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

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

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