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Presidential elections

Inslee for president? Can’t hurt to try, says consultant

Gov. Jay Inslee isn’t making plans to run for president in 2016.But a onetime political adviser is making the case why Washington’s first-term Democratic governor should go to Iowa and try to win the caucuses — even if he doesn’t want the job.

Date: 09/03/2015 | The Petri Dish

Trump and the art of marketing himself

The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception?He's by no definition a conservative, and yet he continues to plow ahead of all but the other least likely presidential nominee, Ben Carson, who has tied Trump in Iowa.

Date: 09/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

In calling for a wall, GOP is digging a hole

It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada.Asked on "Meet the...

Date: 09/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton not the only one with email problem

Does Hillary Clinton have a serious legal problem because she may have transmitted classified information on her private email server? After talking with a half-dozen knowledgeable lawyers, I think this "scandal" is overstated. Using the server was a self-inflicted wound by...

Date: 08/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

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

Clinton should beg Biden to run against her

Joe Biden, in the (still unlikely) event he runs for president, probably won't beat Hillary Clinton. He's been a lackluster presidential candidate in the past, and there's no clear path for him to win the Democratic nomination this time.He should do it anyway.The...

Date: 08/27/2015 | 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

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

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

Trump reports for New York jury duty, takes campaign break

NEW YORK — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a break Monday from courting voters to go to court as a potential juror.Trump shook hands and fist-bumped bystanders as he reported for jury duty at a Manhattan court, arriving in a limousine.

Date: 08/17/2015 | Nation & World

Taking time off to think, because, thankfully, I still can

It is that sane and glorious time when the nation's capital dispenses its human cargo to places of origin and locations of respite."I don't know why everyone leaves," I remarked to my neighbor. "There's so much great parking." (Don't muddle; it's a...

Date: 08/17/2015 | 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

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

Rick Perry stops paying all of his staff as fundraising dries up

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is no longer paying its staff because fundraising has dried up, while his cash-flush allied super PAC is preparing to expand its political operation to compensate for the campaign’s shortcomings, campaign and super PAC officials and other...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Nation & World

Fact check debunks Donald Trump’s claims in Megyn Kelly flap

"Some of the things that she said I didn't say, ok. And she went through a whole list and this was a hell of a first question, by the way. But I will say this. I was attacked by the people that you talk about. When you mentioned a couple of those names, I was attacked...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Nation & World

Steps for saving the safety net

Social Security marks its 80th birthday Friday, and it's an occasion that should be celebrated. The program that provides a safety net of benefits for American workers and their families at retirement or in the event of disability or early death, was signed into law by President...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Editorials

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

Bernie Sanders draws large crowd in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to his second packed crowd in the Pacific Northwest as supporters filled Portland’s Moda Center to hear the Vermont senator speak about income inequality and other issues.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Northwest

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

Clinton’s denials of her trade deal work easily dismissed

In her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has lately promoted herself as a populist defender of the middle class. To that end, she attempted to distance herself last week from a controversial 12-nation trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership,...

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

Bernie Sanders brings campaign to West Coast

SEATTLE — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking his presidential bid to the West Coast, with rallies planned in the coming days in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

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

Why Bernie Sanders is worth a listen

Inconceivable as it is that a Jewish socialist could become president, I'm glad Bernie Sanders is running. For one thing, it might stimulate inquiry into what Bernie means when he describes himself as a "democratic socialist." People toss around political labels like...

Date: 08/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP field gathers, sans Trump

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Republican Party’s presidential class demanded aggressive steps to curb illegal immigration, seizing on a delicate political issue while facing off in New Hampshire on Monday night during a crowded and pointed preview of the 2016 primary season’s first full-fledged...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Nation & World

Marist suspends presidential polling to avoid being part of debate

WASHINGTON — As candidates jostle to make the cut for the first Republican presidential debate this week, the McClatchy-Marist Poll has temporarily suspended polling on primary voter choices out of concern that public polls are being misused to decide who will be in and who will be excluded.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Nation & World

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

Clinton’s presidential campaign airs its first TV ads

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

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

Local elections should trump the Donald for our attention this week

We have an excuse for thinking all politics are a joke, thanks to the Summer of Trump.“I read on Facebook a comment somebody made, ‘Are there people who are actually going to vote for him?’ I can’t picture him as our president,” said Paige Johnson, a 38-year-old Everett mom.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Local News

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

Who will be the new face of the GOP?

WASHINGTON — The question that will be front and center at Thursday's Republican presidential debate is who will lead the party in 2016. As important will be: What kind of party will the GOP nominee end up leading?For Republicans this is a moment for optimism, but it's...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

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

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

Voters mistrust of Clinton is no mystery

Voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia think Hillary Clinton is not honest or trustworthy. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a mere 34 percent of Colorado voters think she can be trusted; 62 percent do not. In Iowa, those numbers are 33 percent to 59; in Virginia, Clinton is...

Date: 07/28/2015 | 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

Ohio Gov. Kasich is 16th notable GOP candidate

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Saying “big ideas change the world,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination Tuesday and set about trying to distinguish himself in a bustling contest with other high achievers.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Nation & World

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

GOP hopeful Scott Walker signs abortion ban bill

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one week after launching his bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, signed a bill Monday that outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

Poll: Trump surges to big lead in GOP presidential race

Donald Trump surged into the lead for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with almost twice the support of his closest rival, just as he ignited a new controversy after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War service, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News...

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

Trump basks in McCain takedown, says rivals envious of rise

WASHINGTON — Republicans’ swift condemnation of Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Sen. John McCain’s military service marks a turning point in the party’s cautious approach to the billionaire-turned-presidential candidate.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Silicon Valley leading source of cash, power for politics

When Jeb Bush visited Silicon Valley this week, the Republican candidate was visiting the heart of a Democratic state that few expect to be contested in the 2016 presidential election. But when it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world's technology...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

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 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

Secretary of state wants to hold earlier presidential primary

OLYMPIA — Washington intends to conduct a presidential primary in 2016, though it is not certain when.Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants to hold it in early March rather than late May,...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Sanders more a man of words than accomplishments

Back in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders burned hot as a civil rights activist. He led sit-ins against segregation and participated in the 1963 March on Washington. A few years later, he joined the exodus of countercultural lefties from the cauldron of New York City to the bucolic hills of...

Date: 07/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What Clinton could learn from Sanders

Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let's hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.I don't know if front-runner Hillary Clinton shares my wish, but she ought to. I'm not of the school that believes competition...

Date: 07/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Populists are the new New Democrats

Scenes from an insurrection: In Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, 10,000 people show up to rally for longshot presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — giving the self-declared "democratic socialist" the largest crowd any candidate has had so far this election cycle.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

Christie says he’s running for president to ‘change the world’

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president.The Republican governor formally announced his plans in a Tuesday morning event in the gymnasium of his old high school.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Nation & World

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

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

Analysis: Reality TV, politics converge with Trump

WASHINGTON — The Republican presidential field has a CEO, a doctor, three senators and one senator-doctor. On Tuesday, when Donald Trump announced that he planned to join the bunch, it got its first reality TV star.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Nation & World

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

Jeb Bush launches presidential bid; dad, brother not present

MIAMI — Jeb Bush launched a Republican presidential bid months in the making Monday with a vow to get Washington “out of the business of causing problems” and to stay true to his beliefs — easier said than done in a bristling primary contest where his conservative credentials will be sharply...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Nation & World

Bill Clinton’s response not easing skepticism on donations

It had a familiar ring: "I don't ever know what people's motives are," said former President Bill Clinton, prompting one to pause and consider just what the definition of "motives" is.Indeed, one doesn't ever know. But when a country or a firm gives...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton: Obama should use trade fight to his advantage

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that President Barack Obama should use a setback in Congress to seek the best possible trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations, pointing to the stumbles over the pact as an opportunity to address Democrats’...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

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

Clinton distances herself from Obama’s style

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton kicked off the second phase of her presidential campaign here Saturday, and it was clear that, as much as she might broadly embrace President Barack Obama on policy, she will present herself as a different kind of chief executive.It has long...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

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

Aides: Jeb Bush will launch presidential bid this month

WASHINGTON — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president in 2016, according to several senior aides, who confirmed Thursday that the Republican would formally announce his widely expected decision in Miami later this month.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World

Perry launches do-over presidential bid

ADDISON, Texas — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination Thursday, pledging to “end an era of failed leadership” and hoping this campaign will go better than his last one.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World

Cruz apologizes for cracking Biden joke while VP mourns loss

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has apologized for cracking a joke at Vice President Joe Biden’s expense even as Biden mourns the death of his son.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World

GOP candidates muck up already mired Congress

Mike Lee of Utah is part of a vanishing breed — Republican senators who are NOT running for president — and in this role he rose on the Senate floor Tuesday morning pleading for his ambitious colleagues to stop embarrassing the party."The American people...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Chafee announces; Democrats get a contest

WASHINGTON — A once-sleepy Democratic presidential primary contest is fast coming alive as Hillary Rodham Clinton's poll numbers fall and a diverse array of long-shot opponents steps forward to challenge her.

Date: 06/03/2015 | Nation & World

Sarah Palin missing from presidential campaign events

WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin has disappeared from the 2016 presidential campaign.She continues to tease about running, just as she has almost since the day she was defeated as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

Date: 06/03/2015 | 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

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