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Have we learned nothing since the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill battle?

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Hard cases make bad law, according to an old legal maxim. Hard cases make brutal Supreme Court confirmation fights, too.

The soap opera unfolding around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings offers an excellent example. The ...Read more

Brett Kavanaugh case takes us back to high school

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It must feel ironic for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be judged now by the standards that he once tried to apply in the toughest way possible to another alleged offender, then-President Bill Clinton.

Now it is Kavanaugh who faces allegations of sexual misconduct, which in his case would amount to attempted rape. I sympathize with any middle-aged ...Read more

Trump flunks his disaster test, just being himself

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If a politician commits a gaffe but doesn't know that it's a gaffe, has a gaffe actually been committed?

That question came to mind as I read a startling tweeted denial from President Trump that 3,000 Americans died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year --and accused Democrats of inflating the death toll to make him "look...Read more

Trump's football game, a new brand of identity politics

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It's football season in an election year. Can President Trump and flag-waving politics be far behind?

Not by much. I used to watch sports for fun. But since the rise of Donald Trump as president and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as political activist, pro football has been pulled into the culture wars and midterm ...Read more

Why the Bush-Obama Candygate moment matters

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Back in 2010, still early in Barack Obama's presidency, a small group of Minnesota businessmen came up with a mischievous idea. They rented billboards to display a picture of former President George W. Bush, smiling and waving, and the words, "Miss Me Yet?"

No, was my immediate response. I liked Obama just fine, thank you. But nothing has ...Read more

With Congress in play, Trump warns of 'violence'

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Is he serious? Does President Donald Trump really think there will be "violence" from the left if Republicans lose control of Congress in the November mid-terms? Isn't the whole point of winning an election to get what you want without turning to violence?

Yet, "violence" was in Trump's forecast in a closed-door meeting with evangelical leaders...Read more

Trump doesn't let death interrupt his feud with McCain

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If you thought something as consequential as death would get in the way of President Donald Trump's long-running feud with the late Sen. John McCain, you didn't know how petty our president could be.

The president's painfully reluctant approach to memorializing his fellow Republican, who died Saturday at 81 in his Arizona home, was about as ...Read more

Grieve for Mollie Tibbetts, and demand justice, but spare us the libel against immigrants

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Editors note: Mary Sanchez is filling in while Mr. Page is away.

It's not hard to imagine Mollie Tibbetts and Kate Steinle together in heaven, observing their lesser human brethren exploiting their deaths for political gain.

Guess the politicos and blowhards just can't help themselves. The November midterms are around the corner.

The ...Read more

Jules Witcover: Why the Trump era is worse than Nixon and Watergate

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WASHINGTON -- When the Watergate scandal drove Richard Nixon from the presidency 44 years ago, the Republican Party survived because its establishment leaders pushed back against his criminal behavior.

Sen. Barry Goldwater and others told him he lacked the voters to escape impeachment, and he ...Read more

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