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GOP could be heading for Goldwater-style debacle

January 27, 2016 WASHINGTON — Just over a half-century ago, a sharp-tongued conservative seized the Republican Party and led it to one of its worst presidential election defeats in history: the landslide loss of... more »»

Trump’s myth of superiority

January 26, 2016 There are many reasons to recommend Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” but this is not a book review, so I offer this single, searing paragraph: “I have said before: It interest... more »»

Iran deal still comes down to dollars for hostages

January 26, 2016 Every American should be glad that American hostages have been freed by the tyrannical Iranian regime and are being reunited with family, friends and co-workers. more »»

Can Congress get its swagger back?

January 25, 2016 According to the Constitution, the legislature is the first and most powerful branch of government. And yet, many believe — on the left and the right — that the institution has atrophied. more »»

Republicans more Hemlock Society than political party

January 25, 2016 “I am not a member of any organized political party,” Will Rogers quipped in the last century, “I’m a Democra. more »»

Here’s how to protect yourself from identity theft

January 23, 2016 Tax time is upon us. Many of you may remember or even experienced the rash of fraudulent tax return incidents last year. more »»

Who lost the white working class?

January 23, 2016 Why did the white working class abandon the Democrats? The conventional answer is that Republicans skillfully played the race card. more »»

Same as it ever was: 2016 campaign mirrors 1896

January 23, 2016 The economy has been staggering, with stagnant or no growth, for several years, after a financial crisis. more »»

Trump voters want daddy state

January 22, 2016 So you say you want a daddy for your president? OK, so maybe you didn’t say it, but on a subliminal level, you may have felt it, especially if you’re a Republican primary voter leaning toward Donald... more »»

Campaigns matter, but voters need to like candidates

January 22, 2016 If you’ve heard this story, please don’t stop me. more »»

Politicians repeat economic myths

January 21, 2016 Hillary Clinton: “Of course we want to raise the minimum wage!” Donald Trump: If we trade with China, “they suck us dry ... take everything. more »»

Sanders rises on groundswell of grassroots support

January 21, 2016 When I crossed paths with a Democratic Party campaign consultant in Austin last March, I suggested he come out to the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall to hear Bernie... more »»

Fighting ignorance with quiet stand

January 20, 2016 As a general rule, I loathe both Holocaust and slavery comparisons. more »»

Obama offers reality check to ‘political hot air’

January 20, 2016 WASHINGTON — In President Obama’s final State of the Union address to Congress, he decided to counter with some calm talk the fear tactics of Donald Trump and the other Republicans striving to... more »»

Rhetoric, reality of motherhood

January 19, 2016 The one good thing about Ohio Gov. more »»

Hillary Clinton: Slip slidin’ away

January 19, 2016 “Slip slidin’ away Slip slidin’ away You know the nearer your destination The more you’re slip slidin’ away.” — Paul Simon It’s happening agai. more »»

Billionaires not buying elections yet

January 18, 2016 Clearly the only explanation for Jeb Bush’s almost effortless stroll to the Republican nomination is the pernicious stranglehold of big money in politics. Oh, wait. more »»

Multiple factions fighting for soul of Republican Party

January 18, 2016 COLUMBIA, S.C. — At a time and day — 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday — when most Americans are sleeping in, the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity convened in the capacious convention center. more »»

Bernie’s plan to bust up Wall St.

January 16, 2016 If you haven’t yet seen “The Big Short” — directed and co-written by Adam McKay, based on the nonfiction prize-winning book by Michael Lewis about the housing and credit bubble that triggered the... more »»

How American exceptionalism has fared under Obama

January 16, 2016 In his final State of the Union speech Barack Obama made at least a few bows toward the idea that America is an exceptional nation, an idea he once derided by saying, “I believe in American... more »»



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