Gail Collins

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Armstrong Debacle a Lesson for USPS. Or Not.

Gail Collins is actually having trouble finding a moral

(Newser) - There had better be some lesson America can learn from Lance Armstrong's fall—"or we'll have wasted one heck of a lot of time talking about this guy," writes Gail Collins in the New York Times . Minus his dope-fueled accomplishments, "there's not much point... More »

What Is Hillary Going to Do Next?

Gail Collins catches up with everybody's fave 2016 frontrunner

(Newser) - Gail Collins is suddenly and tragically out of a full-time job name-dropping Seamus Romney, so she's turning her attention to America's soon-to-be-out-of-work secretary of State, one Hillary Rodham Clinton. Writing in the New York Times , Collins joins the hordes of Hillary fans wondering if she'll spend her... More »

Wait, Isn't Mitt Romney Supposed to Be Boring?

Gail Collins thinks he's looking a little unhinged lately

(Newser) - Up until now, we'd all assumed that a President Romney would be a lot less rash than Candidate Romney. There was a deal: Anything goes in the campaign, "as long as he sent out signals that once he got in the White House he was not likely to... More »

Don't Be Duped By Privatization Proponents

Gail Collins reels off 'privatization disasters'

(Newser) - There's been a lot of talk about the benefits of privatization lately—particularly from Mitt Romney, who has appeared sympathetic to those who'd privatize Medicare, veterans' health care, and even public schools, via vouchers. "Birds do it. Bees do it. Even Harvard PhD’s do it,"... More »

2012 Pits 'Empty Spaces' Vs. 'Crowded Places'

But Mitt Romney seems more 'crowded places': Gail Collins

(Newser) - The hyper-partisanship that's gripping America comes down to one divide: "the war between the empty places and the crowded places," writes Gail Collins in the New York Times . City folk prefer a strong government because "it’s the thing that sets boundaries on public behavior."... More »

Worst Idea of the 2012 Election Is ...

Gail Collins: Americans Elect is deeply 'delusional'

(Newser) - If the worst new political trend isn't super PACs or Donald Trump robo-calls, what could it possibly be? "Since I still have some space here, let me throw in a plug for the terribleness of the idea of Americans Elect ," writes Gail Collins in the New York ... More »

Gun Lobby Needs Something Better to Do

Gail Collins thinks these guys are getting bored

(Newser) - You have to pity the National Rifle Association; it's running out of things to lobby for. “You can only legalize carrying a concealed weapon in church once,” observes Gail Collins of the New York Times . Many state legislatures have stretched gun-friendly laws to the limit, but the... More »

Why I Won't Shut Up About Mitt Romney's Poor Dog

Gail Collins thinks story is a nice 'diversion' from GOP contest

(Newser) - We've all heard the terrible story about how Mitt Romney once drove 12 hours to Canada with the family dog, Seamus, strapped to the roof of the car —and if you're a regular Gail Collins reader, you've heard the story many times. The New York Times... More »

What Mitt Romney's Not Saying About Social Security

Gail Collins on the real way to fix the system

(Newser) - Mitt Romney recently gave a speech on Social Security, and no one noticed—people were distracted by all the empty seats. But Gail Collins was listening. "Romney has several ideas for Social Security, all involving cuts in benefits," she reports in the New York Times . Chief among them:... More »

GOP Has No Good Choices

Gail Collins mocks the latest GOP debate

(Newser) - Last night's debate threw the GOP race into focus for Gail Collins, and it predictably begins with her favorite prop, Seamus Romney: "Take your pick, Republicans. On one hand, the guy who once drove to Canada with the family dog strapped to the roof of the car,... More »

The Church Has to Live With Birth Control

Gail Collins doesn't think new rules are impinging on religious freedom

(Newser) - The furor over President Obama's decision to force Catholic employers to provide health care that covers contraceptives brought a story to mind for Gail Collins. Her mother-in-law once told her that, when she'd confessed to a priest she was using birth control, he replied, "You're no... More »

Your Cheeky Guide to the SC Primary

First of all, know that the palmetto is a tree, not a bug: Gail Collins

(Newser) - Gail Collins—who had quite a bit of fun with the Iowa caucuses—today turns her attention to the upcoming primary in South Carolina, the Palmetto State. In her New York Times "primary primer," she answers such important questions as, "What is a palmetto?" (Answer: It is... More »

The Iowa Caucuses Are a Joke

Gail Collins: Do you really care what 100K people think about the race?

(Newser) - The Iowa caucuses are mere days away, so "perhaps this would be a good time to point out that the Iowa caucuses are really ridiculous," writes Gail Collins in the New York Times . They’re restricted, after all, to those willing to go to a neighborhood meeting at... More »

The Sad Saga of Ginger White

Gail Collins can't figure out why Herman Cain's mistress came forward

(Newser) - Gail Collins can't figure something out: Why the heck did Ginger White come forward to reveal her extramarital affair with Herman Cain? At this point, Collins fully believes White's story, simply "because nobody would want to make up something so bleak," she writes in the New ... More »

Rick Perry: GOP's New White Knight

Conservatives love him, coyotes fear him: Gail Collins

(Newser) - Fresh off her epic spat with Donald Trump, Gail Collins today turns her pen on "the latest Republican Party crush," Rick Perry. The Texas governor is, "in his own words," writes Collins in the New York Times , “'the kind of guy who goes jogging... More »

Why Mitch Daniels Is Either Smart or a Fink, or Both

Indiana governor generating buzz with potential candidacy

(Newser) - Two different views today on Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as a potential presidential candidate:
  • Dana Milbank, Washington Post : He praises Daniels as a "shrewd tactician" who is wisely "portraying himself to moderates as a non-threatening choice" and as the "grown-up in the room" who avoids fringe issues.
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Trump Vs. NYT Scribe: It's on!

Gail Collins hits back at the Donald

(Newser) - Last week it was apparent that there's no love lost between Donald Trump and New York Times columnist Gail Collins , but this week it's all-out war. Seems the Donald responded to Collins' column, which tweaked him as a loopy birther, with a letter to the editor tweaking her in turn... More »

Newt Gets No Credit for Monogamy: He's Old!

Gail Collins: Funny he's seen the light now that he's pushing 70

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich lobbed a softball this week—telling a conservative group that his extra-marital dalliances were prompted by his hard work and love of country —and Gail Collins takes a swing at it today in the New York Times . "Really, the concept explains quite a bit," she... More »

Wisconsin Budget Fight Spawns Culture War

Can we keep things sane in Wisconsin? ask Brooks and Collins

(Newser) - The Wisconsin budget crunch was once an issue worth debating—but Scott Walker has made it about much more than money, writes Gail Collins in a New York Times conversation with David Brooks. Now, “it’s about crushing enemies. Unions. Government programs. Abortion.” Brooks is more sympathetic to... More »

America's Gun 'Craziness' Is Reaching Absurd Limits

Gail Collins: Utah is about to honor an official state firearm

(Newser) - Gail Collins thinks there's "a new streak of craziness abroad in the land" regarding guns, and she contrasts two proposed pieces of legislation as proof. The first, introduced by Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, would put into place "modest" checks such as "making it more difficult to sell... More »

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