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Paul Thomas: Can Teflon-coated Clinton survive slur tsunami?
COMMENT: According to the person who may well be the next leader of the free world, the only things that would survive nuclear war are cockroaches and Helen Clark.
Paul Thomas: Cultism isn't just confined to Trump supporters
COMMENT: 20th century totalitarian ideologies of left and right were quasi-religious movements that replaced an absentee God with flesh and blood messiahs.
Paul Thomas: Republicans' cunning plan predictably a failure
COMMENT: We're venturing into the unknown. There have been demagogues in American politics before, but none became a major party's presidential candidate.
Paul Thomas: Leaving politics a cure for militancy on drugs
COMMENT: Why do some political leaders change their tune on drugs once they're no longer actively involved in politics?
Paul Thomas: Obama lone adult in schoolyard of US politics
COMMENT: As never before, the international community wishes it had a say in the American presidential election.
Paul Thomas: Genetic attraction - a love that dare not speak its name
COMMENT: Given the sordid, coercive and traumatising nature of most incest, it seems a little reckless to push a "my DNA made me do it" line, even in unusual cases, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Nuclear war is just one hotheaded leader away
COMMENT: The US President holds mankind's fate in his or her hands, which is why we all have a stake in this election, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Is patriotism flagging? It's just not that simple
History, they say, is written by the victors. And few victors have relished the opportunity as much as Sir Paul Beresford, MP.
Paul Thomas: Terror fails as long as we stay grounded
COMMENT: West will never thwart each and every attack, but the power to undermine propaganda is in our hands.
Paul Thomas: Moguls manipulate media to increase profits
COMMENT: The rich and powerful are manipulating the media and the public in order to increase their wealth and power. Does that matter?
Paul Thomas: Trump-hating Republicans still put party first
Moral dilemmas often pit narrow self-interest against the greater good, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Old flag or new - choice is not a matter of taste
It seems most Kiwis fit into at least one of the following categories on the question of whether to stick with the current flag or replace it, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Trump not just an outsider but a renegade outlaw
COMMENT: The barbarian is no longer at the gate. He's inside the castle and heading for the throne room, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: We're living longer, but do we really want to?
Here's an interesting statistic: since 1840, life expectancy at birth has risen three months each year, come war, epidemics or advances in medical science.
Paul Thomas: American election ain't over till the fat lady sings
The meaning of the New Hampshire primary is that Americans are in open revolt against the system, fear of the future and rage against economic inequality.
Paul Thomas: NZ - where people are 'nice' and sport less debased
This week the Herald reported that the exodus to Australia, for so long part of our social and political furniture, is officially over, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: England's Kiwi pick a poke in eye for decency
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Just as England summoned Winston Churchill from the political wilderness in 1939, English rugby in its darkest hour has turned to its black sheep.
Paul Thomas: Tolerance has new hero in terror-addled Britain
Oxford Uni's new vice-chancellor pinned her colours to the mast with a robust defence of the traditional British values of tolerance and free speech.
Paul Thomas: SBW makes innocent stand on behalf of innocent
COMMENT: Unicef comes across as both controlling and ungrateful in their response to All Black's tweet showing dead children, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Trump rhetoric sideshow to Islam's Isis problem
Statistics show Americans have a far greater chance of being shot dead in shootings perpetrated by their fellow Christian Americans than in terrorist attacks by Muslims, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Disregarding the truth works well for candidates
It's a given that plenty of politicians play fast and loose with the truth, especially on the campaign trail, writes Paul Thomas. Trump isn't hyping his policies or exaggerating his opponents' shortcomings, he's slandering an entire community.
Paul Thomas: Reasons to keep dated flag grow ever weaker
Both Key and Malcolm Turnbull have embraced causes not normally associated with conservatism.
Paul Thomas: Best weapon against servants of terror is hope
Muslim communities have to be more forthright in their commitment to Western values and less indulgent of those in their midst who preach and practice hatred, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Stand up and be proud NZ - we're doing great
It's a good week to be a New Zealander: we won the Rugby World Cup (again) and were ranked one of the most prosperous nations (again), writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: McCaw beat-up shows need for media scrutiny
Richie McCaw was at risk of missing the RWC final through being suspended for foul play. Paul writes how media could be the blame for this situation
Paul Thomas: Politics - dangerous place for amateurs
Unlike the parliamentary system which requires the Prime Minister to be an MP, the presidential system is open to practically all comers, Paul writes.
Paul Thomas: Putin's stragetic Syria win more a Russian bear trap
Russia's presence in Syria under the pretence taking the fight to Isis is a strategic triumph for Vladimir Putin and an embarrassment for Barack Obama, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Tackling the A to Z of rugby for recent converts
For the benefit of recent rugby converts, herewith a guide to the Rugby World Cup tournament thus far, writes Paul Thomas. A is for Australia.
Paul Thomas: Making a pig's ear of managing PM's sins
Imagine being David Cameron's public relations adviser, writes Paul Thomas. "How did this come about, according to the book? I mean, was it a dare? Did he trip?"
Paul Thomas: It takes a hardish heart to live in a lucky country
Paul Thomas asks, if there's a special pathos attached to death by drowning when in sight of a safe haven, what about the boatloads of Libyan refugees who didn't make it across the Mediterranean?
Paul Thomas: Corbyn's socialist quest likely to end in tears
If there's a positive to his stunning rise, it's that he's the absolute antithesis of the carefully groomed and packaged identikit candidate, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Ashley Madison hack leaves no stomach unchurned
When is hacking good, and when is it bad? The Ashley Madison leak offers a curly conundrum, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Focus on media personalities not healthy
When the Peters-Hosking stoush erupted, many must have asked themselves: whose side should I take or, for that matter, do I have a dog in this fight?
Paul Thomas: Trump speaks right language to right people
Why is Donald Trump holding a commanding poll lead over his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination? Paul Thomas has some possible answers.
Paul Thomas: Service providers the real evil in moving hell
Paul Thomas says: Having just been through a move, I can confirm it's no walk in the park. But nothing is worse than the soul-crushing ordeal of hooking up to broadband and Sky.
Paul Thomas: The greatest threat to America? Republicans
The fact that so many Republicans are comfortable with the thought of Donald Trump in the Oval Office shows how warped the party has become, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Drink up, light up, call the Pope... Cancer's coming
We've all had the disconcerting experience of being told, often by someone who read it in Reader's Digest, that something we take for granted can cause cancer.
Paul Thomas: Absolutely capital idea to be positively sporting
Wellingtonians have become understandably pessimistic, expecting the worst in order to limit their disappointment when the worst duly transpires, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Hypocrisy laid bare when cloak of virtue slips
Colin Craig seems to be in the long tradition of public figures who wrap themselves in a cloak of virtue but fail to live up to standards, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Collins' death shows us how vulnerable we all are
We think of death on the roads as something that happens to other people. But when that other person is someone we feel we know, it rams home the reality, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Satire a game of chicken with single-issue zealots
It's hard to know what else Hauraki could do to alert listeners to the fact that Like Mike is a piss-take, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Caught in crossfire of Isis battle that's not ours
The news that Islamic State (Isis) fighters have advanced to within 100km of Camp Taji where New Zealand's 143 military advisers are based wasn't the only bulletin from the war zone.
Paul Thomas: Game of Thrones obsessives need reality check
The fuss is another example of how the narrative threads of major TV shows have become ongoing news stories, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Conservative voters strangle voice of an angel
Most incoming governments take charge of divided countries, that's the nature of democracy. And the UK is really no more divided now, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Ponytail pull reminder of unspoken indignities
While the act in and of itself may be relatively innocuous, it symbolises something bigger, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Campbell's plight fires up conspiracy theorists
There is an ideological dimension to this, writes Paul Thomas. If Campbell was studiously apolitical or unapologetically conservative, would he be getting the same level of support from the same people?
Paul Thomas: Clarkson, X Factor - toothless penalty for TV bullies
They came, they saw, they were mean. And, apparently, they committed career suicide.
Paul Thomas: Key, like Top Gear's Clarkson, on borrowed time
Part of John Key's success is he is seen as a Clarksonian figure - someone who speaks our language, the voice of bluff, non-PC common sense, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Cricket shines brightly as rugby just gets duller
There is a glaring difference between the two sporting products on offer: the cricket is exciting; the rugby is anything but, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Netanyahu attack on Obama has silver lining
That Netanyahu could play politics over such a grave issue is depressing, but this cloud may have a silver lining, writes Paul Thomas. His behaviour has infuriated the Democrats.
Paul Thomas: Lucky country has pros - and quite a few cons
A mountain of anecdotal evidence and the build-up to tomorrow's World Cup grudge match at Eden Park all suggest that New Zealanders love Australia but can't stand Australians, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: Hysterical 'intellectuals' fail the Hitchens test
Sections of the left-wing intelligentsia appear to believe the Eleanor Catton brouhaha says something disturbing about New Zealand.
Paul Thomas: Shedding light on 'The Luminaries' stoush
Eleanor Catton's Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries shows she knows a thing or two about astrology, but I doubt she foresaw the stoush triggered by her remarks.
Paul Thomas: No 'buts' over freedom of expression attacks
Writer Salman Rushdie, who knows a thing or two about attacks on freedom of expression, calls them the But Brigade: those who deplored the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Paul Thomas: Hackers pit right to know against right to privacy
My person of 2014 is the anonymous hacker who drew our attention to the accelerating conflict between the right to privacy and the public interest.
Paul Thomas: Stumped by insensitivity over school massacre
How many Pakistani children have to be slaughtered to stop a cricket match? We don't know, but it's more than 132, writes Paul Thomas.
Paul Thomas: How poor dress sense became global shirtstorm
Clothes may no longer make the man, but it seems they can still break him.
Paul Thomas: Mild alcoholism? It may be good for the boomers
A recent cartoon shows a couple arriving at a dinner party. One of them hands the host a small box with the explanation, "We didn't bring a bottle; we got you these tablets for mild alcoholism instead".
Paul Thomas: 'Moment of Truth' just sinking in now
Dotcom’s distractions couldn’t derail democratic process, and the resulting backfire left perpetrators puzzled and the victim victorious
Paul Thomas: Beware stereotypes (except the one about rugby)
This week, the Huffington Post website reproduced a piece from its Spanish offshoot listing the most common misconceptions about Spain and the Spaniards.