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A rare history lesson

They don’t teach history, at least American history, like they did when I attended public school. That’s why the recent hearings on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to become an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court served as a teachable moment. Repeatedly, Kavanaugh referenced ...

Dem norms now weapons, not guidelines

“It was very disappointing to see President Obama break with the tradition of former presidents and become so political,” Vice President Mike Pence told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. He was complaining about Obama’s broadside against President Trump. Pence has a point. ...

A portrayal of a place of contrasts

A dispatch from Akko, Israel Who ever said life had to be consistent? We live in a world so striking in diversity, that it is sometimes mind boggling to consider the different rules by which people live. On the Hebrew calendar, August is the month of Elul. Elul is a special month ...

Trump creating affordable insurance options

All over our country, many Americans continue to struggle to pay for health insurance coverage. Premiums for Americans who buy their own insurance, rather than receiving it from an employer, have doubled since the implementation of Obamacare. Those increases have hurt Pennsylvania ...

Dems talk of Trump breaking norms; Obama is

WASHINGTON — When barrack Obama took office as president in 2009, George W. Bush wished him well and left the political stage, determined to never publicly criticize his successor. It is a vow he kept for the entire eight years of Obama’s presidency. Even when Obama attacked him ...

Kaepernick paid to push false narrative

The NFL’s Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who started the phenomenon of NFL players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, has signed a deal. But not to play football. No NFL team has offered him a contract since he parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers. His new deal is ...

Obama goes on attack, but arguments fall flat against the Trump successes

He’s back! President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump. Obama broke with a tradition apparently only modern Republican ex-presidents follow, which is not to speak ill of your successor. Obama, who reportedly has been running his “Organizing ...

The blue-collar recovery

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country. The president is famous for his extravagant promises, involving, invariably, the biggest and the best. The landscape is littered with examples, although he never promised to create blue-collar jobs at the fastest clip ...

Obama goes on attack, but arguments fall flat against the Trump successes

He’s back! President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump. Obama broke with a tradition apparently only modern Republican ex-presidents follow, which is not to speak ill of your successor. Obama, who reportedly has been running his “Organizing ...

The blue-collar recovery

The economic recovery is really beginning to reach into Trump country. The president is famous for his extravagant promises, involving, invariably, the biggest and the best. The landscape is littered with examples, although he never promised to create blue-collar jobs at the fastest clip ...

Theater of the absurd has taken over Senate

Supreme Court confirmation hearings have mostly been theater for a long time. The dismaying thing about the latest episode — the Brett Kavanaugh show — is that it became the theater of the absurd. In the classic absurdist dramas of the 1950s and 1960s, Brittanica.com explains, European ...

The Post-9/11 Cycle of Cynicism

Remember. Forget. Repeat. For 17 years, America has engaged in a collective ritual every Sept. 11: Hang flags, light candles, bow heads and make vows to “Never forget.” Then, every Sept. 12, it’s back to business as usual: See something, do nothing. Did you remember that five of the ...

Not every problem needs federal solution

Fifty-five percent of voters believe Facebook has too much power. Forty-seven percent believe the same about Twitter. For those in the political world, such numbers represent a call for government action. But voters disagree. Just 21 percent want the federal government to regulate social ...

Donald Trump and the Rule of Law

Recently, The New York Times published a scathing critique of Donald Trump — the man and the president. The Times said the critique was written by a senior Trump administration official who insisted on remaining unnamed. This bitter and harsh editorial, which portrays the president as ...

Ken Starr still getting hardballs

Twenty years after recommending to Congress that then-President Clinton be impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, Kenneth Starr has written a book about it. Surely, with the passage of time and many other books exploring the Lewinsky affair and the other Clinton scandals, Starr ...

A new standard for stupid

It’s not easy to set a new standard for stupid in 2018, but a few left-wingers on Twitter managed it during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. They claimed to have seen one of Judge Kavanaugh’s former law clerks, Zina Bash, making a white-power symbol while sitting behind him at ...

Not taking oneself too seriously

Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain’s gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted that when ...

To New York Times op-ed writer: If you can’t serve honorably, don’t serve

WASHINGTON — The “deep state” exists after all. But it turns out that deep state is not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy intelligence officials, or even Obama administration holdovers; rather it is made up of President Trump’s own senior appointees. In a New York Times ...

Reducing global energy turmoil with fracking

When President Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, analysts warned that Iran’s crude oil production and exports could decline, forcing crude oil prices up. Call it “turm-oil” in the energy markets. For example, Time magazine quotes PIMCO Executive Vice President Greg Sharenow: ...

The 2018 Gubernatorial: A non-event

Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf is running against Republican challenger Scott Wagner for Pennsylvania governor. With the traditional post-Labor Day start of the campaign, we feel we should say something interesting about it. The problem is there isn’t much interesting to say so ...