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Joe Biden and restoring the old (pre-Trump) order
There was a school of thought that said former Vice President Joe Biden would begin to sink in the polls the moment he announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden's first day in the race, the thinking went, would be his best day.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Give me a moment
- Beto O'Rourke had his. Pete Buttigieg is still having his. So is Joseph R. Biden Jr. But Jay Inslee hasn't had his, nor has John Hickenlooper. And when either Kamala Harris or Amy Klobuchar has hers, watch out.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

These are real 'high crimes'
Contrary to the image of potheads as peaceful stoners, "cannabis-dependent psychotic patients were four times as likely to be violent," according to a study cited by Alex Berenson in his magnificent new book, "Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence." "No other factor was nearly as important. Alcohol use, which was common among the patients, made no difference."
Friday, May 17, 2019

Engineered babies and not-so-good Intentions
Like the comedian in the first episode of the new "Twilight Zone," Dr. He Jiankui seemed desperate to be famous. And like that comedian, he is confronted with the question "At what cost?"
Friday, May 17, 2019

What if Trump has driven Democrats sane?
The Joe Biden polling surge has raised the frightful specter of Democratic rationality.
Friday, May 17, 2019

A sex strike to nowhere
Lysistrata, the character from the Aristophanes play of the same name, declared a sex strike to try to stop a devastating war in ancient Greece.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Political family privilege: Let's end it
The Trump camp is making a very big deal out of Hunter Biden's 2014 gig with a Ukrainian oligarch. This was a time when his father, Joe Biden, Barack Obama's vice president, was pressing Ukraine's leaders to rein in its oligarchs. As it happened, Hunter's membership on the oligarch's board in no way weakened Joe Biden's -- or America's -- anti-corruption message to Ukraine.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The new abortion wars
In the not-so-old days, the guerrilla battle against Roe v. Wade took the form of state laws that imposed endless obstacles in the face of women seeking to exercise their constitutional rights, from waiting periods to hospitalization requirements to exhaustive credentialing of clinics, not to mention repeated efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Trump's economy is strong. Obama's was better
"We're doing trade deals that are going to get you so much business you're not even going to believe it," President Trump told an American Farm Bureau Federation meeting in January. The attendees cheered.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Trump's economy is strong. Obama's was better
"We're doing trade deals that are going to get you so much business you're not even going to believe it," President Trump told an American Farm Bureau Federation meeting in January. The attendees cheered.
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Nancy Pelosi is right, of course
The way for Democrats to win in 2020 is to follow the advice of the shrewdest Democrat in politics today:
Saturday, May 11, 2019

No questions there was spying on Trump campaign, but how much?
At his contentious hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr dropped a big hint about his investigation into the conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Rapists go free day
He met her in an anorexia forum when she was 15. When she was 16, he lured her to his home, where he kept her captive for a year, locking her in a cage and forcing her to have sex.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Everyone agrees robocalls are a scourge
I oversee the care of an ailing man who's pushing 90. When I'm with him, the sound of his phone ringing sends a minor shock to my system. And his phone is ringing all the time.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

We've heard enough from Robert Mueller
The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller's commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a public hearing.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The farcical Bill Barr scandal
An investigation into whether the president of the United States committed treason has devolved into a squabble over Attorney General Bill Barr's brief letter saying that he didn't. 
Monday, May 6, 2019

Efforts are underway in some states to close loopholes in marital rape laws
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife’s ongoing consent to sex.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Behind the scenes in Iowa, organizers sow seeds
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- From the Mississippi River in the east to the Missouri in the west, Iowa's soybean farmers are in the field right now, planting their next crop in some of the most fertile soil in the country. But those are not the only seeds being placed in the state's rich ground.
Saturday, May 4, 2019

Patrick Little
I had almost forgotten him.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Okay, let's talk about Charlottesville
So Joe Biden launched his presidential campaign talking about Charlottesville.
Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Very Strange Case of Stephen Moore
What can you say about Stephen Moore? That his economic views tend toward the nutty, and his research is a slop job? That his juvenile fear of females borders on the pathetic -- and that he didn't find them too embarrassing to air? That he's Donald Trump's pick to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors? Yes, but we repeat ourselves.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The 8chan terrorists
The ancient hatred has migrated to the internet.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Walking the fine line to the White House
Three months before the 2016 election, the political landscape of Michigan -- then, as in 2020, a critical battleground for the White House -- was clear.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Uncle Joe Joins the Race
There's hope for those of you 75 or over.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Mueller Report 2.0
My friend Jack Corrigan, one of the smartest politicos/lawyers I know, saw it right away. He called it "the key punch-pulling passage in the report." It occurs on page two of volume two, where Robert Mueller says he and his team "determined not to apply an approach that could potentially result in a judgment that the President committed crimes."
Friday, April 26, 2019

The greatest show on Earth
 No one enjoys getting impeached, and if it happens to him, Donald J. Trump will be no exception.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Supreme and exalted Master President Robert Mueller
According to Robert Mueller, a president can be guilty of obstruction of justice simply by exercising the powers of the president -- if he does so with "an intent to obtain an improper advantage for himself or someone else, inconsistent with official duty and the rights of others."
Friday, April 26, 2019

The liberal media is not always the liberal's friend
So Joe Biden is in. He's not millennial, not female, not a member of a racial minority. That's a problem for him, sayeth much of the so-called liberal media. The problem, however, may be the media.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

The personal cost of the Trump-Russia probe
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is over, but the reverberations of the Trump-Russia affair live on. One such after-effect is the reluctance of some important figures in the 2016 campaign to speak out, for fear of continued legal entanglements.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The impeachment fantasy
The collusion fantasy has officially given way to the impeachment fantasy. 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Trees capture carbon and dollars
The last Friday in April is National Arbor Day. You knew that, didn't you? Born in the Victorian era, Arbor Day began mainly as a gentle reminder to admire trees as things of beauty. As an environmental observance, it has been upstaged by the more comprehensive Earth Day (itself now almost 50 years old). But Arbor Day has been very much updated.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Republican Rollout of the Mueller Report
One of the comments that stuck with me after the release of the full Mueller report was that Attorney General Barr had not played it down the middle. Putting the conclusions out first (NO INDICTMENT) allowed the president to take a victory lap. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi started talking about health care, not impeachment. He gave the White House first dibs on redactions. He made Congress wait and then controlled what it received. In fact, since the first "dump," it has been dribbling the report out for so long that the Democrats are still fighting about redactions. (Let's see, there's jobs and health care and global warming and redactions ...) And troubling details, available only this week, feel like old news.
Monday, April 22, 2019

Sorry, Democrats, but your stars are socialists
There was Bernie Sanders at a Fox News Channel town hall, not giving an inch in a forum every Democratic presidential candidate has shunned. 
Monday, April 22, 2019

Column: In retrospect, 'Field of Dreams' is a terrible film
AP  Columnist

“If you build it, he will come.”


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Hemingway and Castro in Cuba
SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA, Cuba -- A bullfight poster hangs on the wall. Of course it does. Ten bottles of liquor are on the table. No surprise there. A Billie Holiday vinyl record rests near the Victrola. Just as it should. Loads of books sit on the shelves, animal heads are mounted on the walls. We'd be disappointed if that weren't the case.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Paris and New York are united by urban horror
Many of us watching the inferno at Notre Dame de Paris felt that 9/11 dread. This week, as nearly 18 years ago, the news channels kept looping the same horrific video of towers collapsing. At the end, the medieval cathedral remained mostly standing while the twin towers at New York's World Trade Center vanished into a pile of smoking rubble. The outcomes may have been different, but both calamities showed that what we think most permanent may not be.
Thursday, April 18, 2019

All the president's bloodsucking relatives
Even after Trump won the presidency, Jared Kushner was embarrassed by his father-in-law, according to Vicky Ward's terrific new book, "Kushner, Inc."
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Five arguments the Mueller report won't settle
Attorney General Bill Barr will release a redacted version of the Mueller report this week. It will, of course, consume the political conversation for days, but even now it is clear that as much as the report might be talked about, it will not settle the main arguments that have raged about the Trump-Russia affair for more than two years. Here are five debates that won't be resolved, no matter how much of the report Barr makes public:
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Weep for Notre Dame
“I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration," the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, "that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul."
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Yes, investigate the investigators
Attorney General William Barr dared to use the "s-word."
Monday, April 15, 2019

An enduring vision of overcoming cynicism in politics
One of the most fulfilling elements of membership in the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Profiles of Courage board is examining the essays on political courage that high school students around the country and, increasingly, around the globe, prepare each year. This year, 2,515 students submitted essays, and the finalists we examined were stunningly eloquent and inspiring, making our choice unusually difficult.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Face it: Biden and Bernie are too old to be president
Whatever their differences, the two front-runners in the Democratic presidential race, Joe Biden, born Nov. 20, 1942, and Bernie Sanders, born Sept. 8, 1941, share one common trait: They are too old to be president.
Friday, April 12, 2019

The McCarthyite, anti-Christian campaign against Chick-fil-A
The  fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is wanted on suspicion of aiding and abetting Christian organizations.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

All hail President Javanka
While other reporters waste their time examining Donald Trump's public statements, interviewing his high school classmates and poring over legal filings, investigative reporter Vicky Ward has produced the definitive book on our current president.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Bernhardt would be another disaster at Interior
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The McCarthyite, anti-Christian campaign against Chick-fil-A
The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A is wanted on suspicion of aiding and abetting Christian organizations.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Uncle Joe
I don't know whether Joe Biden should run for president. I don't know if he will be able to connect with the younger generation that has breathed new life into the Democratic Party. In short, I don't know whether he can beat Donald Trump, which is the thing I care about most.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Is Bernie behind the attacks on Biden?
There was always something fishy about the #MeToo complaint against Joe Biden. Putting hands on Lucy Flores' shoulders and smooching the back of her head is in no way sexual. Even Flores admitted that.
Monday, April 8, 2019

Media pot reporting: Just don't call us uncool!
I think I'll direct a series of low-budget movies with names like "Tobacco Madness," "Gun Madness" and "White Male Madness." The plots will be exactly the same with, alternately, cigarettes, guns or whiteness causing high school students to go insane, causing mayhem and murder.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Elizabeth Warren takes her turn with eager New Hampshire voters
BERLIN, N.H. -- The environmental activists are here. The animal-rights warriors are here. The seniors who seek to meet every presidential contender are here. Heck, the candidate's dog is here. This is less a town meeting than a revival meeting.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

The war against warming: Why we must fight
Even after Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and Poland, a strong pacifist movement in Britain opposed a military buildup to confront Nazi Germany. It vilified Winston Churchill as a warmonger for pushing one.
Friday, April 5, 2019

How bad does border have to be for Democrats to admit it's an emergency?
Is there any number of illegal border crossings into the United States that would strike Democrats as an emergency?
Friday, April 5, 2019

Biden's problem is his ego
Joe Biden wants us to believe that all his touching speaks to how deeply he cares about other people.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Pelosi, not AMLO, is driving the border crisis
When historians look back to this era, they will wonder why we insisted on outsourcing our border control to a foreign country.
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Rachel Maddow's deep delusion
For the past two years, Rachel Maddow has been a hero of her own spy thriller.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Mueller sent sign after sign on collusion, yet some would not see
Many Trump opponents were shocked and disappointed by Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusion that "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Some members of the "Resistance" and NeverTrump communities apparently had a deep emotional commitment to the idea of collusion.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

From Hawaii to New Hampshire, candidates try to stand out
In the crowd this morning are more beards than on an NHL playoff team, more winter fleece than in a factory outlet, more hiking boots than in an Appalachian Mountain Club high-altitude hut. In this atmosphere -- a classic New Hampshire primary audience, not demure but demanding, not casual but committed -- suddenly a voice rings out:

Aloha, everybody.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Treasonous? Who?
The Muller report understandably brought great joy to the president.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hold the Pulitzers
The only people surprised that the special counsel's investigation of Russian collusion did not confirm a lunatic conspiracy theory are consumers of the modern American media. For two years, our constitutionally protected guardians of the truth put out a stream of misinformation, promising viewers that Robert Mueller was going to reverse the outcome of the 2016 election.
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Mueller sent sign after sign on collusion, yet some would not see
Many Trump opponents were shocked and disappointed by Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusion that "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Some members of the "Resistance" and NeverTrump communities apparently had a deep emotional commitment to the idea of collusion.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mueller report is what Democrats needed
Many Democrats don't get this, but the Mueller report has done them a great service. Concluding no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia but no exoneration on obstruction of justice hardly takes the president off the hook of possibly criminal behavior. But it does take impeachment off the table.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

On Russia, Trump acted innocent
The release of Robert Mueller's finding that Donald Trump didn't collude with Russia should settle a question his critics -- and, quietly, some of his allies -- have asked repeatedly over the past two years: Why was he acting so guilty?
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mayor Pete will be president one of these years
What corner of political heaven did Pete Buttigieg fly down from? The 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has mightily impressed mainstream Democrats with his refreshing common-sense intelligence. And that's won him admiring glances from many Republicans, as well. Buttigieg's last name is pronounced like "boot-a-judge." You can skirt the issue by simply calling him Mayor Pete. And oh, it looks as if he's running for president.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Periodic Table, now 150 years old, evolves and ages gracefully
There are only a few developments that have organized the way we see the world. There is the classification system of the life sciences, which separated the natural world into kingdoms. There is the Constitution of the United States, which created a delicate system of checks and balances.
Saturday, March 23, 2019

US existing-home sales jumped 11.8 percent in February
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales soared 11.8 percent in February, aided by accelerating wages and falling mortgage rates that are improving affordability.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Are the racists on viral videos mentally ill?
Most everyone who spends time on social media has come across videos in which a white person is screaming racial insults, usually at a Latino or African-American. A recent example shows a woman at a ShopRite in East Haven, Connecticut, barraging a black man with racist invective.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Anita Hill and Senator Biden
If you watched it, at least if you watched it like I did, it's almost impossible to forget.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Democrats look forward by looking inland
In Texas, most politicians used to worry only about the primaries. Once they won their party's endorsement, candidates would coast to victory in November. Journalists still refer to Texas as "ruby red," meaning Republicans rule the roost. That is no longer reality. Texas is barely red, and some argue it's already purple. For statewide office, general elections now matter greatly.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The SPLC designates itself
The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated itself an organization hostile to women and people of color.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Don't break up Big Tech
The worst ideas in Washington are often bipartisan. Big Tech is about to learn this lesson, if it hasn't already.
Monday, March 18, 2019

The confounding story of Kitty Genovese
It began with a lunch at a place called Emil's, not far from police headquarters in New York, and the trigger was a six-word sentence. "That Queens story," the police commissioner said to A.M. Rosenthal, then the metropolitan editor of The New York Times, "is something else."
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Generational Politics
The conversations are taking place when our kids come back to California, especially if they're coming from New York.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pelosi is right on impeachment. Not now and probably never
Nancy Pelosi has urged Democrats not to dive into impeaching President Donald Trump. Democrats, listen to her.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Yes, Trump is target of 'presidential harassment'
President Trump often complains that he is the victim of "presidential harassment" -- or, as he sometimes puts it, "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!"
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Scant economic joy in Mudville
The American people have been ordered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the economic recovery. Note the lack of balloons, however, and that the marching bands have their feet up.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Yes, there's a crisis at the border
We interrupt the talk of the president "manufacturing" a crisis at the border with this hair-raising report about the crisis at the border.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Media Magic: How a Democrat pedophile became a 'Trump scandal'
Strangely, the media have suddenly taken an intense interest in the case of pedophile and major Democratic donor Jeffrey Epstein.
Saturday, March 9, 2019

2020 election begins to take on its unique shape
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- With a president like no other, in an atmosphere of political discord like no other, in an environment of social media like no other, it should be no surprise that the nation is confronting a presidential election like no other.
Saturday, March 9, 2019

Ohio city to pay $1M to estate of man fatally shot
CLEVELAND (AP) — A city outside Cleveland has agreed to pay $1 million to the estate of an unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer after a vehicle chase in March 2017, an attorney for the estate confirmed Thursday.
Friday, March 8, 2019

House Dems send message: Impeachment is on
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says there is no doubt President Trump has obstructed justice.
Friday, March 8, 2019

House approves sweeping ethics, election overhaul package
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House has approved legislation aimed at reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections and strengthening ethics standards. But it stands little chance in the Republican-run Senate.
Friday, March 8, 2019

Taping mouths at Harvard
It was inevitable that the #MeToo movement, started with valid anger at sexual harassment, would open the door to bizarre accusations. It's just surprising to see it go off the deep end at Harvard University, where rational thinking tied to principle is supposed to be a requirement for admission.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

In defense of women's sports
We're going to need the cisgendered Olympics.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Why Canadians rule the cannabis business
President Trump routinely waves his fist at alleged unfair trade practices, including at the hands of our good neighbor Canada. But what about playing fields that are uneven because the U.S. government makes them so? Witness the cannabis industry. It's enjoying explosive growth worldwide, but Canadians are running away with the profits because Washington has shackled their American competitors.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Early bird John Delaney hoping to catch more than worms in Iowa
What do you do if you want to be president and no one has heard of you?
Monday, March 4, 2019

Don't root for a Trump primary challenge
The race for 2020 is taking shape, although there are still significant unknowns, including whether Donald Trump will get a serious primary challenge.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Fixer
I have to admit I was a little insulted when Michael Cohen explained that his job as Donald Trump's lawyer was to be his "fixer." For more than a decade, I was widely known around my old law firm as the firm fixer.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Hush little porn star, don't say a word
I gather I was supposed to gasp when Michael Cohen said during his testimony before Congress on Wednesday, "The president of the United States thus wrote a personal check for the payment of hush money as part of a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws."
Friday, March 1, 2019

Privacy will belong to a new top 1 percent
Why did Jeff Bezos, founder of tech giant Amazon, send gushy texts to his paramour, it appears, without using encryption?
Friday, March 1, 2019

Is Trump especially vulnerable to primary challenge?
It has become a common talking point for NeverTrump Republicans seeking to defeat President Trump in the 2020 GOP primaries: Polls have found that a substantial number -- maybe 40 percent -- of Republican voters say they would be open to a primary challenge to the president. Those surveys, the NeverTrumpers argue, show that Trump is particularly weak and vulnerable to a serious primary challenge.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Why the Robert Kraft bust matters
Robert Kraft's name will now long be associated with one of the most despicable scourges of modern life, and rightly so. 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

I Don't Really Own That Ridiculous Muscle Car. Let Me Explai
My older brother in Florida owns a 2007 Ford Mustang Shelby. It has 500 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. Color: gimme-another-ticket red. When I visited, he let me drive it.
Monday, February 25, 2019

Trump sets up abortion obstacles, barring referrals
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

R&B singer R. Kelly expected in Chicago court to face sex abuse charges
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves, is due in court Saturday after being charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Will urgency be enough for Democrats in 2020?
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For three-quarters of a century, the Airliner has been a popular Clinton Street haunt, full of University of Iowa flags, beer signs, photo tributes to the Hawkeyes' famous 2005 last-second 30-25 bowl victory over LSU, and massive televisions tuned to college basketball games. The fries are fat, the meat-craver pizzas legendary. The special the other night was a steaming plate of wings for $4.99.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Trump's failing, don't ask me to lie about it
For decades, voters have been lied to by politicians promising to crack down on immigration. We vote and we vote and we vote, and nothing ever changes. Wage-lowering, culture-destroying policies manage to appear in every bill Congress passes.
Friday, February 22, 2019

The unbearable whiteness of Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders catalyzed the Democratic Party's post-Barack Obama move to the left, and if he were elected president in 2020, it would represent a truly historic swing in the country's orientation.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Kentucky teen at center of viral encounter in Washington sues overstories
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Kentucky teen at the heart of an encounter last month with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington is suing The Washington Post for $250 million, alleging the newspaper falsely labeled him a racist. His attorneys are threatening numerous other news organizations, including The Associated Press.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Bernie Sanders, it's over
Before the 2016 presidential race, Bernie Sanders exuded some charm as an unapologetic lefty with a Brooklyn accent. But when his campaign gained traction, the authoritarian took over. Unwilling to concede that Democratic primary voters preferred Hillary Clinton to him -- she had amassed nearly 4 million more votes -- he continued to undermine her all the way up to the party convention. Without a doubt, he helped elect Donald Trump.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Much talk that something's up with Mueller, too bad nobody knows
There are two diametrically opposed lines of thinking about Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The first is that he is winding down his probe and is unlikely to allege that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired to fix the 2016 presidential election. The second is that he is still going strong, with the biggest charges, perhaps including the fabled collusion allegation, yet to come.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The FBI is not a separate branch of government
It's too early to take away any clear lessons from the Trump era, except one: Whatever you do, never fire the FBI director.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Trump and the long-term implications of history
One of the many casualties of the modern age is the substitution of Presidents Day for the annual celebration of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12 and of George Washington on Feb. 22 -- two dates that every American schoolchild once knew, marking the births of two presidents every American schoolchild once revered.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sherrod Brown is not an idiot
The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate.
Monday, February 18, 2019

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