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National columns


Clinton ignores rules

"Rules are made to be broken" is a saying that has many variations, but perhaps no one has summed up Hillary Clinton's attitude (and Bill's, … Full story    
Updated yesterday

America’s cities should have room for everyone

Nearly a century ago, in 1920, the Census Bureau caused a ruckus when it announced that, for the first time, a majority of Americans lived … Full story    
Updated yesterday

Speak out against Trump

Earlier this week, a friend of many years signed on to Facebook and surprised me - and surely many others who know her - by … Full story    
Published:  May 28, 2016

A few words in defense of political pragmatism

"You can't always get what you want." - The Rolling Stones That ideal has taken quite a beating lately, mostly at the hands of Bernie … Full story    
Published:  May 28, 2016

Britain at a crossroads

Sixty-five years ago, what has become the European Union was an embryo conceived in fear. It has been stealthily advanced from an economic to a … Full story    
Published:  May 27, 2016

The public squalor of our nation’s airport security

I was about to share my own sob story, when I read that hundreds of passengers missed their flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport because … Full story    
Published:  May 27, 2016

Four-way race possible

Could Bernie Sanders put Mitt Romney in the White House? I haven't gotten my 2012 and 2016 wires crossed; I have a theory that's slightly … Full story    
Published:  May 26, 2016

Is Hillary Clinton the only innocent?

Hillary Clinton is as pure as the driven snow - at least, according to Hillary Clinton. Clinton will tell you how hon­est and transparent she … Full story    
Published:  May 26, 2016

Why Trump may win

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a virtual tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 … Full story    
Published:  May 25, 2016

Should the ‘Never Trump’ crowd just ‘get over it’?

Washington state's Republican Party just defied the stampede toward "unity." Meeting over the weekend, they awarded 40 of the state's 41 delegates to Ted Cruz. … Full story    
Published:  May 25, 2016

Election disaffection

On rare occasions, Americans coalesce around a common cause, usually following some calamity - a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or, say, during a presidential … Full story    
Published:  May 24, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s behavior on the brink

In the wake of a mini-protest of Bernie Sanders supporters against the Nevada Democratic Party at its state convention in Las Vegas last weekend, Hillary … Full story    
Published:  May 24, 2016

The inaugural we won’t hear

The mere possibility of a Donald Trump presidency - gold-plated faucets in the house first occupied by John and Abigail Adams - will perhaps have … Full story    
Published:  May 23, 2016

Bernie Sanders is deserving of party’s space and respect 

You're Bernie Sanders, and you'll turn 75 on Sept. 8. You are gruff and, even your greatest admirers concede, no charmer. The Wise Guys sneered … Full story    
Published:  May 23, 2016

We’re living in a post-factual world

If recent years have proven nothing else, they've proven that we have fully embarked upon a post-factual era wherein the idea that a thing can … Full story    
Published:  May 22, 2016

She’s over Bernie bullies

In early August 1968, just weeks after Bobby Kennedy was killed, my father and I took a walk through the fields of my great-grandmother's house … Full story    
Published:  May 21, 2016

Considering Donald, Hillary and the Bernie factor

Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon … Full story    
Published:  May 21, 2016