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The Debate I Heard

September 29, 2016 Something's wrong with me. I watched Monday's presidential debate. But what I heard was different from what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seemed to say. more »»

Laboratories of Democracy

September 29, 2016 In a 1932 dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis noted that the benefit of America's federal structure is that "a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a... more »»

A postcard from post-factual America

September 28, 2016 “Why haven’t you reported that Colin Kaepernick’s actions are due to his radical Muslim beliefs? Why are you covering this up?” So reads an email sitting in my inbox. more »»

Trump’s assassination innuendo should disqualify him

September 28, 2016 WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump’s strategists try to soften his image, he has taken his assault against Hillary Clinton to a new level with a bizarre suggestion that would make her more vulnerable to... more »»

‘Favors’ to Blacks

September 27, 2016 Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor — off the record — what his response to... more »»

It’s time for Trump

September 27, 2016 Now that all of my inside-the-beltway, elitist, morally superior friends and colleagues have weighed in with their self-righteous denunciations of Donald Trump, it’s my tur. more »»

Personality, policy open to debate

September 26, 2016 This Monday we will see Hillary Clinton battle Donald Trump in their first presidential debate. It’s difficult to capture the otherworldliness of it all. more »»

What Are the Checks and Balances?

September 26, 2016 This election year makes a mockery of past complaints about the “lesser of two evils.” That cliche has been trotted out in every election of my lifetim. more »»

Trump’s Trickle-Down Bamboozle

September 24, 2016 Donald Trump poses as a working-class populist, but his new economic plan would be a gusher for the wealthy, and almost nothing will trickle down to anyone else. more »»

Before snow flies, here are some winter driving reminders

September 24, 2016 By now I’m sure you’ve noticed the geese flying over and heading south. It’s another reminder that winter is approaching the Copper Country. more »»

What happens to Democratic Party if Clinton loses?

September 24, 2016 There’s been lots of speculation about the fate of the Republican Party if (as most of the prognosticators expect and hope) Donald Trump loses. more »»

Obama trolling gave rise to Trump

September 23, 2016 Many people are to blame for the rise of Donald Trump as a political force, and most of them reside on my side of the aisle. But that story is familiar by now. more »»

Suggested Debate Questions

September 23, 2016 The presidential debates, especially this year’s first scheduled one — at New York’s Hofstra University on the night of Sept. 26 — are really a national job interview. more »»

Donnie is Trumpist, not populist

September 22, 2016 To many hard-working people, this is a time of economic uncertaint. more »»

Bunch of court picks for next president

September 22, 2016 Hillary Clinton and her fellow progressives shout things like "Health care is a right!" They've also said that education, decent housing and child care are "rights." The U.N. goes further. more »»

How to Talk to Black People

September 21, 2016 Today’s column is presented as a public service. It is for serious politicians both Democratic and Republican — and also for Donald Trump. more »»

Public interest should prevail in moderating debates

September 21, 2016 WASHINGTON — After the “presidential forum” in New York, in which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took questions in serial fashion but didn’t appear together, much of the critical reaction fell not... more »»

Hillary Clinton is everywoman

September 20, 2016 Every woman in my family, from my great-grandmother to my mother, was fond of saying, “A man works from dawn till dusk, but a woman’s work is never done. more »»

‘Deplorables’ comment reveals contempt toward voters

September 20, 2016 Every now and again secular progressives rip off their mask and tell conservatives what they really think of them. more »»

Sports, politics mix like oil, water

September 19, 2016 I’ve never been a sports fanatic. In fact, I’m the kind of guy a lot of sports obsessives can’t stand. more »»



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