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Did President Trump help Bill O'Reilly's case or sink it?

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Fans of Bill O'Reilly are predictably upset that Fox News has pulled the plug on his popular show, "The O'Reilly Factor." But take heart, folks. Bill O'Reilly isn't really gone. You can hear his spirit in the Oval Office.

"Personally, I think he shouldn't have settled," said President Donald Trump of O'Reilly after new allegations of sexual ...Read more

Donald Trump's blame game goes to court

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What can you say to defend yourself after you are accused of roughing up a protester at a Donald Trump campaign rally? Well, you can try blaming Donald Trump.

That's the road taken by Alvin Bamberger, a 75-year-old veteran from Ohio who can be seen in videos of a Trump rally in Louisville, Ky., early last year gruffly pushing 21-year-old ...Read more

Brace Yourselves. It's President Trump 2.0

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As President Donald Trump's first 100 days draws to a close, here's the good news: Fears of a rising Trump autocracy under the president who boasted "I alone can fix it," now look way overblown. Team Trump looks way too incompetent to pull that off.

Instead, the president's inner circle appears to be undergoing a shakeup. Hard-right political ...Read more

Cultural Appropriation? Try Cultural Sharing

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As a fan of Mother Jones magazine, I don't often disagree with the progressive monthly's editor in chief Clara Jeffery. But she asked for it with this breathtaking tweet after President Donald Trump fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase:

"That the missiles are called tomahawks," she tweeted, "must enrage a lot of Native ...Read more

Invite President Trump to Testify, Too

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As President Donald Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he is reminding me of Joe Btfsplk. Yes, that's how you spell it.

In the late Al Capp's "Li'l Abner" comic strip, Joe was the world's worst jinx. He strolled through life with a little storm cloud over his head as he brought disaster to everyone around him.

That image...Read more

When Politeness Closes Career Doors to Women

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This ain't no disco, as the Talking Heads song goes, but I sometimes take requests -- especially when they come from my wife.

"You ought to write about this," said the Missus, steaming over a debate that was heating up her social networks: Is it proper for a married man to eat a meal in the company of a woman who is not his wife?

Yes, as you ...Read more

In a Hole, President Trump Keeps Digging

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Does President Donald Trump really think it's a good idea to tweet bold threats at lawmakers whose votes he is trying to woo?

Or is picking Twitter fights just his sneaky way to avoid having to actually read the legislation that he wants them to vote for?

How else do we explain his erratic way of winning friends and alienating people as he ...Read more

Can Democrats Save Trump From Himself?

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After President Donald Trump's first legislative battle, a deplorably stingy attempt to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, went down without a vote in the House, I wondered: What happened to all of the "winning"?

"We are gonna win, win, win," Trump had promised at a ...Read more

At Least Now President Trump Knows Who 'CBC' Is

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Given the chance, President Donald J. Trump can really turn on the charm.

"Throughout my campaign, I pledged to focus on improving conditions for African-American citizens," he said before a closed-door meeting with leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus in the White House Wednesday. "This means more to me than anybody would understand or ...Read more

Go Ahead, be shocked by Trump's Russia Ties -- and Investigate

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A House Intelligence Committee hearing on Monday heard two bombshells dropped in testimony.

One, FBI Director James Comey asserted what other national intelligence leaders have now said: There is no evidence to back up President Donald Trump's outlandish -- and slanderous -- allegation that President Barack Obama ordered a "wiretapping" of ...Read more

Have Populist Politics Reached 'Peak Trump'?

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Whew! That was close.

I wasn't expecting to be waiting on the edge of my seat for the outcome of this year's Dutch parliamentary elections. But I wasn't expecting Donald Trump to be America's president, either.

After "Brexit," Great Britain's vote last year to leave the European Union, and Trump's upset election victory, the whole world has ...Read more

Health Care 'Access' is Not the Same as 'Coverage'

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Watching top Republicans explain their proposed Affordable Care Act replacement can make you wonder who hijacked the English language.

For example, if you're like me, you might have been shocked by the news that 24 million fewer Americans will have health insurance by 2026 if the Republican-proposed alternative passes, according to the ...Read more

To Liberate Speech on Campus, Pop the 'Bubbles'

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Whether the students know it or not, the protests that recently turned violent at Middlebury College over an appearance by conservative scholar Charles Murray ironically -- and deplorably -- demonstrated the national social crack-up that Murray has been writing about.

Murray's 2012 best-seller, "Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-...Read more

How Long Can Donald Trump's Art of Deflection Work?

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"Whataboutism" is running rampant in the White House these days.

What's that, you may ask? It's a Cold War-era term for a form of logical jiu-jitsu that helps you to win arguments by gently changing the subject.

When Soviet leaders were questioned about human rights violations, for example, they might come back with, "Well, what about the ...Read more

Don't Forget Our 'Forgotten' Americans, Mr. President

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As President Donald Trump delivered his address to Congress on Tuesday, I listened in vain for a familiar presidential theme: the "forgotten man and woman." I didn't hear it. I hope he didn't forget to remember the "forgotten."

Franklin D. Roosevelt is most famous for invoking "The Forgotten Man" in a 1932 campaign radio address with that title...Read more

President Trump Meets Obamacare Reality: It's 'Complicated'

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President Donald Trump's on-the-job training continues. On Monday he revealed to reporters that he had learned a valuable lesson about reforming Obamacare: It's hard.

"It's an unbelievably complex subject," he told reporters Monday in the White House. "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."

Translation: This president didn't have a ...Read more

Will Today's Town hall Crowds Turn into a Liberal Tea Party?

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I get a kick out of the Republican members of Congress who claim the angry constituents at their town hall meetings are paid agitators. I remember how Democrats tried to dismiss noisy tea party protesters the same way in 2009.

Not surprisingly, President Donald Trump doesn't see it that way.

"The so-called angry crowds in home districts of ...Read more

What's Next for Trump's War With the Media?

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Since facts tend to be very flexible things in the custody of President Donald Trump, one wonders what comes next with his self-declared "running war with the media."

His constant cries of "fake news" to any news that does not blow him a kiss ratcheted up to a more threatening tone when he sent this Friday afternoon tweet:

"The FAKE NEWS media...Read more

Trump's Reality TV Presidency Needs to Get Real

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Why is President Donald Trump still trying to turn the media into the bad guys of his reality TV show, er, I mean presidency?

If media bashing is the last refuge of scoundrels, as I often say, Trump had better save some for a rainy day. He's having plenty of those already.

Sure, media bashing is easy. At his Thursday news conference marking ...Read more

Dear White People: Don't be Snowflakes

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Everybody loves free speech, it seems -- and just about everybody also knows someone who they wish would just hush up.

That's an old saying that I just made up. It came to mind amid some of the protests that have been busting out all over Donald Trump's America.

Back in the 1960s, progressive college students campaigned for free speech. Today ...Read more

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