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Campaign: what to watch for in historic, bitter battle

A Washington Post column headlined last week, “Now, Election Day is the only thing that matters.” Nice thought, but not true. The campaign runs until November 8, and much will matter in the next five months. Here are some things to watch for. This is an “historic” election. Since Lincoln, all U.S. presidents either previously […]

‘Outsider’ candidates, unhappy voters attack presidential selection rules

The process for selecting presidential candidates is under attack. Politicians ranging from liberal Democrats to Trump Republicans don’t like it. Some candidates, unfamiliar with party rules, have felt the process put them at a disadvantage. The Republican and Democratic parties are not government organizations, and, under national party guidelines, each state party is free to […]

New ‘political correctness’ law misses real issues

Last week, President Obama signed a bill that seems a perfect exercise in “political correctness.” Amazingly, in a time of legislative deadlock, the bill had passed the Senate unanimously. The new law removes from federal statutes what are considered derogatory racial terms. For example, “Oriental” is replaced by “Asian American.” This move gets right at […]

LePage provides preview of Trump as president

When asked if he would like to be Donald Trump’s Republican running mate, Maine Gov. Paul LePage said it would not happen. “We’re too much alike,” he said. What he says is often highly controversial, but this time LePage may have provided a helpful view about what a Trump presidency would be like. There are […]

Beyond choosing next president, election also about us

Gone is the talk of “open” presidential nominating conventions or arguments about “open” primaries, which allow independents to vote in partisan elections. The parties seem to have made their choices, closing a lot of open mouths. What remain “open” are the November election and the temper of American voters. Because, aside from the forecasts by […]

Constitutional rule gone wrong: checks without balances

Americans think of our country as a special place. American “exceptionalism” is a part of our national character. But we are increasingly aware that something is wrong, that we have lost something. That’s why a presidential candidate can claim that he will “make America great again.” The American system of government is not working as […]

Support disappearing for trade deals with Clinton, Trump opposed

Trade policy, often misunderstood or ignored, may be a major political issue this year. Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, and Donald Trump, the likely GOP standard-bearer, take similar positions. They say President Obama and previous presidents have gone too far in making international trade agreements. It’s time to stop negotiating new ones or […]