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Is Ferguson the new American normal?

Could it be that our long national nightmare is just beginning? Could it be that after decade upon decade of refusing to address the cost of racism in America, the bill has finally come due? The protests in Ferguson, Mo., the arrests, the shootings, the …

Hillary can’t seem to loosen up

Hillary Clinton walks through a paneled doorway and onto the set of “The Colbert Report.” A grin splits her face. Stephen Colbert is stunned. Shocked. Amazed. Right. Hillary steps up onto the low podium where Colbert is seated behind a desk. Her grin grows wider. …

An eye for eye leaves the world blind

Rafi Horowitz pulled the car to the side of the road, reached across me, opened the glove compartment and pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol in a well-worn leather holster. He clipped it to his belt. “We should stop,” he said, pointing with his chin …

Impeachment would boost Biden

Ask Dr. Politics! You are fair, and we are unbalanced! Dear Dr. Politics: Is President Barack Obama going to be impeached? Answer: Only if the Republicans go totally nuts — which means it’s possible. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has said: “We see thuggery going on …

Let’s act like ‘indispensible’ nation

‘If you’re going through hell,” Winston Churchill once said, “keep going.” Last week felt like hell. A Malaysian passenger jet took off from Amsterdam and was shot down over Ukraine by a missile likely supplied by Russia to separatist rebels. All 298 on board were …

Border kids a dilemma for Obama

No matter how much you love your children, if you were a parent in Honduras, you might be tempted to ship them to the United States. According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world. …

Lessons of Vietnam get lost in Iraq

The lesson of Vietnam is that we refuse to learn any lessons from Vietnam. Even to dare mention the lesson of Vietnam is to risk painting oneself as weak-willed and lily-livered — to say nothing about being old enough to actually remember Vietnam. But I …

What fools these politicians can be

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. This saying is both so funny and so wise that a number of funny and wise men are given credit for it, including Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and Alex …

Enough poor-mouthing, Hillary

I am completely in favor of Hillary Clinton’s amassing vast amounts of money. Her desire to do so is very American. Though our early colonists came here in search of religious freedom, they also believed that God had given them two hands so they could …

Can Hillary be herself and win?

At some point in a political campaign, a candidate is always advised, “Just be yourself.” It is almost always terrible advice — though the candidate usually finds it appealing. No more phoniness! No more artifice! No more pretending to be something he or she is …

Daily combat at the White House

Mike McCurry still has recurring dreams. They are like the ones people have about showing up at a final exam not having done the reading. But for McCurry, who was the White House press secretary for Bill Clinton from December 1994 to August 1998 — …

In walks Jackson, a lion in winter

The lion in winter walks into the room. His sideburns and mustache have gone gray. There is a little excess baggage beneath his chin. But Jesse Jackson’s stride is still firm, and his handshake firmer. His voice is quieter now, but the rhythms are the …

Fireplug felons won’t wreck Rahm

ROGER SIMON: It was not the worst weekend in recent memory. Only two men were killed and 26 others wounded in shootings in Chicago from Friday night to Sunday night.What really caught my interest was a different kind of crime story: fire-hydrant theft.

Gore: ‘Democracy has been hacked’

ROGER SIMON: You think Al Gore is upset with global warming? You ought to hear him on American politics. “The American political system is an utter catastrophe,” he said. “Our democracy has been hacked. The country is utterly and completely paralyzed, hogtied — and on a measure that will mean countless deaths in the future.”

Hillary ‘out of step’ with Dems

So here is the game: Is it easier to figure out who will be the 2016 Republican nominee or who will be the 2016 Democratic nominee if Hillary Clinton does not run? Think about it. Got an answer yet? I know your answer: What normal …

Correspondents dinner is nerd prom

ROGER SIMON: This Saturday is the nerd prom, officially called the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, a gigantic bash where the powerful of Washington, the beautiful of Hollywood and the geeks of the national press corps gather together in one giant banquet room to do . . . what?

Rand Paul swims in the muddle

Let some candidates seek the middle. Rand Paul is comfortable in the muddle. Some have said the junior senator from Kentucky is the most “intriguing” of the possible Republican presidential candidates for 2016. But if he is the most intriguing, it is not because he …