Politics, Moderate



Inhumanity rules the border

WASHINGTON -- Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea.

Would it work for you because you're a stickler for obedience to rules -- no exceptions? Would it be OK because the U.S. must convey to others ...Read more

Art of the deal: Nukes for condos in North Korea?

WASHINGTON -- Well, it happened: The president and the dictator met, shook hands, looked each other in the eye, smiled for the cameras -- and lied through their teeth.

The visuals, we witnessed; the lies we infer -- from experience, history and redundant prescience.

But the summit was definitively historic. Let us count the ways.

Donald Trump...Read more

My dear Charles

WASHINGTON -- Charles Krauthammer, a man who has beaten unbelievable odds and overcome obstacles that would defeat most mortals, has finally encountered one foe over which he says he can't claim victory.

In a note to readers Friday, he announced that he has only a few weeks to live following a battle with cancer.

The nobility with which ...Read more

A Bee in Barr's bonnet

WASHINGTON -- Call me naive -- I've been called worse -- but it never occurred to me that Roseanne Barr's firing would be viewed by some as a political statement.

Alas, it seems I'm a mere babe in the thicket.

When I recently wrote about Barr's racist Twitter attack on Valerie Jarrett, I was commenting on why this particular event was so foul....Read more

Planet of the racists

EDITORS -- Note quoted material in penultimate sentence of 8th graf.

WASHINGTON -- Roseanne Barr's appeal has so long eluded me that her further fall from disgrace has failed to dislodge even the slightest pebble of pity, though pitiful she is.

It seems too facile to call her merely racist, which her recent tweet about former White House ...Read more

Putin's mind in your brain

WASHINGTON -- Facebook ads purchased by Russia during the 2016 campaign, and released by Congress earlier this month, reveal a clear intent to create havoc in the U.S. -- and should make Americans both wary and embarrassed.

They also sent a clear message to Americans compliments of Russian President Vladimir Putin: You mess with me, I'll mess ...Read more


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