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National columns


Ben Carson is a role model

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who … Full story    
Updated 2 days ago

International trade thuggery

President-elect Donald Trump's threats against American companies looking to relocate in foreign countries have won favorable review from many quarters. Support comes from those alarmed … Full story    
Published:  January 17, 2017

Where’s the honeymoon?

The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least … Full story    
Published:  January 16, 2017

Barack Obama’s bittersweet farewell back home

President Obama's decision to go home to Chicago to deliver his farewell address to the nation was not too surprising, considering he will be leaving … Full story    
Published:  January 16, 2017

Finding the worst in Times

Now that I no longer do a weekly TV show, I have more time to read my local paper. Sadly, that's The New York Times. … Full story    
Published:  January 15, 2017

A call for solid journalism

Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi … Full story    
Published:  January 14, 2017

Is the death penalty dying?

Upon the birth of a new year, let's talk about death, shall we? Or the death penalty, to be precise. The topic loomed over a … Full story    
Published:  January 11, 2017

For Republicans, this is the year of living nervously

Outspent by nearly a 2-1 ratio by Hillary Clinton and conspicuously not endorsed by the two most recent Republican presidents or the two most recent … Full story    
Published:  January 11, 2017

Black communities & crime

The FBI reported that the total number of homicides in 2015 was 15,696. Blacks were about 52 percent of homicide victims. That means about 8,100 … Full story    
Published:  January 10, 2017

Tweets didn’t save ethics

That went over well. In the darkness of night on a federal holiday, House Republicans voted to kill the Office of Congressional Ethics. That would … Full story    
Published:  January 9, 2017

President Obama’s unforced errors on foreign policy

When Barack Obama moves two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to 2446 Belmont Road in Washington's Kalorama neighborhood, he will live half a mile from … Full story    
Published:  January 8, 2017

Government by faculty lounge subject to repeal

President Barack Obama went up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to counsel congressional Democrats on how to save Obamacare. Or at least that's how his … Full story    
Published:  January 8, 2017

We are not the enemy

On the last day of December, this was Donald Trump's greeting for America - via Twitter, of course: "Happy New Year to all, including to … Full story    
Published:  January 8, 2017

Go the second mile, serve our adversaries

Go the second mile, serve our adversaries The political shifts of the past several months have renewed interest in First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and … Full story    
Published:  January 8, 2017

When there are two Trumps

In a matter of a couple of weeks, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in to office as the 45th president of the United States. … Full story    
Published:  January 7, 2017

Welcome to a new, scary era in American politics

President-elect Donald Trump, still officially only in the wings of power, had no hesitation horning in on the opening of Congress the other day. He … Full story    
Published:  January 7, 2017

Good riddance to a bad 2016

As my father would have said about the year 2016, "So long, and don't let the door hit you in the rump on the way … Full story    
Published:  January 4, 2017