The Conversation

Dan Morain

The showman and the politician

Having seized the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, Donald Trump gestured, strutted, smirked and yelled at the nation for 75 minutes, and we pundits panned the performance, as we so often have.

California Forum

America needs an upgrade

Politicians regularly talk about the need to rebuild America and produce millions of jobs in the process. Year in, year out, though, the drill is the same. People balk at paying to improve the country.

Ben Boychuk

Can Donald Trump really save America?

Let’s assume Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president. Perish the thought? Most pundits and political prognosticators have tended to focus on the worst-case scenarios surrounding a Trump nomination. I certainly have.

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