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Hypocrisy on presidential golf is out of bounds

One of the most exhausting things about politics is a mindset that says “scandal for thee, but not for me.”Consider the perennial (alleged) scandal of presidential golf. When George W. Bush was commander in chief, he played a lot of golf, and his critics were outraged — or at least ...

The talk-show pioneer who changed political TV

Back in the early 1990s, when our son was 4 years old and accustomed to seeing his dad on a certain Washington-based public television talk show, he’d annoy us by skipping through the house singing, “Bye-bye! Bye-bye…!”John McLaughlin, creator-host of “The McLaughlin Group,” was delighted to hear that news. “Watch ...

The roots of the ‘real you’

From the Los Angeles Review of Books: “Where to find the ‘real you’? And, upon its discovery, how best to communicate it to the world? This anxiety has a long pedigree, first arising amid the revelations of the Enlightenment, when individuals were no longer beholden to the stiff hierarchies of ...

Investigative reporting is America at its best

As a reader and a citizen, I really appreciate investigative reporting. The press has always questioned the establishment; it was even called “The Fourth Estate” in England, after the three societal segments: lords, clergy, and commons. In the U.S. it’s often called the “the fourth branch of government” after the ...

Readers on Lochte

Quite a bit of email came in about U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s Rio shenanigans.From Jerry Ramsey: “When someone holds a gun on you and demands money, it is robbery. … The security guard should be fined instead of the swimmers.”From Jane Houser: “Maybe this will be a turning point ...

Lochte’s ongoing headache

The Olympics may be over, but Ryan Lochte’s hangover from them isn’t.According to CNN Money, “Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren both announced Monday they will end their sponsorships of Lochte in light of recent controversy involving the Olympic swimmer embellishing details of an alleged altercation in Rio. Speedo said while ...

The odd … ellipsis

From Slate: “The punctuation mark of the ellipsis is perhaps the most unusual mark in the English language, for punctuation marks are designed to convey meaning by indicating relationships between ideas, but the ellipsis does the exact opposite. It simply indicates that something has been omitted. Sometimes, this omission is ...

Readers angered by Clinton, Trump

The candidates should stop mud-slingingDear Hillary “What difference does it make?” Clinton and Donald “Egotistical” Trump:Please, please for the sake of the American people, begin acting like mature honest candidates for the highest office in the land. We are sick and tired of each of you belittling the other. There ...

Why all the anger

From Slate: “Ordinary people are angry at the political system in part because they recognize to what extent they have been shut out of key decisions. But, by the same token, the process is becoming so unresponsive in part because the rise of illiberal populists has given the political establishment ...

Churches and politics

More reader reactions on pulpit politicking:From Mary Collier: “I thought one of the legal ground rules for churches receiving their tax-exempt non-profit privileges was to not use the pulpit as a political bully-pulpit.”From Rebecca Jarvi: “I read that Trump recently met with Evangelical pastors and requested they urge their parishioners ...

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