fashion of Silicon Knavery
How did it come to this? How was Mark Zuckerberg able to prance the globe vacuuming up the ad revenues that rightly belonged to the news organizations providing his content? How did he not notice the unauthorized use of Facebook subscribers' data by the Trump campaign? And how did he get away with making billions off the undermining of democracy while playing the carefree adolescent in a T-shirt?
Saturday, March 31, 2018

3-D chess: It only looks like Trump is throwing away his presidency
I can't wait to see Trump's next move in his game of "3-D chess"!
Friday, March 30, 2018

Stormy Daniel's sharp-suited, media-savvy attorney is Trump's newest nemesis
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Ball of confusion
What are we to make of precise poll data that reflect nothing short of confusion and contention? Are the polls confused, or is it simply that the interpreters of those public-sentiment gauges are confused? Do these polls reflect, or contribute to, our sorry state?
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Bill Clinton redux

Stormy Daniels could have stepped right out of the 1990s. 

She would have been a natural in a Bill Clinton scandal, and, in fact, all the same means would have been used against her. 


Friday, March 23, 2018

House GOP delivers blow to Trump-Russia collusion story
It has long been the key question of the Trump-Russia affair: Did Donald Trump's presidential campaign collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election? Now, we have the first official, albeit partisan, answer.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NRA gave $7 million to hundreds of schools; few show signs of cutting ties

(AP) — The National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis, but few have shown any indication that they'll follow the lead of businesses that are cutting ties with the group following last month's massacre at a Florida high school.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Does Gary Cohn's exodus mark the end of Trump's Goldman Sachs era?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Has President Donald Trump’s romance with the Goldman Sachs crowd gone cold?
Friday, March 9, 2018

Emanuel: Administration cannot bully or blackmail Chicago into changing values
The Trump administration’s lawsuit challenging California’s efforts to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally served as the latest warning shot at communities nationwide with so-called sanctuary policies.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Racial quotas kill kids
President Obama did a lot of bad things, but pound for pound, one of the worst was the January 2014 "Dear Colleague" letter sent jointly by his Education and Justice Departments to all public schools threatening lawsuits over racial discrimination in student discipline.
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Donald Trump's most casually broken promise
Politicians break campaign promises all the time. Some are big promises; some are small. But few have been broken as completely, as brazenly, and as casually as Donald Trump's promise not to play golf, or at least not to play a lot of golf, as president.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Senator Elizabeth Warren seeks to put the 'Pocahontas' barbs behind her
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hoping to defuse an issue that has dogged her for years, her claims of Native American heritage, ahead of a possible run for president in 2020. 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Italian upset: Populist, right-wing, anti-immigrant party surpasses center-right

Two populist and stridently anti-European Union political groups — both fierce rivals — surged in Italy’s parliamentary election at the expense of the country’s traditional powers, but neither gained enough support to govern alone, preliminary results showed Monday.

 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Of arms and Americans: Key turning points
Commenting on the revolutions of 1848 in Europe, the British historian A.J.P. Taylor remarked that "German history reached its turning point and failed to turn." This winter, in the wake of the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and amid Washington discussion of background checks, bump-stock bans and assault-weapon restrictions, the United States may have reached a turning point on gun control.
Monday, March 5, 2018

The agony of Jeff Sessions
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been attacked and belittled by President Donald Trump more than Vladimir Putin has.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Middle America must lead on guns
America desperately needed a new kind of citizen leader to force political change. She found it in the students, parents and teachers scarred by the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school. Watch how effective they've been at making the case for tighter gun laws. Watch how they've alarmed politicians under NRA control.
Saturday, March 3, 2018

Trump and Obama: Who's really tougher on Russia?
Recently, President Trump tweeted, "I have been much tougher on Russia than Obama, just look at the facts. Total Fake News!"
Friday, March 2, 2018

John Kelly shouldn't go anywhere
If John Kelly didn't exist, President Donald Trump would have to invent him, and he wouldn't be able to.
Friday, March 2, 2018

A must read: Nikolas Cruz wasn't the only crazy one
Nikolas Cruz's psychosis ended in a bloody massacre not only because of the stunning incompetence of the Broward County Sheriff's Department. It was also the result of liberal insanity working exactly as it was intended to.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Broward County sheriff is everything that's wrong with American authority
The sheriff is an outsized figure in the American imagination. He is Wyatt Earp, shooting it out with outlaws at the O.K. Corral. He is John Wayne, a lonely instrument of frontier justice. He is Rick Grimes, the resourceful survivor of a zombie apocalypse in "The Walking Dead."
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Russian revelations
It's over. It's just the beginning. The president is exculpated. He's still vulnerable. The special counsel now has affirmed the White House line. He still could be in the president's crosshairs.
Monday, February 26, 2018

In facing Russia, we don't even have a Neville Chamberlain
"Darkest Hour" follows Winston Churchill's struggle to rouse Britain to confront the Nazi menace. Winning the war was step two. Step one, the movie's theme, was to get the country to agree to wage war.
Monday, February 26, 2018

Russian revelations
It's over. It's just the beginning. The president is exculpated. He's still vulnerable. The special counsel now has affirmed the White House line. He still could be in the president's crosshairs.
Saturday, February 24, 2018

In Facing Russia, We Don't Even Have a Neville Chamberlain
"Darkest Hour" follows Winston Churchill's struggle to rouse Britain to confront the Nazi menace. Winning the war was step two. Step one, the movie's theme, was to get the country to agree to wage war.
Saturday, February 24, 2018

A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment
There's been no shortage of breathless reaction to Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. "An attack that -- but for the loss of life -- is as bad as Pearl Harbor," tweeted veteran journalist Jonathan Alter.
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Immigration agency rewrites mission statement with reference to 'lawful'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The agency that oversees legal immigration no longer describes the U.S. as “a nation of immigrants” in its mission statement.


Friday, February 23, 2018

A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment

There's been no shortage of breathless reaction to Trump-Russia special prosecutor Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian organizations for their efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. "An attack that -- but for the loss of life -- is as bad as Pearl Harbor," tweeted veteran journalist Jonathan Alter.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Amazing new breakthrough to reduce mass shootings
As fun as it is to ridicule the FBI for devoting massive resources to chasing down Hillary Clinton's oppo research while blowing off repeated, specific warnings about school shooter Nikolas Cruz, we've put a lot on the agency's plate.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Russian bot hysteria
If only Joe McCarthy had lived to see this moment, when it is suddenly in vogue to attribute large-scale events in American politics to the hand of Russia and to inveigh against domestic subversion.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A teacher's stern advice to parents following the Florida school shooting
Kelly Guthrie Raley, 41, a teacher who was named ‘Teacher of the Year’ at her Florida middle school, posted this powerful message for parents on Facebook after 17 people lost their lives in the nation’s most recent school attack:
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In November, Democrats Need to Be the Third Party
Widespread displeasure with Donald Trump and his party bodes well for Democrats in November. They have a good chance of retaking the House and a decent one of winning a Senate majority. But to get there, they must be smart. And being smart includes attracting Republicans repelled by Trump.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

The GOP and the prudence thing
Gather round, gentle reader, and I will tell you a tale of yesteryear. It involves the Republican Party, and you will not recognize the institution I am about to describe, full of men in homburgs and little old ladies in tennis shoes, unduly worried about communists at home, to be sure, but also preoccupied with thrift, good manners, and social and cultural stability.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Have Democrats overplayed their Trump hand?
It turns out that, with apologies to Nancy Pelosi, Republicans really did have to pass the tax bill so people could find out what's in it.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Anatomy of a coup
Every place you look in Robert Mueller's investigation, the same names keep popping up: FBI agent Peter Strzok and sleazy, foreign private eye -- or "British intelligence agent" -- Christopher Steele.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Ash Wednesday: The spiritual dimension of ashes is emphasized throughout Bible
(The Conversation via AP) Today, Ash Wednesday, many Christians arrived at work with a black cross smudged on their foreheads; countless more will slip into a church or a chapel during their lunch break or after work to receive the sign that tells the arrival of Ash Wednesday, the traditional start of the Christian season of Lent.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What explains the FBI's deep faith in Trump dossier author?
One of the most remarkable takeaways from the new documents released in the Trump-Russia investigation is the degree to which FBI officials were determined to believe Trump dossier author Christopher Steele -- even after it became clear he had lied to them.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

No, #MeToo isn't going to chase Trump from office
Kirsten Gillibrand, dubbed the #MeToo senator by "60 Minutes," wants President Donald Trump's scalp. 
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Republicans, united?

Earlier this month, two important Republicans -- one the president of the United States, the other a onetime Rhodes Scholar who was a high-profile governor -- weighed in on the same day on the state of the Republican Party.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Democrats eye state Senate control, House upset in Minnesota special election

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota voters were choosing successors today for two legislators who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, as Democrats sought to remain in striking distance of taking back the state Senate and add a solidly Republican state House seat to their list of upsets leading up to the midterms.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Drop the shock. Just get these creeps out of office

There were actually two shocking things about the Rob Porter story. 


Monday, February 12, 2018

Republicans, united?

Earlier this month, two important Republicans -- one the president of the United States, the other a onetime Rhodes Scholar who was a high-profile governor -- weighed in on the same day on the state of the Republican Party.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Trump inclined to release Democratic memo if intel will revise sensitive parts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing national security concerns, the White House has notified the House Intelligence Committee that President Donald Trump is “unable” to declassify a memo drafted by Democrats that counters GOP allegations about abuse of government surveillance powers in the FBI’s Russia probe.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Obama-backed committee investing millions targeting races in 11 states

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama said this week it plans to invest millions of dollars in state-level elections in 11 states this year, with its heaviest focus on Ohio.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Yes, throw a parade

The Pentagon has confirmed that it is in the preliminary stages of planning a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue -- one of President Donald Trump's fondest desires. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Carter Page: Agent 000
If you've been watching MSNBC and, consequently, have no idea what was in the CONTROVERSIAL! DISPUTED! AMATEURISH! memo released by the House Intelligence Committee (the "Nunes memo"), here is a brief summary:
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Clean energy and dollars are both green
Some of the nation's fiercest winds tear across the 100-odd miles separating Casper and Rawlins, making Wyoming a potential colossus of wind power. So why is Wyoming the only state to tax wind power? Ask the politicians representing America's biggest producer of coal. Or simpler, check their donor list.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Republicans and those 'attacks' on the FBI
The news is filled with reports that Republicans in Washington are "attacking" the FBI over the Trump-Russia investigation.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Robert Mueller is no Ken Starr
No matter the criticisms directed his way by Republicans, Robert Mueller should count himself lucky: He's not Ken Starr.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Big Pharma may own Washington, but it doesn't own Amazon
President Trump offered few words about health care in his State of the Union address. He did mention drug prices, though.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

This Super Bowl Sunday, the clash of the cultures
Last month, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, the president of Villanova University on Philadelphia's Main Line, insisted that the organist play "On Eagle's Wings" at Mass before the NFC Championship Game.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Trump's unifying nationalism
Donald Trump gave a notably unifying State of the Union address that didn't back down an inch from his controversial nationalism. 
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Democrats boo America
Thursday, February 1, 2018

On immigration, Trump goes for it all
Back in 2015, before the presidential primaries began, a voter asked candidate Donald Trump if he believed compromise should be part of politics.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

In search of liberal dreams and conservative clarity
In this era, when the inexplicable is inevitable, the inscrutable is inconspicuous and the unprecedented is unavoidable, some characteristics of the age still possess the power to astonish. Today we examine two of them, one for liberals, one for conservatives.  
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

In search of liberal dreams and conservative clarity

In this era, when the inexplicable is inevitable, the inscrutable is inconspicuous and the unprecedented is unavoidable, some characteristics of the age still possess the power to astonish. Today we examine two of them, one for liberals, one for conservatives.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

What if Trump did try to fire Mueller? Why does it matter?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pushed back against reports that he ordered White House lawyer Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

In search of liberal dreams and conservative clarity

In this era, when the inexplicable is inevitable, the inscrutable is inconspicuous and the unprecedented is unavoidable, some characteristics of the age still possess the power to astonish. Today we examine two of them, one for liberals, one for conservatives.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Durbin-Graham is the problem, not the solution

After the experience of the past two weeks, it's not White House adviser Stephen Miller and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton who should be expelled from immigration negotiations, but Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham. 


Friday, January 26, 2018

A shutdown not to remember

By Groundhog Day, the government shutdown will have been largely forgotten. That's a guarantee.

As memory of that long weekend fades, the matter of whether Democrats won, lost or tied in the deal to reopen the federal government will be of little consequence -- at least to those of us who have lives.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Lindsey Graham, the uninvited guest
Why does Sen. Lindsey Graham have a seat at the table on immigration? Are Jorge Ramos and Vicente Fox unavailable?
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Bourne signs on as chief co-sponsor of resolution opposing vehicle mileage tax

Litchfield, Ill. — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) has signed on as Chief Co-Sponsor of House Resolution 766, a resolution that voices opposition to taxing Illinois drivers per mile traveled.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

















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