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Step One to stop false accusations: Exposure

Here’s an incontrovertible fact: People lie. They fudge little things, like their height or weight. They exaggerate their athletic prowess or professional accomplishments. They deceive family, friends, lovers, voters, government officials, business partners and themselves. They lie about ...

Ireland makes its decision on abortion

The scientific, moral and theological battle between life as an “endowed unalienable” right and the evolutionary view that we are just material and energy shaped by pure chance in a random universe with no author of life, no purpose for living and no destination after we die has been won in ...

Roseanne is out; OK, then explain Maher, Sharpton and Olbermann

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column includes strong language that was judged essential to the substance of the column.) Roseanne Barr lost her new television show. Barr, in a tweet about Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, said of Jarrett: “muslim brotherhood & planet of the ...

Chuck Todd sneers at Trump’s ‘Playbook’

Over Memorial Day weekend, NBC’s Chuck Todd opened his show “Meet the Press” by angrily lecturing his viewers about a so-called Trump “tactical playbook” on how to spin the Robert Mueller probe and the FBI informant in his presidential campaign. Here’s Todd’s list of Trump ...

Thank Republicans for your Right to Try

WASHINGTON — Imagine the horror of learning you have a terminal illness for which science has not yet come up with a treatment. Now imagine receiving the same diagnosis, and then learning a promising new treatment exists that could save your life — but you can’t get access to it thanks to ...

Republicans poised to gain Senate seats

Last December, Democrat Doug Jones won a Senate race in Alabama by defeating a horribly flawed Republican candidate Roy Moore. For the first time, it appeared that the Democrats had a plausible path to winning control of the U.S. Senate in 2018. The Republican advantage was trimmed to a ...

Is probe of President Trump legitimate?

Recently President Donald Trump and the most visible member of his legal team, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, fired up their campaign against special counsel Robert Mueller. They attacked people at the Department of Justice whom Trump appointed. They smeared career DOJ lawyers and ...

Authoritarianism may come from Center

“Across Europe and North America, centrists are the least supportive of democracy, the least committed to its institutions and the most supportive of authoritarianism.” So wrote political researcher David Adler in The New York Times after analyzing responses to two multi-country surveys ...

We’ve lost sight of plot in immigration debate

As the immigration debate hit another low last week, I received the news that my favorite immigrant died: My father-in-law, Paul Gavora. I don’t want to politicize Paul’s story too much, or really at all. For me, the man wasn’t a talking point; he was a hero. Still, one of the things ...

Fox beats up on God

As the television season wraps up, it seems that Satan is having a bad year on Fox. The still-Rupert Murdoch-owned network canceled not only its devil drama “Lucifer” but also “The Exorcist,” which “blessed” us with anti-religious plots about sexually active gay and straight priests ...

Trump should put Libya model on North Korea’s table

WASHINGTON — After months of pretending to be normal and reasonable on the diplomatic stage, North Korea’s mask has slipped, and Pyongyang is back to threatening a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” that will “make the U.S. taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even ...

Extend tax cuts to Pennsylvania’s small businesses

As the 2018 election nears, congressional Republicans are making progress on tax cuts "Phase 2.0." House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and other Republican leaders plan to make the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's temporary tax cuts, which are set to expire in 2025, permanent for individuals. While they're ...

Stormy times, stormy men

Alexander Hamilton was supposed to be President of the United States after George Washington. He was a Washington protégé. His detractors said that he ghost-wrote many of Washington’s most memorable speeches. The Father of American Capitalism, as Hamilton has been called, was a New ...

The NFL isn’t through

It took two years, boycotts by fans, declining TV ratings, growing alarm among advertisers, a drop in the sale of gear and especially a public shaming by President Trump, but the owners of NFL teams have finally decided their players will not be allowed to kneel or make other protests during ...

Trump a president showing pro-life chops

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s critics were apoplectic last week when the president referred to MS-13 gang members as “animals.” Of course, no one should be dehumanized. Yet many of the same people expressing outrage that Trump would dehumanize vicious gang members have no problem ...

Obama administration’s spying on Trump was departure from norms

“F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims,” read the headline on a lengthy New York Times story May 18. “The Justice Department used a suspected informant to probe whether Trump campaign aides were making improper contacts with Russia in ...

So they were spying on Trump campaign

Months ago, the Old Media proclaimed that President Donald Trump was more than a bit nutty in insisting his campaign was the subject of surveillance by the Obama administration. Now it’s emerging that this wasn’t the slightest bit nutty. The New York Times reported — in a tone much ...

The GOP’s fear factor

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he could not have foreseen today’s Republican Party. A bill authored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that would require the federal government to balance the budget each year was soundly ...

MS-13 labeling as ‘Animals’ is kind

President Donald Trump doubled down on calling members of a notorious street gang “animals.” Good for him for not backing down and for shining a light on an outrageous phenomenon, especially in Southern California: Latino gangs that target blacks, whether or not they belong to gangs, for ...

Why President Trump won’t be impeached

President Trump is in no danger of being impeached and removed from office. I say this with confidence despite having no knowledge of what Special Counsel Mueller and his team may find. That’s because impeachment is a political process rather than a legal process. As a result, things that ...