Klobuchar coverage distorts her total package

Remember how folks despaired that the Democrats had “no bench?”  As it turns out, there is significant strength in the cluster of presidential candidates coming forward.  I don’t just say that because Donald Trump has lowered the bar on what it takes to be president or because, as the bumper sticker says, “Any Functioning Adult …

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“Maverick” McCain’s death leaves huge void

John McCain died on August 25th, the same day Ted Kennedy died nine years ago, from the same lethal disease. Two old warriors, who disagreed on much but fought for their principles in the national interest and became good friends in the process. But I wonder whether our celebration of him and his life would …

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Cutting taxes for rich isn’t tax reform

Let me get this right. A so-called tax “reform” bill that could screw up our economy, hurt millions of middle class families and is opposed by a strong majority of the American people is being rushed through the Republican-controlled Congress without serious deliberation simply because fat cat Republican donors have warned legislators that  their campaign …

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Can bipartisanship keep Trump at bay?

Donald Trump has left the White House. For 17 days. For a vacation in New Jersey. Is it safe to come out? Initially, I thought so.  After Senators John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski stood tall to defeat a miserable "skinny" bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, I was encouraged that bipartisan efforts …

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Training our sights on gun excess

It has been nearly a century since the New York Times published an editorial on its front page. It didn't do so during the Great Depression, the Holocaust or the Vietnam War. Today, in the wake of the lethal San Bernardino terrorist attack, the Times called for an end to the sale of certain kinds of weapons …

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Iraq: Hell no, we shouldn’t go

President Obama said Friday the United States will not be sending American troops back into Iraq. That was firmer than his earlier comment that every possible response to the sectarian war was on the table.  The difference is a important.  Insanity, we are told, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Earlier that day, Fourth …

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Final Debate – six days left to election

Last night's Senate debate between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez was a schoolyard scramble to see who could make the "old and stale" label stick. Gomez says it's Markey who's old and stale because he's been in Congress for 37 years.  Markey says it's Gomez, because he's touting old and stale Republican ideas, like opposition to assault …

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Markey needs to step it up

Senator John McCain is in Boston today to support Republican Gabriel Gomez' bid for the U.S. Senate race.  Gomez, a former Navy SEAL,  is expected to step up his attacks on Democratic Congressman Ed Markey for being soft on homeland security.  The "soft" votes can be explained, but to so-called independents parachuting late into this …

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Obama’s State-of-the-Union address tone-setting, but so what?

President Obama’s SOFU address was a good speech, not a great one. There were moments that were inspirational, but there were also moments that were, dare I say it, boring. In all, however, he was setting the right tone – bipartisan – and right course – centrist. Some conservatives wish this could have been his …

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Shattered dreams: No Dream Act for now

When I was eight years old, I knew my family, my neighbors and some of my elementary school classmates. I knew we lived in Boston, scarcely understood Massachusetts and had no sense of nations or nation-states. If my parents had decided to move, we would have moved, no questions asked. As told in the New …

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