• Ghosting for Donald, The Trump Tower Chats, No. 1

    The setting: Donald Trump's Office, Trump Tower. Monday, June 6, 2016. 4 PM EST. Donald Trump is seated behind his desk. A single camera feeds the shot to all networks that want to carry it. They all want to carry it. “Good afternoon. I, of course, am Donald Trump, and…

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  • How Obama’s Lawlessness Fuels Trump’s

    by Brian Fahy & Garrett Fahy As the Obama presidency draws to a close, it's clear the president will more conspicuously ignore our constitutional system and instead rely exclusively on raw executive authority to radically change the country and cement his legacy as the radical-in-chief. That this approach further erodes…

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  • How Trump can quiet conservative angst

    With 23 weeks until Election Day, Donald Trump — the unlikeliest, most unconventional nominee of a major party in modern times — faces two challenges. The first is to rally the 30 percent of the GOP faithful who remain at least reluctant to rally to his banner; the second is…

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  • Will you find a new voice?

    The following is a condensed version of the commencement address I delivered on May 14 at Ashland University. It is a high honor to be invited to your big day. My belief is that almost everyone who has walked across a stage and received a degree, whether high school, college…

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  • Three paths forward for the GOP

    In early 2015 I scheduled our annual listener cruise for the first two weeks of May 2016. I assumed the GOP nomination process would be over by then. When the pre-primary debate season seemed to point to an open convention, I told myself I would only be away for the…

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  • Brokering a convention, part VI

    Cleveland's Terminal Tower was still beaming off the display of red, white and blue Rock & Roll Convention of an elephant-opposite-a-guitar logo as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan seated themselves in the studios of Lake Effect Media on the 40th floor of Cleveland's…

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  • Brokering a convention, part V

    When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz found Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the latter was finishing a bowl of Skyline Chili 5-Way delivered to his suite at Quicken Loans Arena by an Ohio delegate who had wanted the Buckeye State governor to stay loose and relaxed. “Ted, Ted, come in. See what…

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  • Brokering a convention, part IV

    Donald Trump had shrewdly set up headquarters for his team in the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland's Tower City, smack in the heart of downtown. Reciprocity among casino owners was as advertised — legendary until it turned lethal — and Trump's excellent relationships throughout the gaming industry had opened all the…

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  • Brokering a convention, Part III

    As Sen. Cruz headed into the hallway outside Dan Gilbert's owner's suite of Quicken Loans Arena in search of his wife Heidi and campaign manager, Jeff Roe, en route to a meeting with Donald Trump, Spencer Zwick, chairman of America Rising, a super PAC sitting on $200 million, disconnected the…

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  • Brokering a convention, Part II

    Part I of this serialization can be found here. Wednesday night, July 20, 2016. Cleveland Ohio. Dan Gilbert's Owner's Suite 1, Quicken Loans Arena As the door closed behind Ohio's governor, Sen. Ted Cruz kept his silence and could hear the Buckeye asking his Ohio State Troopers in their distinctive…

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