Has Sean Spicer unwittingly revealed Donald Trump’s fear of the Russia scandal?

  At his daily briefing Tuesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer seems to have conveyed more information than he intended. Spicer got into an awkward dust-up with veteran reporter April Ryan when she asked a question concerning investigations of the possible ties between Donald Trump’s election campaign and the Russian government. He implied that the matter is a baseless obsession among the biased media and said there’s really nothing to it. Reports of this exchange have focused mainly on Spicer’s...

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Five years ago, I first scoffed at the thought of Trump becoming president

  On Jan. 31, 2012, months before Mitt Romney nailed down the Republican nomination as his party’s choice to challenge Barack Obama’s bid for a second term in the White House, I wrote this: Donald Trump, the notorious Birther buffoon and reality TV star, is again desperately trying to attract attention amid all the media buzz over this year’s presidential race. We haven’t heard much from The Donald in a political context since his offer to host a Republican presidential debate last month was humiliatingly declined...

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Chuck Schumer should read my blog

  Earlier this afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer demonstrated the political ignorance that results from his apparent failure to regularly read this blog. Pity the poor fool. If all of America’s politicians closely followed my scribblings, this would be a better country. In a statement concerning some current controversy in Washington, Schumer said that Congress, in its relationship with the White House, “is intended to be separate and equal.” The New York lawmaker is wrong on that matter, as I’ve...

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Pining for the good old days is a tricky exercise

  When I think back to the days of my childhood more than 65 years ago, I try to be honest with myself and remember that those times weren’t always as idyllic as they sometimes seem in retrospect. I’ve managed to remember that some of the endless summer days so fondly recalled by so many people actually were pretty boring. Conversations among kids in our neighborhood often amounted to little more than woefully asking one another what we could do to amuse ourselves. But we tend to forget those doldrums when we think back on...

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Polls in November election were not as wrong as you’ve been told

  To hear some people tell it, the major national political polls missed the mark so badly in the November presidential election that their continued existence should be called into question. The truth of the matter is that the final national numbers posted by most of the big polls were pretty close to the actual results — well within the pollsters’ stated margins of error. To wit, the last of the major pre-election polls foresaw, on average, that Hillary Clinton would carry the national popular vote by about 3 percentage...

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