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March 5th, 2016

Super Tuesday showdown and the drama to come

    The 2016 presidential campaign picture should come into more revealing focus as voters in a dozen states, predominantly in the South, state their preferences. Again, the party frontrunners, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, are heavily favored in most of the primaries.

    The most significant event is the Republican primary in Texas, where Sen. Ted Cruz is counting on fellow Texans to keep alive his dwindling chances to deny Trump the GOP nomination. Even if he wins his home state, Cruz already is being overshadowed by Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio, who tries to cut down Trump by calling him a "con artist" and other brutal derisions.

    On the Democratic side, Clinton can count on heavy African-American support in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia to widen her lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, Sanders looks to Massachusetts, his own Vermont and possibly Colorado for some face-saving backing.

    But potentially more significant than the Super Tuesday results may be a belated arousing within what remains of the GOP's moderate establishment to derail the Trump steamroller.

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It's risky to bash Trump on talk radio

    Ross Kaminsky has been running the morning rush hour show on TalkRadio 630 KHOW in Denver for all of two months, but he's already in hot water with many of his 50,000 listeners: They like Donald Trump, and Kaminsky doesn't.

    I drove to Kaminsky's house on 40 acres of forested mountainside in Nederland, a town in Boulder County where Kaminsky is one of very few conservatives, because I'm hooked on U.S. talk radio. Driving around primary states on a reporting assignment is a lonely business. So Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and their local colleagues are my in-car companions, their wit and eloquence making long drives more tolerable. I don't get to argue, so in just six weeks they've taught me how to think like a U.S. conservative, though I disagree with myself when I do.

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Hillary Clinton’s Moment

    You can look at Hillary Clinton’s path to this juncture and marvel at how difficult she has often made things for herself, creating messes where there didn’t need to be any, frittering away advantages, misunderstanding the mood of voters, underestimating the mettle of opponents, and failing to cement an image — and a message — that seemed authentic and right.

    That’s a legitimate perspective. She’s a deeply flawed politician.

    But she’s also a preternaturally determined, resourceful and patient one. Her path illustrates that just as compellingly. For about a quarter of a century, she has been vilified as loudly as she has been lionized, told that her talents pale beside her husband’s, called “likable enough” but seldom lovable, and cast in supporting roles: the first lady, the secretary of state.

    She teetered but never fell. Grew teary but never folded.

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Goodbye Safe And Legal

    It had been my intention to continue recognition of March as Women' History Month by resurrecting the stories of some of the forgotten women of history; however, all the attention on this week's hearing at the Supreme Court on Texas' abortion clinics cannot be ignored. That too is the history of women in this nation.

    Lest you have forgotten, three years ago Texas legislator Wendy Davis did a thirteen hour filerbuster in opposition to Texas HB2 designed to eliminate women's access to abortions in the state. It is that legislation with numerous burdensome requirements of no medical legitimacy whatsoever - passed despite Ms. Davis heroic efforts - that is now before the Supreme Court.

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All right, then, Mitch; the people will have their say

    Like blowing out that last birthday candle, Mitch McConnell is going to get his wish.

    For the remainder of 2016, no one will occupy the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia. No concession will be made to a lame-duck president. That nominee won't get a sniff of a hearing room.

    Such joyous Republican news comes with an advisory, however:

    Enjoy the cake, the balloons and the party hats, Mr. Senate Majority Leader, because in your revelry and obstinacy you increase the odds that when a new year dawns we'll address you as Mr. Senate Minority Leader.

    Meanwhile, on another significant political front, your latest gambit (Sen. Harry Reid terms it "obstruction on steroids") is going to help more Americans understand why they need an experienced consensus-seeker rather than a hotel-suite bomb-thrower for president.

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Why Catholics should be grateful for 'Spotlight' and the media's exposing abuses within the church

    A new film serves as a painful reminder of one of the darkest periods in Catholic Church history, where more than 200 priests and religious were accused of abusing minors and were reassigned in a cover-up.

    "Spotlight," which won Best Picture at the Oscar's Sunday night, chronicles the Boston Globe's groundbreaking coverage of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Archdiocese of Boston that would go on to win the paper a Pulitzer Prize in 2003.

    Reflecting on the 10-year anniversary of the Globe's revelations, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley said that "the media helped make our Church safer for children by raising up the issue of clergy sexual abuse and forcing us to deal with it." (Editor's note: The Globe's editor at the time was Martin Baron, now executive editor of The Washington Post.)

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Trump's promises don't hold up to fact-checking

    A powerful force driving Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the presidential race is the frustration of grass-roots voters that politicians in Washington haven't kept their promises.

    Democrats, though still high on President Barack Obama, are upset about an economic recovery that benefited Wall Street more than Main Street, top executives more than workers.

    The anger is more palpable among Republican voters, who ushered in big congressional majorities for the party, expecting to end Obamacare, reduce the size of government, cut taxes and bolster national security. None of it happened.

    With that track record of broken promises and with Trump emerging as the likely Republican presidential nominee, it's good to look at his prominent promises and the critiques:

 

    -- National Security

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The technology at the heart of the Apple-FBI debate, explained

    What if the FBI could force Samsung to covertly turn on the video camera in your smart TV? Or force Google to deliver a malicious security update to your web browser which actually spied on you and transmitted your passwords and other sensitive information back to the FBI? Sound like something from a dystopian sci-fi movie? If Apple loses its high-profile legal fight with the U.S. government, these scenarios could become a reality. This will also threaten the security of all Internet users.

    Until relatively recently, consumers were often nagged to look for and download software updates. This is something that many of us didn't do, promptly, or often, at all. As a result, many people ran out-of-date, insecure software, leaving them unnecessarily vulnerable to cyber attacks and computer viruses.

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The Republicans' boulevard of broken dreams

    Admittedly, the Republican Party has difficulty arriving at a consensus these days. But conservatives are getting pretty close to one on the matter of who bears responsibility for the party's riotous Donald Trump fiasco. They have met the enemy, and, sure enough, it's them.

    "The Republican Party created Donald Trump," said former RedState blogger Erick Erickson, "because they made a lot of promises to their base and never kept them."

    Veteran activist L. Brent Bozell III was all over that argument back in April 2015. "Republicans promised conservatives the moon in 2014 and have given us the shaft throughout 2015," Bozell wrote.

    Ratcheting up the culpability, the conservative Washington Times wrote that Republican leaders not only "made promises they couldn't keep," but that they "had no intention of trying to keep."

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Texas abortion case tests Kennedy's commitment

    With a new Supreme Court balance somewhere on the horizon, the end is coming for Justice Anthony Kennedy's dominance of the court. The abortion case Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt may be his swan song, and his last chance to leave a long-term impact on abortion rights.

    That's hugely significant for the case that'll be argued Wednesday. The fate of Texas's restrictive abortion laws turns on the interpretation of the 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. And Casey was the case in which Kennedy first formulated the vision of autonomy and dignity that led him to become a pioneer of constitutional rights for gay people. Casey is the heart of Kennedy's legacy -- and he'll want to preserve it.

    It may be hard to remember the politics of a decision from almost 25 years ago. It was the first opportunity for the five justices appointed by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush to revisit Roe v. Wade. Reagan had benefited from opposition to the landmark abortion-rights decision, and was on the record as opposing abortion on demand. It seemed conceivable at the time that the court would flatly reverse Roe.

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