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Driving While Black
There are bad cops. No doubt. We have seen them on television, as well we should. If most cops were bad, it would be easier: Clean house and hire replacements. Instead, you have men ...Read more
Even if President Donald Trump loses his bid to be a two-term president, he'll likely bequeath us three of the nine members of the Supreme Court. The Trump Three are the youngest, so his fingerprints will mark the scene of American politics for years to come.
In a flat monotone, Amy Coney Barrett, 48, told us too much of nothing in her Senate ...Read more
You did not stand up.
Granted, America faced neither enemy bombers nor terrorist plot, but the threat to her was — still is — no less real. Your country needed you.
And you did not stand up.
You told yourself party was more important. You told yourself the courts were more important. You told yourself tax cuts were more important. And you...Read more
I’m no less shocked than anybody else by the rise of the wacky QAnon conspiracy theory-turned-movement in this election year, but I’m not surprised by its viral spread.
After all, I’m a Black American. Therefore, as an uncle of mine counseled me decades ago, “If you’re not paranoid, you’re not paying attention.”
I get it. African...Read more
With two weeks to go until we choose our next president and polls continually indicating that Americans are suffering acid reflux at the thought of four more years of Donald Trump, the president has gone full Mussolini: He has threatened that "things will not go well" if Joe Biden defeats him and that he won't agree to peacefully leave office if...Read more
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern forced a shutdown so strict that no one was allowed to go fishing or golfing, easy pursuits for social distancing. But her super-tough "go hard, go early" policy has virtually stamped out the coronavirus in this country of 5 million.
Not only can New Zealanders again fish and golf but 30,000 of them ...Read more
Donald Trump and many Republicans insist that the decisions whether to wear a mask, go to a bar or gym, or work or attend school during a pandemic should be personal. Government should play no role.
Yet they also believe that what a woman does with her own body, or whether same-sex couples can marry, should be decided by government.
It’s a ...Read more
“Jared Kushner is under federal investigation for diverting money to terrorist organizations according to a guy I met at the gas station who told me he works for the FBI” is something I would never be allowed to publish.
“Donald Trump Jr. has an escalating cocaine dependency problem according to a woman I ran into at the supermarket who ...Read more
I closed a previous column saying that a vote for President Donald Trump is not a vote against communism. Likewise, voting for the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket does not mean support for socialism, let alone communism.
Not even Obamacare, the Republican Party's primary target regarding the "socialist" label, comes close to socialized medicine....Read more
Joe Biden enjoys a double-digit lead over incumbent President Donald Trump because he promises a return to normalcy -- not the platonic ideal of objective normalcy in a country that doesn't torture or spy on its citizens or let them starve because their coding chops are a few years out of date. Americans desperately want to resume "normal" ...Read more
There were times when I crowded in front of stores selling televisions to watch Anita Hill or Clarence Thomas, to see Robert Bork borked, to catch the latest on Brett Kavanaugh.
This time, I was sitting in my house with a television that I never turned on.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it, and it's all that matters: ...Read more
This bizarre presidential election year has suffered from acute shortages of both wit and wisdom, a fact that was highlighted for me by the passing of Roberta McCain, the remarkable 108-year-old mother of the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee.
A few years back, when public (dis)approval of the U.S. Congress fell in ...Read more
The choosing of Amy Coney Barrett as Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee is brilliant from the stereotype standpoint.
Sure, she's a religious conservative and, as such, she can be counted on to roll women's rights back to 1640, but she's Catholic.
If she were the usual sort of Jesus-pesterer out of Oklahoma, she'd be open to all kinds of ...Read more
What a stroke of luck for Donald Trump, just when the president's election prospects look irretrievably bleak: A trove of incriminating emails has turned up that supposedly connect Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden to a dubious businessman in Ukraine. Uncovered by the president's own intrepid lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his former adviser Steve ...Read more
Are we Americans hating more now but enjoying it less? Let me count the ways:
A self-styled “militia” group is charged by the FBI with an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and make her stand “trial” for forcing residents to wear masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many Democrats are arguing seriously ...Read more
The New Yorker magazine asked a typical New Yorker magazine question: "Should progressives trust" The Lincoln Project?
Founded by Republican operatives who detest Donald Trump, the Project is running a swashbuckling campaign to see the president defeated -- and humiliated. Brilliant, funny and viciously effective, their mission is to move ...Read more
President Donald Trump isn't making American history; he's breaking it.
From the first day, he's broken every rule in the book for presidents. Aren't we broken now? The state of the nation is hurting, grieving for lives lost in 2020.
We the people should brace for a vexing time after Nov. 3, 2020, Election Day, and before Jan. 20, 2021, ...Read more
Little-known fact: In more and more races, the GOP doesn't have broad enough appeal to fairly produce an election majority, so it has resorted to rigging the system so a minority prevails. As far-right tactician Paul Weyrich once bluntly put it: "I don't want everybody to vote. ... Our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the ...Read more
White people often do not understand white people.
Granted, that’s a counterintuitive claim. But it is regularly reinforced whenever one hears decent white Americans attempt to rationalize the misbehavior of their less decent kin.
One such effort turned up on social media a few days ago. Walker Bragman, a freelance journalist for, among ...Read more
Lawyers are not generally known for their humility, and anyone who has spent much time in courts knows that lawyers fortunate enough to become judges can develop a certain, shall we say, arrogance. Some years ago, one Massachusetts trial judge announced to her courtroom, "I'm very smart. I really am," a memorable expression of self-admiration ...Read more