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Cruz Inquisition faction rises to root out heretics

February 1, 2016 What is a political party? By the intensity of internecine conflict among Republicans, you might conclude that it’s a church. Sen. more »»

Volcanic core fuels 2016 election

January 29, 2016 Not a day passes that I don’t get a call from the media asking me to compare Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s tax plans, or bank plans, or health-care plans. I don’t mind. more »»

Good jobs for Americans is missing campaign issue

January 29, 2016 From someone whose title is senior political analyst, you might be expecting a forecast of who will win the Iowa caucuses next Monday night. more »»

Case for ethanol running on empty

January 28, 2016 Cars run on fuel. Politicians run on votes, and they’ll do almost anything to get them. That includes supporting mandates that force us to use ethanol, a fuel made from corn that Iowa farmers grow. more »»

Let’s take movement to White House

January 28, 2016 At a recent dinner with my work team, I was reminded I had said I wanted to travel less for work this year so I could focus on other projects. more »»

Flint poor left under cover of darkness

January 27, 2016 “Them that’s got shall get. Them that’s not shall lose” — Billie Holiday It was in April of 2014 that the water turned bad. Residents of Flint, Mich., reported the stuff smelled. more »»

GOP could be heading for Goldwater-style debacle

January 27, 2016 WASHINGTON — Just over a half-century ago, a sharp-tongued conservative seized the Republican Party and led it to one of its worst presidential election defeats in history: the landslide loss of... more »»

Trump’s myth of superiority

January 26, 2016 There are many reasons to recommend Elizabeth Strout’s new novel, “My Name Is Lucy Barton,” but this is not a book review, so I offer this single, searing paragraph: “I have said before: It interest... more »»

Iran deal still comes down to dollars for hostages

January 26, 2016 Every American should be glad that American hostages have been freed by the tyrannical Iranian regime and are being reunited with family, friends and co-workers. more »»

Can Congress get its swagger back?

January 25, 2016 According to the Constitution, the legislature is the first and most powerful branch of government. And yet, many believe — on the left and the right — that the institution has atrophied. more »»

Republicans more Hemlock Society than political party

January 25, 2016 “I am not a member of any organized political party,” Will Rogers quipped in the last century, “I’m a Democra. more »»

Here’s how to protect yourself from identity theft

January 23, 2016 Tax time is upon us. Many of you may remember or even experienced the rash of fraudulent tax return incidents last year. more »»

Who lost the white working class?

January 23, 2016 Why did the white working class abandon the Democrats? The conventional answer is that Republicans skillfully played the race card. more »»

Same as it ever was: 2016 campaign mirrors 1896

January 23, 2016 The economy has been staggering, with stagnant or no growth, for several years, after a financial crisis. more »»

Trump voters want daddy state

January 22, 2016 So you say you want a daddy for your president? OK, so maybe you didn’t say it, but on a subliminal level, you may have felt it, especially if you’re a Republican primary voter leaning toward Donald... more »»

Campaigns matter, but voters need to like candidates

January 22, 2016 If you’ve heard this story, please don’t stop me. more »»

Politicians repeat economic myths

January 21, 2016 Hillary Clinton: “Of course we want to raise the minimum wage!” Donald Trump: If we trade with China, “they suck us dry ... take everything. more »»

Sanders rises on groundswell of grassroots support

January 21, 2016 When I crossed paths with a Democratic Party campaign consultant in Austin last March, I suggested he come out to the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall to hear Bernie... more »»

Fighting ignorance with quiet stand

January 20, 2016 As a general rule, I loathe both Holocaust and slavery comparisons. more »»

Obama offers reality check to ‘political hot air’

January 20, 2016 WASHINGTON — In President Obama’s final State of the Union address to Congress, he decided to counter with some calm talk the fear tactics of Donald Trump and the other Republicans striving to... more »»



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