Donald Trump is a really tough guy. He's so tough that he chickened out of debating a 74-year old socialist from Vermont. Tough guy Donald is so tough that after appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel show and challenging Bernie Sanders to debate, he chickened out when Bernie replied "Game on."
Presidents and their parties live and die on the performance of the economy. Every incumbent president defeated for reelection since World War I confronted a bad economy. Perceptions of economic health and economic opportunity shape voter choices and candidate strategies.
I am not suggesting things are perfect. But they are better for most Americans. And, they're sure as hell better than at any other time in my memory.
If a Democratic primary candidate can win 59 percent of the Party's "pledged" (primary- and caucus-won) delegates or more, the primary is decided by pledged delegates; if a Democratic primary candidate fails to meet that threshold, they are considered by DNC electoral processes to be a weak front-runner.
This weekend, as we reflect on remembrance and those who won't return from conflict, it is helpful to reflect on conflict itself and why we even have it. Resource scarcity is at the root of global conflict.
Our president just got back from Hiroshima, Japan, the site where we dropped the big one -- the only country to use it... so far. It struck up an important conversation with my kids.
Human Rights Now is not a slogan. It is a necessity for a democratic leader and a Nobel winner. The world is asking Aung San Suu Kyi to address this issue with compassion and decency.
Military commanders must think of sleep as a weapon that they can deploy. This means that the decision maker must be afforded the opportunity to gain sufficient rest. Rested commanders are the best commanders.
While not all of us will serve our country like our veteran community, all of us can participate in civilian service as a way to strengthen our communities and country while gaining a better understanding of and appreciation for our country's ideals.
The Sanders campaign is mounting a last ditch effort to persuade most of the 712 super-delegates (541 of whom have already declared for Clinton) to reconsider, on the premise that Sanders has the better shot at beating Trump. They're increasingly in a go-for-broke mood. Many Sanders supporters are far more militant than Sanders himself, and some are openly expressing the hope that Clinton will be indicted for some aspect of the email dust up. That seems highly improbable. However, Clinton has been unable to catch a break. The theme of her campaign has been experience and competence, but her improper use of a private email server suggested neither. It gives Trump a huge opening to challenge her honesty and probably signals a further decline in voter trust in Clinton.
Let's get this straight: The bureaucrats "in charge" of security knew Clinton was using a private email server since 2001 -- and they sent her email regularly to it between 2009 and 2013 -- but they wouldn't have given her permission to do that?
The never-ending, House-controlled GOP investigating committees have not found and will not find any new improprieties in the email flap. But that won't stop yet another committee from trying mightily to manufacture them.
I'm reading a book titled ORIGINALS: How Non-Conformists Move the World (by Adam Grant). In it, I've come across this passage that seems to illuminate something visible in our politics these days. In a chapter that starts out with a discussion of how the 19th century movement for women's...
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Voters have the right to know if Donald dodged taxes every year, just like he did in 1978 and 1979, while he routinely used public services like bankruptcy court that other taxpayers faithfully paid for with their IRS payments.
So, can the masses be trusted? How do you define the masses? Will they show up to vote? Will they be organized? Will they be fist-fighting just outside the polls?
I've experienced some trolling before, but was unprepared for the level of cruelty and viciousness Pakman's fans -- with his constant encouragement -- have displayed.
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When a conflict erupts in a state, some countries which are not bordered with the conflict-affected state use political opportunism to direct the war in their interest. Massoud Jazayiri, deputy head of Iran's Armed Forces, recently told Iran's Tasnim news agency, that Iran is ready to copycat the...
This week Donald Trump crossed the delegate threshold he needs to secure the Republican nomination. And the nation crossed the danger threshold of electing the most unstable, unready and extreme president in U.S. history. But not to worry, says Paul Manafort. In an interview with HuffPost's Howard Fineman, the Trump campaign manager assures us Trump will show America he can "fill the chair." And that ban on Muslims? "He's already started moderating on that," Manafort said. "He operates by starting the conversation at the outer edges and then brings it back towards the middle. Within his comfort zone, he'll soften it some more." The problem is that softened racism, xenophobia and misogyny are no less dangerous. Though the media, which has already retreated to horserace coverage, won't call Trump out, others will. Sheila Foster Anthony, sister of the late Vince Foster, spoke up about Trump's airing of conspiracy theories about her brother's death. "It is beyond contempt," she wrote, "that a politician would use a family tragedy to further his candidacy." But that's where Trump lives. And it should never be a part of America's comfort zone.
Like it or not, Trump has beat all rivals for the Republican nomination before the convention has even started. Just about everyone, except perhaps Trump's supporters, is surprised that he is the nominee. If you are surprised, you probably do not understand his communications strategy. In an effort to determine...
As I watch Trump raging against Elizabeth Warren and other women it strikes me that his verbal abuse is very much in the spirit of "the battered wife" syndrome. "Ugly pig. Disgusting! Bleeder!" Crook! Who knows? Could be murderer?" Women? I love them. Women? They love me! etc." Abuse. Abuse....