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WASHINGTON – Here in the capital suburbs there seem to be no bumper stickers, no yard signs. Most people have stopped talking about the presidential election, except in hushed tones. It is a joyless election. Few want it. If this were a play, we would want to plaster “canceled” on the posters, strike the set and reopen it with new performers. November’s lead …

WASHINGTON – First of all, our prayers are with the people suffering in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.With a month remaining in this presidential campaign, if you are among the many who haven’t decided, don’t look to voter opinion polls to help you make up your mind. They will be of no use in a race as volatile as this one.This year, a completely new factor has surfa…

WASHINGTON – Weeks ago, the Alexandria Council in suburban Virginia moved to take down the name of Jefferson Davis, the traitorous president of the Confederate States of America, from signs marking U.S. Route 1 through the city.Even if successful, there are several hundred more miles of the good old “Jeff Davis Highway” to deal with before Route 1 touches the North C…

WASHINGTON – Next Monday’s initial presidential debate will mark some firsts. It will be the first such encounter between two New Yorkers. It will, of course, be the first involving a woman. It will be the first ever between candidates who are both wildly less than popular. And finally, the careers of both contenders have been notoriously undermined by their own preocc…

WASHINGTON – President Obama is catching the lame-duck blues. On his recent trip to Asia, Chinese airport officials forced him to deplane on the crew’s stairs. The Philippine president hurled a gross insult at Obama for talking like an imperialist.In Laos, the president took a question – probably prearranged – from a reporter on Obama’s final “legacy” issue. …

WASHINGTON – New Yorkers troubled at the prospect of having to vote for either Donald J. Trump or Hillary Rodham Clinton might find Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson an attractive alternative.However, prospective voters won’t know for another 10 days whether the state Board of Elections will allow Johnson a place on the state’s November presidential ballot.Many also…

WASHINGTON – As this trackless, discouraging presidential campaign unfolds, the two leading candidates are nonetheless following one tradition of American politics.Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is talking about how to deal with the government’s debt: What we owe to the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Singapore and various American investors who lend cas…

WASHINGTON – For campaign management, the Republicans’ tough-talking presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has segued from the window box to the sewer.Trump’s managers have descended from home-grown Corey Lewandowski, to insider Paul Manafort to Breitbart News executive Stephen Bannon, whose news blog dances on the edge of white ethno-nationalism.The prospect of having…

WASHINGTON – Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., has won Senate passage of legislation to provide a tax break for Olympians. It’s an election year for Schumer, looking for his fourth term, and it was panned by right-wing blogs as pandering.But it’s a good idea, and it’s bipartisan, co-sponsored by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. Medalists, like swimmer Michael Phelps, take ho…

WASHINGTON – Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger tried to get himself thrown out of the Army by dressing in women’s clothes instead of his uniform in the television series “M*A*S*H.”Klinger was a welcome character in America’s living rooms because he was only pretending to be unhinged. He just wanted to get out of the bloody Korean War.Last Thursday, Republican presidential …

WASHINGTON – It is settled history that William Randolph Hearst, the mega publisher portrayed in the film “Citizen Kane,” helped start the Spanish-American War of 1898.Half a century later, Ambassador Joseph Kennedy plied Washington columnist Arthur Krock with hospitality, whiskey and more to suborn him to help lay a path for son John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s successfu…

WASHINGTON – What was it all about, Bernie? It can be set to the Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune made famous by Dionne Warwick, who sang: “What’s it All About, Alfie.”One line in the song offered “Something even non-believers can believe in.”The platform proposed by democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders served up generous slices of “Something … (to) belie…

WASHINGTON – Even some former FBI agents are perplexed by FBI Director Jim Comey’s decision to recommend that no criminal charges be brought against Hillary Clinton after a yearlong investigation into some of the issues surrounding her decision to use a personal email server and several other vulnerable private email links.In a letter to 13,000 alumni, Larry Langberg, …

WASHINGTON – Our Declaration of Independence, 240 years old today, makes liberal use of the Almighty’s name to justify rebellion against Great Britain.Incantations such as “endowed by their Creator” and “God’s” natural law and “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world” are sprinkled through this beautiful document to inspire the 13 colonies to face cer…

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton has made the quick pivot from fending off Sen. Bernie Sanders to stomping on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.An underlying cause is that hitting Trump is much easier than wrestling with Sanders, his issues and the 12 million who voted for him in the primaries. Clinton’s phalanx of media pals are pretending that the Sander…