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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 ...

Bushes back in media’s good graces

The death of former president George Herbert Walker Bush created a calm oasis of civil discourse, if only for a couple of minutes. It was appropriate to salute this man’s kindness and statesmanship, even if you disagreed with him passionately, as many conservatives did. And yet, it’s a ...

George H.W. Bush: Man of character

I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., area and was ...

Stop partisan corpse abuse

Impolite question, but it needs to be asked: Is there a Republican dead body that left-wing partisans won’t use to bash Donald Trump? Last week’s partisan corpse abusers callously exploited the passing of George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st president, to get in their digs at the current ...

A voters’ immigration reform bill

Political leaders from both major parties have dreamed of “comprehensive immigration reform.” The idea has always been a grand bargain that legalized the status of many illegal immigrants in the U.S. along with improving border security. However, the idea always faltered in the court of ...

Witch hunt or probe by a brutal book?

The nation paused from its toxic political battles to remember the kindness and gentleness of President George H.W. Bush. He was kind to Bill Clinton, who defeated him in 1992, and to Ross Perot, whose unusual entry into the presidential race that year siphoned conservative voters away from ...

Time to drop out of ‘College’

In spite of continued attempts, either misguided or malevolent — or both — by national leaders to undermine public trust and confidence in the American free press and free elections, the United States’ model of political and individual freedom has inspired billions around the planet. ...