Ideas & Voices


COMMENTARY: 3 creative ways to deal with Confederate statues

The white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday was about a lot more than a statue, but the statue is where this specific event began. It’s a depiction of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, erected in 1924 in a place of honor in a city park. Today, many people in Charlottesville want this statue and others like it gone. They argue it’s a monument to white supremacy, oppression...

What some of our readers are saying about Charlottesville

Travis William Smith: It was both sides at fault, how is that hard to understand? Both have different beliefs and opinions on the statue, both were fighting, spewing the foul language, throwing things, breaking things, and so fourth. But go ahead … keep stirring that pot. John Belluardo: The media is suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome! If he gave out free oxygen the media would choke...
COMMENTARY: Fighting ideologies that counter American values

COMMENTARY: Fighting ideologies that counter American values

When driving home last week, I stopped in historic Gettysburg, Pa., to visit the National Military Park. There, a short distance from the Soldiers National Monument, I was drawn to these words from President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: “… Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.&rdquo...

Opinion: Sadly, the United States is not ‘better than this’

It has become the go-to cliche for moments like this. We whisper it when someone breaks the mosque window or scrawls hatred on the synagogue wall. It is our assurance and our hope. “We are better than this,” we say. “This is not America.” So it is no surprise to be hearing that sentiment days after white supremacists descended, armored and armed, on a Virginia college town...

Opinion: Tragedy in Charlottesville should unite decent Americans

In the South during the Jim Crow era, the “one-drop rule,” codified into law, asserted that if a person had just one drop of African-American blood, they were considered “black.” I wonder what we’d learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the “white nationalists” who caused havoc in Charlottesville last Saturday a DNA test to determine their racial...

Opinion: Is the party of Lincoln now the party of Lee?

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, crime, police conduct, family structure, poverty, free-enterprise zones and more. Some of those columns...
Cass Sunstein: Trump actually did something good this week

Cass Sunstein: Trump actually did something good this week

Obscured by the tumult surrounding President Donald Trump’s horrendous response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the White House managed to take a significant positive step this week: issuing an executive order designed to lower regulatory barriers to infrastructure projects, and to speed up and simplify the process for obtaining necessary permits and clearances. If the permitting...

Opinion: If we erase our history, who are we?

When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson. Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed up, running down more, what was happening seemed but a bloody brawl between extremists on both sides of the issue...
Gail Collins: How to handle Donald Trump

Gail Collins: How to handle Donald Trump

Donald Trump is still president. Hard to know what to do with this, people. In less than a week he’s managed to put on one of the most divisive, un-helpful, un-healing presidential performances in American history. It’s been a great stretch for fans of Richard Nixon and James Buchanan. On Wednesday, Trump had to dissolve his business advisory councils because the CEOs were fleeing like...

Opinion: Heaven comes with blisters, poison ivy and mosquitos

ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL, Calif. — This will make me sound grouchy and misanthropic, but I sometimes wonder if what makes America great isn’t so much its people as its trees and mountains. In contrast to many advanced countries, we have a vast and spectacular publicly owned wilderness, mostly free and available to all. The affluent have gated neighborhoods, private schools, backup generators...

Trump is right: bigotry, violence ‘on many sides’

British writer and theologian G.K. Chesterton observed, “It is hatred that unites people — while love is always individual.” The use of hatred to mobilize has a long and bloody history. We should understand why it works so well. It taps into human weakness. It exploits the unwillingness of individuals to take responsibility for their own lives, to courageously confront life&rsquo...

COMMENTARY: Diversity flaps are often manufactured

In 2005, the Los Angeles Times hired me as a columnist. That was great news (for me). But the best part was when Barbra Streisand canceled her subscription in protest. Her real complaint wasn’t so much that the Times had hired me, but that it had dropped Robert Scheer, an old-style, left-wing writer, in the same editorial shakeup. “The greater Southern California community is one that...

COMMENTARY: Google’s ‘tolerance’ is too intolerant

In one of my favorite scenes in HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” a comedy series about the world of computer engineers, a male engineer injects himself into a meeting between two female investors to explain, of all things, “something called ‘mansplaining,’ ladies….” They view him with silent, chilly bemusement as his condescending and patronizing manner unintentionally...

COMMENTARY: Let’s not let extremeists have the upper hand

After the weekend’s chaos in Charlottesville and the tragic killing of one counter-protester by an alleged alt-right terrorist, I was more concerned, in the long term at least, by some observers’ reactions on social media. I saw some progressives blaming anyone who voted for Trump for the gathering of white nationalists, with plenty of other liberals Facebook-liking or retweeting those...

FRESH IDEAS: 50 years of ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

From The New Yorker: “’Bonnie and Clyde’ is 50 years old. It is one of the oldest American movies you can watch today without feeling like you’re watching an old movie.… READ THIS NEXT: New WSU president looks toward the future, new era ”One big reason ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ seemed exciting (in 1967) and still seems contemporary 50 years later is that it...

TODAY’S MODERATOR: Yup, get ready for flying cars

We’ve been talking a lot lately about distracted driving and self-driving cars — but are we ready yet for flying cars? It will come as no surprise to anybody who remembers the old “Back to the Future” movies that none other than DeLorean Aerospace is working on one. Wired magazine writes about the design being pushed by company CEO Paul DeLorean, nephew of John DeLorean. &ldquo...

COMMENTARY:Do we need a TVA for rural internet users?

You don’t have to drive too long on the country roads of Southwest Ohio before you see the signs. They are often nailed to a utility pole and they advertise “fast rural internet.” There’s a phone number you can call. The signs don’t look particularly high-tech and I have no idea whether the service they offer is any good. But they surely signal a real problem: the internet...

Fresh Ideas: No fast food solution

From Pacific Standard: “The obesity rate has risen enormously over the past 50 years, even as the fast food chain restaurant has become ubiquitous. Reasonably enough, many people have suggested there is a link between these two trends, and some research has backed up the idea. “Based on the hope that limiting access to grease-intensive eateries would encourage diners to choose healthier...
Opinion: A solar eclipse is most spectacular thing you will ever see

Opinion: A solar eclipse is most spectacular thing you will ever see

Tens of millions of Americans have an exceedingly rare opportunity this month. There's no way I'm going to miss it. How about you? On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in a band about 65 miles wide stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. This will be the first coast-to-coast "totality" in the United States in 99 years, though, most recently out of the 20th century's dozen...

COMMENTARY: Considering the need to subsidize

Recently read in the paper that cotton farmers want the current one-year cotton subsidy made permanent, to make that commodity competitive with other countries’ prices. We know our government “subsidizes” many commodities, and often complain about “corporate welfare.” But what are subsidies? It’s complicated. The World Trade Organization defines these types: Cash...
New WSU president looks toward the future, new era

New WSU president looks toward the future, new era

The new president of Wright State University, Cheryl B. Schrader, arrived on campus a month ago after a long period of financial and administrative turmoil at the school. In June, trustees worked with an interim president to cut more than $30 million from the budget, eliminating 189 positions. As she works to begin a new era at Wright State, Schrader met with editors from Cox Media Group Ohio to talk...

COMMENTARY: Where does climate change denial come from?

“It’s Not Your Imagination: Summers Are Getting Hotter.” So read a recent headline in The Times, highlighting a decade-by-decade statistical analysis by climate expert James Hansen. “Most summers,” the analysis concluded, “are now either hot or extremely hot compared with the mid-20th century.” So what else is new? At this point the evidence for human-caused...

Opinion: Why can’t we have rational conversation about immigration?

WASHINGTON — What better way to usher in the hissingly hot dog days of summer, otherwise known as August, than with a high-wire verbal duel between CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta and White House sniper Stephen Miller. The sniping began during a news conference Wednesday, the same day President Trump endorsed Senate Republicans’ plan to reform legal immigration from family-based...

Opinion: Jeff Flake’s ‘Conservative Conscience’

The book pulls no punches. It sharply condemns conservatism for its role in a “culture of vicious dehumanization,” not to mention its sins of incoherence, rejection of empirical fact and plain hypocrisy. Writing of the rush by the conservative party, i.e., the GOP, to embrace the regrettable Donald Trump during the last election, the author is blunt and unsparing. “Never has a party...
Ed Rogers: At a time like this, Trump’s team sure seems heaven-sent

Ed Rogers: At a time like this, Trump’s team sure seems heaven-sent

War clouds are gathering over the Korean Peninsula, and we are reminded of what former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld (almost) famously said: “You go to war with the president you have, not the president you might want or wish to have at a later time.” President Donald Trump probably possesses the raw will to launch an attack that will leave North Korea smoldering. The U.S. military...
Trudy Rubin: How Trump’s loose lips can sink us all

Trudy Rubin: How Trump’s loose lips can sink us all

Here’s the good news about the crisis over North Korea. We are not going to war. Donald Trump is not going to nuke Pyongyang. Nor is North Korea’s Kim Jong Un going to nuke Guam. Yes, I know the president just threatened to meet any more North Korean threats to the United States “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” This is the kind of extreme military rhetoric...
Stafford: Spending time with grandchild special

Stafford: Spending time with grandchild special

Our 4-year-old grandson Atticus and I are in the full heat of fierce combat. He’s about to come to full giggle while locked in a vice grip from which I tell him he can never escape – and in which his ribs are ripe for the tickling, not that I’d do such a thing. At such a crucial juncture in the struggle, I could say – and maybe for the sake of his language development, should...

Opinion: After the coup by the press, what then?

That the Trump presidency is bedeviled is undeniable. As President Donald Trump flew off for August at his Jersey club, there came word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III had impaneled a grand jury and subpoenas were going out to the Trump family and campaign associates. The jurors will be drawn from a pool of citizens in a city Hillary Clinton swept with 91 percent of the vote. Trump got 4 percent...

Ending anti-conservative bias on campuses is real affirmative action

Affirmative action is once again in the news. This time because of a leaked Justice Department memo indicating possible action regarding complaints from Asian-American groups that Harvard University is discriminating against Asian-Americans in its admissions policies. As this story was breaking, Harvard said that, for the first time in history, the majority of its incoming freshman class will not...

Opinion: Motherhood is deadlier in United States

HOUSTON — We love mothers, or at least we say we do, and we claim that motherhood is as American as apple pie. We’re lying. In fact, we’ve structured health care so that motherhood is far more deadly in the United States than in other advanced countries. An American woman is about five times as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as a British woman — partly because Britain...

Opinion: Columbia University’s Mattress Girl discredited

If you haven’t heard of the “mattress girl,” it’s not for lack of trying among liberal opinion-shapers. Emma Sulkowicz, who dragged a blue mattress around Columbia University’s campus in 2014 to dramatize her plight as a rape victim, was profiled sympathetically in New York magazine, The New York Times and other publications. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, invited her...
Perspective: This Trump real estate deal looks a lot like criminal tax fraud

Perspective: This Trump real estate deal looks a lot like criminal tax fraud

President Donald Trump clearly doesn't want to release his income tax returns to the public. Members of the public and commentators have progressed through stages of outrage, speculation and acceptance that they'll never see the goods, while others have made attempts to pry the documents free (such as proposed legislation in New York and other states that would require presidential candidates to release...

Opinion: Trump to American heroes: You’re fired!

July 26 is a significant day in American military history. Sixty-nine years ago, on July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman signed an executive order abolishing racial segregation in the Armed Forces allowing African-Americans to serve in all branches of the military. Fast-forward. July 26, 2017 will go down in military history for a different reason. On that day, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet...

Opinion: Diminished trust in gov’t can be traced to Vietnam

One day (Marine Theodore Wallace) saw an officer casually aim his rifle and try to shoot a Vietnamese boy in the distance. “Sir, what are you doing?” he’d asked. “He’s probably supplying the (North Vietnamese Army),” the officer said. “What’s he doing out here anyway?” “It’s his country!” Wallace said. — Mark Bowden, &ldquo...

Opinion: Shall the United States fight them all?

On Saturday, Kim Jong Un tested an ICBM of sufficient range to hit the U.S. mainland. He is now working on its accuracy, and a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop that missile that can survive re-entry. He wants what every nuclear power wants — the ability to strike his enemy’s homeland with horrific impact, in order to deter that enemy. Kim wants his regime recognized and respected...
8 jaw-dropping lines from Trump's phone calls with Mexico and Australia

8 jaw-dropping lines from Trump's phone calls with Mexico and Australia

President Trump is obsessed with this election win, thinks New Hampshire is a "drug-infested den," worries about looking like "a dope" and doesn't want to talk publicly about who is going to pay for the wall. These are among the themes and standout moments from Trump's January telephone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister...

Opinion: No insurance, but for 3 days, health care is within reach

WISE, Va. — For a man who needed 18 teeth pulled, Daniel Smith was looking chipper. Anxious, too, for he was facing a pair of forceps. But Smith, 30, a contractor with no health or dental insurance, who hadn’t seen a dentist in more than 20 years, was looking forward to an imminent end to the pain and rot in his mouth. “I’ve always worked, since I was 14, but I’ve never...

Opinion: GOP’s work on health care must go on

NBC’s Chuck Todd started his “Meet the Press” interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price with an important question. Shouldn’t we accept, Todd suggested, that it’s “not Obamacare anymore, it’s our national health care system. …(Do) you accept that the attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act as we know it are dead and now your...

NRA cowardly fights for ‘the white to bear arms’

It began in April. That’s when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, conservative pundit Dana Loesch described an America wracked by carnage. “They,” she said, “use their...

COMMENTARY: The legislature has been messing with local governments

The General Assembly tried to make it harder for cities to use red-light and speed cameras to police traffic. The state Supreme Court last week ruled that the legislature couldn’t do that, at least not the way it tried to in a 2014 law. The high court’s decision was a rare gain for Ohio municipalities, whose home rule powers have been steadily pruned by the General Assembly. If you don&rsquo...
Analysis: What our Google searches reveal about the drug epidemic

Analysis: What our Google searches reveal about the drug epidemic

The country's ongoing drug epidemic, which claimed more than 59,000 lives last year, has left its trace on just about every aspect of American life: politics, religion, family, justice, birth and death. While most of us are familiar, by now, with the annual drumbeat of official statistics from places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, online search data offers a window into facets...

Opinion: Trump’s latest tweet just a ploy to troll the left

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, perhaps attempting to curry favor with this week’s court favorite, Anthony Scaramucci (who — stay with me here — had just accused the president’s chief of staff of a felony), popped up on “Fox and Friends” to suggest that it is “demoralizing” to fill out all the forms required for government service. She&rsquo...

Opinion: When a diminishing president is a good thing

WASHINGTON — Looking, as prudent people are disinclined to do, on the bright side, there are a few vagrant reasons for cheerfulness, beginning with this: Summer love is sprouting like dandelions. To the list of history’s sublime romances — Abelard and Heloise, Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy — add the torrid affair between Anthony Scaramucci and Donald Trump...

Opinion: Are America’s wars just and moral?

“One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans. What justifies America’s participation in this slaughter? Columnist Eric Margolis...

Opinion: Jared Kushner needs to find another job

For all that we don’t know about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Russia, one thing should now be clear: Jared Kushner should not be working in the White House, and he should not have a security clearance. True, no proof has been presented that Kushner broke the law or plotted with Russia to interfere in the U.S. election. But he’s under investigation, and a series of revelations...

Why don’t we take violence against women more seriously?

Reflecting back upon the awful tragedy earlier this summer when a gunman attacked members of Congress at their Washington, D.C., baseball practice, I’m reminded of an important part of the story that seemed to me to be quickly overshadowed by other events. As with so many of these stories, a man entered a public space and started firing, as we all watch the news helplessly. But as details emerged...

Opinion: Liberal teachers’ union wrong to equate freedom with racism

Randi Weingarten, president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers, used a speech last week to brand the education choice movement as racist. She also got personal, trying to pin the racist label onto Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos because DeVos is a passionate supporter of parents being able to choose where to send their child to school. I&rsquo...

Opinion: Why would you want Putin as a friend?

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking out more one-on-one time with Putin at the G-20 dinner — using only a Russian translator — is...

COMMENTARY: Wait for Trump to sabotage your health care

Is Trumpcare finally dead? Even now, it’s hard to be sure, especially given Republican moderates’ long track record of caving in to extremists at crucial moments. But it does look as if the frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act has failed. And let’s be clear: The reason this assault failed wasn’t that Donald Trump did a poor selling job, or that Mitch McConnell mishandled...

Opinion: The wild blue yonder ain’t what it used to be

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force’s aging fleet: The youngest B-52 entered service in 1962. Sons have flown the same plane their fathers and grandfathers...
Crisp: There’s a reason why Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job

Crisp: There’s a reason why Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was in the news last week, in a story that gives me a nagging, uneasy feeling about the health of our republic. Kaepernick is the professional football player who experienced considerable notoriety last season by declining to stand during the pregame rendition of the national anthem. He was protesting the history of racism in our country, as...
Krauthammer: What the parents of Charlie Gard should do for their baby

Krauthammer: What the parents of Charlie Gard should do for their baby

One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful 11-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells’ energy-producing structures — the mitochondria — thereby progressively ravaging his organs. He cannot hear, he cannot see, he can barely open his eyes. He cannot swallow, he cannot move, he cannot breathe...

Opinion: Mainstream media and the real crimes of Russiagate

For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with the Russians in hacking the DNC? And until last week, the answer was “no.” As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians … there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. … There’s...

Opinion: A solution when a nation’s schools fail

BUCHANAN, Liberia — Imagine an elementary school where students show up, but teachers don’t. Where 100 students squeeze into a classroom but don’t get any books. Where teachers are sometimes illiterate and periodically abuse students. Where families pay under the table to get a “free” education, yet students don’t learn to read. That’s public education in...

Opinion: Liberal values bankrupting nation, its people and morals

Recently, Gallup published the results of its annual Values and Beliefs poll. The headline is: “Americans Hold Record Liberal Views on Most Moral Issues.” Gallup has been doing this poll since 2001, and the change in public opinion on the moral issues surveyed has been in one direction — more liberal. Of 19 issues surveyed in this latest poll, responses on 10 are the most liberal...

Opinion: 12 things to believe if ‘witch hunt’ accusation is true

One column cannot accommodate the list of things you must believe if you trust that Donald Trump is truly the victim of a baseless witch hunt. Consider this a mere stab. 1) Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. The emails requesting the meeting specifically mentioned a “Russian government...
Opinion: How the Senate health bill would make the opioid epidemic worse

Opinion: How the Senate health bill would make the opioid epidemic worse

Over the past two decades, the number of Americans dying each year from opioid overdoses has quadrupled. In the hardest-hit state, West Virginia, where the overdose death rate is about three times the national average, the crisis has resulted in an overwhelmed foster-care system and a state burial program for the poor that ran through its entire annual budget three months into the year. This epidemic...

Opinion: Fixing the ‘rotting carcass’ tax code

WASHINGTON — Cynics are said to be people who are prematurely disappointed about the future. Such dyspepsia is encouraged by watching Republicans struggle to move on from the dog’s breakfast they have made of health care reform to the mare’s nest of tax reform. Concerning which, House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose preternatural optimism makes Candide seem morose, says: “If we&rsquo...

Opinion: The right wing’s war on journalism

Somebody went after Rachel Maddow last week. You might not have heard about it. The story didn’t get much traction in a week that began with video of Failed President Trump “wrestling” CNN and ended with his embarrassing trip to the G20 summit in Germany. Still, some of us would argue that it merits at least as much attention as the latest antics of the boy president. What nearly...
Gail Collins: ‘Is Emin any good?’ and other questions on Trumps, Russia

Gail Collins: ‘Is Emin any good?’ and other questions on Trumps, Russia

Nobody can talk about anything but Donald Trump Jr. and his Kremlin connections. You probably have some questions. Fire away. If Donald Jr. got convicted of a crime, do you think his father would pardon him? When the latest story about adventures with the Russians first appeared, the president did seem uncharacteristically reserved. He announced, through a spokeswoman, that his son “is a high-quality...
Charles Krauthammer: Bungled collusion is still collusion

Charles Krauthammer: Bungled collusion is still collusion

The Russia scandal has entered a new phase — and there’s no going back. For six months, the White House claimed that this scandal was nothing more than innuendo about Trump campaign collusion with Russia in meddling in the 2016 election. Innuendo for which no concrete evidence had been produced. Yes, there were several meetings with Russian officials, some only belatedly disclosed. But...

Opinion: Alone perhaps, but is Trump right?

At the G-20 in Hamburg, it is said, President Trump was isolated, without support from the other G-20 members, especially on climate change and trade. Perhaps so. But the crucial question is not whether Trump is alone, but whether he is right. Has Trump read the crisis of the West correctly? Are his warnings valid? Is not the Obama-Merkel vision of a New World Order a utopian fantasy? At the monument...

Opinion: Witnessing miracles in a remote village

BUCHANAN, Liberia — Miracles are rare these days, but I’ve seen them. In a village in rural Liberia, a long and muddy road from anywhere, I came across a grandma, a mom and a baby daughter all afflicted by clubfoot. This is a common birth defect in which one or both feet are grotesquely turned inward. We don’t see it in the U.S. or Europe because doctors correct it soon after birth...

Apprenticeships can win out over bureaucrats, liberals

Last month, President Trump signed an executive order to boost U.S. apprenticeship programs. These training programs convey skills to individuals for specific vocations. Currently, 505,000 people have apprenticeships through 2,100 programs registered with the government. President Trump has committed to creating 5 million apprenticeships over the next five years. I get nervous whenever I hear about...

Opinion: CNN ought not to ‘punch down’ at GIF creator

CNN is not wrong that the president of the United States ought to stop behaving like a clown. But they overshot this week. As someone who has about the lowest possible tolerance for Trumpian vulgarity, I thought the imbroglio over the CNN logo gif was overwrought. This was an invitation to violence? The original WWE clip was a joke. Superimposing the CNN logo on the face of Vince McMahon was a joke...

Opinion: Something is very wrong with the GOP

Dear Colleagues: We’re doing it again. Remember last year’s campaign? Remember how dogged and relentless we were in covering Hillary Clinton’s sloppy handling of her emails? Remember the comparatively free ride we gave Donald Trump despite his repeated demonstrations that he was unserious, unsound and unfit? Remember all the hand wringing afterward about how we had embraced a false...

Opinion: Is United States of America still a nation?

In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of “one people.” The Constitution, agreed upon by the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia in 1789, begins, “We the people…” And who were these “people”? In Federalist No. 2, John Jay writes of them as “one united people … descended from the same ancestors...

‘Tax cuts for rich’ just more liberal hogwash

One of the painful realities of our times is how long a political lie can survive, even after having been disproved years ago, or even generations ago. A classic example is the phrase “tax cuts for the rich,” which is loudly proclaimed by opponents, whenever there is a proposal to reduce tax rates. The current proposal to reduce federal tax rates has revived this phrase, which was disproved...
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