Who is ‘rigging’ the vote? GOP

As if he hadn’t already broken just about every rule of conventional politics (and common decency), Donald Trump decided at the last debate to plow through a guardrail of American democracy that has stood since the Civil War. In the final face-to-face encounter with Hillary Clinton, he refused to pledge to accept the results of […]

Trump’s record with wives

Down the rabbit hole we go, curiouser and curiouser. Donald Trump followed his pathetic performance in the first one-on-one debate with Hillary Clinton with a series of abusive taunts of a former beauty queen, an insistence that polls show him “winning” the debate (none that I’ve seen) and a promise to pound Clinton with her […]

Fear — and how it helps Donald Trump

Fear, a complex web of neurological responses designed to aid survival, may well be the most powerful of human emotions. The reactions inspired by fear may not be entirely rational. Indeed, they may be the opposite: a suite of thoughtless, primal, survival-of-the-fittest impulses that aided humankind thousands of years ago, when our ancestors were as […]

GOP created Trump’s voters

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Is Donald Trump so different from Ted Cruz? From Ben Carson? The Republican establishment is in a panic over the billionaire real estate mogul, whose poll numbers continue to rise despite (or because of) his racist and Islamophobic rhetoric, his disinterest in the workings of government and his disdain for the boundaries of normal political […]

Joe Biden and the war on cancer

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After Joe Biden’s Rose Garden announcement, news reports naturally focused on his decision not to seek the presidency. But the overarching theme of his short address was something more powerful and less political: This is a great country that ought to be more optimistic about its potential, more ambitious in its goals, more confident about […]

The Pope can’t move GOP on immigration

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In a more generous political climate, an adorable little girl who gave a letter and a hug to Pope Francis could make a difference. In an era with a more pragmatic Congress and a less balkanized electorate, five-year-old Sophie Cruz could break through the gridlock around immigration reform. But we are living through a deeply-polarized […]

Donald Trump’s not-so-winning strategy

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Not so long ago, leaders of a chastened Republican Party issued a report urging a new way forward for a GOP spurned by voters of color. Following Mitt Romney’s unfortunate language about “self-deportation,” which likely contributed to his defeat, party strategists were especially concerned that the GOP find a way to reach out to Latinos, […]