Category Archives: Politics & Society

Should Real News Be a Utility, Like Water and Electricity?

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Like people in towns across America, I’m watching my local newspapers die. Every few months, it seems, they lay off more staff, while announcing a new digital initiative that’s somehow supposed to make up for … Continue reading

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Skip the Gut Check, Democrats: The Problem Is Hiding in Plain Sight

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Following a shock loss to what looked like the worst presidential candidate in history, many Democrats are agonizing over what policies they need to change in order to win back voters. They needn’t bother: policy … Continue reading

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How to Win Every Argument You Ever Have: Be Willing to Lose

As we mark the first post-Trump Thanksgiving, the best advice about arguments might be to try not to have them, at least for today. But knowing they’re probably inevitable, now seems like a good time to share the ultimate secret … Continue reading

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Branding Bannon: How to Protest a White Nationalist in the White House

(Also published at Huffington Post.) Democrats in Washington have registered strong objections to Donald Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his senior White House adviser. Will their protests make any difference? So far, it looks like no: as the minority in … Continue reading

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A letter to a friend who voted for Trump

Also published at Huffington Post. Dear _____________, We wouldn’t be friends if we didn’t see the best in each other. It’s because of that that I need you to help me understand what you just did. I know you’re not … Continue reading

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A Year of Trump: Awful at the Start, Worse Now

The other day I realized that I’m coming up on a year of writing about Donald Trump: His ignorance, racism, his narcissism, and — perhaps explaining it all — his disturbingly baby-like mouth. Here’s the collection (so far) at the Huffington Post: Here’s … Continue reading

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Baby Donald Just Needs His Bottle

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Just look at his mouth. It’s the mouth of a hungry baby, lips permanently pursed for a nipple. Now look at his hands. See how they flail about — they’re not just the size of baby … Continue reading

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The Sweet Smell of Trump

[Also published at Huffington Post.] Con artist. Demagogue. And yes, in many ways, a fascist. It can seem incredible that such a man is the front-runner for one of our two major parties. But as shocking as Donald Trump may … Continue reading

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#ObamaAndKids — My Contributions

Photos of President Obama with kids (many taken by the great White House chief photographer, Pete Souza) range from heart-warming to just plain wonderful. So, like so many others, I love the #ObamaAndKids hashtag that’s trending now. It led me to … Continue reading

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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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