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Prosecutor picked apart case against Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — The decision by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to have Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell question Christine Blasey Ford may well be remembered as a brilliant and pivotal choice. No doubt, allowing Mitchell to ask questions instead of Republican ...

Atticus Finch was on the wrong side

It’s time for “To Kill a Mockingbird” to give up its treasured place in American culture. The 1960 novel by Harper Lee was published to instant acclaim, has sold more than 30 million copies and is ubiquitous in high-school curricula. The 1962 movie version, starring Gregory Peck, is a ...

Telemedicine bill will improve healthcare access, help lower costs

Anytime a family member gets sick, it’s only natural that we want to find the best options to figure out what’s wrong and help them get the care they need.   As technology advances, families have more options for care — not just in the office of a physician or provider. Thanks to ...

Making the case for a city manager

On Tuesday, November 4th, the voters of Williamsport will have a chance to change the structure of the city government. This opportunity does not happen often, so I hope everyone will consider the options carefully, become informed, and vote on what you think is best. I am a longtime ...

The Kavanaugh Combat and Campus Cranks

For Washington Post readers, we offer a quiz. Guess which one of these now-deleted tweets from Washington, D.C., Catholic college professors about the Brett Kavanaugh battle and Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick is considered scandalous and newsworthy. 1. “Swetnick is 55 y/o. Kavanaugh is ...

Kavanaugh’s anger made sense

Brett Kavanaugh may have saved his Supreme Court confirmation with one of the most memorable statements in modern congressional history. After his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, delivered a compelling, sympathetic performance earlier in the day, Kavanaugh entered the Senate Judiciary ...

Regarding Flake, I am guilty as charged

Not for the first time, the criticism reads: “Why don’t you admit it, Shields? You reflexively like politicians.” It’s true. I do like most people who dare to run for political office. For me and most people I know, our lives are a succession of unpublicized setbacks and ...

The problem with Trump ‘doctrine of patriotism’

President Trump began his address to the United Nations last week with some of the boilerplate braggadocio that forms the basis of his rallies. The audience laughed. And, not surprisingly, this became the main story for most news networks and headline writers. That’s too bad, because no ...

Literary taste Vs. Stormy Daniels

It’s fascinating when the national media’s literary tastemakers make room for the transparently tasteless. Time magazine offered its picks for “The Best New Books to Read Fall 2018,” and two ticks down from former first lady Michelle Obama’s memoir was “Full Disclosure” by ...

How abortion polarized America

“Here’s my question,” tweets legal scholar Jeffrey A. Sachs, obviously in response to the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “what is the alternative reality where Roe was never decided, levels of partisan polarization are identical to our own, and the SCOTUS ...

Will the nation’s booming economy save Republicans in the midterms?

Democrats need to win a net 23 seats in November to gain majority control in the House of Representatives. History suggests that they have a good chance of doing so because the party out of power almost always gains seats in the midterm. Even an average midterm gain would be enough to make ...

Delay, deceive and destroy

Who believes another FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh will be the end of it? If the FBI finds nothing to support Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party, will it be enough for Democrats to vote to confirm him? Republicans say the ...

President Trump continues to rack up foreign policy success

WASHINGTON — In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take ...

Kavanaugh/Ford and credibility

The combatants in the case of Ford v. Kavanaugh claim that what has been occurring nationally is not a “trial,” but it certainly has been treated as a trial by the media. The live coverage of the testimony in this drama reminds a casual observer of the OJ Simpson case. America was riveted ...

Trump racks up foreign policy success

WASHINGTON — In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take ...

Rape is devastating; So is lying about it

I have a message for virtue-signaling men who’ve rushed to embrace #MeToo operatives hurling uncorroborated sexual assault allegations into the chaotic court of public opinion. Stuff it. Your blanket “Believe Women” bloviations are moral and intellectual abominations that insult ...

Brett Kavanaugh fights back

WASHINGTON -- As the father of two daughters, I want them to live in a world where they are treated with respect and never experience sexual abuse -- and if they ever do, they are taken seriously. As the father of two sons, I want them to live in a world where their lives and reputations cannot ...

Proposed amendment to state constitution creates mischief

Voters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Pennsylvania. Few would argue with the underlying purpose of the amendment, which is to assure rights of the victims of crime. Most of the provision deals with the ...

The air has seeped out of the Russia-Collusion balloon

“I did not, and of course I looked for it, looked for it hard.” That was Bob Woodward, promoting his book on the Trump White House, “Fear,” replying to talk radio host and columnist Hugh Hewitt’s question “Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research, in your interviews, ...

An economic boom is a terrible thing to waste

President Donald Trump is showing that it’s possible to preside over a period of peace and prosperity and still be notably unpopular. Over the past several months, Trump has opened even more of a wedge between the largely benign material conditions in the country and his own political ...