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Friday, January 20, 2017
Connie Schultz

Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicated. Schultz won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. She has also published two books: Life Happens: And Other Unavoidable Truths -- a collection of her previously published columns -- and ...and His Lovely Wife: A Memoir from the Woman Beside the Man, which chronicled her experiences on the campaign trail with her husband, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.

Obama, Malia

Obama Gave His Daughter A Kindle And Filled It With Books

Our president gave his teenage daughter a Kindle, and he filled it with books. That small yet enormous detail brings it home. There is no replacing this president, and what comes next is sinking in. The distance between what was and what will be seems so vast.

January 19, 2017
The press post-mortem, CNN

A Call For Activists For Journalism

Still, journalists get squeamish at the notion of being activists for anything, for obvious reasons. But that’s what we need to be now. We must let our readers and viewers know how we do what we do and why it matters. It’s clear that the angriest of Trump supporters feel emboldened by his election and his behavior ever since.

January 12, 2017
An anti-Trump demonstrator protests outside the venue where Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Anaheim, California U.S. May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

We Are Not The Enemy

Mr. Trump, we are not the enemy. We are patriots, in all our forms. We are committed to championing what already made America great, which includes our First Amendment rights to pursue the truth and say what’s on our minds. We will challenge you as president, as true patriots often do.

January 5, 2017
Cleveland, Obama

Here We Are, On The Brink Of What Comes Next

Too often since Election Day, I’ve been one of the despondent millions openly bemoaning what 2016 has wrought and wanting it over. But for now, for just this moment, let’s celebrate that here we are, you and I, on the brink of another year. May we cherish those who keep us human and acknowledge our incredible luck that we’re still here.

December 29, 2016

Hope Starts With Christmas

Character is revealed not by who we are when things are going our way but in the people we become when everything seems to be going wrong. Never have I been more worried about the future of our country, but I’m no quitter.

December 24, 2016
Abortion

Another Day, Another Abortion Restriction

Right-wing extremists who support laws such as this are driven by an insatiable desire to shame women. Most of these legislators are men whose maleness exempts them from ever knowing what it feels like to have no control over their bodies or their daily lives.

December 15, 2016
News

A Perfect Holiday Gift: Subscribe To The News

Democracy cannot thrive without journalists who hold accountable those elected to protect it. Let’s invest in the future of journalism, while we still can.

December 8, 2016
Flag burning protected under First Amendment

One Amendment, Five Freedoms

What a thing of beauty, our First Amendment. Think about it: In only 45 words, it lays out five constitutional rights. It’s pure poetry.

December 1, 2016

Thanksgiving Starts With Gratitude

Like millions of other Americans, I am worried about the future of our country under President Donald Trump. I have felt overwhelmed at times, but I am grateful to be tethered to this world. I am loyal to life, still.

November 24, 2016
Hillary Clinton at debate

Sexism? Misogyny? That’s So Last Week

The new narrative is that we — including people of color and women — must understand the anger of the white working class. It’s the economy, insist their shiny new defenders. I cherish my working class roots, but I caution against romanticizing them.

November 17, 2016
Media normalizing Trump

No, Let’s Not Congratulate Him

Trump stands for so much of what we’d dared to hope was behind us as a country. Bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia. This new job title will not change who he is. Don’t ask us to congratulate him. Not today. Not this week. Not ever, probably.

November 10, 2016
Trump supporters use bullying tactics to scare people at the polls

What A Surprise: Trumpsters As Bullies

Has Trump inspired grown men to bully women like me? Sure. And don’t they look silly? Glad you can see us, boys. On Election Day, you’re going to hear us, too.

November 3, 2016
Children divorce halloween

For Children, A Holiday From Divorce

For too many children of divorce, this is the season for worry and heartbreak as people who are supposed to be parents surrender all claims to the honor.

October 27, 2016
Michelle Obama speaks out against Trump's comments

And Then Michelle Obama Showed Up

Michelle Obama is the face and the voice of the new political spouse. She’s using all of her power to help other women lay claim to their own, and she is going to help elect the first woman to be president of the United States.

October 21, 2016
Donald Trump supporters at a rally in Nevada

Stop Trying To Understand Trump Supporters

For months now, I’ve been trying to understand our fellow Americans who support Trump, the champion of racism, xenophobia and misogyny. I’m done trying to understand them.

October 19, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with his workers after he landed on the golf course at his Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland, June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Donald Trump Sees Working Class Chumps

Trump is a bloviating billionaire who built his riches on the backs of mistreated employees. Now he is masquerading as a presidential candidate who cares about the people I come from.

October 5, 2016

The Cincinnati Enquirer Endorses Hillary, And Other Miracles

The last time The Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed a Democrat for president was in 1916, when Woodrow Wilson was running for re-election during World War I.

September 29, 2016
clinton won first debate

Hillary Clinton, Everywoman

Women across America are full of stories about female family members who powered through illness to take care of their families and keep their jobs. So often, their stories are autobiographical, because this is one tradition that dies hard.

September 16, 2016

Trump Speaks, Children Listen

Earlier this summer, I was walking through the Miami airport with my 8-year-old grandson when I looked around and noticed I suddenly wasn’t. I saw him a few feet away, walked over, and looked up to see a familiar CNN clip of Donald Trump’s interview with Jake Tapper.

August 12, 2016
Hillary Clinton - martyr of the year

Voting Like a Woman

“We women have moved on, you see, and one of the things we left behind is men like Donald Trump.” Sometimes it’s true that women think alike. Because every time Donald Trump makes such statements about women, millions of us look at him and think the same thing: Oh, I know you.

August 4, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton points at President Barack Obama as she arrives onstage at the end of his speech on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S., July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

That Hillary

My mother was no different from so many women you think you know. They’re full of dreams and other secrets they keep to themselves out of modesty and a certainty that no one would care anyway. But this week, because of Hillary Clinton, their stories are seeping out.

July 29, 2016
By Ginger Gibson and Emily Stephenson CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Donald Trump's wife, Melania, in her first major political speech on Monday, portrayed her husband as a talented, compassionate and unrelenting leader who would unify rather than divide the country if elected to the White House. The Slovenian-born jewelry designer and former model spoke to a cheering crowd at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland after a one-minute introduction from Trump. The presumptive Republican nominee made a dramatic entrance, silhouetted in a white background and to the accompaniment of Queen's 1977 rock anthem "We Are the Champions." "I have been with Donald for 18 years and I have been aware of his love for this country since we first met," the aspiring first lady told the convention. "He’s tough when he has to be, but he's also kind and fair and caring." "Donald wants prosperity for all Americans," she said, reading from a teleprompter, as people applauded. Her comments were an attempt to soften the image of the New York businessman-turned-politician, who has been accused of bigotry and callousness for his calls to suspend Muslim immigration and deport millions of undocumented immigrants if elected. He has also been criticized for insults directed at women, political opponents and journalists. Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, accuses Trump, 70, of lacking the experience and temperament needed to work in the Oval Office. On Monday, Clinton, 68, used an address to a largely black audience to cast Trump as someone who would divide the country along racial, ethnic and religious lines. The convention's opening night featured a string of emotional speakers attacking Clinton's record as secretary of state under President Barack Obama, many arguing she had made Americans vulnerable to Islamist militancy. "I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son," said Pat Smith, the mother of an information management officer who was among the four Americans killed in an attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose administration has been credited with sharply reducing crime in the city during the 1990s and who oversaw the city's response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center and killed almost 3,000 people, gave a highly charged speech slamming Clinton and making the case for Trump. "What I did for New York, Donald Trump will do for America!" he said. REBELLION QUASHED The convention erupted in chaos earlier in the day when Trump opponents inside his party stormed out of the room and others chanted in a failed attempt to force a vote opposing his candidacy. The turmoil threatened efforts by the Trump campaign to show the party had united behind him and distracted from the day's theme of "Make America Safe Again". The anti-Trump forces wanted to change the party's nominating rules to allow delegates to support alternative Republican candidates over Trump. Party leaders held a voice vote, then declared the opponents lacked enough support, triggering pandemonium on the floor of the Cleveland basketball arena where Trump is due to be formally nominated this week for the Nov. 8 election. "This entire system is rigged to force the vote for Donald Trump," said Kendal Unruh, a delegate from Colorado. Trump's son and adviser, Donald Trump Jr., threatened the leaders of the attempted revolt, saying: "Your careers are finished" in a message posted on Twitter. While delivering a jolt to the highly scripted program, the rebellion by the anti-Trump forces was quashed. But the furor, an embarrassment to Trump, put a spotlight on the deep divisions within the party that have emerged over his candidacy. A string of senior Republicans, worried about Trump's temperament and policies, were already avoiding the convention. KILLINGS OVERSHADOW CONVENTION The gathering opened on Monday afternoon in the shadow of racially tinged killings of police officers and black men, and as protesters for and against Trump faced off in a plaza a few blocks from the convention, shouting slogans at each other, separated by a wall of police. The protests were largely peaceful, with law enforcement officers outnumbering demonstrators. Sunday's shooting of three policemen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - a targeted attack that may have been in retaliation for a series of police killings of black Americans - hung over the gathering. Trump lashed out at Obama early on Monday over the shootings, saying the Democratic president "doesn't have a clue." The Baton Rouge shootings happened nearly two weeks after police fatally shot a black man there, and after another such death near St. Paul, Minnesota, both of which sparked nationwide protests. Five policemen were also killed in an ambush in Dallas this month. Trump has sought to position himself as the law-and-order candidate in an echo of Republican Richard Nixon's successful presidential campaign of 1968. (Additional reporting by Amy Tennery, Michelle Conlin, Scott Malone, Daniel Trotta and Jonathan Allen; Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by Howard Goller and Peter Cooney)

RNC Message: Be Very Afraid

The Republican rhetoric worked its magic, and voters lived in constant fear for their families’ lives. They also seemed likelier to vote for Republican candidates because, not remotely coincidentally, the Republican Party was vowing to protect them from this nonexistent danger.

July 22, 2016

Here Comes Trump

For weeks now, many of us who live in Cleveland have been fielding questions about how safe we feel about the Republican National Convention’s coming to our city next week. What they’re really asking is whether we’re worried about Donald Trump and the trouble his brand of campaigning may bring with him.

July 15, 2016
An American Airlines airplane prepares to land at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

It’s Summer, The Season For Grandparents

This was to be our final big-family dinner before my grandson and his parents whittled our numbers by moving far, far away to a new job awaiting his father — formerly known as my son, before he announced he was moving my grandson far, far away. Away from me, I want to emphasize.

June 30, 2016
Jun 5, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the first quarter in game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Here In Cleveland, You Gotta Respect The Scars

Right now, we are an entire region of people whose toes haven’t touched the ground since that final buzzer in Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. “Everybody’s friendly, no matter where you go,” the air conditioner repairman told me yesterday as he stood in my kitchen writing out the receipt. “It’s like no one can stop smiling.”

June 23, 2016