President Trump’s first patriotic season is almost at hand

  As long-time readers of this blog might attest, patriotism is one of the subjects I most frequently deal with here. The reason is simple: Few issues are as fraught with emotion and hypocrisy, both of which are grist for my mill. This year’s summer season of patriotic fervor will be the first since Donald Trump became our president. The situation in the White House makes us a more sharply divided people these days. It’ll be interesting to see how this disunity will effect popular measures of patriotism throughout the...

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Here’s one of the dumbest things Trump has ever said

  Let me stipulate at the outset here that I don’t know if there’s any validity to the allegations of sexual harassment made by certain women against Fox News Channel superstar Bill O’Reilly. President Trump doesn’t know either, but that hasn’t deterred him from shooting his mouth off about the matter. You may have heard that more than a dozen major advertisers have dropped their sponsorship of O’Reilly’s nightly blabfest on Fox, which is the most popular night-time news show on cable TV. These...

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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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Trump’s biggest problem is his lack of humility

  FBI Director James Comey confirmed before Congress on Monday what every American with an ounce of intelligence already knew, namely that President Trump’s claim that he was “wiretapped” at the orders of his predecessor, Barack Obama, is unsupported by proof. Trump made the allegation a few weeks ago in a series of tweets, but he failed to offer even a shred of evidence. Comey said there is no such evidence as far as his agency and other government intelligence agencies can determine. Nor is there any evidence...

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