Lessons we can learn from Bill Clinton’s impeachment

  The growing buzz about whether President Trump deserves to be impeached brings to mind a serial argument I had with a conservative friend of mine when Bill Clinton faced a somewhat similar crisis nearly 20 years ago. The big problem with this subject is that many Americans don’t understand the impeachment process. They liken it to a criminal trial, but it’s not the same thing — not by a long-shot. Clinton was impeached by the U.S. House on two counts, both of which stemmed from his scandalous sexual dalliance with...

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Why is Hillary faulted for Bill’s sexual dalliances?

  We’ve heard a lot of buzz lately about whether Donald Trump will attack Hillary Clinton on the subject of her husband Bill’s numerous extramarital affairs. Trump himself said he almost raised the matter in Monday night’s presidential debate but demurred because Bill and Hillary’s daughter Chelsea was in the audience. Still, the pressure on Trump to go after Hillary on this score persists. Frankly, I don’t get it. Why should the sins of the husband in this case reflect poorly on the wife? Yes, it might be...

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For GOP, Benghazi witch-hunt no more successful than impeachment of Bill Clinton

For fully a generation now, congressional Republicans have had the mistaken notion that Americans in general are as easily scandalized as they are. GOP lawmakers seem to think that everyone is suckered by the nonsense cranked out by the right-wing noise machine. Twenty-five years ago, House Republicans impeached Bill Clinton for having sex in the Oval Office with a young intern. But the Senate acquitted Clinton, and he went on to become a widely revered ex-president. And for several years now, the GOP has been hectoring Hillary Clinton in...

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Didn’t I tell you there would be a big fuss over claims that Trump is a Democratic mole?

On July 26, just 11 days ago, I wrote a blog post that said this about Donald Trump: I think we will soon hear a major outcry that he’s just a troublemaker planted by the Democrats to make the Republicans look like fools. There has already been talk of this kind in certain quarters, but it hasn’t been very loud and hasn’t attracted much attention from the mainstream media. I think it soon will. The theory goes like this: Trump is a long-time friend and financial benefactor of the Clintons, and he’s supported the political candidacies of...

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The worst correction of a news story ever

It pains me to admit it, but I’ve had to write an occasional correction during my years of work in the news media. After all, mistakes will happen. But I’ve never written or, until today, even read a correction that can match the one published the other day by a major component of the right-wing noise machine. The Breitbart News Network, which is named for its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, had come up with a purported scoop calculated to call into question the impartiality and perhaps the integrity of U.S. Attorney General...

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