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What does it take to remove a president?

I don’t blame President Donald Trump for his angst and bitterness over his impeachment by the House of Representatives. In his mind, he has done “nothing wrong” and not acted outside the constitutional powers vested in him, and so his impeachment should not have come to pass. He believes ...

Let’s make 2020 year of compassion, civility

Last October, something remarkable happened in Pennsylvania that few noticed. Frankly, it was desperately needed in this moment of divisiveness in our politics and country. As state lawmakers were feverishly working to finish the legislative calendar for the year, and Washington was ...

Israel: ‘The Promised Land for Cats’

Somebody once called Israel “The Promised Land for Cats.” Even a short trip to Israel will reveal immediately cities, towns, hamlets and communities full of cats. They are all over the place. You never see mice, rats, moles or squirrels — but cats-a-plenty. Scientists tell us that the ...

McConnell is the master of the Senate

Every hostile nickname that Mitch McConnell gets is further confirmation of his effectiveness. The latest is “Midnight Mitch,” a reaction to his resolution setting out the road map for the Senate impeachment trial. The measure stipulated that House impeachment managers could make their ...

Bill would eliminate choice

Pennsylvania House Bill 1897 has been introduced in Harrisburg. It would force school districts to have a Cyber School Program and for all 14 public cyber charter schools to close. The main points of this legislation are: All Pennsylvania cyber charter schools must cease operations after ...

In defense of Iowa

We have reached that time in every presidential nominating year when distinguished, national opinion leaders beat up on Iowa and that admirable state’s influential role in determining the two major parties’ eventual presidential nominees and, therefore, the next president. It is time ...

The show trial begins

The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Trump. She passed out the pens like souvenirs to fellow Democrats. They were embossed in gold with her signature and ...

‘Nations with Allies Thrive’

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.” Mattis’ words brought to mind those 13 fateful days in October 1962 when, ...

Term limits would avoid lifetime appointments

The procession has begun. Candidates for state House and Senate seats as well U.S. House are circulating petitions for the right to seek party nominations for election to those offices. In most cases, the elected offices that you will be casting ballots over April 28 are for two-year terms. ...

Fox Island: Right where it should, and shouldn’t, have been

I was just 33 when I met her, turning 50. A 40-year relationship ensued — intimate, though I shared her with so many others. And now we’re parting. It was educational. The 11-bedroom lodge on Great Fox Island, built in 1929 amid protective tidal marshes at the juncture of Tangier and ...

Driven by greed, Major League Baseball wants to kill 42 franchises

Baseball had an exciting year — breakout stars, a major cheating scandal, a seven-game World Series. And now it’s capping off the year with a disastrous idea from the owners. Led by the Houston Astros — the same Astros mired in scandals over cheating and domestic violence — Major ...

Bernie is not normal

The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success. Bernie Sanders is leading or near the top of most polls in the first two Democratic nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire. He could plausibly win both, which would instantly ...

Unappreciated crime costs

Criminal activity imposes huge costs on black residents in low-income neighborhoods of cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia and many others. Thousands of black Americans were murdered in 2019. Over 90 percent of the time, the perpetrator was also black. Leftists ...

Cracking down on H-1B visa abuse

President Trump’s administration is delivering for American workers. During his time as president, the number of H-1B guestworker visa denials are at a decade high. For years, employers have used the H-1B program to displace qualified Americans and import cheaper foreign labor. Tightening ...

The Great Recession: ‘Reparations’ gone bad

Some of the Democratic candidates for president support studying reparations to blacks to compensate for slavery. But in many ways, America has made reparations to blacks. What are race-based preferences if not a form of compensation for historical wrongs? Many cities have “set-aside” ...

Was the Soleimani killing a policy success?

There’s an old story — apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be — that Richard Nixon asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, “It’s too soon to tell.” At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States ...

Neither neocon nor isolationist

Donald Trump isn’t George W. Bush. That should be obvious to everyone by now, but his critics and even some of his supporters immediately acted as if it were 2003 on the cusp of the Iraq War when Trump took out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. Suddenly, the neocons had cachet again ...

It’s war: Are we in it to win it?

Prior to Iran’s missile attacks on U.S. bases inside Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, “We are not seeking war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one.” Esper said the U.S. prefers a “diplomatic” solution to the escalation of tensions in the region. Yes, that would be ...

Trump responds to Iran’s act of war

In all the reportage and commentary on the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, I haven’t seen much mention of an interesting parallel between the Iranian mullah regime’s recent attacks on America and its attacks when it first came to power 40 years ago. The similarity is that both times, ...

An accurate census count is vital

In 2020, Pennsylvania residents will be asked to take part in two crucial political processes: the presidential election and the U.S. census. You’re probably familiar with the upcoming election, given the round-the-clock media coverage and social media commentary, but the census, while often ...