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Dems’ negotiating strategy – insanity

WASHINGTON — Good news for the incoming House Democratic majority! They have something President Trump really, really wants: money to build a border wall. Trump is desperate for this money. Mexico won’t give it to him. Only congressional Democrats can. Without their consent, he ...

Maybe Trump can’t win in 2020, but Dems can lose

Donald Trump probably can’t win the 2020 presidential election, but the Democrats can lose it. What I mean is that in a contest between Trump and a generic Democrat, Trump would almost surely lose if the current political climate holds through 2020. According to a Fox News poll recently, ...

And now it’s the Boy Scouts’ turn

The erosion of what many Americans once believed were the foundations of our country continues apace. They include, but are not limited to, overspending and debt (personal and national), never-ending wars, uncontrolled borders leading to massive immigration with no time for or expectation of ...

End the chaos at the border

A caravan of more than 7,000 migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is barreling north towards the southern border of the United States. Their end goal? Eventual "asylum" status within our borders. This surge in unfettered immigration is the new normal. The number of ...

America must be tough on crime, smart on justice

Commentators are calling it a “Christmas miracle.” Senate Republicans and Democrats have just cooperated to advance the FIRST STEP Act, America’s most significant federal sentencing and prison reform in three decades. Thousands of incarcerated Americans are grateful for this ...

Failing collusion, there’s always Stormy Daniels

The most legally fraught part of the Russia probe now revolves around payments to an American porn star. As of yet, instead of a dastardly scheme to participate with the Russians in the hacking of Democratic emails to subvert the election, prosecutors have uncovered a dastardly scheme to try ...

On Saudis, Trump channels George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON — In recent days, many have sought to contrast President Trump with President George H.W. Bush. But there is one area where Trump is channeling his inner George H.W. Bush — and not in a good way. His response to the murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi ...

Law vs. morality in Trump campaign-finance flap

Let’s imagine that President Trump gave a White House news conference in the nude. “As you can see,” he might say, paraphrasing the semi-apocryphal quip Winston Churchill made when FDR accidentally encountered him emerging from a hot bath in the White House, disrobed. “I have nothing to ...

The fury of the scorned establishment

Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but scorning the Washington Establishment produces even greater anger. The Establishment’s full fury has been unleashed against Donald Trump and is not about to subside until its goal is reached: The removal of the president from office, either ...

NPR shamelessly exploits cheap labor

National Public Radio is out begging for donations this week, with major stations like Washington’s WAMU offering gifts like those silly reusable grocery bags touting the “Power of Truth.” But the truth can be pretty embarrassing. Apparently, NPR exploits cheap labor. Washington Post ...

An ethics lesson for USA Today’s bullies

Last week, I did something that USA Today’s executive leadership apparently hadn’t done lately: I read the newspaper’s “principles of ethical conduct for newsrooms.” It’s pretty highfalutin. The media manifesto of virtue, posted online, applies to all employees “working with any ...

At the direction of the president

Recently, federal prosecutors in Washington and New York filed sentencing memorandums with federal judges in advance of the sentencings of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and his former personal lawyer had pleaded guilty to federal crimes, and ...

The Democrats’ sobering responsibility

Yes, it’s true that their party just won the House majority and more House seats, 40, than in any election since 1974 (and with the increasing likelihood of a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District after confirmed reports of Republican election fraud there, maybe 41) ...

Ocasio-Cortez borrows from Trump playbook

One of the most comforting talking points in politics is to claim that your political opponents are irrationally obsessed. I’m sure this is as old as time, but I first noticed it in the late 1990s. Many of Bill Clinton’s most ardent supporters responded to every new criticism by claiming ...

Yes, voter fraud is real

Maybe ballot security isn’t such a bad thing after all. Democrats, who the day before yesterday were insisting that voter fraud didn’t exist, now believe that it was used to steal a North Carolina congressional seat from them — and they may well be right. Republican Mark Harris has a ...

The most successful one-term president

George H.W. Bush “gave the nation its most successful one-term presidency.” He “was the best one-term president the country has ever had, and one of the most underrated presidents of all time.” So said two not impartial sources — the late president’s vice president, Dan Quayle, ...

Looking for the Anti-Trump

No one knows when President Trump will leave office. Possibly January 2021 when his first term ends; possibly not before January 2025 when a second term would end. Ultimately, however, he will leave office sometime to be succeeded by the next president. But who will that be? That ...

The charming cultural decency of Bush 41

Everyone seems to have his own George H.W. Bush story. I’ll give one that gives an insight into this man’s character. Some years ago, we were at his home in Kennebunkport after having sped across the water in his infamous speedboat for lunch (yes, with Secret Service chase boats ...

A powerful lesson in memory of President Bush

The scene at the U.S. Capitol as former President George H.W. Bush lay in state presented a tableau and a lesson for those who seek earthly power and believe it can change things. As the TV cameras panned the crowd, I was struck by how many aging “formers” there were, men (and they were ...