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.

October 14, 2018 President Trump widens the gender gap in US politics

October 7, 2018 On Trauma and Memory: a personal story of childbirth

September 30, 2018 New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shows the US there is another way to lead at the UNGA

September 23, 2018 The Kavanaugh confirmation, a #MeToo Minefield

September 16, 2018 Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Maria, and Hurricane Mannafort

September 9, 2018 Kaepernick, Nike, and Future-Proofing your business

September 2, 2018 John McCain’s passing reminds us of the not-so-lost art of friendship

August 26, 2018 Mollie Tibbetts’ death a shameful political football in immigration debate

August 19, 2018 Cuomo tells us America was never “that great”

August 12, 2018 A year after Charlottesville, Unite the Right marches on Washington

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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