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August 13, 2015 - 12:45pm
Jeb Bush
Outsiders are starting to find the 2016 presidential election to be fertile ground, which is bad news for Jeb Bush. This week, the former Florida governor weighed into foreign affairs, blaming the Obama administration -- and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton -- for the current mess in the Middle East as Islamic State (IS) terrorism further destabilizes the region. 
August 13, 2015 - 7:00am
WASHINGTON -- In every town large enough to have two traffic lights there is a bar at the back of which sits the local Donald Trump, nursing his fifth beer and innumerable delusions. Because the actual Donald Trump is wealthy, he can turn himself into an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate. It is his right to use his riches as he pleases. His squalid performance and its coarsening of civic life are costs of freedom that an open society must be prepared to pay.
August 12, 2015 - 7:00am
It is perhaps time to stop wondering what The Donald's got that the others ain't got.
August 11, 2015 - 12:45pm
Welcome to The Dean's List -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days.
August 11, 2015 - 7:00am
The so-called "debates," among too many Republicans to have a debate, are yet another painful sign of how much words and ideas have degenerated in our times. No one expects these televised sound bites and "gotcha" questions to be anything like the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates on the momentous national issue of slavery.
August 9, 2015 - 10:00pm
I Beg to Differ
Megyn Kelly, the only female moderator in Thursday night's Fox presidential debate, is still getting hammered for leveling tough -- even "mean" and "disgusting" -- questions at candidate Donald Trump. Personally, I don't get it. But that's what is happening. CNN reports there has been so much invective directed at the host of Fox News' "The Kelly File" on the Internet that it's created security concerns for the network. Twitter is alight with calls for America to switch her off and Fox to fire her. This is ridiculous.
August 10, 2015 - 7:00am
Not to diminish the importance of the first Republican debate, but it felt like the first in a political survivor series.
August 8, 2015 - 7:00am
The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the American public rejects the president's Iran deal by more than 2-to-1. This is astonishing. The public generally gives the president deference on major treaties. Just a few weeks ago, a majority supported the deal.
August 7, 2015 - 7:00pm
Listening to Jeb Bush, at least now I know I'm not the only one who thinks we've carried this self-esteem thing too far. At a Foundation for Excellence in Education summit Thursday, hours before he was due on the GOP presidential debate stage in Cleveland, Bush spoke to a rapt audience: “This morning, over 213 million Chinese students went to school, and no one debated whether academic standards should be lowered to protect their students’ self-esteem.”
August 7, 2015 - 9:45am
Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, and Rand Paul
The Republican debates Thursday night proved far different than early primary forums, with the top 10 candidates engaging in a dramatic battle while seven hopefuls filled up the undercard. With this primary shaping up as the most competitive and turbulent Republican contest in decades, the stakes were high in Cleveland. The leading candidates engaged in a memorable debate while a dark horse had a good night in the warmup bout. Some winners and losers emerged, but the debates boiled down to the candidate leading in the polls. 
August 7, 2015 - 7:00am
Why did Fox News decide to schedule two Republican presidential debates rather than one? Simple arithmetic: 90 minutes divided by 17 candidates equals 5 minutes and 29 seconds apiece. That's scarcely enough time for the oral equivalent of a few tweets.
August 6, 2015 - 11:15am
Matt Gaetz and Charlie Bennett
Matt Gaetz offers a sharp contrast in style and personality to the late Charlie Bennett, the longtime Democratic congressman who represented Jacksonville and part of North Florida in Congress for decades. But, on the matter of religion in the public square, Gaetz is taking a page from Bennett’s playbook. 
August 6, 2015 - 7:00am
Don Winslow, novelist and conscientious objector to America's longest "war," was skeptical when he was in Washington on a recent Sunday morning. This was shortly after news broke about the escape, from one of Mexico's "maximum security" prisons, of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel.
August 5, 2015 - 7:00am
WASHINGTON -- No doubt you have butterflies just thinking about Thursday's first GOP debate. I know I do.
August 4, 2015 - 8:00pm
I Beg to Differ
Republicans shouldn't worry about the longevity of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's popularity. There won't be any. It's the longevity of his ego that's the real problem.
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