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Will France elect a Gallic Barack Obama?

WASHINGTON — The French are too intellectually vain to borrow others’ political ideas, but too interested in style not to appreciate and appropriate that of others. So, on May 7 they might confer their presidency on a Gallic Barack Obama. In 2008, Obama, a freshman senator, became a ...

Trump’s 100 Days of Media Hostility

The time has come for the media to pull out the artificial measuring stick of 100 days to evaluate President Trump. If they’re kind, he’ll get an I for “incomplete.” But it’s more likely they’ll use other I words like “inability,” “incompetence” or “incoherence.” ...

Muddy Maxine Waters: What a riot

Are you freaking kidding me? Thirteen-term Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Beltway barnacle permanently affixed to USS Government, is now the fresh-faced “rock star’’ of the Democratic Party. “Auntie Maxine’’ is stoking the resistance, inspiring millenials, combating hate, ...

Lessons in democracy

Like most Americans, I groaned when the mail included a summons to jury duty. Having been there before, I envisioned three days of wasted time in a bland room with lousy internet service. Instead, I served on a jury and came away with a renewed confidence in America’s tradition of ...

Immigration thread joins French, American elections

In case you’ve been confused by the last few days of punditry, let me say outright that France is not America. For example, we recently concluded a presidential election in the United States in which many argued that it was imperative to smash the “final glass ceiling” by electing a ...

No one owns science

Science joined the #resistance over the weekend, or so the organizers of the March for Science would have us believe. Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the country under the banner of science and in the spirit of the Women’s March opposing ...

Hypocrisy in the Anti-O’Reilly Army

Fox News took Bill O’Reilly off the air after a heavy campaign to fire him led by CNN’s media unit and The New York Times. If all the charges of sexual harassment are true, his case is indefensible. That said, it’s time for his media critics to stand down. They are guilty of rank ...

The battle against sex trafficking of minors

PHOENIX — Three months ago, State Trooper Jonathan Otto, 33, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety pulled over a car that had caught his attention by traveling 104 miles per hour long after midnight, just south of Kingman. He smelled marijuana in the car. It was driven by a man with ...

PNA launches ‘Demand Facts’ campaign supporting real news

The term 'news media' can mean a lot of different things these days, but at the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, the news media that we work with, are Pennsylvania's newspapers and online-only news publications. There are 77 daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, more than 175 non-daily ...

Long may you wave – the legacy of Law Day

On our East Coast, President Trump completed his first 100 days in office Saturday. Although his presidency is in its infancy, political pundits treated the event as a milestone. His supporters cheered his successes, his detractors highlighted his disappointments. Although the president’s ...

A Trump victory on the border

Donald Trump’s saber rattling may or may not deter Kim Jong Un, but it’s had an effect south of the border. In the first few months of this year, illegal border crossings have dropped precipitously. It is an early proof of concept that yes, it is possible to secure the border and a ...

Can special elections to the U.S. House predict our future political outcomes?

Is there an emerging national pattern to be found in special House elections, such as the one that just happened in Georgia to fill the reliably Republican House seat once held by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, most recently held by the current secretary of health and human services, Tom ...

March for Science

Do you have march fatigue yet? The left, apparently, does not, so we’re in for some street theater on Earth Day, April 22, with the so-called March for Science. It’s hard to think of a better way to undermine the public’s faith in science than to stage demonstrations in Washington, ...

Two very different Tax Days

Leftist protesters around the country used the tax deadline on April 18 as an occasion to hold rallies demanding the release of President Trump’s tax returns. They could use large inflatable chickens and signs with hammers and sickles saying “Show us your rubles” and no journalist would ...

Death penalty debate can get dishonest

The debate over the death penalty can be infuriatingly dishonest. Consider the April 17 broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” (a show on which I am an occasional commentator). Casey Stegall reported on the legal battle in Arkansas, where officials want to ...

What next with North Korea?

There was a moment at Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s White House briefing Monday that was significant. Asked by a reporter about North Korea’s missile launch last weekend, Spicer said the administration was aware of the launch and that “it failed.” End of story. Next question, ...

Reform the tax code now!

Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans had until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s too bad filing taxes wasn’t an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, currently reads like ...

No, Trump is not a neocon

With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the “mother of all bombs” exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea, has there been a revolution in President Donald Trump’s foreign policy? His most fervent supporters shouldn’t get overly exercised, ...

One (restrained) cheer for Washington

We’ve all heard the tiresome and discouraging refrain: Washington, our beautiful capital city, is broken. Dysfunctional D.C. does not work. Even with majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans could not pass a resolution commending Mother’s Day. But wait. We do ...