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AS I SEE IT: Restore our pillars to be great again AS I SEE IT: Restore our pillars to be great again
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America went from being a colonial backwater to the greatest country in the history of the world because of three strong pillars: natural law, civic virtue and economic patriotism. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Toomey gambles in keeping Trump at arm's length
8 hours ago -
Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is trying to turn his refusal thus far to endorse GOP candidate Donald Trump into a strength, saying there’s no evidence his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, would stand up to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, should Clinton be elected. [Read More]
Commentary: It's time for Trump Commentary: It's time for Trump
8 hours ago - - CAL THOMAS
Now that all of my inside-the-beltway, elitist, morally superior friends and colleagues have weighed in with their self-righteous denunciations of Donald Trump, it’s my turn. [Read More]
Commentary: Progressive family values Commentary: Progressive family values
8 hours ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Here’s what happens every election cycle: Pundits demand that politicians offer the country new ideas. Then, if and when a candidate actually does propose innovative policies, the news media pays little attention, chasing scandals or, all too often, fake scandals instead. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Reaction around the world to first Trump-Clinton debate CAMPAIGN 2016: Reaction around the world to first Trump-Clinton debate
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Views from around the world on Monday's first U.S. presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump: [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Moderator Lester Holt worked to keep control of debate CAMPAIGN 2016: Moderator Lester Holt worked to keep control of debate
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After initially taking a hands-off approach to the two strong-willed presidential candidates before him, NBC's Lester Holt more aggressively challenged Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the general election's first debate wore on and he warmed to the often-thankless role of moderator. [Read More]
Commentary: How to cover a charlatan Commentary: How to cover a charlatan
1 day ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
With presidential debates approaching, we in journalism are locked in a fierce dispute: How should we report on a duplicitous demagogue? [Read More]
RED-BLUE AMERICA: Saving the white underclass RED-BLUE AMERICA: Saving the white underclass
1 day ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the Red-Blue America columnists, debate how the U.S. can best deal with the problems faced by the white working class. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton, Trump set for debate
1 day ago -
WASHINGTON — After months of tangling from afar, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will confront each other face-to-face for the first time in tonight’s presidential debate, laying out for voters their vastly different visions for America’s future. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: What are Trump's motives and goals? Letter to the editor: What are Trump's motives and goals?
3 days ago -
What motivates Donald Trump to want to be the president of these United States? Is it to make America great or to make himself greater? [Read More]
Commentary: America needs 'Murrow moment' Commentary: America needs 'Murrow moment'
3 days ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
The headline over the lead story in The New York Times was stunning in its directness: “Donald Trump Clung to ‘Birther’ Lie for Years, and Still Isn’t Apologetic.” [Read More]
Commentary: The lying game Commentary: The lying game
3 days ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Here’s what we can be fairly sure will happen in Monday’s presidential debate: Donald Trump will lie repeatedly and grotesquely, on a variety of subjects. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton might say a couple of untrue things. Or she might not. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Candidates look to overcome weaknesses on debate stage
3 days ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump needs to prove to voters that he has the policy depth and gravitas to serve as commander in chief. Hillary Clinton needs a moment to connect with Americans who question whether she can be trusted. [Read More]
Poll: Most in U.S. frustrated over presidential race Poll: Most in U.S. frustrated over presidential race
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WASHINGTON — Carol Jones knows what she wants to hear Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump discuss during their first televised debate: education and jobs. She’s far from sure which candidate will earn her vote on Election Day. [Read More]
Commentary: Memo to debate moderator Commentary: Memo to debate moderator
3 days ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
Today’s column takes the form of a presidential debate strategy memo — written not to candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but to the moderator, my news colleague Lester Holt of NBC News. [Read More]
Commentary: The Clinton calendar Commentary: The Clinton calendar
3 days ago - - DAVID BROOKS
Hillary Clinton made a very pertinent comment this week: “‘Why aren’t I 50 points ahead?’ you might ask.” Indeed we might! [Read More]
Commentary: Is debate Hillary's to lose? Commentary: Is debate Hillary's to lose?
3 days ago - - JAY AMBROSE
Maybe, in the upcoming nationally televised debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, he will say something that infuriates her, causing her to crazily spout a sentence backwards, put her thumb on her nose, wiggle her fingers and then spit on his golden hair. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Cruz says he'll cast vote for bitter rival Trump CAMPAIGN 2016: Cruz says he'll cast vote for bitter rival Trump
3 days ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump says he’s “greatly honored” to receive the endorsement of defeated rival Ted Cruz, not that Cruz is using that word when acknowledging that he will vote for the Republican presidential nominee. [Read More]
Chaffetz critical of immunity deals
3 days ago -
Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, says a Republican congressman. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Halvorson like a breath of fresh air Letter to the editor: Halvorson like a breath of fresh air
4 days ago -
I am a veteran and a dad of four great kids. Plus, I am a hardworking blue collar worker who works 12-hour days. Finally, I am a voter in District 9, Washington Township, Indiana County, who takes his job seriously. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump sends mixed message on racial unrest
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PITTSBURGH — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is seeking to show law-and-order toughness along with empathy for African-Americans as he criticizes violent protests stemming from another fatal police shooting of a black man. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton yuks it up 'Between Two Ferns'
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WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton fielded oddball questions on power ties, pant suits and the Scott Baio vote on the online comedy program, “Between Two Ferns.” [Read More]
Commentary: More terror, more denials Commentary: More terror, more denials
4 days ago - - CAL THOMAS
In Florida Monday, following the bombings in New York and New Jersey, Donald Trump referred to the captured bombing suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, as an “evil thug.” [Read More]
Commentary: Two ex-spies and Trump Commentary: Two ex-spies and Trump
5 days ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
When it comes to assessing the presidential race, I prefer to listen to the spies. They tend to be brutally unsentimental, see through the nonsense and cut to the cold, hard bottom line. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty agrees to two debates CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty agrees to two debates
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HARRISBURG (AP) — Katie McGinty, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, is agreeing to join two debates in October after Republican incumbent Pat Toomey pushed for a four-debate schedule. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump explains his reversal on Obama birther issue CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump explains his reversal on Obama birther issue
5 days ago -
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump said he finally admitted President Barack Obama was born in the United States because he wanted to “get on with the campaign.” [Read More]
Commentary: Here's why Trump could win Commentary: Here's why Trump could win
6 days ago - - JOHN CRISP
Here’s an anecdote from last week that indicates that Donald Trump has a credible chance to become the next president of the United States: [Read More]
Commentary: Vote as if it mattered Commentary: Vote as if it mattered
6 days ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Does it make sense to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president? [Read More]
Commentary: How candidates address terror Commentary: How candidates address terror
6 days ago - - BYRON YORK
Trump was as bold as Clinton was cautious in addressing the terrorist bombings in New York and New Jersey and the terrorist stabbings in Minnesota. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: DeLoreto believes in education, job growth Letter to the Editor: DeLoreto believes in education, job growth
1 week ago -
Being a college student has taught me a lot. The importance of education and the lasting tools that college has given me cannot be explained in words. I have learned about all the politicians that claim to want change; this rarely is accomplished. [Read More]
Commentary: Dems should worry, not panic Commentary: Dems should worry, not panic
1 week ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
In 2008, when Hillary Clinton first ran for the Democratic presidential nomination against Barack Obama, I asked one of her oldest allies how she could be losing a race that appeared to be hers to win. [Read More]
Clinton: Trump gives 'aid' to ISIS Clinton: Trump gives 'aid' to ISIS
1 week ago -
ESTERO, Fla. — Hillary Clinton is accusing Donald Trump of giving “aid and comfort” to Islamic terrorists, declaring his anti-Muslim rhetoric helps the Islamic State group and other militants recruit new fighters. [Read More]
Commentary: Questions Holt should ask Commentary: Questions Holt should ask
1 week ago - - CAL THOMAS
Next week’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could determine the outcome of the election. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump Jr. likens Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump Jr. likens Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles
1 week ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. has posted a message on Twitter likening Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles. [Read More]
RED-BLUE AMERICA: Hillary's remarks deplorable? RED-BLUE AMERICA: Hillary's remarks deplorable?
1 week ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton recently took a shot at not just her opponent, Donald Trump, but also his supporters. “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” she said. [Read More]
How AP rates the presidential race and the Road to 270 How AP rates the presidential race and the Road to 270
1 week ago -
Despite signs of a tightening national presidential race, Hillary Clinton still appears to have an advantage in enough states to give her an Electoral College victory. It's an edge that could still change as advance voting gets underway in earnest and in the seven weeks until Election Day. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders urges turned-off voters to turn out for Clinton CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders urges turned-off voters to turn out for Clinton
1 week ago -
KENT, Ohio — In a pair of university stops in battleground Ohio on Saturday, Bernie Sanders used his enduring popularity with young voters to urge support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It’s just that his crowds aren’t what they used to be. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Taking credit where credit isn't due Letter to the Editor: Taking credit where credit isn't due
1 week ago -
What’s a career politician who voted to increase the U.S. debt ceiling five times, fund Obamacare and bail out Wall Street to do to save his comfortable lifestyle in D.C.? Answer: Take “credit” for firetrucks and equipment coming to local communities. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Beware of scammers Letter to the Editor: Beware of scammers
1 week ago -
Many people are receiving scam phone calls. I got a call from a man last week. When I answered, he said, “This is your grandson.” [Read More]
Commentary: Turn for better Commentary: Turn for better
1 week ago -
It was hard on Tuesday — when the Census Bureau reported a gain in the median household income — not to feel a little sorry for Donald Trump. [Read More]
Retirement age to be on ballot Retirement age to be on ballot
1 week ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to let judges serve five more years before mandatory retirement appears headed for a statewide vote in November after another divided ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: First lady stumps for Clinton in Virginia CAMPAIGN 2016: First lady stumps for Clinton in Virginia
1 week ago -
FAIRFAX, Va. — Stepping deeper into the political fray, Michelle Obama warned young voters against being “tired or turned off” in the 2016 election. She urged them to rally behind Hillary Clinton, “particularly given the alternative.” [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump suggests Clinton's security disarm CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump suggests Clinton's security disarm
1 week ago -
MIAMI — Donald Trump made his usual sarcastic call Friday for Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service agents to be stripped of their firearms — and then added, “let’s see what happens to her.” [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump admits Obama was born in U.S.
1 week ago -
WASHINGTON — After five years as the chief promoter of a lie about Barack Obama’s birthplace, Donald Trump abruptly reversed course Friday and acknowledged the fact that the president was born in America. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary Clinton, storyteller Commentary: Hillary Clinton, storyteller
1 week ago -
Hillary Clinton has a long history of hiding the whole truth about herself. The latest example -- declining to reveal for 48 hours that she was suffering from pneumonia -- was a serious mistake that chewed another chunk out of her already shaky credibility. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump tries to put 'birther' issue behind him
2 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump himself won’t say it, but his campaign is now declaring that the Republican presidential candidate believes that President Barack Obama was born in the United States. [Read More]
Commentary: When crackpot vies for office Commentary: When crackpot vies for office
2 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
One of the mental traps that we all fall into, journalists included, is to perceive politics through narratives. [Read More]
Commentary: Congenital liar Commentary: Congenital liar
2 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
In 1996, The New York Times columnist William Safire diagnosed Hillary Clinton’s real problem. He called her a “congenital liar.” [Read More]
Commentary: Lots of hits, errors - but no runs Commentary: Lots of hits, errors - but no runs
2 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
Watch just one full day — virtually any day — of the warp-speed motion and commotion along our 2016 presidential campaign trail and you will surely find yourself thinking like the Old Professor himself, Casey Stengel. [Read More]
Clinton back to campaign; Trump offers tax-cut plan Clinton back to campaign; Trump offers tax-cut plan
2 weeks ago -
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Hillary Clinton returned to campaigning without offering apologies for keeping her pneumonia a secret, focusing on criticizing opponent Donald Trump instead of how she handled her health problem. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: White went to bat for company after fire Letter to the Editor: White went to bat for company after fire
2 weeks ago -
It seems that every election season the mentality of “throw the bums out” is pervasive among the electorate. Faith in government is at an all-time low and frustration at an all-time high. [Read More]
Commentary: Donald Trump's Putin crush Commentary: Donald Trump's Putin crush
2 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
When it comes to rebutting Donald Trump’s observation that Vladimir Putin is a strong leader, it is hard to top the assessment of Russian-born Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, which The Times’ Andrew Higgins quoted in his story from Moscow: “Vladimir Putin is a strong drink." [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Powell insults Trump in emails CAMPAIGN 2016: Powell insults Trump in emails
2 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, who served as President George W. Bush’s top diplomat, derided Donald Trump as a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah” in personal email exchanges that were leaked online Tuesday. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump interrupted, heckled in visit to Michigan church CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump interrupted, heckled in visit to Michigan church
2 weeks ago -
FLINT, Mich. — Donald Trump was cut off, chastised and then heckled after he attacked rival Hillary Clinton during what was supposed to be a speech on helping where the government had failed the people of Flint. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton back on trail after doctor releases report CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton back on trail after doctor releases report
2 weeks ago -
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton returns to the campaign trail today following a bout of pneumonia that sidelined her for three days and revived questions about both the Democratic nominee and Republican Donald Trump’s transparency regarding their health. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump, Clinton virtually tied in new national poll CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump, Clinton virtually tied in new national poll
2 weeks ago -
With less than eight weeks before Election Day, Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in a tight contest, with both candidates still struggling to win the confidence of their respective bases, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds. [Read More]
Obama: Clinton 'steady,' Trump 'not fit in any way' to lead
2 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — Accusing Republicans of fanning hate, President Barack Obama on Tuesday stepped in to defend a bruised and temporarily benched Hillary Clinton, hoping to reassure Democrats nervous both about their presidential candidate’s health and her handling of fresh trouble on her campaign. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Democrats fear their Senate takeover chances dimming CAMPAIGN 2016: Democrats fear their Senate takeover chances dimming
2 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Democrats are sounding increasingly concerned about their chances of retaking control of the Senate, as Republicans demonstrate a commanding fundraising advantage and Hillary Clinton’s lead narrows in key battleground races. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump advantage in debates? Commentary: Trump advantage in debates?
2 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
NBC’s “Commander in Chief Forum,” held last Wednesday night aboard the USS Intrepid in New York, was the closest thing to a debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton until the real thing on Sept. 26. [Read More]
Clinton to return to campaign trail Thursday Clinton to return to campaign trail Thursday
2 weeks ago -
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton will be back on the campaign trail Thursday, after spending several days at home recovering from pneumonia. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump unveils child care plan CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump unveils child care plan
2 weeks ago -
ASTON, Pa. — Donald Trump unveiled a menu of proposals Tuesday to help working parents, calling for six weeks of mandatory paid maternity leave and expanded tax credits for child care. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: White an advocate for constituents Letter to the Editor: White an advocate for constituents
2 weeks ago -
During my time as a South Buffalo Township supervisor, I came to quickly learn that nothing is very easy. [Read More]
Commentary: The 'deplorables' Commentary: The 'deplorables'
2 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Every now and again secular progressives rip off their mask and tell conservatives what they really think of them. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty, Toomey joust over who is soft on corporations CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty, Toomey joust over who is soft on corporations
2 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, tangled Monday over the use of corn ethanol in motor fuel and post-recession bank regulations as they try to show that the other favors big corporations over regular people. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton tries to tamp down questions of her transparency CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton tries to tamp down questions of her transparency
2 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — When Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia late last week, she informed a handful of her closest advisers, but pressed on with a busy campaign schedule and did not inform the public that she was sick. “I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal,” she said. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Scapegoating people of color Letter to the editor: Scapegoating people of color
2 weeks ago -
I grew up thinking that civilized people had grown beyond prejudice and racism. True, I grew up in an area lacking diversity; however, they managed to be intolerant of people of color anyhow. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Pneumonia diagnosis fuels questions about Clinton's health
2 weeks ago -
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — For weeks, Hillary Clinton dismissed questions about her health as little more than a conspiracy theory, part of a “wacky strategy” cooked up by rival Donald Trump as he embraced an “alternative reality.” [Read More]
Foreign influence feared in U.S. election hacks
2 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Recent hacks of election data systems in at least two states have raised fear among lawmakers and intelligence officials that a foreign government is trying to seed doubt about — or even manipulate — the presidential race. [Read More]
Commentary: Temps rise, and we're cooked Commentary: Temps rise, and we're cooked
2 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
One of Donald Trump’s 100 wackiest ideas is that climate change is a hoax fabricated by China to harm the United States. [Read More]
White House campaign casts a shadow over 9/11 anniversary White House campaign casts a shadow over 9/11 anniversary
2 weeks ago -
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with the solemn roll call of the dead Sunday but couldn't keep the presidential campaign from intruding on what is traditionally a politics-free moment of remembrance. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Candidates' plans to help education differ sharply CAMPAIGN 2016: Candidates' plans to help education differ sharply
2 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton has spent decades talking about the needs of children and touting the benefits of early education. It's a new subject for Donald Trump. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Buggey running as independent for state Senate CAMPAIGN 2016: Buggey running as independent for state Senate
2 weeks ago - - CHAUNCEY ROSS
The campaign for Indiana County’s state Senate seat has quietly widened to include a minor party candidate running a nontraditional bid to unseat the four-term incumbent. [Read More]
Commentary: Welcoming the wretched refuse Commentary: Welcoming the wretched refuse
2 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
The Obama administration recently announced that it would meet its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the fiscal year. That statement highlights the fact that our national policy toward refugees provides one of the starkest differences between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. [Read More]
Commentary: The 'big liar' technique Commentary: The 'big liar' technique
2 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Long ago, you-know-who suggested that propagandists should apply the “big lie” technique: Make their falsehoods so huge, so egregious, that they would be widely accepted because nobody would believe they were lying on that grand a scale. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Why have all the jobs gone? Letter to the Editor: Why have all the jobs gone?
2 weeks ago -
It is no surprise that Hillary Clinton lambasts and embarrasses Donald Trump with the fact that his enterprises manufacture goods abroad. She makes the point that this is emblematic of hypocrisy of his promise to “make America great again.” [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Trump campaign and 'career politicians' Letter to the Editor: Trump campaign and 'career politicians'
2 weeks ago -
On Sunday, Aug. 28, at 10:55 a.m. I received an email from the Trump campaign requesting a campaign donation. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton says she regrets remarks about Trump supporters CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton says she regrets remarks about Trump supporters
2 weeks ago -
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton said Saturday that she was wrong to put half of Donald Trump’s supporters in a “basket of deplorables,” but didn’t back down from a description of his campaign the Republican nominee said smeared many Americans and would take a political toll. [Read More]
Commentary: The fact check on Hillary Commentary: The fact check on Hillary
2 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Last week Donald Trump delivered his big immigration speech in Phoenix, uttering: “Hillary Clinton has pledged amnesty in her first 100 days, and her plan will provide Obamacare, Social Security and Medicare for illegal immigrants, breaking the federal budget.” [Read More]
Commentary: Time for a party realignment Commentary: Time for a party realignment
2 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
There’s a good chance many of you will be switching political parties over the next 15 years. You may be a corporate executive who’s voted rock-solid Republican for decades, but you may be a consistent Democrat by 2024. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: On Russia-backed TV network, Trump doubts Russian influence CAMPAIGN 2016: On Russia-backed TV network, Trump doubts Russian influence
3 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a Russia-funded television network that “it’s probably unlikely” that Russia is trying to influence the U.S. election. [Read More]
Commentary: The black eyes in Trump's life Commentary: The black eyes in Trump's life
3 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Once upon a time, in New York City in the 1950s, a little boy didn’t like his second-grade music teacher, Charles Walker. So, the boy later boasted, he slugged Walker, giving him a black eye. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary Clinton channels Nixon Commentary: Hillary Clinton channels Nixon
3 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
One wouldn’t think Hillary Clinton and former President Richard Nixon would have a lot in common, but in responding to FBI investigators she took a page straight out of Nixon's playbook. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump, Hillary offer a sorry education Commentary: Trump, Hillary offer a sorry education
3 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
In any normal election campaign, we would be delighted to see the news this past week that both of our major parties’ presidential standard-bearers were intimately involved in supporting an institution of higher education. [Read More]
European journalist visits Indiana for taste of political climate European journalist visits Indiana for taste of political climate
3 weeks ago - - CHAUNCEY ROSS
America’s most engaging presidential campaign in years has dominated the news in the U.S. for well over a year now, and the Trump-Clinton race has captured media attention around the world in a big way. [Read More]
Comey: Clinton email matter 'not a cliff-hanger' Comey: Clinton email matter 'not a cliff-hanger'
3 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey told FBI employees Wednesday that the decision to forgo criminal charges in the Hillary Clinton email investigation was not a close call. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump, Clinton spar on security at forum on vets
3 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton confronted their key weaknesses in a televised national security forum on Wednesday. [Read More]
Commentary: Clinton gets Gored Commentary: Clinton gets Gored
3 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Americans of a certain age who follow politics and policy closely still have vivid memories of the 2000 election — bad memories, and not just because the man who lost the popular vote somehow ended up in office. [Read More]
Commentary: Voters to Trump: Soften, please Commentary: Voters to Trump: Soften, please
3 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
Donald Trump and his top aides can justifiably be satisfied with his stunningly successful trip to Mexico. At the same time, Trump has continued to sow confusion about his stand on immigration. [Read More]
Trump, Clinton turn to critical states in South Trump, Clinton turn to critical states in South
3 weeks ago -
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — With Labor Day behind them, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are pushing ahead in top presidential battlegrounds in the South. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton and Trump courting Ohio voters on Labor Day CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton and Trump courting Ohio voters on Labor Day
3 weeks ago -
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are making competing Labor Day pitches in Ohio, setting the stage for a critical month in their testy presidential campaign. [Read More]
Commentary: Presidential candidates failing the trade test Commentary: Presidential candidates failing the trade test
3 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
Free trade strongly boosts the American economy. With only 5 percent of the world’s population, we depend heavily on foreign countries to buy our products and services. Domestic industries and individual families benefit from low-cost raw materials and consumer goods imported from abroad. [Read More]
Commentary: Black lead matters Commentary: Black lead matters
3 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Donald Trump is still claiming that “inner-city crime is reaching record levels,” promising to save African-Americans from the “slaughter.” In fact, this urban apocalypse is a figment of his imagination. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary’s health Commentary: Hillary’s health
3 weeks ago -
Eight years ago, at a campaign town hall meeting in Minnesota, a woman told Republican nominee John McCain that she was troubled by the prospect of a Barack Obama presidency. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump visits Detroit church
3 weeks ago -
DETROIT — Donald Trump swayed to songs of worship, read scripture, and donned a Jewish prayer shawl Saturday during a visit to a predominantly black church in Detroit, where he called for a “civil rights agenda of our time” and vowed to fix the “many wrongs” facing African-Americans. [Read More]
Commentary: My emails from Russian stooges Commentary: My emails from Russian stooges
3 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Let’s see now: One presidential candidate’s campaign director resigns after being outed as a Russian stooge. The other candidate meets with a Nobel Prize-winning economist who once donated to her husband’s charity. [Read More]
Deadlock puts judge retirement age on ballot
3 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — The state’s highest court said Friday that it was deadlocked on whether to let voters consider a constitutional amendment to raise judges’ mandatory retirement age from 70 to 75, meaning the question will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. [Read More]
FBI publishes notes on Clinton's use of email
3 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton told the FBI she relied on her staff not to send emails containing classified information to the private email server she used as secretary of state. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump ramps up minority outreach with Philadelphia visit CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump ramps up minority outreach with Philadelphia visit
3 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — Donald Trump was met with tears and gratitude as he sat with African-American supporters Friday, including the mother of a young woman who was killed in an attack by a group that included men who had entered the U.S. illegally. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Attorney general hopeful offers plan on drug crisis CAMPAIGN 2016: Attorney general hopeful offers plan on drug crisis
4 weeks ago - - RANDY WELLS
State Sen. John Rafferty Jr., the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania attorney general, said in Indiana Thursday the commonwealth will not “arrest its way” out of the opioid epidemic sweeping across the state. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty's stand on middle-class taxes at issue CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty's stand on middle-class taxes at issue
4 weeks ago -
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty does not support raising taxes on the middle class and says ending corporate tax breaks and increasing taxes on the millionaires and billionaires could pay for programs to finance paid family leave and reduce college student costs, her campaign said. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton schedules to be released before election CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton schedules to be released before election
4 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — The State Department agreed Thursday to turn over all the detailed planning schedules from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state to The Associated Press by mid-October. [Read More]
Peña Nieto: Trump proposals 'a threat' to Mexico's future Peña Nieto: Trump proposals 'a threat' to Mexico's future
4 weeks ago -
MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president said that Donald Trump’s proposals represent a threat to the future of his country and that he agreed to a widely criticized meeting with the Republican candidate to open a space for dialogue. [Read More]
Commentary: Pariahs for Trump Commentary: Pariahs for Trump
4 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
To read newspapers like The New York Times, you might think that almost nobody has endorsed Donald Trump. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump calls for oath to America Commentary: Trump calls for oath to America
4 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Loyalty oaths have been tried in the past, but eventually were struck down by the courts as either too vague, or an unconstitutional violation of free speech. [Read More]
Commentary: Foundation tawdry, but not illegal Commentary: Foundation tawdry, but not illegal
4 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
You can’t spend an hour watching your favorite news screen these days without being assaulted by a panel of Washington political spinners and my media colleagues battling, simultaneously and thus incomprehensibly, at top decibel and warp speed. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Who will you vote for in 9th district? Letter to the Editor: Who will you vote for in 9th district?
4 weeks ago -
While most voters are focused on the presidential race, don’t forget about the other contests that are also important to “We the People.” [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Donald Trump a man of God? Letter to the Editor: Donald Trump a man of God?
4 weeks ago -
I refer to the letter from Mr. Rick Stancombe published in the Gazette on Monday: Perhaps Mr. Stancombe has mistaken the orange bird’s nest on top of Trump’s head for a halo. [Read More]
Commentary: Win, lose, but no compromise Commentary: Win, lose, but no compromise
4 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
Anyone who says it doesn’t matter whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins this election needs their head examined. The damage that Trump could do to our nation with his blend of intellectual laziness, towering policy ignorance and reckless impulsiveness is in a league of its own. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump stays tough on illegal immigrants CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump stays tough on illegal immigrants
4 weeks ago -
PHOENIX — Donald Trump is retreating from his vow to deport the nation’s entire population of people living in the country illegally, even as he sticks with an aggressive tone on illegal immigration and remains committed to building a physical wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. [Read More]
Mexican president likely hurt by Trump meeting
4 weeks ago -
President Enrique Pena Nieto’s decision to meet with possibly Mexico’s most-disliked man is turning into a public relations disaster for him, with social media posters and politicians calling it a national humiliation likely to lower the president’s already historically low popularity. [Read More]
Commentary: We could do worse than Obama Commentary: We could do worse than Obama
4 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
For many of the college freshmen who will be assembling in my classes for the first time this week, Obama has been president for nearly half of the time they’ve been alive. [Read More]
State Department: Benghazi emails involving Clinton recovered by FBI State Department: Benghazi emails involving Clinton recovered by FBI
4 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI’s recently closed investigation into her use of a private server. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Rubio, Murphy win Florida's Senate primaries CAMPAIGN 2016: Rubio, Murphy win Florida's Senate primaries
4 weeks ago -
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential aspirations and insistence that he was done with the Senate didn’t hurt him with GOP voters, now it’s time to see if the rest of Florida will be as forgiving as he seeks a second term. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: McCain defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primary CAMPAIGN 2016: McCain defeats Republican challengers to win Arizona primary
4 weeks ago -
PHOENIX — Sen. John McCain beat back a primary challenge Tuesday from a Republican tea party activist to win the right to seek a sixth term in November in a race that has been inundated with questions about GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. [Read More]
Commentary: Clinton BleachBits her past Commentary: Clinton BleachBits her past
4 weeks ago -
While Hillary Clinton was preparing to deliver a big speech portraying Donald Trump as a racist, a figure from Clinton’s recent unhappy past — Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi — added a new word to the 25-year vocabulary of Clinton scandals: BleachBit. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: In political gamble, Trump to make surprising trip to Mexico CAMPAIGN 2016: In political gamble, Trump to make surprising trip to Mexico
4 weeks ago -
EVERETT, Wash. — Donald Trump will make a quick visit to Mexico today, meeting with the president of a nation he derided as the home of rapists and criminals. The trip is a politically risky move for the Republican presidential nominee less than 10 weeks before the election. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Career politicians have to go Letter to the Editor: Career politicians have to go
4 weeks ago -
It seems many voters continue to elect the same Republicans and Democrats into office and then wonder why nothing gets done. On the local level, young people are leaving the state in search of work because most of Pennsylvania does not offer good-paying jobs. [Read More]
Commentary: An 'appearance' of conflict Commentary: An 'appearance' of conflict
4 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
The first thing you need to know about the Clinton Foundation is that it’s not, contrary to what Donald Trump said last week, “the most corrupt enterprise in political history.” It’s not even close. [Read More]
Commentary: Where there's smoke there's fire Commentary: Where there's smoke there's fire
4 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
The prize quote of this incendiary political year may go to Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks
4 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers targeted related data systems in two states. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Recommit to God, America: Vote Trump Letter to the editor: Recommit to God, America: Vote Trump
4 weeks ago -
We are a nation in need of repentance to turn from our pride and back to God. [Read More]
Commentary: The alt-right is all wrong Commentary: The alt-right is all wrong
4 weeks ago - - MAUREEN DOWD
RENO, Nev. — Hillary didn’t hang her head and cry, after she shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton proposes plan to address mental health treatment CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton proposes plan to address mental health treatment
4 weeks ago -
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton is rolling out a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness, pointing to the need to fully integrate mental health services into the nation’s health care system. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump to detail immigration plan CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump to detail immigration plan
4 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump says he’ll deliver a detailed speech Wednesday on his proposal to crack down on illegal immigration — but it’s anyone’s guess what he will say. [Read More]
Red-Blue America: Is foundation hurting Clinton? Red-Blue America: Is foundation hurting Clinton?
4 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the Red-Blue America columnists, debate whether the Clinton Foundation is a problem for Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
Commentary: The haters always lose Commentary: The haters always lose
4 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
Rocky Suhayda, chairman of the American Nazi Party, wrote recently to his followers: “Donald Trump’s campaign statements, if nothing else, have SHOWN that ‘our views’ are NOT so ‘unpopular’ as the Political Correctness crowd have told everyone they are!” [Read More]
Commentary: No, America isn't a hellhole Commentary: No, America isn't a hellhole
4 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Donald Trump has taken a strange turn lately. OK, he has taken a lot of strange turns — that’s what happens when you nominate a short-attention-span candidate who knows nothing about policy and refuses to sit still for more than three minutes. [Read More]
Commentary: Disgusted by anti-Catholic rhetoric of campaign Commentary: Disgusted by anti-Catholic rhetoric of campaign
4 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
They told me not to overreact. Read the comments “in context,” they said. And, after all, Christine, you’re an immigration lawyer; you have a tendency to blow these things out of proportion. Chill, lady. Go say a rosary and call us in the morning. [Read More]
Commentary: Emails reveal shocking system Commentary: Emails reveal shocking system
4 weeks ago -
The latest bunch of Clinton-era State Department emails released last week provide a host of instances in which donations to the Clinton Foundation netted the donors access to the secretary herself on an expedited basis. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump seeks Iowa support CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump seeks Iowa support
4 weeks ago -
DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump warned Saturday of a “war on the American farmer,” telling a crowd in Iowa that rival Hillary Clinton “wants to shut down family farms” and implement anti-agriculture policies. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Obama to campaign for Clinton in Pennsylvania CAMPAIGN 2016: Obama to campaign for Clinton in Pennsylvania
4 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Barack Obama will be campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton next month in Pennsylvania. [Read More]
Commentary: Media swing and miss on Clinton Commentary: Media swing and miss on Clinton
4 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
In my view, God invented baseball to provide a sanctuary from the fallen world of politics. [Read More]
Commentary: The art of gracious leadership Commentary: The art of gracious leadership
4 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
Lately I’ve been thinking about experience. While Donald Trump lacks political experience, Hillary Clinton is nothing if not experienced, yet there’s often a whiff of inhumanity about her campaign that inspires distrust. [Read More]
Commentary: The 'tough' road ahead for Trump Commentary: The 'tough' road ahead for Trump
4 weeks ago - - JAY AMBROSE
Donald Trump visited Louisiana on Aug. 19 to sympathize with people suffering from a catastrophic flood; President Barack Obama was meanwhile goofing off on a Martha’s Vineyard vacation. [Read More]
Release of Clinton info delayed Release of Clinton info delayed
4 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to begin releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, the government told The Associated Press ... [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton links Trump to radical fringe as he courts Latinos CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton links Trump to radical fringe as he courts Latinos
4 weeks ago -
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with about two dozen Latino supporters in Nevada to discuss strategies for boosting Hispanic turnout in the swing state, part of his effort to make the case that his economic policies would be better for small minority-owned businesses. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump has no excuse for not releasing tax returns Commentary: Trump has no excuse for not releasing tax returns
5 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
If you are undecided about who you should vote for to be our next president — especially if you are supporting or maybe leaning toward Donald Trump, but want to be sure you haven’t been conned or deceived — this column is written mainly for you. [Read More]
Clinton defends foundation, says it has been transparent Clinton defends foundation, says it has been transparent
5 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton defended her family’s charitable foundation on Wednesday against criticism from Donald Trump, saying it had provided more transparency than her Republican rival’s sprawling business interests. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump visits Florida, makes pitch to Hispanics CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump visits Florida, makes pitch to Hispanics
5 weeks ago -
TAMPA, Fla. — Visiting a battleground state he can’t afford to lose, Donald Trump promised Hispanics “a much better life” Wednesday in a Florida speech that continued his recent effort to soften his tone and broaden his support 11 weeks before the presidential election. [Read More]
Welcome to the Trump-Clinton conspiracy election Welcome to the Trump-Clinton conspiracy election
5 weeks ago -
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a conspiracy: The 2016 campaign features one candidate who warned against the "vast right-wing conspiracy" and another who was a leader of the so-called "birther" movement. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Pennsylvania gun-safety group endorses McGinty CAMPAIGN 2016: Pennsylvania gun-safety group endorses McGinty
5 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — A prominent Pennsylvania group that advocates for tougher gun restrictions endorsed Democrat Katie McGinty for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, on the heels of Republican incumbent Pat Toomey winning endorsements from two national groups. [Read More]
Commentary: From Trump, a stunning admission Commentary: From Trump, a stunning admission
5 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
In general, in a campaign filled with controversial statements, it’s fair to say Donald Trump doesn’t do apologies and he doesn’t do regret. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton Foundation donors got face time CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton Foundation donors got face time
5 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Blacks leery of Trump outreach CAMPAIGN 2016: Blacks leery of Trump outreach
5 weeks ago -
AKRON, Ohio — Black Republicans cheer Donald Trump for a newfound outreach to African-Americans, but say the GOP presidential nominee must take his message beyond arenas filled with white supporters and venture into the inner cities. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Halvorson up-front about election role Letter to the Editor: Halvorson up-front about election role
5 weeks ago -
After reading the comments of Adam Sedlock recently published in The Indiana Gazette (“Sedlock plans another run as write-in,” Aug. 6), I decided it would be helpful to provide some information about Art Halvorson, a candidate for U.S. representative in the 9th Congressional District. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Words today fail to measure up to past Letter to the Editor: Words today fail to measure up to past
5 weeks ago -
Words matter. Words have always mattered in our history, from the Declaration of Independence (“We hold these truths to be self evident”) to the inaugural call to action from President John F. Kennedy (“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”). [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Giffords' gun safety group endorses Toomey CAMPAIGN 2016: Giffords' gun safety group endorses Toomey
5 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Gun-control politics put down more roots in Pennsylvania’s race for U.S. Senate on Monday as former Democratic congresswoman Gabby Giffords endorsed the re-election bid of Republican incumbent Pat Toomey over Democratic challenger Katie McGinty. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump vows 'fair, but firm' approach to illegal immigrants living in U.S. CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump vows 'fair, but firm' approach to illegal immigrants living in U.S.
5 weeks ago -
AKRON, Ohio — Republican Donald Trump promised Monday to be “fair, but firm” toward the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally, a shift in tone that raised questions on whether he’s backtracking from previous pledges to push for mass deportations. [Read More]
Commentary: To ID or not to ID? Commentary: To ID or not to ID?
5 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different. [Read More]
Red-Blue America: Ideological tests for immigrants? Red-Blue America: Ideological tests for immigrants?
5 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the Red-Blue America columnists, debate Donald Trump's promise to curtail immigration from terrorism-breeding countries and to subject potential immigrants to “extreme vetting,” including an “ideological test.” [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: National cash fuels TV ads, shapes state Senate race CAMPAIGN 2016: National cash fuels TV ads, shapes state Senate race
5 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — A staggering amount of money is flooding into Pennsylvania’s race for U.S. Senate, bringing TV ads on abortion, guns and Iran into living rooms with barely 11 weeks until the election. [Read More]
Commentary: An open letter from Mr. Trump Commentary: An open letter from Mr. Trump
5 weeks ago - - MAUREEN DOWD
To Whom It May Concern: Trump is sorry. Trump is humble. Trump is scared. Trump doesn’t want to get crushed. [Read More]
Commentary: Clinton's liberal administration Commentary: Clinton's liberal administration
5 weeks ago -
Will Hillary Clinton be a standard-order mainstream liberal Democrat if she is elected in November? That view received some supporting evidence last week with the announcement of the leadership group for her transition planning team. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump's backers say he's on track
5 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — GOP officials insist presidential nominee Donald Trump is finally hitting his stride and will catch up with Democrat Hillary Clinton by around Labor Day. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump can't help being himself Commentary: Trump can't help being himself
5 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
The New York Times detailed how Donald Trump’s advisers had pleaded with him to become a more disciplined, credible candidate. “Mr. Trump bowed to his team’s entreaties,” the Times reported. “It was time, he agreed, to get on track.” [Read More]
Commentary: I'll vote for someone, just not either of those candidates Commentary: I'll vote for someone, just not either of those candidates
5 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
On the whole, I’m an imperfect Catholic, but there is one particular area of my Christian identity in which I excel: guilt. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary Clinton's flaws run deep Commentary: Hillary Clinton's flaws run deep
5 weeks ago - - CYNTHIA M. ALLEN
One of the more frequent complaints about many conservative writers these days, me included, is that we spend too many column inches attacking the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. [Read More]
Commentary: Don't let election divide us Commentary: Don't let election divide us
5 weeks ago -
Every four years we have an election that stretches our country thin along the political spectrum. As the left and right poles tug at our beliefs, the social fabric tightens and tensions rise across the country. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump, new team have little time to execute new strategy CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump, new team have little time to execute new strategy
5 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is on the clock. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton having quiet August CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton having quiet August
5 weeks ago -
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s no day at the beach, but Hillary Clinton is having the political equivalent of a quiet August. [Read More]
Commentary: It's time to dump Trump Commentary: It's time to dump Trump
7 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
Get the hook. Donald Trump has just gone where no respectable presidential nominee has ever dared. And every Republican leader knows, deep down, there is now just one course of action that must be taken. [Read More]
Divisive campaign roils Facebook users Divisive campaign roils Facebook users
7 weeks ago -
CINCINNATI — Some friends don’t let friends talk politics anymore on Facebook. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump concedes he could come up short CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump concedes he could come up short
7 weeks ago -
ORLANDO, Fla. — In a rare show of humility by the boastful billionaire, Donald Trump is acknowledging that his presidential campaign faces challenges and could ultimately fall short. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Conservatives should back Halvorson Letter to the Editor: Conservatives should back Halvorson
7 weeks ago -
I thought Congressman Bill Shuster couldn’t possibly be any more repugnant. But, his campaign responded to Art Halvorson’s decision to accept the Democratic nomination as being “selfish.” Excuse me? [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump accuses Obama of being 'founder of ISIS' CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump accuses Obama of being 'founder of ISIS'
7 weeks ago -
SUNRISE, Fla. — Donald Trump is now accusing President Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State group that is wreaking havoc from the Middle East to European cities. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump on defense over comment CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump on defense over comment
7 weeks ago -
BRISTOL, Va. — On the defensive once again, Donald Trump is blaming faulty interpretations and media bias for an uproar over his comments about the Second Amendment. He’s insisting he never advocated violence against Hillary Clinton, even as undeterred Democrats pile on. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: House Speaker Paul Ryan wins GOP nomination to run again CAMPAIGN 2016: House Speaker Paul Ryan wins GOP nomination to run again
7 weeks ago -
JANESVILLE, Wis. — House Speaker Paul Ryan rejected the idea that his easy win Tuesday over a longshot Republican primary challenger praised by Donald Trump spells danger for Trump’s presidential prospects in the swing state of Wisconsin. [Read More]
Commentary: Time to borrow Commentary: Time to borrow
7 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
The campaign still has three ugly months to go, but the odds — 83 percent odds, according to The New York Times’ model — are that it will end with the election of a sane, sensible president. [Read More]
Commentary: Clinton campaign boring, but effective Commentary: Clinton campaign boring, but effective
7 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
What has Hillary Clinton been doing while Donald Trump has been careening from one controversy to the next? [Read More]
Commentary: Would a Clinton win be mandate? Commentary: Would a Clinton win be mandate?
7 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
Last week could have been a bad one for Hillary Clinton: a disappointing economic growth report, a misleading answer to a question about her emails — she claimed the FBI director called her “truthful” — and a controversy over U.S. payments to Iran. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump faces fresh GOP pushback despite bid to reset campaign CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump faces fresh GOP pushback despite bid to reset campaign
7 weeks ago -
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Donald Trump is seeking to quell concerns he lacks the discipline or policy know-how to make a competent president, even as the list of fellow Republicans deeming him unfit for the Oval Office grows. [Read More]
Red-Blue America: Should GOP leaders dump Trump? Red-Blue America: Should GOP leaders dump Trump?
7 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
There are growing signs of strained relations between Donald Trump and the leaders of the Republican Party he’ll represent on the presidential ballot this fall. [Read More]
Commentary: A barrier falls Commentary: A barrier falls
7 weeks ago -
To paraphrase Hillary Clinton, when a barrier falls, it clears the way for everyone. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary fibs vs. huge Trump lies Commentary: Hillary fibs vs. huge Trump lies
7 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
One persistent narrative in U.S. politics is that Hillary Clinton is a slippery, compulsive liar while Donald Trump is a gutsy truth-teller. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Woman ran for president as suffragist in 1872 Letter to the Editor: Woman ran for president as suffragist in 1872
7 weeks ago -
When reading or listening to the media, you might think that Hillary was the first woman to run for president. The headline for The Indiana Gazette on July 29 read, “Clinton, Democrats make history.” Well, not so fast with that thought. [Read More]
We're still three months away: How will you avoid political stress? We're still three months away: How will you avoid political stress?
7 weeks ago -
The balloons are deflated, the confetti has been swept up, and the weary delegates have gone home. But though the political conventions have ended, Election Stress 2016 is far from over. [Read More]
Commentary: No right turn for Clinton Commentary: No right turn for Clinton
7 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
All the experts tell us not to pay too much attention to polls for another week or two. Still, it does look as if Hillary Clinton got a big bounce from her convention, swamping her opponent’s bounce a week earlier. [Read More]
Commentary: Melania's Trump's visa questions need to be answered Commentary: Melania's Trump's visa questions need to be answered
7 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
Normally I’m no fan of the silly-season stuff, and you know exactly what I’m talking about. I’d rather know what a political candidate thinks about the federal debt than whether his wife is a looker. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sedlock plans another run as write-in in 9th District CAMPAIGN 2016: Sedlock plans another run as write-in in 9th District
7 weeks ago - - RANDY WELLS
Adam Sedlock, a Fayette County resident who finished second behind Art Halvorson in amassing write-in votes for the Democratic nomination for the 9th Congressional seat, intends to remain a write-in candidate in November. [Read More]
Commentary: Will Donald last to election? Commentary: Will Donald last to election?
7 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
The question isn’t so much if Donald Trump can win the election as whether or not he’ll still be the GOP candidate come November. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump enablers must take stand Commentary: Trump enablers must take stand
7 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
Up through the convention there were all sorts of Republican officeholders who weren’t really for Trump, but they weren’t really against him. [Read More]
Commentary: Self-deception key in Trump vote Commentary: Self-deception key in Trump vote
7 weeks ago - - CYNTHIA M. ALLEN
In any given election cycle, veracity is one of the earliest casualties. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump notes mistake on Iran video CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump notes mistake on Iran video
7 weeks ago -
DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump has made a rare admission he was wrong — in claiming he saw a video of a U.S. cash payment going to Iran. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Toomey banking on split-ticket voting in Pennsylvania race CAMPAIGN 2016: Toomey banking on split-ticket voting in Pennsylvania race
7 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Endangered Sen. Pat Toomey is banking on Pennsylvania voters backing him in November even if they oppose fellow Republican Donald Trump, a ticket-splitting strategy that may help determine whether the GOP can hang on to its Senate majority this election year. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump changes course by endorsing Rep. Ryan CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump changes course by endorsing Rep. Ryan
7 weeks ago -
GREEN BAY, Wis. — In an effort to repair some of the damage he had inflicted on his presidential campaign, Donald Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan to end a four-day standoff that exposed the deeps chasms in the Republican Party. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump meets the CIA Commentary: Trump meets the CIA
8 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
The government is arranging classified intelligence briefings for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to prepare them for the White House. [Read More]
Commentary: Dream becomes GOP's 'scary' reality Commentary: Dream becomes GOP's 'scary' reality
8 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
Back in 2014, Christmas came a bit early for the McConnells of Louisville, Ky. In November, America’s voters gave Republicans control of the U.S. Senate, which meant Mitch McConnell would be getting the one gift he had always wanted: the title of Senate majority leader. [Read More]
Commentary: Khan, Trump and immigration Commentary: Khan, Trump and immigration
8 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
There’s a sensation building over the Democratic convention speech of Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-born Virginia lawyer whose son Humayun was killed in action while serving as a captain in the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004. [Read More]
Commentary: Paul Ryan is the answer Commentary: Paul Ryan is the answer
8 weeks ago - - JAY AMBROSE
Donald Trump’s campaign strategy — an outrage a day to keep the voters away — seems to be setting him back quite successfully, and Hillary Clinton, therefore, appears ever closer to making history as the least trusted person to be elected president. [Read More]
Commentary: Clinton's chance for a knockout Commentary: Clinton's chance for a knockout
8 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
Maybe I just missed it. But in all the testimonials at the Democratic convention about what Hillary Clinton has done for other people, I don’t recall anyone saying, “I started a business because of Hillary Clinton.” Or, “I hired someone because of Hillary Clinton.” [Read More]
Deadlines loom in suit over judge retirement age
8 weeks ago -
Pennsylvania’s top elections official warned in a court filing Wednesday that a lawsuit challenging the wording of a November ballot question to extend the judicial retirement age by five more years is pending as deadlines approach to advertise the question and send out absentee ballots. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Pence woos conservatives despite Trump's gaffes CAMPAIGN 2016: Pence woos conservatives despite Trump's gaffes
8 weeks ago -
INDIANAPOLIS — Since his selection as Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence has tried to stay focused on winning over conservatives skeptical of the New York billionaire. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Frustration mounts even for Trump's allies CAMPAIGN 2016: Frustration mounts even for Trump's allies
8 weeks ago -
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Republicans’ frustration with Donald Trump has reached new heights, with party leaders scrambling to persuade their presidential nominee to abandon divisive tactics that have triggered sinking poll numbers and low morale. [Read More]
Texas reaches deal for weaker voter ID rules for November
8 weeks ago -
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas agreed Wednesday to weaken its voter ID law, which federal courts have said discriminated against minorities and the poor and left more than 600,000 registered voters potentially unable to cast a ballot. [Read More]
Committeemen quit over Trump
8 weeks ago -
READING (AP) — Three Republican committee members in an eastern Pennsylvania county have quit, saying they can’t support Donald Trump as the party’s presidential nominee. [Read More]
Commentary: Worthy of our contempt Commentary: Worthy of our contempt
8 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Donald Trump said some more disgusting things over the weekend. If this surprises you, you haven’t been paying attention. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton sees best-yet fundraising numbers as general begins CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton sees best-yet fundraising numbers as general begins
8 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton raised $63 million in July for her presidential campaign, her best month yet and a summertime haul that puts her ahead of President Barack Obama’s fundraising at the same point in his re-election race. [Read More]
Politically Uncorrected: The devil and the deep blue sea Politically Uncorrected: The devil and the deep blue sea
8 weeks ago - - G. TERRY MADONNA & MICHAEL YOUNG
Historically Americans have complained that elections offer little real choice between presidential candidates or policies. A choice between “Frick” and “Frack” is no choice at all. [Read More]
Trump is guaranteed to win — as top joke target Trump is guaranteed to win — as top joke target
8 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — There’s one area where Donald Trump is guaranteed to beat Hillary Clinton this fall: He’ll be the butt of the most jokes by late-night comics. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Halvorson to run against Shuster, this time as Democrat CAMPAIGN 2016: Halvorson to run against Shuster, this time as Democrat
8 weeks ago - - RANDY WELLS
Conservative Republican Art Halvorson will again challenge Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Hollidaysburg, for the 9th Congressional District seat in the fall general election. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: What Toomey couldn't say Letter to the Editor: What Toomey couldn't say
8 weeks ago -
Sen. Pat Toomey was in town recently looking for votes. What did he say about issues of greatest concern to middle class voters? Not much. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary's recycled speech Commentary: Hillary's recycled speech
8 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Environmentalists should be pleased with Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, because it was largely recycled talking points we have heard for decades. [Read More]
Commentary: When women win, so do men Commentary: When women win, so do men
8 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
When a woman breaks a glass ceiling and becomes the presidential nominee of a major political party, what should men think? [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Former New York mayor endorses Toomey CAMPAIGN 2016: Former New York mayor endorses Toomey
8 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey for a second term on Monday, less than a week after speaking in support of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. [Read More]
Analysis: Trump's trap — GOP nominee can't let go of perceived slights Analysis: Trump's trap — GOP nominee can't let go of perceived slights
8 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — For Donald Trump, it’s become a familiar pattern. The Republican nominee can’t let go of a perceived slight, no matter the potential damage to his presidential campaign or political reputation. [Read More]
Red-Blue America: Why are Democrats so angry? Red-Blue America: Why are Democrats so angry?
8 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the Red-Blue America columnists, debate why Democrats, especially Bernie Sanders' supporters, are so angry. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump signals shift in immigration rhetoric CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump signals shift in immigration rhetoric
8 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND — As he turns his attention to the general election, Donald Trump is signaling that he is ready to tone down his fiery rhetoric on illegal immigration — at least behind closed doors. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump suggests accepting Russia's annexation of Crimea
8 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is suggesting the U.S. accept Russia’s annexation of Crimea if it would lead to better relations with Moscow and stronger cooperation in fighting Islamic State militants. [Read More]
ANALYSIS: With Khan family, has Trump finally gone too far? ANALYSIS: With Khan family, has Trump finally gone too far?
8 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — In a defensive crouch, Donald Trump complained today about being “viciously attacked” by the father of a decorated Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq, persisting in an emotionally charged feud that has left him increasingly isolated among fellow Republicans. [Read More]
Commentary: It's about time Commentary: It's about time
8 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
With the history-making nomination of Hillary Clinton, the party that prides itself on inclusion has finally recognized one-half of the human race. [Read More]
Commentary: Who loves America? Commentary: Who loves America?
8 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
It was quite a week in politics. On one side, the Democratic National Convention was very much a celebration of America. [Read More]
Commentary: Republican convention dead right to highlight fears Commentary: Republican convention dead right to highlight fears
8 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
The Republican National Convention was, despite conservative objections to the contrary, a dark affair. But to say that is not to be critical. To say that is to be practical, clear-eyed and observant. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton, Kaine tour western Pennsylvania CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton, Kaine tour western Pennsylvania
8 weeks ago -
JOHNSTOWN — Hillary Clinton’s top surrogates are taking aim at rival Donald Trump for criticizing the bereaved mother of a Muslim Army captain, a comment that sparked outrage across the political spectrum on Saturday. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary’s choice Commentary: Hillary’s choice
8 weeks ago -
Monday night’s full-throated roar from the left — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders all on the same evening, really? — should have convinced any doubters in the Democratic Party that boring is just the ticket (or at least the bottom half of the ticket). [Read More]
Democratic, Republican candidates campaign in Pennsylvania Democratic, Republican candidates campaign in Pennsylvania
8 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Democratic and Republic candidates for president will both be campaigning in Pennsylvania over the next few days. [Read More]
Commentary: Media's made-up Hillary 'scandals' Commentary: Media's made-up Hillary 'scandals'
8 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
It’s always been my conviction that if Hillary Clinton could be appointed president, she’d do a bang-up job. Getting elected, however, might prove more difficult. [Read More]
Commentary: Democrats win the summer Commentary: Democrats win the summer
8 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
PHILADELPHIA — Donald Trump has found an ingenious way to save the Democratic Party. Basically, he’s abandoned the great patriotic themes that used to fire up the GOP and he’s allowed the Democrats to seize that ground. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton, Trump differ on national security
8 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — In their struggle for the upper hand on national security, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are emphasizing strikingly different themes. [Read More]
Courts deal setbacks to GOP voting restrictions in 3 states Courts deal setbacks to GOP voting restrictions in 3 states
9 weeks ago -
CHICAGO (AP) — Courts dealt setbacks to Republican efforts in three states to restrict voting, blocking a North Carolina law requiring photo identification, loosening a similar measure in Wisconsin and halting strict citizenship requirements in Kansas. [Read More]
Clinton campaign: Computer service used by campaign hacked Clinton campaign: Computer service used by campaign hacked
9 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — A computer service used by the campaign of Hillary Clinton was hacked as part of a broader breach of the Democratic National Committee, an intrusion for which the Russian government is the leading suspect, the campaign said Friday. [Read More]
IUP prof, students get backstage look at Democratic convention IUP prof, students get backstage look at Democratic convention
9 weeks ago - - CHAUNCEY ROSS
PHILADELPHIA — A second Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor and five IUP students are wrapping up a two-week working and learning assignment at the Democratic National Convention. [Read More]
Police, protesters at DNC praised for restraint Police, protesters at DNC praised for restraint
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — They came. They protested. They got their message out. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty takes to big stage in race for Senate CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty takes to big stage in race for Senate
9 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Democratic Party officials gave Katie McGinty another big gift besides millions of dollars in campaign funds to help in her bid to unseat Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey in the November election. [Read More]
Commentary: Putin, Trump and our election Commentary: Putin, Trump and our election
9 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Some foreign leaders settle for stealing billions of dollars. Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, may have wanted to steal something even more valuable: an American presidential election. [Read More]
Commentary: Web People vs. Wall People Commentary: Web People vs. Wall People
9 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
Yes, we’re having a national election right now. Yes, there are two parties running. But no, they are not the two parties that you think. It’s not “Democrats” versus “Republicans.” This election is really between “Wall People” and “Web People.” [Read More]
Supreme Court to decide on judge referendum
9 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court said Wednesday it will decide whether the Legislature acted properly in April when it pulled a constitutional amendment on judicial retirement age from the primary ballot to have it rewritten. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Donors offer reward for Trump's tax returns CAMPAIGN 2016: Donors offer reward for Trump's tax returns
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — The wealthy Democratic donors, many of them executives who run complex businesses, know firsthand how revealing tax returns can be. Perhaps that’s why they can’t stop talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump’s refusal to release his. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty to speak at Democratic convention CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty to speak at Democratic convention
9 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — Democratic Party officials are giving Katie McGinty another big gift, in addition to millions of dollars in campaign help. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Washington Post reporter barred from Pence rally
9 weeks ago -
WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — The Washington Post says one of its reporters was barred from entering a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence near Milwaukee. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Obama hails Clinton as heir to presidency CAMPAIGN 2016: Obama hails Clinton as heir to presidency
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — Hours of testimonials, urgent pleas and persuasion have led to this. Now, it’s time to hear from Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
Clinton ready to sell herself in biggest political moment Clinton ready to sell herself in biggest political moment
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hillary Clinton is set to face the nation with the goal of introducing the woman that speaker after speaker, including a pair of presidents, have spent days promising the American public they'll finally get to see: the "real" Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
Analysis: Obama hopes Clinton can fix what he could not Analysis: Obama hopes Clinton can fix what he could not
9 weeks ago -
Eight years ago, Barack Obama cast himself as the rare candidate who could transcend the polarizing "politics of the past" and bridge divides that had left Washington barely functioning for years. Ultimately, the gulf was too wide. [Read More]
Bloomberg to warn of Trump economic plans at Democratic convention Bloomberg to warn of Trump economic plans at Democratic convention
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Bloomberg, elected mayor of New York City as a Republican, will offer a forceful denunciation of fellow New York billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday at the Democratic convention. [Read More]
How to guide your children through this election year How to guide your children through this election year
9 weeks ago -
The other day my 14-year-old daughter reported that the girls at her lunch table were debating the merits of the presidential candidates. Yes, middle-schoolers talking about politics. On their own time. Even though it wasn’t going to be on a test. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Obama returns to convention stage in support of Clinton CAMPAIGN 2016: Obama returns to convention stage in support of Clinton
9 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Twelve years ago to the day, an obscure Senate candidate from Illinois catapulted himself to the center of American political consciousness with a rousing convention speech in Boston. [Read More]
Democrats pick first female nominee Democrats pick first female nominee
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — On a night awash in history, Hillary Clinton triumphantly became the first woman to lead a major American political party toward the White House, breaking through a barrier that painfully eluded her eight years ago. [Read More]
Commentary: A 'Come to Trump' moment Commentary: A 'Come to Trump' moment
9 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
CLEVELAND — There’s always been a disconnect between what pundits and political insiders hear when Donald Trump speaks and what rank-and-file Republicans hear. [Read More]
Commentary: Delusions of chaos Commentary: Delusions of chaos
9 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Last year there were 352 murders in New York City. This was a bit higher than the number in 2014, but far below the 2,245 murders that took place in 1990, the city’s worst year. [Read More]
Cat throws hat in ring for president
9 weeks ago -
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Voters who think presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall flat can now choose the Cat in the Hat. [Read More]
Sanders loyalists warn of party split after Clinton victory Sanders loyalists warn of party split after Clinton victory
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernie Sanders loyalists warned that the Democratic Party could rupture over the nomination of Hillary Clinton after a volatile night that saw a large group of Sanders delegates and supporters exit the party's national convention to stage a sit-in at a nearby media tent. [Read More]
Bill Clinton tells a love story to make his case for Hillary Bill Clinton tells a love story to make his case for Hillary
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There have been millions of words, decades of video and reams of commentary devoted to their story. It's been dissected, defended and decried at kitchen tables and on cable news, in tabloids and classrooms. [Read More]
Sanders loyalists bash Clinton nomination, clash with police Sanders loyalists bash Clinton nomination, clash with police
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernie Sanders loyalists protested inside and outside the Democratic National Convention site and clashed with police this evening after Hillary Clinton won the party's presidential nomination. [Read More]
Clinton wins historic nomination with a boost from Sanders Clinton wins historic nomination with a boost from Sanders
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Breaking a historic barrier, Hillary Clinton triumphantly captured the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday night, the first woman ever to lead a major political party in the race for the White House. [Read More]
Silverman: Bernie-or-bust Dems 'being ridiculous'
9 weeks ago -
Comic Sarah Silverman joined Sen. Al Franken on Monday night to urge Democratic National Convention delegates to unite — then stirred up Bernie Sanders die-hards with some choice words: “To the Bernie or bust people, you’re being ridiculous.” [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Who will pay bill for free tuition? Letter to the Editor: Who will pay bill for free tuition?
9 weeks ago -
Recently I see that candidate Hillary Clinton is accepting some of the ideas of socialist Bernie Sanders. I would not think that it has something to do with this week’s convention. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump's acceptance speech Commentary: Trump's acceptance speech
9 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was too long — 75 minutes — and too loud. Modulation is the key to good public speaking. One’s voice should rise and fall like the tide, which allows really important points to be made whether the volume is low or high. [Read More]
Commentary: Is Trump a racist? Commentary: Is Trump a racist?
9 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Has the party of Lincoln just nominated a racist to be president? We shouldn’t toss around such accusations lightly, so I’ve looked back over more than 40 years of Donald Trump’s career to see what the record says. [Read More]
Sanders urges fans to rally behind Clinton Sanders urges fans to rally behind Clinton
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Bernie Sanders urged supporters to rally behind Hillary Clinton at the Democratic convention, but ardent followers who marched for hours in punishing heat Monday and planned to do so again seemed intent on keeping his upstart campaign alive. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: McGinty regrets Toomey comment
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Katie McGinty is apologizing for using an expletive to describe her Republican opponent, Pat Toomey, in Pennsylvania’s closely watched race. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Father knows best Letter to the editor: Father knows best
9 weeks ago -
When it comes to education, my father, Tony DeLoreto, candidate for state Senate in the 41st District, knows best. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Wrong direction Letter to the editor: Wrong direction
9 weeks ago -
A stunning 79 percent of Americans now believe the country is heading in the wrong direction, a 15-point spike over recent years, according to an Associated Press – GfK poll. [Read More]
Recriminations roil race for governor in Ferguson
9 weeks ago -
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — It has been two years since a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., touching off days of rioting, but the political repercussions from the incident have only intensified. [Read More]
Red-Blue America: Why are Republicans so angry? Red-Blue America: Why are Republicans so angry?
9 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the Red-Blue America columnists, debate why Republicans seemed so angry at their convention last week. [Read More]
Commentary: Donald Trump's disturbia Commentary: Donald Trump's disturbia
9 weeks ago - - MAUREEN DOWD
CLEVELAND — Like any masterly comic book villain, Donald Trump is reveling in conjuring a dystopia. And it’s a natural progression, given that he got this far by reveling in conjuring a diss-topia. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Email leak, leadership shakeup mean rocky start for convention CAMPAIGN 2016: Email leak, leadership shakeup mean rocky start for convention
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — Democrats who gleefully jeered Republican divisions last week awoke to a political mess of their own making today as party unity behind Hillary Clinton proved much harder to secure. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump's strategy revealed Commentary: Trump's strategy revealed
9 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
CLEVELAND — Two topics getting a lot of attention here last week won’t matter much in the fall. One is the Republican platform; the other is Donald Trump’s choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. [Read More]
Commentary: The Siberian candidate Commentary: The Siberian candidate
9 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
If elected, would Donald Trump be Vladimir Putin’s man in the White House? This should be a ludicrous, outrageous question. After all, he must be a patriot — he even wears hats promising to make America great again. [Read More]
Commentary: I'm a conservative, and GOP convention was a horror Commentary: I'm a conservative, and GOP convention was a horror
9 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
As Heidi Cruz left Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena after her husband, Ted, gave his stemwinder at the Republican National Convention, she was escorted by security through a hostile crowd. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Political scandals linger as Philly readies for convention
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — The streets are freshly swept, the hotel rooms are pristine, the party invitations have gone out and extra police patrols are assigned. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton introduces her choice for vice president CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton introduces her choice for vice president
9 weeks ago -
MIAMI — Hillary Clinton debuted running mate Sen. Tim Kaine on Saturday as a can-do progressive committed to social justice and equality — “everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not” — at a boisterous rally ahead of next week’s Democratic National Convention. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Vote to eliminate superdelegates fails
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — An effort to fully eliminate superdelegates in future elections failed at a meeting of the Democratic National Convention rules committee Saturday. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Emails reveal officials' hostility against Sanders
9 weeks ago -
A cache of more than 19,000 emails from Democratic party officials, leaked in advance of Hillary Clinton’s nomination at the party’s convention next week in Philadelphia, details the acrimonious split between the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump offers no subtlety, specifics Commentary: Trump offers no subtlety, specifics
9 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
There wasn’t much subtlety in Donald Trump’s acceptance speech — or much innovation, either. Beforehand, some Republicans ventured that this was their nominee’s biggest opportunity to retool his agenda for the general election and to present a softer, more inclusive, more thoughtful Trump. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump to visit Pennsylvania, in the middle of the DNC CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump to visit Pennsylvania, in the middle of the DNC
9 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — Donald Trump will visit Pennsylvania next week in the middle of the Democratic National Convention for the first time as the Republican presidential nominee. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Philadelphia readies for Democratic convention
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — As Cleveland breathes a sigh of relief after protests during the Republican convention came and went without mass disruptions and violence, eyes now turn to Philadelphia, the nation’s fifth-largest city that offers a bigger stage for bigger protests over a much larger area. [Read More]
Democratic delegates cram into hotel rooms to cut high costs
9 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — Facing hotel bills running into the thousands of dollars, some delegates to the Democratic National Convention are planning to do like college students on spring break and squeeze as many people into a room as they can. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton picks Kaine as running mate CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton picks Kaine as running mate
9 weeks ago -
TAMPA, Fla. — Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will debut as a presidential ticket in the crucial battleground state of Florida as they head toward next week’s Democratic Party convention. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Kaine brings a steady hand to ticket
9 weeks ago -
Tim Kaine has an Election Day tradition when his name is on the ballot. The avid outdoorsman votes early, then goes hiking in the woods with friends and family for a few hours of calm away from the nervous last-minute energy of political campaigns. [Read More]
Judge leans toward allowing Trump suit
9 weeks ago -
SAN DIEGO — A federal judge said Friday that he is inclined to deny a request by Donald Trump’s lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the Republican presidential nominee of defrauding customers at the now-defunct Trump University. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Ex-KKK leader to try comeback CAMPAIGN 2016: Ex-KKK leader to try comeback
9 weeks ago -
BATON ROUGE, La. — A quarter century after his credible run for governor of Louisiana rattled the national political establishment, white supremacist David Duke has jumped into the crowded competition for a U.S. Senate seat in his home state. [Read More]
Commentary: Mixed messages sent from convention Commentary: Mixed messages sent from convention
10 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
So there I was, enjoying the spectacle of Republicans enjoying their spectacle. It was Tuesday night and these Grand Old Party delegates were reveling in their newest conventional fun and frolic at their convention in Cleveland. [Read More]
Commentary: The principle of cause and effect Commentary: The principle of cause and effect
10 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
In 1926, speaking about the Declaration of Independence on its 150th anniversary, President Calvin Coolidge noted the unique philosophy behind the creation of the United States: “We cannot continue to enjoy the result, if we neglect and abandon the cause.” [Read More]
Commentary: GOP called Trump what? Commentary: GOP called Trump what?
10 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
CLEVELAND — The arena here at the Republican National Convention echoes with applause for Donald Trump, but the cacophony and extravagant stage effects can’t conceal the chaos in the GOP and in the Trump campaign. [Read More]
Ex-justices sue over retirement age question
10 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Two retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices and a Philadelphia lawyer filed a lawsuit Thursday, asking the state courts to rework a November ballot question that would change the state constitution to give judges five more years before they are forced to retire. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump's NATO comments fuel angst
10 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s suggestion that the United States might abandon its NATO treaty commitments has upended decades of American foreign policy dogma and doctrine in both parties. [Read More]
Trump courts disaffected voters as he accepts GOP nomination Trump courts disaffected voters as he accepts GOP nomination
10 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND — In the swirl of balloons and cheers of the masses, Donald Trump finally had his Rocky moment after a rocky convention, and now Democrats are eager to step up for their own spectacle. [Read More]
Trump's closer is over, Clinton set to snag attention Trump's closer is over, Clinton set to snag attention
10 weeks ago -
Amid the cheers of the masses, Donald Trump finally had his Rocky moment after a rocky convention, and now Democrats are eager to step up for their own spectacle. Hillary Clinton is set to snatch attention from Republicans by naming her running mate in advance of the Democratic convention. [Read More]
Making GOP history, Trump vows to protect LGBTQ community Making GOP history, Trump vows to protect LGBTQ community
10 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND (AP) — With five letters, Donald Trump brushed off decades of Republican reluctance to voice full-throated support for gay rights — at least for a night. [Read More]
Professor: Pence may be strength of GOP ticket Professor: Pence may be strength of GOP ticket
10 weeks ago - - MICHELE PAPAKIE
I’m typing this with one finger, so I can knock on wood with my other hand ... so far, so good, Cleveland, for hosting a non-violent Republican National Convention. [Read More]
Commentary: The campaign's about fear Commentary: The campaign's about fear
10 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
Last week’s terrorist attack in Nice, after similar tragedies in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Orlando and Istanbul, made two things painfully clear. Western societies, including the United States, have failed to blunt the growing threat of Islamist terrorism. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump supporters making sense Commentary: Trump supporters making sense
10 weeks ago - - JAY AMBROSE
You don’t have to think Donald Trump should be elected president to think those having at some of his supporters are sometimes just plain out of it. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump, meet the sultan Commentary: Trump, meet the sultan
10 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
Turkey is a long way from Cleveland, where the Republicans are holding their presidential convention. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: On trail, Toomey hears Trump questions CAMPAIGN 2016: On trail, Toomey hears Trump questions
10 weeks ago -
CHAMBERSBURG — U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has been a critic of Donald Trump’s and is skipping the Republican National Convention, and it is fueling questions from GOP voters as he hopscotches to meet-and-greets across Pennsylvania in his re-election campaign. [Read More]
Cleveland police chief hits streets to keep peace Cleveland police chief hits streets to keep peace
10 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND — Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams has never been far from the action during the Republican convention, taking charge when a flag-burning turned into a melee, stepping in when demonstrators nearly came to blows and joining bicycle officers on patrol. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump speechwriter takes blame for plagiarism CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump speechwriter takes blame for plagiarism
10 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND — With Donald Trump’s campaign reeling from charges of plagiarism, a speechwriter for his company took the blame and offered to resign over nearly identical passages from Melania Trump’s Republican convention speech and Michelle Obama’s remarks eight years ago. [Read More]
Cruz draws boos for not endorsing Trump
10 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tried to link arms with Republicans at the party’s national convention but was booed lustily by delegates when he ended his speech without offering Donald Trump his endorsement — or even saying he would vote for the New York billionaire. [Read More]
No endorsement from Cruz; congratulations but that's all No endorsement from Cruz; congratulations but that's all
10 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND (AP) — Undercutting calls for Republican unity, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stubbornly withheld his endorsement from Donald Trump Wednesday night as he addressed the GOP convention, instead encouraging Americans to "vote your conscience" in November. [Read More]
Maher challenges conventions with 'Real Time' specials Maher challenges conventions with 'Real Time' specials
10 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — When did Bill Maher hatch the idea for special “Real Time” broadcasts during the political conventions? [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Toomey makes swing through Indiana County CAMPAIGN 2016: Toomey makes swing through Indiana County
10 weeks ago - - SEAN YODER
U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey condemned the Iranian nuclear deal, sanctuary cities and opponents of the Guantanamo Bay prison at his campaign stop at the Rustic Lodge in White Township on Tuesday morning. [Read More]
Insider view of convention not reflected in media Insider view of convention not reflected in media
10 weeks ago - - MICHELE PAPAKIE
Make America First Again is the theme of tonight's convention. When I heard that, I immediately thought of the opening scene of Aaron Sorkin's HBO political drama series "The Newsroom." [Read More]
IUP grad learns political process from the inside IUP grad learns political process from the inside
10 weeks ago - - CHAUNCEY ROSS
A handful of Indiana University of Pennsylvania students are among the 103 college students experiencing the Republican National Convention this week in Cleveland through the Washington Center. [Read More]
Commentary: Watching Trump losing control Commentary: Watching Trump losing control
10 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
Does anybody else have the sense that Donald Trump is slipping off the rails? [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Safety, security take stage in Senate race CAMPAIGN 2016: Safety, security take stage in Senate race
10 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Public safety issues are shaping Pennsylvania’s closely watched U.S. Senate race and forcing Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, to wade deeper into issues including terrorism and gun violence. [Read More]
Where do we fit in the democratic process? Where do we fit in the democratic process?
10 weeks ago - - MICHELE PAPAKIE
What is the point of a national political convention? Does the average American citizen understand what is supposed to happen? [Read More]
Commmentary: False equivalence distorts reality Commmentary: False equivalence distorts reality
10 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
When Donald Trump began his run for the White House, many people treated it as a joke. Nothing he has done or said since makes him look better. [Read More]
Commentary: Pence is salt to Trump's pepper Commentary: Pence is salt to Trump's pepper
10 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
The announcement by Donald Trump of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate had not yet been made official last Thursday, but that didn’t stop the hard left from hauling out its familiar and overused rhetoric. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Ghostwriter says he regrets promoting Trump
10 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ghostwriter of Donald Trump’s bestselling 1987 memoir “The Art of the Deal” regrets his role in creating the image of Trump as a successful deal maker — the foundation of his presidential campaign. [Read More]
Police: Rallies outside RNC mostly peaceful, so far Police: Rallies outside RNC mostly peaceful, so far
10 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND — The first day of rallies outside the Republican National Convention featured angry rhetoric, armed attendees and an arrest, but authorities avoided the sort of violence they fear could still flare up. [Read More]
Journalism professor makes convention city a classroom Journalism professor makes convention city a classroom
10 weeks ago - - MICHELE PAPAKIE
I hate Cleveland. I was programmed to do that, because I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. It’s what we do. [Read More]
Poll: Voters split over illegal immigration security Poll: Voters split over illegal immigration security
10 weeks ago -
Most Americans reject Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and his support for deporting those in the country illegally. But they’re divided on the presumptive Republican nominee’s proposed temporary ban on the entry of Muslims from other countries. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Lawmaker says Clinton execution comment was 'hyperbole'
10 weeks ago -
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia Republican lawmaker said Sunday his comments made on Twitter calling for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s public execution weren’t meant to be taken literally. [Read More]
Republicans gather in Cleveland seeking unity amid uncertainty Republicans gather in Cleveland seeking unity amid uncertainty
10 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND — Braced for uncertainty and hoping for unity, Republicans today prepared to kick off their convention to crown Donald Trump as the nation reeled from another outburst of violence and dissident delegates angled for a last-ditch chance to deny the front-runner the nomination. [Read More]
Commentary: In midst of a nightmare, dreaming of President Ryan Commentary: In midst of a nightmare, dreaming of President Ryan
10 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
I watched Paul Ryan’s town hall on CNN last week for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my slight (OK, significant) crush on the House speaker. [Read More]
Commentary: Time for unity Commentary: Time for unity
10 weeks ago -
And with that, it’s over. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old Jewish socialist whose candidacy was dismissed by experts but who stunned the nation with 14 months of implausible successes, has offered his unequivocal endorsement to Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
Eight years after hope and change, voters are angry
10 weeks ago -
ARVADA, Colorado — Eight years ago, Barbara Conley was one of the millions of Americans swept up in Barack Obama’s promises of hope and change when he accepted the Democratic nomination at a packed football stadium a few miles from her home in the Denver suburbs. [Read More]
Commentary: Indictment never close for Hillary Commentary: Indictment never close for Hillary
10 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear: Specifically to September 1992, when the U.S. attorney in Little Rock was pressured to open an investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Whitewater investment. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Pence wins Trump's vote; GOP team addresses America today CAMPAIGN 2016: Pence wins Trump's vote; GOP team addresses America today
10 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — After frenzied, final decision-making, Donald Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate Friday, adding an experienced politician with deep Washington connections to the Republican presidential ticket. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Never Trump group fails to force RNC floor fight
10 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND — The struggle by conservatives for an eleventh-hour derailment of Donald Trump’s drive for the Republican presidential nomination is gasping for breath, although a leader of the effort is promising to fight on — but is shifting her tactics. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump announces Pence his VP choice on Twitter CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump announces Pence his VP choice on Twitter
11 weeks ago -
Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, adding political experience and conservative bona fides to his Republican presidential ticket. Trump announced his decision on Twitter today, capping a frenzied 24 hours of speculation about his choice. [Read More]
Ginsburg apologizes for 'ill-advised' Trump remarks Ginsburg apologizes for 'ill-advised' Trump remarks
11 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Conceding her outspoken criticism of Donald Trump was “ill advised,” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized Thursday in an effort to quiet mounting complaints that she improperly crossed a line into partisan politics. [Read More]
AP-GfK Poll: Investigation has hurt Clinton's image AP-GfK Poll: Investigation has hurt Clinton's image
11 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton enters the summer damaged by perceptions that she violated the law by using a private email system while serving as secretary of state, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. [Read More]
Sanders has book deal; will reflect on campaign Sanders has book deal; will reflect on campaign
11 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — Just days after ending his campaign and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing to take his message to the printed page. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: With Pence a favorite, Trump postpones VP announcement CAMPAIGN 2016: With Pence a favorite, Trump postpones VP announcement
11 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump abruptly postponed plans to announce his vice presidential pick after an attack left scores dead in Nice, France, a decision that raised questions about Trump’s selection process. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump nears VP decision; contenders holding their breath CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump nears VP decision; contenders holding their breath
11 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is on the verge of picking his vice presidential running mate, with top contenders told to expect a decision as early as Thursday afternoon. [Read More]
Commentary: The (GOP) party's over Commentary: The (GOP) party's over
11 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
This column has argued for a while now that there is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy. At least a one-party autocracy can order things to get done. [Read More]
Judge delays ruling over release of Trump videos
11 weeks ago -
SAN DIEGO — A federal judge who has been a target of criticism from Donald Trump is taking time to decide whether to release videos of the Republican presidential candidate testifying in a civil lawsuit. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump narrows vice president list CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump narrows vice president list
11 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has reached the final phase of his search for a running mate, narrowing his list to three leading contenders and directing his staff to prepare for a Friday announcement. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump declines offer to speak, NAACP says
11 weeks ago -
ATLANTA — The NAACP says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has declined an invitation to address the group’s upcoming convention, flouting established precedent and highlighting anew the GOP standard-bearer’s struggle to attract support from nonwhite voters. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders endorses former rival Clinton CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders endorses former rival Clinton
11 weeks ago -
After 14 months of policy clashes and moments of mutual disdain, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, clearing away the last major obstacle to a united front for the party heading into its convention this month and the fall election. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump's shifting news coverage Commentary: Trump's shifting news coverage
11 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
A new report from Harvard University says press coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign became progressively more negative as Trump built a lead in the Republican primaries — and soared after Trump clinched the GOP nomination. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton receives long-awaited endorsement from Sanders CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton receives long-awaited endorsement from Sanders
11 weeks ago -
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Bernie Sanders, whose calls for a “political revolution” energized millions of voters across the nation, offered a long-awaited endorsement of his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton Tuesday, calling for unity just two weeks shy of the Democratic National Convention. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump says plan to revamp veterans care will save lives
11 weeks ago -
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Republican Donald Trump pledged Monday to expand programs that allow veterans to choose their doctor and clinics — regardless of whether they’re affiliated with Department of Veterans Affairs — and still receive government-paid medical care. [Read More]
Commentary: The Clinton contamination Commentary: The Clinton contamination
11 weeks ago - - MAUREEN DOWD
It says a lot about our relationship with Hillary Clinton that she seems well on her way to becoming Madam President because she’s not getting indicted. [Read More]
Red-Blue America: Does email scandal disqualify Clinton? Red-Blue America: Does email scandal disqualify Clinton?
11 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the Red-Blue America columnists, debate whether the email scandal means Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be president. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Decision on Hillary an insult to justice Letter to the Editor: Decision on Hillary an insult to justice
11 weeks ago -
The statement Tuesday by FBI Director Comey is an outrageous insult to the American justice system. [Read More]
Commentary: The Trump Brexit Effect Commentary: The Trump Brexit Effect
11 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
The United States and Great Britain are suffering through an upsurge of hateful slights and slurs aimed at “others” — people with dark skin or foreign accents or strange clothes. And there is a clear cause behind the episodes in both countries. [Read More]
Commentary: The nominee's enablers Commentary: The nominee's enablers
11 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
A couple of weeks ago Paul D. Ryan, the speaker of the House, sort of laid out both a health care plan and a tax plan. [Read More]
Commentary: If nothing else, Comey exposed Clinton incompetence Commentary: If nothing else, Comey exposed Clinton incompetence
11 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
Some people seem to think that I actually matter. They message me in response to a particular column with either angry criticism or “atta girl!” euphoria, assuming that whatever I’ve written will have some impact on other readers. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Gingrich says Trump is a 'necessary candidate' CAMPAIGN 2016: Gingrich says Trump is a 'necessary candidate'
11 weeks ago -
LE BOURGET, France — Newt Gingrich says that he thinks Donald Trump is a “necessary candidate” who reflects a global anti-establishment sentiment, but that he wouldn’t automatically say yes to an eventual proposal to become Trump’s running mate. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: In nod to Sanders, Clinton offers new health care proposals CAMPAIGN 2016: In nod to Sanders, Clinton offers new health care proposals
11 weeks ago -
ORLANDO, Fla. — In another nod to primary rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is proposing to increase federal money for community health centers and outlining steps to expand access to health care across the nation. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary abides another 'scandal' Commentary: Hillary abides another 'scandal'
11 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
You read it here first: “Fearless prediction,” this column began on April 9, “No legalistic deus ex machina will descend to save the nation from the dread specter of President Hillary Rodham Clinton ... no Kenneth Starr-style ‘independent’ prosecutor, ... [Read More]
GOP to Clinton: Email investigations will go on
11 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Republicans signaled they’re not done with election-year investigations of Hillary Clinton and whether she lied to Congress, even after a House committee signed off Friday on its report into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Candidates issue calls for understanding CAMPAIGN 2016: Candidates issue calls for understanding
11 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — In this heated and deeply divisive campaign year, America’s presidential candidates responded Friday with striking reflection and restraint to the week’s killings of five police officers and two black men. [Read More]
FBI director defends handling of Clinton email case FBI director defends handling of Clinton email case
12 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Under an onslaught of Republican criticism, FBI Director James Comey vigorously defended the government’s decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her private email setup. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump woos Hispanics after testy day on Hill CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump woos Hispanics after testy day on Hill
12 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — A day after a defiant Donald Trump clashed with some anxious Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the presumptive GOP nominee is headed to another potentially contentious spot: Miami. [Read More]
Commentary: Free pass for Hillary Commentary: Free pass for Hillary
12 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
FBI Director James Comey has given Hillary Clinton something better than a get out of jail free card. [Read More]
Court OKs decision to delay referendum Court OKs decision to delay referendum
12 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania court on Wednesday upheld the Legislature’s last-minute decision to invalidate the April primary vote on whether to give sitting judges five more years before they have to retire, a ballot referendum that lost narrowly but did not count. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump defends weekend tweet about Clinton CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump defends weekend tweet about Clinton
12 weeks ago -
RALEIGH, N.C. — It was an opportunity for Donald Trump to hone his message and focus his ire on Hillary Clinton’s emails and the criminal indictment he and his fellow Republicans say she deserved and unjustly dodged. [Read More]
Commentary: Comey balances Clinton justice Commentary: Comey balances Clinton justice
12 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
When you want to put major news events into proper perspective, it helps to use your Time Machine. [Read More]
FBI director faces House hearings on Clinton emails FBI director faces House hearings on Clinton emails
12 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey made his first appearance before Congress since announcing the agency’s recommendation to not prosecute Hillary Clinton over her private email setup. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Philly mayor takes on Toomey on eve of city vote CAMPAIGN 2016: Philly mayor takes on Toomey on eve of city vote
12 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is taking on U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, saying Tuesday that the Republican’s criticism of his city’s sanctuary status is fearmongering in line with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s stances on immigrants. [Read More]
Trump praises late Iraqi leader Hussein as terrorist killer Trump praises late Iraqi leader Hussein as terrorist killer
12 weeks ago -
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who frequently criticizes U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has praised former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s ruthlessness. [Read More]
'Ready to pass the baton': Obama campaigns with Clinton 'Ready to pass the baton': Obama campaigns with Clinton
12 weeks ago -
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama vigorously vouched for Hillary Clinton’s trustworthiness and dedication Tuesday, making his first outing on the campaign stump for his former secretary of state just hours after his FBI director blasted her handling of classified material. [Read More]
Commentary: GOP blue-collar heroes laud Trump Commentary: GOP blue-collar heroes laud Trump
12 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
The Washington Examiner’s Jim Antle recently noted that despite talk of a Republican “consensus” on trade, earlier runners-up for the Republican nomination were to varying degrees protectionist. [Read More]
Commentary: Trade, Trump and workers Commentary: Trade, Trump and workers
12 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Donald Trump gave a speech on economic policy last week. Just about every factual assertion he made was wrong. [Read More]
Commentary: America deserves better in election Commentary: America deserves better in election
12 weeks ago -
The 2016 presidential race is so far down in the dumps that it counted as good news Tuesday when a leading candidate found out she’s likely not going to get charged with a crime. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary Clinton and identity politics Commentary: Hillary Clinton and identity politics
12 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Have you heard that Hillary Clinton is the “first woman” ever to be nominated for president by a major political party? Of course you have. The media have repeated the line so often it is broken news. [Read More]
Protesters plan to counter DNC
12 weeks ago -
PILESGROVE, N.J. — Bernie Sanders is proving to be good for the campground business. Campgrounds outside Philadelphia are getting booked up by Sanders supporters planning to protest during this month’s Democratic National Convention. [Read More]
Obama to tell foe-to-friend story at Hillary Clinton event Obama to tell foe-to-friend story at Hillary Clinton event
12 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — They've been bitter rivals, allies and colleagues. [Read More]
Clinton-related State Department records delays are mounting up Clinton-related State Department records delays are mounting up
12 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Just five months before the presidential election, the State Department is under fire in courtrooms over its delays in turning over government files related to Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. [Read More]
Commentary: Standing up for life, and reluctantly voting for Trump Commentary: Standing up for life, and reluctantly voting for Trump
12 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
I vowed I would never vote for Donald Trump. I have written, at last count, seven columns explaining why he repulses me. That is still true; his being and character necessitate spiritual Dramamine. [Read More]
Politically Uncorrected: The unpopular vote Politically Uncorrected: The unpopular vote
12 weeks ago - - G. TERRY MADONNA & MICHAEL YOUNG
What matters in a presidential election, and what will matter in the 2016 election? [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: In vice president search, candidates eye different priorities CAMPAIGN 2016: In vice president search, candidates eye different priorities
12 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump wants a running mate who has what he lacks — political experience. Hillary Clinton is putting a premium on diversity as she searches for a No. 2. [Read More]
Commentary: Coming political realignment Commentary: Coming political realignment
12 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
Donald Trump has done something politically smart and substantively revolutionary. He is a Republican presidential candidate running against free trade and, effectively, free markets. [Read More]
Minor parties get victory in ballot access lawsuit Minor parties get victory in ballot access lawsuit
12 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — A new federal court order will make it much easier for minor political party candidates to get onto the fall election ballot in Pennsylvania, potentially injecting new uncertainty into the races for president and U.S. Senate. [Read More]
Special election planned to fill seat
12 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A special election will be held the day of the general election to fill a Pennsylvania U.S. House seat left vacant by a Democratic congressman convicted in a federal racketeering case. [Read More]
Sources: Gingrich, Christie being vetted for Trump VP Sources: Gingrich, Christie being vetted for Trump VP
13 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has begun formally vetting prospective vice presidential picks. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump might topple 'blue wall' Commentary: Trump might topple 'blue wall'
13 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
It’s been exactly one year since Donald Trump convulsed America’s political pros and punditocracy in howls of hilarity with his vow to build his Trump wall across our southern border and somehow make Mexico pay for it. [Read More]
Commentary: Campaign conversion? Commentary: Campaign conversion?
13 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Following a meeting between a group of evangelical leaders and Donald Trump last week, Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said Trump had recently come “to accept a relationship with Christ.” [Read More]
COMMENTARY: Are we really that angry? COMMENTARY: Are we really that angry?
13 weeks ago - - MICHAEL SMERCONISH
Anger is clearly the buzzword of the 2016 presidential campaign, especially on the GOP side of the aisle. Google the word with Republican and, like me, you might get more than 24 million hits (vs. 606,000 when matched with Democrat). [Read More]
Cleveland authorizes convention spending Cleveland authorizes convention spending
13 weeks ago -
CLEVELAND — A city of Cleveland panel on Wednesday authorized spending nearly $10 million to purchase $50 million in insurance to protect the city against claims during the Republican National Convention after a consultant concluded the city faces a higher risk than previously thought. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton raising big dollars at tiny fundraisers CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton raising big dollars at tiny fundraisers
13 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — A single elevator could have accommodated the donors who recently gathered with Hillary Clinton at the home of the Pritzker family in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. [Read More]
Leaders urge against Trump's isolationism Leaders urge against Trump's isolationism
13 weeks ago -
OTTAWA, Ontario — President Barack Obama and the leaders of Mexico and Canada pushed back forcefully on Wednesday against the isolationist and anti-immigrant sentiments that have roiled Britain and been championed by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. [Read More]
Commentary: The substance in Trump speech Commentary: The substance in Trump speech
13 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
Most coverage of Donald Trump’s recent speech in New York focused on his attacks on Hillary Clinton. Or the fact that he read the speech from a teleprompter. Or the fact that it came amid a period of disorder and change in his campaign. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Let people support candidate of own choice Letter to the Editor: Let people support candidate of own choice
13 weeks ago -
The letter I am writing is factual and involves issues that need to be stopped. The Yarnick Farm in Armstrong Township is being attacked for its support of Donald Trump. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Trump knows what's wrong with U.S. Letter to the Editor: Trump knows what's wrong with U.S.
13 weeks ago -
I am a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served from 1969 to 1973. I am proud of it. I find when some Democrats say that Donald Trump is a businessman and knows nothing about how to run this country, they are wrong — and I mean wrong, wrong and wrong. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Warren says Clinton can be trusted to fight Trump CAMPAIGN 2016: Warren says Clinton can be trusted to fight Trump
13 weeks ago -
CINCINNATI — Elizabeth Warren offered an impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Monday, vouching for her as someone who could be trusted to fight for workers and fend off Donald Trump. [Read More]
ANALYSIS: Details of Trump's Muslim ban continue to change
13 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — From the moment he first declared it, the plan has been a signature of his campaign for president: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” [Read More]
Poll: Minorities say Obama tried on race
13 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Almost eight years after electing a black president, vast majorities of blacks and Hispanics think President Barack Obama at least tried to make race relations in the United States better, according to a poll released Monday. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump campaign scrambles to prep for convention CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump campaign scrambles to prep for convention
13 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Republicans are sprinting to shape up Donald Trump’s presidential campaign before the party’s national convention in three weeks, even as leading members of the party carry a deep antipathy or outright opposition to his claim on the GOP nomination. [Read More]
Commentary: Help wanted: VP for Trump Commentary: Help wanted: VP for Trump
13 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
Help wanted: Seasoned Republican politician with Washington experience. Must have high energy, conservative credentials and a strong stomach. Job requires working for mercurial boss who provokes needless crises without warning. [Read More]
Clinton failed to hand over copy of key email Clinton failed to hand over copy of key email
13 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Former Secretary Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, the State Department confirmed Thursday. [Read More]
Commentary: The GOP's cynical strategy Commentary: The GOP's cynical strategy
13 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
The face of America is changing very rapidly, and Republicans are reacting with a cynical and insidious attempt to hold back the future. [Read More]
Commentary: At the edge of inside Commentary: At the edge of inside
13 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
In any organization there are some people who serve at the core. These insiders are in the rooms when the decisions are made. Hillary Clinton, for example, is now at the core of the Democratic Party. [Read More]
Commentary: Will Trump last the election? Commentary: Will Trump last the election?
13 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
An ordinary sociopath would have known to pretend shock and sorrow after the terrible mass murders in Orlando. [Read More]
Commentary: Character no longer counts Commentary: Character no longer counts
14 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Ranking right up there with the line, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?” is this recent headline in The Washington Times: “Honesty issues aside, voters still back Hillary Clinton, poll shows.” [Read More]
As I see it: Why Trump's competitive in Pennsylvania As I see it: Why Trump's competitive in Pennsylvania
14 weeks ago -
Voters like Chris Coughenour, a Pittsburgh-area truck driver, may represent presidential candidate Donald Trump’s biggest challenge. Those like Cherie Spena, a hair stylist, and Brian Easter, a limo driver, are his best hope. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: CNN hires fired Trump campaign manager Lewandowski CAMPAIGN 2016: CNN hires fired Trump campaign manager Lewandowski
14 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — CNN snapped up former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski three days after he was fired, and he began his new career as a political commentator Thursday by not answering a direct question about whether he'd agreed not to disparage his former boss. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump targets Clinton's character in speech CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump targets Clinton's character in speech
14 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — Donald Trump launched a blistering attack Wednesday on Hillary Clinton’s record and character, slamming his presidential rival as a “world class liar” who raked in personal profits from her tenure at the State Department. [Read More]
Many say political opponents frighten them, poll finds Many say political opponents frighten them, poll finds
14 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — Democratic and Republican views of the opposing political party have sunk to such lows that many say their rivals make them feel afraid, a major public opinion poll released Wednesday found. [Read More]
Commentary: A tale of two parties Commentary: A tale of two parties
14 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Do you remember what happened when the Berlin Wall fell? Until that moment, nobody realized just how decadent Communism had become. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton says Trump would plunge economy into recession CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton says Trump would plunge economy into recession
14 weeks ago -
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Donald Trump would send the U.S. economy back into recession, warning his “reckless” approach would hurt workers still trying to recover from the 2008 economic turbulence. [Read More]
Commentary: Campaign looks a lot like 2012 Commentary: Campaign looks a lot like 2012
14 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
The latest national polls show Donald Trump in dire shape. In the RealClearPolitics average, Trump has dropped below 40 percent — 39.1 percent, to be precise — while Mitt Romney, in the entire losing 2012 campaign, never fell below 43 percent. [Read More]
Cops withdraw traffic ticket
14 weeks ago -
PITTSTON (AP) — Police have withdrawn a $700 ticket issued to a tractor-trailer promoting Donald Trump’s presidential campaign that got stuck on a Pennsylvania bridge. [Read More]
Commentary: Even in failure, Bernie makes point Commentary: Even in failure, Bernie makes point
14 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
Thanks, Bernie! Your campaign was a long shot from the beginning, but, as many have noted, your more-than-respectable showing in the primary season has pulled the conversation and the political center a little to the left. [Read More]
Trump fires campaign manager Trump fires campaign manager
14 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — Donald Trump abruptly fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Monday in a dramatic shake-up designed to calm panicked Republican leaders and end an internal power struggle plaguing the billionaire businessman’s unconventional White House bid. [Read More]
Clinton well ahead in campaign cash Clinton well ahead in campaign cash
14 weeks ago -
Donald Trump enters the general election campaign laboring under the worst financial and organizational disadvantage of any major party nominee in recent history, placing both his candidacy and party in political peril. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump in the dumps Commentary: Trump in the dumps
14 weeks ago - - MAUREEN DOWD
He won’t pivot. So I have to. Having seen Donald Trump as a braggadocious but benign celebrity in New York for decades, I did not regard him as the apotheosis of evil. He seemed more like a toon. [Read More]
Politically Uncorrected: Trump's keys to Keystone State Politically Uncorrected: Trump's keys to Keystone State
14 weeks ago - - G. TERRY MADONNA & MICHAEL YOUNG
Two questions dominate all others as the fall presidential campaign begins in Pennsylvania. Can the GOP win in Pennsylvania in 2016? If so, how do they do it? [Read More]
Commentary: Is Trump running for president in the wrong country? Commentary: Is Trump running for president in the wrong country?
14 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
The evidence continues to mount: Donald Trump does not understand or respect the political system he seeks to lead. The only other explanation is that he understands the system very well, and is trying to undermine its basic foundations in order to clear his path to the White House. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Democrats set to give Trump 'rude awakening' in summer onslaught CAMPAIGN 2016: Democrats set to give Trump 'rude awakening' in summer onslaught
14 weeks ago -
NEW ORLEANS — Donald Trump’s unconventional campaign is about to feel the heat of political organization. [Read More]
Commentary: Clinton the most qualified? Commentary: Clinton the most qualified?
15 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Speaking of Hillary Clinton, President Obama said, “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.” Really? She would be equal to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and himself? [Read More]
Commentary: GOP needs superdelegate rescue Commentary: GOP needs superdelegate rescue
15 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
Splashed all over the news this week is precisely the sort of political crisis many party leaders were terrified about — more than three decades ago. Their solution was to invent a most unconventional convention concept: superdelegates. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders says he'll work for Trump's defeat CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders says he'll work for Trump's defeat
15 weeks ago -
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Pressing his “political revolution” to turn its attention to defeating Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he will work with Hillary Clinton to transform the Democratic Party itself and “create the America that we know we can become.” [Read More]
Commentary: A party agrift Commentary: A party agrift
15 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
This is not a column about Donald Trump. It’s not about the fraudulent scheme that was Trump University. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump's contempt for media is calculated CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump's contempt for media is calculated
15 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s favorite nickname for the news media is the “dishonest press.” He swaps in “disgusting press” from time to time. [Read More]
Obama, Clinton bash Trump for his remarks on massacre Obama, Clinton bash Trump for his remarks on massacre
15 weeks ago -
President Obama denounced Donald Trump on Tuesday for his remarks in the aftermath of the shooting massacre in Orlando, Fla., warning that Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, was peddling a “dangerous” mindset that recalled dark and shameful periods in U.S. history. [Read More]
Commentary: Ralph Reed goes all in for Trump Commentary: Ralph Reed goes all in for Trump
15 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
As Ralph Reed, the longtime evangelical leader, sees it, Donald Trump did two smart things in his appearance before Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition Road to Majority conference in Washington recently. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: In last primary, Clinton wins in D.C. CAMPAIGN 2016: In last primary, Clinton wins in D.C.
15 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton brought a close to the presidential primary season with a win Tuesday in the nation’s capital and a meeting with dispatched rival Bernie Sanders, hoping to set a tone of Democratic unity heading into next month’s party convention in Philadelphia. [Read More]
Commentary: Media learn how to handle Trump Commentary: Media learn how to handle Trump
15 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
Donald Trump’s free ride on your television screen is coming to an end. In the Republican primary campaign, Trump profited from his undeniable entertainment value, grabbing hours of TV time with speeches, news conferences and interviews. To be honest, it was hard not to watch. [Read More]
Commentary: Civility needed in American politics Commentary: Civility needed in American politics
15 weeks ago - - DAN THOMASSON
Several years ago Jim Mullen had a good idea. Actually it turned out to be a great idea, considering the state of American politics today. [Read More]
Trump, Clinton at odds over Orlando shooting Trump, Clinton at odds over Orlando shooting
15 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton outlined dramatically different proposals for combating terrorism and gun violence following the deadly Orlando nightclub attacks. [Read More]
Commentary: Force Trump to release tax returns Commentary: Force Trump to release tax returns
15 weeks ago -
The longer Donald Trump waits to release his tax returns, the greater the suspicion that he has something to hide. [Read More]
Analysis: Trump, Clinton contrast in Orlando response Analysis: Trump, Clinton contrast in Orlando response
15 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — For Donald Trump, the mass shooting in Florida was a moment to redouble his call for tougher action against terrorism. For Hillary Clinton, it was a time to choose words carefully. [Read More]
Commentary: Two questions for Mr. Trump Commentary: Two questions for Mr. Trump
15 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
Donald Trump attacks journalists who dare to ask him hard questions. Now, according to Bloomberg News, he’s urging his supporters to assail reporters who challenge him on a critical issue: his denunciation of a federal judge presiding over a fraud case against one of his business ventures. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary and the horizontals Commentary: Hillary and the horizontals
15 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
I spent much of this past politically momentous week at a workshop on inequality, where papers were presented on everything from the causes of wage disparities to the effects of inequality on happiness. [Read More]
Commentary: Contempt for courts Commentary: Contempt for courts
15 weeks ago -
Federal judges have repeatedly and emphatically refused to recuse themselves from cases because of their race or ethnicity. These rulings were driven by two realizations: Ethnically based challenges would reduce every judge to a racial category, which would be racist in itself. [Read More]
Romney loyalists ponder future
15 weeks ago -
PARK CITY, Utah — Donald Trump can be an effective president, and he’s going to win with you or without you, Republican Chairman Reince Priebus told several hundred of the party’s top donors and strategists Saturday. [Read More]
Road to 270: Where Trump, Clinton start their race Road to 270: Where Trump, Clinton start their race
15 weeks ago -
No matter the 2016 presidential matchup after the primary campaigns, the Democratic nominee was likely to have an edge over the Republican candidate once the election turned toward the November race. [Read More]
Trump campaigns at Pittsburgh airport Trump campaigns at Pittsburgh airport
15 weeks ago -
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump touched down for a campaign stop in Pittsburgh this afternoon, where he offered a spirited, if familiar, mix of promises, boasts and insults to an enthusiastic crowd. [Read More]
Commentary: Door No. 3? Commentary: Door No. 3?
15 weeks ago -
Even before Democratic voters in six states got out of bed Tuesday Hillary Clinton had clinched her party’s presidential nomination. Sure, that included — before Tuesday night — some 571 superdelegates, which U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders insists shouldn’t count just yet. [Read More]
Commentary: Sanders' claims do not compute Commentary: Sanders' claims do not compute
15 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
OK, so the fix is in. In one sense, it’s too bad The Associated Press and the TV networks called the Democratic race for Hillary Clinton before New Jersey, California and four smaller states voted Tuesday. [Read More]
Commentary: The unity illusion Commentary: The unity illusion
15 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
Paul Ryan says it’s time for Republicans to unite with the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. [Read More]
Commentary: Explaining Donald Trump Commentary: Explaining Donald Trump
15 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
NEW YORK — If there is one explanation for Donald Trump’s success it is this: Unlike most Republicans, he fights back. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton, Trump work toward party unity CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton, Trump work toward party unity
15 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — The presidential race shifted to the nation’s capital Friday, with Democrats executing a carefully orchestrated plan to unify their party around presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
Court considers ballot issue on age Court considers ballot issue on age
16 weeks ago -
A Pennsylvania court panel heard arguments Thursday over whether the General Assembly acted properly when it invalidated a proposed constitutional amendment on the primary ballot that would allow judges to remain on the bench five years beyond the mandatory retirement age of 70. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Democrats unify in support of Clinton CAMPAIGN 2016: Democrats unify in support of Clinton
16 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Nearing the end of a lengthy primary fight, Democrats are coalescing around Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and looking to reunite the party through a carefully orchestrated plan aimed at nudging rival Bernie Sanders to make his exit. [Read More]
Commentary: Is Sanders helping Trump? Commentary: Is Sanders helping Trump?
16 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Bernie Sanders has had a stunning impact this year, helping set the political agenda and winning the passionate embrace of a demographic a quarter his age. [Read More]
Commentary: GOP leaders' profiles in trepidation Commentary: GOP leaders' profiles in trepidation
16 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
The Unmaking of the Grand Old Party is playing out on a screen near you. And although it seems to be stuck in an unending loop of slow-motion replays, please do not call your help desk. [Read More]
Commentary: Time is now for new GOP Commentary: Time is now for new GOP
16 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
If a party could declare moral bankruptcy, today’s Republican Party would be in Chapter 11. This party needs to just shut itself down and start over — now. Seriously, someone please start a New Republican Party! [Read More]
Commentary: Queen Hillary has an Achilles' heel Commentary: Queen Hillary has an Achilles' heel
16 weeks ago - - DAN THOMASSON
WASHINGTON — If one has to explain in a word why Hillary Clinton has made decisions that have undercut her image and left her vulnerable to questions about her ethics and at times even her honesty, it is “imperiousness.” [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump's son-in-law emerges as quiet force CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump's son-in-law emerges as quiet force
16 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — A new power player has emerged among the feuding factions behind Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, one that through the bonds of marriage enjoys a direct line to the Republican billionaire. [Read More]
Trump turns to object of his ridicule: a teleprompter
16 weeks ago -
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. — Donald Trump routinely mocks his rivals for using teleprompters, but the presumptive Republican presidential nominee relied on the much-maligned political crutch Tuesday night for his closely watched speech at the end of the Republican primary calendar. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: California sends two Democratic women to runoff CAMPAIGN 2016: California sends two Democratic women to runoff
16 weeks ago -
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a historic first, California voters Tuesday sent two Democrats, both minority women, to a November runoff for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: GOP denounces Trump's remarks about judge
16 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Leading Republicans united Tuesday in an extraordinary denunciation of Donald Trump’s attacks on a federal judge, with House Speaker Paul Ryan calling them the “textbook definition of a racist comment.” [Read More]
Commentary: #NeverTrump party's desperate scenarios Commentary: #NeverTrump party's desperate scenarios
16 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
The #NeverTrump conservatives who hope to recruit a third-party candidate to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have so far had no luck. A number of potential candidates, well known and not, have turned down the chance to run. [Read More]
Ex-Clinton staffer files immunity agreements
16 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — The former aide to Hillary Clinton who set up her private email server confirmed in a court filing Tuesday that the Justice Department had granted him limited immunity from prosecution, but filed copies of the deal under seal and asked a judge to keep them out of public view. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Hillary Clinton claims historic victory in Democratic primary
16 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — Claiming her place in history, Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in her bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party. [Read More]
Commentary: California will tell story for Dems Commentary: California will tell story for Dems
16 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
Barring a miracle, Bernie Sanders still isn’t going to win the Democratic nomination — even if he wins the California primary. But that doesn’t mean today’s election is meaningless. [Read More]
Commentary: Hillary and the 'what if' scenarios Commentary: Hillary and the 'what if' scenarios
16 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Some believe that soon after today’s final presidential primaries the FBI will interview Hillary Clinton about her handling of emails while she was secretary of state. What comes next is the subject of much speculation. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: History in hand, Clinton faces voters as presumptive nominee CAMPAIGN 2016: History in hand, Clinton faces voters as presumptive nominee
16 weeks ago -
History already in hand, Hillary Clinton will celebrate becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party Tuesday following votes in California, New Jersey and four other states — contests Clinton hopes send her into the general election in strong standing. [Read More]
Red-Blue America: Can third-party candidate win? Red-Blue America: Can third-party candidate win?
16 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the Red-Blue America columnists, consider whether a third-party candidate could break through this year. [Read More]
GOP to Trump: Lay off Judge Curiel's Mexican heritage GOP to Trump: Lay off Judge Curiel's Mexican heritage
16 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Republicans are warning their presumptive presidential nominee to lay off the Latino judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University and make good on a promise to unite the fractured GOP. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: After weekend wins, Clinton on cusp of Democratic nomination CAMPAIGN 2016: After weekend wins, Clinton on cusp of Democratic nomination
16 weeks ago -
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Hillary Clinton stands on the cusp of garnering enough delegates to claim the Democratic presidential nomination, having overwhelmed Bernie Sanders in a pair of weekend elections in the Caribbean. [Read More]
Commentary: The trap of history Commentary: The trap of history
16 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
History is usually a good guide for understanding elections. Even times of unease and upheaval don’t repeal the basic laws of politics. But history can also be a trap, blinding us to inflection points that shift the river of public life into a new course. [Read More]
Commentary: Year of the woman? Wasn't that in 1973? Commentary: Year of the woman? Wasn't that in 1973?
16 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
I have been told by otherwise intelligent, alert, accomplished women that I must vote for Hillary Clinton. Some have said it’s because failing to cast my vote for Bill’s charming better half will be a de facto plus one for Team Trump. [Read More]
POLITICALLY UNCORRECTED: Would a third party matter? POLITICALLY UNCORRECTED: Would a third party matter?
16 weeks ago - - G. TERRY MADONNA & MICHAEL YOUNG
Billionaire ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg flirted with one. Mitt Romney still wants one as does Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, influential blogger Erick Erickson, and a bevy of GOP consultants, strategists and insiders. [Read More]
Commentary: The id that ate the planet Commentary: The id that ate the planet
16 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
On Tuesday the political arm of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of America’s most influential environmentalist groups, made its first presidential endorsement ever, giving the nod to Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Attack ads targeted at McGinty CAMPAIGN 2016: Attack ads targeted at McGinty
16 weeks ago -
TV attack ads are flying in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty. The race could help determine control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 8 election. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders vows to keep fighting CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders vows to keep fighting
16 weeks ago -
LOS ANGELES — With the primary season near its end, a defiant Bernie Sanders declared Saturday that the Democratic presidential process should not be decided by party leaders and elected officials, predicting a contested summer convention against rival Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
Commentary: Why not expose Sanders' past? Commentary: Why not expose Sanders' past?
16 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Here’s my basic problem with Bernie Sanders. To put it bluntly, once a Trotskyite, always a fool. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton says U.S. needs 'president, not dictator' CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton says U.S. needs 'president, not dictator'
16 weeks ago -
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Hillary Clinton is keeping the heat on Donald Trump, saying “we are trying to elect a president, not a dictator.” [Read More]
Fundraising in high gear for July conventions Fundraising in high gear for July conventions
16 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — With just weeks to go before Republicans and Democrats gather to nominate a presidential candidate, organizers in Philadelphia and Cleveland are hustling to hit fundraising targets that top $60 million apiece. [Read More]
Commentary: Email issue may derail Clinton Commentary: Email issue may derail Clinton
17 weeks ago -
Hillary Clinton seemed to have everything going for her as the Democratic presidential front-runner. Everyone knew there would be hurdles along the pathway to the presidency. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Speaker Ryan endorses Trump CAMPAIGN 2016: Speaker Ryan endorses Trump
17 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Ending weeks of reluctance to embrace his party’s presumptive nominee, Speaker Paul D. Ryan endorsed Donald Trump for president on Thursday in a modest but unequivocal backing of a candidate whose views Ryan has frequently condemned. [Read More]
Commentary: Measuring stick for Trump support Commentary: Measuring stick for Trump support
17 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
Today we are here to help readers who are feeling understandably besieged, beleaguered and beset because they once proudly voted for Republicans for president and now don’t know what to do. [Read More]
Commentary: Politicians and lies that matter Commentary: Politicians and lies that matter
17 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
Your Honor, I rise this week in defense of Hillary Clinton. I see from polls that Clinton scores very low on “trustworthy” questions. Well, let’s talk about truth in politics. [Read More]
Trump University model: Sell hard, demand to see a warrant Trump University model: Sell hard, demand to see a warrant
17 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — The manual for the staff at Trump University events was precise: The room temperature should be 68 degrees. Seats should be arranged in a theater-style curve. And government prosecutors had no right to see any documents without a warrant. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Parroting Obama/Clinton party line Letter to the editor: Parroting Obama/Clinton party line
17 weeks ago -
Thank goodness, we have someone in the house who will predictably parrot party-line leftist dogma, most recently on May 24 (“Clinton should follow Obama policies”). [Read More]
Commentary: Feel the math Commentary: Feel the math
17 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
This is my fifth presidential campaign as a New York Times columnist, so I’ve watched a lot of election coverage, and I came into this cycle prepared for the worst. Or so I thought. [Read More]
'Playbooks' outline aggressive sales tactics at Trump University 'Playbooks' outline aggressive sales tactics at Trump University
17 weeks ago -
SAN DIEGO — Trump University gave employees detailed instructions on how to entice people to enroll in its real estate seminars, from targeting people making at least $90,000 a year to choosing words of flattery that are most persuasive. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Testy Trump takes umbrage with questions on fundraiser CAMPAIGN 2016: Testy Trump takes umbrage with questions on fundraiser
17 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s heated war with the media reached new heights as he turned the brag-worthy feat of raising $5.6 million for veterans’ charities into a sparring match with reporters pressing him on the issue. [Read More]
Commentary: Why Trump attacked Martinez Commentary: Why Trump attacked Martinez
17 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
Many observers were mystified when Donald Trump attacked New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. But the story was really very simple: Martinez hit Trump, so Trump hit back. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Clinton
17 weeks ago -
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is endorsing Hillary Clinton just a week before the state’s June 7 primary. [Read More]
ANALYSIS: From Ike to Obama, CIA has briefed presidential candidates
17 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — After the political convention confetti is swept away, a more sobering tradition of the presidential election begins: The regular, top-secret intelligence briefings for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump trails Clinton with digital campaigning CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump trails Clinton with digital campaigning
17 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by months, even years, in using fast-evolving digital campaigning to win over voters, data specialists working with the GOP say. [Read More]
Commentary: Rules? What rules? Commentary: Rules? What rules?
17 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
“Rules are made to be broken” is a saying that has many variations, but perhaps no one has summed up Hillary Clinton’s attitude (and Bill’s, too) about rules more than the late science-fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Animal rights activists disrupt Sanders rally CAMPAIGN 2016: Animal rights activists disrupt Sanders rally
17 weeks ago -
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A group of animal rights activists briefly interrupted a Bernie Sanders rally in Northern California when they jumped barricades and tried to rush the podium. [Read More]
Commentary: Sanders plays a dangerous game Commentary: Sanders plays a dangerous game
17 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
Bernie Sanders is playing a selfish, dangerous game. [Read More]
Commentary: Delusions of competence Commentary: Delusions of competence
17 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
In general, you shouldn’t pay much attention to polls at this point, especially with Republicans unifying around Donald Trump while Bernie Sanders hasn’t conceded the inevitable. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Few happy with choices for president, poll finds
17 weeks ago -
While 65 percent of Americans say they’re interested in the White House race, just 23 percent say they’re excited as the presidential contest shifts from the primaries to the general election, according to a new poll. [Read More]
School funding creates divide in attorney general's race School funding creates divide in attorney general's race
17 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — The battle in Pennsylvania over school funding could take on a new dimension. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump's cult of falsehood Commentary: Trump's cult of falsehood
17 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
The first thing to understand is that, before it’s a presidential election, it’s a TV program. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump no longer wants to debate Sanders CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump no longer wants to debate Sanders
17 weeks ago -
SAN DIEGO — Republican Donald Trump says he’s not interested in debating Democrat Bernie Sanders after all. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump shifts toward general election, taking aim at Clinton CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump shifts toward general election, taking aim at Clinton
18 weeks ago -
BISMARCK, N.D. — Triumphantly armed with a majority of his party’s delegates, Republican Donald Trump unleashed a broadside attack Thursday on Hillary Clinton’s prescriptions for energy, guns, the economy and international affairs. [Read More]
Commentary: A better way to run for president Commentary: A better way to run for president
18 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
The frustration of many voters over the way presidential candidates are selected has come to a head with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the presumptive nominees of their respective parties. [Read More]
Commentary: Time for a third-party candidate Commentary: Time for a third-party candidate
18 weeks ago - - CYNTHIA M. ALLEN
There’s a meme floating around the Internet: If Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are in a boat and it capsizes, who wins? America. [Read More]
Trump on top: He reaches magic number to clinch nomination Trump on top: He reaches magic number to clinch nomination
18 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Hispanic Trump supporters face ridicule from family and friends CAMPAIGN 2016: Hispanic Trump supporters face ridicule from family and friends
18 weeks ago -
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Hispanic voters in Florida, New Mexico and California have waved Mexican flags and bashed Donald Trump pinatas — clashing with police, at times — to protest the Republican presidential contender’s hard-line approach to immigration. [Read More]
Obama: World leaders rightfully rattled by Trump Obama: World leaders rightfully rattled by Trump
18 weeks ago -
SHIMA, Japan — President Barack Obama said today that foreign leaders are “rattled” by Donald Trump and have good reason to feel that way, as he accused the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of ignorance about world affairs. [Read More]
Commentary: An anti-democracy streak? Commentary: An anti-democracy streak?
18 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
In the New York primary, the #NeverTrumpers were hoping that rules limiting voter participation might help their cause. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Anti-Trump protests turn violent outside New Mexico rally
18 weeks ago -
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In one of the presidential campaign year’s more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump, Clinton win in Washington state
18 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump each won primaries in Washington state Tuesday. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Clinton should follow Obama policies Letter to the Editor: Clinton should follow Obama policies
18 weeks ago -
The only thing correct about Rick Stancombe’s letter on Sunday was the headline written by a Gazette editor. Hillary Clinton does promise to continue the policies of President Obama. [Read More]
COMMENTARY: Trump and the Supreme Court COMMENTARY: Trump and the Supreme Court
18 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
In releasing his list of potential Supreme Court nominees, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has begun to solidify his support among conservatives as perhaps no other announcement could do. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Political debates provide little comfort Letter to the editor: Political debates provide little comfort
18 weeks ago -
What has happened to the America we once knew? [Read More]
Red-Blue America: Are Dems just as troubled as GOP? Red-Blue America: Are Dems just as troubled as GOP?
18 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the Red-Blue America columnists, debate the status of the Democratic presidential race. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Challenge to fundraising expectations Letter to the editor: Challenge to fundraising expectations
18 weeks ago -
On the April 24 episode of “60 Minutes” was a segment called “Dialing for Dollars.” The segment detailed a Republican congressman’s bid for re-election. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders splits Obama on Puerto Rican debt CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders splits Obama on Puerto Rican debt
18 weeks ago -
LOS ANGELES — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is breaking with the Obama administration and House lawmakers over a plan to restructure Puerto Rico’s $70 billion in debt, saying the legislation would make “a terrible situation even worse.” [Read More]
Commentary: Weakend at Bernies Commentary: Weakend at Bernies
18 weeks ago - - MAUREEN DOWD
Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee. Really. Just ask her. [Read More]
Commentary: Everything is public's business Commentary: Everything is public's business
18 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
“What is your tax rate?” George Stephanopoulos asked Donald Trump on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump's campaign investment tops $43 million CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump's campaign investment tops $43 million
18 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump poured more than $7.5 million of his own money into his presidential campaign in April, bringing his total personal investment to more than $43 million since he declared his candidacy, new campaign finance reports filed late Friday show. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Some Dems see need for fence-mending CAMPAIGN 2016: Some Dems see need for fence-mending
18 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s primary polls looked grim in mid-March for Katie McGinty, the candidate recruited by Democratic heavy hitters in Washington in their multimillion-dollar quest to recapture the U.S. Senate majority. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump, Clinton platforms highlight divisions on guns CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump, Clinton platforms highlight divisions on guns
18 weeks ago -
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are courting voters on opposite sides of the gun debate in events that highlight the nation’s deep divide on the topic. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders campaign down to less than $6 million in cash CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders campaign down to less than $6 million in cash
18 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’ campaign had less than $6 million at the start of May, a critical cash shortage as he makes an admittedly tough final play to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Sedlock claims most write-in votes PRIMARY 2016: Sedlock claims most write-in votes
19 weeks ago -
Fayette County resident and licensed psychologist Adam Sedlock won the write-in race in Indiana County for a Democratic nomination for the 9th District seat in Congress. But the results of write-in votes from 11 other counties are needed before a possible Democratic nominee is identified. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: A President Trump could fix club's aviation woes
19 weeks ago -
PALM BEACH, Fla. — There are many questions about what Donald Trump would do if elected president, so let’s add another: Would he ban planes leaving Palm Beach International Airport from flying over his prized Mar-a-Lago Club? [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton fills coffers in battleground states CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton fills coffers in battleground states
19 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton, seeking a governing coalition if she wins the White House, is pumping millions of dollars into key battleground states at the heart of her presidential map and Democrats’ quest to regain control of the Senate. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump takes lying to new level Commentary: Trump takes lying to new level
19 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
Politicians bend the truth. All politicians spin the facts. But Donald Trump is mounting an audacious experiment in mendacity: How brazenly can a candidate lie and get away with it? [Read More]
Rendell apologizes for ‘ugly women’ remark Rendell apologizes for ‘ugly women’ remark
19 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has apologized for saying “there are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women.” [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump reveals list of potential Supreme Court nominees CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump reveals list of potential Supreme Court nominees
19 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees is a splashy reminder that the 2016 presidential election could determine the direction of the high court for years to come. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders vows to stay in presidential race CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders vows to stay in presidential race
19 weeks ago -
Defiant and determined to transform the Democratic Party, Sen. Bernie Sanders is opening a two-month phase of his presidential campaign aimed at amassing enough leverage to advance his agenda at the convention in July. [Read More]
69.2 million millennials can vote, study finds 69.2 million millennials can vote, study finds
19 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new analysis of census data shows millennials are now tied with baby boomers for the largest percentage share of eligible voters. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump says he'd speak to Kim Jong Un over nukes CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump says he'd speak to Kim Jong Un over nukes
19 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’s open to speaking with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to halt the communist nation’s nuclear program. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders wins Oregon, battles Clinton in Kentucky; Trump wins Oregon CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders wins Oregon, battles Clinton in Kentucky; Trump wins Oregon
19 weeks ago -
Bernie Sanders has won Oregon's presidential primary and battled Hillary Clinton to a razor-thin margin in Kentucky, vowing to stay in the race until the end as Clinton aimed to blunt his momentum and prepare for a fall campaign against Republican Donald Trump. [Read More]
Commentary: Forecasting in age of Trump Commentary: Forecasting in age of Trump
19 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
Ray Fair of Yale University says that if his election forecasting model is correct, the Republican nominee is likely to win the presidency by a convincing margin. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Pall of Nevada hangs over Democratic voting CAMPAIGN 2016: Pall of Nevada hangs over Democratic voting
19 weeks ago -
LAS VEGAS — As Oregon and Kentucky queue up to vote in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, the pall of a divisive state party convention in Nevada hangs over the race. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump leans left on some policies CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump leans left on some policies
19 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — As he tries to charm Republicans still skeptical of his presidential candidacy, Donald Trump has a challenge: On several key issues, he sounds an awful lot like a Democrat. [Read More]
Obama casts Trump philosophy as one of ignorance, isolation Obama casts Trump philosophy as one of ignorance, isolation
19 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama cast Donald Trump’s positions on immigration, trade and Muslims as part of an ignorance-and-isolation philosophy that the president says will lead the U.S. down the path of decline. [Read More]
Commentary: Tax mysteries and Trump Commentary: Tax mysteries and Trump
19 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
This seemed to be the week for Trump tax mysteries. One mystery is why Donald Trump, unlike every other major party nominee in modern times, is refusing to release his tax returns. [Read More]
ANALYSIS: Toomey tries to win over voters, deal with Trump ANALYSIS: Toomey tries to win over voters, deal with Trump
19 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Republican Sen. Pat Toomey already had the political balancing act of winning over middle-of-the-road voters in his quest for a second term in moderate Pennsylvania. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump, Clinton or someone else? Commentary: Trump, Clinton or someone else?
19 weeks ago - - JAY AMBROSE
It’s Nov. 8, you walk into a voting booth, you look at the names of the presidential candidates and one makes you shudder, another makes you nauseated, there’s a third you’ve maybe never heard of and you wonder whether he is OK. Will there be a fourth? [Read More]
Commentary: What's happened to our election? Commentary: What's happened to our election?
19 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
For a man with a satirical turn of mind, presidential election years can be trying. Apparently your humble, obedient servant here isn’t angry enough to participate fully in the festivities. [Read More]
Trump, Ryan say they're committed to unity Trump, Ryan say they're committed to unity
20 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Straining to mend their party after months of chaos, Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan declared themselves “totally committed” to working together after a fence-mending personal meeting on Thursday. [Read More]
Commentary: How to fix a news break Commentary: How to fix a news break
20 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
West Virginia’s Democrats were trapped in a most undemocratic predicament in Tuesday’s presidential primary election: They had to vote without being told of a significant news development about the most exciting Democrat in the race. [Read More]
Commentary: Foreign policy as beauty pageant Commentary: Foreign policy as beauty pageant
20 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
OK, it’s easy to pick on Donald Trump’s foreign policy. [Read More]
Cruz files paperwork for a 2018 re-election bid Cruz files paperwork for a 2018 re-election bid
20 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz says he wants another term in the Senate. [Read More]
Commentary: The making of an ignoramus Commentary: The making of an ignoramus
20 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Truly, Donald Trump knows nothing. He is more ignorant about policy than you can possibly imagine, even when you take into account the fact that he is more ignorant than you can possibly imagine. [Read More]
Trump set as guest on Kelly's Fox TV special Trump set as guest on Kelly's Fox TV special
20 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — When Megyn Kelly sits down with Donald Trump for her prime-time special on the Fox broadcasting network, the Fox News Channel host hopes to call a truce to the war waged by the presumptive Republican nominee since he began slamming her after last August’s Republican debate. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump adds two states, Sanders one CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump adds two states, Sanders one
20 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and Republican Party leaders are confronting an uncomfortable new reality: They may not like each other, but they may need each other. [Read More]
Commentary: What does Ryan want from Trump? Commentary: What does Ryan want from Trump?
20 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
Speaker Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s highest-ranking official, stunned the political world Thursday when he announced he does not now support his party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, and might not ever do so. [Read More]
Commentary: Ryan needs to decide soon on Trump Commentary: Ryan needs to decide soon on Trump
20 weeks ago - - DAN THOMASSON
Paul Ryan has little choice but to endorse Donald Trump ... sooner rather than later. To do otherwise probably would cost him speakership of the House, and might end his political career much too soon. [Read More]
Commentary: What's Sanders' next move? Commentary: What's Sanders' next move?
20 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
Bernie Sanders has plenty of sound reasons for continuing his presidential campaign, but now that Donald Trump is the apparent Republican nominee, he needs to make a change in tone. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Toomey, McGinty tangle over 'sanctuary city' policy CAMPAIGN 2016: Toomey, McGinty tangle over 'sanctuary city' policy
20 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey injected immigration policies into his re-election campaign Monday, taking a shot at Philadelphia’s “sanctuary city” status and his Democratic opponent Katie McGinty for supporting what he calls a dangerous and extreme practice. [Read More]
Commentary: A shadow cabinet for Trump Commentary: A shadow cabinet for Trump
20 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has broken just about every political rule and precedent this election cycle, so what difference would it make if he broke one more? [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Congressional Republicans grapple with new Trump reality CAMPAIGN 2016: Congressional Republicans grapple with new Trump reality
20 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are returning to Capitol Hill to confront an awkward new reality: Donald Trump is their presumptive presidential nominee, but instead of uniting behind him, leading figures like House Speaker Paul Ryan are withholding their support. [Read More]
Red-Blue America: What's next in presidential election? Red-Blue America: What's next in presidential election?
20 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the Red-Blue America columnists, consider what’s next in this seemingly unprecedented presidential election. [Read More]
ANALYSIS: Trump foes face diminished options at convention ANALYSIS: Trump foes face diminished options at convention
20 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Still shaken by Donald Trump’s triumph, Republican and conservative foes of the billionaire can still cause headaches for the party’s presumptive presidential nominee at this summer’s GOP convention. But their options are shrinking by the day. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: For Trump, party unity is nice, but not necessary CAMPAIGN 2016: For Trump, party unity is nice, but not necessary
20 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — For Donald Trump, party unity is a good thing. But he’s making clear he won’t change his views or soften his rhetoric to get it. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump or Ryan - who's king of hill? Commentary: Trump or Ryan - who's king of hill?
20 weeks ago - - MAUREEN DOWD
Paul Ryan and Donald Trump sit down at Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill to hash out a couple little things, like who is running the party and who is the actual Republican. [Read More]
Commentary: Truth and Trumpism Commentary: Truth and Trumpism
20 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
How will the news media handle the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? I suspect I know the answer — and it’s going to be deeply frustrating. But maybe, just maybe, flagging some common journalistic sins in advance can limit the damage. [Read More]
Commentary: Making history with Hillary Commentary: Making history with Hillary
20 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
Hillary Clinton should play the “woman card.” In spades. Clinton has never been a natural politician. She’s not in her husband’s class as a campaigner, or Barack Obama’s, for that matter. [Read More]
Commentary: GOP contest ends quietly Commentary: GOP contest ends quietly
20 weeks ago -
And so it ends for the GOP — in Indiana, the heartland, and in May. Not in a brokered national convention. Not with much drama as it turned out. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump takes aim at Clinton at Washington rallies CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump takes aim at Clinton at Washington rallies
20 weeks ago -
Donald Trump is once again raising former President Bill Clinton’s marital infidelities, a preview of how the billionaire businessman is likely to respond to general-election attacks from Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her allies about his treatment of women. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Shuster may face challenger in general election PRIMARY 2016: Shuster may face challenger in general election
20 weeks ago - - RANDY WELLS
Art Halvorson, who lost his primary election bid for a Republican nomination to be the next U.S. congressman from the 9th District, expressed optimism Friday that he might still be on ballots in November thanks to write-in votes from Democrats. [Read More]
Commentary: The Trump disaster Commentary: The Trump disaster
20 weeks ago - - JAY AMBROSE
The GOP presidential primary campaign in Indiana was winding down. Donald Trump was significantly ahead in the polls and had nothing much to worry about. [Read More]
Commentary: Clinton's imagination problem Commentary: Clinton's imagination problem
20 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
In March Hillary Clinton told a CNN interviewer, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” That was a true but dumb thing to say in advance of the West Virginia primary. So this week Clinton went on an apology and listening tour through Appalachia. [Read More]
Commentary: What will Trump get away with? Commentary: What will Trump get away with?
20 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
For argument’s sake, let’s say you ran into this Trump character in a bar. First off, he’s boasting about how incredibly smart, rich and good-looking he is. He’s a big, big winner. He’s even got his own TV show, and you don’t. [Read More]
Trump to face trial after election in university suit
20 weeks ago -
SAN DIEGO — Donald Trump will go to trial in a class-action lawsuit against him and his now-defunct Trump University after the presidential election but before the inauguration, setting the stage for a president-elect to take the witness stand if he wins the White House. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders wants supporters represented
20 weeks ago -
LOS ANGELES — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday threatened a floor fight over rules and platform planks at the party’s summer convention, warning the Democratic National Committee not to stack the convention’s standing committees with supporters of Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump to meet with Ryan to work out differences CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump to meet with Ryan to work out differences
20 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump grudgingly agreed Friday to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan to work out their differences in the midst of an extraordinary display of Republican vs. Republican strife. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: House Speaker Ryan refuses to back Trump CAMPAIGN 2016: House Speaker Ryan refuses to back Trump
21 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to unify the GOP. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton urges Democrats to unite against Trump CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton urges Democrats to unite against Trump
21 weeks ago -
LOS ANGELES — Hillary Clinton urged Democrats on Thursday to unite around her candidacy as a way of fending off Republican Donald Trump, telling black community leaders that her advantage over Bernie Sanders far outpaces the deficit she faced in the 2008 primaries. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump and the Lord's work Commentary: Trump and the Lord's work
21 weeks ago - - THOMAS FRIEDMAN
Like many others, I watched the video that President Barack Obama showed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday of him inviting former House Speaker John Boehner over to solicit his advice on what Obama should do post-presidency. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: With Kasich out, Trump's path clear CAMPAIGN 2016: With Kasich out, Trump's path clear
21 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s last Republican foe, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, ended his quixotic presidential campaign Wednesday, cementing Trump’s remarkable triumph as his party’s presumptive nominee and launching him toward a likely fall battle with Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
Commentary: How Grand Old Party got Trumped Commentary: How Grand Old Party got Trumped
21 weeks ago - - MARTIN SCHRAM
One of the great puzzlements of modern presidential politics will forever be that it took the Republican Party’s elites three-quarters of a year to wise up to the fact that Donald Trump was stealing their party right out from under their upturned noses. [Read More]
Trump, Biden to go to Penn graduation
21 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Donald Trump and Joe Biden will be attending the same University of Pennsylvania graduation ceremony, but not for political reasons. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Kasich to end bid for Republican nomination CAMPAIGN 2016: Kasich to end bid for Republican nomination
21 weeks ago -
CONCORD, N.H. — Ohio Gov. John Kasich will end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination today, making Donald Trump the party’s presumptive nominee. [Read More]
Commentary: GOP bigwigs make peace with Trump Commentary: GOP bigwigs make peace with Trump
21 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
With Donald Trump heading toward what more and more Republicans believe will be victory in the GOP primaries, an increasing number of party figures — none fans of Trump originally — are making their peace with the idea of Trump as their nominee. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Halvorson camp concedes race to Rep. Shuster PRIMARY 2016: Halvorson camp concedes race to Rep. Shuster
21 weeks ago - - RANDY WELLS
Art Halvorson, who challenged incumbent Rep. Bill Shuster for a Republican nomination for the 9th Congressional District in last week’s primary election, conceded defeat Monday and thanked his supporters. [Read More]
Commentary: Whom to blame for Trump's rise? Commentary: Whom to blame for Trump's rise?
21 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Dr. Frankenstein created the monster that bore his name and if Dr. Jekyll had not conducted those experiments in his laboratory, Mr. Hyde would never have emerged to terrorize London. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Cruz fighting for survival in Indiana primary CAMPAIGN 2016: Cruz fighting for survival in Indiana primary
21 weeks ago -
OSCEOLA, Ind. — Ted Cruz’s conservative crusade for the presidency fought for new life Monday ahead of an Indiana vote today that could effectively end the GOP’s primary season. [Read More]
Red-Blue America: Is Hillary right for Republicans? Red-Blue America: Is Hillary right for Republicans?
21 weeks ago - - BEN BOYCHUK & JOEL MATHIS
Charles Koch, the Kansas billionaire known for funding right-wing causes with his brother David, created a stir last week by suggesting that Hillary Clinton might be a worthier candidate for president than any remaining of the Republicans. [Read More]
Fears of Trump drive immigrants to become citizens Fears of Trump drive immigrants to become citizens
21 weeks ago -
MIAMI — On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump plays the man card Commentary: Trump plays the man card
21 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
Republicans have often been indignant at being portrayed as waging a “war on women,” and the rhetoric sometimes was, indeed, a bit over the top. Until Donald Trump showed up. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump looks to knock Cruz out of race CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump looks to knock Cruz out of race
21 weeks ago -
LA PORTE, Ind. — Back in the part of the country where he last lost to Ted Cruz, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is confidently pushing for a win Tuesday in Indiana that he argues ought to knock the Texas senator out of the race. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: The first vs. the best qualified Letter to the Editor: The first vs. the best qualified
21 weeks ago -
The 2016 election cycle is in full force. There’s no escaping the debates, town halls, commentary, discussions, arguments, advocacy and polls. But no matter what information is presented to you, it all comes down to a decision only you can make. [Read More]
POLITICALLY UNCORRECTED: Cruz-Fiorina: good idea, bad timing POLITICALLY UNCORRECTED: Cruz-Fiorina: good idea, bad timing
21 weeks ago - - G. TERRY MADONNA & MICHAEL YOUNG
Most saw it as a desperate act by a desperate candidate. The New York Times referred to it as “the political equivalent of a student pulling a fire alarm to avoid an exam.” [Read More]
Commentary: 'The Apprentice' with Donald Trump -- the new season Commentary: 'The Apprentice' with Donald Trump -- the new season
21 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
Donald Trump’s supporters all use the same words to describe his appeal: He’s real. He’s authentic. He tells it like it is. [Read More]
Commentary: The wrath of the conned Commentary: The wrath of the conned
21 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Maybe we need a new cliche: It ain’t over until Carly Fiorina sings. Anyway, it really is over — definitively on the Democratic side, with high probability on the Republican side. And the results couldn’t be more different. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Truth exposed about both political parties Letter to the Editor: Truth exposed about both political parties
21 weeks ago -
It is sad the truth exposed by Patrick Mattingly applies equally to Democrats. It has become increasingly evident that we have developed a third class: the political class, whose only consistent allegiance is to the possession of power, status and economic advantage. [Read More]
Contested convention in 1976 proved how ugly it can get Contested convention in 1976 proved how ugly it can get
21 weeks ago -
GREENVILLE, Miss. — Clarke Reed and Billy Mounger still sound like they want to spit when they talk about each other — 40 years after the contested Republican National Convention where the Mississippi delegation split between President Gerald Ford and smooth-talking Ronald Reagan. [Read More]
Commentary: If not Trump, what? Commentary: If not Trump, what?
21 weeks ago - - DAVID BROOKS
Donald Trump now looks set to be the Republican presidential nominee. So for those of us appalled by this prospect — what are we supposed to do? [Read More]
Commentary: Getting ready to 'lose with Cruz' Commentary: Getting ready to 'lose with Cruz'
21 weeks ago - - CYNTHIA M. ALLEN
I recently saw a political cartoon that quite accurately portrays the way many Americans seem to feel about the 2016 election cycle. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: State delegates voice support for Trump CAMPAIGN 2016: State delegates voice support for Trump
21 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — A solid majority of Pennsylvania Republicans elected as delegates to the GOP’s presidential nominating convention in Cleveland say they intend to vote for the candidate who won a thumping primary victory in their state — Donald Trump. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton team prepares for fall race CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton team prepares for fall race
21 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Waves of campaign staffers are being dispatched to battleground states. Advisers are starting to consider locations for a splashy convention rally in Philadelphia. An army of lawyers is scrutinizing more than two dozen possible vice presidential picks. [Read More]
Congressional GOP starting to accept Trump Congressional GOP starting to accept Trump
22 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are beginning to accept, and even embrace, an outcome that was once unthinkable: Donald Trump as the GOP presidential nominee. [Read More]
Former speaker Boehner: Cruz is 'Lucifer in the flesh' Former speaker Boehner: Cruz is 'Lucifer in the flesh'
22 weeks ago -
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Former House Speaker John Boehner unloaded on Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz during a talk to college students, calling the Texas senator “Lucifer in the flesh.” [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Trump adds Pennsylvania delegates PRIMARY 2016: Trump adds Pennsylvania delegates
22 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — A day after sweeping five primaries, Donald Trump kept rolling Wednesday, picking up endorsements from an additional 33 delegates in Pennsylvania to give him a total of 80 percent of the number of delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Cruz chooses Fiorina as running mate CAMPAIGN 2016: Cruz chooses Fiorina as running mate
22 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — An astonishing Republican presidential primary season has taken another unusual turn, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announcing Carly Fiorina as his running mate — even though he’s mathematically unable to become the GOP nominee through the regular voting process. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: County follows state in presidential balloting PRIMARY 2016: County follows state in presidential balloting
22 weeks ago -
Presidential preference voting in Indiana County mirrored Pennsylvania results in the primary election on Tuesday. Here are the Indiana County totals: [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Shuster survives Halvorson's challenge PRIMARY 2016: Shuster survives Halvorson's challenge
22 weeks ago - - RANDY WELLS
Rep. Bill Shuster for a second time Tuesday held off challenger Art Halvorson and won a Republican nomination for the 9th Congressional District seat. Halvorson had also tried unsuccessfully to unseat Shuster in the 2014 primary election. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Turnout brisk across Indiana County PRIMARY 2016: Turnout brisk across Indiana County
22 weeks ago - - SEAN YODER
Some Democratic ballots across multiple precincts in Indiana County on Tuesday omitted one of the delegates to the national convention committed to Hillary Clinton. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Vote totals Tuesday pave way for November PRIMARY 2016: Vote totals Tuesday pave way for November
22 weeks ago -
There were a number of uncontested races on the ballot Tuesday for voters in both major parties, and some of them set up contests in the November general election. [Read More]
Commentary: The 8 a.m. phone call Commentary: The 8 a.m. phone call
22 weeks ago - - PAUL KRUGMAN
Back in 2008, one of the ads Hillary Clinton ran during the contest for the Democratic nomination featured an imaginary scene in which the White House phone rings at 3 a.m. with news of a foreign crisis, and asked, “Who do you want answering that phone?” [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Rafferty, Shapiro to face off for attorney general PRIMARY 2016: Rafferty, Shapiro to face off for attorney general
22 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — A state senator and county commissioner from the same suburban Philadelphia county will vie this fall for the seat being vacated by embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: McGinty earns Democrats' nomination for Senate PRIMARY 2016: McGinty earns Democrats' nomination for Senate
22 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Democrats in Pennsylvania have gone with their party establishment’s choice for a U.S. Senate candidate and rejected an ex-congressman who six years ago nearly won the office. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Indicted congressman loses seat in Philadelphia
22 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — Indicted Pennsylvania congressman Chaka Fattah, facing his first primary fight in two decades, has lost the Democratic primary just before the start of his federal corruption trial. [Read More]
Commentary: What Trump won't change Commentary: What Trump won't change
22 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is in the middle of a much-discussed reworking. There’s a lot of reworking to do. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Pennsylvania winners drew votes from across spectrum PRIMARY 2016: Pennsylvania winners drew votes from across spectrum
22 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton came away big winners in Pennsylvania’s presidential primaries Tuesday. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown PRIMARY 2016: Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown
22 weeks ago -
With five convincing victories in hand, Donald Trump strengthened his grip on the Republican primary race and pushed close to a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton. The Democratic front-runner is now 90 percent of the way to her party's nomination after four solid victories. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Trump, Clinton win Pennsylvania; Democrats tap McGinty for Senate PRIMARY 2016: Trump, Clinton win Pennsylvania; Democrats tap McGinty for Senate
22 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton came away big winners in Pennsylvania's presidential primaries Tuesday, as Democrats backed their party establishment's choice for U.S. Senate and an indicted Philadelphia-area congressman lost his bid for a 12th term. [Read More]
Trump sweeps 5 states, Clinton wins 4 Trump sweeps 5 states, Clinton wins 4
22 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump scored a five-state East Coast sweep Tuesday to embolden his hopes of clinching the Republican presidential nomination without a catfight at the convention. [Read More]
Trump, Clinton claim early victories in Northeast primaries Trump, Clinton claim early victories in Northeast primaries
22 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republican Donald Trump swept to easy victories Tuesday in Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania primaries, keeping the brash billionaire on his narrow path to the GOP nomination. [Read More]
Delegate candidate's name reported missing from some ballots Delegate candidate's name reported missing from some ballots
22 weeks ago -
Some Democratic ballots across multiple precincts in Indiana County today omitted the name of the one of the delegates to the national convention, Madeline Snyder, of Green County. [Read More]
Some voters delayed by ballot problem Some voters delayed by ballot problem
22 weeks ago - - SEAN YODER
Some Democratic paper ballots are being rejected by ballot-reading machines in Indiana County due to a printing error, according to Chief County Clerk Robin Maryai. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Voters in Pennsylvania head to polls PRIMARY 2016: Voters in Pennsylvania head to polls
22 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Attention is shifting from a well-worn campaign trail to the voting booths as Pennsylvanians cast ballots today on presidential primary contests, including the first competitive Republican primary in decades, and races for Congress and state offices. [Read More]
Commentary: No honeymoon for 2016 victor Commentary: No honeymoon for 2016 victor
22 weeks ago - - DOYLE McMANUS
The presidential primaries are a long way from over, but they’ve already produced an unhappy paradox: Both parties appear headed toward nominating the two most unpopular candidates in the country. [Read More]
Commentary: The felon vote Commentary: The felon vote
22 weeks ago - - CAL THOMAS
Thanks to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., 200,000 convicted felons in the state of Virginia may now register to vote. [Read More]
PRIMARY 2016: Trump, Clinton look for sweep of Northeast states PRIMARY 2016: Trump, Clinton look for sweep of Northeast states
22 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA — Donald Trump is aiming for a sweep of all five Northeastern states holding primaries today, including Pennsylvania, with his rivals pinning their hopes of stopping the Republican front-runner on a fragile coordination strategy in the next rounds of voting. [Read More]
Here's what's at stake in Pennsylvania primary Here's what's at stake in Pennsylvania primary
22 weeks ago -
On Tuesday, Pennsylvania voters will cast ballots in primary elections for president, Congress, state attorney general and the state Legislature. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Cruz, Kasich team up in attempt to halt Trump CAMPAIGN 2016: Cruz, Kasich team up in attempt to halt Trump
22 weeks ago -
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Donald Trump’s rivals are joining forces to deny him the necessary delegates to win the Republican presidential nomination, the latest display of strife in a convulsive 2016 GOP race. [Read More]
Delegate math: How Tuesday could close the door on Sanders bid Delegate math: How Tuesday could close the door on Sanders bid
22 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton can’t win enough delegates on Tuesday to officially knock Bernie Sanders out of the presidential race, but she can erase any lingering honest doubts about whether she’ll soon be the Democratic nominee. [Read More]
Commentary: Ending myth of 'crooked Hillary' Commentary: Ending myth of 'crooked Hillary'
22 weeks ago - - NICHOLAS KRISTOF
After the New York primary, the betting websites are giving Hillary Clinton about a 94 percent chance of being the Democratic nominee, and Donald Trump a 66 percent chance of ending up as the Republican nominee. [Read More]
Commentary: It does matter for whom you vote Commentary: It does matter for whom you vote
22 weeks ago - - JOHN CRISP
The remarkable durability of non-establishment candidates — Sanders, Trump — in this year’s presidential race may reflect the widely held theory that, despite their rhetoric, our two major political parties are so close together that it doesn’t really matter which one is in power. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Your guide to the delegate process CAMPAIGN 2016: Your guide to the delegate process
22 weeks ago - - SEAN YODER
Voters are taking an interest in the political parties’ national processes this year. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Two new hopefuls launch bids in primary CAMPAIGN 2016: Two new hopefuls launch bids in primary
22 weeks ago - - SEAN YODER
Two people have launched last-minute write-in campaigns for Tuesday’s primaries. [Read More]
Voters, take note of ballot changes Voters, take note of ballot changes
22 weeks ago - - SEAN YODER
The Pennsylvania Department of State has directed Indiana County to post notices at polling places for Tuesday’s primary saying votes for an amendment to the state’s constitution concerning judicial retirement age won’t count, according to Chief County Clerk Robin Maryai. [Read More]
Commentary: Time for Bernie to back off Commentary: Time for Bernie to back off
22 weeks ago - - COKIE ROBERTS and STEVEN ROBERTS
After decisive victories by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the New York primaries, Democratic leaders need to send a strong, stern message to Bernie Sanders: Back off. Stop attacking Hillary. If you want to stay in the race to propound your policy ideas, fine. [Read More]
Commentary: This gal's not swayed by Hillary Clinton's gender Commentary: This gal's not swayed by Hillary Clinton's gender
22 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
You know what I really resent? I resent it when someone tells me I should vote for, or support, or give a pass to someone because it will be a “historic moment.” [Read More]
POLITICALLY UNCORRECTED: That other election on Tuesday POLITICALLY UNCORRECTED: That other election on Tuesday
22 weeks ago - - G. TERRY MADONNA & MICHAEL YOUNG
In the age of “Trump-Mania” and “Bernie-Mania,” the often ignored and highly underrated Pennsylvania Democratic primary for U.S. senate is a bit player. [Read More]
Commentary: Sanders would be a disaster Commentary: Sanders would be a disaster
22 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Quite a few people make noises about leaving the country if the wrong person gets elected president. I’ve been making discreet inquiries in the vicinity of Kinsale, County Cork, myself. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders offers mixed signals on Clinton CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders offers mixed signals on Clinton
22 weeks ago -
GETTYSBURG — Bernie Sanders is sending mixed signals on whether he will persist in his pointed critique of Hillary Clinton’s record as some Democrats urge the party to coalesce around the former secretary of state. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump both courts, decries RNC CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump both courts, decries RNC
22 weeks ago -
HARRINGTON, Del. — As his top aides spent the week gingerly courting Republican insiders at a seaside resort in Florida, Donald Trump was busy railing against them. [Read More]
Now is time for unity in GOP, candidates say Now is time for unity in GOP, candidates say
23 weeks ago - - RANDY WELLS
Candidates speaking at the Indiana County Republican Committee Spring Banquet on Thursday voiced a common theme: Despite differences of opinions separating Republicans in the final few days before Pennsylvania’s primary election, all Republicans need to unify to defeat Democratic candidates. [Read More]
Firms that funded Clinton have government interests Firms that funded Clinton have government interests
23 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — It’s not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review found. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump chief says 'You'll see a real different guy' CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump chief says 'You'll see a real different guy'
23 weeks ago -
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — His general-election appeal in question, Donald Trump’s senior team is promising anxious Republicans that voters will see “a real different guy” soon after the GOP front-runner claims his party’s presidential nomination. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Voter stats show 165,000 switched parties CAMPAIGN 2016: Voter stats show 165,000 switched parties
23 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — Final statistics from Pennsylvania elections officials show that nearly 165,000 voters switched their registration this year. The biggest amount was Democrats switching registration to Republican. [Read More]
DA: Teachers protected in brawls DA: Teachers protected in brawls
23 weeks ago -
EASTON (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general says teachers who use “reasonable force” to break up brawls in their schools won’t be prosecuted. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Delegate process adds to Pennsylvania election drama
23 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania, long an afterthought in presidential primary stakes, may emerge as a key player in crowning this year’s Republican presidential nominee. [Read More]
Judge retirement age votes next week won't count Judge retirement age votes next week won't count
23 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday that primary election votes being cast on a constitutional amendment ballot question to extend the state's judicial retirement age won't count. [Read More]
Trump rails against delegate system; Clinton looks to Pennsylvania Trump rails against delegate system; Clinton looks to Pennsylvania
23 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton, the nearly unstoppable Democrat, and Republican front-runner Donald Trump accelerated Wednesday toward Northeast primaries on an increasingly direct path to presidential nominations after trouncing party challengers in New York. [Read More]
Judge mulls pulling ballot question
23 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — The fate of a ballot question about state judges’ mandatory retirement age hung in limbo Tuesday after a hearing about a last-minute legislative referendum to pull it and the subsequent lawsuit by three Democrat state senators who argue the vote must go on. [Read More]
Commentary: Trump's two outrage-free weeks Commentary: Trump's two outrage-free weeks
23 weeks ago - - BYRON YORK
Have you noticed something different about the Trump campaign? It’s been more than two weeks since the last really outrageous thing the Republican front-runner has said or done. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: New York winners shift focus to Pennsylvania CAMPAIGN 2016: New York winners shift focus to Pennsylvania
23 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton emerged from New York’s presidential primary closer to clinching the Democratic nomination and becoming the first woman to reach that milestone. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Court orders Senate hopeful on ballot
23 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — Joe Vodvarka, a little-known Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senate, has a big win in court. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: A chance to make good on promises Letter to the Editor: A chance to make good on promises
23 weeks ago -
No doubt the recent tax reassessment in Indiana County was the hottest topic last year as well as in the election. Groups as well as candidates took stands against the issue of unfair taxation. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Plenty deserve blame for failed policies, Halvorson says CAMPAIGN 2016: Plenty deserve blame for failed policies, Halvorson says
23 weeks ago - - SEAN YODER
Art Halvorson blames Congress for the problems of the U.S. government. Specifically, he blames other Congressional Republicans, like Rep. Bill Shuster, for mismanagement and allowing the Obama administration to run amok. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump, Clinton look for wins on home turf CAMPAIGN 2016: Trump, Clinton look for wins on home turf
23 weeks ago -
NEW YORK — Competing on home turf, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton hope to emerge victorious from today’s primaries in New York, contests that offer big delegate hauls and an opportunity for the front-runners to inch closer to their parties’ nominations. [Read More]
Sanders, Clinton to visit Pennsylvania this week
23 weeks ago -
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Both Democratic presidential candidates will be coming to Pennsylvania this week as the commonwealth’s primary election nears. [Read More]
Hosting Clinton fundraisers, Clooney decries political cash Hosting Clinton fundraisers, Clooney decries political cash
23 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Actor George Clooney would like to get big money out of politics — so he doesn’t have to raise it. [Read More]
Thousands register for wrong party
23 weeks ago -
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A survey has found that tens of thousands of voters, including Demi Moore and other celebrities, have mistakenly registered as members of a conservative minor political party in California in a mix-up over its name, a newspaper reported Sunday. [Read More]
Few but proud: Trump's most loyal speak out Few but proud: Trump's most loyal speak out
23 weeks ago -
WASHINGTON — Letantia Bussell, a Beverly Hills dermatologist, says she appreciates Donald Trump’s “unique personality.” [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Know which delegate you're voting for Letter to the Editor: Know which delegate you're voting for
23 weeks ago -
The Republican Convention may be a contested convention. A contested convention means that no one candidate (Trump, Cruz or Kasich) will have the needed votes to secure the nomination. [Read More]
POLITICALLY UNCORRECTED: Pennsylvania's presidential primary critical POLITICALLY UNCORRECTED: Pennsylvania's presidential primary critical
23 weeks ago - - G. TERRY MADONNA & MICHAEL YOUNG
Some 40 states have already voted in the presidential primary. Finally, the presidential nomination campaigns have moved to the Northeast. New York votes Tuesday and five more states — including critical Pennsylvania — vote one week later. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Shuster a tireless advocate for county Letter to the Editor: Shuster a tireless advocate for county
23 weeks ago -
I’ve spent much of my life working to advance conservative causes in Indiana County. [Read More]
Commentary: For the Trump family, Daddy Donald knows best Commentary: For the Trump family, Daddy Donald knows best
23 weeks ago - - CHRISTINE FLOWERS
There is no way to avoid sounding like a Trump supporter with this column. I’ve already been accused of going over to the dark side by defending The Donald against accusations that he wanted to imprison women who had abortions and that he cheered on a campaign manager prone to domestic violence. [Read More]
Delay in judge retirement referendum prompts lawsuit Delay in judge retirement referendum prompts lawsuit
23 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG — Three Democrats in the Pennsylvania Senate are asking a court to order the state to proceed later this month with a referendum about whether judges should be able to serve until they turn 75, extending the mandatory judicial retirement age by five years. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Cruz wins all 14 Wyoming delegates CAMPAIGN 2016: Cruz wins all 14 Wyoming delegates
23 weeks ago -
CASPER, Wyo. — Painstaking organization and in-person campaigning paid off again for Ted Cruz on Saturday as he nailed down all 14 delegates up for grabs at the Republican Party convention in Wyoming. The result leaves Donald Trump facing yet another loss in a string of defeats in Western states. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Sanders says he met with Pope Francis at Vatican
23 weeks ago -
ROME — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said in an interview with The Associated Press that he met with Pope Francis, describing the meeting as a “real honor.” [Read More]
Spending in Dems’ primary hits $10 million
23 weeks ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — Spending in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate is pushing past $10 million. [Read More]