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Charles Hurt

Articles by Charles Hurt

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points into the crowd as he heads off stage after speaking at town hall meeting at the Atkinson Country Club in Atkinson, N.H., Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Anti-Trump glee leaves GOP with single-digit candidates

To hear the GOP establishment squeal with such glee, you would think there was a fire sale going on down at Brooks Brothers. Or maybe Congress just passed a law making country club dues tax-deductible. Or somebody invented a glow-in-the-dark golf ball. Published October 27, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a crowd during a campaign rally in Tyngsborough, Mass., Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

GOP leaders won't pledge loyalty to Trump

Just last month, Republican Party officials scurried into Trump Tower to extract a loyalty pledge from a certain unpredictable billionaire real estate mogul turned presidential candidate. Published October 20, 2015

The stage is seen before a presidential debate at the University of Denver Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, in Denver. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will hold their first debate Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

It's The Empty Lectern in a landslide

For the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States of America, I hereby officially and wholeheartedly announce my endorsement for -- The Empty Lectern! Published October 13, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Boson. Obama will sign an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to offer their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama's half answers bolster mullahs

You may not like ex-Vice President Dick Cheney and you may not miss former President George W. Bush but you have to give them credit. They did not do things halfway. Published September 8, 2015

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