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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers questions during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. A super PAC supporting Donald Trump is hiring a former operative from the Trump campaign.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Donald Trump again proves he is master of the media

Politically speaking, nobody ever went broke beating up the media. Add this truism to the long, long list of techniques and tactics that Donald Trump instinctively understands at a deep guttural level that nobody in media or politics seems to grasp. Even now, a year into Mr. Trump's Presidential Spectacular. Published May 31, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers training center, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Commerce, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hillary fights to overcome a sordid history

Clutching her pearls, Hillary Clinton is stricken. Horrified! Disgusted that Donald Trump would dare to remind voters about all the depraved debauchery she and her lecherous husband inflicted on the innocent American citizen for all of those years. Published May 24, 2016

Former President Bill Clint speaks in Portland, Ore., Thursday, May 5, 2016, while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Shenanigans of Clinton's husband will be major liability in fall campaign

The general election isn't even officially underway yet, and already the leading front-runners of both major parties are in lockstep agreement on one major point: Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree that disgraced former President Bill Clinton will play a huge role in the upcoming campaign. Published May 19, 2016

President Obama speaks during Rutgers University's 250th anniversary commencement ceremony in Piscataway, N.J., on May 15, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Trump is the wind that Obama's JV presidency hath sown

A rare point of universal agreement in all this trenchant political acrimony: No matter what you think of Donald Trump, the political environment in which the flashy real estate mogul has so brilliantly thrived was created entirely by President Obama. Published May 16, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, May 9, 2016. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration sued the federal government Monday in a fight for a state law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Pee free or die! Obama and Lynch rely on distorted lens of racism

The economy is gasping, the world shudders in violence, invaders heave across our southern border, and despair is etched on the faces of the American people. So, in the final year of his reign, what does our great Prophet of Hope and Change give us? Published May 10, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is interviewed by host Bill O'Reilly during "The O'Reilly Factor" television program, on the Fox News Channel in New York, Monday, April 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Ted Cruz fails to heed own advice, get out of race he can't win

What strange bedfellows and broken pretzels politics do make! Mere weeks ago, Sen. Ted Cruz pressured Gov. John Kasich to get out of the race for the Republican nomination because he had no mathematical chance of winning. Published April 19, 2016

Wendell Pierce portrays Clarence Thomas in "Confirmation." (HBO via Associated Press)

HBO dredges up a high-tech lynching to help Democrats fight 'war on women'

Twenty-five years later, HBO this week debuts a movie called "Confirmation," a drama rehashing all the lurid -- yet entirely unsubstantiated -- smears used in the great effort to destroy the character of one of America's first black Supreme Court justices. All because he was conservative. Published April 14, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a town hall meeting at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, Wis., Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (Wm. Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

King of the GOP vs. King of Bureaucracy

In this brief cessation of hostilities between enemy forces on both sides of the political divide, it is a good time to take stock of where primary voters have taken the two parties. Published March 29, 2016

Sen. Marco Rubio speaks Monday during a campaign rally at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, March 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ** FILE **

Marco Rubio is the tea party heartthrob who turned establishment shill

Like the Titanic before it, the U.S.S. Jeb! set sail with such great puffery and fanfare that the passengers on board the gilded ship sipping from champagne flutes were filled with confidence and optimism about the wondrous journey to follow. Quite bullish they were! Published March 15, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Monday, March 7, 2016, in Madison, Miss. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

'Big tent' Trump forcing party to attack itself

In 2012, we watched as the GOP establishment forced a flawed and flimsy candidate onto Republican voters. It was like trying to stuff a cat into a trash can. Published March 8, 2016