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Harsh realities slam into 2016 race

08 26 15

​(CNN) Ring down the curtain on Act I of the 2016 presidential race!With financial markets now on a precipice and other public events about to unfold, we are entering a new, more serious phase in politics that could easily scramble…

What explains Donald Trump’s arrogance?

08 16 15

​(CNN) Donald Trump’s behavior on stage Thursday night and in the days that have followed strike many as unfathomable: How can anyone act so arrogantly and meanly in public life? But in fact, there is a large body of academic…

President Obama’s unrecognized legacy

04 03 15

(CNN) – On and off for over 40 years, I have had the privilege of roaming around the West Wing of the White House, usually as a member of the staff, sometimes as a journalist or visitor. For all that…

A wooden-headed week in politics

04 03 15

(CNN) – For those who hoped that the coming presidential election would usher in the dawn of a new, more inspiring politics, this past week has been deeply discouraging. In two key moments, leaders from both sides of the aisle…