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Peter Funt

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Funt: Give Trump credit when due

Stuck in a hotel room watching CNN the other day, I happened to catch live coverage of Donald Trump’s short speech about the “First Step Act,” concerning criminal justice reforms.

Funt: Onward to 2020

If you thought the midterms were bad - marked by Trump’s frequent falsehoods, cockamamie claims and rampant racism - you ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s 2020 time.

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Funt: How many newsletters do you receive?

I read the news today, oh boy. And by “read” I mean skimmed. And by “news” I mean aggregates.

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Funt: Arizona mirrors the mid-term divide

The race to pick a new U.S. Senator from Arizona underscores the tenor, tactics and tightness of the 2018 midterm elections.

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Funt: Corporate names go from dollars to donuts

It seems that in the age of abbreviated communication, where “r u ok?” passes for a sentence, and KFC is a place that used to be called Kentucky Fried Chicken, the name Dunkin’ Donuts is simply too big a mouthful.

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Funt: President Trump continues to be good business for TV

Les Moonves, the CBS chief toppled by a sexual harassment scandal, will probably be best remembered for what he said in 2016 about Donald Trump’s candidacy: “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.”

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Funt: My dad deserved an Emmy

In the history of television, during which thousands of network entertainment programs have come and gone, only one show has produced new episodes in each of the last eight decades: “Candid Camera.” What a remarkable feat.

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Funt: Jimmy Carter’s uncommon decency

The antithesis of Donald Trump and his administration can be studied, at least for those willing to drive 150 miles south from Atlanta, among magnolias, towering pines and seemingly endless fields of cotton, peanuts — and dreams.

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Funt: Pre-mourning boosts life before death

Social media and digital tools have changed the way we live and, to some extent, the way we die. Increasingly, loved ones and notables are honored through what could be called pre-mourning.

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Funt: Baseball’s no-comfort zone

In a recent discussion with a Major League pitching coach about scouting opposing hitters, I thought I was being flippant when I asked: “Do you also chart umpires?” His answer surprised me. “Yes.”

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Funt: Jamestown is now a very funny place

As thousands of tourists crowded into the center of town in search of hearty laughs, I walked over to Lake View Cemetery for a look at Lucy’s grave.

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Funt: News by the numbers

“Ninety percent of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving.”

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Funt: Trump’s 27 loaded questions

Question 1: “Do you believe that the media purposely tries to divide Republicans in order to help elect Democrats?”

Funt: Vacation checklist

If you’re getting ready for summer vacation, here’s a handy checklist of things you won’t need. A map. Remember those? I’m referring to the kind you got for free at the gas station.

Funt: The Maryland muddle

When rational thinking fails or is simply ignored, conflation often takes over. It is, by definition, the merging of two or more different sets of information or opinion into one.

Funt: The photo with borderline truth

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The little girl at the border with tears in her eyes. We saw her on front pages, on TV newscasts and on the cover of Time magazine.

Funt: Many unhappy returns

Domino’s offers to “insure” your purchase in the event your car is crushed by a tree and you slip on an icy sidewalk causing the pizza you are holding to land in a snow bank.

Funt: Getting there is now 1/10th of 1 percent of the fun

I’ve just returned from my summer vacation, which I now take in mid-May so I can use the remaining time until Labor Day to recover.

Funt: Baseball bobbles its giveaways

The 1966 baseball season was particularly memorable in St. Louis, and not just because the Cardinals moved to a new $25 million stadium, hosted the All-Star Game, and every few days sent flame-thrower Bob Gibson to the mound where he won 21 games and struck out 225 batters.

Funt: Trump’s artful dodging

Sometimes it takes a year or more for a president’s strengths to come into focus.

Funt: Plenty to clean up after dinner

What a shame that the people who will profit most from the tempest that was the White House Correspondents’ Dinner are the two who deserve it least: Michelle Wolf and Donald Trump.

Funt: Giving up coins is penny foolish

Now that the nation has a $1.3 trillion budget, lawmakers can resume debate about whether to pinch pennies.

Funt column: Media struggle when Trump actually makes news

The Trump Administration’s efforts to make policy and govern while also dealing with its own internal West Wing drama has news media careening, almost daily, down two separate tracks.

Funt column: Merit-based compassion

President Trump’s vulgar language and racist views regarding immigration obfuscate serious debate over a key policy about which many reasonable people disagree.

Funt column: The struggle in rural America is real

There are 14,321 Dollar General stores in America. It’s chain that many shoppers have never heard of, yet it has more stores than Starbucks.

Funt column: Comey leaves us spinning

In this Golden Age of Spin, it’s difficult to assess what actually happened Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Funt column: Fees, fines and fairness

Which best describes your view of America? Everyone pays an equal share? Or, everyone pays his fair share?

Funt column: CNN’s a beacon in dark times

The Cable News Network has never quite lived up to its slogan as “The most trusted name in news” - due largely to the public’s dismal view of journalism in general coupled with CNN’s own unforced errors. Yet, among today’s news options, CNN has become invaluable.

Funt column: Hey, Google’s my new bud

I’m drinking morning coffee and exchanging pleasantries with the omnipotent Google Home device that arrived as a gift and was given a place near our kitchen table.

Funt column: Precap of news certain to occur in 2017

Thanks to Donald Trump and the Chicago Cubs my outlandish predictions for 2016 were eclipsed by, of all things, reality.

Funt column: Words to avoid in 2017

Before year’s end, let’s have one sort of Kumbaya moment as we turn the page on words and expressions that have sort of worn out their welcomes in 2016.

Funt column: Trump tries on sheep’s clothing

An essential element of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was that he didn’t always say what he meant, and even when he did, he had no inhibition about changing his position.

Funt column: What did voters really see?

So, the most frequent refrain since Election Day is that “no one saw this coming.” Not the pollsters, not the media, not the Democrats’ machine.

Funt column: 10 things that should end with this election

Just a few more weeks and we’ll be free of the epic discomfiture that has been the 2016 presidential campaign.

Funt column: Clinton/Trump debates will underwhelm

What we learned from the “Commander-in-Chief” exercise the other night is: (a) neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is fastidious about facts, (b) Matt Lauer is a nice guy but not up to presidential politics, and (c) voters expecting better in the “real” debate Sept. 26 should not hold their breaths.

Funt column: Baseball’s New Gimmicks Won’t Win Over Younger Viewers

The new baseball season has its usual quotient of obnoxious on-field innovations, such as the time clock that will now govern visits by managers and coaches to the pitcher’s mound.

Funt column: Remembering my mom's successes

I set out to write an obituary about my mother, who died Nov. 15, and was taken aback by how much she never accomplished in her 94 years.

Funt column: Don't price people out of national parks

At least once in a lifetime every American should lay eyes on the Grand Canyon, whose brilliant colors and dazzling erosional landscape inspire a kind of planetary patriotism.

Funt column: Everything's going to be OK ... really

Back before there were pollsters to tell people how they felt about everything and everyone, the mood of the electorate could be judged by a loaf of bread. When the price was low, things were okay.