Politics, Moderate





Biden is the best candidate to beat Trump

WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden's limitations as a presidential candidate are so obvious that they're almost a litany: He's too old, too white, too male, too touchy-feely, too loquacious. But he has one huge plus: He may be the person who could move Donald Trump out of the White House.

Biden rightly put the obligation of replacing Trump at the center ...Read more

Voters rate political corruption as America's biggest crisis

Fifty-three percent of voters believe political corruption is a crisis in the United States, while another 36% believe it is a significant problem but not a crisis.

That's consistent with other ScottRasmussen.com polling data showing that 87% of voters nationwide believe corruption is widespread in the federal government. Solid majorities ...Read more

Students of all ages deserve a bailout on their loans

CHICAGO -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., proposes eliminating up to $50,000 in student debt for borrowers who make less than $100,000 per year, giving up to 42 million Americans what amounts to a second lease on life.

Philip Klein, the executive editor of the right-leaning Washington Examiner, opposes Warren's idea. In a column with a ...Read more

Not a vote-getter!

WASHINGTON -- Just for the record, we ought to note that trustees for Social Security and Medicare recently released their annual reports. The two programs alone constituted 45 percent of the non-interest federal budget in 2018, a share that the trustees say is being driven up by the continuing retirement of baby boomers and the high cost of ...Read more

America must break out of its 'terrorism fatigue'

WASHINGTON -- One disturbing aspect of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka was that the slaughter of 321 victims came at a time when America is suffering what might be described as "terrorism fatigue."

The wars against al-Qaida and the Islamic State are part of a painful past that policymakers and the public want to escape. Those Middle ...Read more

We're coming to the season for porch talk

CAMDEN, S.C. -- With the arrival of spring and the advance of summer, American life shifts toward the porch -- at least for those lucky enough to have a sheltered outdoor space, preferably attached to the front or back of one's home.

That all people seem to love a porch and the conversations and activities that transpire there, it's a wonder ...Read more

Trump left our allies at the altar. Now he's mad they're moving on.

What a jerk you were to let me dump you.

That's the message the Trump administration is sending to some of our closest allies and most important economic partners. The most recent target is Japan, whom our U.S. ambassador berated last week for not giving us a favorable deal that Japan actually did give us -- before we abruptly ripped it ...Read more

Impeach? Nah!

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Impeach Donald Trump? What a bad idea for the Democrats, in spite of the pressure from the party's left flank, and in spite of various presidential candidates, like Elizabeth Warren, pandering to the ultra-progressives. After all, the ultimate goal of a House of Representatives impeachment is to set up the Senate to remove him from office. In a ...Read more

Can the Fed stay independent?

WASHINGTON -- It's unclear whether one or both, or neither, of President Trump's selections for the Federal Reserve Board -- Stephen Moore and Herman Cain -- will win Senate confirmation. What is clear is that this is a teachable moment concerning the Fed's vaunted "independence."

If you think it means that the Fed can do whatever it wants and ...Read more

It is finished

WASHINGTON -- Good Friday provided the language for a week that began with the terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and ended with the long-awaited Mueller report: Jesus' final words before perishing on the cross: "It is finished!"

The fires have been extinguished and the great cathedral's two towers still stand. After nearly two years, ...Read more

Democrats need to give Hispanic voters something worth voting for

CHICAGO -- Wasn't the 2016 presidential election the event that taught us to distrust polls? Didn't almost everyone get it wrong, eroding the public's trust in both journalism and their fellow citizens, who made electoral choices that seemed to go against their own self-interest?

Welcome to the 2020 campaign season, which is already making me -...Read more

Sleazy Bill Barr's utilization of the holiday dumping grounds shows him to be another Trump lackey

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Before we get too worked up at Attorney General William Barr for his cheesiness in timing the release of the partially full report of Robert Mueller's investigation for when very few people would be around to pay attention, let's remember that it could be worse. It's true that Barr is quickly establishing a reputation for being just another ...Read more

How long does outrage over a murder last? On Wall Street, six months.

WASHINGTON -- What's the expiration date on moral outrage over a gruesome murder?

On Wall Street, at least, the answer seems to be roughly six months.

Six-and-a-half months ago, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was my colleague at The Washington Post, walked into the Saudi Consulate in Turkey to take care of some paperwork. Then he ...Read more

Mueller report shows that the American system hasn't buckled

WASHINGTON -- President Trump's conduct in office has been diminishing the moral capital of the United States for more than two years. The report by special counsel Robert Mueller released Thursday puts a little of that capital back in the bank.

Mueller's 448-page account is an affirmation that the rule of law still exists in America, despite ...Read more

Why Trump keeps winning on the immigration issue

President Donald Trump's proposal for sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities is supported by 46% of voters nationwide, according to a ScottRasmussen.com national survey. Fifty-four percent are opposed.

Despite this tepid support, raising the issue is likely to benefit the president's reelection prospects. That's partly because it's an ...Read more

Unauthorized immigrants help prop up America's economy

CHICAGO -- Whenever I see a viral video of a racist person harassing a Spanish speaker with brown skin because they seem "illegal," I comfort myself with the vivid image of millions of Latinos watching the spectacle with bafflement as they fan themselves with a stack of $100 bills.

It's not silly.

People act like unauthorized immigrants are ...Read more

How long until we're all happy?

To: David Brooks

Columnist, The New York Times

Dear David,

We have met a few times over the years while covering the same events. I'm a big fan. You write beautifully and, more often than not, have insights about our politics, lifestyles and beliefs that others have missed. But as time passes, you have grown increasingly somber about our ...Read more

How Xi overplayed his hand with America

WASHINGTON -- In the rebalancing of Sino-American relations that's underway, the usual roles are reversed: China's normally deft President Xi Jinping appears to have badly overreached in seeking advantage. And President Trump, who often seems tone-deaf on foreign policy, is riding a bipartisan consensus that it's time to push back against ...Read more

Trump's banal tweet about tankers of water banal to the extreme

WASHINGTON -- At least he recognized the urgency.

As the world gasped in horror at the sight of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral burning in a cataclysmic moment, the president of the United States imparted these words of wisdom: "Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!"

Well, Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Could we ...Read more

The Trump administration's census question degrades our data -- and our democracy

WASHINGTON -- It's not enough that President Trump and his advisers have been arguing for years that official government data is bad, untrustworthy, phony, manipulated for political gain. Now they are working to lend credence to these smears and conspiracy theories -- by making them true.

Unless, that is, the Supreme Court intervenes.

During ...Read more


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