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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Tom Jackson

Tribune Staff
Jackson, Tom

‘Crusich’ a fragile, necessary long-odds gamble

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If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it 1,237 times: The 2016 race to the White House is unique. Everyone paying the barest attention knows. The details don’t need to be rehearsed here.

A spark named Carly; Trump’s legal trouble

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An unseasonable farewell to Pasco’s head elf

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— Charlie Brown expressed what’s on my mind just now with exquis...

Saint Leo U. preps Saddlebrook’s next generation of Dempseys

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— On balance, even the most sympathetic observer would concede that being born into the Dempseys-of-Saddlebrook clan amounts to winning the birth lottery.

A spark named Carly

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Not since Ronald Reagan in 1976 has a serious Republican presidential candidate identified his choice for a running mate before he secured the nomination ... and that little slice of strategy turned out not to be enough ...

Trump’s July just got far more interesting

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Not to rain on Donald Trump’s resounding triumph in the so-called “Acela Primary” Tu...

The divine spark, revealed at last

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Even the Founders who regarded God as a disinterested progenitor acknowledged a supernatural link between the supreme being and each human, an acknowledgment that produced is own sacred offspring, the most important pass...

A new, improved Trump? Don’t bet the rent money

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Remembering one who ‘died out of season’

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Henry Jeffrey Fontanills III was the kind of guy who didn’t forget, and I mean that in the best way imaginable.

Something a little off at GOP gala

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By all outward signs, the annual Pasco Republican Reagan Day dinner was business as usual: Every ticket (all 450) was sold, filling Spartan Manor’s main ballr...

A new, improved Trump? Don’t bet the rent money

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Donald Trump stormed to his most impressive victory to date in New York Tuesday, winning his home state with 60 percent of the vote — his first clear-majority triumph — and gobbling up all but five of 95 av...

In which Ted Cruz declines to play Trump-surrogate Hannity’s game

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Noted Donald Trump shill Sean Hannity invited Ted Cruz on his radio show Tuesday afternoon, apparently t...

A modest proposal for divorce reforms

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Houston lawyer Leslie Loftis writes persuasively that Gov. Rick Scott was wrong to

End political mischief-making with the FairTax

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The Republican House Freedom Caucus is agitating again, this time seeking the impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Kos...

Holder knew, early, about Fast and Furious ... but do we care?

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Remember the old adage, “It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up”? Yeah, well, that one might have outlived its usefulness — if it was ever useful in the first place.

At last, Legg happy to go on hiatus

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John Legg was into politics before he was into shaving, before he could drive and, almost certainly, before he’d begun to dwell on the charms of the opposite ...

That Starbucks incident was so last week

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The Right Stuff has kept its powder dry on last week’s viral video dust-up involving caffeine-deprived Florida Go...

The Donald’s Rocky Mountain temper tantrump

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It was already well-established that Donald Trump is an unmoored, shape-shifting blowhard w...

Obama’s obfuscation initiative

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Six months after he first weighed in on Hillary Clinton’s legal plight over her infamous home ...

More evidence why GOP must dump Trump

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Election tests lawmaker’s subterfuge

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Dade City, says one who knows it well, is like a lovely lake. On the surface, it is smooth and inviting, its ripples reflecting sunlight like diamonds on a blanket. But down below, deep enough that it doesn’t make...

More evidence why GOP must dump Trump

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There is much to pick apart from Donald Trump’s lengthy interview...

Hillary echoes Jefferson Davis: We decide who has rights

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Abortion absolutists, comprising an important wedge of the Democratic coalition pie, are unhappy with Hillary Clinton just now, with good reason. Taking her appearance on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” to...

Bad optics just the beginning of Obama’s reckless Cuba gambit

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In the matter of our modern-day potentate fiddling while the world burns, “Morning Joe” Scarborough nai...

Bold genius in Finland?

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Hold the phone. Something interesting is unfolding in one of those so-called “democratic socialist” European states of which fans of Bernie Sanders are so hopelessly enraptured.

The not-quite-impossible third-party dream

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It’s no secret the cleanest way to derail the vaunted Donald Trump train is to deny him the magic number of delegates — 1,237 — needed to score a first-round victory at July’s Republican Natio...

On SCOTUS opening, GOP must dose Democrats with own medicine

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Fun times with our governor

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The keynote speaker for next month’s Reagan Day dinner is Florida Gov. Rick Scott. That ought to be fun.

On SCOTUS opening, GOP must dose Democrats with own medicine

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It’s always amusing — using the most accurate term fit for polite company — to hear Democrats lecture Republicans about how wrong they are to apply Democrats’ tactics when their roles are reve...

Big league ballplayer’s minor trouble

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Just when you thought we might be running out of ridiculous things to wrangle about over our social med...

On Rubio’s Gang of Eight mess, blame Priebus

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Almost every postmortem of Marco Rubio’s failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination traces to the first-term senator’s membership in the Gang of Eight immigration bill.

Marco Rubio and the mismanaged calendar

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The aftermath of Super Tuesday III is crackling with all manner of explanations (here,

Ben Carson, product placement

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Remember all that praise Ben Carson heaped on Donald Trump last week during his endorsement announcement? Well, neither does The Right Stuff, and it’s not going to take the time to go back over it now. Not merely ...

No, Mika, Hillary is not ‘better than this’

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It is no longer even remotely newsworthy to point out that Hillary Clinton will say anything in her pursuit of the presidency.

A telling tale of two gun stories

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Our endless debate over gun ownership was enlivened last week with news out of Palatka, where a Second Amendment activist was shot in the back by her 4-year-old son.

Scott plays dodge’em on weak MSNBC appearance

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It’s not often I find myself on the same side of the divide as

On the upside, at least we know DWS isn’t crazy

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OK. That was fast. It seems we can rule out “delusional” as a reason for Debbie Wasserman Schultz ruling out even the possibility of a threat of an indictment coming against Hillary Clinton.

Return of say-anything Democrats

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The Right Stuff is under no illusions about what Democrats are capable of when it comes to gaining or retaining power.

Clinton, Sanders and the fracturing of your wallet

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Meanwhile, back in Fantasyland — otherwise known as the Democratic primary — the remaining combatants argued Sunday night a...

In Tampa, Rubio finds his energy

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Marco Rubio, mostly recovered from whatever was ailing him at last week’s Republican presidential debate, had his voice and trademark energy with him Monday in a rally at the Tampa Convention Center.

Trumpsters hijack GOP; historic crash imminent

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For the longest time, authorities endorsed cooperation as the best way to survive an airplane hijacking. Then came 9/11, and cooperation led to disaster. Two airliner...

Magical thinking in politics

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We are just over a week from an election that promises to attract a record turnout, and that election will settle... almost nothing. Less than a month later — April 12 — elections to choose policy-makers wh...

Romney’s irrefutable indictment roils the Trumposphere

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Mitt Romney’s speech indicting Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy surely struck deep. After all, here it is Saturd...

GOP primary imitates ‘Caddyshack’

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As campaign barometers go, you could do worse than monitoring the traffic through the Pasco County Republican Party’s headquarters, where, from the sounds of it, the pattern in virtually every Super Tuesday state ...