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Bill Gates may do more to fix climate crisis than world's politicians

When Bill Gates was a nerdy kid growing up in Seattle, he gained neighborhood notoriety at Little League baseball games by doing standing jumps into garbage cans. At the time, few would have identified that skinny kid as the guy who would one day save the world. The software industry Gates built...

Young '60s civil rights heroes should be a model for today's protesters

The cartoon that accompanies this column is a deliberate but good-humored provocation meant to lure student activists into a discussion of what is important and not important, what is central and what is peripheral to their cause. Let me first stipulate that I believe racism remains a deeply rooted...

When it comes to Syrian refugees and fighting Islamic State, Trump wings it

The other day, my sister told me a friend of hers had revealed his growing interest in the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. The things Trump says “make a lot of sense,” the friend said, echoing the opinion of millions of voters who have already been drawn to The Donald’s campaign.  What...

Frenzy about Syrian refugees echoes the unfounded fears of past eras

The Second World War is rightly remembered as a heroic time when Americans led the world to victory over German and Italian fascism and Japanese imperialism. But the glory of that era is marred by two enormous moral failings. The first was the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans who lost...

Paris terrorist attacks shock Americans numbed by Mideast atrocities

There is a British prankster named Jack Jones who is trying to kick start a comedy career for himself by posting videos of his rude public encounters with unsuspecting people. One may or may not find Jones’ antics amusing, but he stepped way out of his shallow depth when he tweeted a serious message...

Paris attacks: Islamic State rips the veil of civilization

There are few things as horrifying as a merciless fanatic willing to commit any conceivable atrocity for the sake of his religion. Nationalism, political beliefs or pure criminality can drive people to engage in extreme violence and cruelty, but religious zealotry adds a peculiar righteous frenzy...

Hooking up with the presidential candidates in a new cartoon format

When you think about it, picking a president is not that different from picking someone to meet for a drink at a bar -- and, maybe, a relationship. Voting is a gut reaction as much as an intellectual exercise. As proof of that, consider the two men currently leading the Republican race for president,...

Right-wing talk radio pours gas on the flames of Republican 'civil war'

Traditional conservatives and Republican Party operatives are gobsmacked by the virulent, anti-establishment mood among Republican voters. They find themselves in a fight for the soul of the Grand Old Party — a fight they seem to be losing. Each new poll ratifies the fact that nearly half of Republican...

Condom law might force porn producers to decamp from California

Can condoms cause the hugely profitable California porn business to go limp? In November 2016, state voters may be asked to pass judgment on a ballot initiative that would require actors in adult films to wear condoms when they engage in onscreen sex acts. Supporters of the initiative say it will...

Death penalty inherently lets government kill innocent Americans

In my experience, drinking with a nun is not an ordinary occurrence, but, two weeks ago, I had the honor of sharing a bit of whiskey on the rocks with an extraordinary woman of fatih, Sister Helen Prejean, as she wound down from another evening of agitating against the death penalty. Sister Helen...

Republican candidates debate about debates and fail to agree

During the last few days I have had a relatively cordial email exchange with a conservative reader of my column. In this polarized era, that is about as rare as a Republican presidential debate with no shouting or name calling. In fact, the most recent GOP debate on CNBC was the topic of the email...

Republican debate in Boulder reverts to a media bashing spree

During the third debate between the top 10 Republican presidential candidates Wednesday night in Boulder, Colo., the participants reverted to the cheapest trick to elicit applause from a conservative audience: bash the media.  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio did it to rebut criticism of his frequent truancy...

'Cleaning the barn,' John Boehner dumps on GOP renegades

John Boehner’s final act before he leaves Congress is to flip a middle finger at the renegade conservatives who have made his life miserable since he became speaker of the House of Representatives. Saying he needs to “clean up the barn” before he turns the gavel over to Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.),...

Republicans need deliverance from Trey Gowdy's Benghazi committee

Fans of the 1972 film “Deliverance” will be happy to know the weird-looking, banjo-playing, hillbilly kid from the movie has grown up and found work as chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Actually, that’s a fib and a bit of an insult to the kid. No one with any sense would want...

Joe Biden bows out: A plus for Hillary Clinton; a minus for the USA

During the two years preceding his rise to the office of vice president of the United States, Joe Biden was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I remember hearing him speak at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where he expressed his belief that post-Saddam Iraq could...

Flashback to 2008: When Hillary Rodham Clinton wooed Christian conservatives

In the midst of a heated presidential campaign, it is interesting to occasionally look back to a moment in a prior election that offers an informative contrast. This is especially true when one of the current leading candidates — in today’s case, Hillary Rodham Clinton — was also in the thick of...

Benghazi committee be warned: Hillary Clinton is the comeback kid

At the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night, Hillary Rodham Clinton reminded everyone that she is a survivor; maybe even a proverbial cat with nine lives. She survived the implosion of the healthcare initiative that she spearheaded in President Bill Clinton’s first term. She survived...

Democrats' debate brings wealth gap to campaign's center stage

The most compelling moment of the first debate between the candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination came when the inevitable question arose about Hillary Clinton’s emails. After Clinton responded with a counterattack against the House Republicans’ politically motivated investigation...

Gaudy Las Vegas was right setting for Democrats' economic debate

The Las Vegas Strip is a triumph of gaudy excess. From the Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos on the south end to the Venetian and Trump to the north, the buildings are massive, the dazzling lights and vast marquees are mesmerizing, and the shops inside the casinos are the highest of high-end consumerism....

The safe bets and long shots of the Democrats' Las Vegas debate

For months, watching the crowded field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination has proved to be wonderfully entertaining, but the debate between the Democratic candidates in Las Vegas on Tuesday night will provide a reality check. Though Donald Trump and his dozen-plus straight...

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