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    September 1, 2017

    This might sting a little

    You might want to sit down for this one. A bipartisan group of 35 members of Congress is working together to try to solve some of this country’s problems. I told you you might want to sit down for that. The group is called, aptly, the Problem Solvers Caucus. It sounds like a great idea, no? But if you’re old enough to read this column, then you know that things aren’t always as they seem. But before we dive into …

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    August 16, 2017

    Charlottesville and the fascists in Trump's White House

    The events of Charlottesville have thrust into the news and into our consciousness the presence of Nazis and white supremacists in our midst and in our society. In reaction to the killing of an anti-fascist protester by a white supremacist, President Trump condemned violence “on many sides.” But this is a false equivalency. There is no equivalency between the level of Nazi/white supremacist violence and the level …

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    August 4, 2017

    Has anyone seen Bruce Poliquin?

    For Halloween, I think I’m gonna dress up as myself. I seem to scare the hell out of Bruce Poliquin, and he’s a congressman, so that ought to work pretty well. I emailed Poliquin’s press secretary and asked for an interview, and he wrote back that he had seen several of my pieces, and he was sorry but they couldn’t accommodate an interview with me at this time. But I don’t feel bad. It’s not personal. For months …

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    July 21, 2017

    The lies that bind

    “People often tell the truth.” — Anonymous In his now famous July 12 interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Donald Trump Jr. said the Trumps stick together. His father had better hope that’s true, because Trump Jr. may have the goods on Trump Sr. Father and son might now be wedded together in a mutual suicide pact, a death embrace, in which either can bring the other down — but not without going down himself. Tr…

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    July 13, 2017

    Hustlers, smugglers, hookers and one octopus

    Now that herculean GOP efforts to kick 23 million Americans to the curb have been iced, it’s time to have some good, clean fun. It was the only time I’ve ever been taken by street hustlers. It was outside the Bogota train station in 1979. It was Holy Week, I had been studying in Bogota, and I was at the station to board an overnight train to Santa Marta on Colombia’s Caribbean coast for a week’s vacation. They …

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    June 23, 2017

    Destruction of the state

    Ever since the Battle for Seattle in 1999, law enforcement agencies in search of more funding and politicians in search of cheap votes have cried, “The sky is falling!” about the small number of self-styled anarchists who sometimes show up at protests and throw a few bricks through the plate-glass windows of Starbucks or McDonald’s, or torch an SUV once in a while. Small-minded politicians then run to the nearest …

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    June 9, 2017

    Lies, damn lies, and Jeff Sessions

    Jeff Sessions is a liar. There, I said it. Sue me, Jeff. I’m betting you won’t, for the simple reason that it’s true. But if you want to sue me, please, go ahead, I could use the excitement. Not to mention I wouldn’t have to worry what to write about for a few weeks. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to Congress, and he should be prosecuted for it just like any other person. We live in a republic form of …

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    May 26, 2017

    Fake news indeed

    On May 16, I watched CBS, PBS, and Democracy Now and the BBC, and I was shocked at their coverage of fired FBI Director James Comey’s notes on his Feb. 14 conversation with President Trump about the FBI’s investigation of fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Comey’s notes on that conversation with the president quote Trump as saying to Comey, “I hope you can see your way to letting this go, to letting …

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    May 18, 2017

    The crime of being too late

    This is the most interesting this country has been since Aug. 9, 1974, the day Nixon resigned. President Trump’s campaign is suspected of colluding with an adversarial foreign power to influence the presidential election, which, if true, is of nothing short of treason. And the Trump campaign is the subject of no less than three investigations — if one can call them that — into what is essentially that charge, …

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    May 11, 2017

    Tossed from Billy Graham's birthday

    I’ve been pounding the political for a while, and I thought it might be a good time to take a breather. I guess this is my idea of a break from the political. It was Oct. 15, 1971. I was 13 years old and living in Charlotte, N.C. Billy Graham was a local hero, born and raised in Charlotte, the pride of the Queen City. Few multi-millionaire preachers had done as much as Graham to promote the cause of American …

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