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‘Disruptive’ describes Trump

Disruptive. That's a good word to describe Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, and to describe the sometimes-ramshackle Republican National Convention his campaign more or less superintended … Full story    
Updated 10 hours ago

Battle between left and right no longer about ideas

Well, that was sure ugly. Last week's Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than as a four-day nervous breakdown, a … Full story    
Updated 10 hours ago

Trump dynasty takes over

Watching the GOP convention, you could be forgiven for believing that almost all the brightest stars in the Republican firmament are Trumps. Members of the … Full story    
Updated yesterday

French government all too willing to accept terrorism

Just when I was starting to wonder if I was spending too much time writing about terrorism in France, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel of Tunisia climbed … Full story    
Updated yesterday

It’s Midnight in America

In 1984, Hal Riney, a San Francisco advertising man, wrote and narrated "Morning in America," which became the signature television commercial of Republican Ronald Reagan's … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Notes from Cleveland convention: The two-part rebellion

The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda. The subsidiary function, now that nominees are invariably chosen … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Trump missed an opportunity to craft sympathetic narrative for Melania.

Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much. This is especially so if you're Melania Trump on opening night at … Full story    
Published:  July 21, 2016

Comey's Clinton probe is a case of deja vu all over again

When James Comey announced his decision not to recommend the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for the misuse of classified information, it was not his first … Full story    
Published:  July 21, 2016

Trump homers with Pence

Donald Trump hit two home runs last week. The first, immediately following the horrific terrorist truck attack in Nice, was his statement in a media … Full story    
Published:  July 20, 2016

Given the dangers of the job, why become a cop?

After the Dallas ambush, I thought of a rookie cop I met a few weeks ago. A storm was coming, the wind was up, the … Full story    
Published:  July 20, 2016

No Pikachu at Auschwitz

Here's something I never thought I'd have to say. People should not play Pokemon at Auschwitz. Nor at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York … Full story    
Published:  July 19, 2016

Vice presidential pick equals a step toward oblivion

The first very first "presidential" test in public for every nominee for the White House is the selection of a vice presidential running mate. Right … Full story    
Published:  July 19, 2016

GOP minds the wrong sea

Neither the unanimous decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, nor China's rejection of it, was surprising. The timing of it was, … Full story    
Published:  July 18, 2016

Trump to rock Cleveland

For weeks now, many of us who live in Cleveland have been fielding questions about how safe we feel about the Republican National Convention's coming … Full story    
Published:  July 16, 2016

Dallas police chief has emerged as a healing voice

By now most Americans know the name of Dallas Police Chief David Brown - and quite a few wouldn't mind seeing him play a larger … Full story    
Published:  July 16, 2016

Trump’s pure demagoguery

The tectonic plates of American politics are no longer moving along the old fault lines of "left vs. right" or even Democrat versus Republican. As … Full story    
Published:  July 13, 2016

Bill and Hillary still drama junkies after all these years

I like Bill and Hillary Clinton, but they don't make it easy. For more than a quarter-century, I have watched them slip and out of … Full story    
Published:  July 13, 2016