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Time's up, Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby's legal team attempted to use "Rape Culture 101" tactics to discredit his accuser in court, but the guilty verdict handed down Thursday demonstrates that the days of blaming women for the sexual violence and... More>>

In court, Trump's fortunes are plummeting

The bully president has been taking it on the chin from coast to coast. More>>

Cosby tried to make it about race — not rape

Finally, justice has been served in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case. And the second time around, the jury got it right: guilty on all counts. More>>

OK, Apu is funny -- but there's still a big problem

In comedy, stereotypes can be funny. Very funny. More>>

Kanye only cares about himself ... just like Trump

It should shock no one that Kanye has fallen under Donald Trump's spell, and vice versa. Trump went on "Fox and Friends" on Thursday and praised Kanye's "good taste." They are kindred spirits. Kanye needs awards. Trump... More>>

Trump's jabs about pleading the Fifth come back to haunt him in Cohen case

President Donald Trump's past statements that only guilty people take the Fifth Amendment have come back to embarrass him now that his personal attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen is about to clam up, too. More>>

Why Macron couldn't keep his hands off Trump

It looked like a Mission Impossible. The French President came to Washington with the conflicting goals of simultaneously seducing President Trump -- whose concept of love demands effusive public displays of affection --... More>>

James Comey is the adult in the room

James Comey's CNN Town Hall appearance at William & Mary University Wednesday shed little new light on his tense, private discussions with the President. Nor did it elicit definitive, explosive sound bites to suggest Trump... More>>

Brexit chaos could bring down Theresa May -- and her government

Suddenly, things are about to get very serious for British Prime Minister Theresa May. More>>

James Comey's unforgivable error

At the end of an interview with CNN Thursday afternoon, former FBI Director James Comey was asked by Jake Tapper about his unusual place in American politics as a man equally "reviled" by partisans of both Hillary Clinton... More>>

Mick Mulvaney delivers the chilling truth

Bless your soul, Mick Mulvaney, for spelling out so clearly and succinctly the evil that drives Washington. As the former congressman and now interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau explained to... More>>

'Schoolhouse Rock''s Bob Dorough was even cooler than you think

Millions of Americans, and many more throughout the world, just lost their favorite civics teacher. More>>

Too often, workers speak loudest from the grave

One morning five years ago, hundreds of apparel workers were hesitating to report to work inside the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh because workers had seen cracks the day before in several of the building's... More>>

Trump's worst sin against Ronny Jackson

In 2005, President George W. Bush stunned his supporters by nominating his White House counsel and former personal lawyer, Harriet Miers, to the Supreme Court. While Miers was beloved by staffers inside the White House,... More>>

The other man responsible in Waffle House shooting

Travis Reinking, the man alleged to have shot up a Waffle House and snuffed out the lives of four innocent souls, thankfully is in custody. But he's not the only one who should pay for this terrible crime if convicted: His... More>>

Canada shows the world the right way to face up to evil

When terror came to the streets of Toronto this week -- in one of the worst mass killings in this country's history -- it challenged the sepia-soaked image of Canada as "a peaceable kingdom." More>>

Marco Rubio: It's time to hasten Maduro's exit from power

Venezuela has reached an inflection point for its people and the Western Hemisphere. The crisis in Venezuela is not just a regional irritant. Its socialist government has become a danger to its neighbors and our own... More>>

Like Lincoln, Koch Network stands with anybody that stands right

At a moment of great turmoil in American history, Abraham Lincoln offered sound advice. More>>

Melania Trump is finally getting her moment

Melania Trump has been at the center of planning the administration's first state dinner in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron and French first lady Brigitte Macron. These dinners are always more than they seem.... More>>

The sexual harassment blind spot you don't know about

In the wake of #MeToo, we know that we are all protected by law from workplace discrimination, right? More>>

Sean Hannity is a 'welfare queen'

Sean Hannity is a welfare queen. More>>

Despite a barrage of hate, I put a statue of a woman where only men stand

Just over two years ago, I took my dog, Poppy, for a run through London. It was March 8, 2016: International Women's Day. More>>

I'm a legislator and a mom. Tammy Duckworth is my hero

On Thursday, Senator Tammy Duckworth and her newborn daughter Maile made history for working parents everywhere when they entered the Senate floor together for mom to cast a vote. More>>

How Trump could tell the truth about Armenian genocide

For years, the Armenian-American community has called on US presidents to officially recognize the 1915 mass killings of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as genocide. Their failure to do so has been a perennial... More>>

Kellyanne Conway's sexism charge is laughable

It is difficult to take Kellyanne Conway -- the woman whose job it is to defend and advocate for a man who has boasted about sexually assaulting women -- seriously when she tries to use the sexism card to get herself out... More>>

Trump's huge law and order blind spot

Donald Trump loved to tell us during his presidential campaign that he was the "law and order candidate." Maybe Trump meant he was a fan of the long-running TV show "Law & Order." No one who truly cares about law and order... More>>

We've worked on stopping terrorism. Trump's travel ban fuels it

Speaking in Davos this January, President Donald Trump promised that, "when it comes to terrorism, we will do whatever is necessary to protect our nation." It's a commitment we share with the President. In fact, developing... More>>

The royal baby will make the world's greatest brand even stronger

The news that the Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a third child won't just delight the happy parents. It will also please all British monarchists (of which I am one). The direct succession of the royal family is... More>>

Trump's tweets: Why is he always SHOUTING?

They're an English teacher's nightmare: full of misspellings, typographical and grammatical errors, strange or missing punctuation. Read carefully, they often make no sense. They are full of Weird Capitalizations AND WHY... More>>

Taken from their parents: There is nothing right about this

It's hard to imagine a policy crueler than one reported by the New York Times on Saturday. A review of government data found, and federal officials confirmed, that about 700 migrant children had been taken away from their... More>>

America's cult of guns

Guns are a religion now. And too many of our fellow citizens -- including evangelical Christians, of all people -- will continue to heedlessly worship at this altar, despite the dead children, the dead teachers, the dead... More>>

Macron's bromance with Trump will come at a price

Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States. Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of... More>>

Why 2020 may be Michael Bloomberg's best shot at the presidency

Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and billionaire founder of the media and data behemoth, Bloomberg, LP, several times has seriously contemplated running for president of the United States. In 2008 and again... More>>

Romney's woes: No fun for mainstream GOP in Trump era

Mitt Romney had a tough day in Utah. The former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential nominee lost in the nominating caucuses to state representative Mike Kennedy at the Utah GOP Convention. More>>

Trump's meeting with Kim will lead to an awful hangover

If their goal is to eliminate North Korea's nuclear weapons threat, the planned talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are doomed before they even begin. More>>

Giuliani is the guy you call as a last resort

Bringing Rudy Giuliani on to President Donald Trump's legal team all but guarantees the White House circus becomes a three-ring affair. More>>

A seismic shift in government is coming, and here's who will drive it

On January 3, Tina Smith will be sworn in to replace Al Franken as the junior US senator from Minnesota. The resignation of a male senator confessing to sexual misconduct, and his almost immediate replacement by a woman,... More>>

Tapes show Trump as the master of the long con

If you listen to the tapes of Donald Trump pretending to be John Barron pressuring Jonathan Greenberg, then a reporter at Forbes magazine, you can hear the sound of the world's greatest long con. More>>

The ISIS bride problem: Don't take it out on the children

Navigating the line between innocence and complicity, between knowing and ignorance, between willing agent and unwitting victim -- that is the work of those charged with figuring out what responsibility ISIS wives from... More>>

A surprising victim of the opioid crisis

There's a new victim of the opioid crisis -- and this one has four legs. More>>

Cuba's new President just a rebranding of repression

Do not believe all those headlines claiming that Cuba is beginning a "new era." Yes, it's true that, as of Thursday, Cuba has a new President and that, for the first time in decades, his name is not Castro. For now,... More>>

Tennessee's legislature is acting like it's still 1968

It would seem that the Tennessee GOP has enough to concern themselves with this session to not get caught up in retaliation over the removal of Confederate statues in Memphis. Poverty, education, and health care are all... More>>

Ex-Secret Service agent: Barbara Bush's code name was absolutely perfect

Former first lady Barbara Bush once said, "Nobody likes, you know, the ugly parts of politics." On Tuesday night, the ugliness of our current political landscape dissipated for a moment as people reflected on the life of... More>>

Stephon Clark's tweets are a reminder: #SayHerName

Stephon Clark's misogynistic tweets about black women pierced my soul like bullets. More>>

Racism is as British as a cup of tea

Britain is meant to be celebrating 70 years since the arrival of the steamship Windrush, which brought with it 500 people from the Caribbean and marked the start of mass migration to the UK from the British Empire. More>>

Theresa May's Brexit is being ruined by British democracy

British Prime Minister Theresa May is juggling many problems right now. Defending her government's role in the threatened deportation of some legal immigrants, which has overshadowed the Queen's final Commonwealth summit... More>>

The new 4/20: Beyond legalizing it

April 20 is a day of celebration for marijuana enthusiasts. The origin of 420 dates back to the early 1970s, when 4:20 p.m. marked the time that high school students in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, would... More>>

We shouldn't be surprised that Southwest's hero pilot is a woman

The image of a pilot under stress, making a heroic emergency landing with a disabled plane, is the heart of lots of movies. More>>

Persuading Pyongyang: Advice for Trump when it comes to Kim

Two of the most dramatic political figures in modern history -- US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un -- seem set to meet face-to-face in the coming weeks. More>>

Pilot: What happened on that Southwest flight

No one can deny the tragic consequences for one particular passenger on board Southwest Flight 1380. Nor can one deny the terrifying chaos that must have been part of the scene in the cabin Tuesday morning when the left... More>>

The irony of Robert Kraft visiting Meek Mill in prison

Robert Kraft, one of the most powerful owners in the National Football League, took the unusual step of visiting a rapper named Meek Mill in a state prison in Pennsylvania. The symbolism of the extremely wealthy white... More>>

Stormy and scandal serve Trump's agenda

President Trump just can't seem to help himself. The morning after Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, released a sketch of the man who allegedly threatened her and her child, Trump tweeted: "A sketch years... More>>

SE Cupp: The White House response to Haley is pure sexism

I'm not prone to cry sexism, and I don't do it often or lightly. More>>

Beyoncé reminds us we are all divas, soldiers and survivors

Beyoncé is always right on time, celebrating black womanhood and reminding us all just how amazing we are, how amazing we have always been, lest we forget while being worn down by so many daily battles for our dignity and... More>>

US is falling behind other nations in providing pre-K schooling

When it comes to early childhood education, the United States needs to step up. Many developed nations now have more than 90% enrollment in pre-K programs, surpassing the US with just 66% enrollment for 4-year-olds. Rising... More>>

Prison reform is possible even in the Trump era

At the beginning of the Trump era, observers feared that any chance for a bipartisan reform of our criminal justice system was dead. But to the surprise of many, a hope for some positive change -- however modest -- remains. More>>

Why Pompeo meeting with Kim should make you sleep a little easier

The world learned on Tuesday that earlier this month, CIA Director Mike Pompeo was in Pyongyang, meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. More>>

Barbara Bush redefined the role of first lady

Barbara Bush redefined the role of first lady, not with her signature issue (which was literacy), but with the warmth and humility that distinguished her time in the White House. The wife of George H.W. Bush understood... More>>

W. Kamau Bell: I know what it's like to get kicked out for being black

As a black man who was kicked out of a coffee shop in 2015, I had some thoughts when I heard about the two black men being kicked out and arrested for loitering in a Starbucks in Philadelphia recently. For the record, I... More>>

Ryan Zinke's not a geologist, he just plays one on TV

Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, is a geologist -- just like Lionel Richie is an economist, Julianna Margulies is an art historian, Ron Jeremy is a special education teacher and Rowan Atkinson (better known as... More>>

Sean Hannity needs a class in journalistic ethics

Now that Sean Hannity understands that he actually had a "real" attorney-client relationship with Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer and longtime fixer, the Fox host should next sign up for a lesson in... More>>

The world's press needs to put Netanyahu on notice

Israel still refuses to learn the lesson that live fire is not a means of crowd control. Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja paid the price for that failure this month when an Israeli sniper mortally wounded him as... More>>

Macron has made France Europe's power broker

From white-knuckle handshakes to basking in the pomp and circumstance of a military parade, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump have built a strong relationship. The pair have regular phone calls... More>>

Sean Hannity news is a real problem for Michael Cohen

Fox host Sean Hannity just helped the government's case against President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, tremendously. Even irony itself was not prepared for that development. More>>

Rand Paul: Trump should trust his gut on Syria

Just over two weeks ago, at a rally in Ohio, President Trump reiterated his long-held belief that the United States should get out of the Syrian civil war, that it was not in our national interest. We should bring our... More>>

Mar-a-Lago is a high-stakes summit for both Trump and Abe

This week's summit at Mar-a-Lago between President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should be routine diplomacy allowing for two allies to catch up and reaffirm strategies. In reality, it represents a... More>>

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer is a thumb in the eye of Trump

Kendrick Lamar has created the perfect fusion of politics and hip hop, and on Monday he got a Pulitzer Prize -- and of course he did. In a time when hip hop is supersaturated with vapid pop hits and petty feuds, Lamar is... More>>

The only good news in the Starbucks story

A friend in Philadelphia who gets his coffee every day at Starbucks on 18th and Spruce Streets told me that things were quiet there early on this rainy Monday morning. Things were normal, except for the TV trucks. More>>

Why I tweeted the Starbucks arrest video

On Thursday, I was thrust, or rather, I inadvertently inserted myself into a national conversation about race. Me -- a middle-aged, upper-middle-class white woman who has never had to worry about where I go, what I do, or... More>>

Why Mariah Carey's 17 years of silence break my heart

Now that millions of people around the world have read in People magazine that Mariah Carey lives with bipolar II disorder, many may be looking back at certain aspects of her career through a new lens. Now that they've... More>>

Will Macron take charge in Syria?

There may be a new sheriff in town --- that is, in Syria and the surrounding regions of the Middle East. And it's not the United States, or Donald Trump. It's Trump's leading friend in Europe: French President Emmanuel... More>>

Dick Cheney finally gets his wish

"I don't know Mr. Libby," President Donald Trump said when announcing the pardon of former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. "But for years I have heard that he has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full... More>>

How to punish Putin's wealthy friends

Posh. This singularly British term has its own roots in the sort of mythology that makes it what may be Britain's most successful export. It reeks of gun rooms and leather; of port, wet Labradors and old tweed. More>>

The Comey drama: It's the cop against the con man

Confronted with a con man -- the greatest and most dangerous con man on earth -- James Comey, the ultimate cop, carefully noted every move Donald Trump made. He also took the measure of the President and those he held... More>>

Mission in Syria: Semi-accomplished

Every week, I offer a glimpse of the kind of intelligence assessments that are likely to come across the desk of the President of the United States. Modeled on the President's Daily Briefing, or PDB, which the director of... More>>

Zakaria: On Syria, Trump looks a lot like Obama

In April 2017, President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike against Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria for its use of chemical weapons. I supported the action then because I thought it was worth punishing a regime for... More>>

Who terrifies Trump the most? Mueller and De Niro

Warning: Some readers may find some of the language quoted here to be offensive. More>>

It's OK to criticize the #MeToo movement

Self-help celebrity Tony Robbins got himself into hot water last week when he suggested that many women speaking out as part of the #MeToo movement are taking advantage of the instant attention and, in doing so, turning... More>>