Gene Lyons

01/22/2017 - 9:00am

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

    "I never said Trump was 'brilliant,'" he might say. "That was a poor translation...

12/17/2016 - 6:00pm

    There is almost nothing real about "reality TV." All but the dullest viewers understand that the dramatic twists and turns on shows like "Bachelor" or "Celebrity Apprentice" are scripted in advance. More or less like professional wrestling, Donald Trump's previous claim...

12/08/2016 - 2:00pm

    Amid the climate of disbelief and fear among Democrats following Donald Trump's election, a fascinating debate has broken out about what's called "identity politics" on the left, "political correctness" by the right.

    And...

12/01/2016 - 5:00pm

    "The Emperor (of Lilliput) holds a stick in his hands, both ends parallel to the horizon, while the candidates, advancing one by one, sometimes leap over the stick, sometimes creep under it backwards and forwards several times ... whoever performs his part with most agility, and holds out...

11/24/2016 - 10:00am

    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."

    -- H.L. Mencken

    My most recent one-to-one conversation with Hillary Clinton...

11/10/2016 - 2:00pm

    As the national political melodrama drew near its end, a sometime email correspondent in Texas worried about my safety. An uxorious older gentleman with a love of horses and a weakness for conspiracy theories, he was always puzzled and often angered by my apostasy.

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