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 | UPDATED: 3 days 10 hours ago | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Black, female, Republican – and gone, gone, gone

From proud Republican harbinger to sad Republican castaway – that’s the story of Rep. Mia Love, who finally conceded her extraordinarily close House race Monday. It’s the story of her party,...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Can we get Al Gore to run for the Dems in 2020?

Time and Donald Trump do interesting things to a man. They make Al Gore glitter. It’s almost impossible not to be thinking of Gore now, with the words “Florida” and “recount” so prominent in the...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

This amputee showed us how to win

When he was 4 years old, his mother found him in the kitchen with a knife. He was summoning the nerve to slice off his own fingers. This wasn’t because he was crazy but because he was all too sane...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Bruni: The most contrarian college in America

SANTA FE – Have I got a college for you. For your first two years, your regimen includes ancient Greek. And I do mean Greek, the language, not Greece, the civilization, though you’ll also hang with...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

The moist mystery of Scott Pruitt’s resignation

Gauche and greedy and dirty to the core, Scott Pruitt had no business being in what we still euphemistically call public service, and he was an embarrassment even in the context of the Trump...

DATE: July 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Bruni: The sick cosmic joke of Trump’s power

A death in the family. A punch to the gut. The announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement felt to me and many people I know like both of those, but even more so like something else: a...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Bruni: Artistotle’s wrongful death as college majors shift

History is on the ebb. Philosophy is on the ropes. And comparative literature? Please. It’s an intellectual heirloom: cherished by those who can afford such baubles but disposable in the eyes of...

DATE: May 29, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Bruni: Renounce Pelosi, ignore Trump ... and win?

WAXHAW, N.C. — Does Conor Lamb strike twice? Dan McCready certainly hopes so. Like Lamb, who won a special House election in Pennsylvania two months ago, McCready is a Democratic congressional...

DATE: May 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Bruni: The Bush twins want to set the record straight

Editor’s note: This column first published in The New York Times on Oct. 19, 2017. The other morning, after too little sleep and with too much to do, Jenna Bush Hager found herself dragging, and...

DATE: April 24, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Bruni: Cynthia Nixon and the age of inexperience

You wouldn’t want to be operated on by a physician with only a few surgeries under his or her belt, and the assurance that this doctor brought a fresh perspective to anesthesia and incisions...

DATE: March 29, 2018 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

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