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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

Being a rowdy youth doesn't make someone a sexual predator

WASHINGTON -- As we continue examining Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's high school and college life, it has been easy to forget what this was originally all about.

In a word: abortion.

Until a few weeks ago, opposition to Kavanaugh's confirmation had been driven by fear among Democrats that he, as a Catholic (ergo pro-life) swing vote ...Read more

Long may Sen. Jiminy Cricket's flag wave

WASHINGTON -- Republican Sen. Jeff Flake may have become a momentary hero for Democrats hoping to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has cinched the role as Jiminy Cricket of the U.S. Senate.

Never one to shy away from cameras or fall short on quotable one-liners, Graham came out swinging during Senate ...Read more

Kavanaugh circus includes plenty of sideshows

WASHINGTON -- If the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process has revealed anything, it is that there's an antidote for disaffection toward Republicans: Give Democrats the upper hand for about five minutes.

Anyone tuning in to the first Senate Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this month surely thought they had flipped to a circus show featuring...Read more

Florence isn't finished yet

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- From dark and stormy to clear and breezy, the coastline that a million or so of us evacuated two weeks ago now looks like any other perfect day at the beach.

The only signs of there having been any weather at all are a few scattered piles of pine straw in the street. Yet doom is rising all around us with rivers close to ...Read more

Is there a Kavanaugh doppelganger?

WASHINGTON -- In one of Brett Kavanaugh's responses to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl when he was in high school, a charge he has denied "categorically and unequivocally," he suggested that, perhaps, this was a case of mistaken identity.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee reiterated this ...Read more

Eleventh-hour slander

WASHINGTON -- After several days of showboating and judicial hazing, Democrats pulled out their biggest weapon against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh -- a letter from an anonymous woman claiming sexual misconduct in high school.

There are no words -- except perhaps desperate, scurrilous and embarrassing to anyone with a conscience and a ...Read more

Things left behind

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Tuesday morning, I did what millions of people have done in hundreds of places for centuries. I picked the few favorite items that I could take with me before abandoning my home to the fates of an impending disaster.

They're only things, I told myself. Which, intellectually, we know to be true. But emotionally, we become...Read more

No, I'm Spartacus!

WASHINGTON -- It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator.

His eyes glimmering pools of earnestness, Booker girded his loins and told the chamber that he was going to do the unthinkable. He was going to put everything at risk, even his place in the U....Read more

Advise and dissent

WASHINGTON -- If you missed Day One of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing, just try to imagine a mud-wrestling contest attended by banshees howling at the referee.

Between senators interrupting the all-wise-and-patient Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and shrieking protesters, the proceedings were too low-brow to resort...Read more

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to -- midterm elections?

WASHINGTON -- As the late Sen. John McCain's departing call to national unity reverberated across America this past week, Donald Trump's prediction of violence should Democrats prevail in November's midterm elections seemed both discordant and, well, weird.

The president issued his dire warning on Monday -- two days after McCain's death -- to a...Read more

A hero's farewell

WASHINGTON -- The world seems already a lesser place with the passing of Sen. John McCain.

The ensuing deluge of accolades and tributes -- notwithstanding the president's limp and late acknowledgement of McCain's service to the nation -- has revealed a level of reverence we don't see often. Despite traits and qualities that sometimes earned ...Read more

The juror who could save America

WASHINGTON -- Juror No. 0302 may not have sought fame, but Paula Duncan will long be remembered in connection with Paul Manafort, whom she and 11 others convicted on eight counts of financial crime.

What makes Duncan memorable, besides her being the only juror to speak out since the trial ended, is that she's a die-hard, MAGA-cap-wearing ...Read more

It's a dog-eat-dog White House

WASHINGTON -- No sooner had I ordered the 2011 book "Less Than Human" for a late-summer read than President Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog" and a "lowlife." Those two slurs fit nicely into author David Livingstone Smith's philosophical study of man's capacity to inflict cruelty by first dehumanizing the "other."

Trump's personal ...Read more

Trump and Putin's do-si-do

WASHINGTON -- It's a given that political candidates will target each other with as much oppositional propaganda as they can get away with. But with the Kremlin now playing a third-party shadow role in U.S. elections, the usual game seems to be shifting from blood sport to cold war.

Given Russia's well-established preference for Donald Trump ...Read more

Uncle Rudy rattles the rafters

WASHINGTON -- Thank God for Uncle Rudy.

You know Rudy -- the eccentric, sometimes batty, uncle who lives in the attic? One thing about Rudy, he always seems to know when family gatherings are becoming tense and descends to the rescue with some gibberish to lighten the mood.

What would we do without him?

Uncle Rudy used to be New York City ...Read more

In defense of poodles

WASHINGTON -- It didn't take long after the Helsinki summit for European and American media publications to declare Donald Trump Vladimir Putin's pet dog.

Britain's Daily Mirror used "Putin's poodle" in its next-day coverage. Other European and American outlets referred to the president as "weak" or "submissive."

CIA Director John Brennan said...Read more

Born to fly, bound to run

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Republican Ashley Nickloes is the only woman in a seven-way primary race to fill a congressional seat held by one family for five decades. She's also the only military pilot in the race, running against a litany of odds, including the strong possibility that she'll lose to a popular career politician who hunts Bigfoot and ...Read more

 
 

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