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National Columnists

What part of ‘NO AMNESTY’ doesn’t DC understand?

The rumblings from the Beltway are ominous, my fellow Americans. As the U.S Supreme Court prepares to rule on President Donald Trump’s termination of the Obama administration amnesty and work permits for 800,000 young illegal immigrants sometime between now and June 2020, all the usual ...

California’s primary shows why early voting is a bad idea

Now will someone listen? Early voting is stupid. Under California’s new election protocols, as many as 40 percent of California voters voted early, either by mail or at voting centers, for Tuesday’s primary. And what about those who cast ballots for Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg or Tom ...

Biden gambit reeks of desperation

After Super Tuesday, all the headlines are heralding former Vice President Joe Biden’s remarkable “comeback” from dead in the water to front-runner and presumptive Democratic nominee. The New York Times’ Frank Bruni called it “some kind of miracle.” Please. It was anything ...

Biden’s second chance is one for the record books

Sweet relief. Super Tuesday was the worst setback for left-wing populism since Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party crashed and burned. But while the voters have handed Joe Biden another chance, it’s important to recognize why they’ve had doubts. From the start of this election cycle, ...

The candidate of the nonbelievers

Once upon a time, Bernie Sanders would have had another political vulnerability besides his socialism — namely, his atheism. In 2016, a Democratic National Committee staffer had to apologize after the WikiLeaks hack exposed an email he wrote that suggested using Bernie’s atheism ...

Another African tragedy

Here are a few headlines about an African tragedy: “Africa’s Worst Locust Plague in Decades Threatens Millions” (The Wall Street Journal), “‘Unprecedented’ Locust Invasion Approaches Full-Blown Crisis” (Scientific American), “Somalia Declares Locust Outbreak a ‘National ...

We’re all in this together

There is a disease going around, and I’m not talking only about the coronavirus. It’s a political disease, and it seems to be spreading, especially among certain politicians who are looking for another way to expel President Trump from office. Last week on the ABC program “The ...

The Establishment’s Ultimatum: Scuttle Bernie!

After Joe Biden’s blowout victory in South Carolina Saturday and the swift withdrawal of Tom Steyer, “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the decisive day of the race for the Democratic nomination, Super Tuesday, is at hand. Fourteen states — including California and Texas ...

Do Democrats not understand the 2020 Voters?

Historically, we Americans have been among the world’s most optimistic people. Why? One reason could be that every American, with the exception of those whose ancestors were already here when Columbus arrived or those whose ancestors were brought here in chains, is either herself an immigrant ...

Not everyone rejoiced at Weinstein verdict

The verdict in the Harvey Weinstein sex crimes case was described as both a disappointment and a victory. Some court watchers felt the shamed movie mogul should have been found guilty on all counts. Others said the decision ushered in a new era for survivors of sexual assault and tamped down, ...

Endless political campaigning is a curse for America

Why do Washington, D.C., politics seem like an endless episode of a Wile E. Coyote/Roadrunner cartoon, each party obsessed with bashing the other on a daily basis? Are you already sick of hearing about the U.S. presidential election? Do you have to strain to remember a time when there wasn’t ...

Bloomberg-Sanders battle could determine the Democrats’ future

The Bloomberg-Bernie battle is almost like a comic book come to life. The two combatants cover almost every cliche on the right-wing scorecard. The right couldn’t have invented a better candidate than Bernie Sanders. In 1971, he was kicked out of a commune for talking too much. In 1987 (!), ...

‘Contagion’ is back!

Nothing spreads like fear. That was the tagline of “Contagion,” a 2011 movie in which the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Matt Damon and Kate Winslet contend with a mysterious virus that soon decimates the globe. It earned good reviews, high marks for accuracy and $136 ...

American socialists don’t understand American business

At the heart of the rapidly spreading support for “socialism” in the United States is some pretty profound ignorance about business in the country. A recent article in Salon is a good example. Last weekend, the online mag published an excerpt from a new book by Micah Uetricht and Meagan ...

Revolutionary Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders leads the race for the Democratic nomination. He may become America’s first self-described “democratic socialist” president. What does that mean? Today, when Sanders talks about socialism, he says: “I’m not looking at Cuba. I’m looking at countries like ...

Michael Bloomberg and the politics of money

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been rising drastically in the national polling for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Frightened by that rise, Democratic candidates from center-left to communist have risen as one, declaring that Bloomberg has done the process dirty: By ...

Why aren’t Democrats issuing a Sanders alert?

In “Jaws 2,” Roy Scheider reprises his role as Police Chief Brody, the landlubber lawman forced to battle a great white shark. He’s convinced there’s another beast out there, but he can’t persuade anyone who matters. “Look at this. That’s a shark,” says Brody, waving a grainy ...

How Trumpcare could lower medical costs

In 2016, candidate Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with “something terrific.” The replacement never materialized. The repeal, however, had been making progress in a piece-by-piece fashion. President Trump has made a frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act by ...

US whining over Huawei 5G is hard to take seriously

PARIS — If the U.K. allows Chinese multinational Huawei to participate in building a new-generation cellular communications network, the CIA is going to take its ball and go home. That’s the message Mick Mulvaney, U.S. President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff, delivered in a speech ...

Is America ready for President Noam Chomsky?

Bernie Sanders may be on the verge of gaining an insurmountable lead in the Democratic nomination fight, but he’s not letting that get in the way of his socialist principles. Asked in a “60 Minutes” interview about old statements praising Fidel Castro’s supposed achievements in ...