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The tangled web

Subscriber onlyPeople tell me they are wholly confused by the race for chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, which will be decided imminently on March 1. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: With their hair afire

Subscriber onlyI liked the comment so much I quoted it in this space twice. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Not ready to hatch yet

Subscriber onlyIt is not nearly time to set the general election matchup. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Domo arigato, Marco Roboto

Subscriber onlyRubio-otic: A self-humiliating speaking style marked by the droning repetition of an overly rehearsed line, no matter the context, as if mechanically programmed or even the result of mechanical malfunction. Continue reading...

Humility and ego

Subscriber onlyWe're all creatures of good sides and bad sides. Most of us, anyway. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Dissecting Iowa

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: This is an updated version of a column first appearing online-only on Wednesday. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Dissecting Iowa

Subscriber onlyA social media pal crystallized caucus night in Iowa precisely, calling it better for Republicans than Democrats. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: A revelatory moment

Subscriber onlyThe access of regular people to presidential campaigners--as in the case of Joe the Plumber and President Barack Obama in 2008, and as in Iowa in recent days--can produce moments that are poignant, profound, revealing and defining. Continue reading...

On judicial accountability

Subscriber onlyAnd now, ladies and gentlemen, it is our distinct pleasure to announce the Quotation of the Week from an Arkansas newsmaker. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: To spite his face

Subscriber onlyAsa Hutchinson, working hard to be the governor who spends more money without raising more money--a fine Reagan-esque tradition--announced last week that he'd found the solution to the state's immediate highway-funding shortage. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Drama amid the corn

Subscriber onlyOnly a few probably dramatic hours remain before four survivors and maybe a fifth emerge from the Iowa caucuses. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: The case for merit selection

Subscriber onlyThree distinct and essential issues arise from this newspaper's admirably reported front-page series the last few days. Continue reading...

Fright night

Subscriber onlyThe second-best question I got all week was whether Sean Penn is a journalist. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Surrender to the farce

Subscriber onlyFrom the beginning it was but a cynical caricature, this so-called "Religious Right" or "Christian Conservative" movement. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Machismo as policy

Subscriber onlyYou ought to get a load of U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton’s response to the negotiated release of four Americans held in Iran. Continue reading...

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