Senator Bernie Sanders, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Martin O'Malley

By Trip Gabriel – – – – More than four out of five Iowa Democrats think Hillary Rodham Clinton can win the general election, compared with only half who think the same of Senator Bernie Sanders. That conviction is helping to drive Mrs. Clinton’s lead in Iowa in a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday, […]

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas

By Trip Gabriel – – – – Ted Cruz’s long-anticipated Iowa surge came a step closer on Tuesday with a new poll showing him just behind Donald J. Trump and leaping ahead of Ben Carson, as terrorism and foreign policy now drive the 2016 nominating race. Mr. Cruz, the Republican Texas senator, was the choice […]

Trump hosted Saturday Night Live

By Nick Corasaniti – – – NBC viewers in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina should be prepared to see a lot of four Republican presidential candidates over the Thanksgiving weekend. After Donald J. Trump hosted “Saturday Night Live” this month, several of his Republican rivals filed complaints about receiving equal airtime. So NBC has granted […]


The president isn’t speaking to his opponents—he’s talking to history. by PETER BEINART – – – – Once upon a time, liberals criticized Barack Obama for only taking on fights he knew he could win. Not anymore. In 2013, Obama responded to the Sandy Hook shooting with a fervent, if unsuccessful, push for gun control. Now, over […]

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally held at the North Atlanta Trade Center, Saturday, Oct., 10, 2015, in Norcross, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)

New Pew study shows how ideologically incoherent conservative attitudes about the government really are by SEAN ILLING – – – Extremists on both ends of the political spectrum have plenty of things in common. Ideologues of all stripes have a tendency to distort the truth in similar ways – and any honest observer can see that. But […]


Trump exploits our fears, while Obama underestimates them. Why can’t someone just deal with them? By Jeff Greenfield – – – – This is the season of fear—for experiencing it, exploiting it and pooh-poohing it. Exhibit A, of course, is Donald Trump, who had already risen to the top of the GOP polls by exploiting […]

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25:  Mitt Romney Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on March 25, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon")

Given that the deadline to file for the New Hampshire ballot was five days ago, I’m not sure why the Globe felt this was necessary. Maybe they wanted to show people how soft Trump’s support in the state really is, despite all of the polls there showing him leading? If so, it would have been nice […]


by KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON – – – As the CIA goes begging tech titans for help, the hacker collective goes on offense. When the hacker group Anonymous announced it was launching a campaign against the Islamic State (“These are not the 72 virgins they were expecting,” as one now immortal online quipster put it), something […]

<> on November 20, 2014 in Sonoma, California.

By WALT HICKEY – – – Thanksgiving — when we give thanks and celebrate a tale about the welcoming of foreign refugees to American shores — is once again upon us. For some, it’s a day of mass media consumption, with a parade and three NFL games. For others, it’s a day to identify the […]


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