National Commentary

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 cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his ...

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 about trade deficits, those who want a ''level playing field'' and those who call for ''free trade but fair ...

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 a Washington that over the last eight years has brought him as much heartache as satisfaction. His televised speech before a packed crowd at ...

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 through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone. Presidents-elect usually lie ...

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. The Times actually does some good reporting, but their political and economic coverage is filled with deceit. Can I find deceit every day? You bet. Take a look at a few days ...

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 Germany, talked about himself in the third person as he described Vladimir Putin's affection for him and attacked not one but ...

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 Republican presidential nominees, Donald Trump was still able to capture six states Democrat Barack Obama had twice carried - Florida, Iowa, ...

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 courtroom in Charleston, South Carolina, this month where the self-proclaimed white supremacist Dylann Roof undertook a fool's errand. After a jury quickly found him ...

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 black lives were ended violently, and over 90 percent of the time, the perpetrator was another black. Listening to the news media and the Black ...

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 have shut down independent investigations of corruption in Congress. You could almost hear the wheels turn: Lobbyists are hot to gut regulations ...

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 the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The central purposes of these ccts are to protect people from legal obligations that might ...

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 my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!" My immediate response to this ...

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 visit was billed. But to judge from the responses of some of the Democrats, his advice was typical of the approach he's taken to legislation in ...

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 2340 S Street, where Woodrow Wilson spent his three post-presidential years. Wilson's embittering foreign policy failure was the Senate's ...

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 castigated his own party's leaders for giving priority to a matter of House housekeeping rather than addressing his urgent call to make American ...

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. But which Trump will occupy the Oval Office is an open question. Will it be the man who has assembled, for the most part, a team of well-qualified and impressive ...

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 out!" But I'm sure Dad would have used more colorful language. It was a confusing, divisive and extremely frustrating year, wasn't it? We saw terror attacks on ...

After Obama’s move, we should look to defund the UN

We've come a long way from Daniel Patrick Moynihan excoriating the U.N.'s 1975 "Zionism is racism" resolution in one of the finer exhibits of righteous indignation in the history of American speechifying. The Obama administration acceded to - and, reportedly, assisted behind ...

Obama’s final, and most shameful, legacy moment

"When the chips are down, I have Israel's back." - Barack Obama, AIPAC conference, March 4, 2012 The audience - overwhelmingly Jewish, passionately pro-Israel and supremely gullible - applauded wildly. Four years later - his last election behind him, with a month to go in ...

Obama abandoned Israel

While Christians across America were preparing for the Christmas holiday, the Obama administration threw its sympathies and support to those who oppress Christians in the cradle of Christianity - Bethlehem and elsewhere. The move by the Obama administration to abstain and not veto an ...