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Donald Trump’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 100 days

As we close in on Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president, let’s take stock of just how little the new president has accomplished. Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz. And if there were, it would be graded on a curve, just like the media grade Trump. Bills passed: It’s now easier for a […]

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Trump pivots to a Breitbart scorched-earth campaign

Many Republicans hoped that with less than three months before the election, nominee Donald Trump would “pivot” to a more traditional, even identifiable campaign. Instead, the Orange Menace reached into a right-wing echo chamber and has all but ensured his defeat in November. Trump’s latest picks for running his “campaign” (and we’re using that term […]

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Diplomacy wins again in battle vs. guns: Iran edition

Three international examples about Iran show us the power of words over weapons. Two U.S. Navy boats in the Persian Gulf drifted into Iranian waters near Iran’s Farsi Island after sailors made what U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called “navigational errors.” One of the boats was having engine trouble, making it unable to leave when […]

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3rd-party Trump candidacy could make 2016 a Wild West show

The collective gasps and amazement from “serious” pundits about the fact that Donald Trump is leading the Republican Party right now should be ignored. Unless the would-be narcissist-in-chief actually runs as a third-party or independent candidate. Then, all bets are off. And the votes Trump would siphon off wouldn’t necessarily come only from the GOP […]

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Who knows what any candidate besides Trump is saying?

Very few members of the public, that’s for sure. Because the media aren’t bothering to report anything else. I can’t remember a time in political journalism when the media have been so fixated on one candidate. A candidate that they’re all quick to dismiss by saying “he’ll never get the Republican nomination” and “he’ll never […]

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GOP reaction to Donald Trump’s McCain diss a lesson in hypocrisy

So Donald Trump dismissed John McCain’s war record, and Republican heads exploded. You only wish Republicans could be honest and apologize for the way they smeared Democratic candidates with military credentials, too. In case you missed the latest brouhaha, Arizona Sen. John McCain and presidential hopeful Donald Trump got into a bit of an online […]

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Donald Trump’s bubble: How much expansion before it pops?

Political journalists were caught off-guard by a poll showing real estate developer Donald Trump gaining ground in the race for the 2016 GOP nomination for president. A recent Suffolk University poll puts The Donald in second place with New Hampshire voters, with nearly 11 percent support, behind former Florida Gov. Jeb! Bush, who has more […]

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign coverage: Pantsuit journalism

What’s more important to cover about Hillary Rodham Clinton and her run for the presidency? Her policies or her pantsuits? At least two of the nation’s top newspapers seem to think it’s both. Clinton delivered a detailed speech with a populist message before a large crowd on Roosevelt Island in the second phase of her […]

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Jeb! Bush the musical coming to a campaign near you

Some of the great musical theater composers and lyricists are gone, but Jeb! cries out for a ballad, a belting show-stopper, and a quick dance break. Many have poked fun at the new logo for the campaign of former Florida Gov. (and former front-runner) Jeb Bush, but they’re not looking at the opportunity to turn […]

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GOP’s baby steps on climate change

No one expects Republicans to embrace the ideas that are needed to slow global warming and limit the harm to the planet. But there are a few glimmers of hope. A story in Politico reports that a North Carolina Republican businessman, Jay Faison, will spend $175 million of his own money to nudge his party […]

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