In this June 20, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump gives the pen he used to sign the executive order to end family separations at the border to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, (left), as Vice President Mike Pence, (right), watches in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Nielsen has one hard-earned presidential signing pen, receiving hers after Trump used it to sign the executive order. By the time Trump reversed his policy Wednesday, Nielsen had been both yelled at and praised by Trump and pilloried for repeating his falsehoods.  (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo)
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Trump's worst blunder (so far) is a master class in serial lying

Trump's worst blunder (so far) is a master class in serial lying

As a kid, Dick Polman got hooked on journalism when a teacher defined it as “finding things out and telling people.” Plus, he made up his own newspaper and forced his younger brother to read it. After that, it was steady sailing: college newspaper editor (George Washington University), general assignment/cop/politics reporter (the New London Day), alternative newspaper editor (the Hartford Advocate), metro columnist (the Hartford Courant), feature writer/ Sunday magazine writer/ political reporter/ political columnist (the Philadelphia Inquirer). Dick has covered or chronicled every presidential campaign since 1988, and has blogged on politics five days a week since 2006. His WHYY “National Interest” blog debuted in 2011. A Center City Philadelphia resident, he’s also on the full-time faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, as “writer in residence.” He has been a frequent guest on C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC, the BBC and various NPR shows — most notably Philadelphia’s “Radio Times” on WHYY-FM.

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