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Don-Don and the Trumpettes

WASHINGTON -- The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception?

He's by no definition a conservative, and yet he continues to plow ahead of all but the other least likely presidential nominee, Ben Carson, who has tied Trump in Iowa. Straight talk? Old hat. Tall and commanding? So is LeBron, ...Read more

Time to Think

WASHINGTON -- It is that sane and glorious time when the nation's capital dispenses its human cargo to places of origin and locations of respite.

"I don't know why everyone leaves," I remarked to my neighbor. "There's so much great parking." (Don't muddle; it's a joke.)

There is, indeed, great parking, as well as less traffic. With the ...Read more

The Meaning of Trump

WASHINGTON -- It is perhaps time to stop wondering what The Donald's got that the others ain't got.

What he's got is conservative America's number, which has less to do with policy or political purity than with an evolutionary tic that's been developing for decades.

It also has little to do with social issues, other candidates might note, ...Read more

Making a Good First Impression

CLEVELAND -- Not to diminish the importance of the first Republican debate, but it felt like the first in a political survivor series.

The question wasn't so much who won the prime-time skirmish but who eliminated himself to make room for Carly Fiorina -- the hands-down winner of the "Happy Hour Debate," as she dubbed it, and maybe of the ...Read more

Pre-Debate Excitement Soars

WASHINGTON -- No doubt you have butterflies just thinking about Thursday's first GOP debate. I know I do.

Center stage will be the man who needs no further introduction. And the big topic will be -- are you ready for it? -- the Affordable Care Act. Can you hardly wait? I know I can't.

Any fresh opportunity to talk about repealing and replacing...Read more

Conception Deception

WASHINGTON -- It took three videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives discussing the culling and retailing of aborted baby parts, but Hillary Clinton finally managed to say that she found the videos "disturbing."

For a professional politician like Clinton, whose every word is vetted by the vast right lobe of her brain, "...Read more

Obama's Truth Out of Africa

WASHINGTON -- It is good to be President Barack Obama these days.

In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.

Events include the Supreme Court's favorable rulings on the ...Read more

Before We Lose Our Minds

WASHINGTON -- Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare -- as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out -- will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.

Never mind projections that the program will only be able to finance 86 percent of ...Read more

Trumping Himself

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.

The "worse" he gets, it seems, the better we like it. Watching Trump is so deliciously awful, we don't hang on every word. We hang on the edge of our seats waiting for the next word. Whatever will this man say next?

Trump's list of quotables is long, but two stand out.

First, it was ...Read more

Nucatola Puts Me in The Mind of Swift

WASHINGTON -- In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.

His essay "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country ... "...Read more

Dare Not Say His Name

WASHINGTON -- In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.

The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy.

He is no one.

"We don't say his name," Gov. Nikki Haley told me during an interview ...Read more

Nucatola Puts Me in The Mind of Swift

WASHINGTON -- In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.

His essay "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country ... "...Read more

When Bragging is Winning

WASHINGTON -- "So, Mom," he says. "Did you tweet that you were going on 'Meet the Press'?"

No.

"Did you tweet that you were going on 'Hardball'?"

No.

So goes a recent conversation with my adult son, who insists I must be more aggressive about raising my profile, building my brand and promoting myself.

"In my tribe," I say, "self-promotion ...Read more

The Don vs. The Bern

WASHINGTON -- Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/Populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/Pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes.

And I don't mean Miss Universes.

Both men are holding second place in some polls behind Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, respectively. And both ...Read more

The Don vs. The Bern

WASHINGTON -- Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/Populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/Pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes.

And I don't mean Miss Universes.

Both men are holding second place in some polls behind Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, respectively. And both ...Read more

Michelle Obama's Evolution

WASHINGTON -- First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.

The safest bet has been to keep interests close to hearth and home -- the universally approved place and role of ...Read more

The Mourning After

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.

For many, no doubt, it is. And numerous conversations ...Read more

Waiting for Obama

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Even as hundreds formed a human heart in Marion Square near Mother Emanuel Church, retailers and city residents were a little nervous about President Obama's arrival here Friday.

I say: "It's wonderful the way Charleston has come together."

They say: "Just hope it stays that way."

For shopkeepers along King Street, the ...Read more

Take It Down

WASHINGTON -- In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late yesterday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.

It was the right thing to do and, to many of us, long overdue.

Whatever arguments have been offered in the past for its prominent placement on government property, the massacre of ...Read more

A Time to Grieve

WASHINGTON -- Unspeakable, unimaginable, incomprehensible and unthinkable are the words we've heard and used to describe the horrific murders of nine African-Americans as they prayed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, shot by a hate-filled racist on a genocidal purge.

These are all we can summon to describe an event that is not human. The...Read more

 

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