National Commentary

What the world needs now

Insidious is the force that causes us to dream of things we wish (or don’t wish) were so. Thus, on the eve of this column’s creation, I dreamt of Donald J. Trump. We were seated at a dinner table for eight, but the other six chairs were empty. We spoke of many things, from education to ...

Fiscal irresponsibility a product of partisan politics

Gov. Chris Sununu and our friends in the Republican majority chose a partisan path for the budget, one even former House Speaker Bill O’Brien has praised. Gov. Sununu’s partisan Republican budget spends tens of millions more now and hundreds of millions more in the future on additional tax ...

How to stop Kim Jong Un

Otto Warmbier’s death is one of hundreds of thousands at the hands of the most brutal regime in the world, North Korea’s. The American student went to North Korea on a tour in 2016 and did something foolish: He tried to steal a propaganda poster from the wall of his hotel, an act captured ...

The impeachment battle

American politics is now, in large part, a fight about whether or not Donald Trump will be impeached. No one is saying it explicitly, but these are the stakes in the Russia controversy and its spinoffs and in the 2018 midterms. If Democrats take the House with anything like a comfortable ...

Firearms plus children equals potential tragedy

Summertime is upon us, the season when out-of-school kids are frequently left alone in the house. Here’s a question for all parents and grandparents out there: Do you have guns in your home? According to a new report from the Children’s National Hospital, 20,000 American children – yes, ...

Virginia shows the future

Without Virginia, we probably never would have become the United States. It was Virginian leadership and talent that created the nation. Think first of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, and don’t forget Chief Justice John Marshall, Patrick Henry ...

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 ...

Trump’s ongoing demolition derby with the press

The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump's insults lying down. After what may be the strongest - and to his supporters - most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: "Newspapers Aim to Ride 'Trump ...

The White House bubble

Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail. The White House may be in chaos; Congress may be struggling to deliver on a promised rewrite of Obamacare; our NATO allies may be wondering whether they can still count on the U.S. to defend them; the Russians may be so emboldened they've parked a ...

Where in the world are all the liberal Democrats?

What happened to liberal Democrats, and their concerns about civil liberties and government surveillance of American citizens? Liberals once hated the CIA. And they loved the Russians. Yeah, you can look it up. And their liberal friends in liberal Hollywood made movie after movie about the ...

Is the left playing with fire?

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it is starting to look like “deja vu all over again.” And as Adlai Stevenson, Bobby Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey did then, Democrats today like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are ...

New direction is needed with public schools system

American public school students fall well behind students around the world in math and science proficiency. This is not debatable. According to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, both cited in The New York Times ...

The problem we all live with

Ruby Bridges was 6 years old when federal marshals escorted her through a screaming crowd of angry white adults so that she could be the first black child to attend an all-white school in the South. On the morning of Nov. 14, 1960, the marshals drove Ruby and her mother to her new school, ...

We’re three weeks in and the countdown continues

Good news: In two years, we'll have a new president. Bad news: If we make it that long. My "good" prediction is based on the Law of the Pendulum. Enough Americans, including most independent voters, will be so ready to shed Donald Trump and his little shop of horrors that ...

When minorities are pawns

Ordinary black people cannot afford to go along with the liberal agenda that calls for undermining police authority. That agenda makes for more black crime victims. Let's look at what works and what doesn't work. In 1990, New York City adopted the practice in which its police officers might ...

Trump doesn’t take kindly to limits on his power

As President Trump is faced with unconstitutionally defying the rulings of the federal judiciary that has blocked his temporary immigration ban, he is being educated on the realities of the rule of law in our American democracy. The three members of the Ninth Circuit Court panel who rejected ...

Attacking bigotry at home

Here's a crime story you likely didn't hear about. It happened on the New York City subway. But it is not the hate-filled crime that matters as much as the response to it by the group of total strangers who happened to file into a particular subway car on a wintery Saturday night. As the ...

As the Left seek control, mayor tells them to ‘chill’

Even in private there's no American politician more intense than Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He's all about control. And when he doesn't have control - of his message, of events - he clenches his jaw and all but bites through his teeth. Emanuel, famous for taking that steakhouse knife and ...

Is it Trump running things?

Last Saturday night, Donald Trump attended the Red Cross Ball at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. On Sunday, he watched the Super Bowl at his West Palm Beach golf course. As he left Florida on Monday, news emerged that he will probably return this weekend for golf with Japanese ...

Time travelers came to 2017

My Lord, these time travelers. They're everywhere. I first noticed this influx of visitors from the past - men, mostly - shortly after the election. Filling my email inbox. Trolling my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Offering one unsolicited directive after another about how women should be ...