Bigger than Watergate? Not even close!

  Given his limited vocabulary, there’s reason to doubt that Donald Trump knows the meaning of the word “hyperbole.” Nor is it likely than many of his supporters are familiar with the term. “Hyperbole” is defined as an “extravagant exaggeration.” It’s the perfect word for Trump’s ridiculous claim that Hillary Clinton’s email problems are a bigger scandal than Watergate. That’s like saying that a trifling misdemeanor is the crime of the century. Nobody has been charged with...

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Does Trump favor the Cubs or the Indians?

  Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is likely to conspicuously express favor for either team in the 2016 World Series, the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians. After all, any politician with an ounce of common sense doesn’t want to offend the fans of either team. But, of course, there are good reasons to infer that these two candidates privately have their respective favorites in the Fall Classic.  Clinton, for example, is a native of Chicago and is said to have been a Cub fan since childhood. And Trump probably finds cause to...

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There’s one last very slim chance that Trump can win

  Four weeks from tomorrow, Americans will elect their next president — and it almost certainly will not be Donald Trump. I say “almost” because there remains the unlikeliest of chances that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy somehow will implode. But don’t bet on it. Republicans have been trying for decades to bring Clinton down, and they have failed utterly. Her only big electoral defeat was suffered eight years ago at the hands of fellow Democrat Barack Obama, who’s now campaigning for her to succeed him...

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Was there a winner or loser in the veep debate?

  In retrospect, trying to score last night’s vice presidential campaign debate between Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence is not as simple an exercise as one might have expected. The consensus among pundits, including liberals like me, is that Pence was the winner on style points. But style doesn’t tell the whole story. Kaine was the more aggressive of the two — more rude, one might say, with his penchant for interrupting Pence — but perhaps that served its purpose. He seemed determined from the outset...

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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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