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A groper's gallery of the grotesque

WASHINGTON -- It seems more than coincidence that the first year of Donald Trump's presidency coincides with a trend that was heretofore unrecognized -- groping.

Gropers abound, it seems. From Harvey Weinstein to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken -- and dozens in between -- it would seem women are ...Read more

What to my wondering ears did he say?

WASHINGTON -- Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: "I believe the women."

All across America, forks dropped, glasses shattered and knees wobbled as women turned to each other in astonishment. Wait. What? Did he say what I think he said?

Suddenly, McConnell,...Read more

Republicans, pedophiles and polar bears, oh my!

WASHINGTON -- Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore didn't do what he's alleged to have done, which might give the U.S. Senate another Democratic vote.

The race is on to pass tax reform ...Read more

One year ago

WASHINGTON -- 'Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016.

Donald Trump's victory places last year as one of the most significant in modern American history. Not only did he change how politics is played, but he probably destroyed the Republican Party as we knew it. Most important, he will go down as one of ...Read more

A quarter-century of Clintons

WASHINGTON -- Twenty-five years ago on Nov. 3, 1992, William Jefferson Clinton was elected president of the United States -- and Hillary Clinton is still trying to take his place.

As historians and pundits recall his third-way presidency, another slice of his legacy can't be ignored -- the trickle-down effect of his womanizing, his DNA-proved ...Read more

FBI to Trump: Happy Halloween

WASHINGTON -- Beware the low-level volunteer.

Virtually unheard of before Monday, when the FBI indicted two of President Trump's campaign staffers, George Papadopoulos is either the key to Russian collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election -- or a lying "low level volunteer," as the president tweeted early Tuesday ...Read more

Statuary brawl

WASHINGTON -- Latest to the vandals goes Teddy Roosevelt, whose bronze likeness astride a horse in front of New York's American Museum of Natural History recently received a splash of red paint upon its base.

"Now the statue is bleeding," proudly pronounced a group of protesters in claiming credit for the makeover. "We did not make it bleed. It...Read more

What's in a name?

WASHINGTON -- If there's any redeeming news this week, it's that no one will ever forget La David Johnson's name.

Johnson, of course, was one of the four U.S. soldiers recently killed in Niger. Apparently his name seemed to slip President Trump's mind when he called Johnson's widow to offer his condolences. According to Myeshia Johnson, Trump ...Read more

Donald, dearest

WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush's speech last week at a forum hosted by his eponymous institute might as well have been titled "Dear Donald." The 43rd president all but called out the current president by name as he lamented the tone and character of today's political rhetoric.

"Bigotry seems emboldened," said Bush. "Our politics seems more ...Read more

#MeToo: Tipping point, or outrage du jour?

WASHINGTON -- Depending upon one's distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we've been waiting for -- or just another shark attack until the next one.

If you're former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose book, "Be Fierce," was released just as Harvey Weinstein was ...Read more

A dearth of virtue and the death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON -- Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody's a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Or, more to the point, when everyone's slurping from the same trough, who's a pig?

Today, hypocrisy is the smirk on Harvey Weinstein's face as he pursues therapy and asks forgiveness for his sexual ...Read more

Distracting ourselves to death

WASHINGTON -- When President Trump said a few days ago that now isn't the time for a debate about gun control, presumably he meant that we should respect a decent interval of time for mourning after the Las Vegas shooting before launching into a political discussion that historically has led nowhere.

If that's how he felt, it would have been ...Read more

Just a guy and the search for meaning

WASHINGTON -- The horror the horror.

The English language, expansive as it is, lacks sufficient vocabulary for the near-ceaseless popping sound of an automatic weapon pounding bullets into terrified people as they run away from and toward -- the unknown.

How do you express the inconceivable, the imponderable? You try to put yourself there. ...Read more

Stranger than Strange

WASHINGTON -- The political resurrection of Alabama's Roy Moore -- the Moses of the South -- and the mortal end of Hugh Hefner are not entirely unrelated.

It's not a straight line, mind you. But if Hefner's recent death the day after Moore won Alabama's Senate Republican primary runoff reminded us of how much American culture has changed in a ...Read more

Rocket Man and Dotard go bonkers in Toontown

WASHINGTON -- Pity the Pacific, a portion of which faces ultimate destruction should "Rocket Man" follow through on his reported threat to test a hydrogen bomb in the ocean in response to recent anti-North Korea comments from President "Dotard. "

So it goes in Toontown, where two of the planet's most unstable state actors call each other names ...Read more

Where in the world is Dail Dinwiddie?

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Twenty-five years ago on Sept. 24, 1992, Dail Boxley Dinwiddie vanished.

Phffft. Just like that.

She was 23, a darling girl, anyone would say. Because even though she was, by age, a young woman, she was just 5 feet tall and weighed only about 100 pounds. She was a waif, an imp, a sweet spirit and an artist, who had come home ...Read more

The New Center seeks volunteers

NEW YORK -- This city's annual gridlock festival, otherwise known as the United Nations General Assembly, is a proper metaphor for America's current state of affairs.

While Manhattan's already snarled streets filled beyond capacity with limos toting dignitaries, a quieter, less-theatrical group of thinkers and leaders was meeting to discuss ...Read more

How Democrats won the presidency

WASHINGTON -- Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty.

Hillary Clinton -- who lost the 2016 election, in case you weren't sure -- is on a book tour with her campaign memoir, "What Happened." (Hint: She's a woman, the Comey letter.)

Donald Trump -- who is still campaigning despite having won -- ...Read more

The worst is yet to come

WASHINGTON -- It has become axiomatic that when Donald Trump says or does something over the top or below the belt, beware the unseen.

His cunning use of distraction turns red herrings green with envy.

The template works like this: Trump says something outrageous that drives Washington's Bubble Belt wild. The media leap to outrage while ...Read more

The message in the storm

WASHINGTON -- Nobody wants to pick on Texas, or especially Houston, after a 1,000-year weather event that for several days turned the city into a lake and dispossessed thousands of their homes, belongings and, in some cases, loved ones.

The ultimate effects of the storm blandly named Harvey are yet to be fully understood. What is known is that ...Read more

 

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