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Trump derangement syndrome

President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, said she wanted to require companies to provide paid maternity leave. The President later reaffirmed that pledge, promising six weeks of paid leave for new mothers. His “fair trade” position ...

The Middle East’s siren call

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to ...

Susan Rice is still lying

Eli Lake at Bloomberg News reported on April 3 that President Trump’s lawyers discovered it was former President Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice who allegedly “requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the ...

Karma, precedent and the nuclear option

WASHINGTON — For euphemism, dissimulation and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court appointments and the filibuster. The arguments for and against the filibuster are so well-known to both parties as to be practically ...

In 2016, the Clinton Democrats rejected Clinton

Last week, I suggested that the 206 Pivot Counties that voted twice for Barack Obama and then voted for Donald Trump are a good place to study the changing political landscape. Data developed by Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics, shows that these counties consistently voted ...

Our national scourge of misinformation

WASHINGTON — Impulse control is unfashionable as well as unpresidential, but perhaps you should resist the urge to trip people who stride briskly down the sidewalk fixated on their phone screens, absorbed in texting and feeling entitled to expect others to make way. New technologies are ...

The Northwestern University rape outbreak that wasn’t

Campus feminists whipped up a Category-5 frenzy over sexual assault allegations at a Northwestern University fraternity in February. But last week, the school’s Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin was forced to muster up her best impression of “Saturday Night ...

The Pence-Graham Rule

Millennials and others of a certain age have not lived in a time when fidelity was universally valued and mostly supported by culture — though sometimes hypocritically — and its opposite was roundly condemned. There was even a time when a divorced person could not expect to become ...

A difficult baseball quiz

Sportswriter: “You hit only two home runs all last year and already you’ve hit seven this year [1969]. What’s the difference?” Reds outfielder Alex Johnson: “Five.” WASHINGTON — See? Baseball numbers aren’t difficult. But be precise: As players say after a close play, ...

Samantha Bee: Great world leader?

One might think that Fortune would want to keep a sober reputation as a magazine for business executives. But it made a fool of itself. It came out with a list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” and on that list was once-a-week late-night TBS “comedy” scold Samantha Bee. It’s ...

A country divided by absolutism

I keep hearing that we are a divided Nation, and it becomes more difficult to deny this fact as the number of the "unfriended" on Facebook mounts with each passing day. In my lifetime, I've seen plenty of divisiveness. But it always seemed that cooler heads ultimately prevailed. Lately, ...

The ultimate health care road may lead to single-payer system

WASHINGTON — Repeal-and-replace (for Obamacare) is not quite dead. It has been declared so, but what that means is that, for now, the president has (apparently) washed his hands of it and the House Republicans appear unable to reconcile their differences. Neither condition needs to be ...

Fox News covers ‘Inconvenient’ rape

On March 16, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly pushed into a boys bathroom at Rockville High School in Maryland and raped by two other students during school hours. Police arrested two freshmen who recently arrived from Central America, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez and 17-year-old Jose Montano. ...

The Democratic vendetta

We are witnesses to an abuse of power by government that represents a test of our democracy. Anyone who fails to rally to the cause of the Americans victimized in this case should be discredited. Though I have not been shy about criticizing President Donald Trump when I think he deserves it, he ...

Discovering the lost art of letter writing

What goes around comes around is one of life’s undeniable truisms and never more than in the politics of Washington, D.C. (the “D.C.” increasingly standing for dysfunctional city). Last week was Cherry Blossom week in D.C. This week it’s Neil Gorsuch week. Republicans must now ...

Discovering the lost art of letter writing

Like so many good stories, this is an old one. But if this April somehow does turn out to be “the cruelest month’’ politically, this old story could even be timely. Here’s the story: The brutal Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, realizing that his failing health meant that his days were ...

The Gorsuch confirmation and the ghost of Reid

What goes around comes around is one of life’s undeniable truisms and never more than in the politics of Washington, D.C. (the “D.C.” increasingly standing for dysfunctional city). Last week was Cherry Blossom week in D.C. This week it’s Neil Gorsuch week. Republicans must now ...

The congressmen and the counselor

Tony Hall served in Congress for nearly 24 years, representing Ohio’s 3rd District. The Democrat left in 2002 to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, appointed by President George W. Bush. Hall laments how corrosive contemporary politics has ...

Crump: TV’s rising fake news star

He’s the new Al Sharpton on steroids — and he’s coming to a TV near you. Benjamin Crump, camera-lovin’ lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, rocketed to fame perpetuating the “Hands up, don’t shoot’’ lie. Never mind that even the left-wing Obama Justice ...

Crump: TV’s rising fake news star

He’s the new Al Sharpton on steroids — and he’s coming to a TV near you. Benjamin Crump, camera-lovin’ lawyer for the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, rocketed to fame perpetuating the “Hands up, don’t shoot’’ lie. Never mind that even the left-wing Obama Justice ...