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The Meaning of Trump

August 12, 2015 - 7:00am

It is perhaps time to stop wondering what The Donald's got that the others ain't got.

Making a Good First Impression

August 10, 2015 - 7:00am

Not to diminish the importance of the first Republican debate, but it felt like the first in a political survivor series.

Pre-Debate Excitement Soars

August 5, 2015 - 7:00am

WASHINGTON -- No doubt you have butterflies just thinking about Thursday's first GOP debate.

I know I do.

Before We Lose Our Minds

July 27, 2015 - 7:00am

Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare -- as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out -- will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.

When Bragging is Winning

July 8, 2015 - 7:00am

WASHINGTON -- "So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Meet the Press'?"


"Did you tweet that you were going on 'Hardball'?"


The Mourning After

June 29, 2015 - 7:00am

By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena in Charleston where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.

A Time to Grieve

June 22, 2015 - 7:00am

Unspeakable, unimaginable, incomprehensible and unthinkable are the words we've heard and used to describe the horrific murders of nine African-Americans as they prayed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, shot by a hate-filled racist on a genocidal purge.


June 17, 2015 - 7:00am

If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.

Bill's Clintonesque rebuttal

June 15, 2015 - 7:00am

It had a familiar ring:

"I don't ever know what people's motives are," said former President Bill Clinton, prompting one to pause and consider just what the definition of "motives" is.

Indeed, one doesn't ever know. But when a country or a firm gives large sums of money to a charity founded by a former U.S. president, whose wife happens to be secretary of state, and whose department may be considering business related to said donor, then one would not likely infer purely altruistic motives.

Reality Show Jumps 19 Sharks

June 1, 2015 - 7:00am

WASHINGTON -- Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory:

Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received.

I feel the same way about reality shows.

Whatever was given to the millions who delight in reality TV was not received by me. This is especially so when reality, religion and politics converge in a home populated by 19 children and two compulsively fertile adults.




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