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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Bill Clinton remains popular mainly because he loves politics, which most presidents don’t

In their abiding affection for William Jefferson Clinton, most Americans seem to forget that he was impeached by a Republican Congress a mere 16 years ago. You would think that such formal disapprobriation would leave a lasting political scar of disgrace. But you would be wrong. I’ve always considered it one of our nation’s great political ironies that Clinton’s approval rating, as measured by the Gallup poll, hit a high of 73 percent on the very day he was impeached. That was a higher rating than Ronald Reagan ever...

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Wall Street Journal says Bill Clinton is most admired president since Reagan

THIS REPORT is from the Wall Street Journal, no less, which makes one wonder how Rupert Murdoch feels about one of his papers coming up with  such stuff: Bill Clinton is by far the most admired president of the past quarter century, a new poll shows, underscoring how much he has done to burnish his profile since leaving the White House in 2000. Asked which president of the past 25 years they admired most, some 42% of respondents named Mr. Clinton in the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg Survey. That was more than twice the share that...

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