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Charles Hurt

Articles by Charles Hurt

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Gilbert, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

The rise of Trump, the downfall of the 'experts'

To understand the rise of Donald Trump here in Iowa and around the country, you must first understand that Americans have always been suspicious of experts. The honest, brutal truth is that we actually despise experts. Published January 31, 2016

Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and John Kasich stand for a group photo before the Republican debate Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)

GOP primary -- the greatest show on earth!

It is high time to declare -- honestly and without exaggeration -- that the 2016 GOP presidential primary has officially become the greatest, most interesting, most entertaining election of all time! Published January 29, 2016

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The State of the Union Obama really wanted to give

Even at the end of seven good and prosperous years, a president's final State of the Union address is a tough act. There is no one left to blame. By this point in a presidency, he owns the current state of the union. Imagine what it must be like after seven terrible years. Published January 12, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks onstage for a rally at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Debunking 'conservative' concerns about Donald Trump

First, they told us that Donald Trump's whole campaign was conjured up by disgraced ex-President Bill Clinton as a way to toss a smoke grenade into the middle of the Republican presidential primary and smooth the path to the White House for his wife, Hillary. Published January 10, 2016

Dr. Michael Neeki, center at podium, an emergency room doctor who doubles as a member of the local SWAT team, with Dr. Dev GnanaDev, second from right,  chief of surgery at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, comments on the victims of  the San Bernardino shootings at a news conference in San San Bernardino, Calif., on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Armed Iranian doctor rushes to shooting victims -- as American as it gets

On Dec. 2, as Islamic terrorists in combat gear strode into a San Bernardino Christmas party and began methodically executing Americans for their religious beliefs, the commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces started ruminating on all the political angles and consequences. Published December 8, 2015

"America is strengthened by people of every faith and every background," President Obama said Tuesday. (Associated Press)

With Americans shaken by terrorism, Obama defaults to snide lecturing

Here in this week of reflection and gratitude, it is high time you smug and intolerant Americans take a long look at yourselves. Why, dirty Americans, do you hate people from exotic, war-torn places? Why do you despise other cultures? Why do you so hate freedom of religion? Or, as President Obama wonders, why are you all so Islamophobic? Published November 24, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson surprised everyone by coming from nowhere to rising high enough in the polls to go toe to toe with Donald Trump. He also has become the top target of verbal attacks. (Associated Press)

Quiet, unassuming candidate Carson suddenly seen as a threat

After what the media has done to Ben Carson in recent weeks, thank goodness he is getting Secret Service protection. After all, the primary focus of the Secret Service is to thwart assassination attempts on high public figures. Published November 10, 2015