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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

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

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

Never Trumpers face vexing question: What to make of Trump successes?

The start of President Trump's second year in office has given Republicans and conservatives an opportunity to review a solid list of achievements: corporate and individual tax cuts; economic growth; wage growth; a conservative Supreme Court justice; a record number of circuit court confirmations; deregulation; the defeat of ISIS and more. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The limits of the resistance

Chuck Schumer started a government shutdown he couldn't finish. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Bad date with Ansari wasn't really a date

Nothing TV star Aziz Ansari did during that now-infamous one-night stand constituted sexual assault. It wasn't even a proper one-night stand. Ansari and the young woman never engaged in carnal intercourse. But the woman accused Ansari of being a sexist brute nonetheless. Herein lies a cautionary tale for all.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Trump is not a despot

It hasn't been easy recently to make an attack against President Donald Trump that is over-the-top enough to stand out from the run-of-the-mill hysteria, but outgoing Republican Sen. Jeff Flake managed it. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Dissociative personality disorder
Not checkers. Not Chinese checkers. Chinese checkers in three dimensions.

In zero gravity.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The left's dirty little secret -- cleaned by Rosa!
One thing no liberal will ever turn down is the opportunity to get a standing ovation for accusing someone else of racism.
Friday, January 19, 2018

Republicans don't really want to fix immigration
President Trump and the Republican leadership have made clear that they have no intention of repairing our chaotic immigration system. Why not? Because illegal immigration is a problem that bothers most Americans. Fix it and all these politicians have are tax cuts for the rich, environmental degradation, soaring deficits and the loss of health care.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Has 'Me Too' Gone Too Far?
Has "Me Too" gone too far?


We have miles to go before we sleep.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Paul Manafort has a point
It's not a popular thing to defend Paul Manafort, the international influence peddler who ran Donald Trump's presidential campaign for a short time in 2016. Just search for "Manafort" and, say, "sleazeball," and see what comes up. But even bad guys have a case sometimes. And Manafort has a case in his lawsuit against Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Trump's s***storm
The world fell on Donald Trump's head -- yet again -- when he said in a White House meeting that we should be trying to get immigrants from Norway rather than s***hole countries in the Third World.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Is government experience necessary?
President Winfrey: Don't you feel better already?
Monday, January 15, 2018

Democrats need to stop ingesting the right's propaganda
Donald Trump is fabulously adept at taking credit for and exaggerating every bit of good news, especially good economic news. When the news is bad, he changes the subject. Trump is the master, but Republicans generally are skilled at fine-tailoring reality for their benefit.
Monday, January 15, 2018

Federalism, Anyone?
For most of the 20th century, "federalism" was the cry of conservatives battling growing federal power that came, constitutionally at least, at the expense of the states. So their response to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal was not that children should work endless hours in unsafe conditions but that the federal government had no business legislating programs and laws to end child labor and establish minimum standards for work, labor and hour regulation and the rest.
Monday, January 15, 2018

It turns out Bannon was Trump's brain

In order to prove he doesn't have dementia, as alleged in a recent book, President Trump called a meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday -- and requested that it be televised.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Trump's dancing monkeys break bipartisan hearts

Sen. Lindsey Graham's reputation as an honorable conservative lies like a ripped-up banana peel at the bottom of the baboon cage. What happened? What turned the principled voice from South Carolina, respected by Republicans and Democrats alike, into one of Donald Trump's dancing monkeys?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

With D.C. distracted, immigration debate reaches critical point

While Washington obsesses over a new book on White House intrigue, the Trump administration is reaching a critical point on the issue of immigration, one of the president's top priorities and the subject of his most often-repeated campaign promises.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Yes, take Oprah seriously
If Hillary Clinton could deliver a political speech half as effectively as Oprah Winfrey, she might be president today.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

On health care, Democrats are shifing to offense, universal coverage for all

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for all.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Trump allies defend president against Wolff's claims: Completely fit they say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials and allies are rallying to the president’s defense, trying to contain the fallout from an explosive new book that questions Trump’s fitness for office.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Presidential personalities
CRAWFORD NOTCH, N.H. -- Standing here -- shivering here -- in one of America's changeless corners, where the snow-encrusted peaks stand immobile in the face of irrepressible winds and remorseless temperatures, it is sometimes hard to contemplate the changes beyond this low point along a fierce mountain ridge.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

A righteous campaign against MS-13
Donald Trump is given to lurid rhetoric, and in the MS-13 gang he has finally met a subject beyond his ability to exaggerate. 
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Celebrate Freedom, Not Pot
As many Californians reveled with unbridled joy over their new freedom to use marijuana for any reason, this writer felt the bit of mild disapproval tighten in her mouth.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Trumpist gets trumped
Steve Bannon just got Jeff Flaked.

The former Trump strategist who has been on a chest-thumping tour vowing to defeat any Republican officeholder insufficiently loyal to Donald Trump got savagely attacked by the president for his insufficient loyalty.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Al Franken's touching departure
I never thought I'd see it, but Al Franken has finally gotten around to calling a moving van.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Far from disappearing, dossier investigation intensifies
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official who, in late November 2016, traveled to London to receive a briefing and a copy of the Trump dossier from its author, former British spy Christopher Steele. Kramer then returned to the U.S. to give the document to Sen. John McCain.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Seven habits of highly effective resisters
Cleaning up the cultural and civic debris left by Donald Trump and his right-wing helpers will require concerted effort. The "resistance" is determined to do that, but to succeed, its members must develop some effective strategies and drop counterproductive ones.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wanting What You Have

New Years is when we make resolutions aimed at change: a new body (the diet resolution), a new partner (or any), a new job (or any) ... the familiar list. It's familiar because for most of us, we've been making the same resolutions for years. And the reason we've been making them every year is because we never get there.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

An unprecedented presidential year

Has there ever been a presidential year quite like this one?

An Inaugural Address that was at once a statement of triumph and a manifesto of change. A Supreme Court nomination fight that altered the Senate's customs and transformed its rules.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

The man who saved civilization

This year's best movie about a spirited band of resisters fighting an empire of evil isn't the latest entry in the "Star Wars" franchise, but "Darkest Hour," an extraordinarily deft and moving depiction of the outset of Winston Churchill's prime ministership during World War II. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Let's skip the war against Baby Boomers, okay?

When things get dull, enterprising rousers of rabble promote a war against something or other to gain attention. The war against the baby boom generation is already in full swing.

Friday, December 29, 2017

What thin people don't understand about dieting
(The Conversation via AP) —  Diets do not work.

The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn’t lead to long-term weight loss or health gains.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Happy Kwanzaa! The holiday brought to you by the FBI
Kwanzaa, celebrated exclusively by white liberals, is a fake holiday invented in 1966 by black radical/FBI stooge Ron Karenga -- aka Dr. Maulana Karenga, founder of United Slaves, the violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers. Liberals have become so mesmerized by multicultural gibberish that they have forgotten the real history of Kwanzaa and Karenga's United Slaves.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Democrats should dial back racial bargaining
The election of Doug Jones in Alabama delivered much joy to Democrats, and they rightly heralded the huge African-American turnout, without which Jones would not have won. But Democrats should have stopped there. Some of their prominent voices went further with the theme that black voters did them a favor.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

'Let us sing of greater things'
It is surely possible to be somewhere in the United States in the Christmas season without ready access to a performance of Handel's "Messiah," perhaps in the middle of Denali National Park or the Mojave Desert. 
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

More turbulence ahead
The year began with portentous questions: How will Donald J. Trump govern? How will the markets, which crave stability, react to a president who creates chaos? Can the Republicans, stricken with doubts about the chief executive and riven by factions, unite to redeem their fondest dream, the repeal of Obamacare? Will Trump, a magnet for publicity and controversy, continue to command the center ring in a nation with compelling sideshows in the arts, in sport, in commerce and finance?
Saturday, December 23, 2017

Nancy Pelosi's tax apocalypse
To listen to the Democrats, the American middle class will be lucky to survive the Republican tax bill.
Saturday, December 23, 2017

God Rest Ye Merry, Subway Riders
Collective groans greeted the New York subway system's decision to stop referring to passengers as "ladies and gentlemen." In olden days, which now date to last month, subway conductors would include these words in public announcements. For example: "Ladies and gentlemen, please watch your personal belongings."
Friday, December 22, 2017

Trump has year of solid policy accomplishments. What now?
Something is happening in the final days of 2017. People are noticing that Donald Trump has gotten a lot done in his tumultuous first year in the White House. If in, say, 2014, a Republican, of either the conservative or moderate variety, predicted that in 2017 a newly elected GOP president and Congress would --
Friday, December 22, 2017

Republicans should try doing something popular
When the Titanic struck an iceberg, the crew might have rushed to the storeroom, grabbed the materials and spruced up the ship with a shiny new coat of paint. Women in their beautiful fur coats could stand on deck, admiring the lustrous sheen, as everyone pointed to it saying, "What a thing of beauty!"
Thursday, December 21, 2017

God rest ye merry, subway riders
Collective groans greeted the New York subway system's decision to stop referring to passengers as "ladies and gentlemen." In olden days, which now date to last month, subway conductors would include these words in public announcements. For example: "Ladies and gentlemen, please watch your personal belongings."
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Give Trump credit where it's due
Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the Republican tax bill almost as an afterthought.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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

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