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A front porch campaign

Here’s an idea: Joe Biden should run a front porch campaign. Front porch campaigns were once a common feature of American presidential politics, though the term wasn’t always applied to the practice. The most famous front porch campaigns were in the 1880s and 1890s, culminating in William ...

Can we get redistricting right?

We know judges, don’t we? They eat logic for breakfast, fairness for lunch and snack all day on wisdom. When political dust attempts to deface their robes, they calmly take out the lint remover. In these overpoliticized times, they are the last shepherds of doing what’s right, not what ...

Enact Phillip’s Law to save lives

In a Pennsylvania where our children have the mental health resources they need, Phillip Spruill Jr. would be entering sixth grade this school year. In that Pennsylvania, Phillip’s laughter would mingle in the hallways of Benjamin B. Comegys School with that of his classmates, as a new ...

A parable of ‘privilege-hoarding’

WASHINGTON — Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious — meaning, of course, impeccably progressive — Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for ...

Unequal justice

One doesn’t have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department’s decision not to hold former FBI Director James Comey accountable for what an Inspector General report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a “dangerous example” in order to “achieve a ...

The threat of red Britain

Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson has, to his credit, seized the initiative in the battle over whether Britain will truly exit the EU, and on what terms. But no one can know how this high-stakes gamble will turn out. Johnson just lost his slender parliamentary majority, and the prospect of a ...

Criminologists mislead us

John Paul Wright, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Matthew DeLisi professor at Iowa State University have penned a powerful article titled “What Criminologists Don’t Say, and Why,” in City Journal, Summer 2017. There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that ...

Prescription for danger: Risky meds

When you pick up your prescription at the pharmacy, it isn’t labeled “made in China,” but odds are that’s where many of your medications come from. President Donald Trump is calling on U.S. industries to manufacture here at home instead of outsourcing to China. Drug companies should ...

Stop mental health data mining of our kids

No, no, no. Hell, no! That’s my response to the latest trial balloon floated by the White House to join a program monitoring Americans’ “neurobehavioral signs” to (purportedly) prevent gun violence. President Donald Trump’s old friend, former NBC head Bob Wright, has been pushing ...

Will Democrats tax your retirement savings?

The late bank robber Willie “The Actor” Sutton is said to have been asked by a reporter why he robbed banks, to which he supposedly replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” In his autobiography, Sutton denied the quote, but it serves as a warning to those who fear Democrats will ...

White liberals have moved to the left of black voters

“No Democrat is going to win the nomination for president of the United States without African American support. Nor should they,” Kate Bedingfield, Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell last week. Bedingfield was pushing back on a single bad poll for Biden ...

Waiting for Dorian

CAMDEN, S.C. — For the Eastern Seaboard, Dorian has become the Godot of hurricanes. Barely moving after hovering over the Bahamas for what seemed an eternity, the former Category 5 storm has occupied weather watchers and coastal observers for several days now. It has potentially forever ...

Could the 2020 election be another 1980?

The final results of the 1980 presidential election between the Democratic President Jimmy Carter and his Republican challenger, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan are rightly recorded as a landslide Republican victory. Carter carried just six states: his native Georgia; his running mate’s ...

Outdated oil rules

The Interior Department just revised a series of Obama-era regulations governing offshore oil and gas drilling — and environmentalists are hopping mad. Recently, green groups including the Sierra Club and EarthJustice filed a lawsuit against Interior’s update. These groups claim the Trump ...

What we learned by suing the government

Two years ago, we filed a historic lawsuit against Gov. Wolf, the General Assembly, the state treasurer, and the auditor general for enacting unbalanced state budgets in violation of Pennsylvania’s constitution. Our premise was simple: We must hold elected officials accountable because ...

China’s chemical warfare

President Donald Trump got slammed by all sides — Democrats, the media and European politicians — for suddenly escalating economic war with China. But for Americans who have lost a family member or friend to the Chinese-made street drug fentanyl, Trump’s harsh pivot is the right move. ...

A ‘lost’ generation?

There are people in every generation who believe the generation following theirs is either going to the dogs or will ruin the country. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll lends credence to that way of thinking, especially where Generation Z/millennials (those born in the mid-1990s to ...

The Amazon scam

Emmanuel Macron may not technically be a celebrity, but he tweets like one. Prior to the G-7 summit, the French president declared on Twitter, “The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produce 20 percent of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire.” He added that, “Our house is ...

An inability to defend the defensible

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s inability to defend the defensible is simply mind-numbing. Even when the president is doing the right thing, he and his team can’t seem to get out of their own way. Take the administration’s perfectly reasonable decision to implement a new rule ...

Earth’s lungs belong to the world

WASHINGTON — A question for this moment: If the Earth’s lungs were on fire and the doctor refused to treat it, would there be cause for a third-party intervention? This is a rhetorical query for now, but it surely nags the conscience of an outraged international community as the Amazon ...