s a crucial Democratic debate nears -- crucial because the Democrats have decided to shelter Hillary Clinton by only holding six of them -- Sen. Bernie Sanders needs to make this Sunday night count.
Say what you want about his flimsy policy knowledge, his unadulterated blurting and his intolerance for facts -- and I've said plenty -- but Donald Trump is a master at setting the agenda.
very year as January 1 approaches, I ask an eclectic group of friends and colleagues what their resolutions are, with promises not to monitor their progress.
As we gather around our holiday tables this year, it's hard not to notice that something feels different. While the news is always an uninvited guest at family functions, this year the uninvited guest is suffocating us and will not leave.
If you're a human American over the age of 2, I'm betting I know what you're doing this weekend: you're going to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
No third-party candidate has ever won the presidency, but some have been disruptive enough to cause considerable consternation for the other parties. Famously, in 1992, Ross Perot had the best popular vote showing as an independent, winning 18.9 percent but no electoral votes. More closely aligned with Republicans than Democrats, he is regularly blamed -- or credited -- with George H.W. Bush's loss to Bill Clinton.
Earlier in the week, Chris Christie unleashed on a reporter who, during a roundtable on drug addiction, asked him about Donald Trump.
These are undoubtedly troubled times.
It was hard not to feel like an alien from another planet this week. To sum up the news, a presidential candidate was asked if he'd have aborted a hypothetical baby Hitler; students at an Ivy League university demanded the resignation of a professor for suggesting students ought to be allowed to choose their own Halloween costumes; and another presidential candidate is fending off claims that she wears a wig.
One of my favorite characters, drawn by one of my favorite writers, is Will Freeman, the bachelor protagonist in Nick Hornby's 1998 novel "About a Boy."
While many have insisted it's merely the fact that they aren't politicians, I think it goes deeper than that, and Rubio is perhaps the first so-called "establishment" candidate to figure it out: Voters want to see you win.
Earlier this week a high-profile man said he'd only take a high-profile promotion if it didn't mean less time with his wife and children.
So conventional wisdom (at least among Clinton supporters) presumes that a bid by Vice President Joe Biden is no longer needed to save the Democratic nomination from Sen. Bernie Sanders, who almost certainly would not win a general election. But not so fast -- Clinton may be great at debate, but she's no five-tool player.
This week, the Obama administration did something uncharacteristically sensible: It declined to urge Americans to eat less meat.
With whispers that former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg may mull a run for the White House, politicos are already hyperventilating about how he would shake up the current field.
The two things you're never supposed to discuss at a dinner party -- politics and religion -- collided like a spectacular supernova this week in Washington and New York as Pope Francis delivered remarks on hot-button political issues like climate change and immigration before numerous political bodies, from the president to the Congress to the United Nations.
In the days leading up to the first presidential debate of the 2012 general election, both President Obama's and GOP challenger Mitt Romney's campaigns set about to do one very important thing: lower expectations.
"I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. Except when I don't."
It doesn't feel like much of a party these days for the two parties trying to win the White House.
There are a few existential questions which man has struggled but failed to answer conclusively, despite Sisyphean efforts, such as: Why are we here? What happens when we die? And why do kids go ape for "Frozen"?