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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

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

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

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

The worst cover-up of all time
President Donald Trump may be guilty of many things, but a cover-up in the Mueller probe isn't one of them.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

As more Democrats get in, party's message should be: Get out
Mayor Bill de Blasio -- not particularly popular, not particularly pleasant, not particularly accomplished -- announced his presidential candidacy the other day. Nobody was excited, but then again nobody was surprised. After all, everybody else is running for president. Why shouldn't he?
Saturday, May 25, 2019

US isn't becoming Europe. We're becoming Rome
Can we have a quick reality check and acknowledge that what is happening to America is a million times worse than what's happening in Europe and is of much greater consequence?
Friday, May 24, 2019

A cap on interest rates charged consumers? Yes
The Loan Shark Protection Act would limit the interest charged on credit cards to 15 percent. A 15 percent cap would be too low -- naively too low. Too bad the bill's sponsors, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, weren't more careful, because their clumsy approach hands ammo to foes of those reining in truly abusive forms of consumer credit, the most obscene example being the payday loan.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Mueller changed everything
From now on, the Trump-Russia affair -- the investigation that dominated the first years of Donald Trump's presidency -- will be divided into two parts: before and after the release of Robert Mueller's report. Before the special counsel's findings were made public last month, the president's adversaries were on the offensive. Now, they are playing defense.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Supreme Court is not going to overrule Roe v. Wade
First of all, it doesn't need to. Roe v. Wade has already been thoroughly decimated by a thousand different regulations, all of which the Supreme Court has, or will, uphold.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Comrade Sanders targets charter schools
Few things offend Bernie Sanders as much as people escaping from command-and-control government systems, even minority students whose parents are desperate to get their kids a decent education.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The big joke about privacy
In 1967, Justice John Marshall Harlan (one of the greats) wrote a concurring opinion that, to this day, establishes the constitutional test that protects our privacy from the government.
Monday, May 20, 2019

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

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