Thoughts on Ferguson: What I know and don’t know

By Lanny Davis – 08/27/14 The one thing I know is that I don’t know what it it’s like to be a young black man who is confronted by a white police officer pointing a gun. I don’t know the fear, the humiliation, the rage that a young black man must feel when this happens, […]

Democrats must denounce the Rick Perry indictment, and the rush to judgment culture

by Lanny Davis – August 18, 2014 Democrats know a lot about criminalizing the political process — and the terrible consequences to our nation and our democracy when it happens. We saw it happen again and again in the 1990s, after multiple Cabinet secretaries in the Clinton administration were “investigated” by “independent counsels” — and […]

The cure for punditry hyperventilation on Hillary Clinton — Try the facts

By Lanny Davis – August 13, 2014 I have read a slew of comments by pundits, columnists and self-described “progressive” organizations criticizing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her comments in The Atlantic to reporter Jeffrey Goldberg about (a) her disagreement with President Obama on the issue of early aid to moderate opposition elements […]

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War and peace at Camp Equinunk — Lessons for Congress

By Lanny Davis – 08/06/14 As public approval of the U.S. Congress continues to dip to ever-lower levels, it is worth examining the cultural phenomenon of something called the Color War at traditional sleep-away summer camps, and what it can teach members of Congress in today’s polarized environment. I have written before about the summer […]

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Americans want a dealmaker, not an ideologue

By Lanny Davis – 07/30/14 When it comes to judging someone’s political ideology, many people and pundits end up arguing about labels and characterizations rather than the facts and the objective record. For example, I recall recently reading about someone who attended a Ready for Hillary meeting in Iowa who declared his concern about Hillary […]

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Journalists must report on Isreali self-restraint

By Lanny J. Davis – 07/24/14 I am writing this column on Monday night. I am sick to my stomach after seeing a network TV newscast of a young Palestinian girl lying paralyzed in a hospital in Gaza, the victim of Israeli bombs. I see other children in the hospital. My eyes are tearful. I […]

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Lessons from LeBron — How the GOP can use crisis management

By Lanny J. Davis – 07/16/14 LeBron James’s surprise announcement last Friday that he planned to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Miami Heat offers important lessons for effective crisis management. Indeed, the most important lesson might be applicable to House Republicans as they plan new hearings on Benghazi this fall. The first and […]

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ shows who she is

By Lanny Davis – 07/09/14 The reviews are in on Hard Choices, Hillary Clinton’s history of her four-year tenure as U.S. secretary of State. They are almost all positive. Her book sales are strong — No. 1 on The New York Times best sellers list for three weeks in a row. What is missing from […]

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It’s about education, stupid

By Lanny Davis – 06/25/14 If there is any issue that stumps liberals and conservatives alike, it is what to do about the crisis in public education in our high schools, especially in urban neighborhoods. If the now-famous campaign theme “It’s the economy, stupid” worked in 1992, then in 2016, the related slogan could be […]

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Jeb Bush a formidable candidate

By Lanny Davis – 06/18/14 OK, OK. To the Bush family, and particularly to former two-term Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: don’t worry. Let me start, upfront, by saying: I would never vote for Jeb Bush for president. He is way too conservative for me. Now that that’s over with, I think Bush is a really […]

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