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FROMA HARROP: Trump and the real billionaires

Donald Trump has long sold himself to a credulous public as a business genius worth many billions. So it was something of an inconvenience when New York Times reporter Timothy O’Brien put Trump’s holdings at barely a quarter of the way to one billion. Trump sued O’Brien for libel (and lost).

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Froma Harrop: Trump's faith just another con job

In recent presidential years, Catholics and white evangelical Christians joined in favoring the Republican candidate. A key reason was a... Read more

Froma Harrop: Trump's a phony on immigration

Donald Trump’s recent rant against all things Mexican followed hard upon his promise of a gentler approach toward most of the estimated 11... Read more

Froma Harrop: Cities, suburbs, clicks and bricks

Wal-Mart is seeing the future, and the future isn’t more shoppers driving through stop-and-go traffic to big boxes at the edge of town. It’s... Read more

Froma Harrop: Is the Left really wary of Clinton?

The hard left can be an unforgiving crowd, not always mindful of the give-and-take required to get things done. Donald Trump’s fascist-lite... Read more

Froma Harrrop: Obamacare under President Hillary Clinton

We may be getting ahead of ourselves assuming that Hillary Clinton will be next president, but let’s proceed on that (comforting) notion.... Read more

Froma Harrop: The road to Donald wasn't built in a day

The implosion is so big it’s drowning out the “he said this monstrous thing” or “that easily caught lie.” Donald Trump has moved from the... Read more

Froma Harrop: In manufacturing, Americans are back in action

Reports of NASA’s Juno spacecraft entering the orbit around Jupiter lit a sparkler in this American heart — on the Fourth of July, no less.... Read more

Froma Harrop: Is losing the election Trump's plan all along"

What’s Donald Trump really up to? Is he using the election of 2016 to enrich himself, with no intention of assuming the burdens of the... Read more

Froma Harrop: Sanders should stop scheming

Thomas Cromwell advises doomed Queen Anne Boleyn in “Wolf Hall” to “Drop your plans and schemes ... Put down the burden of them.”... Read more

Froma Harrop: Bernie Sanders and 'Racism Lite'

In a statement on the Nevada rampage by some of his supporters, Bernie Sanders said a remarkable thing. He said, “Our campaign has held... Read more

Froma Harrop: Our utterly sick Rx business

Sometimes the road to hell is paved with bad intentions. A company adopts a business m odel so twisted that justice must come clanking down... Read more

Froma Harrop: There's a liberal silent majority

A few days before Bernie Sanders lost badly in the New York primary, 27,000 souls filled Washington Square Park, many wildly cheering him on... Read more

Froma Harrop: Stick to the high road, Bernie

Bernie Sanders started his campaign stumping for his ideals without savaging the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. That was an... Read more

Froma Harrop: Dress codes and female dignity

How many among us recognize the name of Yolande Betbeze Fox, the Alabama beauty who died recently at the age of 87? Fox blazed quite a trail... Read more

Froma Harrop: Some sage advice for Hillary Clinton

I come not to rebuke Hillary Clinton, who remains by far the most capable presidential candidate. I come bearing advice for her campaign. Hillary... Read more

Froma Harrop: Why cheap oil isn't bad for the environment

It stood to reason that collapsing prices for oil would make clean energy relatively more expensive. That would dampen the public’s craving to... Read more

Froma Harrop: Democrats had a big stake in immigration, too

As respectable Republicans panic over Donald Trump’s storm of insults against Hispanics, Democrats may be tempted to sit back and watch the other... Read more

Froma Harrop: What happens when private money pays for science?

As a select few accumulate massive fortunes, two schools of thought vie on how to funnel some of that money toward the public good. One school... Read more

Froma Harrop: Real ID law lets us know who's on our airplanes

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to think that the feds have screened the other passengers sitting on my airplane. To do that, they also have... Read more

Froma Harrop: Climate Change needs a Winston Churchill

‘This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Those... Read more

Froma Harrop: Conservatives pitching hunters under the bus

The Durfee Hills contain some of the finest elk hunting grounds in Montana. Some 2,700 acres of this majestic country is open to sportsmen,... Read more

Froma Harrop: Democrats could pick off some Trump supporters

They support activist government. They’re not socially conservative. They resent big money in politics. And if you administered a truth serum,... Read more

Froma Harrop: Shopping doesn't have to be a drag

First there was “Black Friday.” Then there was “Cyber Monday.” The holiday shopping markers plod through the calendar like a procession of... Read more

Froma Harrop: A tale of two terrors - Paris and New York

Like most people, I’m thinking of the terrorist trauma in Paris, though with a somewhat different perspective. I was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001... Read more

Froma Harrop: Must Boomers take all the rap?

In the course of human events, many things need fixing. One of them is the cost of Medicare, climbing rapidly as baby boomers enroll in large... Read more

Froma Harrop: We're facing a robot tsunami

Robots make the perfect employee. They don’t complain, they don’t get sick, and, as of this writing, they don’t have babies. When robots can do... Read more

Froma Harrop: What happened to Jeb? Too much money

Jeb Bush has dropped into single digits in the polls — and that’s just among Republicans in his home state of Florida. What happened to the man... Read more

Froma Harrop: Democrats becoming the party of 'normal'

Who “won” the Democratic debate? The Democratic Party won. All the presidential candidates, from the most flamboyant to the most contained, talked... Read more

Froma Harrop: Political ware - all the time

There is a time for war and a time for peace, according to the book of Ecclesiastes and The Byrds. In the contest to replace John Boehner as... Read more

Froma Harrop: Obamacare after Obama

The morning of the recent Republican debate, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of uninsured Americans in 2014 had dropped by about 9... Read more

Froma Harrop: Bernie's problems with Blacks - and others

So Barack Obama is “a Rockefeller Republican in blackface.” He’s “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs” and “a black puppet of corporate... Read more

Froma Harrop: Parents, not gadgets, should teach kids how to eat

It had to be a joke, a parody, I thought while reading of a new electronic gadget claiming to entice children to eat vegetables by rewarding them... Read more

Froma Harrop: Heroism, American style

Every country has its heroes, but something in America’s cultural sauce makes for a unique and unusually effective variety. The ingredient would... Read more

Froma Harrop: Sticking up for Coke, sort of

Champions of righteous eating have been saying terrible things of late about Coke. They’re now focusing their wrath on a corporate campaign to... Read more

Froma Harrop: Voter supression hides in gray areas

The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion was that African-Americans... Read more

Froma Harrop: Fighting climate change for real

Time to drop this “war on coal” talk. Time to ignore the hollering by coal country politicians over President Obama’s beefed-up plan to combat... Read more

Froma Harrop: A troubled young terrorist next door

The details about Mohammad Abdulazeez, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga grad accused of murdering four Marines and a sailor, dripped out... Read more

Froma Harrop: Jeb loses sight of the serfs

In the feudal system, The Oxford English Dictionary says, a vassal is “one holding lands from a superior on conditions of homage and allegiance... Read more

Froma Harrop: Obama's lonely road

Americans were perilously close to losing their right to health care when the Supreme Court offered a reprieve. Few were more grateful than the... Read more

Froma Harrop: Too many people still go to the ER

On a recent Saturday morning, I drove a good friend from her health club to an emergency room at a nearby hospital. Her symptoms — not remembering... Read more

Froma Harrop: Why we still need libraries

Younger Americans can hardly imagine a time when you had to visit a library to research the population of Phoenix in 1980. Google now does that in... Read more

Froma Harrop: Federal lands don't belong to the states

The federal government owns large chunks of the West. It owns 65 percent of Utah, 69 percent of Alaska and 83 percent of Nevada. Some Westerners... Read more

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