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Presidential elections

Exit polls: New Hampshire GOP voters feel betrayed by party

WASHINGTON — Voters in New Hampshire’s primary are deeply unhappy with the federal government, and many Republican voters are down on politicians from their own party, according to early results of the exit poll conducted by Edison Research for the Associated Press and television...

Date: 02/09/2016 | Nation & World

Obama knows what he’s doing; does Rubio?

It's time for establishment Republicans to face the truth about Marco Rubio: Once you get past the facade, there appears to be no there there.The void behind his prettified rhetoric was stunningly revealed in Saturday night's debate. Rubio sounded like a malfunctioning...

Date: 02/09/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Elizabeth Warren staying neutral in Clinton-Sanders contest

WASHINGTON — Coveted but coy, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is staying painstakingly neutral in the Democratic presidential contest for now, frustrating supporters of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders while awaiting the right moment to lay her considerable chits on the table.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Nation & World

Sanders’ socialism is a draw for millennials

Deploying Lena didn't work. Neither did shout-outs from Beyoncé, Kim, Ilana and Abbi, Ariana, Katy, Demi or either of the Amys.Hillary Clinton's squad of celebrity surrogates, stumpers and endorsers (surnamed Dunham, Knowles-Carter, Kardashian West, Glazer, Jacobson,...

Date: 02/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Republican race even more of a brawl

Heading into New Hampshire, the race for the nomination of the once-genteel Republican Party seems to have entered a kind of Mad Max phase.It is no surprise that Donald Trump is doing his best to create political mayhem. Trump was uncharacteristically subdued Monday night...

Date: 02/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton caught in crossfire of class warfare

As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton's allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump's $1.5 million.But, of course Trump wouldn't bother to part his lips for less. It costs at least a million just to wake up in the rarified world he...

Date: 02/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Rubio under fire in GOP debate after rise in polls

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night’s Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and the depth of his expertise as they sought to salvage their own White...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World

Clinton seeks to cut into Sanders’ New Hampshire advantage

HENNIKER, N.H. — Trailing rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton sought to summon another New Hampshire comeback on Saturday but faced blunt questions about her trustworthiness and explanation of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi.

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World

Rubio braces for attacks in debate, Trump returning to stage

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Marco Rubio headed into the latest Republican debate ready for an onslaught of attacks about his experience and preparedness from a trio of rivals whose performance in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday will be critical to their White House hopes.

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World

Conservatism trumps populism in Iowa vote

The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of "establishment," an epithet now descending into meaninglessness. Its most recent abuse is by Donald Trump supporters rationalizing his Iowa defeat with the following consolation: If you...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Cautious Rubio needs to burst out of his bubble

BOW, N.H. — Marco Rubio is in an enviable position among mainstream Republican presidential candidates after his strong finish in Iowa. Yet the man is running scared.The young Floridian is stumping through New Hampshire as if he's campaigning to win the Cautious...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Iowa makes its case for putting trust in voters

Iowa was like a rainstorm that cleared away some of the nasty pollution clogging the air. Those last 10 polls that predicted Donald Trump would finish in first place? Wrong. The conventional wisdom about a high turnout sealing the deal for Trump proved — repeat — wrong. I am...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Some spinning Clinton’s Iowa win into a loss

NASHUA, N.H. — Q: When is a win not a win?A: When the winner is Hillary Clinton.The Iowa Democratic Party confirmed in its final tally Tuesday that Clinton had won Monday night's caucuses. She not only beat Bernie Sanders but got more votes than any...

Date: 02/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Rick Santorum ends bid for White House, backs Rubio

WASHINGTON — Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum ended his bid for the White House Wednesday and said he will support Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Date: 02/03/2016 | Nation & World

Rand Paul quits 2016 GOP presidential race

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican Sen. Rand Paul dropped his 2016 campaign for president Wednesday, eclipsed by other candidates who kept his base of support from growing into a viable force in the crowded 2016 field.

Date: 02/03/2016 | Nation & World

Rubio's night in Iowa shows outsiders can be beat

WAUKEE, Iowa — The establishment struck back.The headlines will show that Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses, but the more significant message out of Iowa was that Marco Rubio was neck-and-neck with Donald Trump for second place and within a few points of the lead: It...

Date: 02/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

A lot of division still amongst all the ‘winners’ in Iowa

The only thing missing from Marco Rubio's victory speech Monday night was the victory: In Iowa's Republican caucus, Rubio finished not first, not second, but third. Was he expecting a bronze medal?Overall, it was a long evening that offered too many declarations of triumph...

Date: 02/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

What the race looks like, outside and inside the U.S.

Who will win the Republican and Democratic nominations is still anyone's guess, but the Iowa caucus voters defined three themes that are likely to roll through the rest of this year's campaign: alienation, disruption and resilience.Let me unpack those words. Our political...

Date: 02/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Not how GOP, Fox or Bundys planned things

Pop. Sploosh. That sound you DON'T hear is exploding heads of Trump supporters. After decades of purposeful preparation, holding incompatible thoughts has become stress-free, making it effortless to reconcile their love for him with his attacks on their most sanctified...

Date: 02/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton declared Iowa winner as campaigns turn to New Hampshire

NEWBURY, N.H. — Next up: New Hampshire.

Date: 02/02/2016 | Nation & World

Before campaign, Cruz sought sentencing reforms

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had the voice of a liberal and a libertarian when he wrote a piece for the Brennan Center for Justice in April that ripped the federal criminal justice system on three fronts — "overcriminalization, harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and the demise of...

Date: 02/02/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Cruz a victor, Sanders and Hillary too close to call

WASHINGTON — After months of polling and endless speculation, actual voters finally took to the polls Monday in Iowa’s caucuses. Yes, they were a relative handful of people and not a particularly diverse set.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Nation & World

Clinton, Sanders duel for Iowa; O’Malley out

Associated PressAt 8:40 p.m. Pacific time, the DeMoines Register reported delegate strengths in the following way: With 93.69 percent of the Democratic vote counted, Clinton had 49.85 percent, Sanders had 49.62 percent, and O’Malley had .53 percent.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Nation & World

Clinton, Sanders in virtual tie; the latest numbers

At 8:40 p.m. Pacific time, the DeMoines Register reported delegate strengths in the following way: With 93.69 percent of the Democratic vote counted, Clinton had 49.85 percent, Sanders had 49.62 percent, and O’Malley had .53 percent.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Nation & World

Ted Cruz tops Donald Trump in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Ted Cruz sealed a victory in the Republican Iowa caucuses Monday, winning on the strength of his relentless campaigning and support from his party’s diehard conservatives.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Nation & World

Republican Huckabee ends 2nd White House run

WASHINGTON — Mike Huckabee ended his second campaign for the White House on Monday amid a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses that he won in his first bid eight years ago.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Nation & World

Democrat Martin O’Malley suspends campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley ended his Democratic presidential campaign Monday midway through vote-counting in the Iowa caucuses, terminating a bid that failed to gain traction against rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Nation & World

Game On: Iowa caucuses kick off 2016 presidential election

DES MOINES, Iowa — After a long year of campaigning, Republican and Democratic presidential candidates face voters for the first time, battling in Iowa Monday for a boost toward the White House — or in many cases, simply a reason to stay in the race.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Nation & World

Trump isn’t politically incorrect, just insulting

If you ask Donald Trump fans what they like about him, there's an excellent chance they'll say, "Because he's not politically correct."But this is only true if you misunderstand the meaning of political correctness, as Trump himself apparently does.

Date: 02/01/2016 | Opinion Columnists

With all three Clintons in Iowa, a boost of energy for Hillary

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — “I had one of the most wonderful rallies of my entire career right here in 1992,” Bill Clinton said by way of opening to the crowd of more than 1,100 on Saturday night.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Ted Cruz keeps saying that satellites don’t show global warming

Last week, when NASA and NOAA jointly announced that 2015 was the hottest year on record by a sizable margin, the news may have seemed purely factual in nature.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Is Donald Trump for real? We’ll start getting an answer in Iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa — As Republican front-runner Donald Trump arrived in Iowa this weekend for a final burst of campaigning ahead of the Monday caucuses, he did so in his usual over-the-top fashion: rolling his jet to a stop in front of an airport hangar filled with supporters in this eastern Iowa river...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Rubio seeks a balance between anger and optimism in iowa

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio thinks he has struck the perfect balance between anger and optimism needed to win over the outraged and inspire potential conservatives to turn out and vote.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

A more agitated Sanders tries to fend off attacks of nervous establishment

CHARLES CITY, Iowa — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders pulled up to a supporter’s garage in his hulking campaign bus, prepared to give a pep talk to a few dozen devotees who had been tirelessly knocking on doors for him in the final days before the Iowa caucuses.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Billionaires, small donors pour millions into presidential race

Billionaire hedge fund managers and other wealthy donors gave millions to super PACs aligned with the 2016 presidential candidates in second half of last year, fueling the intense slew of attacks that have dominated the Republican contest in recent weeks.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Turnout is name of the game in Monday’s Iowa caucuses

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — In a final frenzy to inspire supporters to turn out for Monday’s Iowa caucuses, the presidential contenders scrambled to close the deal with the first voters to have a say in the 2016 race for the White House.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Why Iowa caucuses matter

DES MOINES, Iowa — On Monday, at 7 p.m. local time, Iowa voters will begin the process of picking the country’s next president at a series of nearly 1,700 gatherings in meeting halls, high school gymnasiums and community centers stretching from the Missouri to the Mississippi rivers.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Will Donald Trump win the Republican nomination?

This look at real estate mogul Donald Trump’s chances and path to win the Republican presidential nomination is part of a series looking at all the top candidates.Q: Where does he stand in the polls?

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Will Bernie Sanders win the Democratic nomination?

This look at Sen. Bernie Sanders's, I-Vt., chances and path to win the Democratic presidential nomination is part of a series looking at all the top candidates.Q: How has he performed?A: Sanders, a democratic...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

It’s caucus eve: Trump, Sanders put tradition to test in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — With campaign events all across Iowa on Saturday overflowing with voters, the Republican and Democratic contests have been reduced to the same question: Can the muscle of traditional and methodical organizing overcome the energy and enthusiasm of a pair of unconventional...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Will Marco Rubio win the Republican nomination?

This look at Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s chances and path to win the Republican presidential nomination is part of a series looking at all the top candidates.Q: Where does he stand in the polls?

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Will Ted Cruz win the Republican nomination?

This look at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s chances and path to win the Republican presidential nomination is part of a series looking at all the top candidates.Q: Where does he stand in the polls?A: It depends on the poll.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Will Hillary Clinton win the Democratic nomination?

This look at former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s chances and path to win the Democratic presidential nomination is part of a series looking at all the top candidates.Q: Where does she stand in the polls?A: Not where she’d like to be.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Will Chris Christie win the Republican nomination?

This look at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) chances and path to win the Republican presidential nomination is part of a series here looking at all the top candidates.Q: Where does he stand in the polls?

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Will Jeb Bush win the Republican nomination?

This look at Jeb Bush’s chances and path to win the Republican presidential nomination is part of a series looking at all the top candidates.Q: Where does he stand in the polls?

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Despite what the candidates say, the Affordable Care Act isn’t atop lists of concerns, poll shows

WASHINGTON — Although President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act continues to animate political debate in Washington and on the campaign trail, Americans are more concerned with basic health care issues such as the cost of their health insurance, a new national poll shows.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

What Clinton had right during Egypt's Arab Spring

Five years ago, President Obama made a decision that helped topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His policy represented a bet that the democratic surge of the Arab Spring could lead to a stable political transition in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.Obama's...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump, Sanders killed politics as usual

Whoever wins Monday in Iowa, and whoever eventually wins the presidential nominations, one thing is already clear: Traditional politics and politicians have failed.That glaring fact is still difficult for the establishments of both parties to grasp. I mean, surely...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s showmanship makes him dominant force on campaign trail

PELLA, Iowa — Bemoaning the migration of U.S. jobs overseas, Donald Trump reminded a New Hampshire audience this week that Pfizer was moving its headquarters to Ireland."No more Viagra!" a man hollered."Shout that out once more,"...

Date: 01/29/2016 | Nation & World

Holocaust survivors see the threat in hostility toward Muslims

Wednesday's International Holocaust Remembrance Day is always a somber time for Auschwitz survivor Irene Weiss. But this year's observance had an additional layer of grief: For the first time, Weiss is worried about her adopted homeland."I am exceptionally concerned...

Date: 01/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP's choice is populism vs. conservatism

It's hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its intellectual demise. Indeed, the prospect of socialist Bernie...

Date: 01/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Public’s trust in Clinton suffers from constant drip of doubts

The first question to Hillary Clinton from an audience member during Monday night's Democratic town hall in Iowa must have been a blow from one so young — a potential new voter — this close to the caucuses.The query came from a fellow who asked what her response...

Date: 01/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders can’t win presidency for Democrats

I adore Bernie Sanders.I agree with his message of fairness and I share his outrage over inequality and corporate abuses. I think his righteous populism has captured the moment perfectly. I respect the uplifting campaign he has run. I admire his authenticity.And...

Date: 01/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Speaking fees distance Clinton from middle class

When Bernie Sanders hits rival Hillary Clinton for taking humongous speaking fees from big banks — notably the $675,000 Goldman Sachs paid her for three speeches while she eyed the Oval Office — he struck Clinton's Achilles heel. Both the former secretary of state and her...

Date: 01/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Palin paved the way for Trump eight years ago

At first it seemed too weirdly awful to be true, but there she was: Sarah Palin standing next to Donald Trump last Tuesday and endorsing him for president.Like previously conjoined twins who had shared a brain before Dr. Ben Carson separated them, these two anti-everything,...

Date: 01/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Anything can happen; even Bloomberg

Just what this presidential campaign needs, another know-it-all billionaire. Whip out your checkbook, Michael Bloomberg, and come on in.News that the former New York mayor is thinking about entering the race is no surprise, when you think about it. It's well-known that he...

Date: 01/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Campaign turning into a New York state of mind

Many Americans used to regard New York City as a bankrupt foreign vessel docked on their Atlantic coastline. Then the place got cleaned up, and after the heroism (and stoicism) of Sept. 11, 2001, much of the hostility was replaced with affection.Perhaps nothing signifies the...

Date: 01/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP elites now holding noses to back Trump

Late Thursday night, the National Review, the storied conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley, published an issue denouncing Donald Trump."Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus...

Date: 01/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Message garbled, but Trump may see bump from Palin

I love poetic justice. This wild and wacky Republican presidential campaign deserved Sarah Palin, and now it's got her.Palin's endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump at an Iowa rally this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses of the Dada movement would...

Date: 01/24/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The GOP gets the Iran prisoner swap wrong

Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday's official implementation of the sanctions-lifting deal. And it did. The Republicans concentrated almost...

Date: 01/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The Donald’s Letter to the Evangelicals

Two Corinthians, right? Two Corinthians 3:17. That's the whole ballgame. ... Is that the one? Is that the one you like? I think that's the one you like.— Donald Trump, preaching the gospel at Liberty University.The front-runner for the...

Date: 01/21/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Seeking authority in 2016? Trump’s your daddy

So you say you want a daddy for your president?OK, so maybe you didn't say it, but on a subliminal level, you may have felt it, especially if you're a Republican primary voter leaning toward Donald Trump.Such is the finding of a recent national poll unveiled in...

Date: 01/21/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders angrily drags his party far left of center

Jeb Bush must be watching the Democratic primary with unadulterated envy. The Democratic debates have been comparatively civil — and conveniently scheduled to reduce viewership and impact. Bush has to contend with Donald Trump — and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of...

Date: 01/21/2016 | Opinion Columnists

After morning no-show, Sarah Palin rejoins Donald Trump on the stump

TULSA, Oklahoma — Conservative firebrand Sarah Palin joined Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Oklahoma Wednesday as part of her endorsement pledge in the increasingly intense race for the GOP nomination.

Date: 01/20/2016 | Nation & World

Trump riles those across the pond, too

The British Parliament set out Monday afternoon to debate a question that is often argued on this side of pond but has never before been taken up in the halls of Westminster: Is Donald Trump dangerous? Or is he merely a buffoon?The man who would Make America Great Again, it...

Date: 01/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Will rational Republicans please rise?

I keep trying to write something other than rants about Republican politics, but I can't. It's simply too important to point out the dangers of their science denial, their attacks on public education, their clinging to destructive economic policy, their preference for war...

Date: 01/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sarah Palin jumps into 2016 race, endorses Donald Trump

AMES, Iowa — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump received a key endorsement Tuesday from conservative heavyweight Sarah Palin, giving the billionaire businessman a potential boost with some voters less than two weeks before voting begins with the Iowa caucuses.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World

Hispanic voting power swells to record for 2016, Pew study says

A record number of Hispanics will be eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential election, yet the group’s high share of young voters could blunt its potential political clout.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World

Candidates won’t admit to long, costly war ahead of us

TAMPA, Fla. — There's a scary disconnect between the somber warnings you hear privately from military leaders about the war against the Islamic State and the glib debating points coming from Republican and Democratic politicians.The politicians fulminate about...

Date: 01/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Choice may be heads vs. hearts for Democrats

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hillary Clinton wrapped herself so tightly in President Obama's mantle at Sunday night's debate that it was a wonder she could walk off the stage.She lauded the Affordable Care Act to the heavens, rejecting the notion that it left too many Americans...

Date: 01/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Single-payer plan unrealistic and distracting

If you've successfully landed on the beaches, but your forces are still taking heavy fire, what do you do? Do you concentrate on trying to hold the line and make further advances or do you sit in a circle and design a better landing craft?The problem with Bernie Sanders'...

Date: 01/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s appeal to some easy to understand

God help me. I have come to appreciate why some Republican voters like Donald Trump. It's because he embodies New York in all its ostentation and swagger. When punched, he punches back. He owns his anger. He looks as if he is having a blast. At Thursday night's Fox Business...

Date: 01/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton, media can’t ignore Sanders

If you thought the political landscape couldn't be more unsettled, think again. In the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders is surging. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest — one she could lose.Has there...

Date: 01/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP field apes Trump instead of defying him

"I will gladly accept the mantle of anger."Thus did Donald Trump react last week to South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who in her Republican response to the State of the Union address bravely called on Americans to resist the temptation "to follow the siren...

Date: 01/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Luckily for GOP, Nikki Haley fights like a girl

CHARLESTON, S.C. — By broad consensus, the winner of Thursday night's GOP debate was Donald Trump, followed by Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, with most of the post-game commentary focused on "the fight" between Cruz and Trump.Oh, how we love a good fight.

Date: 01/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Obama urges avoiding a state of disunion

President Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday night wasn't a speech to Congress. It was a sermon to the nation.It wasn't about policy prescriptions, really, or even about Obama's record in office. It was a speech about one man whose name the president never...

Date: 01/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists

With circus in town, Jeb hones his message

Reports of Jeb Bush's political death may be greatly exaggerated. Not only is Bush essentially locked in a statistical tie for second place in New Hampshire, depending on which poll you prefer, but he's enjoying the benefits of being largely ignored by the media.The milieu...

Date: 01/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Soon enough, Trump could be Democrats’ problem

For Democrats who might be rooting for Donald Trump, thinking he would be easy to beat in November, I have some advice: Be careful what you wish for.In his campaign, or rampage, Trump has done more than take a sledgehammer to the Republican Party. He almost seems to be...

Date: 01/12/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Open border tough line for Democrats to straddle

As respectable Republicans panic over Donald Trump's storm of insults against Hispanics, Democrats may be tempted to sit back and watch the other party estrange millions of potential voters. But they do so at their own peril.Democrats already have the luxury of being far...

Date: 01/12/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The left should avoid hopping on birther bandwagon

When you dance with the devil, the choreography can get awkward.Ted Cruz last week made his latest appeal to America's nativist fringe by naming Rep. Steve King of Iowa as a national co-chairman of his presidential campaign. King, called a "courageous...

Date: 01/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Cartoonists need to draw a finer line of satire with Trump

So much for so long had felt like sport — like a sideshow before the main event, or a rambling preamble before the big address. But now, shenanigans get real.When Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy last summer, visual satirists all along the political...

Date: 01/10/2016 | Commentary

Trump casts Canadian label on Cruz

Who says Donald Trump lacks subtlety? The way he's raising "birther" questions about his chief rival for the nomination is worthy of Machiavelli."I'd hate to see something like that get in his way," Trump said of the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas,...

Date: 01/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Fair or not, Clinton must address double standard

Fair play can sometimes be a raunchy racket.In the midst of Hillary Clinton's promising presidential bid, a blast from the past blew through the back door and rattled the joints of the political edifice of Clinton. Juanita Broaddrick, the Arkansas woman who has claimed that...

Date: 01/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

No honor for intransigence on gun safety

It is axiomatic that congressional Republicans will oppose anything smacking of "gun control," which may as well be read as "Your mama."Thus, it comes as no surprise that President Obama's announcement of executive actions to clarify and enhance...

Date: 01/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bill Clinton to fund raise for Hillary Clinton in Seattle

SEATTLE — Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to visit Seattle to fund raise for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.He is expected to attend a reception Friday afternoon for the Democratic front-runner at Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest

GOP candidates have encouraged rule of lawlessness

Ammon Bundy and the other armed militants occupying a federal facility at a wildlife refuge in Oregon have a beef with the administration — the Teddy Roosevelt administration."It has been provided for us to be able to come together and unite in making a hard...

Date: 01/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Democracy is unsatisfying to the selfish

Well, knock me down and call me Cliven. A bunch of patriotic ammosexuals have battled past uncaged sage grouse and stormed an empty building in Oregon, protesting the jailing of arsonists. Because if we can't burn stuff wherever we want, what's next? Stop signs at...

Date: 01/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Holding fire when it’s white guys with guns

What do you think the response would be if a bunch of black people, filled with rage and armed to the teeth, took over a federal government installation and defied officials to kick them out? I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be wait-and-see.Probably more like point-and-shoot.

Date: 01/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

If 2016 is anything like ’15, buckle up

You probably noticed that 2015 was pretty weird. But hey, it's a brand new year — a fresh start, a blank slate, an unwritten script. In 2016, what could possibly go wrong?Uh, where to begin?My fingers balk at typing the words "President-elect...

Date: 01/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Hardest worker on the 2016 presidential campaign trail? It could be Obama

Tribune Washington BureauWASHINGTON — You might think the candidates have the most invested in the 2016 presidential election, but someone else has nearly as much riding on the outcome: President Barack Obama.

Date: 01/01/2016 | Nation & World

Projecting U.S. power will be complicated for next president

Making New Year's predictions is tricky in this turbulent world, but here's one fairly safe bet: The next president will propose a more assertive U.S. foreign policy. Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, has often sounded nearly as hawkish about use of military force as the...

Date: 12/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Count on supporters to excuse worst of Clinton vs. Trump

After lamenting Donald Trump's "penchant for sexism" last week, Hillary Clinton announced to supporters that her former-president husband — her "not-so-secret weapon" — will hit the campaign trail for her in January. Characteristically, in all capital...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP will never be the same after Trump

History will remember 2015 as the year when The Republican Party As We Knew It was destroyed by Donald Trump. An entity called the GOP will survive — but can never be the same.Am I overstating Trump's impact, given that not a single vote has been cast? Hardly. I'm not...

Date: 12/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A Dickens of a time with Trump

"Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew. ..."— Charles Dickens,...

Date: 12/25/2015 | Editorials

Santa needs to bring us some sanity before rage consumes our Christmas spirit

Santa, baby, just slip a little something useful under America’s Christmas tree.We don’t need hoverboards, Apple watches, drones or the pie face game.Our country needs courage. Reason. Sanity. But we’d settle for sedation.

Date: 12/24/2015 | Commentary

GOP must rally around an alternative to that putz

Zei Gezunt, Lindsey Graham.The Republican senator from South Carolina had good reasons to quit the Republican presidential race, as he did this week. He had succeeded in his goal of making the rest of the field more hawkish. He avoided an embarrassing defeat in his...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Secret’s out: Trump is white guys’ best hope

The biggest political news is that Donald Trump may be doing even better than polls have suggested. Yikes.Apparently, many Trump supporters have been fibbing to pollsters, saying they're for someone else when they really intend to vote for The Donald. And those fudging the...

Date: 12/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

If politicians make the ‘nice’ list, some gift ideas

Getting into the Christmas spirit, we thought we would pick out gifts for some prominent people, so here goes:For Donald Trump, finding something for the man who has or can buy anything is a challenge. Nevertheless, he plainly does not have a copy of the U.S. Constitution,...

Date: 12/23/2015 | Commentary

‘Politically correct’ a nervous tic among the GOP

Back in the summer, when Fox's Megyn Kelly confronted Donald Trump with a few of the nasty things he had said about women, the candidate had a simple retort."The big problem this country has is being politically correct," he said.The big problem? Not...

Date: 12/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

More bravado than ‘Mikado,’ Trump as Lord High Executioner

With apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan.(With Donald Trump performing as Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, with his little list of people who never will be missed.) As next year it must happen that some losers must emerge— I've got a...

Date: 12/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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