Category Archives: National Columnist

Is Jill Stein the Ralph Nader of 2016?

Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, favors alternative energy — and she leads by example. On Tuesday, she burned one of her own supporters. Stein, making an appearance at the National Press Club in Washington, took her campaign on an unexpected detour when she accused the famed leftist Noam Chomsky of being cowardly. The… Continue Reading

Hillary’s heel

When I wrote the headline “Hillary’s heel,” I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife’s pantsuit hem. Hillary Clinton’s Achilles’ heel is her very Clinton-ness. Just as her husband was willing to parse the meaning of the word “is” rather than admitting his foibles… Continue Reading

Trump never really had an immigration policy

Donald Trump made a seemingly momentous announcement on Monday, jettisoning a presidential campaign’s worth of assertions that he would deport millions of undocumented immigrants and close what he has repeatedly called an “open” border. Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly, who interviewed Trump, was obviously stunned. After telling Trump that the news media is “running wild… Continue Reading

Trump is the Churchillian leader we need

In the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, American voters were forced to choose between a liberal Democrat and weak establishment Republicans. Democrats won both times. In the 2010 and 2014 midterms, tired of the leftist agenda, voters sent an unmistakable message to Washington: Republicans took control of the Senate and filled more seats in the… Continue Reading

Column: The price of powerlessness

This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised. It should be. It should be alarmed. Iran’s intensely nationalistic revolutionary regime had never permitted foreign forces to operate from its soil. Until now. The reordering of the Middle East is… Continue Reading

Column: Getting fed up with democracy

Maybe Donald Trump didn’t create an appetite for authoritarianism. Maybe an appetite for authoritarianism created Donald Trump. Many of us in the media have portrayed Trump as a uniquely dangerous threat to democracy, an aspiring strongman with little regard for checks on executive power by other branches of government, the media or the Constitution. And… Continue Reading

Column: Trump and blacks

Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order? But sanity on racial issues is sufficiently rare that it must be welcomed, from whatever source it comes. When establishment Republicans have addressed the problems of… Continue Reading

Beach burkini bingo

Once upon a time, a scantily clad lass padding down a beach might cause a riot — at least of eyeballs eager to extend the sidelong glance. Today, it’s the fully clothed woman who overheats the passions in France, where three towns have banned the burkini. Leave it to the French to criminalize modesty. Latest… Continue Reading

Trump and the media play the blame game

A richly reported New York Times account on Sunday of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign — and his refusal to stick to the script his advisers have written – struck a chord with the Republican nominee. As Trump is wont to do when he feels attacked, he took to social media, launching a tweetstorm of criticism at… Continue Reading

Sweet pork with a touch of ginger

Sweet pork with a touch of ginger

GINGER-GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN  Servings: makes 8 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes; refrigeration time: 24 hours Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes; standing time: 5 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 pork tenderloins (1- to 1 1/4-pound each) 2 cups regular chicken broth 4 tablespoons grated fresh gingerroot 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons sesame oil 2 cloves garlic,… Continue Reading

Column: Trump tries to wreck the political system

Apparently we’ve reached the part where Donald Trump, not satisfied with having demolished the Republican Party, tries to bring down the rest of the political system as well. No one should be surprised. The garbage that comes out of his mouth gets more vile and putrid by the day. On Tuesday, he suggested that fervent… Continue Reading

To each his own Olympics

You may be thrilled by the feats of Katie Ledecky, mesmerized by the grace of the women gymnasts, startled by Rio spectators mocking U.S. soccer star Hope Solo with chants of “Zika! Zika!” (the first recorded instance, noted one wit, of a stadium rocking to the invocation of a virus). Allow me, however, to interrupt… Continue Reading

New critics of Trump

A year ago, in August 2015, this column called “The Donald” the Democrats’ Trump card. It is hard to imagine any other Republican candidate who could rescue a thoroughly discredited Hillary Clinton from a devastating defeat in this year’s election. Now 50 prominent Republicans with foreign policy and national security experience have taken the unprecedented step… Continue Reading

How to spend more time outdoors

How to spend more time outdoors

Getting outside to enjoy the great outdoors can reduce the likelihood that a person will live a sedentary lifestyle that can negatively affect long-term health. But many adults are spending too much time indoors. In its 2014 OUT is IN national survey, the National Recreation and Park Association found that 28 percent of adults in… Continue Reading

Trump’s big economic speech only hurt him

Donald Trump’s speech at the Detroit Economic Club, if anything, only hurt him at a time he’s plunging in the polls. Here are seven reasons: 1. To put it bluntly, wonkish and intellectually honest Republicans of the type who would pay attention to an economic speech long ago figured out Trump is a fraud. They… Continue Reading

Sweet, savory salmon on the grill

Sweet, savory salmon on the grill

HONEY-GINGER SALMON Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 5 minutes; refrigeration time: 30 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 green onion, chopped 1 pound salmon fillets Mix orange juice, soy sauce, honey,… Continue Reading

Why a Trump loss in November could still be destructive

All Americans should be alarmed by Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone’s suggestion that Trump claim Hillary Clinton is trying to steal the election. Asserting that there is already “widespread voter fraud,” Stone said Trump should say that “if there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate — we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil… Continue Reading

Paging Dr. Rove — Trump’s puzzling head case

Two years ago, Karl Rove caused a stir when he planted a seed that Hillary Clinton might have suffered brain damage from a fall. My, how things have changed. Today, Clinton’s brain seems to be working just fine, though it’s less than clear that Donald Trump’s is. Much has been written about Trump’s narcissism, by… Continue Reading

The sinking fantasy that Trump would defend the Constitution

Like shipwrecked mariners clinging to a floating mast, many Republicans rationalize supporting Donald Trump because of “the court.” This two-word incantation means: Because we care so much for the Constitution, it is supremely important to entrust to Trump the making of Supreme Court nominations. Well. In a Republican candidates debate, Trump complained that Ted Cruz… Continue Reading

Donald Trump and the fitness threshold

Donald Trump, the man who defied every political rule and prevailed to win his party’s nomination, last week took on perhaps the most sacred political rule of all: Never attack a Gold Star family. Not just because it alienates a vital constituency but because it reveals a shocking absence of elementary decency and of natural… Continue Reading

Trump’s shallowness runs deep

In the 1870s, when Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall controlled New York City, and in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chicago’s Democratic machine was especially rampant, there was a phenomenon that can be called immunity through profusion: Fresh scandals arrived with metronomic regularity, so there was no time to concentrate on any of them. The public,… Continue Reading

The facts behind Donald Trump’s many falsehoods

Donald Trump’s long-tortured relationship with the truth is nearing a point of total estrangement. The Republican presidential nominee tweeted over the weekend that rival Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats “are trying to rig the debates” by scheduling them during NFL games. (In fact, the bipartisan debate commission, independent of parties and candidates, announced the… Continue Reading

Light, fresh, full of flavor

Light, fresh, full of flavor

CAPRESE CHICKEN  Servings: makes 4 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: less than 15 minutes INGREDIENTS 4 (6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 2 large plum tomatoes, cut into 8 slices 1/2 cup shredded part-skim… Continue Reading

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