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Comment: On 'Deaths of despair'

Suicide is an all-too-common experience in America, as symbolized this week by the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and a troubling new CDC study.
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Comment: Think before you tweet

A scandal over anonymous twitter accounts linked to the 76ers President of basketball operations only reinforces the modern-day adage, Think before you tweet.
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Comment: Trump's own double standard

The President calls 'double standard' about the consequences of the Roseanne and Samantha Bee controversies. But he's neglecting one about his own behavior.
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Comment: Our national pothole

Where's the $1T the President pledged for infrastructure? After Smerconish got another flat tire from a pothole, he found a possible solution in Wanksy.
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Comment: Kelly's 'Embarrassment'

In John Kelly's recent interview, he described the Russian Probe as an 'embarrassment' to the President. Is it hurting the U.S. on the global stage?
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Comment: Running out of time?

Smerconish argues the President has to decide about testifying to Mueller or risk extending the impeachment discussion past the midterms.
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Comment: Rudy's firestorm

President Trump's latest new lawyer Rudy Giuliani muddled the WH narrative on the Stormy Daniels hush money. Could it imperil the Presidency?
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Three enthralling women

Tributes to Barbara Bush and two other women making news and history : Southwest pilot hero Tammie Jo Shults and Senator Tammy Duckworth and her baby.
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Comment: 'Roseanne' and the divide

'Roseanne' is the biggest TV show in America and the only one to feature a Trump supporter. What does its success say about our political divide?
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Comment: We are what we like

The Cambridge Analytica scandal laid bare that by simply 'liking' things on Facebook. we provide the same psychological data as a full personality quiz.
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Comment: FBI's data fail

The FBI failure to follow up on a tip about the Florida school shooter shows a dangerous failure of coordination in data sharing in law enforcement.
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Comment: #Wheresthememo

By blocking the release of the Democratic response to the Nunes Memo, Trump is confusing the public instead of allowing nonpartisan transparency.
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Comment: Trading places

Both parties have been reversing positions on many major issues - yet voters don't seem to care.
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Comment: A radical picture of Obama?

A 2005 photo recently surfaced of then-Senator Obama with minister Louis Farrakhan that might have - wrongly - labeled him a radical and derailed him.
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My Super Bowl ambivalence

While excited that his Eagles are in the Super Bowl, Smerconish feels conflicted about enjoying it as we learn more about the consequences of the brutal game.
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Comment: I couldn't have pitched this

Smerconish wrote an outlandish satire about US politics several years ago and Hollywood decided it was too far-fetched to be believed. Then came Trump.
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Comment: I blame them all

Smerconish says the government shutdown is because of the political dysfunction across party lines - which has turned America into a 'shithole nation'.
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Comment: Base behavior

The President he knew what he was doing when he said 'shithole countries' - pleasing his base. But it's not just unacceptable -- it's factually incorrect.
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Comment: Indefensible

Smerconish says Trump knew his comment would be reported, and was intentionally pleasing his base.
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Comment: On the mental fitness issue

On the morning the President tweeted he was 'very stable genius,' Smerconish explains why he's troubled by those who ignore the Goldwater Rule and analyze Trump.
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Comment: This cannot be the new normal

The President's remarks at the FBI graduation - and the audience's reaction - reveal a troubling partisanship about intel and law enforcement communities.
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Comment: Thrush to judgement?

Is the NYTimes suspension of reporter Glenn Thrush for "bad judgment" regarding young women an over-reaction due to the groundswell against male misbehavior?
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Comment: the right to be left alone

Amidst the daily allegations of sexual harassment, we're in the middle of a civil rights revolution - the right of a woman to be left alone.
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Comment: If Trump believes Putin...

If President Trump believes Vladimir Putin's claim Russia didn't meddle in the 2016 election, here's a partial list of who Trump is choosing not to believe.
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Comment: Moore partisan bickering

After accusation of sexual assault, Senatorial candidate Roy Moore was convicted by the left and defended by the right. But how can we decide the truth?
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Comment: Listen to facts, not noise

The Russian probe has shifted from partisan bickering to legal case, and the outcome will be determined by critical thinking and the rules of evidence.
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Comment: My debate v. Penn students

This week Smerconish was invited to the University of Pennsylvania to debate whether media "loudmouths" are to blame for growing political polarization.
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Comment: the Facebook meddle

Facebook's Russian-paid ads and fake profiles that promoted Trump's campaign bely the President's ongoing claim that the Russian meddle is a hoax..
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Comment: News not lost in the storm

Under the cover of hurricane Harvey, the White House dispensed a lot of troublesome news. But Smerconish says the timing won't lessen the impact.
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Comment: Trump is not the problem

Smerconish says that despite the efforts to repeal and replace the President, Trump leaving office would not heal the divide in America that he championed.