National Commentary

Trump’s choice is qualified

America's socialists - I mean, progressives, are enraged that President-elect Trump chose Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education. "Not a good appointment," yelled Al Sharpton. A "proponent of a for-profit institution! She does not believe in the public school ...

Americans are no longer on the move

Americans see themselves as people on the move. When the going gets tough or when opportunity beckons, we get up and go. We move around a lot. Actually, we don't - or don't nearly so much as we used to. The percentage of Americans moving every year is less than half that of a half-century ago ...

Disaster planning history a lesson for White House

Author Tevi Troy begins his excellent book "Shall We Wake the President?: Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office," with something innocent. A children's song. It is much like other rhymes that children sing, or used to sing, the nursery rhymes we sang as ...

On the brink of what’s next

For 45 minutes on Christmas Eve, I watched love, in all of its diversity, play out in front of me. Thanks, 2016. I needed that. I was parked in the arrivals lane at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, nearly an hour early for my daughter and her family. It is not my habit to arrive so ...

After all these years, still no justice for JonBenet

All crime reporters have a story from their past they cannot shake, a case that either touched them on a profound personal level or remains mysteriously unsolved. This time of year, I think of a story I covered 20 years ago this week, which remains with me for both reasons: the Christmastime ...

Two words for the season

When my wickedly witty father wanted to insult someone, he'd say, "I have two words for you - and they're not "Merry Christmas." At least this is what he thought he might say because I don't think he ever insulted anyone. Even in private, he spoke only favorably of ...

Trump transcendent, but economy needs attention

President-elect Donald Trump's transition continues to go smoothly. Actually, better than smoothly - confidently. More than confidently - transcendently. And to top it all off, the Dow is up 9 percent since the election, while economic-sensitive small caps have jumped nearly 16 percent. These ...

Priorities should raise doubt

Donald Trump and his adult children are continuing to dodge the obvious conflict of interest of running a huge for-profit business enterprise while he gets ready to run the country. Trump's post-election promise to clarify the situation, while insisting that by law as a president he has no ...

Baby, let’s not ruin all of it

A Christmas standard since the 1940s, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is an uncommonly catchy and witty song that is now - incredibly enough - controversial. Anyone who has turned on the radio, walked in a shopping mall or watched a Christmas special is familiar with the tune, a ...

First we decorate

The day after Thanksgiving is usually when I begin decorating for Christmas, but on Nov. 25, I turned to my husband on the verge of despair. "I don't know," I said. "I don't think I have it in me." The sound of those words, in my voice, was enough to ...

Potential for peace rests heavily on technology

"To change anything in the Navy is like punching a feather bed. You punch it with your right and you punch it with your left until you are finally exhausted, and then you find the damn bed just as it was before you started punching." - Franklin Roosevelt, 1940 What the ...

Saboteurs of foreign policy

The never-Trumpers are never going to surrender the myth that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and the Democratic National Committee to defeat Clinton and elect Donald Trump. Their investment in the myth is just too ...

The rules of politics have changed over past 40 years

Over the 40-some years that I have been working or closely observing the political campaign business, the rules of the game haven't changed much. Technology has changed the business somewhat, but the people who ran campaigns in the 1970s could have (and in some cases actually have) run them ...

Mother Emanuel’s parable

In the parable of the sower, a farmer sprinkles seeds upon four different types of terrain, one of which is rocky where seeds fail to thrive. As interpreted by scholars, the rock refers to the human heart that's made of stone and therefore resistant to the seed (the Word of God), and ...

Trump’s Cabinet nominees in for a rude awakening

President-elect Donald Trump is filling his Cabinet with lions of industry and finance, not surprising for a businessman, and the left has predictably focused on the various conflicts of interest that might arise for his nominees. But the likelihood is that most will make it through ...

Obama’s Oval Office finale

Before President Obama turns off the Oval Office lights for the last time, it's critical that he make good on his order for a definitive report from the full American intelligence community - not just the CIA and the FBI - on whether the Russian government hacked into U.S. cyberspace in ways ...

Faking the news

Mainstream media are suddenly concerned about "fake news." It used to be that phony stories were easy to spot. They usually focused on space aliens or mysterious creatures found wandering deep in the woods. My personal favorite in this genre was a 1992 ...

Less, not more, government will help labor

With the nomination of business executive Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, to be labor secretary, President-elect Donald Trump has picked a businessman who is economically literate and who understands the power of freedom and capitalism. This is good news because the best thing that can ...

Why not 100-year bonds?

If President-elect Donald Trump's economic growth plan - slashing business and personal marginal tax rates, and rolling back costly business regulations - is achieved next year, the economy could break out with 4 to 5 percent growth. And that means much higher interest rates. This rate rise ...

VA cleanup an urgent task

Last week, Veterans Affairs got caught covering up the quality ratings of its 146 medical centers. VA Secretary Robert McDonald insists. "No VA medical facility is bad or failing." Really? Not even a hospital that earns only one star out of five? McDonald denies he's hiding ...