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Is Trump ignorant of America’s darker history, or is he part of it?

On the night of Feb. 20, 1939, 20,000 Nazi sympathizers gathered at a “Pro-America Rally” inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. They proclaimed George Washington the “first fascist” and mocked the man who was then president as “Franklin D. Rosenfeld.” They characterized his New Deal as...

Racist extremists, not 'many sides,' brought terror to Charlottesville

"Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists.” Now, was that so hard to say? Apparently for Donald Trump it was, at least in his initial statement about the deadly confrontation between right-wing groups and...

Gen. Kelly dumps 'the Mooch,' but can he contain Trump’s chaos?

Political cartoonists and late-night comedians are in mourning over the loss of Anthony Scaramucci as a subject for satire. “The Mooch,” as his pals call him, is like a character from “The Sopranos” — a classic New York City wise guy who is eager to get down and dirty when faced with an affront...

Defeat of 'skinny repeal' bill leaves healthcare in Trump’s careless hands

Republican senators spent the week rummaging through scraps of healthcare legislation hoping to stitch together a scheme that would keep alive their effort to repeal Obamacare. At 1:30 a.m. Friday in the Capitol, they attempted to pass a bare-bones “skinny repeal” bill, but Arizona Sen. John McCain,...

Trump subjects Boy Scouts to a political rant that demeans the presidency

At a campaign-style rally in Ohio on Tuesday night, President Trump insisted that, except for “the late, great Abraham Lincoln,” he could easily act “more presidential” than any president in history. Just the day before, however, Trump demonstrated how utterly, odiously unpresidential he truly...

Trump snubs U.S. allies while huddling with his pal Putin

The challenge for commentators and political cartoonists in the Age of Trump is to keep pace with the relentless barrage of news generated by the president and his circle of collaborators, cronies and con men. In past administrations, it was possible to go for days — even weeks — without drawing...

In the long run, failure to repeal Obamacare may not hurt Republicans

In a logical world, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republican compatriots would pay a steep price for proposing a healthcare plan that, in all its iterations, has proved to be so hugely unpopular. But politics is not ruled by logic. Given the lack of public support, the legislation...

Trump Jr. and Kushner find politics a rougher game than real estate

It is no surprise the Trump family keeps running afoul of the rules of politics and government. After all, they have lived and thrived in a very different milieu — the world of New York City real estate. In that world, it is perfectly normal to say things like, “Don’t worry, we’ll pay you for your...

Job opening: the free world needs a new leader

I own a 1999 Dodge Ram truck with 130,000 miles on it. I use it for hauling trash, for helping out friends with furniture to move and for pulling the family ski boat and a buddy’s horse trailer. As a city boy with a job where I sit most of the day, I often joke that the truck keeps my testosterone...

Trump lacks the savvy and skill needed to cope with North Korea or Russia

On Thursday, President Trump spent yet another day embarrassing the United States on the international stage. Yes, he gave a pretty good speech before a Polish crowd in Warsaw in which he pledged to defend the values of the West. But then, in a news conference with the Polish president, he proved...

Lindsay Lohan calls for people to 'stop bullying' Trump

The "Mean Girls" star also said it's time to start trusting the president.        

Americans need to know all our history: the good, the bad and the complex

I am spending the Fourth of July in my hometown, Seattle, where, exactly a century ago, the Hiram Chittenden Locks opened with a boat parade and predictions that the new waterway connecting Lake Washington to Puget Sound would turn the upstart town into the biggest port on the West Coast. Los Angeles...

EPA’s Scott Pruitt is Trump’s most adept and dangerous hatchet man

Donald Trump is a crude buffoon who spends his days picking Twitter fights with people he sees on TV. He displays no skill, sophistication or capacity for subtle nuance in foreign or domestic policy. But Trump’s personal ineffectualness has not kept his administration from rapidly reversing the...

GOP healthcare scheme is all politics, no care

Here is the core problem with the Senate Republican healthcare plan: It is all about politics, not healthcare. The bill exists primarily to deliver on a promise Republicans campaigned upon continuously since 2010: “We will repeal and replace Obamacare!” Arguably, the GOP now controls both houses...

Climate change, our biggest threat, can't be stopped at the border

At Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe last weekend, skiers were half naked. Guys were going shirtless. Girls were in bikini tops. Everybody was in shorts. Ski season in California has not ended and may not completely stop before the snow starts falling again in late autumn. Skiing with skin bared is...

Conservative pundits: Colluding with Russia isn't a 'crime'

Some conservative pundits are claiming even if Trump did collude with Russia, it's not a crime.        

Hillary Clinton calls Republicans 'death party' if health care bill passes

The former Democratic presidential candidate called out the GOP for its health care bill.        

The Bubble: Conservative and liberal spin on the Senate health care bill

This how the Senate bill looked from inside the liberal and conservative media bubbles.        

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