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Presidential elections

Teachers Union endorses Clinton, but makes her work for support

Hillary Rodham Clinton made an unplanned trip to the headquarters of the nation’s largest teachers union Saturday morning to lock down its endorsement and calm union leaders under pressure from members to withhold support.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

Voters looking for big, bold solutions from candidates

First came the big crowds, now comes the big money. At this point, anyone who doesn't take Bernie Sanders seriously must not be paying attention.Sanders' campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter — essentially matching the $28...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kevin McCarthy’s gaffe hands Clinton a pass

The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.How do you spell hmmmgrrrungh?What else is there to say about House Republicans' inability to get something...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP must choose: Govern or make noise

The coming months are shaping up to be fateful ones for the national Republican Party. Among GOP voters, Donald Trump continues to lead other presidential contenders, followed by Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. When John Boehner announced he would step down as House speaker and resign...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Commentary

In first half of 2015, Washingtonians gave Clinton more than $738K

OLYMPIA — Washington residents are spreading their dough around to all the contenders in the wide-open race for president.White House hopefuls hauled in $1.33 million from donors in this state in the first half of...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Local News

Dissecting Ben Carson’s take on Constitution

You know what they say: Running for president isn't brain surgery. And now a renowned neurosurgeon is demonstrating that getting through medical school must not be, either. (I made it, after all.) But how is it that he, plus every Republican doctor in Congress, manages to be so...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fiorina’s anger more calculated than accurate

How angry is Carly Fiorina? So angry she can't see straight. That's the only explanation for the yawning gulf between what she says and the plainly visible facts.Fiorina stands out among the Republican presidential candidates not just because she is a woman but also because...

Date: 09/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

As Dems falter, GOP alienates potential voters

Meanwhile, on the Democrats' side:They are running a presidential campaign decrying wage stagnation, income inequality and widespread economic malaise — as if they've not been in office for the past seven years.Their leading presidential candidate is 27...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP voters still sampling flavors before settling for vanilla

Sorry, Carly. You're peaking too early. Just ask President Herman Cain.This week's CNN poll shows Carly Fiorina, the former business executive, rocketing to the top tier of the Republican presidential race. She has 15 percent support, up from just 3 percent weeks earlier.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats better hope Trump is the GOP’s pick

Democratic partisans have been rubbing their hands with glee as billionaire Donald Trump's antics have dominated the Republican primary. I hope they're enjoying themselves, because they soon may find themselves in their own world of hurt.While pundits have been shaking their...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Have faith that voters won’t tolerate bigotry

We have a problem in this country — it's called Donald Trump and Ben Carson. But fortunately we have a solution — it's called voters.Last Thursday, Trump, still the leader in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, didn't quarrel with a questioner at...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

We’ve got a problem, all right: It’s the ignoramuses

In the spirit of charity prompted by Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., let's not call them bigots.Let's just call them the clueless, the incurious, the moronic, the dull. In short, ignoramuses.I refer to those Republican wits who unconscionably demonize a swath of...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Anti-Muslim rhetoric would appall nation's founders

The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world's great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today's Republican Party disagrees.Thomas Jefferson, whose well-worn copy of the Quran is in the Library of Congress, fought to ensure that the American...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Next president fortunate to have Obamacare to build on

The morning of the recent Republican debate, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of uninsured Americans in 2014 had dropped by about 9 million from the year before. This was thanks, of course, to the Affordable Care Act.So it did cross one's mind that at least...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP field tries to move Trump aside

Sorry, Republicans, but it's still Donald Trump's world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.The conventional wisdom seems to be that Carly Fiorina won herself a big patch of political territory in Wednesday night's marathon 11-candidate debate on...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

$10 question: To whom do you wish to pander?

By Kathleen ParkerSometimes what seems the least consequential detail tells the most about a person's character — or at least his or her intentions.Such was the case at the end of Wednesday's debate, the second for the GOP field of presidential candidates,...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

With few exceptions, GOP field's foreign policy light on policy

By David IgnatiusMaybe Donald Trump plans to buy a foreign policy. Because based on the CNN Republican presidential debate, he doesn't seem to have one of his own — other than forming what sounds like a kind of "dictators' club" with the big guys from...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP field finds its voice to counter Trump

By Dana MilbankCould this be the beginning of the end of Donald Trump?This week's debates capped several days in which the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination have fundamentally changed their tone toward the nominal front-runner. They are, at...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Move up presidential primary

We're still more than a year away from the 2016 general election and the vote for our next president, yet already we've had two Republican debates. So, yes, the presidential campaign season is too long.For contrast, consider the campaign for the Canadian federal election now...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Editorials

How Trump makes language work for him

Almost every political commentator in America has now written at least one piece attempting to explain the mystery of Donald Trump's appeal. Most have dealt with the man's demeanor, his talent for attracting media coverage and his disdain for party and intellectual elites. Some of these...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Commentary

Because they're happy

Viewpoints: Positive attitude can bring political success

Date: 09/20/2015 | Commentary

Unit Two? You’re sticking with that?

Toward the end of Wednesday's second Republican debate, as the plot began wrapping up but before the Eagles came to bear us up and away from Mount Doom (Mount Doom is presently situated at the Reagan Library, in front of a large, photogenic plane) a question was posed that will give...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Commentary

Look past Trump and you’ll find a strong Republican field

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — "Anything could happen over the next few hours," CNN anchor Jake Tapper announced at the prime-time Republican presidential debate.Anything did happen. Billionaire Donald Trump made faces and rolled his eyes. He mugged as a petulant...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Left out of debates, 16th GOP candidate tweets from sidelines

Sixteen candidates remain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Fifteen of them were invited to Wednesday night's debates.And then there was Jim Gilmore."I'm very disappointed," the former Virginia governor told me when I reached him...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Treat Trump’s bullying as you would a child’s

Republican candidates ahead of their second debate are flummoxed about how to deal with the perpetual insult machine that is Donald Trump: Most ignore him in hopes he will go away, while a few lash out at him. Yet he keeps rising in the polls.Of course he does —...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clashes get uglier at Trump rallies

DALLAS — Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric is leading to increasingly open anger between his supporters and detractors, which hasn’t hurt the GOP front-runner’s poll numbers but is raising questions about potential long-term damage to the Republican Party’s hopes of attracting minority...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Nation & World

What to look for in tonight’s GOP debate

WASHINGTON — Eleven top-tier Republican presidential hopefuls face off in their second prime-time debate of the 2016 campaign Wednesday, in a clash between outsiders and establishment candidates under a cathedral of political conservatism.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Nation & World

State GOP plan rewards presidential candidates from May 24 primary

The state Republican Party is all in for next year’s presidential primary and that could benefit several candidates involved in Wednesday’s nationally televised debate.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Local News

Can we trust someone who wants to be president?

Once upon a time in a twinkling city on a hill, little boys and girls were taught that anyone could grow up to become president.The children all believed it and today many, many of them are trying to fulfill the promise. While it has been proved true that anyone really can...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Analysis: Can Donald Trump be stopped?

Like almost everyone I know who is working on, covering, or closely following the presidential election, I spend about 60 percent of my waking hours talking about Donald Trump. People want to know if he can win, if he will win, and what might possibly derail his candidacy. The reason the answers...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Nation & World

Despite unforced errors, Clinton still the favorite to win presidency

She keeps putting obstacles in her own path, but Hillary Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to become our next president.The headlines screaming "Clinton's Support Erodes" are true, but only in a relative sense. In the contest for the Democratic nomination,...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders’ history on working with minorities is complicated

So Barack Obama is "a Rockefeller Republican in blackface." He's "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs" and "a black puppet of corporate plutocrats." Those are the words of Cornel West, an African-American academic whom Bernie Sanders invites to...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Events in N.Y. signal a Biden campaign may not be impossible

The 28 hours Joe Biden spent in New York City at the end of last week were a whirlwind of activity-much of it feeding the mounting speculation that he is inching ever closer to launching a late-starting presidential campaign.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Nation & World

GOP’s Walker to propose vast union restrictions

MADISON, Wis. — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker on Monday will call for sweeping restrictions on organized labor in the U.S., seeking to replicate nationwide his successful effort as Wisconsin’s governor to curb the power of unions.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Nation & World

Sanders revs up North Carolina crowd during Southern swing

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders told a North Carolina crowd Sunday night that young people — particularly blacks and other minorities — are being devastated by high unemployment stemming from an inequitable economy and erosion of voting rights engineered by...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

If not our vote, Ben Carson deserves to be listened to

Donald Trump may have cost Jeb Bush and Scott Walker front-runner status in national polls on the Republican presidential primary, but he has been a veritable fairy godfather to Ben Carson. Recent polling put the retired neurosurgeon in second place, right behind The Donald. The...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

As Trump, Sanders rise, the major parties fall

Does the 2016 presidential campaign seem chaotic? For good or ill, that's because it is. The rise of Donald Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left is proof that the country's two major political parties have lost their grip on the nominating process. They can...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Commentary

GOP devolves into a policy fight club

Just when you think the Republican Party can't possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out. Except for opposition to President Obama, what do these people have in common?The latest GOP fight is over how to express meaningless, ineffectual...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

'Party of stupid' still won't listen to Bobby Jindal

Some in the media were quick to dismiss Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's speech attacking Donald Trump as the opportunistic rant of a 1 percenter.That is, as a presidential candidate whose poll rating hovers around 1 percent. The consensus was that Jindal was trying to hook his...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Will the real Hillary Clinton please get real?

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages: Step right up and witness a feat that will astound and amaze you. See Hillary Clinton being warm and funny.It's the season premiere of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Rockefeller Plaza this week, and...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Cruz, Trump speeches show Trump’s appeal

You could see in the span of 20 minutes Wednesday afternoon why Donald Trump is soaring in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and why Ted Cruz is struggling.Cruz had invited Trump to join him at a Capitol Hill rally against the Iran nuclear deal, an unusual...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Debate needed as we face ‘fog of diplomacy’

Dean Acheson, who is often seen as one of the great American secretaries of state, wrote in the final chapter of his memoir, "Present at the Creation," about what he called "the struggle through illusion to policy."So many things that he and his...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

More than a good laugh we could use some trustworthiness

It's no longer enough to be a happy warrior; now our candidates must be joyful!Oh, joie. Jeb Bush started the joy bender last week when he told a New Hampshire audience that a conservative could win the White House by "campaigning with his arms wide open,...

Date: 09/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Analysis: An apology at last from Clinton over her email use

WASHINGTON — It took three interviews and five days for Hillary Rodham Clinton to say "I’m sorry."

Date: 09/08/2015 | Nation & World

Jeb Bush proposes ‘simple, fair and clear’ tax code

MIAMI — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s tax reform plan calls for a lower corporate tax rate and immediate tax deductions for business investments.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Nation & World

Ted Cruz cozies up to Donald Trump, aims for his supporters

ATLANTA — As other Republican presidential candidates go after Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is getting cozy with him. The two men are in a so-far cordial competition for many of the same anti-establishment conservatives, and they’re about to share a stage.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Nation & World

Ben Carson calls for guest-worker status for immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO — Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson jabbed Tuesday at front-runner Donald Trump’s proposal to deport everyone who is in the country illegally, calling the plan impractical.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Nation & World

Kim Davis’ GOP supporters advocate lawlessness

What Kim Davis did was troubling. What Ted Cruz did was downright alarming.Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, refused to issue marriage certificates to gay couples. She said she was operating "under God's authority," but she now sits in jail for ignoring federal...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Getting serious about Trump — and everyone’s— policy positions

Jeb Bush complains that the political media have not treated Donald Trump as a serious candidate. They have not dissected Trump's eclectic stances, which, a new Bush ad contends, show the populist as a fake conservative.OK. Labor Day is over. Let's get serious.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump seeks to turn Bush’s bilingualism into a negative

Donald Trump has a point when he talks about the need for immigrants to learn English."That's how we assimilate," he says. Which is true, as any visitor to Miami's Little Havana has observed.You can spend an entire day in this mostly Cuban section of...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Nikki Haley is the cure to what trumps the GOP

Donald Trump is driving the Republican Party into the abyss. Can Nikki Haley pull it back?Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, talks of immigrants as rapists and women as bimbos and appeals to the angry white man. He invokes the "silent majority,"...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

It's fair to say that Trump has self-focused sense of fairness

"All I ask is fairness," Donald Trump has told the media. He was the only GOP presidential hopeful to raise his hand and refuse to pledge not to run as a third-party candidate at the Fox News debate. Now he faces a deadline — Sept. 30 — to make that pledge or...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Warren's criticism of Biden stifles talk of ticket

As Vice President Joe Biden reportedly mulls a bid for the U.S. presidency, his champions portray him as a credible alternative to Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton, who faces accusations that she is beholden to the financial industry. But a Biden campaign risks confronting...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pledge a calculated move for Trump

Now we'll see whether the magic works inside the Republican Party's big and unruly tent as well as it did outside.Donald Trump's decision to sign a GOP loyalty oath — pledging to support the party's eventual nominee, even if it's someone else — was more practical...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton scandal mill running low on grist

Conservative activist James O'Keefe, whose undercover videos brought down ACORN and embarrassed National Public Radio, came to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to unveil evidence of "illegal activity conducted by high-level employees within Hillary Clinton's presidential...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A Biden-Warren ticket only threat to Clinton

Unless she's indicted, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination.That kind of sentence is rarely written about a major presidential candidate. But I don't see a realistic third alternative (except for one long-shot, below).Clinton is now hostage to the...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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

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Grab a gourd
Grab a gourd: Most pumpkin farms are opening this weekend
From park to kitchen
From park to kitchen: Produce harvested at demonstration garden given to food bank
A role she can relate to
A role she can relate to: Young deaf Everett actress, 16, stars in ACT's 'Sound'
How to sell a feeling
How to sell a feeling: 'Jedi Realtor’ is a keynote speaker at Everett Fall Home Show