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Trump and the 5 stages of ‘Good Grief!’

I know you haven't heard enough about Donald Trump recently, so here's more: At this point, anyone who says he can't win the Republican nomination is in deep denial.Trump announced his candidacy on June 16 and immediately vaulted into the top tier of candidates. On July 14,...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A climate solution GOP can advance

The Republican talking point on climate change is evolving, thankfully, from "I'm not a scientist" to "Let's solve it through innovation." That's good news for the nation and generations of Americans to come. After all, the first step to solving a problem is to...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Commentary

Nevermind the rest of us; does Jeb understand what he’s saying?

What we've got here is failure to communicate.Jeb Bush has been stumping his way across the country, explaining what he would do as president. But nobody seems to understand what the heck he's talking about.In July, he said that "people need to work longer...

Date: 08/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP field’s response to Trump’s hatred much too timid

Wednesday was Women's Equality Day, the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote 95 years ago.And how have Republicans marked this egalitarian milestone? Why, with another bimbo eruption, of course.The perpetrator, as usual,...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Walker learns there’s no room to the right of Trump

This is what happens when you try to trump The Donald.Scott Walker has for two decades won primary elections by refusing to allow any Republican to outmaneuver him on the right. So when Donald Trump, father of the Central Park ice rink, began skating circles around the...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Paul kicks off Western swing in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Rand Paul brought his message of less intrusive government to a "like-minded" crowd Tuesday in the first trip of a presidential candidate to Alaska this campaign.

Date: 08/25/2015 | Northwest

Markets’ fall a reminder: It’s the economy, stupid

The sudden turmoil in the financial markets is a reminder that when the preliminary hoopla is over and voters actually begin to select their presidential nominees, competence and cool will probably matter.If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more...

Date: 08/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump has the GOP field flummoxed

It has dawned on the Republican presidential field that Donald Trump's inevitable self-destruction might be, gulp, evitable. Waiting for the unlikely front-runner to beat himself is starting to look like a plan, as Trump might put it, for total losers. So the other...

Date: 08/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump again pulling GOP into a harmful debate

"This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement." — Donald Trump, on immigration, Republican debate, Aug. 6Not on anyone's mind? For years, immigration has been the subject of...

Date: 08/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

No church? Kansas civil servant is fired

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A lawsuit filed against the Kansas secretary of state's office in federal court alleges that Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker fired a woman because she would not attend a Christian religious service.Courtney Canfield, who previously worked as...

Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World

Trump, Putin share reliance on selling confidence

He promises to restore his country's greatness, without offering a specific plan. He uses crude, vulgar expressions that make him sound like an ordinary guy, even though he's a billionaire. He's a narcissist who craves media attention. And for all his obvious shortcomings, he's very...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP field clear about its slim range of topics

Watching the "debate" on Fox "news" felt like a reverse lobotomy: I may never be able to forget it. If buzzwords were ice cream, global warming would be solved. If gullibility were raindrops, my lawn would be green. Firearms were banned, though. Weird, huh?

Date: 08/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton has only herself to blame for email flap

This isn't about whether Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, which is likely. It isn't even about whether she becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It's about basic respect — for us and for the truth.Why, when...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Brother's policies hurt Jeb more than Bush name

Jeb Bush has firmly established himself as the Republican to vote for if you wish his brother were still president. Best of luck with that.In what was billed as a major foreign policy speech Tuesday, Bush proposed inching back into Iraq, wading into the Syrian civil war and...

Date: 08/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Place your bets: Favorites, dark horses are set

Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton's private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate — the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print.Legal...

Date: 08/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Inconveniences to voting can’t be allowed to be barriers

The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the city government they want if only they voted in greater numbers. After all, they are a clear majority...

Date: 08/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump is the Honey Badger candidate; he don’t care

It is perhaps time to stop wondering what The Donald's got that the others ain't got.What he's got is conservative America's number, which has less to do with policy or political purity than with an evolutionary tic that's been developing for decades.It also has...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fox News practiced actual journalism in GOP debates

"Conservatives Furious at Fox, Say Trump Wasn't Treated Fairly," read the Newsmax headline Friday. Talk-radio show host Mark Levin told Breitbart News it was "outrageous" that moderator Megyn Kelly questioned Donald Trump about his coarse language —...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP’s pot just calling the kettle Trump

There's this great scene from the TV series "Law & Order" where Detective Briscoe shows a victim's picture to a prostitute. He asks whether she knew of anyone who had "dated" him."I didn't, but he's cute," she says.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Candidates' rough edges, not issues, are driving polls

The Republican Party is in total chaos. Democrats aren't there yet but may be approaching the neighborhood. It's time to acknowledge that our political system simply isn't doing its job.Once again, following Thursday's debate and its messy aftermath, the GOP establishment...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Media not the sparring partner Clinton needs

Joe Biden almost certainly isn't going to challenge Hillary Clinton, and that's too bad — for Clinton.I say that only half in jest. Surely, nobody at Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn is eager for a primary bloodbath with the vice president. But the absence of a...

Date: 08/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fiorina leaves biggest impression, just by introducing herself

CLEVELAND— Not to diminish the importance of the first Republican debate, but it felt like the first in a political survivor series.The question wasn't so much who won the prime-time skirmish but who eliminated himself to make room for Carly Fiorina — the...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s weak loyalty to GOP now very clear

Donald Trump won some applause in Cleveland, but Thursday night spelled the beginning of his inevitable decline. It's fun for his fans to watch Trump flout convention, but eventually they figure out that this man will betray anyone.From the opening, Trump showed what kind of...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump shows at debate why he’s leading pack — for now

CLEVELAND — It was billed as "The Donald Trump Show," and the Republican front-runner delivered. He mugged. He pouted. He projected outrage without being troubled by specificity or fact. When he got punched — and the moderators threw haymakers all night —...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lessons of 2012 lost on GOP’s candidates

Maybe it's time to exhume the body and have another look.Back in 2013, the Republican National Committee "autopsy" of the 2012 election concluded that to win future presidential contests, the party would need to be more inclusive of women, be more tolerant on gay...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rest of GOP going crazy to counter Trump

Was he under the influence of Koch? Or was it evidence of a deeper disorder?Whatever the cause, something made Scott Walker give birther to another round of conspiracy theory over the weekend. The Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate, appearing at a...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

2016 election matters for one reason: climate change

The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth's climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.With one possible exception —...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump, others short on details for ‘terrific’ plans to fix Obamacare

No doubt you have butterflies just thinking about Thursday's first GOP debate.I know I do.Center stage will be the man who needs no further introduction. And the big topic will be — are you ready for it? — the Affordable Care Act. Can you hardly wait?...

Date: 08/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Proof of Trump’s charity giving elusive

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, widely believed to be the wealthiest American ever to run for president, is nowhere among the ranks of the country’s most generous citizens, according to an Associated Press review of his financial records and other government filings.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Nation & World

GOP hopefuls prep for first 2016 debate — and Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Nation & World

Move up presidential primary

You may yet get your opportunity to help nominate Donald Trump or any other candidate among the Republicans and Democrats running for president in 2016.Earlier this spring it appeared the state would skip a presidential primary, instead allowing the state parties to use the...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Editorials

BTrump fires adviser after racially charged Facebook posts

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has fired a campaign aide after racially charged Facebook posts surfaced on the aide’s account.The Trump campaign says longtime aide Sam Nunberg was fired.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Conservatives must demand smaller government, Charles Koch warns

DANA POINT, Calif. — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat this weekend don’t rally others to their cause of demanding a smaller, less-intrusive government.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

GOP debates should be must-see TV

I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There’s just one present under the tree, but it’s all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

Date: 08/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Walker’s Wisconsin shows what’s wrong with corporate welfare

The continuum of American politics is not a straight line — it is more like a circle. Travel farther out on the right and left, and ultimately the sides bend to a common position on an issue like taxpayer subsidies for big business. To many progressives, such expenditures are...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Boehner better off working with Democrats than far right

For the first time in 105 years, a speaker of the House is the target of what parliamentarians call a "motion to vacate the chair" — and what other people might call an attempt to throw the speaker out on his ear.But John Boehner greeted this unwelcome...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP senators appear ready to corral Cruz

Who's afraid of big, bad Ted Cruz?Not Lamar Alexander. The Tennessee Republican went on the Senate floor to accuse his fellow Republican of proposing actions that would "render ourselves lawless" and cause "chaos." Alexander reminded the Texan that...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama looks like a statesman next to hyperbolic critics

It is good to be President Barack Obama these days. In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Neither Dole, nor ADA, would be welcome in today’s Senate

Bob Dole, now 92 and in a wheelchair, made a rare return visit to Congress on Monday to celebrate this week's 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act — the sort of big bipartisan triumph of yore that now seems unimaginable.How, I asked Dole, can we get...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Unions serve as scapegoat for Scott Walker

SAN DIEGO — "First off," Scott Walker proclaimed, "we took on the unions, and we won. We won!"Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate. It is the very rationale for his...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

To pump or dump Trump

Viewpoints: How will Donald Trump affect the GOP in 2016?

Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary

Trump hasn’t cornered audacity market

Since announcing his 2016 White House bid, Donald Trump has been the central focus of the campaign — by one estimate, he has garnered almost 40 percent of all election coverage on the network newscasts. Clearly, The Donald's attempt to turn 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. into Trump White...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What do so many Americans see in Trump?

Donald Trump is now the 2016 GOP frontrunner.That sentence would have sounded ridiculous a month ago, but here we are. The billionaire real estate mogul and reality star has tough-talked his way to the top of the ticket for 24 percent of Republican voters, according to the...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary

Far from a liability, Trump’s mouth is his best asset

Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.The "worse" he gets, it seems, the better we like it. Watching Trump is so deliciously awful, we don't hang on every word. We hang on the edge of our seats waiting for the next word. Whatever will this man say next?

Date: 07/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Is the problem Trump or those who support him?

Not long ago Donald Trump addressed a crowd in Arizona, where he retrod his undocumented claims about the Mexican government "sending" its rapists to the U.S. The venue was a convention center with a capacity of 4,100. Afterward he tweeted a photo of the audience with the...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s winning when he’s the focus of attention

Don't be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's bizarre presidential campaign. Don't even be sure it's the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dave Somers for county executive

With five candidates seeking the office of Snohomish County executive, there is no shortage of choice for voters in terms of the candidates' ideas, political stances, background and experience.Current County Executive John Lovick, a Democrat from Mill Creek, has held the...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Editorials

Bush, Clinton views on Uber offer contrast

The most recent time I had seen Jeb Bush speak in San Francisco was in January, when he addressed the National Automobile Dealers Association. It is hard to imagine a group more invested in the old-school economy. It was a friendly crowd. The former Florida governor seemed comfortable...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

More and more ‘dynasty’ does seem to fit Bush family

"In the feudal system," The Oxford English Dictionary says, a vassal is "one holding lands from a superior on conditions of homage and allegiance."The system lives on in modern American politics, forsooth in changed form. No longer is it local lords...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Santorum’s royal ‘we’ won’t double his poll numbers

Polls put Rick Santorum in 11th place out of 15 Republican presidential candidates. Given that next month's debate will accept only the top 10 candidates, that's like being the 11th person in line for a 10-man lifeboat.But in one area, at least, Santorum is second to none:...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named

Donald Trump is the GOP's Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children's book series. To thinking Republicans who don't want to go through another circle of hell like the 2012 presidential primary, Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named. When a partisan mistakenly utters...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP’s inaction on immigration set stage for Trump

You can count on Donald Trump to spark a conversation. Not necessarily an intelligent one but a conversation. His provocatively offensive anti-Mexican comments have energized a significant segment of the Republican right wing. Some polls now put Trump ahead of other contenders for the...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Inslee blames GOP for climate failures

SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has gained national attention for rolling out some of the most ambitious climate initiatives in the country, signing pacts with other Western states and speaking at an international summit.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest

Bush comment risks a label of Romney Redux

Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn't, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly — how shall I put this? — Romneyesque.Bush is supposed to be the safe, establishment-approved choice, which is where the...

Date: 07/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump: Most reviled and popular GOP candidate

Donald Trump is simultaneously the most widely disliked candidate in the Republican field and, at least for now, among its front-runners, according to new polls that illustrate how deeply polarizing the billionaire developer is.Almost half of voters surveyed don't just have...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

Trump knows what GOP wants to hear

It has been amusing to watch the brands — the PGA, NBC, Macy's, NASCAR, Univision, Serta — flee Donald Trump after his xenophobic remarks. Who even knew the Donald had a line of mattresses featuring Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam?But there is one entity...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP field divided on Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants

WASHINGTON — More than two weeks after Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants, he continues to dominate the Republican presidential campaign debate and to divide his rivals for the nomination.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Enjoy the Trump and Saunders shows while you can

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic populist Bernie Sanders and Republican pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes.And I don't mean Miss Universes.Both men are holding second place in some...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP risks being Trumped

Anxiety-ridden GOP masterminds will eventually find a way to solve the Trump Problem. Until they do, however, the Republican Party threatens to become as much of a laughingstock as what David Letterman used to call "that thing on Donald Trump's head."Suddenly,...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Resisting court ruling will only lead to regret

After the Supreme Court's historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as "massive resistance." It doomed the South to a losing battle not just against the court, but a majority of Americans.Some...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why no vote on export tool?

It might only be temporary, but Congress' failure to reauthorize the charter of the federal Export-Import Bank by yesterday's deadline offers an alarming look at the potential effect of its absence.The federal export credit agency, frequently shortened to Ex-Im Bank,...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Editorials

As tea party wanes, liberal label embraced

Since the 1988 presidential campaign, when George H.W. Bush and Lee Atwater turned "Massachusetts liberal" into an epithet, the label has been tainted — so much so that many liberals abandoned it for "progressive."But new polling shows a...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A look at Bush, Clinton on the issues

The two dynastic candidates told compelling stories recently about why they should be president, but there has been one big difference: Jeb Bush has taken the political risk of disagreeing with his party's base, and Hillary Clinton hasn't.Their formal announcement speeches...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush's recent words part ways with his past stances

Presidential campaign announcement speeches typically rehash well-worn themes politicians have long championed. They rarely include shockers or attempts to wholly redefine a candidate. Not so for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — his announcement address at Miami Dade College this...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Three Bushes, and reason to respect all

If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.Frankly, I've been covering Bushes for so long, I feel like I ought to be parachuting out of airplanes. In fact, the arc of my career parallels the so-called Bush...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s not bragging; he’s selling Trump

"I'm really rich," Donald Trump informed supporters at his presidential campaign announcement."I'm proud of my net worth. I've done an amazing job.""I'm really proud of my success. I really am.""I have the...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Jeb at his best when he embraces family name

If Jeb Bush is going to run for president as something other than a Bush, it will take a transformation worthy of Rachel Dolezal.And yet the former Florida governor, who once accidentally checked "Hispanic" on a voter registration form, is doing everything but...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Knowing what he knows now, would Jeb! change his last name?

Substituting an exclamation point for his inconvenient last name, Jeb! has officially entered the presidential race. Why isn't everyone else quaking in fear?I can see why Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner who also downplays a familiar surname, might welcome Jeb...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush still with much to prove in leaderless GOP 2016 race

PARK CITY, Utah — When Jeb Bush finally says on Monday that he’s running for president, he’ll begin the campaign with much to prove.Back in December, the former Florida governor said he was exploring a 2016 run, an announcement that by itself had the power to kick off the campaign.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

Iowa Republicans kill their presidential straw poll

WASHINGTON — Iowa Republicans have canceled their once-vaunted presidential straw poll, bowing to the reality that the decades-old political tradition now only threatened to spotlight the state's diminished role in the presidential race.Despite a packed field of...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Nation & World

After cuts, Kansas faces tax crisis

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas faced the prospect of deep cuts to schools, prisons and other programs after the Republican-controlled House soundly rejected Thursday a proposal supported by Gov. Sam Brownback that would hike sales and cigarette taxes to close a budget deficit.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

Pointing out a problem isn’t ‘politicizing’ it

Megyn "Benghazi!" Kelly, of Fox "Benghazi!" "news" would like you to know that people who "politicize" the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia are "despicable." By which she means those who've pointed out the disasters waiting to...

Date: 06/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush name may prove more hinderance than help to Jeb

Jeb Bush's last name comes with advantages that are difficult to overstate. In a presidential race, he gets, among other things, instant name recognition and a built-in fundraising apparatus from his father and brother. Those assets alone explain why a man who hasn't won an election in...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dubious claims or not, Clinton’s problem is one of appearances

Rep. Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican who was a reality TV star before entering politics, is unlikely to be listed in any Smartest Member of Congress rankings. Yet even he finds it easy to uncover scandal at the Clinton Foundation.At a House hearing last week, Duffy was in...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

As he plans run, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal hits bottom

BATON ROUGE, La. — Just weeks before he is expected to announce his presidential campaign, Bobby Jindal is at the nadir of his political career.The Republican governor is at open war with many of his erstwhile allies in the business community and the state legislature.

Date: 06/06/2015 | Nation & World

Most Americans back legal status for immigrants

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans support allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to stay and be granted legal status, according to a new poll released Thursday.The survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans support...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Nation & World

GOP’s salute to black music shows party’s long road ahead

The press release went out last week: "Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, will participate in a panel discussion luncheon in celebration of Black Music Month on Monday, June 1st, in Washington, D.C."The event was called "A...

Date: 06/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

1 reason ­— and counting — to separate religion, politics

Several years ago, I heard Republican strategist Karl Rove give a most eloquent answer to a question about his faith, rendered here from memory:"Faith is a gift that, unfortunately, I have not received."I feel the same way about reality shows.

Date: 06/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why is GOP infatuated with the Duggars?

Why did Republicans embrace the Duggars in the first place?Rick Santorum no longer digs the Duggars.Back in 2012, I watched the Republican presidential candidate campaign in Iowa alongside Jim Bob Duggar and several of his many children — the celebrity...

Date: 06/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP pledges to ‘rein in’ Obama on EPA rules, global warming

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

If Republicans have better idea for defeating ISIS, let’s hear it

Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take — and how their strategies would make a difference.Republican presidential candidates are unanimous in charging that Obama's...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dennis Hastert indictment linked to sex abuse

YORKVILLE, Ill. — The indictment of former House speaker Dennis Hastert was triggered by his alleged effort to hide payments of hush money to a male student he allegedly sexually molested decades ago, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.The indictment...

Date: 05/30/2015 | Nation & World

Source: GOP leader paid male to conceal sex abuse

CHICAGO — Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually molested someone decades ago, a person familiar with the allegations said Friday.

Date: 05/29/2015 | Nation & World

Rand Paul lags in polls as he moves from GOP brand

Rand Paul took a left turn on his journey to the Republican nomination, and now his hopes seem to be headed south.The libertarian Kentucky senator's new book, "Taking a Stand," came out Tuesday, and it is chock-full of lines that would position Paul well —...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP ought to hope four words don’t kill Obamacare

How many politicians, aides, lobbyists, lawyers, insurance moguls, professional groups and interns — both the political and medical kind — agonized over the details in the Affordable Care Act? The number is big.But despite thousands of hands in the kitchen, the...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

18 and counting: How can GOP debates be fair to all?

Because so many Republicans want to be president — or at least pretend they do — debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.Fox News, which is hosting the first televised debate...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iraq wasn’t a just mistake; it was a distortion of facts

Of course it was a mistake. It's the gentlest among many applicable words, but that simple question about invading Iraq flummoxes every Republican presidential candidate. Even with different framing, "knowing what we know now" versus the less hypothetical "was it a...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Whit Ayres’ plan to make Marco Rubio president

It isn’t often that a presidential campaign blueprint comes packaged between covers and available in bookstores and online for all to see. But that’s the inescapable conclusion from looking through the pages of the book entitled, “2016 and Beyond,” by Republican pollster Whit Ayres.

Date: 05/24/2015 | Nation & World

How to move left, right back toward center

Hillary Clinton's move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists on the wings in presidential nominating politics — and a corresponding diminution of the power of the center."Social and demographic shifts mean that no...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton should take high road on donations

In a private meeting last week with 200 of the Democratic Party's top financiers, Hillary Clinton drew vigorous applause when she said any of her nominees to the Supreme Court would have to share her desire to overturn the Citizens United decision.Clinton also, as reported...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Tweeting shark offers more news value than coy GOP field

"If you can't take a joke," Lindsey Graham has said, "don't run for president."Graham, a senator from South Carolina and one of umpteen Republicans running for president, can take a joke — which is why he appreciates the absurdity that is the...

Date: 05/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

One can’t offer a clear answer; the other won’t answer at all

Jeb Bush promised he would be his "own man," and this week he proved it — alas for him.The former Florida governor, often regarded as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, managed over an extraordinary 72 hours to demonstrate that he...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush needs to step back from brother, father

You know we're off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.Even if the presumed front-runner hasn't officially announced his candidacy yet.

Date: 05/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Knowing what he knows, would Jeb like a second shot?

At this point in the campaign, do you see the Republican presidential hopeful who's going to beat Hillary Clinton? I didn't think so.Not if what we're watching now is the best they can do. Maybe a thoroughbred will emerge from the coming debates, assuming the party finds a...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Move forward with trade bill

It still faces a long slog, but after a defeat on a procedural vote in the Senate earlier in the week, a trade bill that could be a major benefit to Washington state jobs appears to again be moving forward.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Editorials

Rand Paul shows he can speak truth in San Fransisco

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, wants to be "a different kind of Republican." And he is. His campaign is joining San Francisco's sharing economy by renting shared space. That should appeal to young voters. On Saturday, from the South of Market incubator StartupHouse, the GOP...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

If Democrats won’t, GOP should back Obama on trade bill

That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years.Nor is this abstract theory. We've lived it. The...

Date: 05/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Respect for faith a casualty of presidential campaign

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians — inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party's base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.Of course, religious folks come in a variety of stripes, checks...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

House votes to block EPA regulation of streams, wetlands

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Tuesday voted to block government rules that would clarify which streams, tributaries and wetlands should be protected from pollution and development under the Clean Water Act.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Nation & World

GOP presidential hopefuls intensify anti-terrorism message

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Ted Cruz bluntly remarked that the police officer who killed two gunmen who were likely inspired by the Islamic State helped them to “meet their virgins.” Bobby Jindal quipped that gun control means “hitting your target.” Marco Rubio quoted the violent action film “Taken” to...

Date: 05/11/2015 | Nation & World

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