Category Archives: Politics & Society

Suicide Mission: In Embracing Trump, the GOP May Finally Stop Him — And Destroy Itself

[Also published at Huffington Post.] For decades, the GOP has been playing its base for suckers, by running the Grand Old Play: pander to the small-government, traditional-values rubes, and then get back to real business: serving business. Washington Post columnist … Continue reading

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Who Says Trump Is Smart?

Donald Trump’s ideas are widely recognized as not just hateful, but idiotic. And yet the conventional wisdom in most of the media is that, all the same, “he’s a smart guy” — after all, look how successful he is. Even … Continue reading

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Conservatives, liberals join in repudiating Trump’s hate speech against Muslims

We knew liberals would be denouncing Donald Trump’s hateful call to ban Muslims from entering the United States — and God bless them. But so too are leading conservatives — and God bless them, too: (Updated 12/8/2015) Dick Cheney: “I think this whole … Continue reading

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I get that bigots aren’t ashamed of being bigots — but why aren’t they ashamed of being cowards?

Donald Trump believes we should have a “total and complete* shutdown” of all U.S. immigration by Muslims. And the idea got him a standing ovation at a rally today. OK, I get that bigots feel no shame over being bigots. But … Continue reading

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Our Embarrassing Press Corps: President Obama’s ISIS Q&A at the G20

One trivial question after another, ignoring one substantive answer after another. In the near aftermath of what’s been called France’s 9/11, all the U.S. press corps in Antalya wanted to know about was whether President Obama thought he had looked … Continue reading

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Bill O’Reilly and I Killed Bin Laden — But the Liberal Media Doesn’t Want You to Know

Originally published at the Huffington Post: We were right there with Seal Team Six, Bill and me. Please, don’t call us heroes. We were just two patriotic Americans, doing our jobs. And our job was to crash land the chopper, hustle … Continue reading

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Obama’s Real Crime: Treating Americans Like Adults

Originally published at the Huffington Post: There are obvious explanations for Rudy Giuliani turning himself into a Donald Trump-scale joke this week by attacking President Obama’s patriotism. #1: A craving for attention, in someone who had fallen out of the spotlight. … Continue reading

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Dear Defenders of Torture: Cowardice Is Not an American Value

Originally published at the Huffington Post: Incredibly, among all the debate this week over the release of the Senate torture report, some Americans have been defending torture itself. Think about that: Americans, openly defending torture. Their arguments apparently rest on one … Continue reading

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“You ARE Home” — How a Small Canadian Town Shamed Bigots Everywhere

Originally published at the Huffington Post: Amid all the frenzy over ebola, terrorism and immigrants, it can start to seem as if fear and loathing are the new normal. They’re not — or not yet, anyway. If you want to regain … Continue reading

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Obama’s Fighting a New Kind of War — While Critics Are Stuck in the Past

Originally published at the Huffington Post: Critics of Obama’s war strategy seem to want him to fight a new kind of war with old weapons. As I described last time, they judge success and failure by traditional measures — in particular, … Continue reading

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