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Impeachment inquiry vote gets scheduled – House Majority finally catches up to the majority of voters

10 / 28 / 2019

Get tough, Democrats. But do it with your brains and your words. Yelling "lock him up" in a stadium doesn't do a thing -- except display that you're no better than were some very angry, ugly people in 2016. What matters is the letter of the law and actions to uphold it. What matters is the wording in the Constitution and actions to defend it.

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Killing ISIS leader a victory for Trump, but won’t thwart political reckoning

10 / 27 / 2019

Ultimately, through the mechanism of our elected representatives and their appointees, the American people’s collective preference as to consequences for the president’s actions will rule the day. There are no get-out-of-jail-free cards. Or even hop-out-of-hot-water. The reckoning is coming.

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Two founders, two fourths

07 / 04 / 2019

On July 4, 1826, 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, two of America’s revered founding fathers – men who had been dear friends, successive U.S. presidents and worthy adversaries for more than five decades – both passed away within five hours of each other.

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The 2020 presidential election will tell us who we are

MEDIUM, 06 / 10 / 2019

We always hear that the next election is the “most important of our lifetime!” This time it’s true. Not because Hustler Don’s policies can’t be repealed and reversed if he wins and serves out a second term — but because of what his reelection would say about US.

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Our democracy’s stress test: It’s coming on election day

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, 09 / 10 / 2018

The lightning-rod presidency of Donald Trump has been described as “unprecedented” and “divisive.” But it’s been far more than that. The last 18 months have tested our institutions and system of checks and balances more than at any time since Watergate.

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The political divide does not require us to demonize

MEDIUM, 09 / 02 / 2018

It is one of the lessons of John McCain’s life: You can fight hard for or against ideas and ideals, but it’s never a good thing to make sweeping generalizations and let differences get in the way of areas where we can agree and make progress.

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Trump And Putin in Helsinki: For the president’s supporters, the true moment of truth

MEDIUM, 07 / 16 / 2018

When we have a president who does not defend the Constitution and the brave warriors who have fought and sacrificed time after time to protect it, we are lost as a country. The degree to which today’s remarks were an insult to those soldiers’ memories and to the entire U.S. intelligence community cannot be measured with existing technology.

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You may wonder where I’ve been

MEDIUM, 07 / 01 / 2018

You may wonder where I’ve been. Why you haven’t seen much of me. Why you haven’t heard much from me. After all, I was the President of the United States for eight years. Naturally, I care. Obviously, I’m watching. And listening.

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No matter who the new Speaker is, real dysfunction lies deeper

HUFFINGTON POST, 12 / 06 / 2017

Retirement. Boehner’s no-brainer. He welcomed Pope Francis, and then made his announcement even before His Holiness had left the country. The Speaker was just sick and tired of navigating the political minefield that is the U.S. House of Representatives. And who could blame him.

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The nuisance of nuance: one president’s doubling down on the dumbing down of American politics

HUFFINGTON POST, 10 / 27 / 2017

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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What line must President Trump cross before Republicans stop rationalizing his actions?

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, 05 / 16 / 2017

Can the words and actions of this President still be rationalized? How much slack does he still have? Until he or his associates face indictments? Until the mid-terms?

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The education (maybe) of Donald Trump

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS , 04 / 13 / 2017

It is no secret that President Trump dispenses lies with reckless abandon. This fact is not in dispute. It is also no secret that Trump has displayed a great number of moral failings and poverty of character during his campaign. Even swing voters who reluctantly voted for the President agree on that point.

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How to deal with Donald Trump: Liberals now have a huge challenge — learning to distinguish between his mouth and his governance

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, 12 / 05 / 2016

Many of us will never forget the damage Donald Trump has already wrought on our political discourse. At the same time, we can at least make an attempt to separate his mouth from his governance. We can try to be aware of that cognitive dissonance, and manage it.

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The mirage of an American authoritarian

HUFFINGTON POST, 03 / 02 / 2016

He may win the nomination. It is at least conceivable that he could win the White House. But whether this does or doesn’t happen, let’s be clear about one thing: the “fed-up” folks who believe Donald Trump is the alternative to the system are overlooking the system itself. American democracy.

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