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Trump’s attack on intelligence community smacks of Nixon

WASHINGTON – A telling measure of President Donald Trump’s determination to escape from the clutches of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is his bold revocation of the security clearance of John Brennan, the former CIA director with a lifetime of knowledge and understanding of the ...

Define ‘historic’

Tuesday’s primary results were hailed as “historic” by a number of media outlets. “Vermont Democrats made history Tuesday,” declared the Burlington Free Press. NPR framed the matter with the same word, “historic,” as did The New York Times, ABC and others. Most were pealing the ...

GOP must vote for Dems

The most memorable campaign event I attended in 2016 was a rally for John Kasich in Rhode Island. The participants seemed the cream of the middle class – many old-fashioned small-business Republicans as my father was. The Ohio governor spoke on the benefits of not being angry with everyone ...

What to think of Omarosa

In June 2016, Omarosa Manigault Newman made this prediction about her boss, presidential candidate Donald Trump: “Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, whoever disagreed, whoever challenged him. It is the ultimate ...

Markets know better than bureaucrats what society needs

WASHINGTON – Governments, seemingly eager to supply their critics with ammunition, constantly validate historian Robert Conquest: The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies. Consider North ...

Prison reform: An unlikely issue for Republican Party

Prison reform has normally been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the Trump administration, this, too, is about to change. Last Thursday, President Trump held a roundtable discussion at his Bedminster, New Jersey, property, five ...

Some comic relief

Rick Wilson was minding his own business as a Republican operative when Donald Trump happened. Though his commercials for GOP candidates often pressed thorns in liberal flanks, he won broad respect as a principled conservative. Trump has made Wilson stark raving mad. The charges? Betraying ...

Enough is enough already

During the weekend of Aug. 4-5 (and the preceding Friday night), 12 Chicagoans were shot dead, and 62 others were shot and wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported (https://tinyurl.com/yde7jb83). Before last week’s mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been shot since the beginning of the year, and 306 ...

Democrats have their own foreign espionage problem

WASHINGTON – Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their senate staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? Well, this week we learned that Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., had a Chinese spy on her ...

Not clear on who will lose

We’re heading into the home stretch in America’s unusually lengthy (six months and nine days) primary election season. Some three-quarters of Americans have had a chance to vote for Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress, and state and local offices. Their choices tell us ...

Don’t ban Alex Jones

It’s just gotten a little easier for the government to control the weather. Social media sites moved en masse to ban Alex Jones, the self-parodic conspiracy theorist. Jones is a poisonous toad who leveraged his compellingly ridiculous persona and bizarre rants into considerable notoriety ...

Is collusion really criminal?

In the last two weeks, the Trump administration has begun to make a rather interesting legal argument: Collusion isn’t criminal. President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani made this argument on television; Trump repeated it on Twitter. But is it true? Technically, collusion isn’t a crime. ...

Reading midterm tea leaves

WASHINGTON – Democrats who were looking to Tuesday’s mixed bag of special and primary elections for firm confirmation of their much-sought “blue wave” of public Trump rejection had to settle for an interim maybe. Perhaps the best they had to show for it was a very near miss in a ...

Don’t be duped by propaganda

Americans are so gullible. Even after all we know about Russian trolls’ attempts to influence our 2016 presidential election with phony social media posts, we still fall for their shenanigans. Even after special counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicted the Russian Internet Research Agency, ...

Colleges in America: A force of evil attacking our sacred values

Many of the nation’s colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to our future lies in the fact that today’s college students are tomorrow’s teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A ...

The John the Baptist of the left

A voice crying in the wilderness is supposed to be ignored, not rewarded with accolades and growing influence. Bernie Sanders is the prophet with honor in his own party. The former socialist gadfly is now the socialist trendsetter. At the moment, he has to be counted among the most successful ...

Trump sees foreign danger in the wrong places

What’s the most worrisome foreign intrusion into the United States -- unauthorized immigrants, Chinese imports or interference in our democracy? For Trump, it’s immigrants and imports. He doesn’t care much about the third. “Border security is national security,” Trump said last ...

The Matrix at 20

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic “The Matrix,” which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes it’s the other way around. On occasion, art can be prophetic. “The Matrix” is such a film. ...

The harebrained summit

Not since President Franklin Roosevelt sat down with Soviet dictator Josef Stalin after World War II has a meeting posed such a danger for American values as the coming week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The outcome of the Roosevelt-Stalin meetings ...

Modern-day bigotry rears its head

In 155 AD, Roman authorities ordered a man named Polycarp to burn incense for the Roman Emperor. Witnesses say the local authorities begged Polycarp to comply, some even acknowledging it was a meaningless act. But Polycarp refused. “Eighty-six years I have served Christ, and He never did ...