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The Hillary-Tulsi smackdown
A new wrestling league is being promoted during TV coverage of Major League Baseball's post-season. The ad promises more action, more spectacle and includes women as well as men grappling with each other. I have two candidates for their consideration
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What's Behind Hillary Clinton's Attack On Tulsi Gabbard Over Russia? Experience
Considering how she has been polling 2% or below in the crowded Democratic presidential field, you might think Rep. Tulsi Gabbard would appreciate the old show business saying that any publicity is good publicity. Yet, gratitude was not to be found i
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For This President, Alliances Are Strictly Business
"Integrity lowers the price of capital." An extremely successful investor once told me that. The context at the time was Donald Trump's impending takeover of the GOP. This person meant it as an investment rule, an insight into Trump and a life lesson
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Vague Democrats In Presidential Race Could Learn A Thing Or Two From Nancy Pelosi
President Donald Trump's best-laid plans sometimes turn out to be little more than slogans. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi memorably called his bluff in a meeting between Trump and congressional leaders on the Syria situation. The House had just voted, 3
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Is Jail The Right Punishment For College Admissions Cheaters?
Alas, Alec Baldwin. He does a fair job portraying an entitled narcissist on "Saturday Night Live." But then he ruins it by acting like one in his real life. He tweeted in support fellow actor Felicity Huffman as she reported for her 14-day stay in a
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There's Finally Joy In Mudville
There's so much breaking news this week, it's hard to keep up with. On the foreign policy front, after Donald Trump impulsively withdrew all American troops from Syria, Turkey launched a war in northern Syria against our loyal allies, the Kurds. Even
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Why, When We See Black People, Do We So Often See What Isn't There?
The beam from his flashlight reflects off the glass, so we can't see what he saw. But in a sense, we don't need to see what Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean saw to know what he saw, peering through that window. He saw something fearsome, a threat
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The President's Personality
Depending on the polls you read and how you read them, nearly half of those surveyed want the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump to continue. That is not the same as wanting him impeached, much less convicted by the Senate and removed from
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The Collusion Of Church And State
Intrigued by the controversy that erupted over Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech before the American Association of Christian Counselors last week in Nashville -- it was titled "Being a Christian Leader" and eventually wound up being removed fr
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In His Unconscionable Betrayal Of The Kurds, Trump Was Winging It -- Again
In one sense, the Syria debacle is a singular moment in the Trump presidency, and arguably in American history. I can't think of another momentous decision by a commander in chief that was instantly recognizable as a disaster for which the president
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How Toxic Should We Let Political Speech Get? 'Meme Wars' Take New Ground As Fake Donald Trump Shoots Rivals In Violent Parody
When I heard that President Donald Trump had condemned a violent video parody that depicted a fake Trump shooting mainstream media and his political critics, I wondered whether he actually was upset that he hadn't tweeted the grisly video first. Afte
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A New Insight Into Media Bias
Since America's colonial days the press has been a target of those who believe journalists have a point of view that shapes their reporting. There have been numerous articles and studies revealing a journalistic predisposition to opinions and subject
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Remember When Obama Totally Lost His Marbles? Oh, Wait, I'm Thinking Of Someone Else...
Imagine it's the summer of 2011, in a parallel universe. Barack Obama, who's gearing up for a difficult re-election campaign, gets the dumbest idea of his presidency, possibly the dumbest idea of his life. He decides to call the president of Ukraine
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NBA's Deference To China In The Wake Of Controversy Shows How Money Trumps Freedom Of Speech
China's clash with the National Basketball Association over a short tweet reveals an unfortunate truth. Contrary to our best American hopes that China's success with market capitalism would weaken that government's chokehold on free speech, it appear
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It Can Happen Here
I was maybe 10 years old when this happened. Mom is driving, I'm in the back seat. It's night. She's trying to cross Vermont, a busy L.A. thoroughfare, from a side street. Southbound traffic is jammed, but a guy in a truck makes a hole and waves us t
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NBA Air-balls Its Response To China Controversy
The NBA says it won't compromise on its values, even as the league makes it clear it has none. As you've no doubt heard, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support for the protesters in Hong Kong. Almost instantly, the Chinese go
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Trump's Latest Accomplishments: Betraying Our Kurdish Allies, Giving ISIS A New Lease On Life
President Donald Trump has blood on his hands. No, he did not pull out a knife at a campaign rally, or hand one to a MAGA fan and command them to commit mayhem. Nor did he finally make good on his 2016 verbal boast that he could "stand in the middle
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Trump channels George McGovern
The year was 1972 and Americans wanted out of the Vietnam War; the right because it was not being won and the left because of the increasing body count and lies from generals and politicians about "progress" toward defeating the communists. Democrati
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The Rights Of Nature
"When the U.S. Constitution was ratified, women, indigenous peoples, and slaves were treated as property, without rights." This isn't over yet. In the same vein of exploitative ignorance, we're still treating a living, life-sustaining, crucial being
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Don't Play Games: Impeach Trump Now
In their attempts to slow down or derail the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump now underway in the House of Representatives, Trump and his Republican stooges in Congress have thrown out a blizzard of complaints. All concerning the "process" of
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The Senate GOP's No-win Scenario
In response to news reports over the weekend that at least one additional administration whistleblower has come forward to say what he or she knows about President Trump's Ukrainian schemes, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted, "I've seen this
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The Thing About Forgiveness
Here's the thing about forgiveness. It's not just something you extend to someone else. It's also a gift you give yourself, permission to lay down the heavy burden of grudges and rage. And if you're a Christian, it's an obligation -- albeit a hard on
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Democrats' Twilight Zone
A 1961 "Twilight Zone" episode starred Peter Falk as a Central American revolutionary whose paranoia eventually leads to his destruction. The dictator he has deposed tells him about a mirror given to him by "an old woman," a mirror that will show him
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Trump's 'Unmatched Wisdom' Leaves Syria's Kurds -- And Us -- In Danger
Now we know who can drive a wedge between President Donald Trump and his strongest Republican allies: President Donald Trump. The president, who sometimes exhibits the attention span of a fruit fly, acted so impulsively in ordering a pullout of Ameri
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Carl Hiaasen: You Know You're In Big Trouble When Your Lawyer Needs A Lawyer
Imagine you're a seasoned, white-collar defense lawyer with a stellar reputation. Your practice is sailing along, and in South Florida there's no shortage of wealthy Medicare fraudsters, money launderers and corporate embezzlers who'd love to hire yo
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How The Times Have Changed
You may, if you are old enough, recall a TV actor named Foster Brooks. He was a guest star on such classics of boomer kitsch as "The Monkees," "The Munsters" and "The Mod Squad." But if you do remember him, it's likely for one thing only: his imitati
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'Class Traitor' Abigail Disney Calls Out Exorbitant Pay Of Namesake Company's CEO
Headlines label Abigail Disney a "Disney heiress," a characterization that smacks a little of "Disney princess." But I suspect she'd be portrayed as a protector of others if her famous great uncle Walt Disney were alive to animate her. For his great
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Trump's Defenders Have Adopted A Doctrine Of Infallibility
There's a reason people think President Trump has a cult of personality, but it may not be the reason you think. Yes, there are those who think Trump was delivered to us by God and that his decisions and actions are imbued with divine providence and
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Courtroom Hugs After Amber Guyger Was Sentenced In Shooting Of Botham Jean Test The Limits Of Forgiveness
Amber Guyger got off easy. Amber Guyger got what she deserved. It's easy to be in either camp -- or, for the truly ambivalent, be in both camps at once. One thing is certain: Botham Jean is dead. Guyger killed him by accident, she says, but at best t
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Every And All
The debate about political power and authority among those who profess the Christian faith has raged since the 1st century. In modern America, the debate raged throughout Jimmy Carter's presidency and more recently through the presidencies of Bill Cl
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