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Will GOP repudiate Trump’s cruelty?

Will GOP repudiate Trump’s cruelty?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Republican politicians face a choice. They can accept Hillary Clinton’s invitation to abandon Donald Trump and prevent a redefinition of their party as a haven for bigotry. Or they can prop Trump up, try to maximize his vote—and thereby tarnish themselves for a generation. If there were any doubts about Trump’s […]

Both candidates leave one to wonder

Both candidates leave one to wonder

The fanciest word I found to label myself during the past two weeks is masochist or a person who is gratified by self-imposed pain.  While I did not sit glued to a TV throughout every minute of the two convention’s proceedings, I did muster the fortitude, by what’s believed self-denied means, to listen to almost every word each […]

Clinton takes the fight to Trump

Clinton takes the fight to Trump

By E.J. DIONNE JR.       PHILADELPHIA — Charging that Donald Trump “wants us to fear the future and fear each other,” Hillary Clinton took him on with the most powerful line in her party’s tradition.      “Well, a great Democratic president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than 80 […]

A choice between the uninspiring and the unfit

A choice between the uninspiring and the unfit

By MICHAEL GERSON       WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s convention week featured two of the most effective communicators in the Democratic Party offering different images of the nominee. In Bill Clinton’s version, she is a “change-maker” who has “never been satisfied with the status quo.” In Barack Obama’s telling, she has the “intelligence” and “judgment” to […]

Astoria Column is a summer must-see

Astoria Column is a summer must-see

Thoughts about my home town were inspired a few days ago by way of a short article in The Oregonian about one of Astoria’s landmarks.  The Astoria Column’s official dedication occurred 90 years ago on July 22, 1926. The column was built at the instigation of the president of the Great Northern Railway, Ralph Budd, who held […]

Clinton’s Philly vs. Trump’s Cleveland

Clinton’s Philly vs. Trump’s Cleveland

By E.J. DIONNE JR. After a raucous Republican convention nominated the very conservative Barry Goldwater in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson’s campaign ran an advertisement quoting William Scranton, Pennsylvania’s moderate governor, describing “Goldwaterism” as a “crazy-quilt collection of absurd and dangerous positions.” This is the week in which Clinton tried to nail down the support of […]

I got to go to the Disneyland of politics

I got to go to the Disneyland of politics

From the Capitol By Bill Post I thought this month I would give to you my thoughts on my experiences as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. I was honored to be elected as an “at large” delegate, one of only 10 from Oregon.  I attended the 2012 convention in Tampa as […]

Mike Pence is a sign of Trump’s weakness

Mike Pence is a sign of Trump’s weakness

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate is just what everyone is saying it is: a safe, traditional choice. Pence won’t hurt Trump too much and may help him with Republican politicians and some conservatives. But the pick is also—and more importantly—something else: a sign of […]

Leaders needed to keep US safe, secure

Leaders needed to keep US safe, secure

Should there be a hint of nervousness even in the most stalwart American heart nowadays, it may have something to do with the fact that another crazed Muslim extremist drove a big truck through a large crowd in Nice, France, murdering 84 persons and harming multiple others. France has become a dangerous place where already hundreds of lives have been lost to […]

America needs smart law enforcement

America needs smart law enforcement

By JOHN TEAGUE The July 7 events in Dallas, Texas can’t help but evoke something. I’m not especially given to sadness or grief; I have another, rather undefined emotion, and I hear other cops who share mine: it’s akin to consternation mixed with a bit of dread, and not so much for us cops as […]

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