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Christie Tells it Like It Is

SAN DIEGO -- What if Chris Christie gave an important and impassioned speech on U.S. foreign policy, domestic surveillance, the Patriot Act, military readiness, prosecuting terrorists, keeping the United States safe, and America's place in the world -- and almost no one paid attention?

That's what happened last week when the New Jersey governor...Read more

On Immigration, The Two Hillarys

On immigration, Hillary Clinton is a work in progress -- and has been since she entered politics more than a dozen years ago. Depending on which audience she is trying to please, she assumes one of two conflicting personas: Restrictionist Hillary or Reform Hillary.

In 2003, Restrictionist Hillary told conservative radio host John Grambling that...Read more

The Clinton-Stephanopoulos Connection

SAN DIEGO -- In 1999, a week after Al Gore claimed that he created the Internet, Bill Clinton appeared at the Gridiron Club's annual dinner. Having recently been stung by a former close adviser who signed a deal with a television network and penned a memoir distancing himself from the 42nd president, Clinton joked that he, too, was an inventor: ...Read more

Twisted Talk from Scott Walker

SAN DIEGO -- Wisconsin is known for its cheese. But, when talking about immigration, Gov. Scott Walker is becoming famous for his whine.

In recent weeks, Walker has flip-flopped, gotten facts wrong, and pandered to extremists.

During a recent trip to Iowa, the likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate did all three. While being interviewed...Read more

The Halperin-Cruz Teaching Moment

SAN DIEGO -- Latinos, especially immigrants, are well-known for doing other people's chores for them -- cutting their lawns, cleaning their homes, cooking their food.

So it was refreshing to see Mark Halperin step forward recently to do a couple of things for us.

First, in a wince-inducing April 30 interview of Ted Cruz, Halperin assigned ...Read more

Cruz Gets Treated with Disrespect

SAN DIEGO -- Imagine the following pep talk that a young Ted Cruz might have gotten from his father, Rafael, about 35 years ago:

"My son, I was tortured in a jail cell in Cuba, but I managed to come to the United States and build a life so that you could live your dreams. I grew up speaking Spanish, but I made sure you spoke English so you ...Read more

On Fight Night, An Insult Packs a Punch

SAN DIEGO -- The people who put together the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao had a special Cinco de Mayo gift for Latino boxing fans: a finger in their eye.

I can't believe the organizers and promoters -- which included Top Rank Inc., Mayweather Promotions, Showtime and HBO -- arranged to have someone sing the ...Read more

Amid Baltimore's Chaos, a Model Mother

SAN DIEGO -- Toya Graham has earned one heck of a Mother's Day present.

Not only did the Baltimore mother do the right thing last week by confronting her wayward son, Michael, when she saw the 16-year-old in the middle of a street protest holding a brick. But, since becoming an overnight celebrity, Graham has had to suffer fools who are only ...Read more

News Media Blinded by Their Own Reflection

SAN DIEGO -- If a U.S. city about 40 miles from the nation's capital erupts in violence, but the cable news networks ignore the unrest because they're busy with live coverage of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, is it the end of television journalism?

No regrets. It has been a good run. But television news isn't what it used ...Read more

Chris Christie is Who He Is

SAN DIEGO -- What if it turns out the media are wrong about Chris Christie? Where does the New Jersey governor go to set the record straight?

That's right. There is no such place. And once the media stick a label on you, it doesn't come off easily.

The dominant narrative pushed by most outlets is that Christie is a loudmouth bully who ...Read more

Hillary, Just Get to Know Us

SAN DIEGO -- This week, Hillary Clinton took her "I'm just like you" tour to New Hampshire.

No word yet on whether she capped off her visit to the Granite State with a visit to Chipotle. On her way to Iowa, the Democratic presidential candidate created buzz when she visited the trendy Mexican-style eatery.

Perhaps Clinton was doing research ...Read more

On Immigration, Rand Paul Speaks in Circles

SAN DIEGO -- Now that he is running for president, Rand Paul will be traveling all over the country. And when talking about "amnesty" for illegal immigrants, he's already all over the map.

For one thing, it seems that Paul -- who has repeatedly declared his support for immigration reform and allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the ...Read more

Rubio Knows the Point of America

SAN DIEGO -- Like any presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has strengths and weaknesses.

Sometimes they overlap. For instance, the 43-year-old is a gifted communicator, whether he is dissecting policy or telling stories. But he can also talk in circles, as when he tries to explain how he came to oppose his own immigration bill or...Read more

Let's Parent!

SAN DIEGO -- Michelle Obama is a good mother. When raising her daughters, 13-year-old Sasha and 16-year-old Malia, the first lady means business. She takes the job very seriously. Even when the girls were younger, she didn't pass off her parental duty to nannies or baby sitters.

Obama could teach the country a thing or two about raising kids. ...Read more

The Mex-churian Candidate?

SAN DIEGO -- What's Spanish for "oops"?

As an assimilated Mexican-American, I have no idea. But I bet Jeb Bush does since his Spanish is much better than mine.

The former Florida governor went to Twitter this week to claim that he simply made a mistake when he filled in the bubble and identified himself as "Hispanic" on a 2009 Miami-Dade ...Read more

California Water Crisis is Real

SAN DIEGO -- In the Bible, Jesus turns water into wine. But in California, there are those who would take that miracle in the other direction.

The Golden State needs water, and lots of it. The place has been parched for the past four years as it suffers through a record drought -- the worst one since California started keeping records 120 ...Read more

Don't Dare Take Ted Cruz Lightly

SAN DIEGO -- Does the world of commentary really need another column bashing Ted Cruz for having the audacity to hope that he could be president?

I'll pass. As you may have noticed, the mainstream media are like birds on a wire. Reporters, pundits, and producers -- especially those in Washington and New York -- tend to cover the same stories, ...Read more

Let's Not Enable Bad Parenting

SAN DIEGO -- America, we have a problem. We already knew that a lot of people were flunking Parenthood 101.

But a racist video of students at the University of Oklahoma shows that the problem extends to people in society who are willing to excuse those who are failing the course.

Welcome to the new social order, where kids call the shots and ...Read more

White House Hypocrisy on Israel

SAN DIEGO -- President Obama has no shortage of chutzpah. His message to Benjamin Netanyahu: Do as I say, not as I have done.

The White House is furious with the Israeli prime minister because some of the same Democratic operatives who helped get Obama elected were unsuccessful in trying to defeat Netanyahu in the recent Israeli election.

...Read more

Bibi Stooped Low to Come Out on Top

SAN DIEGO -- Last week, Benjamin Netanyahu reminded the world that even a good leader can sometimes do a bad thing. And when you're the prime minister of Israel, one of the worst things you can ever do is play the "Arab card."

Watching elected officials promote division is never easy. But, in this case, the process was heart-wrenching for ...Read more

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