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The Media Vs. Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court retirements under President Donald Trump cause an extra measure of heartburn for Democrats. They nominated Hillary Clinton and her seven-mile train of scandalous baggage for president, and that’s jake. They elected Bill Clinton as president, who perjured himself and sullied ...

The Kavanaugh Confirmation Kabuki

Theater, much like Japan’s Kabuki — that’s all the Supreme Court confirmation process is. Donald Trump’s presentations of his two nominees, Judge Neil Gorsuch last year and Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, were uncharacteristically graceful — a worthy theatrical innovation, in the ...

Is Europe awakening to the threat?

Much of Europe was asleep, or in denial, when the Nazis took power and began rebuilding their military in violation of the Versailles Treaty that brought World War I to an end. Now, after years of virtually unlimited migration from predominately North African and other Muslim regions, some ...

Vulnerable Dems should hope for GOP Kavanaugh unity

WASHINGTON — It is difficult to imagine any Republican senator opposing President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court of Brett M. Kavanaugh, a judge with impeccable credentials, strong intellect and sterling character. If Republicans stay united, Kavanaugh’s confirmation as the next ...

Is populism a blessing or a curse?

As we celebrate our nation’s 242nd birthday, America is caught up in a populist moment. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on how you define populism. For some, populism is nothing more than a belief that, in America, the people are supposed to be in charge. It’s reminding ...

Kavanaugh nomination: Filling The Swamp

When Donald Trump started running for the Republican nomination for president in June 2015, he began by attacking the Republican establishment in Washington, and he began his attack by calling the establishment “the swamp.” His real target was the permanent government and its enablers in ...

New Jersey votes to fund the media

In the liberal mind, the way to prove you value something is by funding it with taxpayer money. So if you love journalism, you take taxpayer money and give it to journalists. It is a sacred mantra of the left that corporate funding of media inevitably results in a pro-corporate media bias. ...

Ghoulies: Parade of the Aborticrats

I thought we had seen it all from radical feminists — and what we’ve seen is way, way more than anyone other than a gynecologist needs to see. Six years ago, Code Pink zealots traipsed across the fruited plain in giant female reproductive organ costumes demanding “respect” for ...

Taking the Disraeli Test

Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th-century British prime minister and writer, shrewdly advised that to be a successful political leader, a man (even though it was the Victorian era, it was still a man’s game) must first know himself and then know and understand the times in which he lives. Whether ...

Our strange relationship with the word ‘patriotism’

There are many definitions of patriotism. Mark Twain said patriotism means supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. I like this, but it’s flawed. Sometimes your country — i.e., the people — can do things that require the government to correct its ...

Preventing opioid misuse, abuse: A skill we all must learn

The United States is in the midst of an epidemic of opiate addiction and overdose. Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers have more than quadrupled since 1999, and Pennsylvania has a higher overdose rate than most states in the nation. This makes addiction prevention more important than ...

A Pennsylvania Paradox

America has endured 154 mass shootings so far this year – from Parkland Florida to Annapolis Maryland. Despite this national carnage nothing so far has moved the Pennsylvania state legislature to pass even the most innocuous gun control legislation. Why? Clearly the answer is not lack ...

CNN host proclaims ‘National Emergency’

July started with a lull. On the Monday before Independence Day, the news network morning shows led with the oppressively hot weather. The normal feverish panic about living in Donald Trump’s America was missing for a few hours. You can count on CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian ...

Trump supporters compared to cultists

Bob Corker, the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee, recently compared supporters of President Trump to members of a cult. The Washington Post quoted Corker as saying: “It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? It’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like ...

Odd Couple — AMLO and Trump — cut U.S.-Mexico gap?

Will NAFTA survive? Last week, Mexico elected as president longtime NAFTA critic Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (always called “AMLO”) by a wide margin. He promptly had a cordial telephone conversation with longtime NAFTA critic President Donald Trump, who remains U.S. president for the next ...

Justice Kennedy’s first priority: First Amendment

It became official just after lunchtime on Wednesday, just after the Supreme Court announced its final decisions of the term and went into recess. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 104th person to serve on the court, is retiring, effective just after his 82nd birthday, after 30 years of service. ...

Jahi’s life mattered

Amid all the raging political headlines and hyperventilating tweets of the Summer of Resistance, a searing ember of news stopped me in my tracks this week. Jahi McMath has passed away. I never had a chance to meet the young California teen, but her fight for life gripped me three years ago ...

Odds and Ends, including ‘deficit attention disorder’

Thanks to President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, we learned recently from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, an additional $2.3 trillion will be added to our national debt over the next decade. Soon, for the only time since World War II, nearly three-quarters of a century ago, the ...

Trump blamed for death of reporters: Did media blame Obama for cop killers?

A man with a long-standing beef against the Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper Capital Gazette entered the paper’s headquarters with a shotgun and murdered five staffers. It represents the deadliest attack on U.S. reporters in modern history. Before learning about the suspect’s mental issues ...