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Sarah Palin joins Trump, Clinton and the unusual cast of campaign 2016

Tina Fey’s latest portrayal of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live was not just comedic perfection, it was a demonstration of how bizarre the 2016 campaign for president has become. Neither Fey nor Darrell Hammond (who inhabits his Donald Trump impersonation almost as completely as Fey does her...

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders offer Democrats an imperfect choice

There have been candidates for president who were truly adored by Democrats. Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy are the prime examples, but also Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Other candidates in other times, however, made Democrats doubt they were putting their best person forward. Hubert...

Conservatism redefined as Palin and Schlafly stump for Trump

In her endorsement speech on behalf of Donald Trump, Sarah Palin mentioned “squirmishes that have been running on for centuries” in reference to the endless battles between factions in the Middle East. Palin’s malapropism was just one of many weird passages in her 20-minute riff, and standing awkwardly...

Livid Trump lovers reject Nikki Haley's warning about 'angry voices'

The full parameter of the Republican Party’s civil war became starkly clear on Tuesday night when South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley charged into rhetorical battle with the angry, anti-establishment wing of her party that has made Donald Trump the current leader in the race for the GOP presidential...

Barack Obama and Nikki Haley both call for an end to vicious politics

President Obama’s final State of the Union address was, in large part, a defense of his seven years in office -- from proud assertions of the success of his economic policies to a detailed justification of his much-criticized restraint in foreign affairs. But the president made one admission of...

Will Donald Trump crash the Golden Globes?

With the Golden Globes on Sunday, we have entered the heart of the awards season. The Grammys are coming up and, at the end of February, the big one: the Academy Awards. With so much attention aimed at so many stars, how will the country’s biggest political prima donna be able to resist a grab...

George Washington would not side with the West's sagebrush rebels

The armed militants who have taken over a national wildlife refuge in southeast Oregon need to study their country’s earliest history. They justify their actions with a bogus interpretation of American law rooted in ideas born in the Reconstruction-era South that essentially denies the authority...

Ragged old year brought hope on climate change and same-sex marriage

Between the horrible bookends of the terrorist attack against the French cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo in January and the late-in-the-year jihadist strikes on innocent Parisians and on a holiday party in San Bernardino, there was not much to redeem 2015 in the news. The presidential campaign provided...

ISIS takes on the world and is bound to lose

Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the elusive leader of Islamic State’s nascent caliphate, has issued a new threat, saying that Israel has come into the sights of his terrorist horde. Although this news should be alarming to Israelis, it is more evidence that the outsize ambitions of ISIS far exceed the group’s...

New animation: Two cartoons and one big political divide in the USA

What happens when one political cartoon invades another? My new animation gives an answer to that question. On Jan. 5, I published a cartoon of a young girl singing a revised version of "America the Beautiful." On Nov. 20, I offered up a cartoon of an older man wedged inside a silo of brick walls....

Christmas inspires us to welcome strangers with hope, not fear

At Christmastime, the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is predictably invoked by cartoonists, pundits and pastors in commentaries about immigrants, refugees and the homeless. A nitpicker, though, will point out that Mary and Joseph were not homeless; they had a house, employment and...

Donald Trump is the uncontested choice for Provocateur of the Year

Time magazine deserves credit for taking the annual Person of the Year choice very seriously. By navigating the Greek debt crisis and opening the doors of her country to Syrian refugees, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, this year’s recipient of the accolade, truly did loom large on the international...

GOP candidates respond to terror attacks with frantic machismo

National security was the focus of this week’s Republican presidential debate, but anyone who paid close attention would not feel especially secure. The thought that one of these faux macho blowhards might be in charge of American foreign policy is far from reassuring. President Obama gets criticized...

Donald Trump's fascist inclinations do not bother his fans

It has been hard to take Donald Trump too seriously. He is a candidate without any substantial policy proposals, no governmental experience and a rambling, self-obsessed way of delivering a speech. His bullying and rudeness seem like showbiz shtick with an implied wink in every insult. Like every...

Defiant hope amid the darkness of the San Bernardino terrorist attack

Like a devastating earthquake, last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino continues to produce aftershocks that keep Southern Californians in a state of unease. One of those shock waves rolled through an Advent service at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena on Sunday evening. All Saints is...

San Bernardino killers traded the American Dream for a nightmare of terror

Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, I have thought that, if I were a terrorist interested in generating the highest level of fear among Americans, I would not go after high-profile targets in New York or Washington; I’d seek out random soft targets in unexpected places far from the centers...

San Bernardino: The latest site for America's unending gunfight

As I write this, the most current casualty count from San Bernardino is 14 people dead and 17 more wounded after as many as three heavily armed gunmen wearing masks and camouflage stormed into the Inland Regional Center and began shooting. So far, the motive is unclear. Are the assailants criminals?...

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...

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