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National columns

Here in Cleveland, you gotta respect the scars from past

We all have things we try to avoid in life. My top three are large sports crowds (frightening), long waits (infuriating) and standing in the … Full story    
Updated 7 hours ago

Was campaign-manager firing a sacrifice to one constituency?

If you turned on cable TV news Monday, chances are good that you caught Corey Lewandowski fibbing that he doesn't have a clue why Donald … Full story    
Updated 7 hours ago

Trump and the art of self-destruction

In presidential election years, the time between the state party primaries and the national political conventions usually is an opportunity for the presumptive nominees to … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

Those making cultural case for ‘Brexit’ deserve second look

It’s not all about money. The economic arguments for Britain to stay in the European Union may be compelling, but the noneconomic ones demand respect. … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

The irrelevant gun crusade

Almost as soon as the massacre at the Orlando nightclub Pulse ended, Democrats took up their push to forbid people on the terrorism watch list … Full story    
Published:  June 22, 2016

Gun violence answers needed

Oh, the empty rhetoric that spewed from politicians in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history! Stop all foreign Muslims from coming … Full story    
Published:  June 21, 2016

This election, we get what begat

History offers little encouragement to either major American party this election year. Sobering for Republicans is the fact that in the past 87 years, no … Full story    
Published:  June 20, 2016

Trump running as Trump shouldn’t come as a surprise

When in his 1964 GOP acceptance speech Barry Goldwater declared that "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," a reporter sitting near journalist/historian … Full story    
Published:  June 20, 2016

Finding purpose in tragedy

Last Sunday started to bloom as it usually does for the Rev. Robin LaBolt, layer upon layer of her morning ritual gently unfurling. Pastor Robin, … Full story    
Published:  June 18, 2016

Decision time arrives for Sanders to either fight or to run

With the 2016 presidential primaries finally over, Bernie Sanders seems to be clinging to his surprisingly strong if losing campaign for the Democratic nomination essentially … Full story    
Published:  June 18, 2016

He hasn’t kept us safe

President Barack Obama desperately wanted to be a peacetime president, yet is ending his second term with Islamic terror attacks looming larger than at any … Full story    
Published:  June 15, 2016

Possible errors in exit polls suggest more election surprises ahead

Are the exit polls, on which just about every elections analyst has relied, wrong? That's a question raised by New York Times Upshot writer Nate … Full story    
Published:  June 15, 2016

Between a rock and a hard place

WASHINGTON - The morning after, the nation awakes asking: What have we done? Both parties seem intent on throwing the election away. The Democrats, running … Full story    
Published:  June 13, 2016

The third option: Libertarians provide a worthy alternative

Finally! Voters have another choice. The Libertarian Party nominated two socially tolerant but fiscally conservative former governors, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld. Weld? Isn't the … Full story    
Published:  June 12, 2016

Our milestone moment

On Tuesday night, after Hillary Clinton had delivered her first speech as the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, it didn't take long for some of … Full story    
Published:  June 11, 2016

Ryan’s endorsement of Trump a bitter pill to swallow

Paul Ryan is a disappointment. That's more difficult for me to write than it should be. My approach to politicians has generally been similar to … Full story    
Published:  June 11, 2016

Trump’s campaign strategy is to win by destroying

When I was a boy and lost just about every sporting event I tried, my father told me, "What counts isn't whether you win or … Full story    
Published:  June 10, 2016