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Is the Trump Tower meeting really proof of collusion?
If there is an Exhibit A in the case that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to fix the presidential election, it is the June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower between three top campaign officials -- Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner -- and a group of Russians who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Chinese threat isn't just trade
We are currently engaged in a high-profile negotiation that may or may not succeed in getting the Chinese to buy more of our stuff.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mike Pence is determined to be heard from again
Thomas Marshall, whom you very likely have never heard of, served as Woodrow Wilson's vice president and is known for his declaration that what America needed was a good five-cent cigar. But he also is the man who used to tell the story of two brothers, one who went to sea and was drowned and the other who became vice president of the United States. Neither was ever heard from again.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Prosperity exacts a quality-of-life price
It's the craziest thing. Factory towns that bled both jobs and people still have a fine housing stock, cheap for lack of demand. Booming tech centers, meanwhile, attract battalions of newcomers despite their soaring housing costs and growing congestion.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Russia temptation
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, uttered a forlorn sentiment at a Center for American Progress conference. She said Democrats can't spend all their time bemoaning President Donald Trump's existence, and that her voters care more about soybean exports than Russian bots. 
Saturday, May 19, 2018

On the McCain controversy
There have been some ugly comments recently about Sen. John McCain. With the senator at home in Arizona fighting brain cancer, a young White House aide reportedly told colleagues they need not worry about his objections to CIA nominee Gina Haspel because, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway."
Friday, May 18, 2018

Donald Trump's Jerusalem triumph
In the second century A.D., Jewish rebels who had stunned the Romans and liberated a portion of Judea overstruck imperial coins with images and a message of their own, "Year One of the Redemption of Jerusalem." 
Friday, May 18, 2018

The Irish aren't red-headed Mexicans
In an interview with NPR last Friday, Trump's chief of staff John Kelly described the illegal aliens pouring across our border in the most gentle manner imaginable.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

California keeps the faith on climate, replacing Washington
Many on the right insist that California's tough environmental rules are strangling its businesses. Evidence to the contrary emerged last week in news that California has just zoomed past Britain to become the world's fifth-biggest economy. California must be doing something right.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The presidential predecessor precedent
For decades American presidents have carefully planned their public utterances. Donald J. Trump's improvisational, even impulsive, style has changed that paradigm. For decades American presidents have embraced a combination of international engagement and free trade. Trump has upended that. For decades American presidents have courted established power centers, including the news media. Trump has turned that Washington fandango on its ear.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Donald Trump, man of his word
The instant analysis on cable TV of President Donald Trump's decision to dump the Iran deal had a weary resignation to it: He said he would do this.
Monday, May 14, 2018

They slaughter horses, don't they?
When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean -- free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Freeing Predators to Bilk Little People Hurts Everyone
The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was that nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car companies to the edge of bankruptcy. Unemployment soared to 10 percent.
Thursday, May 10, 2018

The #MeToo Man Takes a Fall
What was Eric Schneiderman thinking? That as the very ambitious attorney general of New York, he could turn himself into the patron saint of the #MeToo movement while physically abusing women, as four women have alleged?
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Tell the truth about Stormy Daniels
Rudy Giuliani's account of Donald Trump's role in the payment to Stormy Daniels has collapsed into near-incoherence.  
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Rod Rosenstein has botched the Mueller probe
Rod Rosenstein is doing a star turn as principled defender of the law, but he's performed abysmally as deputy attorney general, and President Donald Trump would be fully justified in firing him.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trump says he won't let the Constitutional right to bear arms be under siege
DALLAS (AP) — Months after the horror of the Parkland school shootings in Florida, President Donald Trump stood before cheering members of the National Rifle Association and urged them to elect more Republicans to Congress to defend gun rights.
Saturday, May 5, 2018

All political hope is local
This has nothing to do with Donald Trump, or everything to do with Donald Trump, or maybe someplace in between. This was caused by the election of Donald Trump, or this caused the election of Donald Trump, or maybe a little of each.
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lynching metaphor use by celebrities disgusts those who know history of lynching
WASHINGTON (AP) — R. Kelly says boycotting his music because of the sexual abuse allegations against him amounts to a “public lynching.” Bill Cosby’s people say his conviction was a lynching, too. Kanye West, in trying to defend his inflammatory comments about slavery, has been tweeting lynching imagery to assure fans he won’t be silenced.
Friday, May 4, 2018

GOP midterm slogan: 'We need guest workers to do your jobs!'
At a rally in Michigan last weekend, President Trump promised to bring in lots of guest workers to -- I quote -- "do your jobs."
Friday, May 4, 2018

"America First"
"America First" would be a harmless phrase were it not loaded with dark undertones. It harks back to the America First Committee, a group advocating U.S. neutrality in World War II. Some members were Nazi sympathizers, while others simply wanted to keep America out of another bloody conflict in Europe. The attack on Pearl Harbor put the committee out of business.
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Democrats and the Trump impeachment trap
George W. Bush was in terrible political shape in the spring of 2006. The Iraq war was going disastrously, and voters were tired of the president, whose job approval rating in the RealClearPolitics average of polls was around 35 percent. (Bush's disapproval rating was around 60 percent.) The upcoming November '06 midterms were shaping up as a debacle for Republicans, who seemed likely to lose control of both houses of Congress.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hold the Nobel Peace Prize
Who would have guessed that a Trump crowd 15 months into his presidency would be chanting, "Nobel! Nobel! Nobel!"
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Maine way that could change politics
If the old saw from the 18th and 19th centuries --  As Maine goes, so goes the nation -- has any 21st-century validity, the entire nation may be on the verge of an entirely new political era.
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Judges for the #resistance
There is a lawlessness rampant in the land, but it isn't emanating from the Trump administration.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Elder rape and immigration
This week, we'll cover one of the little-noticed ways mass Third World immigration is making our country more colorful: elder rape.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

The cheerleaders' complaint
In a brilliant public relations move, the lawyer representing two former cheerleaders (one from the New Orleans Saints and the other from the Miami Dolphins) who have complained of discrimination said that her clients would settle their claims for $1 if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would just agree to meet with them.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Republican high-water mark
If Republicans aren't losing their congressional majority this coming fall, they are doing a good job of acting like it.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Is 'Can't prove untrue' the new standard in Trump probe?
When a political figure is accused of wrongdoing, a conversation begins among journalists, commentators and public officials. Are the charges true? Can the accusers prove it?
Wednesday, April 25, 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

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