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Sniffles and The Cyber Go to Town

WASHINGTON -- My heart went out to Donald Trump Monday night when it appeared that he was under the weather.

What could be worse than to be sick, sniffling through his first presidential debate just days after he was challenging Hillary Clinton's health and, during the debate, taunting her lack of stamina. Trump's own stamina was not, shall we ...Read more

Eyes Wide Open on Debate Night

WASHINGTON -- It's here, at last. The showdown we've all been waiting for: Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump.

For what seems like years now, we've been building up to this moment -- the ultimate battle of the sexes. The first woman vs. the last man.

For days, talking heads and pundits have been telling us what to look for. (Ink on Clinton's ...Read more

The Trump Letters

WASHINGTON -- As the first presidential debate approaches, fists clench, jaws tighten and invectives giggle in anticipation.

Game on!

To half the country, it's a sure win for Hillary Clinton, who will expose Donald Trump's shallow store of knowledge, his intemperate habit of insult and insouciance, his division of diversity into us and them. ...Read more

Trump's Truth Sets Us Free

WASHINGTON -- At long last, Donald Trump has set himself free.

At a highly choreographed event Friday, the Republican candidate for president of the United States finally issued his verdict on the birthright of our two-term president, who, it turns out, is a real American!

"Barack Obama was born in the United States, period," Trump intoned to ...Read more

Hillary's Bad Cold Demonstrates the Double Standard

WASHINGTON -- She didn't want to say she was sick.

Hillary Clinton, that is, who recently has suffered coughing fits followed Sunday by a near collapse during New York's 9/11 memorial ceremony. She left the ceremony early, claiming over-heatedness, and appeared to weave, lose her footing and pitch forward as she approached her car, as captured ...Read more

The Week That Was ... Embarrassing

WASHINGTON -- America has had better weeks than the one just past.

Only days away from the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates convened for what was dubbed the "Commander-in-Chief Forum," sponsored by NBC News and hosted by "Where in the world is Matt Lauer?"

Indeed.

And then ...Read more

If Animals Could Vote

WASHINGTON -- The animal kingdom will have lost one of its staunchest defenders when the Oval Office is abandoned by Barack Obama, who through a series of critical, administrative rulemakings has done more to protect animals than any other president in recent memory.

This will be especially devastating if Donald Trump replaces him -- not only ...Read more

'The Blacks'

WASHINGTON -- When Donald Trump says he has a great relationship with "the Blacks," I wonder if he also gets along well with the Smiths. We know he's tight with the Whites.

But what's with the definite article?

During a brief dalliance with Google, I learned that Trump has used "the" before whites at least once -- when commenting that Black ...Read more

The GOP's Trumpian Deflation

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump. Would that it were unnecessary to mention his name except, say, as a Viagra pitchman.

Despite such casting perfection, this isn't intended as a personal metaphor for the man, though it is for the GOP. Cue sound of balloon losing vigor. The erstwhile party of Lincoln has rendered itself impotent by its clammy-handed ...Read more

Hillary's Heel

WASHINGTON -- When I wrote the headline "Hillary's heel," I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife's pantsuit hem.

Hillary Clinton's Achilles' heel is her very Clinton-ness. Rather than tell the truth as soon as possible, a reluctance shared by her husband during his ...Read more

A Nice Column About Trump

WASHINGTON -- When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?, I thought, well, that could be fun. But hard.

Then, as if the Muses and Fates had conspired to help me in this Olympian task, everything in Trump World changed. Not only did ...Read more

Beach Burkini Bingo

WASHINGTON -- Once upon a time, a scantily clad lass padding down a beach might cause a riot -- at least of eyeballs eager to extend the sidelong glance.

Today, it's the fully clothed woman who overheats the passions in France, where three towns have banned the burkini. Leave it to the French to criminalize modesty.

Latest to the ban-wagon is ...Read more

Driven to Distraction

OXFORD, Md. -- Reflexively, I type "Dru" and The Drudge Report pops up. I hate myself for going there but as a columnist ever in search of the zeitgeist's ultimate wave, I am behooved.

Breezing past the latest tricklings about The Hill & Trumpie Show -- I'm not proud of this -- I click on "Weiner still at it?"

Hey, it's August. It's what ...Read more

Hurray for John Oliver

WASHINGTON -- Every couple of years or so, I feel the need to whine about the plight of newspapers. It's August. I'm Trumped out. So today's the day.

Except that HBO's John Oliver beat me to it with the best defense of newspapers -- ever. His recent "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" monologue about the suffering newspaper industry has gone ...Read more

Trump's Head Case

WASHINGTON -- Two years ago, Karl Rove caused a stir when he planted a seed that Hillary Clinton might have suffered brain damage from a fall. 

My, how things have changed.

Today, Clinton's brain seems to be working just fine, though it's less than clear that Donald Trump's is.

Much has been written about Trump's narcissism, by which most ...Read more

Fox and Friends With Benefits

WASHINGTON -- No one would mistake Roger Ailes for a ladies man, at least not without a fistful of dollars -- or a garter belt.

So emerges a fresh image of the man who created Fox News, the cable network known for its leggy, law-degreed female hosts. Ailes, like Hugh Hefner, knew that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

Then ...Read more

We're All Democrats Now

PHILADELPHIA -- A longtime Republican friend texted just as the Democratic National Convention was burying itself in balloons: "I'm sorry," she said, "I'm a Democrat."

Another Republican friend called after President Obama spoke Wednesday night: "I'm sorry," he said. "I'm a Democrat."

No apologies necessary. But thanks surely go to Donald ...Read more

Night and Day

PHILADELPHIA -- If political conventions tell us anything beyond the predictable, the one held last week in Cleveland and the other going on this week in Philadelphia pose contrasts so stark that one wonders if the two groups hail from the same country. Hint: One of them didn't present a diverse cross-section of America.

Whereas Cleveland's ...Read more

Herr Trumpf

CLEVELAND -- Donald Trump was a man in full Thursday night as he accepted the Republican nomination: Full-throated, full of fury and full of himself: "I am your voice"; "I alone can fix it [the system]"; "I am the law and order candidate."

And the teeming throng of red-, white- and blue-bedecked patriots loved all 75 minutes of an acceptance ...Read more

You Know What They Say ...

CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much.

This is especially so if you're Melania Trump on opening night at the Republican National Convention.

Or, is it? By the reaction, both within and without the campaign, you'd have thought the woman had lifted Lady Macbeth's "Out, damned spot," or, say, ...Read more

 
 

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