WASHINGTON -- Not enough has been made of two obvious facts: Hillary Clinton, if she wins, would be the first woman elected to the White House. And it will have been the votes of women who put her there.
Think, for a moment, about what a remarkable milestone that would be. Consider what it would say about the long and difficult struggle to make...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It is tempting to laugh at Donald Trump's eruptions and outrages because he is such a cartoonish buffoon. But he gave chilling evidence Wednesday night of why he poses a grave and urgent threat to our democracy -- and why he must be defeated.
There have been many bitterly contested elections in our nation's 240-year history, but ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Make it stop. Won't somebody, please, make it stop?
I realize my plea is in vain. We have three more weeks of this appalling spectacle in which a ridiculous comic-book villain -- a cross between the Joker and the Penguin -- is trying his best to destroy American democracy. Yes, Donald Trump, I'm talking about you.
Three weeks. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Let's begin with the People magazine writer who says that Donald Trump took her into a room at his Mar-a-Lago estate -- while his pregnant wife was changing her clothes upstairs -- and "within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat."
Natasha Stoynoff is an experienced journalist with six ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- On the debate stage Sunday night, we saw a lifelong public servant with total grasp of the issues and concrete plans to take the nation forward. And we saw a saw a fraudulent boor who knows nothing about anything and brags about groping women. Let's not pretend anymore that we have an actual choice.
Let's not pretend there is any ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Tuesday's encounter between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence was substantive at times and contentious throughout. But the eminences who run the Commission on Presidential Debates should ask themselves this question: Why have a vice-presidential debate at all?
Of course there should be some sort of public forum for voters to get to know ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I know, I know, the point I'm about to make is painfully obvious. But it is not in any sense trivial: If you care who wins the election next month, get off the couch, go down to your polling place and vote.
National polls taken since last week's debate show Hillary Clinton with a solid lead over Donald Trump; a Politico/Morning ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- It is hopelessly retro, but perhaps unsurprising, that womanhood has become a prominent issue in the presidential race. This has to be bad for Donald Trump, a hall-of-shame sexist -- and good for Hillary Clinton, an actual woman.
It was political idiocy for Trump to fall into Clinton's artfully laid trap at the debate Monday night...Read more
Perspective: A Driver's TalePeter Kerestur
Perspective (A driver’s tale) is an inexorable product of the modern democracy in its present decline and metamorphosis into yet another monstrous police state, The pen is sometimes vitriolic, never apologetic, always striving for objectivity and reason, and the language at times effusive,...
NEW YORK -- Donald Trump just got roughed up, and badly, by a girl. On Monday night, at the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton made her opponent look ignorant, unprepared, egotistical, childish, petulant, impatient and at times totally incoherent.
How bad did it get? At one point, as Trump was groping blindly across the minefields of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- If you are a black man in America, exercising your constitutional right to keep and bear arms can be fatal. You might think the National Rifle Association and its amen chorus would be outraged, but apparently they believe Second Amendment rights are for whites only.
In reaching that conclusion I am accepting, for the sake of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- July and August were the hottest months for the planet since record keeping began. Scientists are confident that 2016 will be the hottest year. Rising sea levels have made flooding commonplace in several major U.S. cities. And meanwhile, one of our leading presidential candidates says climate change is some kind of Chinese hoax.
WASHINGTON -- If Democrats want to beat Donald Trump, they need to get past the freak-out stage and get to work.
In a sane and just world, this presidential race would be a walkover. Commentators would already be sketching out their postmortem analyses of an all-but-certain Hillary Clinton victory. Pare the contest down to its essentials: A ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Why does Donald Trump say such nice things about Vladimir Putin and Russia? What is Trump hiding in the tax returns he refuses to release? And are those two questions related?
Voters should demand answers. Until we get them, we can only speculate about Trump's weird admiration for a strongman who presides over a system of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The most revealing moment in the presidential candidates' first joint forum Wednesday night came when Donald Trump told the world how much he admires Vladimir Putin.
Never mind that the Russian strongman invaded Ukraine and seized Crimea. Never mind that he supports the butcher Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Never mind that so many of ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Every once in a while, the curtains part and we get a glimpse of the ugliest, most shameful spectacle in American politics: the Republican Party's systematic attempt to disenfranchise African-Americans and other minorities with voter ID laws and other restrictions at the polls.
If you thought this kind of discrimination died with ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's diatribe on immigration Wednesday night dispelled any conceivable doubt: He is a dangerous demagogue who rejects the values of openness and inclusion that made this country great. Rarely has an American politician given such an un-American speech.
Foreigners who come here seeking a better life are the scapegoats he ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Much of the criticism of Hillary Clinton over her emails and her family's foundation is unfairly harsh. But the Clintons themselves invite such scrutiny and suspicion.
First, the emails. Months of investigation turned up essentially nothing worthy of being called a scandal. Unless you doubt the integrity of FBI director James ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's supporters can pretend otherwise, but deep down they must know the truth: Trump has been playing them for fools all along.
All that bluster about creating a "deportation force" to round up 11 million undocumented immigrants and kick them out of the country? Forget about it. Trump is now "softening" that ridiculous ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's "pivot," desperately hoped for by sane Republicans, was over before it began. He couldn't pretend to be inclusive and statesmanlike for two days in a row if his life depended on it.
Anyone who doubts this should only consider Trump's idea of an appeal to African-American voters: "What do you have to lose by trying ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Shaken by the fact that he's losing, Donald Trump has fled into the parallel universe of the extreme right -- and apparently plans to stay there for the remainder of the campaign. Let's see if the rest of the Republican Party is dumb enough to follow him.
Trump has reportedly been feeling "boxed in" and "controlled" by the few ...Read more