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The anti-Semite who’s haunting the left

President Trump is a friend to anti-Semites. As it turns out, so are his enemies. The latest round of left-infighting has focused on a man who some might be surprised to discover is still declaiming: Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Hatred for the “satanic Jew” has long been a theme of Farrakhan’s rhetoric, and since his […]

Before ‘Black Panther,’ there was John Lewis

This past weekend was the Faith and Politics Institute’s annual civil rights pilgrimage to Selma, Birmingham and Montgomery with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). Because I went last year, I didn’t think there could possibly be more that I could say about the extraordinary privilege and humbling experience of walking with the giants of the civil […]

The little pep talks we give ourselves in the age of Trump

In the age of Trump, some of us have to give ourselves little pep talks. They go like this: “I cannot believe that Trump just did that.” (The internal monologue is triggered by some of Trump’s foulest deeds: pulling out of the Paris climate accord; firing FBI Director James B. Comey; doing nothing about Russia’s […]

I hope Democrats defend sanctuary cities. It’s bad policy, and it’ll cost them.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration are going about the sanctuary city issue in the right way. The very idea of so-called sanctuary cities is offensive to a lot of law-abiding Americans. Taking action against the liberal politicians who want to give safe harbor to illegal immigrants is a slow, easy pitch from […]

Does Mueller have a case against Trump? Eric Holder thinks so — with a caveat.

President Trump is fixated on loyalty, particularly from the attorney general. He famously complained that Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t protect him the way, Trump believed, Holder did former president Barack Obama. So, when I asked Holder if Trump didn’t have a point, he set the record straight. “I didn’t have to protect Barack Obama, […]

What is so significant about Sam Nunberg?

On Monday, breathless reports of former Trump campaign hand Sam Nunberg’s media spasm spread around the country and obsessed political Washington for a few hours. Briefly, Nunberg had been an on-and-off political adviser to Donald Trump, and his role with the Trump campaign came to a complete end in August 2015. His relationship with Trump […]

No, Michael Steele doesn’t need to show ‘grace’ when insulted on his race

I’m so mad I don’t even know where to begin with this. I’m not struggling for words about the latest embers of the dumpster fire that is President Trump’s West Wing. Or the newest nugget about whatever Jared Kushner is doing. No, I’m still roiling angry about that interview Michael Steele did with his longtime “friend” […]

Homelessness is on track to become much worse. Blame Republicans.

The Trump administration made it clear that reducing homelessness is not one of its top priorities. The White House has twice proposed eliminating the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates efforts among more than...Show More Summary

The unraveling at the White House isn’t good for the country

The injuries are piling up on President Trump, and so are the insults. Insult: Hope Hicks telling the House Intelligence Committee she told white lies for her boss. Injury: She’s leaving the White House. Insult: Chief of Staff John F. Kelly is finally treating the family like the hired help. Injury: Jared Kushner, according to […]

Trump flouts the Second Amendment, ignores NSA warnings, loses Hope — and it’s only Thursday

President Trump challenges the Second Amendment, pledges to ban bump stocks, wants to raise the minimum age to purchase a gun, lambastes his attorney general, ignores top national security warnings, loses his fifth communications director,...Show More Summary

Can we criticize the Parkland kids?

The Parkland kids are all right — and then again, they aren’t. This tension between viewing the victims of an untold trauma as the best available advocates for gun restrictions and viewing them as, well, victims of an untold trauma has forced commentators on both sides of the debate into contortions. When National Review editor […]

Dick’s Sporting Goods just made a big bet on the future

Dick’s Sporting Goods just made a big decision on moral grounds — and, probably, a smart business one. The announcement by one of the nation’s leading sporting-goods retailers that it will no longer sell assault-style rifles, high-capacity magazines — or any guns at all to customers under the age of 21 — is the biggest indication […]

Trump needs Sessions whether he knows it or not

President Trump better be careful what he asks for. He just might get it. And even if he doesn’t think so, Trump does not want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to quit. Not that it really matters, but the president’s reckless and insulting tweet this morning was directed at Sessions for supporting an Inspector General investigation […]

Michele Norris on why ‘the most productive conversations around race are probably the ones you never hear’

“Race is a bright and throbbing vein in America’s body politic.” When her book “The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir” came out, veteran journalist Michele Norris didn’t think anyone would want to deal with race, a central theme of her 2010 memoir. She discovered that the opposite was true. “I built this on a […]

Democrats are unhinged, Republicans are shell-shocked by Trump

What President Trump said about how he would have run into the Parkland, Fla., high school is wrong on so many levels. It is offensive and even grotesque. Right? Of course. It was wildly egotistical, self-serving and inconsistent with what we know about Trump’s general approach to life. Enough said. So, this latest remark should be […]

Give up the act, Ivanka

Even a master saleswoman sometimes fails to seal the deal. If Ivanka Trump didn’t learn that lesson before her father became president, she’s learning it now. “I think it’s a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he’s affirmatively stated there’s no truth to it,” the […]

The dangerous incentives of Facebook’s ad machine

In the 2016 election, as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe and news reports have documented, Russian “troll farms” masqueraded as concerned Americans and used basic social media advertising and outreach to discourage potential Hillary Clinton voters and sway undecideds to Donald Trump. Show More Summary

Ivanka Trump’s chronic problem

Ivanka Trump tells us — tells NBC’s Peter Alexander, to be precise — that it is a “pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter” whether she believes her father’s alleged, and denied, sexual abuse and harassment. “I know my father,” she added. “So I think I have that right as a daughter to believe my […]

My conspiracy theory on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Think Area 51 meets ‘B613.’

I’m not a big believer in conspiracy theories, but I’ve been nursing one since the start of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. My dark theory involves Russian tampering with actual votes. It goes like this: If evidence emerged that the results of the 2016 election […]

The Syrian conundrum: A shared end goal, but how to get there?

The Trump administration shares with Russia and all of the regional powers of the Middle East the same nominal end goal in Syria — a political transition that creates a new, decentralized government that can reestablish sovereignty throughout the country. The problem, as the nightmare of war and tangled diplomacy of the past seven years […]

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