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John McCain's Parting Gift to America

John McCain's Parting Gift to America

After covering the White House for 15 years — and closely observing the presidency for twice that long – I never thought I’d say this, but the only thing better than having one former U.S. president speak at John McCain’s memorial service was having two. George W. Bush and Barack Obama, one a Republican, the other a Democrat, are the […]

Kavanaugh's Hearing Will Be an Interview on Behalf of the American People

Kavanaugh's Hearing Will Be an Interview on Behalf of the American People

WASHINGTON — Another Supreme Court nomination hearing is about to begin, so brace yourself for talk of kabuki — as in then-Sen. Joe Biden‘s 2005 formulation during the confirmation hearings for Chief Justice John Roberts, “this kabuki dance.” Or, in the tart assessment a decade earlier, by then-law professor Elena Kagan, before she found herself on the other side of […]

Trump Proof Voters Care More About Policies Than Character

Trump Proof Voters Care More About Policies Than Character

WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter lives in a two-bedroom ranch house in Plains, Georgia, assessed at $167,000, the Washington Post recently reported. And unlike former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, he chose not to join corporate boards or deliver six-figure speeches because he didn‘t want to “capitalize financially on being in the White House.” Carter is such a […]

Health Care Rules the Labor Market

Health Care Rules the Labor Market

WASHINGTON — It‘s wages vs. health benefits. On this Labor Day, just about everything seems to be going right for typical American workers, with the glaring and puzzling exception of wage stagnation. The unemployment rate is 3.9 percent, near its lowest since 2000. The number of new jobs exceeds the peak in 2008 by about 11 million. Then there‘s wage […]

Joe Biden: Master of Grief

Joe Biden: Master of Grief

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s for Sen. John McCain was widely praised for both its emotional eloquence and its political potency. Tears were shed as Biden told McCain’s 106-year-old mother, “We know how difficult it is to bury a child.” Spirits were lifted when he counseled, “You are going to ride by that field or smell that fragrance [and] feel […]

Trump's Words Don't Buy Dinner

Trump's Words Don't Buy Dinner

BOSTON — Two Labor Days into Trump‘s presidency, what has happened to the working class? After Election Day 2016, we heard again and again about how Trump had thrilled the those who labor and are heavily burdened, particularly those among them who are white. There was nonstop commentary on just how out of touch citizens in the big and prosperous […]

‘Huge‘ cost of becoming an MP ‘pricing people out‘

‘Huge‘ cost of becoming an MP ‘pricing people out‘

A survey of parliamentary candidates discovered the average personal cost was £11,118 across all seats. The financial costs were higher for candidates fighting in marginal seats, the research found. Conservatives who won in a marginal seat said they spent an average of £121,467. But those who lost their election fight spent £18,701. For Labour, the average cost of winning a […]