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Frank Bruni: Mayor Pete flew sky high - and did the grown-up thing

To Pete Buttigieg’s many other virtues, add these: He’s not delusional, and he can see beyond himself. He looked at what happened in South Carolina on Saturday. He looked at what was likely to...

DATE: March 2, 2020 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni: Thinking of building a wall? Jared is on the case!

Jared Kushner just got a promotion. Another one. And it’s perfect. The pallid princeling is now responsible for speeding construction of the border wall. Josh Dawsey and Nick Miroff of The...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni: Why does Donald Trump hate my dog?

Reaching for verbs to describe Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s final moments, President Donald Trump grabbed hold of “crying,” “screaming” and “whimpering.” Reaching for nouns, he said that al-Baghdadi died...

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

Frank Bruni: The agonizing imperfection of Mayor Pete Buttigieg

If I dreamed up an ideal Democratic opponent for President Donald Trump in 2020, I’d locate that candidate in the industrial Midwest. That’s where Hillary Clinton lost the last election, and it’s...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2019 | COLUMN: Frank Bruni

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

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