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Guilty as Hell, Free as a Bird

 

It is fitting that Barack Obama, who launched his political career in the living room of unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, would conclude it by commuting another one, Oscar Lopez Rivera. After hearing the news, Ayers, on a plane coming back from Havana (where he celebrated his wife’s birthday), said that he was “dancing in […]

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Hope & Change Comes Eight Years Into the Obama Presidency

 

Barack Obama finally delivers on his message of hope and change on this, the last day of his presidency. Don’t accuse the man of not fulfilling this ubiquitous, and amorphous, campaign pledge. He didn’t stop the rise of the oceans or heal the planet. But he did give America Donald Trump. And in his final […]

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A Hundred Days

 

They say a new president has a hundred days to make his mark, launch his key programs, set the Republic on course. And if he does not do it, it will four years of playing catch-up and getting bogged down in the swamp, the bureaucracies, the opposition, the lobbyists, the special interests, the malcontents, the […]

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The Boycott Brigade Vanishes

 

It was all a big understanding, a failure to communicate. Mr. Cool Hand Obama, in his press conference finale, told the assembled kowtowers, “You are not supposed to be sycophants.” Huh? What next, global cooling is the real threat to our good earth? Make up your mind, Mr. Ex-Prez. Then he issued new marching orders. […]

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Anchoring at the Inauguration

 

I have only one hope for the Inauguration, and that hope and prayer is for just one more hack. For the record, I’m against hacking. The thought of my iTunes playlist being released to the public is frightening. Yes, I know this is an incredibly serious issue, pardon me, Chelsea Manning. I guess we should […]

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Trump Can Make American-Azerbaijani Ties Great Again

 

In abstaining from the vote on the recently passed United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution that condemned Israel’s settlement policy, the departing Obama administration at best took a “neutral” stance on a U.N. measure targeting a stalwart American ally, and at worst betrayed that ally under the guise of neutrality. President Barack Obama, Secretary of […]

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The Benjamin Lobby Bar and Lounge at Washington’s Trump International Hotel

 

All too many hotel bars are little more than shoddy afterthoughts, soulless spaces where hotel guests, and almost no one else, may grab a quick drink or two before setting off for — or after returning from — somewhere more interesting. Lobby bars in particular often seem to have been hurriedly plunked down in the […]

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For Supreme Court, No Moore Grudges, Please

 

It is said that conservatives, like elephants, never forget — and apparently some of them never forgive, either. For very good reason, conservative 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William Pryor is reportedly on President-elect Trump’s short list for a Supreme Court nomination. Strangely, some of the fiercest opposition to Pryor comes from a small […]

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An Inaugural Address or a Rally?

 

At nearly 3 a.m. on Nov. 9, Donald J. Trump spoke to the world after TV networks declared him the victor in the presidential election. His remarks were short. Trump praised his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. He even reached out to those who had not supported him and asked for their guidance and “help so […]

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To Sir With Love Six Ways From Sunday

 

Did you notice something peculiar in our lameducky president’s farewell? In a hall filled with Democratic lifers and sundry Chicago voters (though oddly most were still very much alive), he claimed in his remarks to be speaking to “My fellow Americans.” He even acknowledged that he and perhaps a few of them out there did […]

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