Politics, Moderate





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

The one conspiracy theory that Republicans won't believe

The Party of Trump has proved itself keen to propagate any conspiracy theory, no matter how ridiculous or racist.

Well, almost any conspiracy theory.

There were the microwave ovens that surveil your every move. There were those fake jobs numbers, crafted to make President Barack Obama look good (though today, oddly, those same jobs ...Read more

Kavanaugh, Trump and the right's endless fear of a changing world

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

They're scared, the Republicans.

They look like they're celebrating, but don't believe it for a minute. There's fear in that glee. Fear in the awkward high-fives. Fear in the sexist tweets and fear in the laughter.

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Jamal Khashoggi chose to tell the truth. It's part of the reason he's beloved.

WASHINGTON -- George Orwell titled a regular column he wrote for a British newspaper in the mid-1940s "As I Please." Meaning that he would write exactly what he believed. My Saudi colleague Jamal Khashoggi has always had that same insistent passion for telling the truth about his country, no matter what.

Khashoggi's fate is unknown as I write, ...Read more

In the Trump era, women are finding their voices

CHICAGO -- Would it surprise you to learn that even in academia -- a supposed bastion of liberalism and equality -- women are two-and-a-half times less likely than men to ask questions in academic seminars?

In a new article published in the journal PLOS One, researchers crunched data on 250 talks at 35 institutions in 10 countries as well as ...Read more

Duh, we need to see Trump's tax returns. But that's just the first step.

Everyone is shocked, shocked to learn that President Trump amassed his fortune not by the sweat of his brow, but rather the old-fashioned way: choosing the right parents and dodging the Internal Revenue Service.

That's certainly the lesson of The New York Times expose this week reporting that Trump received more than $400 million in today's ...Read more

Trump's bullying tactics with Iran could backfire

WASHINGTON -- President Trump seems convinced that he has found the formula for success in foreign policy: Bully your adversaries, sanction them, squeeze them -- and then flatter them and make a deal.

Trump followed this approach with North Korea and he got a showy summit meeting in Singapore last June with Kim Jong Un and a pledge (encouraging...Read more

On health care, voters want more choice and less politics

Polls consistently show that health care is one of the top issues on voters' minds heading into the midterm elections. It's a powerful issue because it impacts everyone so personally and can have enormous consequences.

At first glance, the opportunity for political action seems clear. Just 34 percent of voters rate our health care system as ...Read more

How NAFTA destroyed the way we eat

CHICAGO -- A few weeks ago, my aunt came to visit from Mexico for the first time in nearly 20 years. During her month-long stay, my family and I were treated to hand-made sopes -- a deep-dish tortilla topped with beans, meat, cheese and a meticulously minced raw salsa -- and pozole, a chicken, corn and hominy soup so time-consuming...Read more

'The Apprentice' shows that Trump's debacles are self-inflicted wounds

WASHINGTON -- Reading Greg Miller's gripping new account of President Trump's entanglement in the Russia investigation, it's striking just how many of the president's difficulties have been self-created. Trump sees enemies everywhere around him; he should look in the mirror.

As the book's ironic title makes clear, Trump has been "The Apprentice...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

Brett Kavanaugh didn't lie -- he just told some 'little white-male-privilege lies'

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

I'm going to have ask people to stop accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of lying under oath. It's really getting in the way of him becoming a Supreme Court justice, which is something he is entitled to because he went to Yale University, was good at sports and likes beer.

He is also white and a man in a position of great power, ...Read more

Trump's 'historic' trade deal doesn't look so historic after all

Well, that was unnecessarily painful.

After spending a year and a half alienating our friends, punishing our farmers and manufacturers with devastating tariffs and counter-tariffs, and fracturing the hard-won alliance we had built to isolate and pressure China, we finally got a new trade deal -- and a "new" trade strategy.

Yet somehow, they ...Read more

Promise of free college might be an empty mirage

CHICAGO -- Gubernatorial candidates in Maryland, Arizona, Connecticut and at least seven other states -- plus even more candidates for Congress -- are running on plans to make college free or "debt-free," according to the industry publication Inside Higher Ed.

But how much impact on college attendance, graduation and lifetime earnings do such ...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

America is living under a volcano

WASHINGTON -- America watched three searing versions of reality television this week. They all demonstrated that under the glare of the lights and the stress of questioning, character reveals itself.

Christine Blasey Ford was a startlingly powerful witness before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, in part because she had been unknown to ...Read more

Will the booming economy save republicans in the midterms?

Democrats need to win a net 23 seats in November to gain majority control in the House of Representatives. History suggests that they have a good chance of doing so because the party out of power almost always gains seats in the midterm. Even an average midterm gain would be enough to make Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House. ...Read more

Instead of focusing on fear, take action in dangerous situations

CHICAGO -- Last week, Gabrielle Giffords nailed it: "Three workplace active shooting attacks in just the last 24 hours should spark outrage in every American. No matter where you work, learn, play or live -- you have a right to feel safe, and I'm horrified that that's no longer the reality in America."

The former Arizona congresswoman was shot ...Read more

The GOP's counternarrative on 'Russia collusion' doesn't add up

WASHINGTON -- President Trump and his allies like to claim that the real "Russia collusion" story involves Justice Department and FBI officials, investigators hired by Hillary Clinton's campaign, and Russians who were feeding them information.

After reviewing scores of documents and messages released by Trump supporters in Congress, I find that...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


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