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Donald Trump: Useful or Dangerous Idiot?

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake," Napoleon is supposed to have said.

That maxim explains why so many Democrats can barely hide their glee every time Donald Trump lets loose a fresh torrent of idiotic bombast or a new poll reinforces his pre-eminence in the Republican field.

Trump is too much for the general electorate ...Read more

What Does BlackLivesMatter Want? A Little Thing Called Justice

One message is loud, brash and crystal clear about the 2016 race for the White House.

No candidate -- Democrat or Republican -- will escape the in-your-face challenge of the BlackLivesMatter activists. Nor should they.

Self-described socialist and ascendant Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was all but shunted off a stage in ...Read more

The Phony, Unprincipled War on Planned Parenthood

With one careless comment, Jeb Bush revealed a fundamentally indifferent attitude toward half the U.S. electorate.

"I'm not sure we need half a billion dollars for women's health issues," he said in a speech at the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

It was a throwaway aside in a longer blather about defunding Planned Parenthood, ...Read more

GOP Beware -- Nobody Puts The Donald In a Corner

Pity the Republican candidate who tries to land a "Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy" style jab during the televised debate on Thursday.

The temptation to administer a condescending smackdown will be almost irresistible. After all, the stage will be filled with a motley crew of contestants ranging from solidly credentialed public servants to ...Read more

Repairing Bonds Between Police and Communities

After a depressing year in which we've witnessed case after case of unarmed black people dying at the hands of police, now we have the sad death of Sandra Bland.

The Illinois woman's apparent suicide in a Texas jail cell, days after a traffic stop, is in many ways baffling, as she reportedly had been excited to start a new job at Prairie View A...Read more

Upset With Obama, GOP Punishes Young Immigrants

A particularly cruel fate awaits the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. They grow up knowing no other country than the United States, and may even think they are American citizens, but one day they learn they are not -- and that they are vulnerable to deportation. They learn that ...Read more

Conservative Backlash Against 'Sanctuary' Will Harm Policing

One tragedy has already occurred: The murder of a young woman as she shared a quiet moment on an iconic San Francisco pier with her father and a friend.

Kathryn Steinle was strolling along Pier 14 July 1 when a bullet seemingly out of nowhere hit her aorta. It's hard to imagine her father's distress as he tried to save his 32-...Read more

High Court Strikes a Blow Against Congressional Gerrymandering

In case you missed it - and most Americans did - there was a third significant ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of June. It received the least media attention, but it may eventually affect more citizens directly than the decisions upholding Obamacare and greenlighting same-sex marriage.

The case in question weighed efforts in Arizona...Read more

Breaking Up With My Landline a Risky (or Overdue) Decision

I dumped my landline the other day.

It was an abrupt decision, though a long time coming, like giving away a sweater you hadn't worn in years but had kept just in case you might.

Goodbye, Panasonic KX-TG5431, with all your weird buttons and your antennas and something called Caller IQ, which I was never smart enough to understand.

For many ...Read more

We Nave a Name for This: Racism

America is in denial -- "post-racial" denial.

You could hear it in the words of lament that followed news of the shooting massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. Commenter after commenter, be they elected officials, presidential hopefuls, talking heads or members of the public posting on social media, used a peculiar term to ...Read more

How Broken is Our Immigration System? We Deport Citizens

The deportation of Andres Robles Gonzalez was a bureaucratic nightmare at every turn.

The 25-year-old Louisianan spent nearly three years trapped in Mexico because the U.S. government wouldn't recognize him for what he is: a U.S. citizen. Not only was Robles wrongly sent packing across the southern border; he was blocked in his attempts to ...Read more

Campaign Finance Law: America's Unfunny Joke

These days, every presidential candidate must have a slush fund. Can you match the following candidates - Jeb Bush, Martin O'Malley and Scott Walker - with their personal super PAC or 527 group? The choices are: O'Say Can You See, Right to Rise and Our American Revival.

Extra points if you can name the candidate who also has a nonprofit ...Read more

Don't cry for Christie; he earned it

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants an apology.

He wants it from all in the media who dared to raise questions about the ethics of his administration and to wonder if he personally was involved in "Bridgegate." That scandal, you may recall, had to do with lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 that caused serious traffic jams ...Read more

Jeb Bush Learned Nothing from Iraq War Debacle

If there was one question Jeb Bush should have prepared for - should have had down cold - it was the one he blew in an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly.

He blew it again the next day and, amazingly, yet again the next.

It wasn't a trick question. It wasn't a gotcha question. It was a softball: Would you, knowing what we know now, have ...Read more

Missing Mom in Unexpected Ways

How will you miss your mother?

Until she dies, you can't know for sure.

When your mother's gone, you'll miss the things you knew you loved about her, but also things that drove you crazy. You'll miss things you hardly noticed until they weren't there to notice anymore.

You may miss the fact that she was the one person who always picked up the...Read more

Mourning the Death and Celebrating the Life of Dave Goldberg

I'm on the red-eye from San Francisco back to New York after a deeply moving day mourning the passing and celebrating the life of Dave Goldberg.

Scott Tierney, Dave's college roommate, summed up the feeling that permeated the service, the burial, and the shiva afterward: "Dave was my best friend, but there are countless people here who feel the...Read more


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