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Tiny hands and wet pants: Trump and Rubio debate the small stuff

What will the Republican presidential candidates do in their next faceoff on Thursday, drop their pants? In the most recent GOP debate, the race to the White House hit an impressive new low when billionaire wheeler dealer Donald Trump defended his manhood by insisting there is nothing small about...

Gridiron Dinner: Joe Biden, John Kerry and other close encounters

(David Horsey / Los AngelesTimes) On Saturday night, I dined with Vice President Joe Biden (me and about 600 other people, that is) and crossed paths with Secretary of State John Kerry in the men's room, where I got his take on the 2016 presidential campaign. It's amazing who you can meet if you...

Donald Trump, Hugh Hefner and the end of nudity in Playboy

In a world where naked photos of a presidential candidate’s wife are easily found on the Internet, who needs nudes in Playboy? Yes, Donald Trump’s third gorgeous wife, Melania, once posed nude for British GQ magazine and, like everything else that is rule-breaking about Trump, this has not hurt...

After Super Tuesday, only desperate measures can stop Donald Trump

Late in the evening on Super Tuesday, the Republicans’ former House majority leader, Tom DeLay, appeared on MSNBC and told Chris Matthews that party leaders would deny Donald Trump the party’s nomination if he arrives at the national convention in Cleveland lacking a delegate majority. This was...

A cartoon extravaganza: What if everyone skipped the Oscars?

Hollywood’s glamorous Smith couple — Will and Jada — made it known early on that they would be absent from the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony because not a single non-white actor had gotten a nomination. In subsequent days, a lively and important debate has ensued about the lack of diversity in...

The fate of Bernie, Hillary and the Democrats rests with black voters

African Americans are the bulwark of the Democratic Party. In many Southern states, blacks account for as much as half the Democratic vote. Without the black vote, Barack Obama would not have won two terms in the White House. It is no wonder then that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have been...

Trump's simple message may carry him to the White House

The idea seemed preposterous six months ago, but we should start wrapping our minds around the real possibility that Donald Trump could be the next president of the United States. Trump has confounded conventional wisdom, conventional politics and all the conventional pundits and campaign professionals....

A big crop of nuts has rolled into the Republican Party

Since the mid-20th century when Republicans and Democrats began their slow march toward separate ends of the political spectrum, the share of GOP voters with curiously weird ideas has steadily increased. In 2016, that has become a disturbing problem for the party establishment as the two candidates...

The 2016 presidential campaign has become a giant reality show

The cable news networks have a hit on their hands. If you are a political junkie like I am, you will have noticed that, for months now, the news on CNN, Fox and MSNBC has been dominated by the presidential campaign. Dominated may be too mild a word, actually, since on many evenings the cable news...

McConnell won't let Obama seal his legacy with Scalia's replacement

Short of nominating a clone of Antonin Scalia, Barack Obama has about as much chance of getting a Supreme Court nominee approved by Senate Republicans as he does of convincing the average GOP voter that his Hawaiian birth certificate is genuine. Scalia, the demigod of conservative jurisprudence,...

Hillary Clinton is losing the votes of young women to Bernie Sanders

It is bad enough to lose the New Hampshire primary by more than 20 percentage points to a septuagenarian socialist, but when you also lose the votes of young women by an even more lopsided margin, it really stings if you happen to be the first female in history with a serious shot at becoming president...

New Hampshire winners share one attribute: authenticity

Authenticity, whether perceived or real, was a big winner in the New Hampshire presidential primary. Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and John Kasich, in their own very distinct ways, are the three candidates who not only made the best showing, but appeared to be the most comfortable in their own skins....

Will Marco Rubio survive his mauling by Chris Christie?

One of the prime questions to be answered by today's New Hampshire primary is whether Marco Rubio was seriously damaged by Chris Christie's verbal assault during Saturday's debate between the rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. Bizarrely, Rubio returned to the same talking point...

Ted Cruz embraces apocalyptic preachers and anti-gay militants

No question, the contestants for the Republican presidential nomination are a very conservative bunch, but there is something that sets Texas Sen. Ted Cruz apart from the pack: his endorsements from some of the religious right’s kookiest voices. Where the 2008 GOP nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain,...

After Iowa, Republican pragmatists are left with no choice but Rubio

Donald Trump may have hit a ceiling of support — at least that’s a prime storyline coming out of the Iowa caucuses where he came in second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. But an equally significant story is that the roof crashed in on Jeb Bush and the Republican establishment. For Trump, Iowa will be a...

Iowa caucuses leave Hillary Clinton as the lone option for centrists

On the morning of the Iowa caucuses, I received the following text message from a friend in South Dakota: “Oh holy heck! Please tell me by some miracle a new candidate will just somehow appear and save the day in Iowa. Just not feeling good about this whole thing. We are talking future leader of...

Rebel rancher is a pitiful casualty in a ludicrous cause

The death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, the 54-year-old Arizona rancher who headed north to “liberate” an Oregon wildlife refuge from the United States government, is sad and pitiful. Some of the self-appointed vigilantes who are challenging the right of federal authorities to manage Western rangelands...

Cruz slams 'New York values,' but New Yorker Trump romps ahead

One would think that, after Sept. 11, 2001, it would be hard to get political traction by attacking “New York values.” In the days after 9/11, the resilient and often heroic response of New Yorkers to the catastrophic terror attack proved that, even in the nation’s largest and most diverse city,...

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...

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