Colin Quinn on 'Overstated': It's time for America to get divorced — or maybe just hold a new constitutional convention
Colin Quinn is convinced the United States need to divorce. He’s been arguing this for a while now, but his new book, “Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States,” takes the premise further.He imagines the country 244 years into its marriage, nearly exhausted by counseling, on the brink of filing the divorce papers. “The only reason we never broke up was because we all lived with the marriage lie. They’ll change. Give it time,” he writes. “Trying to legally and culturally accommodate a country that has a Vermont and a Kansas living by the same rules. It’s pretty amazing that we pulled...
Review: In debut 'NewsNation' on WGN America promises balance, delivers convention
CHICAGO — More than a new primetime cable newscast, “NewsNation” sounds like the title of a TV series about a newscast.And you could do worse for against-the-odds drama than to try to sell America, in the middle of a pandemic, on the idea that it needs more cable news, that the cable news in question should originate from studios on Chicago’s northwest side, that the anchor team should be people unknown outside of the local markets they came from, and that you’re going to try to do it all under the motto, endlessly repeated, of providing “balance, not bias.”Oh, and did we not mention yet that ...
Editorial: A convention for the party of one
As President Donald Trump accepted his party’s nomination Thursday for a second term, Minneapolis and St. Paul were spending the night under curfews to curb rioting. The law-and-order theme that had played so major a role in the Republican National Convention must have seemed poignant and relevant to many.Trump did not miss the confluence of events. This election, he said, “will decide whether we protect law-abiding Americans” or give free rein to criminals and anarchists. He said he had an offer for the leaders of “Democrat-run cities.”“Just call,” he said. “We’re ready to go in. We’ll take c...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Lara Trump's Abraham Lincoln 'quote' at convention was a fake
You can fool some of the people all of the time.Lara Trump’s Republican convention speech hinged on a “quote” from Abraham Lincoln that went over well with her audience Wednesday night. Trouble is, Honest Abe apparently never said the words the president’s daughter-in-law attributed to him.During her nearly eight minute endorsement of President Donald Trump’s reelection, the 37-year-old wife of Trump Organization Vice President Eric Trump repeated a phrase often credited to the 16th president on the internet, though there’s no evidence it’s real.“Abraham Lincoln once famously said, ‘America wi...
New York Daily News
Trump’s convention marks stark contrast with Dems and never-Trumpers
WASHINGTON. The Republican National Convention (RNC) was a welcomed breath of fresh air this week. Its speakers were unequivocal in their support of President Trump and his policies. Much more importantly, they were extremely articulate about the evils that will befall the nation should the Democrats win in November.President George W. Bush holds hands with Saudi royal. ABC News screen capture.What’s that squishy sound?No wonder the squishy, tangential, and feckless eunuchs of the GOP hate President Trump and have bleated their support on behalf of the befuddled potted plant known as Joe Biden...
Communities Digital News
Cynthia M. Allen: GOP convention shows Trump is all in on crime, riots — and voters may be receptive
There were several striking things about this week’s mostly virtual Republican National Convention: the prominence of Black prime-time speakers; the efforts to humanize Donald Trump in an appeal to on-the-fence “character” voters; and the absence of face coverings (gasp) during events where people were standing fewer than 6 feet apart (including a surprise naturalization ceremony inside the White House).That latter bit was particularly irksome to some commentators who seemed to prefer a masked and socially distanced Joe Biden and Kamala Harris awkwardly waving to a parking lot.But the RNC’s ch...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Trudy Rubin: An Alice in Wonderland foreign-policy performance at the GOP convention
In one of the many surreal foreign-policy moments at the Republican National Convention, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell claimed he’d seen President Donald Trump “charm the chancellor of Germany.”“Like a tornado in a trailer park,” tweeted a German jokester in response. Indeed, the whole world has witnessed Trump’s insults to Angela Merkel, and her disdain for a president who coddles autocrats and undermines NATO.Never mind reality.Grenell’s claim only added to the tsunami of “alternative facts,” hyperbole, and flat-out lies that poured forth at the convention from GOP stalwa...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Melania Trump brings compassion on pandemic, immigrants at Republican convention
Washington (AFP) - Melania Trump put a kinder, gentler sheen on Donald Trump's reelection campaign with a star turn at the Republican convention Tuesday where she broke ranks to speak compassionately about coronavirus victims and recalled her own immigrant story in an appeal for racial harmony.Unlike often aggressive speeches by two of Trump's children from previous marriages, Eric and Tiffany, the first lady brought a soft touch to her keynote address from the White House's Rose Garden.The coronavirus, which has killed 178,000 Americans and wreaked economic chaos, was almost entirely ignored ...
All the president's kids: Trump clan rules Republican convention
New York (AFP) - Donald Trump is keeping it all in the family at this week's Republican convention, giving his four children prime speaking slots alongside his wife Melania and highlighting the unprecedented role they have played in the political affairs of the United States.The children and spouses of US candidates normally partake in the rituals of presidential campaigns: Last week's virtual Democratic convention saw Joe Biden flanked by his children and grandchildren, who highlighted the qualities of their 77-year-old patriarch.But the Trump side is markedly different, says political scienc...
Gun couple warns GOP convention: citizens won't be safe in Democrats' US
Charlotte (AFP) - Were they exercising their constitutional rights, or recklessly asserting their white privilege? The couple who brandished guns at protesters and were rewarded with speaking slots at the Republican convention embody the culture wars gripping America.And in their few minutes in the TV spotlight they painted a dangerous, dark vision of America, where suburbanites will be under threat if President Donald Trump is not re-elected.Mark and Patricia McCloskey made world headlines in late June when they pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters peacefully marching past their colu...