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Former U.S. President Clinton addresses a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Nashua

Don’t Try To Breathe Life Into A Dead Scandal

This just in: Nothing boosts circulation or enhances ratings like a sex scandal. The more prominent the actors and the more prurient the allegations, the better. How else to explain the ugly resurgence of talking about the Clintons’ bedroom dramas?

January 13, 2016
Ammon Bundy departs after addressing the media at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns

No, There Isn’t A Racial Double Standard At Work In Oregon

It’s tempting, but specious, to draw comparisons between the publicity-seeking antics in Oregon and senseless tragedies involving law enforcement. That hasn’t stopped ideologues on the left from being as vocal in their enthusiasm for a shootout as anti-government militia types.

January 6, 2016
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2015: The Year Of The Crybaby

Everybody’s throwing themselves a pity party this year. Whether it’s Christians wringing their hands because they can’t regulate other people’s lives or college students complaining about cultural appropriation in the food court. Sorry, guys. None of this makes you a victim. It makes you a crybaby.

December 30, 2015
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Fool Me Twice, New York Times…

In my experience, you can fool a golden retriever exactly twice with the old hidden ball trick. So if the paper’s latest blunder is any indication, a golden retriever is overqualified to edit ‘The New York Times.’

December 23, 2015
CNN Debate Countdown

When Democracy Becomes Must See TV

Is it even possible for a democratic country to govern itself when news becomes “infotainment,” and infotainment news?

December 16, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks after arriving in his helicopter as a group of children race towards it for ride during a rally in Sarasota, Florida

Why Are Hard Truths So Hard For Conservatives?

Conservatives are emotionally committed to binary thinking — good vs. evil, white vs. black, Christian vs. Islamic — and so Obama’s resistance to melodrama and appreciation for complexity reads to them as weakness. In embracing a laughably simplistic worldview, Republican blowhards risk throwing away America’s moral authority.

December 9, 2015
Students walk around the Princeton University campus in New Jersey

Why The Conversation About Race Can’t Be The Only Conversation

From sea to shining sea, college students seem determined to make us argue about race, pondering the exact color of their navels and compiling lists of fruitless demands, to the exclusion of all else.

December 2, 2015
U.S. President Obama addresses joint news conference at the White House in Washington

In Frightening Times, We Need Leadership, Not Snark

Just because Republicans are down in the mud doesn’t mean the president needs to join them.

November 25, 2015
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An Apocalyptic Death Cult Has Its Limits

It almost goes without saying that you can’t make treaties with such people. They can only be defeated. The question is how? And at what cost?

November 18, 2015
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Whither Goes The Holy Candidate?

At the expense of spoiling all the fun, let’s get real about Dr. Ben Carson’s presidential campaign. Carson fans have been slow to grasp that their party’s presidential nominee will need the votes of millions of “blue state” Republicans historically resistant to religious zealotry.

November 11, 2015
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The Republican Reality Show Rat Race

The current Republican presidential race is less a political contest than a reality TV series: a stage-managed melodrama with a cast of characters selected to titillate and provoke.

November 4, 2015
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No, Journalists Don’t Have Dramatic License

Anonymous sources are tricky enough, but journalists simply have no business contriving dramatized scenes with dialogue and characters — describing their innermost thoughts and feelings with no attribution whatsoever. To do so is inherently deceptive.

October 28, 2015
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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
House Speaker Boehner and House Majority leader McCarthy speak to reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonCapitol Hill in Washington

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
House Majority Leader McCarthy speaks at the John Hay Initiative in Washington

The Death Rattle Of A Fake Scandal

If Trey Gowdy doesn’t already know that Hillary Clinton’s a lot smarter and tougher than he is, he’s about to find out. Truthfully, they’d be better advised to fold the committee and file some weasel-worded report.

October 7, 2015
U.S. Speaker of the House Boehner exits Republican caucus meeting after announcing to the meeting that he will be resigning in Washington

Why Boehner Failed

Boehner understood that in politics you need to compromise, yet lacked the intestinal fortitude to do so, which is why his speakership came to such a sad end.

September 30, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Clinton looks into the crowd before she speaks at a "Women for Hillary" meeting in Milwaukee

The Never-Ending Hillary Clinton Story

Having failed to entomb Bill Clinton and drive a wooden stake through his heart, wrecking Clinton’s candidacy has become the Washington press clique’s overriding goal.

September 16, 2015
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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
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined onstage by her family at a campaign kick off rally in New York

Vendetta Or Paranoia? The ‘Times,’ The ‘Beast,’ And The Clintons

The test of time? A conservative estimate of the amount of taxpayer treasure wasted on “investigating” Whitewater – a money-losing venture that ended years before Bill Clinton ran for president – is around $100 million.

September 2, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester

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
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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
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives for a campaign town hall meeting in Claremont,

Why Hillary Clinton Drives Her Enemies Crazy

Same as it ever was. When the evidence finally emerges, it will turn out that Clinton has been diligently coloring inside the lines all along. That’s because she’s smarter and tougher than her enemies.

August 19, 2015
National Guard watches over Ferguson Police Department

Can We Get Past Name Calling?

On the sentimental left, nobody can ask what made Brown pull a strong-arm theft in broad daylight. On the reactionary right, Brown’s simply a “thug.”

August 13, 2015
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Donald Trump, The Swaggering Blond Supervillain Of The GOP

Millions of Republicans are seemingly enchanted by Donald Trump’s updated impersonation of Dr. Jerry Graham of the old World Wide Wrestling Federation.

August 5, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference about the recent nuclear deal reached with Iran, in Washington

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
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