Politics, Moderate



Cokie was a shining example to us all

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Let's take a break from our society's normal crudefest for a brief moment to honor civility. Cokie Roberts epitomized civility.

She was no pushover -- far from it. When it was required, she was as hard as nails. In today's nasty society, she sometimes needed to be. But somehow, she maneuvered through all of our disagreements in ways that were ...Read more

Don't make a decision without the complete story

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

I always worry when people on one side of an issue praise a story I've done. Ideally, at least in the twisted mind of a journalist, all the parties should be upset. We should be viewed as equal-opportunity jerks. After all, this column has been described as "a gesture of defiance pointed in all directions." (Actually, the gesture of defiance was...Read more

Bolton should thank his lucky stars he's shut of fickle Trump

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's the really big question in Washington, which goes to show how pathetic things can get here: Did John Bolton resign, or was he fired? President Donald Trump and his now former national security adviser disagree about that, much as they disagreed about everything else. It was not exactly a marriage made in heaven.

To call Bolton "abrasive" ...Read more

Trump used what he learned from the WWE during his "Dorian crisis"

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's a good thing that President Donald Trump has spent time with WrestleMania. He obviously used that experience to finally muscle his way into the main event, when he had been body-slammed aside by the real reality of the devastation from Hurricane Dorian. Yes, I know "muscle" is probably not the first word you'd use when you think of the ...Read more

Sharpies And The Not-So-Sharp

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Weather forecasting really has come a long way, as evidenced by the days and weeks of advance notice we get in our part of the world when disturbances that may become massively dangerous hurricanes form far, far away off the coast of Africa. But, as Hurricane Dorian demonstrates, the science has a long way to go.

Precisely how close to home a ...Read more

Androids Rule

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

I have gotten to the point that every time my cellphone blasts its generic ringtone, I assume it's a robocall. My algorithm favorites are the recorded voices that start out saying, "Can you hear me?" and then pause a few seconds before continuing. I've taken to filling that brief void with a Bronx cheer or some other obnoxious sound. Then I hang...Read more

Trump Hotel

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

True story: I used to live a couple of blocks away from the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States, which is the official name of the Vatican's diplomatic mission in D.C.

Its proximity had obviously not been a problem -- at least for me. That changed in 2015, when Pope Francis came to tour America and, for the duration of his...Read more

The Best Insulters

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

To paraphrase the country-western song, when it comes to outright scorn, the North Koreans were insulting before insulting was cool.

All those decades of practice mean they are still setting the standard. Who else would refer to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a "poisonous plant"? Yup, that's what the North Korean Foreign Minister Ri ...Read more


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