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You say you want a revolution? Sanders wants one and he's got company
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders is still leading a revolution. But his ideas no longer feel quite so revolutionary.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Penis story collapses in flaccid hearsay
If I can produce someone who saw John Roberts' penis in college, can we get the Obamacare opinion overturned?
Thursday, September 19, 2019

94-year-old Jimmy Carter says he couldn't have managed the presidency at 80
ATLANTA (AP) — Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn’t believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Big Trump-Russia report coming, but how much will remain secret?
On May 23 of this year, President Trump gave Attorney General Bill Barr "full and complete authority" to declassify information relating to the actions of the FBI and intelligence community in investigating the 2016 Trump campaign.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The New York Times latest 'story' on Brett Kavanaugh is simply problematic
NEW YORK (AP) — Between an offensive tweet and a significant revision, The New York Times’ handling of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attracted almost as much attention as the accusation itself.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The anti-Kavanaugh campaign could be just beginning
The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh hasn't required the formation of any super PACs. It hasn't required the hiring of any dumpster-diving private detectives (so far as we know). It hasn't even really required any elected Democratic officials. 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

American president is an unlikely factor in Canada's election
They walked the ancient halls, gazed out on the mighty St. Lawrence River, felt the cool Quebec breezes, ate Charlevoix Basque-style duck breast with pumpernickel bread chips followed by Saskatoon berry sorbet, and sipped wines from the Gaspereau Valley of Nova Scotia and the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.
Then everything fell apart.

Monday, September 16, 2019

How to navigate government and politics
I am giving a talk to long-term state prison inmates, soon to be released, about how to navigate government and politics. This, on the premise they will need licenses to drive and ply some trades, and maybe even want to get involved in politics.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

The mad negotiator
In the "fire and fury" phase of Donald Trump's presidency, everyone worried that he'd impulsively start a war with North Korea.  

The worry should have been that he'd, almost on a whim, step across the Korean DMZ in a chummy photo-op with Kim Jong Un. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mass incarceration saved Black America
The left has the luxury of having lost the argument on crime for the past few decades and, as a consequence, the electorate has no recollection of the living nightmare produced by Great Liberal Ideas About Crime.

Brooklyn hipsters blithely go about their business, completely unaware that their trendy neighborhoods were war zones in the 1970s, 1980s -- and well into the 1990s. Walking those streets meant you were taking your life into your hands.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Trump and his GOP challengers
Mark Sanford, the former representative and governor of South Carolina, has now joined former representative Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld in challenging President Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Bernie Sanders and the anti-people crusade
At least Bernie Sanders is an equal opportunity misanthrope. He doesn't like rich people, and it turns out he doesn't necessarily like poor people, either. 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Taking good money from bad people
The now-former head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab went from hero to zero in a couple of news cycles. Once heralded for overseeing projects that use technology for social good, Joichi Ito resigned after revelations that he had tried to hide the source of donations from sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Boston Police strike of 1919 still raises fundamental questions
Official government documents often are masterpieces of deadened prose, but few contain an understatement quite like this sentence, from the Annual Report of the Police Department for the City of Boston, issued at the end of 1919:
Monday, September 9, 2019

Boris Johnson and Matteo Salvini: Two soaring stars lose big political bets
ROME (AP) — Who would have bet that two soaring stars of European politics would have gambled so badly on strategic power plays?
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Justice Neil Gorsuch, in new book, laments loss of civility in public discourse
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch is following the path of Supreme Court colleagues-turned-authors in a new book in which he laments the loss of civility in public discourse.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Yes, gun ownership is a God-given right
The fastest way to trend on Twitter, and not in a good way, is to say that the right to bear arms is a God-given right.
Saturday, September 7, 2019

We don't trust you
Like all Americans, I've been deeply moved and horrified by the recent spate of mass shootings. Surely, I thought, there must be some commonsense gun regulations that could put an end to the carnage -- red-flag laws, longer waiting periods, age limits, something!
Friday, September 6, 2019

Curb your enthusiasms. Biden's the one
As the Democratic contenders gallop around the backstretch, political handicappers are once again obsessing over the candidates' crowd size, the enthusiasm of said crowds and the age of the enthusiasts.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Yes, Comey did leak classified information
The new report from the Justice Department inspector general proves beyond any doubt that fired FBI Director James Comey leaked sensitive law enforcement material in the Trump-Russia investigation. Doing so set a "dangerous example" for the bureau's other employees, Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

To Uphold the Constitution and Laws .
Every legislator, state or federal, takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Missouri voters deserve a refund. And they aren't the only ones, just this week's bad example.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Emmanuel Macron may not technically be a celebrity, but he tweets like one
Prior to the G-7 summit, the French president declared on Twitter, "The Amazon rain forest -- the lungs which produce 20% of our planet's oxygen -- is on fire." He added that, "Our house is burning," and called the fires an "international crisis."
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

To Uphold the Constitution and Laws ...
Every legislator, state or federal, takes an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Monday, September 2, 2019

Joe Kennedy for Senate. Not.
Ed Markey, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, is -- to most people's surprise -- facing a potential primary challenge from a slightly less progressive and almost ridiculously inexperienced junior congressman named Kennedy.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Looking for Love in the Online Snake Pit
Some scandals reported as shocking are shocking for reasons other than those implied in the coverage. One would be the online scam that bilked millions from businesses, the elderly and women looking for romance.
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Could I get that illegal 'to go?'
As we head into the long Labor Day weekend, here are two tips to make your holiday even more cheerful.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Andrew Luck: The Quarterback We All Need
Andrew Luck, the superstar quarterback who just quit professional football at the tender age of 29, has received mixed reviews from the sports world. Colts fans booed him. And any number of sports writers see his decision to get out of football to avoid more injuries as tragedy combined with weakness. One called it "unthinkable."
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Democrats need a smarter nominating process
Is anything really wrong with Jay Inslee? Was John Hickenlooper not qualified to be president? And is Steve Bullock a weak candidate? The answers are no, no, no and for all three, "on the contrary."
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The New York Times should stop whining
The New York Times, an organization devoted to gathering and publishing information, doesn't want people to gather or publish information inconvenient to it. 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2020 election will be about everything
The 1996 presidential election, pitting President Bill Clinton against Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, was sometimes dubbed the "Seinfeld election" -- an election about nothing. The 2020 election is an entirely different affair. It is an election about everything.
Monday, August 26, 2019

We're at 'war' with China, and we're losing
For millennia, war was how you did economic development. Today, economic and technical dominance are how you do war, and right now we’re losing something akin to a modern “war” with China.
Monday, August 26, 2019

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

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