National Commentary

Milking victims’ emotions

Familiar rituals followed the terrorist bombing at the arena in Manchester, England. Flowers piled up near the site of carnage. Reporters plumbed every line of the attacker’s profile, speculating on what may have inspired his vile act. Rallies called for solidarity and a rejection of ...

We are seeing more ‘green baloney’ in the Times

The New York Times’ hostility to industry gets worse every day. Last week, the Times ran a big picture of a bay in Alaska with the headline “In Reversal, E.P.A. Eases Path for a Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay.” While this was just another of their stories about how Donald Trump will ...

The Superbugs are winning

The deadliest superbug yet – Candida auris – is invading hospitals and nursing homes, killing a staggering 60 percent of patients it infects. Some exposed patients don’t succumb to infection but silently carry the germ and infect others. So far, the lethal germ has sickened patients in ...

What Roger Ailes did right

Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after suffering a fall, understood and respected Middle America from whence he came. When the opportunity arrived to address the ...

How we can live peacefully

Millions of people love Apple computers and wouldn’t be caught using a PC. By contrast, there are many millions of PC users who feel the same way about Apple computers. Many men like double-breasted suits, but I wouldn’t be caught dead in one. Some people swear by Cadillac cars, but my ...

Don’t bet against tax & health care reform in 2017

If the smart money folks on Wall Street think a special counsel to oversee the Russian probes spells defeat for business tax cuts, they’re leaning well over their skis. The Dow Jones industrial average sold off over 300 points on Wednesday, but it may have come back to its senses with a ...

No evidence of blue ‘wave’

This is Paul Ryan country. Sometimes they love him. Sometimes they get frustrated with him. Sometimes they worry he’ll become part of the establishment. Yet, they fundamentally believe the Wisconsin Republican’s political intentions always come from his roots and are grounded in his ...

The guardrails can’t contain Trump

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) addressed. Donald ...

New Nixonian comparisons

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx. On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night Massacre. Yet, the differences ...

An outcry from the swamp

In early March, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told an audience at a cyber security conference in Boston, “You’re stuck with me for another six and a half years.” Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump fired him. In the months leading up to his election, Trump had ...

Common sense jury needed

We should all have a profound respect for our jury system. In a justice system that is obviously not perfect, average citizens put their lives on hold to serve as jurors so defendants get a fair shot at impartiality. Jurors act as a counterbalance to attorneys’ legal maneuverings as they ...

President Trump, it’s time to stop with the insults

During an interview last June in his New York office, I asked Donald Trump about his use of language that many considered insulting and divisive. “Will there be a pivot for you from the primaries to the general election campaign?” The candidate said “I agree” about the tone of the ...

U.S. presidents & the truth

There have been three memorable American presidents, the story goes. President George Washington could never tell a lie. President Richard Nixon could never tell the truth. And President Donald Trump cannot tell the difference. At a White House news conference, Trump referred to his November ...

Culture thrives when the country is all shook up

In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song “That’s All Right.” When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents’ radio to the station and went to a movie. His mother pulled him from the theater because the DJ was ...

What is America’s 21st century goal in the world?

For the World War II generation there was clarity. The attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941, united the nation as it had never been before — in the conviction that Japan must be smashed, no matter how long it took or how many lives it cost. After the defeat of the Axis powers in 1945, ...

The latest victim of the Clintons

Why did President Donald Trump fire FBI Director James Comey now? The answer, as my Washington Examiner colleague Byron York has argued, is that he waited until after his impeccably apolitical deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, was in place as Comey’s direct superior. Rosenstein was ...

The battle against sex trafficking of minors

Three months ago, State Trooper Jonathan Otto, 33, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, pulled over a car that had caught his attention by traveling 104 mph long after midnight, just south of Kingman. He smelled marijuana in the car. It was driven by a man with an adult female wearing ...

Helping first responders respond more safely

You know that emotionally satisfying feeling you get when you help someone in need? Aaron Negherbon gets that feeling every day. And now, he’s doubling down on his generosity. In 2010, Negherbon established TroopsDirect after a college friend serving as a U.S. Marines commander in Afghanistan ...

What are your flight rights?

It seems like every week we hear another airline horror story. A passenger was involuntarily removed (dragged while bleeding and screaming) from a United Airlines flight. A woman toting her 15-month-old twins was reduced to tears after an American Airlines flight attendant reportedly whacked ...

Trump’s first 100 days show degradation of presidency

Donald Trump’s failure to accomplish much or any of his agenda during his first 100 days as president shouldn’t blind us to the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time to our system of government, especially his degradation of the presidency. From early in the republic, we ...