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Is claiming to be 'transracial' a form of identity theft?

The curious case of Rachel Dolezal has put a new twist in the tortured saga of race relations in America. A lot of people say the country needs a discussion of race and Dolezal, the Spokane NAACP leader exposed as a white woman claiming a black identity, has certainly gotten one going.

Jeb Bush beware: Donald Trump wants to pick a fight

The race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, already as jammed as a Tokyo subway car, has just gotten a lot more crowded with the announcement that Donald Trump and his enormous ego have entered the competition.

Presidential candidates lust after billionaires' dollars

While New Hampshire Republicans and Fox News executives bicker about how many of the 15 to 20 GOP presidential candidates will get to stand on the stage at the first debate in August, the candidates themselves are frantically courting the nation’s billionaires. A good showing in a debate can give...

Rick Santorum is getting lost in the growing GOP pack

Within days after Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, I began to receive emails from Rick Santorum’s media relations staff. At the time, I thought to myself, "This guy is still running for president." And, of course, I was right.

TSA's 95% failure rate shows airport security is a charade

A couple of years ago my wife — who may be the least likely person on the planet to commit an act of terrorism — was randomly pulled aside at airport security for a thorough screening. Seeing that the process was going to take awhile, I took a seat on a nearby bench where a TSA officer was taking...

It's not just California's drought, it's America's

After a week on horseback helping my rancher friends with their annual cattle roundup, I boarded Amtrak’s Empire Builder in Havre, Mont., on Sunday and looked forward to resting my sore muscles for the 18 hours it would take to reach the coast. As I settled into my sleeping compartment, the friendly...

American work obsession outweighs family values

We Americans are suckers for work. We put in more hours at our jobs than any people in the industrialized world, except Koreans. We take far fewer days of vacation than Europeans. In the last several years, many among us have seen our workload double while our incomes have stayed flat. And some...

Does anyone take the Mideast 'peace process' seriously?

Like many American secretaries of State before him, John Kerry has logged a lot of air miles flying to and from the Middle East to engage is something called "the peace process." Given all the effort, it is disheartening to see just how little true peace there is in that roiling corner of the world.

To some people's shock, same-sex marriage is here to stay

It's easy to be judgmental of people -- like most of the Republican presidential candidates and many folks in the Bible Belt -- who continue to oppose same-sex marriage. Now that the majority of states condone gay marriage and that it seems likely that the Supreme Court will soon make it the rule...

Robert Gates tells Boy Scouts to face reality about gay Scoutmasters

As Defense secretary and director of the CIA, Robert Gates learned many lessons about accepting political realities, even when he would rather have done something else. Now, as president of the Boy Scouts of America, Gates is trying to teach that lesson to supporters of his organization who do...

Palmyra faces an invader intent on destroying history

There seems to be no limit to the cruelty of the marauders who call themselves Islamic State (ISIS). Beheadings, crucifixions, mass slaughter, rape, enslavement; these fanatics are like an unleashed death cult conceived in the scariest Hollywood horror movie — except these monsters are real.

CEO salaries defy gravity and any sense of shame

How much money would it take to make you feel properly compensated for your work? I enjoy my job so much that, often, I feel like I’m getting away with something by getting paid for it. Still, I like being valued for what I do and I can imagine I would feel especially appreciated if someone wanted...

Don Draper is, in the end, just a baby boomer's dad

Matthew Weiner, the creator of "Mad Men," brought his melodrama of 1960s America to an end Sunday night, closing with an intriguing riddle involving Coca-Cola and the show's central character, Don Draper. Fans will be parsing those last couple of minutes for days, if not years, to come.

Missouri House speaker's sexting scandal is good comic relief

There’s nothing like a little sex scandal to restore one’s faith in politics as the greatest source of trashy entertainment. So, thank you, Missouri Speaker of the House John Diehl for wrecking your career by exchanging a string of cringe-worthy texts with a 19-year-old female intern.

Saudis want a NATO-type alliance with U.S.; Obama should say no

This week, President Obama is meeting with foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states who are urging him to create a NATO-like security agreement that pledges the United States to defend all of them in the event of an enemy attack — with Iran being the most likely antagonist....

Texas Gov. Abbott coddles right-wing conspiracy kooks

For a politician, standing up to terrorists is easy. Standing up to the paranoid kooks who vote for you is much harder. Just ask Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the junior senator from the Lone Star State, Ted Cruz.

False prophets drove Phoenix jihadis to Garland, Texas

Despite a long career of lampooning human folly, it has only been in recent years that I have fully appreciated the strong predilection among Homo sapiens to willingly and fervently believe in preposterous ideas. The shooting at the Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, provided a full display...

Bernie Sanders' "socialism" may have mainstream appeal

Finally, conservatives have a real socialist to go crazy about. Instead of concocting dark fairytales about how Barack Obama, a very conventional liberal Democrat, is a secret Marxist who wants to destroy the American way of life, they can shriek about Bernie Sanders, the independent Vermont senator...

Busy serving billionaires, Republicans ignore the poor

Give Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul credit. The junior senator from Kentucky actually talks seriously about some of the difficult challenges facing inner-city Baltimore and other distressed minority communities around the country.

Toya Graham and the struggling folks of Baltimore deserve our support

Before the flames and smoke and rage in Baltimore subside and the country returns to a state of not-so-benign neglect of our inner cities, can we agree on one thing? How about this: The struggling majority of folks in those communities who just want a decent job and a safe place to raise their...

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