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Bill Press: Roger Stone tells all: Violence was part of the plan

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As Hurricane Ian ripped through Florida and the East Coast, leaving a path of death and destruction, it also disrupted the political landscape. In addition to requiring much of Florida to shut down, it also forced the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection to postpone its scheduled hearing for Wednesday, Sept. 28 – which ...Read more

Nikes On a Wire

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There they were again. The dangling irony of memorial Nikes . . .

I was walking home from my neighbor's house. They'd just had a piano recital and I was still full of music when I saw the pair of tennis shoes flung over the telephone wire that crosses my street - instantly redefining, at least for me, this moment, this piece of earth and sky. ...Read more

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Bill Press is on vacation and will not file a 9/22/22 column. We will distribute a suitable substitution. The Press column returns next week.

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Joe and Barack: Somehow they made it work

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They are both Democrats. They both wanted to be president someday. They were both devoted to their families. But, aside from that, as politicians, Barack Obama and Joe Biden differ in almost every way possible.

Biden loves mixing it up with people and taking selfies. Obama can’t wait to get back in his limousine. Biden thrives on debating ...Read more

MAGA Republicans Are Not (Just) 'Semi-Fascist'

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It may be the most explosive charge ever leveled by a president of the United States against political opponents. And it was especially shocking coming from Joe Biden, who campaigned on his capacity to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans.

On Aug. 25, meeting with Democratic donors in Montgomery County, Maryland, Biden lamented what...Read more

Bill Press: It all depends on whose loans are forgiven!

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Even in the halls of Congress, where the decibel level’s always high, seldom has such squawking been heard as last week, when every single Republican joined a chorus of outrage over President Biden’s announcement that he was fulfilling a campaign promise to forgive $10,000 in student college loans.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell ...Read more

The Mother of All Document Dumps

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There’ve been so many conflicting reports, charges, and countercharges, it’s hard to know what to think about the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Aug. 8. So, this week, let’s take time to sort it all out.

One. Is this a big deal? Yes! Because, according to the Presidential Records Act of 1978, enacted by Congress ...Read more

Trump Helps Democrats in Key Senate Races

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For the last 12 months, Democrats, who wallow in a perpetual state of gloom anyway, have been almost catatonic about the midterm elections. Most Democrats were convinced they would overwhelmingly lose control of the House and Senate, thereby setting themselves up to lose the White House in 2024.

But suddenly things are looking up. The tide is ...Read more

‘Mommy, somebody’s having a baby’

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On a shrugged-off afternoon of YouTube wandering, I came upon this: “Is There Life After Death?”

Hmmm . . . well, is there?

Turns out it was a presentation by five professors at the University of Virginia, moderated, good God, by John Cleese. I more or less had no choice but to click the link and listen — and doing so pushed me into ...Read more

Garland Must File Criminal Charges Against Trump; The Sooner, The Better

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For months in Washington – whether over breakfast at the Four Seasons, lunch at The Palm, or dinner at Café Milano – the only topic of conversation has been: What’s Merrick Garland up to? Is the Justice Department conducting its own investigation of possible criminal activity related to Jan. 6? And, if so, how high would it go? All the ...Read more

How Could Anyone Still Support Donald Trump?

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On Thursday evening, Jan. 21, the Select Committee on January 6 wrapped up the season with a blockbuster hearing, its eighth, into Donald Trump’s role in the violent insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021. Netflix could not have produced a better series.

Like bookends, its first and last hearings were especially powerful. On June 10, the committee ...Read more

Bill Press: January 6 Hearings: Only one possible take-away

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It’s the laziest form of journalism there is, yet you see it everywhere, on every media platform, after every major event: “Five Take-Aways.” Reporters breathlessly list their “five take-aways” from a Biden speech, Supreme Court decision, primary election result, latest opinion poll or golf tournament. And, true to form, without any ...Read more

Democrats Blame Everything – On Joe Biden!

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It should come as no surprise for you to learn that I am a lifelong Democrat. And proud of it. I’ve walked precincts for Democrats, raised money for Democrats, worked for Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California, run for statewide office as a Democrat in California, and served as chair of the California Democratic Party.

So let me say this ...Read more



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