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With McSally the Senate gets a fearless, scrappy, humble public servant

WASHINGTON -- As resumes go, it's hard to fathom a better fit to fill John McCain's Senate seat than the nation's first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat -- Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey apparently thought so, too. On Tuesday, he selected McSally to fill the seat until 2020, when a special election will be held to ...Read more

A vote for animals is a vote for humanity

WASHINGTON -- For people who support the humane treatment of animals, including those that end up on America's dinner plates, passage this week of the farm bill would be a gift befitting the season -- and a grand bipartisan gesture to close out the year.

The Senate sent back an earlier version of the bill, now expected to cost taxpayers $867 ...Read more

Epstein accusers deserve due process

WASHINGTON -- Recent revelations about billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's sweetheart deal with government prosecutors -- thanks to a cadre of all-star defense attorneys who basically treated underage accusers like throwaways -- are the tip of the iceberg in a scandal of money, power, sex, corruption and boys' club criminality.

The story...Read more

#MeToo's unintended consequences: Intimidated men

WASHINGTON -- A recent Bloomberg News headline came as no surprise: "Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost."

In a word, it was inevitable. Some men are so concerned about the possible repercussions of what they might say or do that they're steering clear of women in the workplace altogether. And as a result, according to ...Read more

Lies, lies -- and dadgum lies

WASHINGTON -- Michael Cohen's guilty plea Thursday that he lied to Congress about Donald Trump's interests in building a Moscow tower comes as little surprise -- everyone attached to this administration seems to lie with ease. And yet it's explosive news in the carnival-kingdom of liars, crooks and thieves.

Cohen, who probably knows more than ...Read more

Bipartisanship, thy name is Woman

WASHINGTON -- As newly elected congresswomen are poised to color this city blue, one wonders what effect they'll realistically have on the gridlock known as the House of Representatives.

At final count, 101 women, mostly Democrats, are headed this way come January. Will they -- or can they -- work with Republicans?

A popular assumption is that...Read more

Turkey strutting on the Potomac

WASHINGTON -- Strutting isn't just for turkeys anymore.

We're reminded of this nearly every day, but Donald Trump outdid himself Thanksgiving Day when a reporter asked the president what he's most grateful for. In a nutshell, with only a tiny bit of editing: himself. OK, he mentioned his family first but then went on to extol his own ...Read more

The new normal that isn't

WASHINGTON -- Across much of media lately, the phrase "new normal" keeps cropping up to describe what is, in fact, not normal, as most sane adults have understood its meaning.

This is to say, the everyday machinations and human behaviors typical within a healthy, robust society have shifted gears and evolved, not in a good way, to ...Read more

Paradise lost

WASHINGTON -- When polarity defines us, it's easy to lose sight of our common humanity.

But all is not political, as nature increasingly reminds us. The fires in California that have destroyed lives, homes and towns -- displacing thousands and wreaking havoc on the psyches of first-responders and reporters -- have provided a glimpse of a ...Read more

The GOP has a woman problem

WASHINGTON -- It has been long rumored that the Republican Party has a woman problem, so much so that a few years ago GOP congressmen sent aides to classes on how to talk to and about women.

Republicans didn't learn much. Their articulation issues just got much worse, and there's a name for it: Donald Trump. In addition to his many dubious ...Read more

Relief is yet to come

WASHINGTON -- It wasn't a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a disorderly House.

Unlike the tea party revolution of 2010, when Republicans gave Democrats a "shellacking...Read more

Remember Khashoggi

WASHINGTON -- The midterm elections are finally over, more or less, and we got what we got -- Donald Trump is still president.

Sorry, but someone had to say it.

Now back to the cold realities of everyday life in the White House of Weird, beginning and ending with: Who ordered the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and what consequences will ...Read more

Pat conroy is our prince of scribes

BEAUFORT, S.C. -- As the famed author Pat Conroy began his journey from this earth two years ago, he might have dreamed of weekends like this.

To see one of his dying wishes realized -- to continue his life's work nurturing and mentoring readers and writers -- he might have also found himself at a loss for words.

This would have been a rarity ...Read more

A word from our president (not really)

WASHINGTON -- Network announcer: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for this special message from the president of the United States.

My fellow Americans. I want to speak to you tonight as I've never spoken before, maybe ever -- from my heart. I stand before you both humbled and horrified by recent events.

This past ...Read more

Avenatti's white-man offense and red-hot lies

WASHINGTON -- At last, Democrats and Republicans have found common ground in hoping that Michael Avenatti, the wannabe progressive president, will soon disappear.

Best known as the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels and more recently for representing Julie Swetnick, who leveled a dubious gang-rape charge against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett...Read more

2018 midterms: He vs. she

WASHINGTON -- Slowly but inevitably, the two major political parties have become the party of women and the party of men -- guess which is which -- so that the 2018 midterms are shaping up as a climactic battle in the war between the sexes.

This is largely the Trump Effect -- his attitude and remarks toward and about women -- as well as the ...Read more

This column is CBD infused

WASHINGTON -- As a new-product junkie, it was foregone that I'd swap a C-note for something called CBD, a cannabis extract promising relief from pain and anxiety, the twin banes of baby boomers recently awakened to the realization that, though their spirits be forever young, their joints definitively are not.

Lately limping, thanks to an old ...Read more

23andMeToo

WASHINGTON -- Now that the DNA is out of the bag, Sen. Elizabeth Warren can put her Native American heritage down for a nap -- maybe.

After two and a half years of being mocked by Donald Trump as "Pocahontas," referring to the Massachusetts Democrat's claim that she's part American Indian, Warren had her DNA tested. The results released Monday ...Read more

Drinking cocktails in the Kanye-Trump asylum

WASHINGTON -- Amid hurricanes, a vanished journalist, the recent Supreme Court hearings, midterms and "mobs," it is little wonder that Americans are drinking more than ever.

Factually, this is so. More than 70 percent of Americans imbibe each year, and about 40 percent drink excessively, according to two separate studies last year. A comparison...Read more

Nikki Haley's comet has a long tale

WASHINGTON -- Seated next to President Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday, Nikki Haley did not look like a woman who had tortured herself over whether to resign as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

On television at least, she looked like someone who has a much better deal coming her way early next year. She looked like someone who has ...Read more

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