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Franken’s apology fails the full candor test

U.S. Sen. Al Franken broke his self-imposed silence over the weekend, submitting to a series of media interviews on the sexual misconduct allegations against him, professing his shame and embarrassment. That was a necessary move — Minnesotans and the country at large deserved to hear from him. But his apology falls lamentably short in several Read More…

Steve Bannon’s Motley Crew of Challengers

Steve Bannon, the failed presidential adviser and alt-right sympathizer, has declared war on incumbent Republicans, particularly Sen. Mitch McConnell. From his perch at Breitbart, Mr. Bannon is vowing to defeat officeholders who back Mr. McConnell as majority leader or who won’t sign onto Mr. Bannon’s populist agenda. So what kind of challengers is Mr. Bannon Read More…

The Antidote to Steve Bannon

One irony of Washington these days is that a press corps that claims to loathe right-wing political operative Steve Bannon can’t get enough of him. The media broadcast his every utterance, cheering on his declaration of “civil war” against Republicans in Congress. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.) captured that reality on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Read More…

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Tax Bill Guts Unpopular Obamacare Insurance Mandate

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans didn’t get their wish to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law, but the tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts its most unpopular provision, the requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance. Politically, the move is a winner for Republicans, Read More…

Don't Be a Grinch About 'Money in Politics'

X Story Stream recent articles T’is the season of giving and Americans sure know how. The average American plans to spend $660 on Christmas gifts this year. An estimated $1 trillion will be spent by January 1st—for the first time in the history of U.S. business. And it’s not just direct spending. Retailers will spend Read More…

Why ‘believe all women’ just doesn’t work

First there was Harvey Weinstein, whose appalling behavior toward women was so amply documented by The New York Times and The New Yorker. The dominoes began to fall. And soon they reached into my own industry. It wasn’t just Bill O’Reilly. Now the cascading accusations were reaching deep into the heart of the mainstream media. Read More…

Democrats See Young-Voter Surge Growing in 2018

X Story Stream recent articles Democrats credited turnout and engagement from diverse coalitions for statewide election wins this year, but chief among these reasons was the increased participation and a large shift in support from a demographic that bedeviled the party last year: millennials. Though Hillary Clinton won more young voters than President Trump, she Read More…

The Takeaway: Blue Wave Coming?

X Story Stream recent articles Intriguing tidbits from the week in election surveys and public opinion polls. Dems Seeing Blue Wave: Democrats are absolutely giddy in the wake of Doug Jones’ surprise upset of Roy Moore in Tuesday’s Senate special election in Alabama, now believing they have a real shot to take back one or Read More…

'Christ' Purged from Christmas and the Left Rejoices

Newsflash: The War on Christmas is over. Those who rightfully believe that Christ needs to be a part of Christmas and those rebelling against the politically correct tyranny looking to strip all spirituality from the holiday have lost. You have lost. We…have lost. According to the latest results from the Pew Research Center – and Read More…

Reducing Antiquities Act Land Grabs

Acting on recommendations by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, on December 4 President Trump significantly reduced the size of two enormous areas in Utah that Presidents Clinton and Obama had set aside as limited-access, no-development zones under the 1906 Antiquities Act.  Mr. Trump’s action reduced the Grand Staircase Escalante and Bears Ears National Read More…

The Tipping Point

The time is now to make a change.  Regardless of their career, women have had it with being diminished, condescended to, passed over, and belittled. They have had it with inappropriate touching, leering words, innuendos, and emotional or verbal abuse. Regardless if it’s the entertainment world, a school, a doctor’s office, a bank, or Capitol Read More…

GOP Senate: Tax Reform or Bust

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been a disaster for the Republican Party and has been a totally ineffective partner for President Trump in passing critical legislation. After failing on the vitally important bill to repeal Obamacare, McConnell and his Republican colleagues face a major test in the tax reform bill. The stakes could not Read More…

Andrew Cuomo tries out transparency

Within a day of our faulting him for not having held a full press conference in weeks, Gov. Cuomo faced reporters Wednesday. Nor was that his only step toward greater transparency this week: He also OK’d legislation that boosts public access to official documents and improves Albany’s ethical climate. Cuomo did get a bit testy Read More…

Nikki Haley calls out Iran’s illegal arms trade

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley just called out Iran for being a “threat to the peace and security of the entire world.” As extra, “undeniable” evidence, she pointed to a display of Iranian-made ballistic-missile parts — proof that Iran is supplying weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen. The exhibition included charts and photographs, supplied by Saudi Read More…

Unlike Nixon, Trump Will Not Go Quietly

X Story Stream recent articles On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon bowed to the inevitability of impeachment and conviction by a Democratic Senate and resigned. The prospect of such an end for Donald Trump has this city drooling. Yet, comparing Russiagate and Watergate, history is not likely to repeat itself. First, the underlying crime in Read More…

Morgan Spurlock’s cynical guilty plea — for what exactly?

It’s come to this. Morgan Spurlock has issued a dramatic, guilt-fueled, angst-ridden confession entitled, “I Am Part of the Problem.’’ By his own account, the filmmaker, 47, best known for the 2004 documentary take-down of the fast-food industry, “Super Size Me,’’ was extremely, horrifically and chronically naughty. Yet as he tells it, he never sexually Read More…

Trump’s mission to remake the GOP, the coming music pervnado, and other comments

GOP watch: Trump’s Mission To Remake the Republican Party American conservatives are engaged in a generational struggle, American Greatness publisher Christopher Buskirk argues in The Washingtion Post. Though depicted as “a mere clash of personalities,” with Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon “in one corner” and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the other, the “battle Read More…

The Media's Democratic Ties

X Story Stream recent articles This past week, the Washington Post ran a pretty incredible story about the Democrat opposition research group, Fusion GPS. The organization has never fully been vetted by journalists because it has spoon fed so many stories to so many reporters. The reporters have been protecting their source. In fact, even Read More…

A Tale of DOJ Corruption

X Story Stream recent articles Imagine living in a country where the federal government decides whether you’re exonerated from criminal wrongdoing or hauled off in handcuffs based on how you vote. Welcome to the U.S. Justice Department, a politicized agency that has become a weaponized arm of the Democratic National Committee. First it was corrupt Read More…

Picking the Lock in Alabama

X Story Stream recent articles Turnout would be the key to which of the wildly conflicting polls would best presage the result of Alabama’s special Senate election, wrote Republican consultant Patrick Ruffini earlier this week. That proved correct. Statewide, turnout was down 37 percent from November 2016. It was down less, 31 percent, in the Read More…

Hey, Rahm — Lay Off Trump and Start Fixing Chicago

COMMENTARY X Story Stream recent articles Rahm Emanuel appeared Tuesday on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” and wowed the host and audience with his rabid anti-Trump rhetoric. Perhaps jealous of his famous Hollywood power-agent brother, Ari Emanuel, Rahm giddily joined the cacophony of late-night TV anti-Trump snark and, unknowingly, provided Chicagoans a Nero-like vision of a Read More…

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An archaeological dig in Israel provides clues to how feasting became an important ritual

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) This holiday season millions of families will come together to celebrate their respective festivals and engage in myriad rituals. These may include exchanging gifts, singing songs, giving thanks, and most importantly, preparing and consuming the holiday feast. Read More…

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Mercury from industrialized nations is polluting the Arctic – here's how it gets there

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Scientists have long understood that the Arctic is affected by mercury pollution, but know less about how it happens. Remote, cold and seemingly pristine, why is such an idyllic landscape so contaminated with this highly toxic metal? Read More…

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Can math predict what you’ll do next?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Good scientists are not only able to uncover patterns in the things they study, but to use this information to predict the future. Meteorologists study atmospheric pressure and wind speed to predict the trajectories of future storms. Read More…