Big Money In Politics: Republican Debate Edition

Originally published at The Huffington Post, August 7, 2015 Donald Trump was the center of attention in Thursday evening’s (August 6) Republican debate, and he was everything one expected him to be. He was crude, he was sexist, he was condescending and insulting — not just to the American public, but to other nations and… Read more »

The Democrats Need a Horse Race

Originally published at The Huffington post, August 4, 2015 The Democratic Party needs a horse race for its presidential nomination for 2016. They require the energy that a serious multi-candidate field brings to the electoral cycle. Primary campaigns, after all, ought to do the following things for a political party: They should frame and focus… Read more »

Why Is Big-Game Hunting So Repulsive?

Originally published at my Huffington Post column, August 2, 2015. The pictures are sad and grotesque. An American dentist and his guide grinning over the remains of Cecil the Lion. Our sympathies run directly to the victim of the hunt, the lion. Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil, is not the first American to… Read more »

Bernie Sanders’ Old-Time Religion

Originally published at my Huffington Post column on July 6, 2015. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is this summer’s campaign phenomenon. Consider the crowds he is drawing. In Madison, Wisconsin, he recently attracted a crowd of nearly 10,000 raucous, enthusiastic supporters. This on a beautiful summer’s evening when many Wisconsinites are at the lake… Read more »