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Nov. 21, 2017 2:13 am
Since President George H.W. Bush granted a reprieve to a turkey at the White House, presidents have made such poultry pardons an annual tradition. Chief executives before the 41st president sometimes spared turkeys presented to them, but clemency has become standard since Bush. This Thanksgiving, there is no need to present the president with a turkey. Some would say giving Trump a turkey would...  Read More
Nov. 15, 2017 1:59 am
Our 71-year-old so-called president, Donald Trump, was treated to flattering, ego-massaging pomp and circumstance on his lengthy Asia trip, and he lapped it up like a dog. But he returns to Washington mostly empty-handed. In his absence, his party — the GOP is predominantly the party of Trump — continues to be buffeted by powerful political storms. His party still hasn’t been able to accomplish...  Read More
Nov. 14, 2017 2:46 pm
On Monday, Beverly Young Nelson became the fifth woman to accuse Roy S. Moore of sexually assaulting her. Moore was an assistant district attorney in Etowah County, Ala., at the time, and Nelson was a 16-year-old high school student who worked as a waitress. Moore is now the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, in a race to fill the seat previously held by Jeff Sessions, before Sessions...  Read More
Nov. 13, 2017 12:10 am
On Sunday, Oct. 1, Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 innocent people and wounding 546. The gunman rained down death from his perch 32 stories high in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. At least a dozen of the 23 firearms used by Paddock in the massacre were rifles legally modified with bump stocks, an...  Read More
Nov. 7, 2017 3:11 am
On Sunday morning, Devin Patrick Kelly opened fire at a Texas Baptist church, killing at least 26 innocent people, including small children, and injuring some 20 others. America’s latest mass shooting took place in Sutherland Springs, a small, unincorporated community in Wilson County about 21 miles southeast of downtown San Antonio. The gunman wore a tactical vest and carried and AR-15-style...  Read More
Oct. 31, 2017 2:24 am
Right after Halloween, from Nov. 3-14, President Trump departs on his big trip to Asia. It’s scary because he will bring his reckless, headless foreign policy to Japan, South Korea and China, and the trip will be focused on his efforts to confront North Korea over its nuclear program and its ballistic missiles. Trump lacks the cleverness, smarts and skill of Brom Bones, the character in...  Read More
Oct. 30, 2017 4:24 pm
The first of what may be many shoes dropped this morning in the Russia investigation. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a business associate, were charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. A former foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump’s campaign, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to lying to...  Read More
Oct. 25, 2017 2:49 pm
While Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) follows Trump around the Capitol hallways like a puppy dog, four prominent fellow Republicans have stood up and declared they are not the president’s poodles. They are Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), former President George W. Bush and, now, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) All have delivered stinging rebukes of the vile Trumpism that holds...  Read More
Oct. 21, 2017 3:43 am
Amid accusations of sexual harassment, assault and even rape lodged by an ever growing number of women against Harvey Weinstein, a man who donated money in support of liberal feminist causes, Republican critics of the movie mogul have come off as hypocrites. That’s especially true in light of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in which our so-called president brags about his underhanded grab of...  Read More
Oct. 16, 2017 2:22 pm
Opioid-related deaths in America’s current drug epidemic exceed 200,000 lives and continue to rise. What’s the cause of this national disaster, taking the lives of more than three times the number of U.S. military personnel lost in the Vietnam War? As 60 Minutes and the Washington Post have reported, this is a man-made disaster. Who’s to blame? It turns out that a big portion of the blame...  Read More
Oct. 15, 2017 3:43 am
Our so-called president, Donald Trump, was an accomplished liar long before he ran for the Oval Office. He trotted out lies about Barack Obama’s birth in an effort to delegitimize our first African American chief executive, and he wouldn’t drop the subject long after Obama had produced a certified birth certificate proving that he was born in Hawaii. How could American voters, or, rather, an...  Read More
Oct. 10, 2017 6:02 pm
Despite bizarre and extreme weather events signalling the dangers of climate change, President Donald Trump has instructed his chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, to role back the Clean Power Plan. That Obama-era regulation set limits on green house gas emission which made dirty coal plants less viable.  Read More
Oct. 10, 2017 3:33 am
The California coast belongs to all the people of the state, not to the 1%. Public access to all land seaward of the mean high tide line is guaranteed by the state’s constitution and the Coastal Act of 1976. As clear as that would seem to be, millionaires and billionaires up and down California’s spectacularly beautiful 840-mile coast still try to block citizens from their own coast. They refuse...  Read More
Oct. 3, 2017 12:19 pm
On Sunday night, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock carried out the worst mass shooting in modern American history. For unknown reasons, Paddock knocked out windows in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, where he had assembled an arsenal of weapons, including ones that sound on various videos like fully automatic rifles. His targets were the thousands of innocent people...  Read More
Oct. 2, 2017 3:28 pm
On Saturday, our so-called president was on his Twitter hobbyhorse again, lashing out at Puerto Ricans, suggesting they had not done enough to help themselves. He said, “They want everything to be done for them….” It was part of Trump’s astonishingly racist attacks on Puerto Ricans and Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, who had criticized the languid federal response to the plight of...  Read More
Sep. 27, 2017 2:21 am
Kim Jong Un is the ruthless dictator of North Korea who has reportedly had some of his own family members executed. He leads a personality cult, and is a bloodthirsty buffoon. He is given to flights of extreme, goofily outlandish rhetoric, and is unpredictable. Donald Trump is supposedly the president of the most powerful country on earth, but he doesn’t behave that way. He also is a buffoon. He...  Read More
Sep. 26, 2017 2:05 am
With Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) now saying she will join two other Republican Senators in voting no on the latest shameful attempt by the GOP to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, the latest roll-back bid appears dead. But, as we’ve seen, this is like a vampire. It won’t be dead until someone drives a wooden stake through its heart. Previously, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand...  Read More
Sep. 25, 2017 2:25 am
Our so-called president has chosen for his next distraction to make a political football out of the kneeling protests by some professional football players. Knowing that the next few days may spell doom for the latest transparently sleazy Republican legislative attempt to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Trump returned to his base to create a diversion and...  Read More

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