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3 memorable presidents and the truth

There have been three memorable American presidents, the story goes. President George Washington could never tell a lie. President Richard Nixon could never tell the truth. And President Donald Trump cannot tell the difference. At a White House news conference, Trump referred to his November ...

The Fake News of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Dystopian entertainment is all the rage now that Donald Trump is president, and the more unglued it sounds about an approaching American totalitarian state, the better, hence the liberal cheerleading for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a TV series made for the streaming service Hulu. It’s ...

Chesapeake Bay cleanup: The same old rhetoric

There has been a lot of talk about how Pennsylvania can clean up its share of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. But it sure sounds like the same old rhetoric from existing stakeholders -- the same people who over decades have spent billions of tax dollars on failed ideas at the expense of hard ...

The Comey case: A political ax murder

WASHINGTON — It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It was implausible that Comey was fired by Donald Trump for having been too tough on ...

Mr. President, please stop the insults

During an interview last June in his New York office, I asked Donald Trump about his use of language that many considered insulting and divisive. “Will there be a pivot for you from the primaries to the general election campaign?” The candidate said “I agree” about the tone of the ...

Historians ruining Obama’s mythical memoir

Like Pavlov’s dogs, the liberal media salivated over the arrival of former President Barack Obama to receive the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The mythic figure returned to accept the honor in the middle of a two-hour live special on MSNBC, loaded ...

Will we ever learn?

President Trump is about to score a religious trifecta, visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome, the “home” of three monotheistic religions. The president has said he wants to make the ultimate deal and achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians. While the goal is similar to a high ...

Why the Trump White House is so leaky

Historians tell you Hitler was not plagued by leakers and anonymous sources within his government. Joseph Goebbels did not routinely race to the Frankfurter Zeitung to plant embarrassing or inconvenient information about the boss. Stalin, likewise, didn’t rail against anonymous saboteurs in ...

A scandal about smoke

The cliche about the Russia investigation is that there’s a lot of smoke, and with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump rolled a military-grade smoke grenade into the room. There were many legitimate reasons to fire Comey, who repeatedly went outside Department of ...

Dear Ms. Fonda: Minimum wages destroy jobs

Dear Ms. Fonda: Before you travel to Detroit this weekend to campaign for a $12 minimum wage, I suggest you read this letter. I’m sure you mean well. But are you familiar with the voluminous number of peer-reviewed studies that conclude minimum-wage laws damaged the very people that many ...

Dems move from ‘pro-choice’ to ‘no choice’

Just eight years ago, there were 256 Democrats in the U.S. House. Today there are just 193. Then, there were only 40 Republican U.S. senators; today the GOP Senate majority numbers 52. During that same span, Democrats have suffered a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, and today in only ...

Can police get a fair trial in America?

Lock your doors. Hide your children. Police officers, be on alert: Al Sharpton’s cop-bashing circus is back in full swing. Harlem’s godfather of racial hoax crimes is in Oklahoma this week to stir up trouble as jury selection begins in the manslaughter trial of Tulsa police officer Betty ...

Where pessimism and optimistic meet

It’s not fashionable to say these days, but I am very optimistic about America’s future. I believe that our nation’s best days are still to come and that our children and grandchildren will have much better lives than we have enjoyed. I am optimistic despite believing that our ...

Lincoln, not Jackson

Donald Trump is trying to do for Andrew Jackson what Lin-Manuel Miranda did for Alexander Hamilton. Trump, like Miranda, is out to restore the reputation of a great American figure once threatened with removal from U.S. currency. Trump doesn’t have the cultural pull of the writer and star of ...

Awards have lost their meaning

Awards once meant something. There was a time not that long ago when they were given in recognition of important accomplishments. Today, we tend to value celebrity over steady achievement. Fame is paramount. It matters little how one attains it. The Kardashians are just one of many ...

Crude comedians of ‘the Resistance’

TV comedy cannot be too harsh when directed at President Donald Trump. There are no limits, and CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert has proven it. Under the rubric of corporate loyalty after the president cut an interview short with CBS “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson and mocked ...

Is empathy distraction in health-care debate?

Just over 14 years ago, my daughter almost died minutes before entering the world. My wife had to have an emergency C-section. The whole thing was harrowing. Someday I’ll tell the whole story. But because of that experience, and simply because I am a father, I could empathize with late-night ...

The media is suddenly angry over happy talk to dictators

Situational ethics define the liberal media. There is no pursuit of truth. There is only a double standard. When former President Barack Obama bowed to dictators in Cuba and Iran, it was “historic” diplomacy. When President Donald Trump talks up meeting with autocrats, that’s another ...

The People vs. the Media

President Trump and I have something in common. We were both invited to the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner and we declined. The president wasn’t interested in hearing himself mocked by an industry that holds him to a different standard than his predecessor and I wasn’t ...

Calling all mothers

As a Justice on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, I can state with certainty that no cases have affected me more than those involving the sexual abuse of children. Throughout my 17 years on the appellate bench, I have been astounded by the sheer number of these cases that come before ...