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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…

The Democrats Take Their Political Problems to Court

The Democrats Take Their Political Problems to Court The Democrats have a political problem and a geographic problem. This problem goes beyond the number of seats Democrats must gain to control the U.S. House or many statehouses, and surpasses the unfavorable map Democrats face in the Senate. The problem facing the Democrats nationally is that Read More…

Ryan Zinke’s monumental disappointment in Montana

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s leaked report on President Trump’s ordered review of 27 national monument designations or expansions of the last 21 years was trebly disappointing. He failed to recommend revocation of any Clinton and Obama decrees, despite finding that many failed to satisfy the requirements of the Antiquities Act of 1906. He Read More…

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Bannon's 'War' Includes Races Against Dem Incumbents

X Story Stream recent articles Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is increasingly expanding his proclaimed “season of war” against establishment Senate Republicans to include primary races in states with Democratic incumbents, hoping to sway GOP challengers toward his nationalist/populist movement and against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In some cases, including in Montana and Read More…

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Why is Saudi Arabia suddenly so paranoid?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) In the past, Saudi Arabia depended upon its enormous oil wealth and the United States for its security. It used the former to buy friends and pay off enemies and potential enemies. It used the latter to Read More…

The Enablers of a Debased Politics

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — Permit me to confess: I am one of the very last people in the United States who does not consider the word “politician” to be an insult. On the contrary, the work politicians do is important because politics is a good and essential thing in a free society. Read More…

Democrats Yelp as Trump Upholds Constitution

Donald Trump is criticized, often justly, for misstatements of facts and failure to understand the details of public policy. But in two of his most recent controversial actions, he has taken stands upholding the rule of law and undoing the lawless behavior of his most recent predecessor. The question now is whether the author of Read More…

Is Liberalism a Dying Faith?

Asked to name the defining attributes of the America we wish to become, many liberals would answer that we must realize our manifest destiny since 1776, by becoming more equal, more diverse and more democratic — and the model for mankind’s future. Equality, diversity, democracy — this is the holy trinity of the post-Christian secular Read More…

But Even Men Deserve Due Process

Everybody despises Harvey Weinstein. Usually, by this time in the public pursuit of a villain, he begins to attract a little undeserved sympathy. Not this time. The accusers keep on coming, with the passion of Emile Zola when he famously wrote, “J’ accuse!” and accused the French government of hounding French army captain Alfred Dreyfus Read More…

Bake This Particular Cake, Bigot

The American media would have you believe there is a concerted effort among Christians in America to discriminate against gay Americans. “No gays allowed,” they claim small Christian business owners are saying. It is a fiction created to avoid dealing with the facts. The fact is I am unaware of any Christian business that refuses Read More…

Harvey Weinstein and Feminism

The chief of Amazon studios, Roy Price, has now resigned in the wake of allegations that he made lewd comments and propositioned a producer. Lists of accused sexual predators in Hollywood and journalism are circulating on social media. President Donald Trump’s long history of pawing and gawking at women has again reached center stage. Actress Read More…

Trump's Executive Moves Have Strengthened Checks And Balances

Say what you will about Donald Trump — and there’s plenty to say — but he may be the first president in memory to actively limit his own branch’s power. Whatever his intentions on immigration, funding issues, international agreements and the regulatory state, Trump has relinquished executive power. When President Barack Obama was governing through Read More…

Media Ignore Real Democratic Scandals

Why the collective liberal media yawn on the multi-headed Democratic scandals surfacing everywhere except on their pages and airwaves? It’s not that the stories are too far-fetched and thin to interest self-respecting journalists, because they are real, damning and supported by sufficiently credible evidence to warrant serious attention and scrutiny. There are the notorious Trump Read More…

Tax Cuts: JFK and Reagan Did It, and Trump is Doing It Too

WASHINGTON – President Trump and Republican lawmakers have plenty of legislative disagreements, but there is one issue that entirely unites them: tax cuts. It isn’t getting the fullest attention it deserves from the liberal news media here, but there hasn’t been this much unity among Republicans on a transformative economic issue since Ronald Reagan. Trump Read More…

The Republican Establishment Strikes

In remarkable speeches this week, two members of what skeptics like to call the “Republican establishment” took on President Donald Trump and his brand of nationalist populism. Neither man mentioned the president by name, but their criticisms were unmistakable. Speaking in Philadelphia, where he received a Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center, Sen. John Read More…

Hollywood Never Apologizes for Ultraviolence

Hollywood’s hypocrisy about Harvey Weinstein is only outdone by its hypocrisy about gun control. We still don’t know why Stephen Paddock unleashed his arsenal in an evil attack on an outdoor concert crowd in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500. But Hollywood’s glitterati seem to know, apparently. They Read More…

Failure on tax cuts really could tank the markets

As the stock market hits record after record under President Trump — the Dow even crossing the 23,000 mark — it’s important to recognize the way Washington can screw it up: failing to cut taxes. The simple act of lowering America’s absurdly high corporate-tax rate — currently at 35 percent — to around 20 percent, Read More…

The two Trumps: prez just won’t choose a side

To paraphrase Groucho Marx, President Trump has a position on the Lamar Alexander/Patty Murray health-care deal, and if you don’t like it, he has another one. Within hours, Trump veered wildly on the bipartisan compromise on ObamaCare the Tennessee Republican and the Washington Democrat forged at his personal urging. At times supportive, noncommittal and opposed, Read More…

Let the Russian-crimes whistleblower testify

A key informant in the Russian bribery and extortion scheme to gain control of US atomic resources wants to tell Congress what he knows — but is legally barred from doing so. That’s the latest bombshell to emerge from The Hill’s exposés this week that the Obama administration knew all about the scheme yet still Read More…

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'Geostorm' movie shows dangers of hacking the climate – we need to talk about real-world geoengineering now

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Hollywood’s latest disaster flick, “Geostorm,” is premised on the idea that humans have figured out how to control the Earth’s climate. A powerful satellite-based technology allows users to fine-tune the weather, overcoming the ravages of climate change. Read More…

Trump Makes Mess of Trade, US Economy Beware

X Story Stream recent articles America’s closest neighbors, Mexico and Canada, rank high on Donald Trump’s to-do list of allies to offend. The North American Free Trade Agreement, the president insists, is “the worst deal ever.” Actually, it’s been a mostly good deal for all three partners. But even if the U.S. stays in it, Read More…

Hillary and Harvey's Shared Fate

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — I have been fascinated by Harvey Weinstein’s initial response to allegations that he sexually molested women. The Bathrobed Romeo’s statement was otherworldly yet weirdly similar to Hillary Clinton’s eventual response to the scandal. I say “eventual response” because it took her over a week to comment. Obviously, her Read More…

Another Way to Banish the Bump Stock

X Story Stream recent articles The killer in the Las Vegas massacre did something no previous mass shooter is known to have done: He equipped semiautomatic rifles with a “bump stock,” which allowed them to fire roughly as fast as a machine gun. Even some Republicans in Congress are willing to consider banning the device. Read More…

North Korea Knowns and Unknowns

X Story Stream recent articles No one really knows all that much about North Korea’s nuclear or conventional military capability or its strategic agenda. Are its nuclear missiles reliably lethal, are they as long-ranged and accurate as hyped, and are they under secure command and control? Conventional wisdom states that Seoul would be destroyed in Read More…

Trump and Obamacare

X Story Stream recent articles Late last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the secretaries of the treasury and health and human services to cease making payments to health care insurance companies in behalf of the more than 6 million Americans who qualify for these payments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Read More…

Letter from Pennsylvania: Call of the Amazon

There’s a curious line at the end of an Associated Press story regarding Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget impasse: “Now, an analysis by Moody’s Analytics of metro areas that are good fits for Amazon’s huge second headquarters questioned whether Pennsylvania’s budget troubles will make it unwilling or unable to offer the generous financial incentives that Amazon will Read More…

School Opts for Gender Inclusive Graduation Gowns

A popular graduation tradition at California’s Camarillo High School is about to come to an end because – well – because the grownups who run the school district are morons. For as far back as anyone can remember graduates wore gowns reflecting the school colors. The guys wore navy blue gowns and the gals worn Read More…