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August 29, 2016
Column: A Trumpian deflation
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump. Would that it were unnecessary to mention his name except, say, as a Viagra pitchman. Despite such casting perfection, this isn't intended as a personal metaphor for the man, though it is for the GOP. Cue sound of balloon losing vigor. The erstwhile party...
17 hours 9 min ago
August 24, 2016
Column: Hillary's heel
WASHINGTON -- When I wrote the headline "Hillary's heel," I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife's pantsuit hem. Hillary Clinton's Achilles' heel is her very Clinton-ness. Rather than tell the truth as soon as...
August 24, 2016 - 9:37pm
August 22, 2016
Column: A nice column about Trump
WASHINGTON -- When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?, I thought, well, that could be fun. But hard. Then, as if the Muses and Fates had conspired to help me in this Olympian...
August 22, 2016 - 8:54pm
August 17, 2016
Column: Beach burkini bingo
WASHINGTON -- Once upon a time, a scantily clad lass padding down a beach might cause a riot -- at least of eyeballs eager to extend the sidelong glance. Today, it's the fully clothed woman who overheats the passions in France, where three towns have banned the burkini. Leave it...
August 17, 2016 - 9:08pm
August 13, 2016
Column: Driven to distraction
OXFORD, Md. -- Reflexively, I type "Dru" and The Drudge Report pops up. I hate myself for going there but as a columnist ever in search of the zeitgeist's ultimate wave, I am behooved. Breezing past the latest tricklings about The Hill & Trumpie Show -- I'm not proud of this...
August 13, 2016 - 8:55pm
August 10, 2016
Column: Hurray for John Oliver
WASHINGTON -- Every couple of years or so, I feel the need to whine about the plight of newspapers. It's August. I'm Trumped out. So today's the day. Except that HBO's John Oliver beat me to it with the best defense of newspapers -- ever. His recent "Last Week Tonight with John...
August 10, 2016 - 9:29pm
August 8, 2016
Column: Trump's head case
WASHINGTON -- Two years ago, Karl Rove caused a stir when he planted a seed that Hillary Clinton might have suffered brain damage from a fall. My, how things have changed. Today, Clinton's brain seems to be working just fine, though it's less than clear that Donald Trump's is....
August 8, 2016 - 8:52pm
August 3, 2016
Column: Fox and friends with benefits
WASHINGTON -- No one would mistake Roger Ailes for a ladies man, at least not without a fistful of dollars -- or a garter belt. So emerges a fresh image of the man who created Fox News, the cable network known for its leggy, law-degreed female hosts. Ailes, like Hugh Hefner, knew...
August 3, 2016 - 9:54pm
August 1, 2016
Column: Should we all be Democrats now?
HILADELPHIA -- A longtime Republican friend texted just as the Democratic National Convention was burying itself in balloons: "I'm sorry," she said, "I'm a Democrat." Another Republican friend called after President Obama spoke Wednesday night: "I'm sorry," he said. "I'm a Democrat."...
August 1, 2016 - 8:54pm
July 28, 2016
Column: Night and day
PHILADELPHIA -- If political conventions tell us anything beyond the predictable, the one held last week in Cleveland and the other going on this week in Philadelphia pose contrasts so stark that one wonders if the two groups hail from the same country. Hint: One of them didn't present...
July 28, 2016 - 9:13pm
July 21, 2016
Column: You know what they say ...
CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much. This is especially so if you're Melania Trump on opening night at the Republican National Convention. Or, is it? By the reaction, both within and without the campaign, you'd have thought the...
July 21, 2016 - 9:01pm
July 19, 2016
Column: Who will keep us safe?
WASHINGTON -- Nice, France. Of all places. But of course a terrorist in love with death would choose one of the world's most beautiful coastal cities to mow down innocents in a moment of celebration. There are no words. Over the next few days, as Republicans convene in Cleveland...
July 19, 2016 - 9:06pm
July 15, 2016
Column: Eye of the beholder
NEW YORK -- By now most Americans know the name of Dallas Police Chief David Brown -- and quite a few wouldn't mind seeing him play a larger national role. I hear Republicans are looking for a substitute nominee. Brown is admired not only as a defender of law and order but also...
July 15, 2016 - 9:17pm
July 11, 2016
Column: America's killing fields
WASHINGTON -- Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness. These fractured thoughts were all I could muster upon waking Friday to news of the ambush on Dallas police. They were still fresh in my mind from the night before when I'd turned in early,...
July 11, 2016 - 9:13pm
July 5, 2016
Column: Bill-gate, again
WASHINGTON -- But of course Bill Clinton wants his wife to become president of the United States and make history as the nation's first female commander in chief. Why, he'd be pleased as punch and proud as proud can be. Plus, it would be tons of fun to return to the White House as...
July 5, 2016 - 6:23pm