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Must the show go on?
 We are in Week 2 of the president of the United States and his communications director of six days feuding on Twitter and cable TV.
Saturday, August 24, 2019

On setting vehicle efficiency, California will win
It was almost the weirdest Trump play of the week. The president's bizarre threats against carmakers fell in the shadows after he called off a meeting with the Danish prime minister because she wouldn't discuss selling him Greenland.
Friday, August 23, 2019

Good for the Jews?
Years ago, Frank Rich, the legendary New York Times columnist, wrote a piece -- channeling his grandmother -- on the first question her generation used to ask when big news broke: Is it good for the Jews? Or (more often) is it bad for the Jews?

You could hardly blame them. Living through the Holocaust makes the question painfully relevant.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Why the New York Times is unreformable and must die
Even before The New York Times launched its "All Slavery, All the Time" project, no one could accuse that paper of skimping on its race coverage, particularly stories about black males killed by white(ish) police officers.
Thursday, August 22, 2019

No, there will be no big infrastructure plan
Democrats running for president are vowing to bring high-speed internet to rural America. President Donald Trump campaigned on the same promise. It was to be part of his big infrastructure plan. But no, there will be no big infrastructure plan.

Responding to the Democratic candidates' reminder of a broken pledge, Trump's former infrastructure adviser, D.J. Gribbin, told Politico: "If I were in the White House right now, I would point to the fact that we had a plan. We took a big swing."

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

What we need to know from the Horowitz report
There will be much to learn in Inspector General Michael Horowitz's upcoming report on the Trump-Russia investigation, but most of it will likely boil down to just two questions: One, how much did the Obama Justice Department spy on the Trump campaign? And two, was it justified?

Many Democrats would immediately protest the word "spying." But the public already knows the FBI secured a warrant to wiretap low-level Trump adviser Carter Page a few months after Page left the campaign. The public also knows the FBI used informant Stefan Halper to gather information on other Trump campaign figures. And the public knows the FBI sent an undercover agent who went by the alias "Azra Turk" to London to tease information out of another low-level Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Throwing America under the bus
Beto O'Rourke has taken the measure of America and found it wanting.  

"This country, though we would like to think otherwise," he intoned over the weekend, "was founded on racism, has persisted through racism and is racist today."

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Is Pritzker tax plan a good way to allocate wealth in Illinois?
Gov. J. B. Pritzker has proposed a graduated income tax for Illinois (higher rates for higher incomes), which prompts these fundamental questions: How should society allocate wealth? How should government redistribute it? And, of course, should we vote for or against the graduated tax at the 2020 election? (Whew, talk about big topics for 800 words!)
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Biden picks his way along New Hampshire's rocky political terrain
The peaks here are treacherous. Seasoned hikers have stumbled on their paths across the Presidential Range. Many of them have fallen. So, too, have political front-runners.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

The ultimate accomplice
He could never have done it alone.

I'm not talking about his suicide. That he did himself.

I'm talking about his crimes.

Friday, August 16, 2019

What the El Paso shooter learned from the immigrants
I know who filled the El Paso mass shooter's head with murderous thoughts! Contrary to the conclusions of The New York Times' Jeremy Peters, it wasn't me and other conservatives.

Peters says we caused Patrick Crusius' monstrous shooting spree by calling illegal immigrants streaming across our border "invaders." It seems that Crusius' "manifesto" also called illegal aliens "invaders." You see? We used the word "invaders" -- and so did he! CHECKMATE!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The ultimate accomplice
He could never have done it alone.

I'm not talking about his suicide. That he did himself.

I'm talking about his crimes.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Why is the presidential field so old?
Here are the ages that the top presidential candidates will be on Inauguration Day, 2021: Bernie Sanders, 79; Joe Biden, 78; Donald Trump, 74; and Elizabeth Warren, 71.

If Sanders were elected and served two terms, he would be in office until age 87. If Biden did the same, he would serve until 86. If President Trump were re-elected, he would serve until 78. If Warren served two terms, she would be 79.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mistakes were made -- always in Jeffrey Epstein's favor
The Jeffrey Epstein case establishes beyond a doubt that if you're a sexual predator, it pays to be a rich and connected sexual predator.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Boycotting Trump donors to save country
New York real estate developer Stephen Ross was reportedly shocked by calls to boycott his businesses. The issue was the fundraiser he held last weekend for Donald Trump.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Economy not so rosy for the middle class
We keep hearing about this wonderful economy of ours. Jobs plentiful. Inflation low. Interest rates low. Where's the problem?
Monday, August 12, 2019

Michael Bennet for President
Doesn't have a chance?

When the public says they're looking for that so-called generic Democrat whom they would overwhelmingly favor over President Donald Trump, they mean Michael Bennet. They just don't know it yet.

Monday, August 12, 2019

The thing about turning points
With almost no attention, and surely no grand commemoration, Maine this summer marked an important American anniversary that, despite its unheralded nature, provided one of the more vital, and less well-known, turning points in the nation's history.
Monday, August 12, 2019

Immigration restriction is not hate
President Donald Trump's immigration agenda has always been considered exclusionary and prejudiced by progressives; now they consider it tainted by mass murder.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

It's an invasion! - of moronic arguments
BREAKING NEWS: MASS SHOOTING IN DAYTON, OHIO, LAST SATURDAY NIGHT. (This may not be news to you, but I watch MSNBC, so I didn't find out about the Dayton massacre until yesterday.)
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Never Trump quandary: When you want Trump to lose but can't bear his Democratic opponents
The Democratic debates have been hard on Never Trumpers. The small but vocal group of Republicans and former Republicans who oppose President Trump has watched in horror as Democrats veered leftward, embracing "Medicare for All," virtually open borders, sky-high taxes and other positions no conservative could ever accept. The Never Trumpers see disaster coming in the form of the president winning re-election over a Democrat who moved too far left for the American voter.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Lack of love and money leads to urban violence, say 'experts'
I left the prison on a recent Wednesday with a better understanding of what foments urban violence, after talking with the real experts — inmates who grew up in major Illinois cities.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The FBI crushed the Klan and should target violent white supremacists today
At some point in the late 1960s, you could be forgiven for thinking that the FBI was in charge of the KKK.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Good men with guns won't protect us
It was a remarkable 15 hours in American history. A mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, taking nine lives was overshadowed by a massacre in El Paso, Texas, costing 21.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Democratic candidates ignore Social Security at their own peril
More than 210,000 people here in the state that holds the first presidential primary are retired workers drawing Social Security. Washington sends $290 million a year here in old-age benefits. Overall, the median age here is 43 years old, making it the eighth oldest state -- and by far the oldest of the states holding early political tests.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

Death Penalty Politics
I have been studying death penalty politics (as well as law) for decades, largely because I've had to. The death penalty bedeviled Democratic candidates in the '80s and '90s, and its repercussions are still felt today. Back then, the public was for it.
Saturday, August 3, 2019

E-cigarette giant Juul Labs campaign donations largely favor Democrats
WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarette giant Juul Labs gave nearly $100,000 to members of Congress during the first half of 2019 as the company faced the bulk of the blame for a surge of underage vaping and calls for tighter government regulation of the industry.
Friday, August 2, 2019

Anti green energy financial rescue of nuke and coal plants infuriates some
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A financial rescue for Ohio’s nuclear plants and two coal-fired plants that will force the state’s residents and businesses to fork over roughly $1.5 billion is galvanizing environmentalists and some conservatives.
Friday, August 2, 2019

End is near for much of Democratic field
Thursday, August 1, 2019

What If you like your private insurance?
About 138 million Americans voted in the last presidential election.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Court to the Washington Post: Don't try too hard to get it right
Last week, U.S. District Court Judge William O. Bertelsman dismissed Nick Sandmann's $250 million defamation suit against The Washington Post for its stories about a mythical racist hate-crime allegedly committed by Sandmann, a Catholic schoolboy, against fake war hero and "Indigenous Person" Nathan Phillips.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

'Moscow Mitch' is a ridiculous smear
There was a time when the left considered McCarthyism the worst of all political tactics. That was before it became useful to question Mitch McConnell's loyalty to his country.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Energetic O'Rourke must move fast or be left behind
Someone needs to whisper this into Beto O'Rourke's ear before this week's Democratic debate: "Step up or step away."
Monday, July 29, 2019

Heat wave
On the day I left Paris (after a well-timed visit to my daughter), the temperature was 96 degrees Fahrenheit, and it was still morning. That day, it climbed to 104; the next day was the hottest in France in recorded history.
Monday, July 29, 2019

Why walking on the moon meant so much
This week let us consider the wisdom of this remark:

"This isn't the work of one man or even a group of men. It is a historical process which mankind is carrying out in accordance with the natural law of human development."

Saturday, July 27, 2019

'Cosmopolitan' is a perfectly fine word for cosmopolitans
Missouri Republican senator Josh Hawley used a perfectly good word in its appropriate context, and stands accused of dog-whistle bigotry. 
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Can Al Franken be rehabilitated?
Al Franken, the Minnesota Democrat and former "Saturday Night Live" star forced out of the Senate in late 2017 by #MeToo allegations, is back in the news.The New Yorker has published a long article suggesting Franken was "railroaded" -- author Jane Mayer's word -- and reporting that several of Franken's old Senate colleagues now regret calling for him to resign.
Friday, July 26, 2019

A rising political star, Kander was dealing with issues that haunt veterans
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Not so many months ago, Jason Kander was spending his life on airplanes. The picture of youth and energy, Kander was in demand from Democratic groups across the U.S., a military veteran from middle America making a powerful case for generational change in his party, possibly with an eye toward a 2020 presidential run.
Friday, July 26, 2019

Mueller has a reputation. . .
It is apparently part of Robert Mueller's contract with the media that he must always be described as "honorable" and a "lifelong Republican." (After this week, we can add "dazed and confused" to his appellation.)
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Democrats, send the wonks home
Wonks can be useful people. Having studied the deep innards of public policy, wonks are essential to constructing programs that can function as desired. They help write complicated laws. But whereas wonks may know all the parts that make a clock work, they are usually not good at selling the clock. You need marketers for that.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

For Planned Parenthood, no doctors need apply
Poor Leana Wen. She took Planned Parenthood's propaganda a little too seriously. And now she's out of a job.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Push-ups won't make the Biden campaign strong
Can a candidate who is leading the field by 12 points be weak? That's the question of Joe Biden's run for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Trump's 2 darkest sides are talking against Congresswomen
"Racist" is the watchword on every pen and tongue explaining why President Donald Trump denounced four young congresswomen of color who are way left of center. But it's not all black and white.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Drug Price Gouging: An American Story
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Ilhan Omar is completely assimilated, in a way
Beto O'Rourke, the losing Texas senator candidate who bootstrapped his way into becoming a losing presidential candidate, had a message for refugees who had come to America: Your new country is a hellhole. 
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Middle-Class Joe cashes in
The American middle class just got a lot richer.

 Joe Biden, who invariably and tiresomely refers to himself as "Middle-Class Joe," made $15 million the first two years after the end of the Obama administration.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Biden is still ahead
After all the pundits declared him the loser in his first debate, after almost two weeks of backpedaling and explaining, Joe Biden still leads the field among likely Democratic primary voters. At least that's what the latest national polls say. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, one of the best, was released on Thursday and found that 26 percent of Democratic primary voters support Biden, with 19 percent supporting Elizabeth Warren; Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders tied at 13 percent; and Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7 percent.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Middle-Class Joe cashes in
The American middle class just got a lot richer.
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Truman Library spruces up to match President's legacy
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Who today thinks about Harry Truman? A lot of people, it turns out, and that is one reason why the Truman Presidential Library and Museum is closing next week. That may sound like the kind of riddle that was prominent in this region during the Truman years. Here's one from 1947:   
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Trump unloads on Paul Ryan after 'American Carnage' excerpts
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unloaded via Twitter on Republican former House Speaker Paul Ryan after Ryan’s comments critical of Trump appeared in excerpts from a new book.
Friday, July 12, 2019

Get Asosta! But get the right guy, too
Now that the media is finally, at long last, interested in the 2006 Jeffrey Epstein child sex case, perhaps we can get an answer to the most intriguing question: Why does he keep escaping justice on essentially the same child molestation charges?
Friday, July 12, 2019

The Secretary of Labor needs to go
Alexander Acosta, as the U.S. attorney in Miami, was responsible for cutting the deal that allowed notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein to get away with a slap on the wrist.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Playtime over for Democrats' radicals
It was certainly no slip of the tongue when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cut a small group of her party's radicals to size. "All these people have the public whatever and their Twitter world," she told The New York Times. "But they didn't have any following. They're four people, and that's how many votes they got."
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dems 2020 task: Convince voters to overlook economy
On Oct. 28, 1980, in the final debate of his race against Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan asked a question that has come to define presidential politics.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The US women are winners, not victims
The women of the U.S. national soccer team are famous for being extraordinary athletes, repeat world champions -- and plaintiffs.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Climate change has minor winners and big losers
A terrible thought, but suppose the planet were to heat up by 2 degrees Celsius -- the level past which environmental damage would be catastrophic. It would also be wildly expensive. That much warming could cost the global economy $69 trillion by 2100, according to a study by Moody's Analytics.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Location, location, location
Let's talk geopolitics.

Now that three female senators -- Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts -- have used deft debate performances to rock the septuagenarian male front-runners off their pedantic pedestals, geography rather than gender is coming into play.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Was Thomas Jefferson on the Duke lacrosse team?
While tearing down everything that's great about our country, the left has always permitted us to celebrate patriotic holidays.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Anti-Trump fever takes threatening turn
The toxicity of the resistance to President Trump has risen in recent days, with the nation's most respected newspapers publishing rationalizations for denying Trump supporters public accommodation and for doxxing career federal employees, while a journalist found himself under physical attack from the so-called anti-fascist group Antifa, which has stepped up its violent activities since Trump's election.
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Separating extended families at border in effect for years
WASHINGTON (AP) — One year after President Donald Trump ended his widely criticized practice of separating migrant children from parents, his administration is again under fire for a different kind of family separation crisis.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Biden remains the Dem to beat Trump
During the Thursday debate, Kamala Harris went straight for Joe Biden's jugular over his alleged failures on race matters.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

American beauty
We live in an era of public ugliness, of architects who deliberately make their forms unsightly and inhuman, and of public art installations that are invariably ridiculous.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

American beauty
We live in an era of public ugliness, of architects who deliberately make their forms unsightly and inhuman, and of public art installations that are invariably ridiculous.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Biden remains the Dem to beat Trump
During the Thursday debate, Kamala Harris went straight for Joe Biden's jugular over his alleged failures on race matters. The day after, however, Keisha Lance Bottoms, the black mayor of arguably America's blackest city, Atlanta, endorsed Biden for the Democratic nomination. And according to The Daily Beast, a Democracy Corps poll had Biden's favorability with African Americans (SET ITAL) up (END ITAL) by net 18 percent after the debate.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Neighbors, friends: Two great nations commemorate their beginnings
Now we approach an important week in the culture of North America.

Thursday is the Fourth of July, known to Americans as Independence Day, the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and its celebration of its notion, as revolutionary as the Revolutionary War that followed, that all are created equal. It was for Independence Day 1872 that Mark Twain noted that "we have a form of government which gives each man a fair chance and no favor."

Monday, July 1, 2019

The swamp in action
Everyone else wants the names of the FBI officials who approved the unprecedented law enforcement dragnet against low-level Trump aides in the middle of a presidential campaign.
Saturday, June 29, 2019

Biden's bad night: Of baggage and buses
It was a very good night for California Sen. Kamala Harris. And, for those listening, a strong showing for Sen. Michael Bennett and Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The night before, Sen. Elizabeth Warren owned the stage. 
Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Buttigieg illusion
It would tax even the prodigious powers of the late novelist Tom Wolfe to create a more poignant political scene than a bright, young, white mayor of a small city, who is an upstart presidential candidate and progressive darling, getting yelled at by black residents during a town hall.
Friday, June 28, 2019

What now, for those who denied a 'crisis' at the border?
Congress is debating emergency humanitarian aid to care for migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. The need is obvious. With virtually no barrier to stop them, thousands of migrants are crossing illegally into the United States every day. More than a million will come this year. U.S. law prevents border officials from quickly returning them. While they are being processed, some of the migrants, including children, are being kept temporarily in terrible conditions. American officials have an obligation to take care of them before those with no valid claim to be in the United States are returned to their home countries.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Vogue doesn't have to put Melania on its cover
Michelle Obama made the cover of Vogue magazine three times. Hillary Clinton not only graced the cover in her first lady days but also, as the candidate running against Donald Trump in 2016, received the magazine's first and (so far) only political endorsement.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

What a border crisis looks like
News flash: There's a crisis at the border.   

This was discovered again over the past few days when immigration attorneys talked to reporters about appalling conditions at a Border Patrol facility detaining migrant minors in Clint, Texas.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Do you really want to travel so much?
Hypertourism has become the curse of desirable places all over the world. It refers to the swarms of tourists who clog the plazas and narrow streets of prized cultural destinations -- Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Prague and others. Party cities, such as Amsterdam, where both prostitution and marijuana are mostly legal, draw especially low-quality tourists. But locals suffering under hypertourism everywhere endure the spectacle of drunken tourists urinating in public.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Biden: Congress should immediately make the 800,000-plus 'Dreamers' citizens
(AP) — Weighing in on immigration before first Democratic debates, Joe Biden is proposing that Congress grant immediate citizenship to more than 800,000 U.S. residents who were brought to the country illegally as children.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Prize fight matchups for Democratic debates
A campaign with an early start and a multitude of contestants heads into high gear this week with a complicated set of debates. And while the contenders struggled mightily to qualify for these events, they will struggle even more to make their voices and their views clear in sessions with nine rivals also grasping and gasping for air time.
Monday, June 24, 2019

Watch out for Warren
No one had a worse campaign debut than Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Time's up for mandatory high heels
Just think about it: a clothing item that permanently disfigures a body part, encouraging nerve growths that set off shooting pain. Fashionwise, it telegraphs sexual availability. And amazingly, some employers demand that their female workers wear this cause of physical agony to the office.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

The madcap caution of Donald Trump
The worry last week was that the Trump administration was ginning up fake intelligence about Iran blowing up oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz to justify a war against Iran. Then, this week, President Donald Trump said the Iranian attacks weren't a big deal.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Over Easy With Laura Wasser
"What makes family law so difficult?" I ask Laura Wasser, one of Los Angeles' -- and America's -- most famous divorce lawyers. "Money and kids," she says without hesitation. "Kids and money," echoes Phyllis Bersch, who practiced with Wasser's dad for many years before joining up with her own daughter, Rachel Juarez.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Who you gonna believe: Netflix, or the evidence?
Last week, we reviewed the evidence of "innocence" of the "Central Park 5" presented in the court of Hollywood. This week, we'll review the evidence of their guilt -- presented in courts of law and ruled on by actual judges and juries.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Many Dems happy to see Sanders heading downward
History will best remember Bernie Sanders for his role in helping elect Donald Trump. Happily for many (if not most) Democrats, Sanders is now fading big time.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Three reasons Trump-Russia hasn't turned into Watergate
Why haven't efforts to impeach President Trump gained Watergate-style momentum? The lack of energy has created a sense of bafflement and disappointment among some of the president's most determined adversaries. But there are some simple reasons for it. Here are three:
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Oberlin is forced to check its woke privilege
If there is one thing you learn about at Oberlin College, the notoriously progressive liberal arts college, it is surely privilege: white privilege, hetero privilege, gender privilege, you name it. 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In linking trade with immigration, Trump may have united his opponents
This month, President Donald J. Trump -- the great innovator, the great instigator, above all the great disrupter -- conjured up a new tool of tumult: Take one highly incendiary issue and employ it as a battering ram to win concessions on an even more contentious matter.
Monday, June 17, 2019

Joe Biden and Henry Hyde
Of course he was for the Hyde Amendment, the federal law that blocks Medicaid funding from being used for abortion. He even fought against a rape and incest exception. He proposed his own Biden amendment to block foreign aid from being used for biomedical research related to abortion. He was one of two Democrats who supported an effort to allow states to block Roe v. Wade.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

The wilding of Lindda Fairstein
The African folktale version of the 1989 Central Park gang-rape has swept the populace! The mob thirsts for vengeance against evil spirits, like Linda Fairstein.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

The climate trap for Democrats
The more the climate debate changes, the more it stays the same.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Tweets, Stock Prices and Donald Trump
President Donald Trump's tweets often set off big gyrations in stock prices. Anyone who knows of the tweets in advance could make a fortune, though not legally.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Joe Biden and Henry Hyde
Of course he was for the Hyde Amendment, the federal law that blocks Medicaid funding from being used for abortion. He even fought against a rape and incest exception. He proposed his own Biden amendment to block foreign aid from being used for biomedical research related to abortion. He was one of two Democrats who supported an effort to allow states to block Roe v. Wade.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Finding People to Fill Empty Spaces
A tiny French mountain village with a long name, L'Hospitalet-pres-l'Andorre, has lost half its population over three decades. Its name in English would be "The Hospital Near Andorra." (Andorra is a small principality shoehorned between France and Spain.)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Democrats' Trump dilemma: Impeach, Imprison -- or bluff?
Is there any doubt that many Democrats agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she says she wants to see President Trump "in prison"? After the Mueller report, House Democrats seem to believe almost unanimously that the president is guilty of obstruction of justice. Their increasingly heated internal debate is whether to impeach Trump now or press for his incarceration after they defeat him next year.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

CEOs for abortion
Clarity of thought and expression about moral issues is not a core competency of CEOs.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Pritzker gambles on new direction for Illinois
Democratic Gov. J. B. Pritzker and the Legislature have gambled on a new direction for Illinois. The dramatic new course seeks to turn our state from a government mired in conflict, impasse and perennial deficits to that of big picture thinking, and big spending.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Don Fraser revamped our presidential nominating process
You probably missed it, because some of the major papers missed its significance, too: the death of former U.S. Rep. Don Fraser. In fact, you may never have heard of Fraser, who also served a record four terms as mayor of Minneapolis. But he shaped the politics of the last half-century of American life, with particular influence on the 2020 presidential election he will not live to see to its conclusion -- but which he witnessed in its messy, muddled and mindless start.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

The post-liberal dead end
The most bracing pieces are sometimes the least defensible.
Friday, June 7, 2019

The whole folk tale and nothing but the folk tale
New York City public school teachers recently revealed that they have been instructed to reject "objectivity," "written documentation" and "perfectionism" by Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, as part of his effort to "dismantle racism." Carranza identified these values as tools of the "white-supremacy culture."
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Law enforcement, media have changed standards for Trump
One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation -- and there have been many -- is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate over allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election. (Just for the record: It didn't.)
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Daily Beast's shabby scoop
Breaking news: Some guy posted a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Things don't change...until they do
There's an important political lesson here in the soft green hills of this state.
Monday, June 3, 2019

The wayward special counsel
In the end, by-the-book Robert Mueller departed wildly from the book.
He invented an extraconstitutional legal standard for his obstruction investigation and acted, at best, in violation of the spirit of the special-counsel regulations.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Mayor Pete: Why not?
"Why not?" she asked.

We're looking for a nondescript generic white male Democrat, preferably a senator, and you ask why not the 37-year-old gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Could we survive as they did?
Lost for 17 days in a Hawaiian jungle, all alone in only a tank top and capri yoga pans, I'm not sure what I would do. Would I work past my fractured leg, blistered wounds and terror to survive? Would I eat mystery fruit and moths and sleep in the mud or a wild boar's den? Would I do the things Amanda Eller did, or would I go crazy after two weeks and throw my emaciated body into a ravine?
Thursday, May 30, 2019

As barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics
In February 2018, the House Intelligence Committee released the so-called Nunes memo. In four pages, the document, from the committee's then-chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, revealed much of what the public knows today about the FBI's reliance on the Steele dossier in pursuing since-discredited allegations that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired to fix the 2016 election. Specifically, it revealed that the FBI included unverified material from the dossier in applications to a secret spy court to win a warrant to wiretap Trump foreign policy volunteer adviser Carter Page.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A declining population need not cause angst
Total births in the United States fell last year to about 3.79 million, the smallest number in 32 years. The fertility rate hit a record low of 59 childbirths per 1,000 women. Americans are not having enough children to replace themselves.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

You, too? CEOs under the 'Me Too' microscope
It's hard enough dealing with sexual misconduct by senior officials. But when the CEO is an alleged pig, much less one who is surrounded by like-minded figures, who do you complain to?
Monday, May 27, 2019

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