Robert C. Koehler

Donald Trump is a reckless fool. But the U.S. defense establishment is M.A.D.

And herein lies one of the darker problems with the Trump candidacy, and the reason why so many establishment conservatives are awkwardly distancing themselves from America’s leading narcissist — if not running screaming into the night in fear for their lives (and everyone else’s).

Trump as commander in chief? Trump with his finger on the button?

Michael Winship

First things first, Donald Trump: Release. Your. Tax. Returns.

No excuses.

Second, if we have to have a cartoon character running for president, I would prefer Bart Simpson. He has better writers and a healthier sense of self-awareness.

Like Donald Trump, Bart clings to a life’s philosophy best summed up as, “Whatever it is, I didn’t do it, unless it’s something good, in which case I did do it, even if I didn’t do it.”


Simone Manuel has become the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual Olympic swimming event.

But for a Californian paper that wasn’t historic enough. 

Mercury News, which brings the latest Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area news, caused a backlash for their headline “Michael Phelps shares historic night with African-American”: 

The tweet was later deleted, but not before started comparing the blunder to a Donald Trump’s boutade:

Others attempted to explain it by blaming the recent wave of layoff in the paper’s copy desk:  Read more…

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The Macmillan Open Dictionary recognises Scottish slang word for scrotum, which has been used to describe both terrible weather and Donald Trump in Aberdeen

Perhaps it was #HurricaneBawbag that clinched it, or perhaps it was the welcome given to Donald Trump when he visited Scotland in June, but the Scottish word “bawbag” has finally been given the recognition it deserves after being added to Macmillan’s Open Dictionary.

Macmillan made the announcement on Wednesday, describing the slang word as “very informal”. Its dictionary definition is “a Scots word meaning scrotum, in Scots vernacular a term of endearment but in English could be taken as an insult”.

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Trump twice made a slip of the tongue at a Florida rally as he questioned the mental and physical condition of his Democratic rival

Donald Trump insinuated that Hillary Clinton lacks mental stamina at a rally where he twice couldn’t tell what day of the week it was.

“Now, Hillary Clinton, commonly referred to as ‘Crooked Hillary’,” he told a crowd in Kissimmee, Florida. “Hillary Clinton gave a speech today having to do with economic development, having to do with a lot of different things. Short speech, always very short. You know?

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