The Great Purple Issue of Criminal Justice Reform

By Lanny Davis – 5/8/15 What do Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, Cory Booker, Tim Scott, Elijah Cummings, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, John Kasich, Bob Goodlatte, Koch Industries and the Tea Party-aligned group FreedomWorks have in common? They all agree on the need for fundamental reforms to the nation’s criminal justice system, with a […]

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Everyone Deserves Due Process — Even Politicians

By Lanny Davis – 4/22/2015 It is a felony for a prosecutor or law enforcement official with knowledge of a grand jury’s investigation to disclose to newspapers that an individual is about to be indicted by that grand jury. It is also a fundamental violation of due process. It taints the jury pool. It prejudices […]

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The Big Idea of the GOP field for 2016

by Lanny Davis – 4/15/2015 So what do the many current and pending Republican presidential candidates have to say to the country about why they should be president in these challenging times at home and abroad? I must say, there is one thing that impresses me so far: Their remarkable unity about one Big Idea. […]

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On Hillary Clinton E-mails: Facts Not Innuendo

By Lanny Davis – 03/10/15 Is there a double standard applied to the Clintons but not to Gov. Bush or Secretary Powell? What else is new? There’s a rule in mathematics that also should apply to charges often made against the Clintons: No matter how high the number, if you multiply it by zero, it […]

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Williams Deserves Benefit of the Doubt: Opposing View

By Lanny Davis – 02/13/15 Let’s not rush to judgment; memories can play tricks. NBC certainly had its legitimate business reasons to try to stop the PR hemorrhage by suspending Brian Williams for six months just one week after the story broke. But that struck me as a rush to judgment — with a suspension […]

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Brian Williams — Lie or Real Mistake?

By Lanny Davis – 02/12/15 The issue for me regarding the Brian Williams controversy is whether he made a mistake or intentionally misled people by making a claim he knew was false, i.e., lied. To conclude that a mistake is actually a lie requires a lot of proof. Otherwise, if there is a possible explanation […]

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An Earlier Start for the Presidential Race? Really?

By Lanny Davis – 02/6/15 Many political pundits and Republicans are hyperventilating about the news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may actually wait a while longer before making up her mind whether to run for president of the United States. How could she delay? How dare she? If you do a Web search […]

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Bush 41 and the Credit He is Due

By Lanny Davis – January 26, 2015 Former President George W. Bush’s biography of his father, 41: A Portrait of My Father, reminds us of the many significant accomplishments of our 41st president, George H.W. Bush, during his one term, from 1989 to 1993. These were accomplishments that many of us missed at the time, […]

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Raise Taxes Even Higher to Cut Debt

By Lanny Davis – January 21, 2015 President Obama’s State of the Union Address was faithful to the core values of progressive government for which the Democratic Party has long stood — expecting the wealthier taxpayers to finance programs needed by the middle class and the poor. But it failed to address the rising and […]

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The Media’s Rush To Judgment on Roger Goodell

By Lanny Davis – 01/15/15 The tendency to rush to judgment in the media, based more on suppositions than facts, is now unfortunately common not only on the Internet and in the blogosphere but in the mainstream media. Here’s a recent example: In July 2014, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed a two-game suspension on Baltimore […]

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