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by | Dec 12, 2018

Washington Now that America has had its holiday from politics, we can get back to poking one another in the eye. Slipping each other a mickey, and otherwise breaking the rules of decorum for the ladies and gentlemen of public…

by | Dec 12, 2018

There’s a famous song about a San Francisco dame whose every stanza ends with the line, “That’s why the lady is tramp.” Frank Sinatra had a good time singing it to and about Rita Hayworth in Pal Joey. It was…

by | Dec 9, 2018

Washington Who will speak for President Donald Trump at his state funeral, far in the future though it should be? That must be what the 45th president was thinking as he sat in the front pew at the funeral for…

by | Dec 6, 2018

“Rep. Waters Labels Bush ‘a Racist,’ Endorses Clinton.” That was the headline in the July 9, 1992 edition of the Los Angeles Times. “Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) Wednesday branded President Bush ‘a racist’ who has ‘polarized the races in this…

by | Dec 5, 2018

May, 1970. I was having lunch with Pennsylvania Congressman George Goodling in the House Dining Room. I was 19 years old, and, with thousands of other college students, I was in Washington to protest the shooting of four Kent State…

by | Dec 4, 2018

The final words of President George H. W. Bush tell us a lot about the kind of man he was, and especially the kind of father he was. At 94 years old and ailing from Parkinson’s and the pains of…

by | Dec 4, 2018

President Trump and the First Lady’s graceful tribute to the late George H. W. Bush underscored, a little awkwardly, one reason for the tone and fragrance of all the obituary tributes we’re reading. The Trumps praised — with unimpeachable dignity…

by | Dec 4, 2018

I ask myself why I am not feeling grief, pain, or even emotion at the passing of President George H.W. Bush. I know the answer, but it is hard for me to put my feelings into words I want to…

by | Dec 3, 2018

Say what you will, but George H.W. Bush was a politician. But he was also, for lack of a better word as applied to our politics, a patrician. A classy guy, in other words. And so he died late on…

by | Nov 27, 2018

I half expected to enjoy The Front Runner. The new movie about the decline and fall of flash-in-the-pan Democratic candidate Gary Hart was rife with opportunity: a handsome, charismatic young liberal getting ready to challenge the bland middle-aged Establishment Vice…

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