For both parties, the 2016 presidential primary has proven unusual in more ways than one. There have been more candidates than ever before, more outsiders leading the pack, more focus on personalities than issues and, for the first time, a contest on both sides over who’s the real deal. 

Wall Street executives are nervous — not just about the Chinese economy but here at home, and the battle for 2016 looks stacked against them.

Until he took over as emergency manager of Detroit’s school system in January 2015, Darnell Earley was emergency manager of the city of Flint — and the man responsible for poisoning Flint’s water supply. Governor Rick Snyder appointed him to both jobs.

Many seasoned political commentators agree: Take a good look at today’s Republican Party. The way things are going, before too long, it won’t exist anymore. 

You know what they say: ‘Be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.’ That’s certainly turned out to be true in the Republican primary for president.

When Donald Trump announced he was running for president last June, the Huffington Post, unlike most of the media, didn’t exactly go gaga over him. In fact, as a sign they weren’t taking him seriously, HuffPo decided to post all Trump news on their Entertainment page.

November 19, less than a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris, my wife Carol and I were scheduled to leave for a Thanksgiving vacation in Madrid. ‘No, no, don’t go,’ advised friends and family. Europe isn’t safe. It’s too dangerous.

Political junkies felt like they were in heaven. This month afforded a rare opportunity to see all 15 viable candidates for president strut their stuff in two encounters: the GOP debate from Milwaukee on Nov. 10; and the Democratic line-up from Des Moines on Nov. 14. They were not only good …

We live in a great country; most of the time we can be proud to be Americans. However, nobody is perfect. No nation is perfect. There are also times we can be ashamed to be Americans. And this is one of them.

As of Nov. 11, Donald Trump had either led or tied for first place in Republican 2016 polls for 114 days. But his performance in this week’s debate proved what a disaster a Trump presidency would prove for the Republican Party — and for the Republic.

Ever since the last Republican debate, on October 28, that’s all we’ve heard from GOP candidates: nonstop weeping and gnashing of teeth about the tough questions they faced in all three debates, but especially by moderators from CNBC. Such hostile questions prove, they claim, that debate mod…

Once again, the media got it wrong. That big blimp circling out of control over Pennsylvania farmland this week? It wasn’t an Army experiment from Aberdeen Proving Ground, after all. It was the Jeb Bush campaign, leaking air as it made one final, desperate pass over a key battleground state …

You think there’s a lot of excitement upon the election of a new pope? That’s nothing compared to the months of absolute media frenzy surrounding every word of Vice President Joe Biden. Was he going to run for president in 2016?

Even many Republicans walked away from the second 2016 debate on September 16 with the same question: ‘Is this really the best the Republican Party has to offer?’

There’s nothing like being proven wrong by the Pope. While waiting for His Holiness to arrive at the White House Wednesday morning, a fellow reporter asked whether I thought the Pope would say anything newsworthy. Nope, I assured him. He’d speak in Spanish and just utter a few niceties about…

Whatever it was, it wasn’t a debate. CNN didn’t want a debate. They wanted a mud fight. And that’s exactly what they got.

The freedom of religion enshrined in the First Amendment is one of the most cherished rights we enjoy as Americans. Sadly, it’s also one of the most abused and misrepresented planks of the Constitution — as it’s being abused today in the case of Kim Davis.

After another big dump of Hillary Clinton emails received and written when she was secretary of state — this time, 4,368 emails, filling almost 7,000 pages — we finally know all we need to know about what conservative commentators are calling the ‘fatal Hillary Clinton email scandal:’ It’s n…

Whatever else people say about it, the summer of 2015 will be remembered as ‘The Summer of Donald Trump.’

There’s a very important new movement out there with a very important message. It’s called ‘Black Lives Matter.’ It started a little over a year ago in Ferguson, Missouri, with the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer. It’s grown since with the deaths of …

Have you heard? Planned Parenthood is making a fortune selling baby parts! At least, that’s what Republican politicians are charging. But don’t believe a word of it. It’s a phony charge based on phony videos made by phony employees of a phony company working for a phony organization.

For several years, the best show on MSNBC was ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann.’ And the best part of ‘Countdown’ was the nightly segment called ‘The Worst Person in the World,’ where Olbermann smacked down that day’s most disgusting excuse for a human being.

It’s a family experience I’ll never forget. Heading for a Grand Canyon vacation back in the ‘80s, Carol and I first stopped in Las Vegas to see a Bill Cosby show with our young sons. It was a memorable evening. Then one of the most admired men in America, Cosby was at the top of his game: sh…

It’s never too late to go back to school. So when I realized I didn’t know enough about the Iranian nuclear deal reached this week in Vienna between Iran and the United States, Germany,  France,  England, Russia and China, I signed up for a master class.

As former chair of the California Democratic Party, I’m the last one the Republican Party would turn to for advice. But here it is anyway. For the good of the party, and the country, Republicans should throw Donald Trump overboard before he does any more damage.

For tradition, ritual, dignity and decorum, there’s nothing like the United States Supreme Court. And, believe me, it wasn’t easy. I could walk into the Oval Office with less difficulty.

Who says things can’t change in politics? We just learned, again, that they can — and fast! Ten days ago, you couldn’t find a politician in the South who had anything bad to say about the Confederate battle flag. Today, they’re tripping all over themselves to get rid of it.

Yes, there is a God. I admit, I was starting to have my doubts. Until this week, when real estate mogul and ultimate self-promoter Donald Trump announced that this time around — unlike in 1988, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 — he’s not just teasing. This time he’s running for president for real.

It takes a big ego to run for president. How else could you keep a straight face while telling everybody: ‘I’m the best person in the entire country to be the next president of the United States?’

Given the partisan gridlock in Washington these days, it’s unusual to see members of Congress agree on anything, even a motion to adjourn. But this week Republicans and Democrats not only came together on a piece of legislation, they passed a historic bill to limit the domestic spying powers…

If you want to see the face of the new Cuba, talk to Niuris Higuiera, co-owner and chef of Havana’s Paladar Atelier (paladar’s the name Cubans use for privately-owned restaurants).

Sitting across the table in my radio studio, California Congressman John Garamendi grabbed his head in disbelief when I asked him about the Trans-Pacific Partnership: ‘What’s the president doing?’ It’s the same reaction I’ve received from many Democratic members of Congress over the last few weeks.

Pastor Mike Huckabee knows his Scripture. So no doubt he’s familiar with Jeremiah 13:23: ‘Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?’ Huckabee should think of that as he tries to sell himself as a conservative after governing as a moderate, if not a liberal.

Her enemies finally found it. Forget Benghazi, emails, Vince Foster, or Whitewater. This is the scandal that will bring Hillary down. And you have to admit, it does sound pretty sleazy when you first hear about ... ‘Clinton Cash!’

From the beginning of recorded history, religious zealots have performed all kinds of atrocities — from genocide to pure bigotry — in the name of God. And the shocking fact is, they’re still at it. Today, Islamic extremists in the Middle East behead captives in the name of Mohammed. Today, C…

It’s a dangerous time to be on television. Big-time TV stars are keeling over, left and right. First, NBC’s Brian Williams, caught in a lie. And now Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. With one big difference: Nobody suspected Williams was a liar; everybody knew O’Reilly was.

A couple of years ago, Dan Cathy of Chick-fil-A got in trouble for condemning same-sex marriage, which triggered a boycott of his fast-food chain. In 2013, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey called Obamacare a form of ‘fascism,’ driving liberals from his high-end grocery stores.