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Ted Cruz’s fall from grace took time

WASHINGTON - When Shakespeare wrote the "truth will out," he must have had Ted Cruz in mind.Cruz's truth - or his true self - has been leaking by steady drips ever since he began his candidacy, which was at approximately 12:10 p.m. on January 3, 2013, when Cruz was sworn in as a freshman ...

Inequality will just get worse until something, or someone changes it

Imagine, after a deep sleep, you suffered the fate of Rip Van Winkle and woke in the spring of 2040. What might you find?Among other things, maybe a presidential candidate railing against America's concentration of wealth. Except this time, it's not the 1 percent that owns as much wealth as the ...

Cruz pandering on Fiorina selection

At the tricky art of pandering - a candidate's seeking the support of a specific group of voters by telling them what the candidate calculates that group wants to hear - nobody in 2016 has been more blatant than Sen. Ted Cruz's recently named running mate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly ...

Reaganism is dead as a doornail

A longtime Republican conservative emailed me after Donald Trump's Tuesday night romp through the "Acela corridor." "Is the GOP now the anti-trade, anti-immigrant party?"I don't think so, but take no comfort in the reason: Republicans haven't signed on to protectionism and nativism (or at ...

Presidential frontrunners close in on nominations

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's sweep of five Northeastern primaries and Hillary Clinton's victories in four of the five have moved the 2016 presidential election process to the brink of decision in both parties, and a prospective Trump-Clinton faceoff in November.Trump's pickup of 109 convention ...

Republicans now taking aim at womens’ economic survival

We heard a lot about the "war on women" during the 2012 election cycle - mostly over Republican attacks on abortion rights and birth control.While the phrase has faded in this election year go-round, the war on women has not. The only change is that now we're fighting on two fronts - ...

Indictments don’t absolve Snyder in Flint water crisis

For Gov. Rick Snyder, the first criminal charges filed in the Flint water crisis are an apparent vindication of his long-standing defense: that career bureaucrats, not Snyder or his top lieutenants, poisoned Flint.And it's true that the three men charged, the first significant outcome of an ...

Trump isn’t ‘presumptive nominee’

Donald Trump has declared himself, after following up his New York win April 19 with victories in five other Northeastern states Tuesday, the "presumptive nominee" of the Republican Party. Is it a done deal?Not quite. Trump's 40 percent of total primary votes so far have yielded him 48 percent ...

Crime can pay if it’s big enough

Wow, $5 billion.That's the stunning amount Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay to settle federal criminal charges over its shameful financial scams, which helped wreck America's economy in 2008. That's a lot of gold, even for Goldman.Yet the Wall Street powerhouse says it's "pleased" to swallow ...

Puerto Rican bonds probably not a great move for small investor

The TV ads flash the noble faces of American retirees and urge Washington to help protect their savings. The back story is kept rather vague. It's that many older people invested in Puerto Rican bonds. The U.S. territory's economy is in deep crisis, and it has begun defaulting on this debt.The ...

Cameron cornered in money scandal

It's said that there's nothing more vicious than a wild animal that's cornered. I'd add that there's nothing more devious than a top corporate or political official caught in a hypocritical scandal.Witness the huge menagerie of political critters who've recently been backed into a corner by the ...

Plato, Aristotle and, oh dear, Trump

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle - not so much.Distilled, Aristotle thought rhetoric good for democracy, though his definition of "by the people" was closer to our Founding Fathers' intent of only certain people than to today's more-the-merrier ...

Death gap: Richest Americans now live 10-15 years longer than poorest

Rich people live longer than poor people. No big news there - we've known that health tracks wealth for quite some time now.But here's what we haven't known: The life-expectancy gap between rich and poor in the United States is actually accelerating.Since 2001, American men among the nation's ...

Sanders campaign making history

Before ever running for the White House, our typical presidential candidate has already won and held high public office, having served as a governor, mayor or member of Congress.These candidates have almost always known previous political success before nearly every one of them fails in the ...

Liberal, silent majority gets little attention

A few days before Bernie Sanders lost badly in the New York primary, 27,000 souls filled Washington Square Park, many wildly cheering him on. The political media consensus interpreted the scene as evidence of surging support for the senator from Vermont. It did not occur to them that: The crowd ...

N.Y. home-state winners have problems

Home-state candidates notched up impressive victories in New York's presidential primaries Tuesday. Donald Trump topped 50 percent for the first time - and handsomely, with 60 percent of Republican votes. And Hillary Clinton won 58 percent of Democratic votes in her adopted home state.Trump's ...

Comeback kids in New York still have a long way to go

WASHINGTON - The results in the New York presidential primaries were not decisive in either party, but they certainly were course corrections after brief stalls in the dashes of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton toward their party nominations.Their losses in the Wisconsin primary, particularly ...

N.Y. home-state winners have problems

Home-state candidates notched up impressive victories in New York's presidential primaries Tuesday. Donald Trump topped 50 percent for the first time - and handsomely, with 60 percent of Republican votes. And Hillary Clinton won 58 percent of Democratic votes in her adopted home state.Trump's ...

Military contractors: Industry is making a killing on war

The 2016 presidential elections are proving historic, and not just because of the surprising success of self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, the lively debate among feminists over whether to support Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump's unorthodox candidacy.The elections are also ...

Get the lead out of drinking water

Gov. Rick Snyder's call for much tighter lead standards in Michigan will be expensive to achieve, but it is an essential investment. Responding to the Flint water crisis, the governor on Friday laid out a broad proposal to make Michigan's limits on contaminants in drinking water far stricter ...