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Gene Lyons

Gene Lyons is a political columnist and author. Lyons writes a column for the Arkansas Times that is nationally syndicated by United Media. He was previously a general editor at Newsweek as wells an associate editor at Texas Monthly where he won a National Magazine Award in 1980. He contributes to Salon.com and has written for such magazines as Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Esquire, and Slate.

A graduate of Rutgers University with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, Lyons taught at the Universities of Massachusetts, Arkansas and Texas before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. A native of New Jersey, Lyons has lived in Arkansas with his wife Diane since 1972. The Lyons live on a cattle farm near Houston, Ark., with a half-dozen dogs, several cats, three horses, and a growing herd of Fleckvieh Simmental cows.

Lyons has written several books including The Higher Illiteracy (University of Arkansas, 1988), Widow's Web (Simon & Schuster, 1993), Fools for Scandal (Franklin Square, 1996) as well as The Hunting Of The President: The 10 Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton, which he co-authored with National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason.

Obama, Putin, Russia

Winning Isn’t Everything — Especially In Syria

Some people think about foreign relations the way they think about football, with the U.S. as the home team. But sometimes there aren’t any victories.

October 21, 2015

When ‘Conservatives’ Become Radicals

The “Freedom Caucus” not only can’t govern, they don’t appear to believe in governance. If they understood the first thing about the U.S. Constitution they profess to revere, they’d recognize that it was purposely crafted to frustrate radicals like them.

October 14, 2015

On Observing Humanity In Our Fellow Animals

How blind do you have to make yourself not to recognize primal emotions in fellow mammals?

September 9, 2015

The Incorrectly Political Donald Trump

Candidate Trump and former Governor Palin are complaining about “political correctness,” the supposedly liberal sin of being too polite to tell the unvarnished truth. Have I given offense? Oh, I do hope so.

September 2, 2015
Hllary Clinton

The Media Chase Hillary, Time And ‘Times’ Again

If one were of a low and suspicious nature regarding The New York Times’ historically inept Washington Bureau, one might suspect yet another example of the “Clinton Rules” — that is, a shaky allegation unsupported by facts.

August 26, 2015

Any Fool Can Start A War With Iran

When you’re the most powerful economic and military power on Earth, Obama keeps saying with regard to the Iran deal, it’s important to act like it.

July 22, 2015
Cats and Dogs

You Don’t Domesticate Cats — Cats Domesticate You

Unlike dogs, cats have pretty much been in control of their own genome.

July 8, 2015
mike huckabee

Why The GOP Has The First Amendment Upside Down

When it comes to gay marriage, millions of aggrieved GOP voters appear to have gotten the First Amendment upside-down.

July 1, 2015

Why The Charleston Shooter Was A Failure

Has any murdering terrorist ever failed more dramatically than Dylann Storm Roof? Intending to start a race war, he succeeded only in shocking the moral conscience of the state and nation.

June 24, 2015

Scott Walker: Uncle Scrooge’s Lackey In Wisconsin

Scott Walker continues to pass laws vanquishing unions in Wisconsin, and Democrats underestimate him at their own peril.

June 17, 2015
Clinton

Clinton Foundation ‘Scandals’ Are Made Of Smoke And Innuendo

The swirl of innuendo and accusation currently dogging the Clintons is nothing more than conspiracy theories touted by the same newspapers that promoted the Whitewater hoax and cheered on Kenneth Starr.

June 10, 2015
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Has Only One Real Opponent

If indeed Hillary Clinton’s Democratic rivals have no realistic chance, then who is her biggest opponent? Turns out it’s… well, us.

June 3, 2015
Jeb Bush

A Failure Of Intelligence

Contrary to what Jeb Bush says now, it wasn’t actually that hard to see through the propaganda barrage that led the United States to invade Iraq in 2003

May 27, 2015

The Sound And The Fury Of Deflategate

Once somebody like Tom Brady has been targeted for something like “Deflategate,” it’s almost impossible for them to get even-handed treatment in the media.

May 20, 2015
Top News, National News, Hillary Clinton, Email Scnadal, Inspector General, State Department, Whistleblower, Watchdogs

Playing By The Old ‘Clinton Rules’ — All Innuendo, Few Facts

The media coverage of “Clinton Cash,” shows that old the “Clinton rules” are back: all innuendo and guilt-by-association, murky insinuations and few facts.

April 29, 2015
Photo: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, IA. (Gregory Hauenstein/Flickr)

Hillary Clinton And The Burden Of Authenticity

Is there an element of calculation in Hillary Clinton’s latest listening tour? Sure. But if she truly listens, does that make her more or less “authentic” ?

April 22, 2015

When The Hitler Card Won’t Do, Play The Chamberlain Card

The Republican right accuses every American president who negotiates an arms pact with our putative enemies of weakening national security. And they are always wrong.

April 15, 2015

Why Trust Anything In ‘Rolling Stone’ Again?

The magazine and its editors made themselves willing, if not downright eager, parties to a hoax — and not a terribly sophisticated hoax at that.

April 8, 2015

The Anarchy Of ‘Religious Liberty’

What’s so insidious about “religious liberty” statutes as written, and why they cannot be permitted to stand, is that they would give zealous individuals and private businesses near-dictatorial powers with no legal recourse.

April 1, 2015

Journalists Must Rediscover Skepticism

From Ferguson to Charlottesville, the media have been falling down on the job.

March 25, 2015
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and former Ambassador John Bolton speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Cotton And The War Caucus Count On Constituents’ Ignorance

Tom Cotton and his fellow Republican hawks know their letter to Iran is wrong. They just don’t care.

March 18, 2015

Nothing Ever Changes In Hunt For A Clinton Scandal

The Washington press clique is reliving the ’90s — and they couldn’t be happier about it.

March 11, 2015

Be Very Afraid Of ‘King v. Burwell’

Forget Obamacare — the Supreme Court could be about to kill whatever credibility it has left.

March 4, 2015

ISIS Panic Is Ebola 2.0

Despite what cable news would have you believe, ISIS is far from an existential threat to the U.S.

February 25, 2015
Photo: British actor Jamie Dornan (R) and US actress Dakota Johnson pose for photographers ahead of the UK Premiere of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in central London on February 12, 2015 (AFP/Leon Neal)

On Arkansas’ Anti-Gay Law, And Other Ridiculous Headlines

Gene Lyons takes on ‘Fifty Shades of Gray,’ the Brian Williams mess, and more.

February 18, 2015