Tempest in a Teacup

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The reporter’s first question was whether Melania Trump was guilty of plagiarism.

Essentially, I said no and yes. The fact that Mrs. Trump used the same clichés and stock phrases as Mrs. Obama—such as “your word is your bond,” “do what you say,” or “treat people with respect”—is not plagiarism.


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Message to the Media: Electing a President Is Not Boxing

rubioThe debate post-mortem media analyses are filled with columns on who won and who lost. But rather than see the debate as an opportunity to get a measure of the candidate’s judgment, temperament, and approach to complex issues, we read instead about who “savaged” whom, which candidate “rattled” the other, who threw the most “punches” and who got the best “hit” on the other guy.

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Trump’s Stubborn Jurors

20724485306_26e4ca01b4_k Why is it that no matter how outrageous, provocative, irrational, vulgar or even fascistic Donald Trump behaves, his political base remains loyal to him? Even though his very excesses make it a dead certainty that he will never be elected president. Continue reading Trump’s Stubborn Jurors