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Liberals, get ready to freak out: Trump could be a two-term president

Donald Trump could become a two-term president. His path to re-election is not very hard to see. Start with the fact that political math is not especially complex. In all but the most unusual presidential elections, there is little doubt about how 80% of the electorate will vote. Around 40% will...

'Hamilton' gets past race by imagining Founding Fathers with black and brown faces

Imagine if Vice President Mike Pence killed President Obama’s first Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, in a gunfight. Even in the current craziness of American politics, that would be unthinkable, right? But something similar and equally startling actually happened when the United States...

Will humans wreck life on Earth before escaping to Mars and Saturn’s moons?

On Friday morning, scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena will watch their Cassini spacecraft take a suicide dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, thus ending two decades of spectacular exploration of the giant planet and its multiple moons. Cassini is about to run out of fuel and, though...

Climate deniers play politics with looming natural disasters

When the intensifying effect of climate change was brought into the news coverage of Hurricane Harvey, some conservatives objected. They said it was horrid that the “liberal media” was politicizing a disaster that had upended so many people’s lives. Now, the same complaints will probably be raised...

America cannot afford to lose 800,000 young 'Dreamers'

Imagine if agents of the federal government showed up at your door and said you had to leave your friends, your family, your job and your country and move to whatever place your ancestors came from. In my case, if that ancestor were the most recent, I would be heading for Norway, the country from...

Trump’s words reveal his favorite subject is himself

Donald Trump clearly knows how to communicate with his ardent followers, but in every other way, he is a weirdly awkward speaker. His speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree was a political rant infused with towel-snapping locker room banter that got him in hot water with Scout leaders and parents. After...

Worldly politics, not heavenly powers, inspire evangelicals to stick with Trump

My own journey of faith began in the Free Methodist Church when I was a kid, and it has left me with a warm place in my heart for evangelical Christians. It is due to those sympathetic feelings that I am particularly disturbed that such a high number of evangelicals have hitched their hopes to...

Republicans are asking a horrific question: Is our president insane?

On his 92nd birthday, March 8, 1933, retired Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes was paid a surprise visit by the newly inaugurated president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The two men chatted for half an hour and, after Roosevelt departed, a young clerk asked Holmes what he thought of the...

Sean Hannity hits a right note in a discordant time

I heard something from Sean Hannity on Monday night that gave me a glimmer of hope for our fractured and fraught nation. President Trump had just read a carefully crafted speech from a teleprompter in which he re-upped on American military engagement in Afghanistan, and I was sampling the commentary...

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.        

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