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Dick Polman

Dick Polman is the national political columnist at NewsWorks/WHYY in Philadelphia ( and a “Writer in Residence” at the University of Pennsylvania. Email him at

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The word in Colorado is that John Hickenlooper is being pressured to quit his futile presidential quest and run for the Senate in 2020. Good.

By Dick Polman August 14, 2019
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Deep into last week’s Democratic debate, exasperated Republican strategist John Weaver tweeted: “When the topic is criminal justice, how are they not talking about the criminal in the White House? Huh?”

By Dick Polman August 4, 2019
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White racism was at the root of Donald Trump’s 2016 candidacy, and so it will be again in 2020.

By Dick Polman July 16, 2019

Is it possible to pluck one newsworthy moment from Wednesday night’s cacophonous 10-contestant Democratic quiz show?

By Dick Polman June 28, 2019

politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears on the ground.”

By Dick Polman June 12, 2019
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The quintessential Ugly American arrived in England on Monday, where it didn’t take long for him to hurl insults at London’s mayor. But presumably his mood will be lightened by the absence of any American vessels bearing the name John McCain.

By Dick Polman June 3, 2019
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Justin Amash, a rare Republican congressman who refuses to genuflect at Donald Trump’s feet, has been taking heat lately for daring to speak his mind. But bless his heart, he couldn’t care less.

By Dick Polman May 24, 2019
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It shouldn’t shock anyone if Donald Trump wins a second term in 2020.

By Dick Polman May 13, 2019
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If you happen to watch “Veep,” the HBO show that satirizes politics, you’re surely familiar with Jonah, the notorious foot-in-mouth presidential candidate.

By Dick Polman May 5, 2019
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Donald Trump is celebrating his fake “complete exoneration” by pledging anew to throw 20 million people off their Obamacare coverage. Is this guy politically stupid, or what?

By Dick Polman April 7, 2019

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