It's not a small thing that the man who ran the president's campaign has been indicted on multiple counts of money laundering related to his work for a foreign government.
Say good night, Sen. Marco-mentum-less Rubio. When you get trounced in your home state, you're toast. Also in the toaster is the other boy senator, Ted Cruz, the least liked man not only in the United States Senate but also in quite a few states so far.
It's not easy to turn Donald Trump into an object of sympathy, but the hotheads disrupting his rallies are pulling it off.
Whenever I hear some otherwise smart person explain to me how Joe Biden is going to march in and become the Democratic nominee, or how "they" -- whoever they are -- are going to come in and save the Republican Party from Donald Trump, I pretty much know that person has never been to a convention or met a delegate, let alone tried to convince one to be for someone other than the person he or she was elected to support.
Can I say I was right? OK, half right.
There is one reason young women should support Hillary Clinton for president.
You can pick your headline for Iowa: "Trump Didn't Win!" "Hillary Didn't Lose!" "Rubio's the One!"
I prefer the third.
"I'm for Trump," the man across the room from me said.
Like him or hate him, you have to agree that Ted Cruz, graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, Supreme Court law clerk and million-dollar lawyer, is a smart guy.
Not satisfied with hurling sexist invectives at Hillary Clinton, the Donald has turned his ire on her husband, the former president, claiming he has "a terrible record of women abuse."
Really? Does anyone recall Bill Clinton ridiculing women reporters (as Trump did with Megyn Kelly), insulting the looks of a female candidate (as Trump did with Carly Fiorina) and introducing a generation to Jewish slang for a male organ (his description of Barack Obama's '08 defeat of Hillary Clinton)?
It's not exactly like Babe Ruth pointing with his bat to the stands where he was about to hit a home run.
Are you for or against guns for terrorists?
Being nice is, for better or worse, not a qualification for the presidency.
With images of the carnage in Paris and the shuttering of Brussels flashing on every screen, it is hard to take to heart the president's urgings not to give in to fear.
In the wake of the horrors in Paris, it only made sense to change the focus of Saturday night's Democratic debate from economic issues to national security, as CBS News did.
It worked like a charm in the last debate.
Marco Rubio knew he'd be questioned about his personal finances. When members of the Senate co-mingle campaign and personal funds, face foreclosures on second homes and are forced to liquidate their retirement funds (and pay thousands of dollars in taxes), it gets noticed -- especially if they're running for president.
Actually, I have to admit that I have.
Not that it wasn't fun to see Hillary Clinton appear to be the only grown-up in the room when the squabbling between the children (who are playing members of Congress) got at its worst.
It wasn't just the Republican candidates who, with one exception, went out of their ways to outdo one another in their condemnation of an organization that is the sole provider of basic gynecological, obstetric and preventative care services to millions of American men and women.
Raising her arms in a sign of victory, Kim Davis -- the now-famous Kentucky clerk who was jailed for contempt when she refused to obey a court order that she (and every clerk in the state) issue licenses to same-sex couples -- was released from jail this week.
In politics, this has been the summer of discontent, of revolt against Washington and established politics and, most of all, experienced politicians. How else to explain what is happening in both parties? Among Democrats, Independent Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. And among Republicans, none of the top three candidates according to the latest polls -- Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina -- have ever held elected office.
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