A surprising path from Zimbabwe to Ivy League

You’ve read a lot over the past year about kids who end up in the Ivy League because of their parents’ wealth and wiles, kids with obscene advantages. I’d like to introduce you to another kind of...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

President Trump lets his followers off the hook

When a president orders up a special script, summons the national media and sends a message to all Americans that the “sinister ideologies” of “racism, bigotry and white supremacy” have no place...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

I finally got it: Joe Biden is George W. Bush

I finally recognized the model for Joe Biden’s unusual campaign, the former president whose pitch Biden’s most resembles: George W. Bush. I’m referring to Bush’s first presidential bid, in 2000,...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Oh, to be Ivanka and go on all these adventures!

Any random heiress can sunbathe in the Seychelles, ski in Aspen or ascend the Himalayas. Only Ivanka has keepsakes from the Demilitarized Zone. It must have been wild, finding herself next to an...

DATE: July 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Mysteries of Kamala Harris

There’s nothing terribly surprising about how Elizabeth Warren’s campaign is playing out. She’s scoring big points for her seriousness, reflected in a raft of detailed policy proposals. But many...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

The patriot’s guide to fraud

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Election meddling needn’t be a foreign power planting fictions on Facebook and courting the ragtag disciples of a real estate magnate. It can be local. It can be low-tech: going...

DATE: April 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

A restaurant for elders

A few years ago a well-connected friend of mine suggested that I join her for one of the first, invitation-only nights at what was sure to be the hottest new restaurant in Washington. When I told...

DATE: April 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Rigging college not new for wealthy

One of the funniest stories I ever heard about the college admissions madness came from an independent consultant who was paid handsomely to guide families through it and increase the odds that...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

The Vatican’s gay overlords

Marveling at the mysterious sanctum that his new book explores, French journalist Frédéric Martel writes that “even in San Francisco’s Castro” there aren’t “quite as many gays.” He’s talking about...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

The Super Bowl that a broken America deserves

I’m not really sure why they’re bothering with a Super Bowl this year. Sure, a bunch of people will make a boatload of money, tens of millions of us will reflexively tune in and we’ll find rare...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

It’s news vs. the president

“Pocahontas” won’t be lonely for long. As other Democrats join Elizabeth Warren in the contest for the party’s presidential nomination, President Donald Trump will assign them their own nicknames,...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

H.W. Bush and the maddening wars over his legacy

On Twitter over the weekend, the television writer Bryan Behar did something unconscionable. He praised George H.W. Bush. The former president had just died. In Behar’s view, it was a moment to...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

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