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A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (L) and Jim Urquhart/File Photos)

Do you and I have a moral obligation to vote this November? Is it unpatriotic or wrong to decline to choose the lesser of two evils?

Advice To College Grads: Be Willing To Move

1:57 PM 08/12/2016

I will be away on vacation this week, and blogging will be light. The following is the first of two posts highlighting excerpts from a longer interview I did with Joshua Delk this summer. 

A Note To The Haters

11:05 AM 08/09/2016

In my job, I wear a couple of different hats, and this is inconvenient in a world where you are expected to take sides and defend your "team" regardless of merit. My approach to covering politics, however, draws a fine distinction between analysis and activism.

How Trump Could Get His Groove Back (In Three Simple Steps)

8:34 AM 08/08/2016

The good news for Donald Trump is that, amazingly, he could still win this thing (and no, I'm not talking about some sort of economic collapse, terrorist attack, or "October surprise" swinging the race). That's because (A) Hillary Clinton isn't a great candidate, (B) 7 out of 10 of Americans feel that the country is going in the wrong direction, and (C) it's hard for any political party to win three consecutive presidential elections.

Obama Channels Reagan’s Optimism In DNC Speech

7:02 AM 07/28/2016

I'm old enough to remember when Republicans were anti-Russian, pro-free trade, and bullish on America. Since 1980, at least, Republicans were the party of optimism. "I know there will always be a bright dawn ahead," Reagan assured us, even as he rode off into the sunset.

Trump Secret Of Success: Rejecting Social Conservatism?

7:55 AM 07/27/2016

Despite being at the DNC in Philly, my mind continues to work on trying to figure out what happened to the GOP. And I think there's a point that I have implicitly been making that probably deserves to be expressly stated. And that is this: Social conservatism is being rejected by the new GOP---and America.

Dems In Disarray

10:55 AM 07/25/2016

PHILADELPHIA -- Last week, I apologized to the city of Cleveland for doubting their ability to adequately host the Republican National Convention. Today, I want to really apologize. Cleveland did great. It's an inside baseball sort of thing to say, but it was dramatically easier to navigate (in terms of security, proximity, transportation, etc.) than the City of Brotherly Love.

Will Ted Cruz’s Speech Help Or Hurt Him?

7:11 AM 07/21/2016

Sen. Ted Cruz's non-endorsement Wednesday night pits competing values and maxims against one another. Is he a principled statesman who refused to kneel before Zod, or a selfish and smug pol who is not a team player? Maybe both!

A Confession…

9:21 AM 07/08/2016

In the era of Facebook Live and smart phones, it's hard to come to any conclusion other than the fact that police brutality toward African-Americans is a pervasive problem that has been going on for generations. Seriously, absent video proof, how many innocent African-Americans have been beaten or killed over the last hundred years by the police---with little or no media coverage or scrutiny?

Newt For Veep: The Case For Gingrich As Trump’s Running Mate

7:36 AM 07/01/2016

Let's begin with the fact that Donald Trump probably won't make the pick that strategists would suggest might help soften his edges, which is to say that he seems highly unlikely to pick someone like New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez as his running mate. He signaled as much recently, when he publicly criticized her.