Weekly Column

Expat Kiwi Danielle McLaughlin, a Manhattan lawyer and American TV political commentator, is the Sunday Star-Times' ...Danielle is the Sunday Star-Times USA correspondent, with a weekly column exploring a variety of issues in the realms of current events, law, politics, and foreign policy. The Star-Times is New Zealand’s largest Sunday newspaper.

August 5, 2018: Americans reaching across the partisan divide with the American Dialogue Project

July 29, 2018: Michael Cohen turns on Trump. The beginning of the end?

July 22, 2018:  Helskinki as “Hellsinki” – Putin meets Trump.

July 15, 2018: What a reliably conservative Supreme Court means for my daughter

July 8, 2018: Scott Pruitt and the administration’s tolerance for swampiness

July 1, 2018: Another conservative Supreme Court Justice is the stuff of nightmares for angry Democrats

June 24, 2018: Pragmatism, not politics, will solve issues at the border.

June 17, 2018: Separating families and inhumanity at the border

May 27, 2018: Democrats join teachers’ fight for pay, resources

May 20, 2018: New CIA Director, “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” and the price of a glass ceiling 

May 13, 2018: New York titans Trump & Schumer clash over Iran deal

April 29, 2018: A caravan of refugees and a border “crisis”?

April 22, 2018: Women rock in the month of Aphrodite!

April 8, 2018: Sex and the City and politics mash-up in NY Governor’s race

April 1, 2018: Census question a flashpoint in immigration debate

March 25, 2018: John Bolton & tariffs — a return to 1930′s isolationism.

March 11, 2018: Kids take the U.S. government to court over climate change.

March 4, 2018: White House departures a symptom, and cause, of chaos.

February 25, 2018: After Parkland, and reminiscent of the Greensboro four, lawmakers ignore teen activists at their peril.

February 18, 2018: Anger, calls for change, after yet another school shooting.

February 11, 2018: The Rob Porter scandal highlights our common foe – domestic violence.

February 4, 2018: Release of Nunes Memo, weaponizing intelligence for political gain, a grave mistake.

January 28, 2018: Donald Trump nearly appears in the Saturday Night Massacre, Part II.

January 21, 2018: The “Fake News Awards” cement the President’s attack on our institutions.

January 14, 2018: Lawyers will save us?! In the age of Trump, how lawyers, and institutions, will preserve and protect American values

January 7, 2018: Plastic straws and the new manifesto: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and….Refuse

December 31, 2017: Pitching forward into 2018: The wild ride under Trump will continue

December 24, 2017: Amidst our divisions, Christmas on common ground

December 17, 2017: GOP dodges a bullet after Roy Moore loses in Alabama

December 10, 2017: Pearl Harbor anniversary, a reminder of shared values and mutual faith

December 3, 2017: Justice for Kate? A verdict in the Steinle trial – the story of Donald Trump’s unwilling immigration poster child continues

November 26, 2017: Thanksgiving, rocket ships, and the uniquely American art of fantasy

November 12, 2017: Democrat victories are a repudiation of Trumpism, harbinger for 2018 mid-terms

November 5, 2017: In the wake of a terror attack in NYC, resolve reigns.

October 22, 2017: On Empathy, Leadership, and #MeToo

October 15, 2017: Trump’s America Moves From Reticence to Retreat

October 8, 2017: The Las Vegas Shooting, and Corporate Tyranny

October 1, 2017: Gun Deaths at the Hands of Toddlers, Bump Stocks, and the Power of the Gun Lobby

September 24,2017: On North Korea Saber Rattling and Lessons of War from Tolkien

September 17, 2017: Confirmation Bias in Media – The Bias that Binds us

September 3, 2017: ”A tale of Two Countries” awash with Harvey and Irma: Hope Amidst the Hurricane

August 27, 2017: Happy Marriages and the Politics of Contempt

August 13, 2017: “Donald the Dove?” On the President’s broken foreign policy promises

August 6, 2017: Questions on Kids & Family to Jacinda Ardern Reminiscent of Clinton Double Standard

July 23, 2017: McCain proof that Heroes Walk Among us

July 16, 2017: On “that” meeting, Donald Trump Jr. and the Death of Socrates

July 2, 2017: The America’s Cup & America’s Birthday

June 25, 2017: OJ Simpson, Philando Castile, On America’s Divisions

June 18, 2017: America’s Pastimes? Baseball and Mass Shootings

May 28, 2017: Healthcare Nightmare could end in Socialist Pipedream

May 14, 2017: On the James Comey Firing, How Trump Threw Comey Under the Bus

April 23, 2017: The Trump Whisperer, Fake News, and Accosta Accosted

April 2, 2017: All-Seeing ISPs set to Get Rich Off Customers’ Online Information

March 27, 2017: Opioid Addition – America’s Indiscriminate Killer

March 19, 2017: Campaign Rhetoric and the travel ban: Trump Sunk by his Big Mouth

March 12, 2017: Trumpcare puts Republicans in charge of Women’s Bodies

February 12, 2017: Celebrating a New Zealand hero, On Sumner, Spain, Sport, and Life.

January 22, 2017: The Women’s March and Inauguration Boycotts, American Endurance in the Age of Trump

January 8, 2017: As the GOP ruminates on destroying Obamacare, The High Price of No Healthcare

December 17, 2016: On spending the holidays in New York City, The Fairytale of New York

December 11, 2016: The Dakota Access Pipeline, Standing Rock, Environmental Justice, and Populism for all?

November 20, 2016: Looking toward a Trump Presidency, Trump’s America an Unclear Picture

October 30, 2016: Analysis of Trump’s “rigged election” claims, Is the U.S. Election Rigged?

October 23, 2016: On Obama’s use of his clemency power, Obama’s Quiet Last Acts: Addressing America’s drug War Mis-Steps

September 4, 2016: An homage to the changing seasons in New York City, End of Summer in the City

August 28, 2016: Evan Siegfried’s new book, GOP GPS is a road map for the Republican Party, One Millennial Republican’s Fight to Save his Grand Old Party

August 21, 2016: On New Zealand’s proposed changes to intelligence laws, What Price for Protection?

August 14, 2016: The Olympics, for a moment, reminds us we’re more united than divided

August 7, 2016: Dischord between Democrats On the TPP

July 31, 2016: At DNC, Hillary Clinton Makes History Her Story

July 24, 2016: After the RNC, Clinton looks to trump Trump with message of Experience, Stability

July 17, 2016: The legal and political ramifications of the non-prosecution of Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information, Hillary Wins Legal Battle but Trump Rallies in the Political War 

July 3, 2016: Exploring America’s private border prisons. Prison Purgatory for the Desperate

June 26, 2016: In the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Democrats in Congress stage a sit in. Fireworks over Gun Control

June 19, 2016: Stasis in the Senate on Gun Control. The Aftermath of Orlando

June 12, 2016: Hillary Clinton makes history, becoming the presumptive Democratic nominee for President. Hillary: The Poster Girl of the 2016 Election

June 5, 2016: On the ethical dilemma of Zoos in the aftermath of the death of Harambe the Gorilla. Zoos – the Elephant in the Room?

May 29, 2016: Behind the curtain at the Republican National Committee – An interview with a delegate in the year of Trump. Behind the Scenes at the RNC

May 22, 2016: Discussing the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server and the stakes for the U.S. in an election year. America’s Future Hinges on an Email Set Up

May 15, 2016: On the Panama Papers, and the curious New Zealand Connection. The US-NZ-Panama Papers Connection

May 8, 2016: The TriBeCa Film Festival’s exploration of the nuclear threat brings home the dangers of a Trump Presidency as he clinches the nomination. The Apprentice with the Fear Factor

April 30, 2016: The “Acela Primary” and its destabilizing impact on the Republican race for its presidential candidate.  Of High Speed Trains and Unpredictable Campaigns

April 17, 2016: The New York Primary race – Donald Trump wins big except in Manhattan, Cruz is a fish out of water, Clinton looks to secure a home-state win. Donald Trump Trips Up in a New York Minute

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