Lest we forget that Obama inherited huge problems

  It was only eight months ago today that Barack Obama’s two-term stint as president came to an end, but most folks probably sense that much more time has passed since that change-of-the guard took place. The principal reason that Obama seems to have been gone from office a longer time is that his successor, Donald Trump, is such a colorful and unpredictable man and has thus become a huge media attraction. I haven’t researched the statistics, but I would bet the farm that Trump’s campaign and the early months of his...

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Texas disaster gives Trump an excuse not to build his wall

  Donald Trump was never going to make good on his campaign pledge to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, and now he’s got a convenient excuse for the failure. The federal government will have to spend many billions of dollars for disaster relief in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. There’s no way that Congress would also be willing to spend billions more for Trump’s  cockamamie wall. Oh sure, the Donald has promised all along that Mexico will have to bear the expense of building the wall, but only...

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Does Trump deserve blame for Houston crisis?

  The answer to the question in the headline above is affirmative — at least to some extent. Climate scientists generally believe that Hurricane Harvey is a product of global warming. But Donald Trump is a world-class climate-change denier. With nary a shred of supporting evidence, he says it’s a hoax dreamed up by the Chinese, and he’s loaded his Cabinet with crackpots who embrace similarly foolish notions. Anyone who dares to link the disaster in Houston to global warming likely will be accused by the deniers of...

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How long will Donald Trump’s presidency last?

    I’ll give you four choices for answering the question in the headline: 1. Less than four years. He might resign before 2020, or he might be impeached or die in office. 2. Exactly four years. He could choose not to run for a second term or lose his bid for the Republican nomination. Or he could lose the 2020 election. 3. Four years-plus but less than eight.  He could serve one full term but come up short in his second term because of death, resignation or impeachment. 4. Eight years. His presidency would end in January of...

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Congratulations to Donald Trump

  Even if President Trump doesn’t serve the full term to which he was elected last fall, as I expect will be the case, he’s already achieved a distinction that won’t soon be matched by any of his successors: He’s become arguably the greatest prevaricator in the history of American politics. Don’t just take my word for it. The Washington Post reported this week that Trump has made many hundreds of false and misleading statements in just seven months on the job. And the paper listed all 1,057 of them....

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