Donald Trump differs from Antonin Scalia’s view of free speech

  When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly last winter, conservative politicians and pundits nearly stumbled over one another in their rush to sing his praises. But none of them, as far as I noticed, said a word about what was perhaps the sainted jurist’s most controversial — and bravest — opinion in a high court case. In 1989, Scalia cast the deciding vote and wrote the majority opinion in a 5-4 ruling overturning the conviction in Texas of an avowed communist who had burned the American flag at a...

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No, we need not respect Donald Trump’s presidency

  A conservative panelist on one of the cable news channels — CNN, I think it was — said the other day that all good Americans should “respect” Donald Trump’s impending presidency. Sorry, pal, but “respect” is exactly the wrong word. I’ll only acknowledge that Trump will soon be inaugurated as our 45th president, but I’m not ready to respect him in any way, shape or form — and with plenty of good reason. For starters, he finished second to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote, by...

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Should I apply for a job with the Trump team?

  You may have noticed that a few people who have denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms — Mitt Romney, for example — are now under consideration for appointment to important jobs in the new administration. Last spring, Romney called The Donald “a fraud” and “a phony,” among other things. But now the Mittster is said to be a possible appointee to the post of secretary of state. Certain other erstwhile critics of Trump are similarly situated. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who bad-mouthed the...

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Donald Trump has few, if any, firm beliefs

  Trying to figure what Donald John Trump will do in the White House is a daunting task, to put it mildly, and likely will become more so as his presidency becomes a reality. The fundamental problem here is that Trump frequently changes his mind — and usually without bothering to explain the changes. In the 17 months since he announced his presidential candidacy, his positions on everything from immigration to taxes to the minimum wage have shifted and then shifted again. And when he’s questioned about these shifts, he often...

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It doesn’t look very good for Donald Trump, does it?

  Tomorrow is Election Day — although tens of millions of Americans already have voted — and virtually every major poll has Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Republican Donald Trump. Am I gloating? Sure I am. But I’m also eager to hear any theories from die-hard Trump supporters on how their hero can pull off a surprise victory. I doubt that any such theory can make much sense, especially since Trump backers are not known for political sophistication. People who have swallowed The Donald’s ridiculous rhetoric are...

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