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Why should we venerate leaders?

October 6, 2016 Asked on a TV show to name a foreign leader he admires, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson choked. He couldn’t produce a name. He said he had “a brain freeze. more »»

Extremists in laboratories of democracy

October 5, 2016 In a 1932 dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis noted that the benefit of America’s federal structure is that “a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a... more »»

Homegrown violence reflected in presidential campaign

October 5, 2016 WASHINGTON — The epidemic of violence in the nation’s streets, including everything from anti-police protests to lone-wolf terrorism, offers voters in the presidential election a clear choice. more »»

Enquirer endorses Clinton, other miracles

October 4, 2016 The last time The Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed a Democrat for president was in 1916, when Woodrow Wilson was running for re-election during World War I. An interesting year, that one. more »»

Debate advice for Trump: Focus on issues instead

October 4, 2016 Donald Trump scored a gentleman’s “C” in his first debate with Hillary Clinton. more »»

Narratives now drive ahead of facts

October 3, 2016 The most exhausting thing about our politics these days — other than the never-ending presidential election itself — is the obsession with “shaping the narrative. more »»

Trump threatens Clinton over Lewinsky — really?

October 3, 2016 Donald Trump, always the hero of his own tales, closed out the first presidential debate with a tribute to his own courtesy and high-mindedness: “I was going to say something extremely rough to... more »»

Time for Congress to stop hollering

October 1, 2016 Last week, Congress engaged in a bipartisan barrage of CEO bashing. more »»

What the debate tells about how candidates would govern

October 1, 2016 You’ve heard and read by now lots of spin and speculation about who won and where the polls are going to move after Monday’s presidential debate. We’ll know the answers to these questions soon. more »»

Lessons from Bo, the Legacy of Leaders

October 1, 2016 Bo Schembechler coached the University of Michigan Wolverines football team to 234 wins, 65 losses, and 8 ties while earning 13 Big Ten titles along the way. more »»

A ‘dis’ best served cold

September 30, 2016 “Congress’ overwhelming rebuke of President Barack Obama on a bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia -- and the bitter finger-pointing that followed -- was a fitting coda t... more »»

October in America

September 30, 2016 Ignore, if you can, the insult marathon that passes for a national election while we turn to America’s real October drama: the final chapters of our baseball season. more »»

The Debate I Heard

September 29, 2016 Something's wrong with me. I watched Monday's presidential debate. But what I heard was different from what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seemed to say. more »»

Laboratories of Democracy

September 29, 2016 In a 1932 dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis noted that the benefit of America's federal structure is that "a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a... more »»

A postcard from post-factual America

September 28, 2016 “Why haven’t you reported that Colin Kaepernick’s actions are due to his radical Muslim beliefs? Why are you covering this up?” So reads an email sitting in my inbox. more »»

Trump’s assassination innuendo should disqualify him

September 28, 2016 WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump’s strategists try to soften his image, he has taken his assault against Hillary Clinton to a new level with a bizarre suggestion that would make her more vulnerable to... more »»

‘Favors’ to Blacks

September 27, 2016 Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor — off the record — what his response to... more »»

It’s time for Trump

September 27, 2016 Now that all of my inside-the-beltway, elitist, morally superior friends and colleagues have weighed in with their self-righteous denunciations of Donald Trump, it’s my tur. more »»

Personality, policy open to debate

September 26, 2016 This Monday we will see Hillary Clinton battle Donald Trump in their first presidential debate. It’s difficult to capture the otherworldliness of it all. more »»

What Are the Checks and Balances?

September 26, 2016 This election year makes a mockery of past complaints about the “lesser of two evils.” That cliche has been trotted out in every election of my lifetim. more »»



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