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Charles Hurt

Articles by Charles Hurt

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attracted a crowd of 30,000 at a campaign rally in Mobile, Alabama. (AP Photo)

The Donald went down to 'Bama

Donald Trump jets down to Mobile, Alabama -- the very heart of Nowhere, America, as far as the media/political establishment is concerned -- on a slow, hot Friday night. Wearing bright white patent leather shoes that look like they came from Cousin Eddie, Mr. Trump rustles up what very well may be the largest political rally of the year for any campaign in either party. Not bad for a guy who has zero political experience and is regularly dismissed by all the experts as a lightweight and a huckster. Published August 25, 2015

The marquee for the Birch Run Expo Center shows a sold out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appearance, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Birch Run, Mich. Trump is planning on attending the Lincoln Day Dinner of the Genesee and Saginaw county Republican parties. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Donald Trump and the media Midas touch

Say whatever you want about The Donald, no one can deny that he is a marketing mastermind who has turned the button-down political world on its ear. Published August 11, 2015

Donald Trump muddled and equivocated and dodged and generally looked bad. But then everybody else started talking. (Associated Press)

The Donald was awful ... but so was everyone else

In this first Republican debate, every time Donald Trump said something that made you think he just might be unfit for the presidency, somebody else would open his mouth. Published August 7, 2015

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Mr. Universe, Donald Trump, takes on The Nine Dwarves

Why is it that the only time Republicans ever do anything interesting, they get dragged into it kicking and screaming? Now comes Donald Trump, in what is sure to be an epic debate faceoff in Cleveland Thursday night. The Donald versus everybody! Published August 4, 2015

Developer Donald Trump gestures as he announces that he is seeking the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 16, 2015, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Voters eager to see Trump gore federal china shop

Call him "Teflon Don." Campaigning in Iowa over the weekend, Donald Trump was being, well, Donald Trump, fearlessly bellowing insults without mercy, until he finally landed a big blow on Old John McCain and managed to hit on the ONLY thing you cannot say bad about the senator from Arizona. In mocking and belittling Mr. McCain's tortured service as a downed Navy pilot in a Hanoi prison camp, The Donald's meteoric ascent seemed threatened -- but just for a moment. Published July 21, 2015

This book cover released by Harper shows "Go Set A Watchman," a follow-up to Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird." The book will be released on July 14. (AP Photo/Harper)

Was Atticus Finch a justice-loving racist all along?

So it turns out a half century on that Atticus Finch -- America's fearless moral compass on matters of race, our Moses of The South -- got old and turned into just another crotchety Archie Bunker, barking about blacks, white outsiders and the meddlesome federal courts. Published July 14, 2015

President Barack Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, at the College of Charleston TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Nero had his fiddle; Obama has 'Amazing Grace'

If Jimmy Carter is "history's greatest monster," as deemed by the good people of Springfield in "The Simpsons," then President Obama is "history's most deluded jester." Published June 30, 2015

Dylann Storm Roof is a suspect in the shooting of several people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (AP Photo)

Confederacy of one dunce spurs battle flag retreat

A self-absorbed loser whose weak mind has been twisted into a haunted house of pharmacological drugs and psychotic Internet fantasies commits unspeakable crimes against some of the very finest, most loving people you could possibly find in this corrupt world. A bipartisan throng of tragedy whores takes the stage to address the wicked travesty. They are going to DO something about this evil crime! They are going to demand -- that a flag be taken down? Published June 23, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush waves while walking on the stage to speak at Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Jeb's European vacation

Not since Clark Griswold took his family on a European vacation have we seen such goofy antics. Jeb Bush, in a desperate bid to be taken seriously, is cashing in his last name to buy himself a first-class tour of European capitals to hobnob with world leaders, statesmen and dignitaries. Published June 9, 2015

Tonya Smith visits the grave of her grandfather, Air Force veteran Tom Logsdon, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif., Monday May 25, 2015. Americans observe Memorial Day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Military gratitude and the politics of war

Apparently feeling intellectual, The Washington Post sports department decided to mark Memorial Day this year by pondering a deep thought. Published May 26, 2015

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The 'Old and Relentless': The Clinton soap opera continues

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the longest-running Southern Gothic soap opera in American history! It is a mix of "Days of Our Lives," "Dr. Phil," "The Sopranos," "Oprah" and "Judge Judy" all rolled into one, long, endless saga called "The Clintons -- a Tale of Naked Ambition, Unquenchable Libido, Towering Greed and Their Desperation to be a Part of Every American's Life as Long as We Live." Published May 19, 2015

Alex Rodriguez warms up before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Monday, April 13, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Yankees ignoring Alex Rodriguez's milestones is grosser than gross

Thinking of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez and his historic milestone of passing Willie Mays' lifetime home run record last week, I was reminded of the jokes kids used to tell one another when they wanted to impress their playground friends with the epic grossness of their imaginations. Published May 12, 2015

Liberals' petri dish laid bare in Baltimore

All the mayhem unfolding in Baltimore is nothing short of an unspeakable American tragedy. Laid bare are the failures of cradle-to-grave social policies held so dear by politicians in both parties, but embraced and celebrated most lustily by Democrats. Published May 5, 2015

A man carries items from a store as police vehicles burn, Monday, April 27, 2015, after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

From Star-Spangled Banner to free toilet paper

With such steady, just and hopeful leadership from President Obama and his recently departed attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., is it any wonder that peace, love, patriotism and tranquility reign across the land with such fervor? Published April 28, 2015