Gene Lyons

02/18/2017 - 8:00am

    If the late, great Donald Westlake had written spy thrillers instead of crime capers, they'd read a lot like the opening weeks of the Trump administration. My favorite Westlake novel is "Bank Shot," in which a gang conspires to steal a temporary bank building by towing it off with a truck, only to confront the reality -- oops! -- that...

12/08/2016 - 2:00pm

    Amid the climate of disbelief and fear among Democrats following Donald Trump's election, a fascinating debate has broken out about what's called "identity politics" on the left, "political correctness" by the right.

    And...

12/01/2016 - 5:00pm

    "The Emperor (of Lilliput) holds a stick in his hands, both ends parallel to the horizon, while the candidates, advancing one by one, sometimes leap over the stick, sometimes creep under it backwards and forwards several times ... whoever performs his part with most agility, and holds out...

11/24/2016 - 10:00am

    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard."

    -- H.L. Mencken

    My most recent one-to-one conversation with Hillary Clinton...

11/10/2016 - 2:00pm

    As the national political melodrama drew near its end, a sometime email correspondent in Texas worried about my safety. An uxorious older gentleman with a love of horses and a weakness for conspiracy theories, he was always puzzled and often angered by my apostasy.

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11/05/2016 - 8:00am

    Sorry, but I've seen this movie before and I know how it ends. There will never be a criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton for two basic reasons: First, she's a cautious, intelligent politician who doesn't take reckless chances. How many failed "investigations" before Republicans...

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