Politics, Moderate



Will the Supreme Court or Congress ban discrimination against gays?

For 55 years, federal law has banned employment discrimination on the basis of sex. If you're a woman, you can't be denied a job because an employer thinks it's not suitable for women. The law hasn't always been obeyed or enforced as it should be, but the basic rule is clear.

What isn't clear is a question now before the U.S. Supreme Court: ...Read more

Bill Barr to nonbelievers: Go to hell!

Attorney General William Barr believes fervently in the free exercise of religion -- for religious believers, or at least for those who fall within the "Judeo-Christian" category. But for anyone whose exercise of religious freedom involves rejecting religion, he harbors a distinct hostility.

He made his feelings clear in a recent lecture at the...Read more

Republicans Betray Ukraine to appease Trump

Not so long ago, congressional Republicans strenuously opposed the Russian conquest of Crimea, saw an urgent need to help Ukraine fight back and castigated the president of the United States for withholding the military aid it needed. What ever happened to those guys?

Donald Trump's July 25 phone call has ignited a controversy over whether he ...Read more

Trump's strategy appears to be fighting dirty

"Never wrestle with a pig," says the old maxim. "You both get dirty, and the pig likes it." That's the risk facing Democrats who hope to impeach and remove the president or defeat him at the polls. But sometimes, pig wrestling is a task that cannot be avoided.

Donald Trump is not typical of politicians or human beings. When accused of ...Read more

Beto's Boneheaded Call for Gun Confiscation

In an IQ contest with Beto O'Rourke, I would guess, Donald Trump would finish a distant second. But in tweeting Wednesday that, when it comes to gun legislation, "Dummy Beto made it much harder to make a deal," Trump actually had a point.

The president was referring to O'Rourke's comments on AR-15 rifles during the Sept. 12 Democratic ...Read more

The US Should Not Fight a War for Saudi Oil

From Donald Trump's comments on the attack on a Saudi oil facility, allegedly by Iran, it's not clear whether he's itching for a fight, leery of a fight or willing to take part in a fight if his friends in Riyadh want him to. He alternates between talking tough, waxing conciliatory and sounding as though he has no idea what to do.

But the ...Read more

Trump Ended the Taliban Peace Talks, but Not the War in Afghanistan

The Taliban will not be guests at Camp David. The peace talks with them are history, and the Afghan government is relieved that it can proceed with the Sept. 28 presidential election without feeling irrelevant. There is only one problem: The U.S. war in Afghanistan continues on its interminable, ineffectual course.

The president said the ...Read more

If the Economy Tanks, It Will Be on Trump

Democratic political consultant James Carville once said that if he were reincarnated, he'd want to come back as the bond market because "you can intimidate everybody." Donald Trump is not intimidated by the bond market. On the contrary, its fear of him has caused yields to fall.

What scares him is my profession. "The Economy is great," he ...Read more


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