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Trump's Own "Nasty Smear"

Smerconish parses the Trump campaign's statement on birtherism as a prime example of the candidate's "circuitous logic and outright fabrication."
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The New Cuba

Smerconish recounts his recent trip to Cuba where he found more entrepreneurs than socialists, beauty, squalor - and cigars made in Nicaragua.
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Is Trump What I've Been Waiting For?

Smerconish admits that he agrees with some of the ideas in Trump's GOP Convention speech, but still can't get past the flaws of the man espousing them.
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New Silent Majority: Complacent Voters

Smerconish bucks the conventional wisdom that voters are angry and says the problem is complacency: many aren't voting and allowing extremists to dominate.
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Smerconish: Why I'm Re-joining the GOP

Michael Smerconish discusses his personal history with the GOP and becoming an independent, and why he's registering Republican to vote in the PA primary
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Talk radio's grip on the GOP

Why are Cruz and Trump succeeding in the GOP race? Michael Smerconish says it's due to the power wielded by extremist conservative talk radio hosts.
DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 01:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at his Iowa Caucus night gathering February 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.   Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has won the Iowa Republican Caucus.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Ted Cruz and Donald Trump: Signs of conservative media's grip on GOP

By Brian Rosenwald and Michael Smerconish
Now that the first presidential ballots of 2016 have finally been cast, many Americans are wondering how the Republican Party produced as frontrunners a scornful, extremely conservative senator, so unpopular among his colleagues that not a single one has endorsed his candidacy and a bombastic businessman who has never held elective office.

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The Unfinished Story 

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Fired for Being White?

Was a Pittsburgh TV anchor fired for a Facebook post discriminated against because she's white? Attorney Areva Martin & law professor Carol Swain debate.
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Zoey Tur on Transgender Rights

Transgender reporter Zoey Tur on the new government directive about public school bathroom access and its impact on Americans and the 2016 election.
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Beckel Vs. Beckel on Trump

CNN Contributor and Democrat Bob Beckel squares off with his conservative Hollywood actor brother Graham Beckel about the appeal of Trump's candidacy

What it's like to gender transition

Star news helicopter pilot Zoey Tur, formerly known as Bob Tur, talks about the process of transitioning genders and what it means to be transgender.
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Inside the mind of radical Islam

Michael Smerconish sits down with Anjem Choudary, a radical Muslim cleric in London, to discuss terrorism and the Paris terror attacks.
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9/11: The 28 missing pages

Former Sen. Bob Graham and Terry Strada, wife of a 9/11 victim, push for the release of 28 pages of still classified material regarding 9/11 financing.

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Headlines Redefined 

    DES MOINES, IA - FEBRUARY 01:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at his Iowa Caucus night gathering February 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.   Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has won the Iowa Republican Caucus.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Ted Cruz and Donald Trump: Signs of conservative media's grip on GOP

    By Brian Rosenwald and Michael Smerconish
    Now that the first presidential ballots of 2016 have finally been cast, many Americans are wondering how the Republican Party produced as frontrunners a scornful, extremely conservative senator, so unpopular among his colleagues that not a single one has endorsed his candidacy and a bombastic businessman who has never held elective office.
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    Gay GOP Delegate: "Why am I here?"

    With the GOP Platform veering hard-right, the one openly gay committee member, defense analyst Rachel Hoff, finds herself wondering, "Why am I here?"
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Is Trump the new Pat Buchanan?

Michael Smerconish asks Pat Buchanan about his ideas being carried forward by Donald Trump, and what Trump's chances are in the 2016 race.

How ISIS justifies its actions

Atlantic Magazine contributing editor Graeme Wood talks how ISIS justifies its actions to its supporters through carefully crafted theological arguments.

Standing out in a field of 19

Only three have announced presidential campaigns out of the 19 potential candidates. With the field so crowded, how can candidates stand out?
SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 16: Mitt Romney is greeted by fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on January 16, 2015 in San Diego, California. Romney is contemplating a possible 2016 presidential run.

Romney's 2016 campaign autopsy

After stepping onto the field, Mitt Romney is back in the dugout--he will not play ball in 2016. Kevin Madden talks the short-lived dip into the 2016 race.

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    Michael A. Smerconish is the host of the weekly Saturday TV program on CNN fittingly called "Smerconish." He is also the host of The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM Channel 124, newspaper columnist and author.