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Why so much rage?

“Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1 KJV) That didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after the shooting rampage targeting Republican members of Congress and their staff on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, followed by the picture of ...

Free speech isn’t always a tool of virtue

There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in ...

Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon

In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew — having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

Learn from last year’s state budget mistakes

Here we go again. It's early summer and the state budget debate is reaching a crisis point. But before you dismiss the proceedings as political theater, consider this: The deals hashed out in Harrisburg could blow a hole in your own budget or even strip you of your livelihood. The unnatural ...

Joy Reid’s immoral moment

America was stunned when Jared Lee Loughner pulled out a gun in a Tucson, Arizona, supermarket parking lot in 2011 and shot then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head at point-blank range and killed six others. No one recalls a TV pundit wondering whether the people should root for Giffords to ...

Let’s make progress on balancing transportation and police needs

State government faces many tough choices as it works very hard to strike a balance between meeting critical needs and keeping the burden on taxpayers as fair as possible. One such tough balancing act involves addressing law enforcement needs across the state and keeping our highway and ...

Decades of blaming violence on right

The radical leftist fanaticism over Rep. Steve Scalise’s alleged shooter has been an integral part of the news coverage, as it should be. James Hodgkinson’s ties to the Bernie Sanders campaign have been reported (if sometimes buried) by most news outlets, and the pundits are virtually ...

You can’t govern by id

WASHINGTON — Having coined Bush Derangement Syndrome more than a decade ago, I feel authorized to weigh in on its most recent offshoot. What distinguishes Trump Derangement Syndrome is not just general hysteria about the subject, but additionally the inability to distinguish between ...

Comey flunks the New York Times

Liberal media outlets like The New York Times have a political objective driving their coverage: Ruin President Trump. This is why the “news” producers treated former FBI Director Jim Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a Watergate moment, a first impeachment ...

He’s a Republican now

Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. The president may be besieged, unpopular and prone to lashing out self-destructively, but all of this cements his bond to his party rather than erodes it. Commentators who ...

A clash of titanic egos

Three hours or more of testimony boiled down to a few simple statements. President Trump kicks everybody out of his office and asks his G-man whether the FBI can go easy on Trump’s “good guy” pal, Michael Flynn. Comey believes he is being “pressured” to stop a potential ...

Environmental responsibility must fall to the states

Those who care about public health and the environment suffered yet another blow from Scott Pruitt’s EPA on May 26, as the agency proposed delaying federal emission standards for oil and gas companies that were set to go into effect on June 3, offering oil and gas companies yet another ...

Does big government feed epidemic of violence?

What’s the worst part about horrific, murderous violence in America? Well, except for the death, the ruined lives, the pain and the fear and the rush to pass laws that wouldn’t have prevented it, I think it has to be the media criticism. The challenge, at least for conservatives, is that ...

Trump ‘Liar-In-Chief’? What of Obama lies?

After the congressional testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey, many Democrats, with notable exceptions, pulled back from the impeachment talk. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, one of the cheerleaders of the Donald Trump-must-go crowd, even said that Comey failed to make a case for ...

Rape fakers must pay a higher price

It’s settled, but far from over. The University of Virginia fraternity that was slimed and defamed by sicko fabulist Sabrina Erdely will receive a $1.65 million payment, the fraternity announced last week. Erdely’s manufactured tale of gang rape by Phi Kappa Psi members, spun through a ...

The religious left’s Second Coming

The religious left feels left out. According to an article in The New York Times, liberal clergy feel excluded from the political arena and blame the religious right for occupying what they once believed was their exclusive territory. They are, according to the story’s headline, “seeking ...

Comey hits and misses

Never before has, or presumably again will, a former FBI director say such harsh things about a sitting president of the United States. In his much-anticipated congressional testimony, James Comey called President Donald Trump a liar who fired him over the Russian investigation. In any other ...

Venmo is forcing big banks to innovate

Back in the 1960s, banks were not allowed to operate in more than one state. In fact, many states didn’t even allow branch banking, so there were lots of small local banks around the nation. Since then, of course, the rules have changed and the industry is dominated by a handful of very ...

Virginia shows the future

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick ...

The lighter side of assassination?

In the wake of Kathy Griffin holding up a mock severed head of President Trump, it’s disturbingly obvious that murderous thoughts about our leaders are now considered by the left to be light, humorous fare, a balm for their anxieties. It’s not just Trump. The latest issue of the French ...