The Other 2016 Election — and why the U.S. Should Care

by Lanny Davis – 6/24/16 While we in Washington are fixated on the upcoming presidential election, another critical election has just begun: the race for the United Nations secretary-general. Given that the U.S. is currently the largest funder of the U.N., providing 22 percent of the organization’s budget, this election deserves our attention. The U.N. […]

Where’s Paul Ryan’s “Declaration of Conscience” on Trump?

by Lanny Davis – 6/16/16 Throughout American history, there are pivotal moments where a leader of one of the two major parties rises up to put conscience and moral principles over party loyalty. One such moment for the Republican Party occurred on June 1, 1950. Maine Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, the only woman in the […]

The E-Mails Issue — Five Undisputed Facts

by Lanny Davis – 6/1/16 With all the hours of punditry and tens of thousands of words written about Hillary Clinton’s emails by the political press corps, it is amazing that the whole episode can be boiled down to five undisputed facts. First, the former secretary of State did nothing illegal by having a private […]

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Has Trump Been Caught in Another Lie?

by Lanny Davis – 5/12/16 Why hasn’t the national press and every cable show interviewer asked Donald Trump the following question: “What happened to the $6 million you claimed to have raised for veterans instead of debating your fellow Republicans?” Can I ask everyone reading this column to call any reporter covering the presidential campaign […]

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Two Cheers for Bernie Sanders (not three yet…)

by Lanny Davis – 5/5/16 Bernie Sanders has earned two cheers for the presidential campaign he has run. But the third one isn’t there yet. I am hoping that the question is when, not whether, he will earn that third cheer, by focusing on the issues as he promised he would and not saying anything […]

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Sanders and Trump are Wrong: The System Isn’t Rigged

by Lanny Davis – 4/20/16 Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have at least one thing in common. Trump reacted to his losses to GOP primary rival Ted Cruz in Colorado and Wyoming by saying: “I’m not a fan of Bernie Sanders, but it’s a rigged system. The Republican system is a rigged system.” http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/ And […]

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The Bernie Sanders Double Standard

by Lanny Davis – 4/14/16 Last week, Bernie Sanders decided to focus his message ahead of New York’s upcoming primary on the assertion that Hillary Clinton was not qualified to be president. Eight years as first lady and an active participant in former President Clinton’s policy-making. Eight years — twice-elected — as a U.S. senator […]

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Clinton Leads Sanders by 2.5 Million Votes, So Who is More Popular?

by Lanny Davis – 4/4/16 Tomorrow is the Wisconsin Democratic primary, which most polls show that Bernie Sanders will win. The Vermont senator and his campaign leaders have been all over the media in the last several weeks calling on Hillary Clinton–committed superdelegates to switch to Sanders. Their argument: Sanders is the more popular candidate […]

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Democrats: Don’t Stoop to Trump’s Level

by Lanny Davis – 3/17/16 When I read about the Chicago protesters last week cheering after Donald Trump canceled his campaign rally as a result of their efforts, I knew a lot of anti-Trump Democrats were also happy. But my first reaction? “Ouch.” As these protests against Trump inevitably continue, I believe those of us […]

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The Clinton-Sanders New Majority Coalition

by Lanny Davis – 3/10/16 After Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) narrow victory in Michigan Tuesday, preceded by vigorous debates and competition, it might appear that Sanders and Hillary Clinton are about to begin a more divisive campaign for the presidency in the coming months. I beg to differ. I expect, instead, a campaign, while intense […]

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