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What Pope Francis Must Say to Donald Trump

Originally published on my Huffington Post column, August 27, 2015. There is a rising tide of nativism washing over the United States at this particular moment. We have seen such waves recurrently in our history. In the 1840s, it was the Know-Nothings, who hated Catholics and opposed Irish immigration and were even responsible for riots… 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 »

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 »

Can You Trump That?

This post appeared originally on my Huffington Post column, published May 13, 2015. Donald Trump has teased the voting public before. He has flirted several times with the possibility of running for president. In 2012, he even rose to near the top of some early opinion polls. Each time, however, Trump backed away from an… Read more »