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April 28, 2016

Paul Ryan wants to end Obamacare protections for people with pre-existing conditions

How anyone can vote for the GOP and its callous destructiveness I don't understand.

George Takei urges fellow Sanders supporters: Abandon 'family squabble' and back Clinton

April 27, 2016

Bernie's narrow path to victory

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(Photo by Figo Fromage)

Bernie Sanders says he still sees a narrow path to victory after the drubbing he took on Tuesday. This brought to mind the image above.

My running mate - Mrs. Danvers

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If Ted Cruz can announce a running mate, so can I.

My running mate will be Mrs. Danvers. She is loyal to a fault, meticulous, and can talk people into jumping out of windows. This latter skill will be invaluable in my administration. She promises she will not set the place on fire unless she is seriously disappointed. You wouldn't want to disappoint her, would you?

Fiorina accepts Cruz's running mate offer, sings to his daughters

A season without credit

This piece in Roll Call treats Donna Edwards like a fully realized person, while Chris Van Hollen is reduced to a stick figure. The substantial support he received from black leaders in MD is treated as an obvious betrayal, with not a word spent on acknowledging his accomplishments or considering that anyone might have a non-contemptible reason for supporting him. He is not allowed to be a real person; Julianne Malveaux actually referred to him as part of the "Master Plan" in a FB post. Scornful reference to "The Establishment" is treated as magically vanquishing any argument. As with Clinton vs. Sanders, those of us who care about actually getting something done are treated as part of the problem, as sellouts, by definition. I should not have to point out that, in my 36 years as a DC voter (having moved here from the MD 8th District which Van Hollen now represents), I have supported and worked productively with a great many African Americans and women.

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Pulling away from Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is turning to the fall

North Carolina Republican urges people to "keep our state straight"

What do you mean, "keep"? Here is a legislator with an inflated view of his power.

2016: the year of losing gracelessly

Frank Bruni on the "cult of sore losers":

All too often, contests don’t yield accepted conclusions and a grudging acquiescence by those who didn’t get their way. They prompt accusations of thievery, cries of illegitimacy and a determination to neuter the victor, nullify the results or reverse them as soon as possible.

Raskin, Brown win Democratic congressional primaries

Jamie Raskin is a strong ally of the District.

Van Hollen beats Edwards in MD Senate primary

April 26, 2016

Chait on the Cruz-Kasich agreement

Ted Cruz Tells Transgender Women to Only Use the 'Bathroom at Home'

Sen. Cruz, we are not going to have that kind of country. We are going to defeat you and your intolerant crew.

April 21, 2016

Trump criticizes NC leaders over HB2

The trick to being an effective demagogue is maintaining your unpredictability.

Kasich shows his contempt for District voters

Kasich doesn't even bother to conceal his disdain and naked partisanship. Do not tell me this man is moderate.

April 20, 2016

"Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go?"

My Blade column this week looks at the upcoming British referendum on exiting the European Union, and finds lessons for the Colonies.

April 18, 2016

John Kasich thinks LGBT people facing discrimination should 'just get over it.'

Please stop calling this guy a moderate.

April 17, 2016

Debates to dominoes

I think Hillary did herself more good by playing dominoes in East Harlem than Bernie did by taking a junket to the Vatican.

April 15, 2016

Court unseals investigative file from ex-D.C. mayor Gray campaign probe

April 09, 2016

Dellinger: How to eat a newspaper

My friend Walter Dellinger shares a priceless anecdote on the WaPo letters page. Here is an excerpt:

Home Page Politics Opinions Sports Local National World Business Tech Lifestyle Entertainment Crosswords Video Photography Washington Post Live Live Chats Real Estate Cars Jobs WP BrandConnect Classifieds Partners washingtonpost.com 1996-2016 The Washington Post Terms of Service Privacy Policy Submissions and Discussion Policy RSS Terms of Service Ad Choices Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email More Options Letters to the Editor Here’s one way to eat newsprint Resize Text Print Article Comments 0 Book mark article Read later list Saved to Reading List (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) April 8 at 7:30 PM In Dana Milbank’s March 27 Sunday Opinion column, “What goes well with fried newsprint?,” he wrote about fulfilling his promise to eat a newspaper.

My grandfather ate the Charlotte Observer. Regularly. The entire paper. I’m not making this up. Ray Lawing was an off-and-on alcoholic. Even though he had abandoned my mother when she was a child, she took him in when he had no place else to go. (She did not claim to be acting out of moral duty: “He was just such good company,” she said. “Always good for a laugh.”)

He would consume the Observer while sitting in the yard watching me play. (For understandable reasons, he was not allowed to eat the newspaper in the house.) He would carefully tear each page into strips, then liberally salt each strip and chew it.

The whole thing is here.

All the President's Men at 40

Michael Cavna reports for WaPo:

CARL BERNSTEIN has a favorite shot — a powerful, wordless visual within a film rippling with verbiage. It is the moment when everything elevates as metaphor.

It is, Bernstein says, “the Library of Congress shot.”

The film is “All the President’s Men,” Alan J. Pakula’s classic journalism procedural, which today celebrates the 40th anniversary of its release. And the shot in question begins with a tight overhead of The Washington Post’s Watergate reporters, Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford), as they painstakingly thumb through thousands of the library’s circulation file cards.

The vantage point “progresses from floor/desk-level to the rotunda of the library,” Bernstein tells me. “The shot, and the scene itself, as the overwhelming number of card-files are brought to the reporters — they got a bit more than they bargained for in all their cleverness — brilliantly illustrates both the monumental and granular challenges of real reporting, as well as the context of what is going on at the time in our own [Woodward and Bernstein’s] situation at that juncture.”

Below, the matchless Jason Robards as WaPo editor Ben Bradlee.

April 07, 2016

Avoid these election-year mistakes

April 05, 2016

Justice Department Investigating Maricopa County, Arizona After Primary Election Chaos

April 03, 2016

Bruni: a coalition-straining, brand-sullying mistake for the GOP

March 30, 2016

Andrea Mitchell: Trump Is 'Completely Uneducated' About The World

Andrea Mitchell sums it up well.

Republican Senate candidate with lesbian daughter continues to oppose same-sex marriage

He opposes our marriage rights, but somehow we're the intolerant ones. And America's Founders were intolerant of King George.

March 29, 2016

Capehart: What Susan Sarandon said about Trump was out of this world

Jonathan Capehart lets Susan Sarandon have it.

The unbearable whiteness of electoral politics

Scary electoral prospects on both sides of the pond

Worst Governor in America endorses Worst Senator in America

Trump campaign manager charged with assault

Secret Service: no guns at GOP convention

Those hoping for a Republican shoot-em-up in Cleveland may be disappointed.

March 24, 2016

NYC mayor and police commissioner slam Cruz over anti-Muslim demagoguery

Bravo to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for their comments excoriating Ted Cruz over his hateful and utterly counterproductive demagoguery.

March 23, 2016

Obama Slams Ted Cruz: 'I Just Left a Country That Engages in Neighborhood Surveillance'

Kansas Governor Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Bill Into Law

Civil rights leaders condemn ‘religious freedom’ bills

A brief response to Rep. Blum

March 22, 2016

The choice for Commander-in-Chief: a stateswoman or a narcissist?

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My thoughts while comparing foreign policy remarks by an experienced stateswoman versus a bullshitting narcissist:

The most vital presidential traits are not about public ceremonies and photo ops. They are summoned during grim, tense hours in the Situation Room. In a moment of crisis, do you really want a posturing amateur? No. You want someone who's been there, someone with experience--including vivid memories of when things went terribly wrong.

In the dark, fraught hours, when you watch and wait from oceans away as our nation's finest warriors must summon all their training amid grave danger, there are no illusions about your job being some slow, grand march to glory. It is humbling and sobering to know how many lives are implicated in every decision. Will you be meeting their coffins in a hangar at Dover AFB, comforting their loved ones?

This is a sacred trust. You cannot be glib about this. The job calls for someone who has been there, who knows the stakes, who has the relationships with foreign leaders to make the difficult calls at midnight to keep a confrontation from boiling over, or to summon and facilitate a global response to a tragedy. You need someone with the seasoning of hard experience. You need a survivor. You need someone who's ready. Hillary for President.

Merrick Garland and Blacktracking

My Blade column this week looks at the politics swirling around the Merrick Garland nomination to #SCOTUS. I am with the president.

#DoYourJob

March 21, 2016

Notes on Hillary Clinton's AIPAC speech

Hillary Clinton showed her political skills and foreign policy chops in her AIPAC speech Monday. She mixed pandering to a key constituency (and let's be honest, there certainly was some old-fashioned pandering) with a reiteration of longstanding American policy. Her bellicose tone in delivering it, which brought those in attendance repeatedly to their feet, likely gave some the impression that she was distancing herself from Obama, whose personal relations with Netanyahu are famously chilly; but she defended and tied herself to the Iranian nuclear accord. She could hardly do otherwise, since her fingerprints are all over it.

It was noteworthy how quiet she got in talking about still believing in a two-state solution. Her invoking the memory of Golda Meir as a woman leader of Israel, and grinning as she asked what's taken America so long, was a nice touch. Her citing Jerusalem Pride was entirely fitting despite the cries of "Pinkwashing!" by radicals on the left whose moral scorn only seems turned to the Jewish state. Her slamming of the BDS movement and its targeting of academics is also sound; after all, we do not boycott China and Russia, and as I write this our president is in Cuba--all of which are led by notoriously oppressive regimes.

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