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Like a politician, Trump tells coal miners what they want to hear

During the 2008 election, I never heard a presidential candidate promise to save jobs in the newspaper industry. Technological changes had shattered the business model, newspapers were shutting down or laying off workers, and serious journalists with suddenly stunted careers were scrambling for...

GOP leaders reel from Donald Trump's conquest of their party

The last two Republican presidents — who both happen to be named Bush — are refusing to endorse their party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Mitt Romney, Bob Dole and Arizona Sen. John McCain, the three living Republicans who won the nomination but fell short of the White House,...

Ted Cruz was too creepy to save the GOP from Donald Trump

The effort to prevent Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination may not be dead and buried, but it is certainly stiff and ready to be pumped full of embalming fluid. Shortly after Trump won every delegate in the Indiana primary on Tuesday night, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz abandoned...

Right-wing loathing of Hillary Clinton is mirrored on the left

Zealots on the political right have enjoyed an unusually large megaphone throughout the years of Barack Obama’s presidency and that cacophony from one side of the political spectrum has drowned out equally strident voices on the left — at least until Bernie Sanders came along. Sanders is not, himself,...

Trump doesn't know what he doesn't know about foreign policy

When it was announced that Donald Trump would be giving a major foreign policy speech, I imagined he might actually have something to say — or at least that whoever may be advising him about international relations would be writing a speech for the candidate to read that would lend coherence to...

Cruz-Fiorina pairing is a stunt worthy of 'House of Cards'

I’ve been hooked on the Netflix political drama “House of Cards” since I spent a night binge-watching most of the first season on my computer while sitting at the kitchen table. For those who have never seen the show, it is the story of Frank and Claire Underwood and their nefarious rise to the...

Cruz and Kasich team up in a hapless effort to stop Trump

Donald Trump swept five of five primaries Tuesday night, thus making the new alliance of necessity between Ted Cruz and John Kasich look hapless, if not hopeless. Over the weekend, the only two Republican candidates who have yet to be swept away by the Trump tide put out word that they are coordinating...

Demi Moore, George Wallace and Americans' abused voting rights

Back in 2012, prior to that year's South Carolina presidential primary, I found myself in Charleston at a big rally for Mitt Romney. Sandwiched among voters waiting for their candidate to show up, I eavesdropped on an animated conversation between two vocally conservative men. One of them was happily...

As the $20 bill gets a new face, Andrew Jackson's sins are recalled

Tubman is in, Hamilton is saved and Jackson is banished to the back of the bill. That is the news from the United States Treasury, where it was announced on Wednesday that the face of a venerable and brave African American woman will be the first to grace the front of the nation’s paper currency....

After New York primary, Wall Street remains a big factor in campaign

The presidential primary campaign is moving on from New York, but is not leaving Wall Street behind. Despite Hillary Clinton’s decisive win in the Empire State, Bernie Sanders has the money and the devoted following he needs to fight on and continue his attacks on Clinton’s ties to Wall Street....

Whining Donald Trump failed to learn the rules of the political game

The news from New York is that two of Donald Trump’s children, Ivanka and Eric, will not be able to vote for their father in the state’s primary next Tuesday because they missed the Oct. 9 deadline for switching their party affiliation from independent to Republican. Like their dad who is whining...

Americans will miss Barack Obama's cool rationality in foreign policy

If a gaggle of 12-year-old video gamers were pulled together for a discussion of national security, they would easily match the level of insight that has been displayed by most of the Republican presidential candidates. Between Ted Cruz’s vision of Arab deserts glowing from the effects of carpet...

New York brings out the brawler in Bernie and Hillary

Leave it to New York City to turn a polite drawing room discussion into a street brawl. That is the sudden turn taken this week in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders as it moved into the Big Apple. Admittedly, the Democrats still have...

Journalists are giddy over the prospect of a contested GOP convention

I don’t think I’m revealing a big secret when I say every political journalist in America is longing for a contested Republican convention in Cleveland. And a few, like me, are even fantasizing about Hillary Clinton falling short of the requisite delegates to win her party’s nomination, which would...

The chance of a Cruz-Sanders contest just got less remote

Shortly after the polls closed in Wisconsin on Tuesday night, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was declared the victor in the Republican primary and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was called as the winner among Democrats. Minutes later, I got a text from my wife: “Bernie/Ted general election?” My sweet spouse...

An illustrated visit to Trump Nation

Donald Trump supporters have been characterized and caricatured as "low-information voters," angry blue collar white guys, authoritarian-loving neo-fascists, and barely closeted racists. But Trump is finding favor with a broad cross section of the conservative-leaning electorate. David Horsey captured...

An illustrated visit to Trump Nation

The people who have flocked to Donald Trump's rallies, given him their votes and put him within striking distance of the Republican Party nomination are one of the biggest stories of the 2016 election. How do you feel about Trump? Let us know >> They have been characterized and caricatured as "low-information...

Donald Trump is a macho fantasy of a president

Donald Trump’s campaign manager has been charged with battery for manhandling a female reporter, some of his supporters are notoriously fast with their fists, and the candidate himself does not hold back from sending out tweets that are equivalent to a poke in the eye or a kick between the legs....

Politics, not principle, drives Senate GOP's Supreme Court obstinance

Let’s get one thing straight: There is not a single cherished principle involved in the Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold confirmation hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Their opposition is entirely about partisan politics and appeasing the militant conservatives...

Republican Party rejects Marco Rubio and the spirit of Ronald Reagan

Having lost the primary in his home state of Florida to Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio has dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and his departure may be a telling sign that the GOP is no longer the party of Ronald Reagan. Of all of the 17 Republican candidates who...

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