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You're not in 'the resistance' if you're using Trump's playbook

By Jonathan Zimmerman The Washington Post You know who you are. You condemn President Donald Trump for mocking large groups of people, then you mock anyone who voted for him. You revile him for trafficking in conspiracy theories, then…

icon Posted: 18 August 2019 [08:19 PM]

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Sunday 08/18/2019
Israel's ban of Omar and Tlaib is a grave misstep away from tolerance
icon Posted: 18 August 2019 [08:03 PM]

The Washington Post The Washington Post reports, “Caught between the opposing views of President Trump and Democratic leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed himself on Thursday and decided to prohibit Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., from…

Friday 08/16/2019
Hickenlooper's graceful exit sets a standard for other candidates
icon Posted: 16 August 2019 [06:26 PM]

The Washington Post Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper is getting out of the presidential race. His exit video was classy and responsible. Judging from the video’s tone and production value, I’d put good money on him running for Senate in…

Lazarus wrote the lyrics. Cuccinelli erases the memory.
icon Posted: 16 August 2019 [06:25 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Songs aid memorization. When I was in fourth grade in Indiana in the 1970s, our music teacher, Miss Burke, taught us to sing “Fifty Nifty United States.” Like everyone else in my class,…

Tuesday 08/06/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Growing up isn't so bad
icon Posted: 06 August 2019 [07:57 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, why do we need to grow up? Nancy-teen. Wow! That’s a very good question, Nancy. It sounds like you don’t really want to grow up. And I can’t blame you because sometimes I don’t really want to either.…

Tuesday 07/23/2019
GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Take advantage of your teen years
icon Posted: 23 July 2019 [07:54 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, what is the best advice, you as an adult, can give me a teenager? -Alex Well, Alex, a wise old man once told me this valuable piece of advice that I’m now going to pass on to you.…

Friday 07/19/2019
Thank (or blame) Justice Stevens for your binge-watching habit
icon Posted: 19 July 2019 [07:13 PM]

The Washington Post Many Americans are mourning John Paul Stevens, the retired Supreme Court justice who died Tuesday at age 99, as the liberal lion who stood for gay rights, campaign-finance reform and government power to regulate gun ownership. All…

Eric Garner is proof that we need to reform excessive force laws
icon Posted: 19 July 2019 [07:12 PM]

Special to the Washington Post After an unconscionable five-year wait, the Justice Department announced Tuesday that it would not bring any criminal charges in connection with the death of Eric Garner. Yet again, we have another failure to pursue a…

Tuesday 07/16/2019
GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Handling ingratitude
icon Posted: 16 July 2019 [06:53 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, what happens to ungrateful children when they become adults? Linda-mother of an ungrateful child. Well, Linda, we know that this big world can be unforgiving. We also know how good our kids have it under our roofs. However,…

Friday 07/12/2019
'Disrespectful': Ocasio-Cortez on Pelosi singling out women of color
icon Posted: 12 July 2019 [08:44 PM]

The Washington Post The tension between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and several high-profile freshman lawmakers has been building arguably since before their elections, and it seems to be cresting. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., comments this week to The Washington…

Amazon tries to prove it's not a Dickensian workhouse
icon Posted: 12 July 2019 [08:43 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion You can identify companies’ sore spots by what gets them angry. Last week, the executive in charge of Amazon.com’s logistics operation tweeted a rebuttal to a television show. Comedian John Oliver had devoted one of his trademark…

Wednesday 07/03/2019
Trump in danger of repeating Obama's Iran mistake
icon Posted: 03 July 2019 [03:19 PM]

Bloomberg President Donald Trump, who seems obsessed with undoing his predecessor’s legacy, is in danger of repeating Barack Obama’s fundamental mistake on Iran: Making the confrontation with the Islamic Republic almost exclusively about nuclear weapons. In recent weeks, Trump has…

Sunday 06/30/2019
Climate change is scary; 'Horns' from smartphone use aren't
icon Posted: 30 June 2019 [08:50 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Reporters and editors at mainstream media outlets should be on their best behavior these days, after years of accusations of “fake news.” But there’s a type of misleading reporting that many are finding hard to avoid: the creation…

Friday 06/28/2019
How Biden should go on offense
icon Posted: 28 June 2019 [02:44 PM]

The Washington Post In the first Democratic debate Wednesday night, one telling moment came when the 10 presidential candidates onstage were asked what they’d do if Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is still majority leader in 2021 and stands ready to…

Wednesday 06/26/2019
Tuesday 06/25/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: What teens wish parents knew
icon Posted: 25 June 2019 [06:40 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, what do teenagers wish their parents knew? Coran- A Dad. Well, Coran, I’d start with telling you what I’ve told thousands of parents over the last two decades. Your children won’t tell you, but they really do want…

In defense of the not-so-cute animals
icon Posted: 25 June 2019 [02:53 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Way back in 1979, the evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould made a case that cuteness is not an arbitrary notion, but a measurable trait that can make people feel protective and nurturing. Scientists have since measured the trait…

The slow-motion disaster of Trump's foreign policy
icon Posted: 25 June 2019 [02:50 PM]

The Washington Post Having withdrawn the United States from a series of international agreements, then spending a couple of years denigrating NATO while wondering why more countries aren’t paying us protection money, President Donald Trump is apparently not so hot…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: What teenagers wished their parents knew
icon Posted: 25 June 2019 [02:14 PM]

Granddaddy’s Secrets Dear Granddaddy, what do teenagers wish their parents knew? Coran- A Dad. Well, Coran, I’d start with telling you what I’ve told thousands of parents over the last two decades. Your children won’t tell you, but they really…

Friday 06/21/2019
Where in the US the microbrewery jobs are overflowing
icon Posted: 21 June 2019 [04:24 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion There are those who complain that the U.S. has lost a lot of its regional distinctiveness. “It wasn’t just the coffee shops - bars, restaurants, even the architecture of all the new housing going up in these cities…

Biden's trouble isn't his past, it's his present
icon Posted: 21 June 2019 [04:23 PM]

The Washington Post Former Vice President Joe Biden’s gaffe in boasting of his work “across the aisle” (actually, they were Democrats, making the story he told even more inapt) with segregationist Southern senators in the 1970s hasn’t gone away as…

Wednesday 06/19/2019
What's our Iran policy? Trump just sows confusion
icon Posted: 19 June 2019 [07:36 PM]

The Washington Post The Washington Post reports on escalating tensions between the United States and Iran after apparent Iranian attacks on tanker ships and a threat to exceed the enrichment levels set out in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action…

Tuesday 06/18/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Our best days are ahead
icon Posted: 18 June 2019 [06:34 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, what screams, “I peaked in high school!”? Keith Well, Keith, for many of us, especially the successful high school athletes, theater stars, or any others who stood out in high school, it can feel like we peaked in…

Friday 06/14/2019
Saving the world might mean accepting slower growth
icon Posted: 14 June 2019 [07:09 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Economists teach us that resources don’t just run out. As something becomes scarcer, its price rises, triggering a search for new supplies or the discovery of substitutes. We’ve seen it happen over the past two decades in the…

What to do about disloyal President Trump
icon Posted: 14 June 2019 [06:58 PM]

The Washington Post President Donald Trump has publicly invited foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 election without fear of being exposed. This denigrates, if not directly countermands, the FBI director’s direction to report such contacts and confirmed the gravamen…

Wednesday 06/12/2019
Biden gambles by blasting Trump as an 'existential threat'
icon Posted: 12 June 2019 [07:48 PM]

The Washington Post It’s become a major fault line in Democratic politics: Is President Donald Trump himself the chief cause of all that ails us? Or does Trump’s ascendancy reflect much broader pathologies afflicting the Republican Party - its increasing…

The US accepts Israel's territorial rights
icon Posted: 12 June 2019 [07:34 PM]

Jewish News Syndicate U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s remarks over the weekend, in which he indicated Israel could annex parts of Judea and Samaria, are not so dramatic as they seem. As former President George W. Bush’s famous letter…

Tuesday 06/11/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: To find love, start with yourself
icon Posted: 11 June 2019 [07:31 PM]

Granddaddy’s Secrets Dear Granddaddy, I’m a 15-year old girl and I really want to have a baby. What should I do? Taylor- student. Taylor, listen, I get it. I honestly do. We all want to have someone who will love…

Oil's next great deflationary force: Taxes
icon Posted: 11 June 2019 [07:21 PM]

Liam Denning Bloomberg Opinion In a commodity business, cost is king. The efficient producer ultimately wins more business and more investment - and that is as true for countries as it is for companies. The shale boom, along with slowing…

Some great American stories were never told
icon Posted: 11 June 2019 [07:21 PM]

Column Earlier this week I traveled to central Illinois to speak at a memorial service at Eureka College, my dad’s alma mater, on the 15th anniversary of his death. As I flew halfway across the country and talked to many…

Friday 06/07/2019
Two years later, Qatar has shrugged off Saudi embargo
icon Posted: 07 June 2019 [07:31 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Two years ago today, the tottering edifice known as the Gulf Cooperation Council collapsed in a heap when three of its members-Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain-announced an embargo on a fourth, Qatar. The troika, joined…

More solidarity would make the EU stronger
icon Posted: 07 June 2019 [07:30 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Greece and Poland are stepping up their demands for Germany to pay reparations for World War II. This may appear to be little more than an attempt to pander to domestic voters. But, in fact, it’s an effort…

Wednesday 06/05/2019
Working-class women need their #MeToo stories told
icon Posted: 05 June 2019 [04:49 PM]

Special to The Washington Post McDonald’s does a world-class job of churning out predictably perfect french fries, milkshakes and hamburgers, but it has struggled to get something of much higher importance right across its 14,000 franchises in 100 countries -preventing…

Which progressive could topple Joe Biden?
icon Posted: 05 June 2019 [04:48 PM]

The Washington Post The past 48 hours should remind Democrats and the rest of the country of the necessity of picking a candidate capable of beating President Donald Trump in 2020. Imagine a president who will not go overseas to…

Tuesday 06/04/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Finding your purpose in life
icon Posted: 04 June 2019 [07:49 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, doesn’t life just seem pointless? We’re born, we live a little while, then we die? Woody Well, Woody, I can see the math, science, and logic in your question. However, we humans are a little more than just…

Sunday 06/02/2019
Friday 05/31/2019
Democrats must repackage the Mueller report
icon Posted: 31 May 2019 [07:18 PM]

Special to The Washington Post With few exceptions, I prefer reading the book to seeing the movie, but most people remember images, voices and dialogue - “You can’t handle the truth” (“A Few Good Men”), “You’re gonna need a bigger…

Self-immolation can be a form of protest, or a cry for help
icon Posted: 31 May 2019 [07:12 PM]

The Washington Post Whatever Arnav Gupta was trying to tell us when he set himself on fire Wednesday near the White House while wearing a USA T-shirt, America needs to listen. Self-immolation is a shocking, final act, the primal scream…

ERIN STEWART: Public art is vital to a city
icon Posted: 31 May 2019 [07:01 PM]

Column The artist Georgia O’Keeffe said it best, “Filling a space in a beautiful way - that is what art means to me.” Recently, we unveiled the first of 25 bee sculptures that are part of a public art…

Thursday 05/30/2019
Trump helped Russia interfere with the election
icon Posted: 30 May 2019 [06:56 PM]

The Washington Post President Donald Trump has been obsessed with the stain Russia’s interference in the 2016 election has left on his presidency. His refusal to recognize that interference, his willingness to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin’s propaganda denying responsibility,…

Virginia's Democrats enter a season of doubt after scandals
icon Posted: 30 May 2019 [06:50 PM]

Special to The Washington Post The silly season in Virginia politics usually doesn’t begin until after the Fourth of July, but there’s not much silly about this summer in Virginia politics. It’s been ugly out there for a long time.…

Tuesday 05/28/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Good teachers love teaching
icon Posted: 28 May 2019 [07:56 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, what kind of teachers do students appreciate? Jane- college student. Jane, I’m guessing that you may be an aspiring teacher. If I am correct, then good for you. You have a great life’s journey ahead of you. As…

Friday 05/24/2019
E.J. DIONNE: Donald Trump goes on strike
icon Posted: 24 May 2019 [06:59 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - It’s often said that when our founders wrote the Constitution, they had a leader like Donald Trump in mind when they included various safeguards for our liberties and against abuses of presidential power. I think that…

How will Congress answer Trump's contempt?
icon Posted: 24 May 2019 [06:56 PM]

President Donald Trump has ordered his former White House counsel, Donald McGahn, to defy a congressional subpoena. In support of this maneuver, the president’s lawyers have marshaled what looks like a bipartisan legal consensus that a president’s senior advisers are…

Pelosi goads Trump into yet another temper tantrum
icon Posted: 24 May 2019 [06:54 PM]

The Washington Post Nancy Pelosi has done it before. Earlier this year, she called President Donald Trump’s bluff, held tough and forced him to reopen the government after he shut it down over the wall. She has a knack…

Tuesday 05/21/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: College is an investment in the future
icon Posted: 21 May 2019 [07:37 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, Does my mom have the right to tell me to finish college when she herself never finished? Jessica Well, Jessica, I’m not sure if it really comes down to a right. If you’re in college, I’m assuming you’re…

Friday 05/17/2019