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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

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

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