Columns

Goodbye ‘evil’ Facebook

If you don’t see me gushing over the pix of your Thanksgiving pies, take no offense. It’s not that your pie is a bore (though, frankly, it is). And it’s not because I unfriended you. It’s because Facebook has become a platform for the sort of fake news stories that helped elect Donald ...

Sexism? Misogyny? So last week

In the months leading up to the presidential election, the media coverage was full of references to the perils of running while female. A few headlines from this fall: PBS: “The hidden sexism that could sway the election.” The Atlantic: “Fear of a Female Candidate.” Fortune: ...

Republicans won – deal with it

Three years ago when Republicans were battling President Obama over the debt ceiling and a government shutdown, the president said, “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.” That is what Republicans ...

Reality check for Dems post-mortems

In spite of the inconvenient fact that when all the votes cast have been tallied (probably in early December) Hillary Clinton could turn out to have won the national popular vote by close to 2 million votes, Donald Trump did in fact win an impressive victory Nov. 8 and will become the 45th ...

Let’s help President-elect Trump repair immigration

Immigration was clearly the issue that galvanized many of Donald Trump's supporters. But if he is to try to unite the nation, he needs to think carefully about how to proceed. If he does it right, he could pleasantly surprise his critics, including me.Trump has repeatedly said he will cancel ...

Donald Trump’s astounding win: Polsters learn hard election lesson

Astounding. That's the best word to describe the tumultuous election night and the (to most people) surprise victory of Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton hoped to win with votes of Northeasterners, including those who have moved south along Interstate 95 to North Carolina and Florida (44 electoral ...

Trump’s 3 biggest enablers helped propel him to win

Donald Trump couldn't have accomplished his feat without three big enablers that deserve to be held accountable for what comes next.The first enabler has been the Republican Party.For years the GOP nurtured the xenophobia, racism, fact-free allegations and wanton disregard for democratic ...

President Obama gets stinging rebuke to his policies, legacy

In the course of about six hours, what was supposed to be a Republican existential crisis turned into a Republican wave.What was supposed to be a victory of the coalition of the ascendant became a dispiriting rout of the coalition that didn't show up.What was supposed to be the crowning ...

Cut red tape to spur startups

The rate of new, successful startups has slowed significantly since the Great Recession. Although it rose slightly last year for the first time since 2010, startup activity is still sluggish. More can - and should - be done to encourage entrepreneurial growth in the U.S.The onslaught of ...

Political 9/11 changes world

Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans' sense of safety and continuity. Financial markets went into convulsions, just as they did on that Sept. 11.The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave ...

Mourning after the night before

WASHINGTON - When I opened my front door Wednesday morning after little sleep and numb from a bad dream that wasn't a dream, a dreary rainfall glazed the sidewalk as two neighbors gazed blankly in my direction.As I leaned down to pick up my newspaper, a Carole King song filtered through my ...

Trump has chance to change narrative

NEW YORK - Donald Trump's impressive victory in Tuesday's election offers him a rare opportunity to change the narrative.Secular progressive policies at home and abroad are not working. The establishment has had its chance - multiple chances, in fact - to fix things, but it has failed, or ...

Gerald Ford and the ‘16 election

On Sept. 8, 1974, one month after he became the nation's only un-elected commander in chief, President Gerald R. Ford granted a "full, free, and absolute pardon" to his predecessor, the resigned Richard M. Nixon, "for all offenses against the United States which he ... has committed or may have ...

Very late bad news means early voting bad

If ever there was an argument against early voting, which has become used by most states in recent years, it is what has happened over the past week of this presidential election.With days to go before Election Day, we've learned that the FBI is investigating a trove of emails, ostensibly from ...

Is Team Clinton booting election? Trump taking advantage of slips

In my Nov. 1 column, I looked at the presidential election through the lens of the old children's radio show "Let's Pretend" - examining how things would look if it turned out that Donald Trump ends up winning.That would have required lots of pretending until recently. Two weeks ago, Hillary ...

Will Hillary Clinton get America back on track?

The parallels are striking. In the last decades of the 19th century - the so-called "Gilded Age" - America experienced inequality on a scale it had never before seen, combining wild opulence and searing poverty.American industry consolidated into a few giant monopolies, or trusts, headed by ...

Fighting racism where white workers are in poor condition, too

Since 2011, Maine's bombastic Republican governor Paul LePage has given America a taste of what it might be like to live under a Donald Trump presidency.Like Trump, LePage has made outrageous comments against immigrants and communities of color. They include telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt," ...

Economy votes for Clinton

Amid all the polling whiplash, one survey consistently backs Hillary Clinton, and with enthusiasm. Though not an official poll, it offers a relatively emotion-free referendum on the stakes in this presidential election. And its participants tend to be high-income and highly informed.We speak of ...

What a suprise: Trumpsters as bullies

Well, here we go.The attempt to intimidate Hillary Clinton's supporters at the polls has begun.ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning independent news organization, described Donald Trump supporters heckling voters at the elections office in West Palm Beach, Florida. They were captured on video ...

Perverting the presidency

WASHINGTON - The last place - and I do mean the very last place - any candidate wants to be is in the frame with Anthony Weiner.This is especially true if you're Hillary Clinton.Even worse than being associated with the infamous sexter this week is being FBI Director James Comey, the ...