Politics, Moderate



You Know What They Say ...

CLEVELAND -- 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 the Republican National Convention.

Or, is it? By the reaction, both within and without the campaign, you'd have thought the woman had lifted Lady Macbeth's "Out, damned spot," or, say, ...Read more

Who Will Keep Us Safe?

WASHINGTON -- Nice, France. Of all places.

But of course a terrorist in love with death would choose one of the world's most beautiful coastal cities to mow down innocents in a moment of celebration.

All in the service of some ridiculous god. Not Allah, but the murderer these terrorists have made of him.

There are no words.

Over the next few...Read more

Eye of the Beholder

NEW YORK -- 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 national role. I hear Republicans are looking for a substitute nominee.

Brown is admired not only as a defender of law and order but also as a blunt spokesman for a nation reeling from violence. He minces ...Read more

America's Killing Fields

WASHINGTON -- Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness.

These fractured thoughts were all I could muster upon waking Friday to news of the ambush on Dallas police. They were still fresh in my mind from the night before when I'd turned in early, exhausted by the images of 32-year-old Philando Castile dying in ...Read more

For Whom Trump tolls?

WASHINGTON -- Perusing the wires on a deadline morn, I was struck by a constellation of intellectuals struggling to translate the relative meanings of Brexit, Donald Trump and the West's populist surge against elites.

At least three bright fellows caught my eye: columnist Ross Douthat of The New York Times; Daniel Drezner, professor of ...Read more

Bill-Gate, Again

WASHINGTON -- But of course Bill Clinton wants his wife to become president of the United States and make history as the nation's first female commander in chief.

Why, he'd be pleased as punch and proud as proud can be.

Plus, it would be tons of fun to return to the White House as the first husband. Bill would throw on an apron and ...Read more

Double-Trouble for Trump

WASHINGTON -- Watching Hillary Clinton beaming sidewise on stage as Elizabeth Warren taunted Donald Trump brought the Wrigley twin ditty to mind: Double your pleasure, double your fun, with double good, double good, Doublemint gum.

Instead of two happy twins riding a tandem bicycle to celebrate chewing gum, the Clinton-Warren sixties ...Read more

Brexit, Meet Trexit

WASHINGTON -- With Britain's vote to leave the European Union, did Donald Trump just win the presidential election?

On the surface, this may seem an odd question, but the concerns that led a majority of Brits to vote "leave" on Thursday are similar to those that have catapulted Trump to the Republican nomination -- immigration, refugees, ...Read more

Trump's Pivot to Damascus

WASHINGTON -- If you turned on cable TV news Monday, chances are good that you caught Corey Lewandowski fibbing that he doesn't have a clue why Donald Trump fired him as his campaign manager.

Of course he knows.

In a series of interviews on several shows, Lewandowski dodged every question, including from CNN's Dana Bash whether Trump's ...Read more

Repeat, Retreat, Reload

WASHINGTON -- The arguments for and against gun control are so familiar by now, we might as well hit replay and skip the debate.

In the wake of the horrific murders of 49 people in an Orlando gay nightclub, America is re-enacting the usual drama: Politicians repeat past arguments, citizens retreat into their routines, killers reload.

Come ...Read more

There He Goes Again

WASHINGTON -- From Shanghai to Paris to Moscow, the world has been watching to see how the U.S. election is affected by the latest terrorist bloodbath on our soil, this time in the shadow of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Newspapers in those cities and in many others focused attention on the mass murder of 49 revelers in a gay, Orlando nightclub...Read more

Freedom to Kill, Permission to Die

WASHINGTON -- It was inevitable that we would one day seek ways to kill ourselves with society's blessing.

California recently joined four other states -- Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana -- that allow terminally ill patients to commit suicide using doctor-prescribed drugs. Criteria under the California law include that the patient has

...Read more

A Florida Mourned

ORLANDO -- Standing on my hotel balcony in the predawn hours, I gaze out over several dimly illuminated swimming pools abutting a small manmade lake and a golf course.

Beyond the grassy carpet now black with night stretches a vast darkness that ends at a thin strand of lights marking the horizon. An enormous red-lighted Ferris wheel stands out,...Read more

GOP Surrenders to the Dark Side

WASHINGTON -- With the surrender of House Speaker Paul Ryan to the Trump crusade, it is fair to wonder what the Republican Party stands for.

Ryan's endorsement of Trump, which appeared in an op-ed the speaker wrote for his hometown paper -- rather than before a gaggle of reporters and newscasters with his arm draped around Trump's shoulders -- ...Read more

Once a Great Notion

OXFORD, Md. -- It was such a marvelous idea: The United States of America.

Obviously, we've never really pulled it all together under one hat, but it has always seemed that at least we were striving for a more perfect union.

No more. Something changed -- and quickly, as history goes. Actually, everything did.

Massive immigration has changed ...Read more

Obama's Legacy of a Pre-Post-Racial Era

WASHINGTON -- As Barack Obama's presidency takes a backseat to the psychodrama known as the 2016 election, historians, speculators and revisionists are busy writing his presidential epitaph.

Not least of the revisionists is Obama himself. At a recent commencement address at historically black Howard University, Obama noted that his election did...Read more

A Trump Too Far?

WASHINGTON -- If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren't captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn't believe in taking prisoners, either.

The exception to the rule is obviously truth. But then, veracity is no hindrance to the conspiracy-minded.

Now, Trump points out he didn't say this "because I don't think it's ...Read more

Election Disaffection

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- On rare occasions, Americans coalesce around a common cause, usually following some calamity -- a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or, say, during a presidential election.

Take today. Or rather, take the past several months during which Americans have begun to face the likely probability that they'll elect a president ...Read more

Hillary's Viral Nightmare

WASHINGTON -- You could say that it all depends on how you define "lie." Or, perhaps, that it's hell to have a public record.

Either way, Hillary Clinton's vast resume of, shall we say, inconsistencies, is the dog that caught the car and won't let go. A viral video collection of her comments on various subjects through the years is bestirring ...Read more

Rules Are For Breaking

WASHINGTON -- It should be obvious to all by now that Donald Trump knows nothing of what he speaks. His disastrous economic ideas are but the latest in a litany of nonsensical proposals.

Yet, and still, his supporters -- that Republican base so carefully nurtured by the very GOP operatives and politicians who now find its members so distasteful...Read more


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