Amy Klobuchar’s snowy debut was fun; now comes the hard part

(CNN)The launch of Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign at Boom Island Park on the Mississippi River, in the middle of a friendly little blizzard, was a perfect political event. Thousands of people showed up, some on skis or hauling their kids on sleds, to see Minnesota’s senior senator enter the race. Dogs played in the snow. There were campfires burning in the shelters and plenty of hot cocoa to go around. As I drank hot cider and listened to DJ Dudley D spin tunes, I found myself doing a little shuffle dance to stay warm. A drumline from north Minneapolis kicked the formal proceedings off, elite Minnesota politicians revved up the crowd, and the snow fell harder as the DJ …

America mocks and dehumanizes natives at every turn

(CNN)Let’s be absolutely clear about something here: Whatever else may have been said about it or our country’s reactions to it, the racist disrespect of Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder, by Nick Sandmann and his MAGA-hat clad classmates of Covington Catholic High School at the Lincoln Memorial is nothing new. In fact, it’s quite the common thing. In this increasingly depraved society, that kind of behavior is often encouraged or excused as just good ol’ American fun. Indeed, the very form of anti-native ridicule and disrespect of personhood and culture caught on multiple videos that day predates Donald J. Trump and his base by centuries. Understand that here in the United States, racism against and disrespect of natives is …

What Miracle Max would say about the shutdown

(CNN)Jerry Seinfeld famously joked that Americans are so subservient to our dogs, aliens looking at us through telescopes wouldn’t know which is the higher life form. “If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume was in charge?” Just pretend you’re looking at us from the outside. Our government, one of the greatest systems ever crafted by men, designed to navigate a civilization through war and famine and civil unrest, is partially shut down, like a cartoonish scene from a Rob Reiner movie. Sign up for our new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook What an embarrassment, and there’s plenty to go around. Both sides …