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Donald Trump and the Rule of Law

Recently, The New York Times published a scathing critique of Donald Trump — the man and the president. The Times said the critique was written by a senior Trump administration official who insisted on remaining unnamed. This bitter and harsh editorial, which portrays the president as ...

Ken Starr still getting hardballs

Twenty years after recommending to Congress that then-President Clinton be impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, Kenneth Starr has written a book about it. Surely, with the passage of time and many other books exploring the Lewinsky affair and the other Clinton scandals, Starr ...

A new standard for stupid

It’s not easy to set a new standard for stupid in 2018, but a few left-wingers on Twitter managed it during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. They claimed to have seen one of Judge Kavanaugh’s former law clerks, Zina Bash, making a white-power symbol while sitting behind him at ...

Not taking oneself too seriously

Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain’s gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted that when ...

To New York Times op-ed writer: If you can’t serve honorably, don’t serve

WASHINGTON — The “deep state” exists after all. But it turns out that deep state is not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy intelligence officials, or even Obama administration holdovers; rather it is made up of President Trump’s own senior appointees. In a New York Times ...

Reducing global energy turmoil with fracking

When President Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, analysts warned that Iran’s crude oil production and exports could decline, forcing crude oil prices up. Call it “turm-oil” in the energy markets. For example, Time magazine quotes PIMCO Executive Vice President Greg Sharenow: ...

The 2018 Gubernatorial: A non-event

Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf is running against Republican challenger Scott Wagner for Pennsylvania governor. With the traditional post-Labor Day start of the campaign, we feel we should say something interesting about it. The problem is there isn’t much interesting to say so ...

Nike and corporate political correctness

It is hard to fathom that there really exists a body of public opinion that supports Nike’s decision to make former NFL star Colin Kaepernick the center of its new “Believe in something” advertising campaign. This is the fellow who believes in wearing socks depicting cops as pigs and ...

The truth about black community’s top problem

President Donald Trump took a pounding at the services for Aretha Franklin. The Rev. Al Sharpton took Trump to task for supposedly demonstrating a lack of respect by saying, “She worked for me on numerous occasions.” Other speakers took shots at the president either by name or by ...

Dems’ visions of White Supremacist hand signals

The highlight, at least for some television watchers, of the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, came when the young woman seated directly behind the nominee rested her right hand on her opposite elbow and ...

Trump’s behavior towards John McCain

WASHINGTON — Since the founding of our republic, there have been precisely 1,974 members of the United States Senate. John McCain is only the eighth senator who was not also president or vice president to lie in state in the rotunda of the Capitol — and only the 31st individual overall to ...

Chuck Todd badly undermines himself

Apparently, a weekly show on NBC and a nightly show on MSNBC weren’t large enough platforms for Chuck Todd to complain about troublesome conservatives, so he’s written an article for the liberal magazine The Atlantic titled “It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining — and to Start ...

Funeral lesson: Death be not Loud

Question: What is more cringe-inducing than a celebrity funeral? Answer: Two back-to-back celebrity funerals. The ghoulish twin spectacles last week memorializing Aretha Franklin and John McCain brought out the worst in family, friends and frenemies. No matter your partisan affiliation, ...

Protesting, free speech and justice

Sixty-nine percent of voters nationwide believe freedom of speech is “absolutely essential.” Another 23 percent believe it is “very important.” In a deeply polarized political era, it’s encouraging — and amazing — to find that 9 in 10 Americans recognize this basic freedom as ...

Metaphor in a government-founded church

I was intrigued by all the fanfare attendant upon the national farewell to the late Sen. John McCain. I have written in this space that McCain and I were friends who spoke many times, but generally only about the issues upon which we agreed — abortion, immigration and torture. On those ...

Neil Armstrong didn’t forget flag

History is usually airbrushed to remove a figure who has fallen out of favor with a dictatorship, or to hide away an episode of national shame. Leave it to Hollywood to erase from a national triumph its most iconic moment. The new movie “First Man,” a biopic about the Apollo 11 astronaut ...

Qualified Kavanaugh faces hostile Dems

Since Robert Bork’s “borking” 30 years ago, Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for a high court nominee by a Republican president have become predictable. Democrats, who favor a “living Constitution,” meaning whatever they think the founding document ought to say, are pitted ...

Oprah shouts for abortion

Over the years, Oprah Winfrey has seemingly evolved into America’s mom. After her TV career, she sounds like an evangelist preaching a feminist substitute to replace religion in her monthly Oprah Magazine. Her August issue carries this motivational nugget of Oprah wisdom on the cover: “We ...

Being inspired by the achievements of U.S. should not be partisan affair

I know the news cycle has moved on to fresher outrages, but I’d like to revisit the recent culture war freak out, because I think the wrong people freaked out. A quick recap: The film “First Man” debuted at the Venice Film Festival. The movie chronicles the life of Neil Armstrong, the ...

Strengthen patents to boost family businesses

Which company is more innovative? A corporate giant, or a family-owned business? More often than not, it's the family-owned firm. A recent study found that for every dollar invested in research and development, family businesses generate more patents, new products, and revenues than their ...