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home : opinion : editorial December 15, 2019

Raise revenues, but hold the drama
Democratic candidates offer two basic approaches to raising revenues for public programs. One is grand opera -- accusing the wealthy of greed (Bernie Sanders) and malice, that is, "leaving everyone else behind" (Elizabeth Warren). For this bad behavior, there must be punishment in the form of taxation.
Saturday, December 14, 2019


Who's doing the raping? Don't ask 'Law & Order: SVU'
With the impeachment nonsense making TV news unwatchable, I've been catching up on "Law & Order: SVU" recently.
Friday, December 13, 2019

The unhistoric impeachment
Never has history felt less consequential. 
Friday, December 13, 2019

Sinclair Broadcast Group says its dumping Boris Epshteyn's commentaries
NEW YORK (AP) — The Sinclair group of local television stations said Wednesday it is dropping its commentary segments featuring Boris Epshteyn, former aide to President Donald Trump.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

It's official - the dossier was malarkey
The new report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is an absolutely damning indictment of the Steele dossier.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Warren's problems go beyond health care
Monday, December 9, 2019

Lock Him Up
His staff used to brag that he was Donald Trump before there was Donald Trump. That was before he pled guilty but after he took to blaming his wife for the misuse of official campaign funds that allegedly financed his extramarital affairs.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Not Much Romance in Santa's Toy Warehouse
A fixture of family Christmas movies is worldly-wise children recovering some of their innocence. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) provides an early example.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

The disgraceful campaign against the Salvation Army
Damaging photos of Pete Buttigieg have surfaced -- ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.  

The images of the South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate participating in the Red Kettle Ring Off, a friendly competition between officials from South Bend and nearby Mishawaka over who can raise more for the Salvation Army during a day of bell-ringing, date from 2017. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Judiciary hearing most useful for the history it illuminated
The irony the Democratic impeachers are courting in the latest phase of their drive to remove Donald Trump from the White House is that their efforts may have the effect of helping him win a second term in the White House.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Are facts white nationalist?
I gather it would be proof positive of "white nationalism" to point out that the only group discriminated against in college admissions is white people.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Our faltering social vitality
The economy is in robust good health, but our social fabric isn't.

By two basic measures of social vitality, births and deaths, American society is faltering. Both the fertility rate and life expectancy are declining, in a sign that people feel less secure and, in some cases, have no hope at all.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The bad-faith impeachment
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats are trying to remove President Trump from office "prayerfully," "sadly" and "with a heavy heart." In fact, as anyone who has been watching knows, many Democrats have been itching to impeach Trump since the day he took office.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

For Ne Hampshire voters, Iowa's outcome dosen't mean much
Al Foley, who taught history in these parts for decades and still is remembered in song and lore, was one of the great up-country raconteurs of his time. He died in 1978, but I met him once and, like so many others marinated in the folklore of this rugged state, I knew by heart many of his Yankee tales, including this one with special merit as the New Hampshire primary draws near:

Tourist from out of state to the farmer by the road: Does it matter which road I take to Manchester?

Monday, December 2, 2019

Party like a spy: Spookstock is intel world's hush-hush bash
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sometime earlier this year, one of the most elite social events in Washington took place, but without any fanfare or news coverage.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Filling the buses
In 1976, the one-term Georgia governor who used to surprise locals in Iowa by introducing himself and telling people he was running for president finished first in Iowa (actually, he finished behind uncommitted, but that counted as first) and went on to win the Democratic nomination.
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Why the rush toward impeachment?
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, leader of the Democratic effort to impeach President Trump, told colleagues recently that impeachment is "an urgent matter that cannot wait."
Saturday, November 30, 2019

For New Hampshire voters, Iowa's outcome doesn't mean much
HANOVER, N.H. -- Al Foley, who taught history in these parts for decades and still is remembered in song and lore, was one of the great up-country raconteurs of his time. He died in 1978, but I met him once and, like so many others marinated in the folklore of this rugged state, I knew by heart many of his Yankee tales, including this one with special merit as the New Hampshire primary draws near:
Friday, November 29, 2019

The Bad Prince No one forced him to go.
The photo and video make clear that there was no one holding a gun to his head, no one forcing him to be there.
Friday, November 29, 2019

The Zen of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. But there is something almost un-American about it. It is a day opposed to striving, to getting more. We stop adding up the numbers on the scorecard of life. We freeze in place and give thanks for whatever is there.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The check-the-box impeachment
Nancy Pelosi said she undertook impeachment "prayerfully," and apparently what she was praying was that she could get it over with as soon as possible.  

The House is preparing to send a flagrantly incomplete factual record to the Senate as the basis of an effort to remove a sitting president for the first time in our history. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Do US carmakers want us to like them?
Ask not why the Trump administration must dismantle America's environmental laws with such gusto. By now, that's a given. Instead, let's ask why some automakers, businesses that must plan years in advance, are siding with a president intent on sowing chaos in their own industry.
Monday, November 25, 2019

Ideas for curbing corruption in Illinois, over time; or, how to become Iowans
As readers might surmise from reading the news about Illinois, our state is arguably embedded in a political culture (patterns of behavior) of corruption (unearned personal gain at public expense). This doesn't mean that everyone in the Prairie State is corrupt, but that there is a learned disposition among too many of us that if we have a chance to take advantage of government, we might as well do so, as everyone else would do so in the same situation.

I have some ideas that could transform our disposition, but as with any cultural change, it will take time. After all, ingrained habits are hard to break.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Why Democrats have been running rings around Republicans on impeachment
On the substance, Democrats have won the first two weeks of the impeachment hearings by TKO.  

Not that it's required much exertion. The facts have been in their favor, especially considering the ground that congressional Republicans have tried to defend. 

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Two cheers for John Milton
Just when we need it the most, fresh inspiration about the value and virtue of a free press is here. It's from the year 1644.
Friday, November 22, 2019

We'll tell you who's privileged
While waiting for a car at Union Station last Thursday night, I was treated to a giant TV screen playing Christine Blasey Ford's testimony from last year against then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh -- now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The display had been arranged by feminists to protest the justice's speech to a Federalist Society dinner inside the station.
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Why Democrats don't want the public to know the origins of the Ukraine probe
Why are House Democrats stonewalling questions about the identity of the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower?

Start by taking them at their word. Perhaps they really are concerned about the whistleblower's personal safety. They also know that, beyond a limited prohibition applying only to the inspector general of the intelligence community, no law bars anyone -- in politics, media or anywhere else -- from revealing the whistleblower's identity. So they worry.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Elizabeth Warren's 'Medicare for All' debacle
The clear loser of the Democratic primary is "Medicare for All."
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

America is squandering our grandchildren's future
Many of us sense our great nation  that City upon a Hill  is slipping down the slope, yet we're not sure how to restrain the slide.
Monday, November 18, 2019

Canadian city's 1919 general strike has lessons for today
Why should we care today about a general strike in a faraway city on the remote Canadian plains exactly a century ago? Why should the fact that it lasted six weeks and involved 36,000 strikers -- or even that it produced at least four novels -- interrupt our preoccupations with American travails: a presidential impeachment, a race for the White House or even our absorption in this week's NFL schedule?
Monday, November 18, 2019

This time, it was Saugus
In California, every kid over the age of 3 knows how to duck and cover, and has an earthquake kit in their locker, emergency phone numbers and the like. Pretty terrifying the first time you pack that little kit for school.
Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Russian conspiracy that just won't die
The Mueller report accomplished nothing.  

Whether you thought that the two-year, $32 million investigation was warranted or not, the report promised to establish a factual record that both sides could accept, especially on the explosive charge that Donald Trump had conspired with the Russians to win the American presidency. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

No, Michael Bloomberg will not save the Democrats
WARNING: Parts of this column may bear strong resemblance to my earlier columns when Michael Bloomberg toyed with running for president, because with Bloomberg, history has a way of repeating itself.
Friday, November 15, 2019

Bloomberg, billionaires and boobery
I'd like to personally bop over the head the next Democrat who says that Michael Bloomberg shouldn't be running for president because he's a billionaire. Let's give thanks that a simple-minded dismissal of rich candidates didn't sink FDR's chances.

Billionaires are not the enemy. If you believe that those raking in astronomical incomes should be paying higher taxes -- and Warren Buffet and I do -- that is a job for our elected representatives who write the tax code.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

How to get into Harvard without good SAT scores
If you're looking for a shortcut to get your kid into a prestigious college, but your little one doesn't have high enough cheekbones to claim to be an Indian, consider the petal-strewn path of the newly elected San Francisco district attorney, Chesa Boudin.

Chesa's sparkling credentials are: He is the son of celebrated cop-killers Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert! That was enough to win him admission to Yale, Oxford and Yale Law School.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mike Pompeo definitely was not a Marine officer
Susan Estrich is off. The following column is by Mark Shields.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Democrats shouldn't blame Latin
If the impeachment effort isn't taking the nation by storm, the Democrats have an answer -- blame it on Latin.  

The use of a Latin term, quid pro quo, is now thought to be a damper on the impeachment cause because it sounds complex and technical. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Medicare's outpatient 'Part B' premium going up to $144.60
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare’s “Part B” premium for outpatient care will rise by nearly 7% to $144.60 a month next year, officials said Friday. They blamed rising spending on medications.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

New York puts Trump in rearview
The (mostly) charming family movie "Mr. Popper's Penguins" is about a divorced father living alone in his posh Manhattan digs. Unexpectedly, he receives two boxes of penguins, and chaos ensues. But the 2011 film has a not-very-subtle subtheme: the prominence of future President Donald Trump as the quintessential rich and heroic New Yorker.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg opens the door to a 2020 presidential campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, is opening the door to a 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, warning that the current field of candidates is ill equipped to defeat President Donald Trump.
Friday, November 8, 2019

AI comes to hockey, but romance remains
MONTREAL -- In a classic start-up setting -- in a former textile plant four miles from where the first hockey match was played a century and a half ago -- a group of high-tech computer engineers are changing Canada's most revered pastime.
Friday, November 8, 2019

Report: Illinois public education improving, but much more work lies ahead
SPRINGFIELD — A group that advocates for public education in Illinois released a report indicating the state has made some progress in improving educational outcomes over the past five years, but it still has a long way to go to achieve the goal of having 60 percent of all adults attaining some kind of college-level degree or certificate by 2025.
Friday, November 8, 2019

California Dems show us the future. Run for you lives
In this column, I will prove that Democrats: 1) Don't care about "Russians," (Ukrainians?) or anyone else interfering with our democracy; and 2) they also don't give a crap about guns.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Could the Trump haters quiet down?
I disagree with almost everything President Donald Trump has done. I cringe at the disrespect he has shown to his own office. He has degraded the presidency, driven us apart, lied enough to make anything Joe Biden has ever said trivial by comparison, cozied up to Russian President Vladimir Putin and contradicted his own intelligence services, even as he was attacking NATO. Oh, yes, and the Ukraine thing.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Moderation and good manners actually win elections
Moderation along with good manners delivered impressive victories to Democrats this week. Case in point was Andy Beshear's win over Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor's race.
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Trump, the phone call and consciousness of guilt
The July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Vlodomyr Zelensky is the central piece of evidence in the Democratic drive to remove the president from office. "That call was a smoking gun," Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after House Democrats voted to formalize their impeachment inquiry.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Democrats preside over stronger economies
Are you worried that the economy grew by only 1.9% in the recent quarter? That's a pretty weak performance. But it would seem downright dismal if you believed Donald Trump's assertion during the 2016 campaign that 1.9% growth during one of Barack Obama's quarters signaled an economy "in deep trouble."
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

'Nationalism' shouldn't be a dirty word
If there's one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it's that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent years, from the election of Donald Trump to Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Betting billions on bizarre entrepreneurs
What can you say about "sophisticated" investors who would pile billions into a startup whose 40-year-old founder walks the streets of Manhattan barefooted and says his company's mission is to "elevate the world's consciousness"? Did I mention that his enterprise has yet to turn a penny of profit?
Monday, November 4, 2019

Winning isn't the whole game in politics
Current "must win at all costs" campaigning  where big money and trashing one's opponent in a close race seem de rigueur  may be at the heart of what ails American politics. There are other reasons, and good ones, to run, even if the candidate doesn't expect to win.

Of course, candidates want to win, and believe they should. Indeed, once in a race, even a long-shot bid, candidates almost necessarily develop a mindset that they can and will win. It's part of our DNA.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Facebook's folly
Mark Zuckerberg is certainly a genius, but not when it comes to understanding the First Amendment, much less the politics of a city like Washington, D.C.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

The best Trump defense
Republicans have had trouble mounting an effective defense on Ukraine because they haven't put down their stakes on the most defensible ground.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Nixon's 'Silent Majority' is Trump's 'Forgotten men and Women'
President Franklin Roosevelt spoke repeatedly, just after Pearl Harbor and later during World War II, of a dangerous minority opposed to the conflict. Sen. Paul Douglas of Illinois spoke in 1967 of a "silent center." In the spring of 1969, the prominent campaign chronicler Theodore H. White spoke of America's "mute masses," saying that the challenge for President Richard M. Nixon was to "interpret what the silent think, and govern the country against the grain of what its more important thinkers think."
Friday, November 1, 2019

New poll poses serious questions about Dem impeachment drive
There's no doubt Democrats in Washington are hell-bent on impeaching President Trump over the Ukraine matter. But after weeks of polling, it is still unclear precisely what Americans outside the Beltway think.
Friday, November 1, 2019

He's a one-man Ukrainian lobby!
I have a confession. I behaved badly recently, and I'm just going to admit it.

As a guest at a dinner party in Georgetown, I stormed in and started bossing everyone around. First, I demanded that the foyer be painted a different color and wainscoting be added to the dining room. Then I had my hosts assemble their children so I could give them all different names. Before making my exit, I grabbed two legs of turkey off the entree platter and stuffed them in my purse.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

California can't keep the lights on
California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation -- it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The problem with President Pence
Republican senators will soon be receiving an invitation to tear apart the GOP ahead of the 2020 elections, and they are going to decline to accept it.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Is Klobuchar the Heartland moderate Democrats need?
Beats me why heartland Democrats running for president haven't gained more traction. Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan just left the race despite his success in part of the industrial Midwest that delivered the presidency to Donald Trump. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock continues to just hang on, arguing that he's the only Democrat who won statewide office in a very red state.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A new black market is set to burn Illinois taxpayers
The black market - the underground, unregulated and untaxed, and extremely dangerous threat to Illinoisans and its small businesses  -took a deserved hit in the spring legislative session with the legalization of adult use of marijuana. Lawmakers understand that it is smart policy to properly regulate and tax the industry, and bring it out of the shadows.

Yet, the black market stands to rebound in the fall veto session that starts next week. Lawmakers are considering a ban on all flavored tobacco and vaping products in Illinois  playing a game of regulatory whack-a-mole that never ends well.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

ComEd gets tangled up in Illinois politics
Political corruption in Illinois is back in the news. (When did it leave?) A reader writes: Why so much corruption, and so little in neighboring states?

I respond that we have in Illinois a culture (pattern of behavior and values) of corruption (unearned personal gain at public expense). Over our state's history, a sense has developed among too many of us that if we have an opportunity to take advantage of government we might as well do so, as that's what anyone else would do  fix a traffic ticket, get out of a DUI, find an inside track to a profitable government contract, and more.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Trump should want a rapid impeachment
The Ukraine story hasn't been good for President Donald Trump, and there's only one way out -- to get impeached, and the sooner, the better. 
Friday, October 25, 2019

Details are the hobgoblin of health care politics
What can you say about a political party that argues endlessly about how much they'd have to raise middle-class taxes to pay for a leading candidate's proposal? Elizabeth Warren has run herself -- and much of the Democratic Party -- into this political ditch.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Facebook shouldn't be political speech police
"We don't fact-check political ads," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a recent speech. "We don't do this to help politicians, but because we think people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying."
Thursday, October 24, 2019

We, too, can be a failed Latin American state
The left's enthusiasm for Third World immigrants isn't only because they vote 8-2 for the Democrats. It's that Latin American peasants seem uniquely amenable to idiotic socialist schemes.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Zuckerberg appears in Congress as Facebook faces scrutiny
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is again appearing before Congress to face questions about his company’s massive market power, privacy lapses and tolerance of speech deemed false or hateful.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris, colleagues seek Ukraine info via public records law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and two of her Democratic Senate colleagues are trying to force the Trump administration to release documents related to Ukraine and potential investigations into the president’s domestic political rivals through the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Democrats' 2020 race has a new shadow: Hillary Clinton
Some Democrats are putting up caution signs for Hillary Clinton as she wades back into presidential politics by casting 2020 candidate Tulsi Gabbard as a “Russian asset,” mocking President Donald Trump’s dealings with a foreign leader and drawing counterattacks from both.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Gloria Allred, Superlawyer
She is almost as famous as the women she represented and the men she has held responsible.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Identity politics are a dead end
In her post-mortem on Hillary Clinton's failed candidacy, Donna Brazile noted that her students at Georgetown University truly disliked identity politics.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Let's talk about electronic devices, communication and guns
I muse widely, yet my knowledge base in quite narrow. So, I could sure use help from thoughtful readers who know more than I about the topics below, which I am beginning to explore for possible essays. If you have informed thoughts and links to good sources, please email at jnowlan3@gmail.com.
Monday, October 21, 2019

The only thing over for coal country is coal
There is economic life after coal, and the sooner America's coal country concedes that coal as a power source is about dead, the sooner it can move on to better days. This is the reality of coal. It's on the way out whether President Donald Trump "digs" it or not.
Monday, October 21, 2019

How to run for office: The game hasn't changed that much over time
By JIM NOWLAN
ILLINOIS — You might have been asked recently to sign a petition to put a candidate on the ballot in 2020. It's that season and, though a truism, if good people don't run for office, democracy doesn't work. You ought to try running. Here's how.

Friday, October 18, 2019

The foolhardy campaign against 'endless wars'
Barack Obama and Donald Trump are diametrically opposed figures, representing the categorical rejection of the other for his supporters, yet they share significant foreign-policy DNA. 
Friday, October 18, 2019

Please, please more Democratic debates!
With all the rancor in politics these days, the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate on Tuesday night delivered a rare moment of comity: Twelve Democrats agreed, apparently without compensation, to appear in a Donald Trump ad.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Democrats ratchet up impeachment secrecy
Not long ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump. Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Beating Trump
After the conclusion of what had to be described as a rather bad week for the president -- I think we can agree that the initiation of impeachment proceedings based on allegations that he solicited the assistance of foreign leaders for his reelection campaign qualifies as a bad week -- you would think the president's poll numbers would be in the toilet.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Democrats turn an unconventional cold shoulder to New Hampshire
- The refrigerator is almost empty.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Elizabeth Warren's threat to the Constitution
There's a brewing constitutional crisis, and it is the Elizabeth Warren surge in the Democratic primaries.
Friday, October 11, 2019

Luckily, Democrats never have 'personal, political' motives
Today we will answer the question: May a president ask a foreign country to investigate corruption if it serves his "personal, political" interests?
Friday, October 11, 2019

3 sexually transmitted diseases hit new highs again
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

GOP is unlikely to reprise the role it played in Nixon's 1974 exit
NEW YORK (AP) — On Aug. 7, 1974, three top Republican leaders in Congress paid a solemn visit to President Richard Nixon at the White House, bearing the message that he faced near-certain impeachment due to eroding support in his own party on Capitol Hill. Nixon, who'd been entangled in the Watergate scandal for two years, announced his resignation the next day.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

End impeachment secrecy
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The NBA salutes its Chinese overlords
Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Trump invades the Democratic Party
President Trump's path to reelection goes through the Democratic Party. Goal No. 1 is to get Democrats to eliminate his greatest threat: Joe Biden.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

California gets its political muscles in shape
LOS ANGELES -- Once the 2020 presidential campaign leaves the early tests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, the political themes will be California themes, the issues will be California issues, and the values being debated will be California values.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Illinois higher education in disarray; can it be saved?
Illinois higher education is in disarray as a result of an exodus of students from our state, uncertain state funding, declining high school graduation numbers, excess capacity, and the seeming implosion of several state universities.
Monday, October 7, 2019

Clampdown on vaping could send users back to cigs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two years ago, electronic cigarettes were viewed as a small industry with big potential to improve public health by offering a path to steer millions of smokers away from deadly cigarettes.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Hundreds of accused priests still working with children and living under the radar
(AP) — Almost 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Age Issue
Is there such a thing as being too old to be president? In the fall of 1984, in his closing statement in the first presidential debate, then-President Ronald Reagan seemed to lose his way on a California highway.
Saturday, October 5, 2019

Trump is still getting impeached over Russia
After three years, we're still on the Russia story.
Friday, October 4, 2019

You ask a lot of questions for a president
This column will explain the impeachment farce in two minutes. By the end, you will thank the media for demanding the release of Trump's phone calls with the presidents of Ukraine and Australia.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

'No one is above the law' rallying cry could backfire on Democrats
"No one is above the law," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she announced the Democratic effort to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine matter. The phrase has become a Democratic mantra in the new impeachment push. But it could, in the end, serve to highlight the weakness of the Democratic strategy.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The problem with impeachment
Impeachment is about to make everything worse.  

If our politics seems overheated, our institutions beleaguered and our public debate degraded, just wait until we are in the midst of the impeachment debate. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Saudi crown prince takes responsibility for Khashoggi death but denies ordering it
NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a television interview that he takes “full responsibility” for the grisly killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but he denied allegations that he ordered it.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Sanders calls for 'income inequality' taxes on top CEOS earning 50x worker pay
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced today an “income inequality” plan calling for steep tax increases on companies that pay CEOs far more than their workers’ median salaries.
Monday, September 30, 2019

GOP congressman Adam Kinzinger blasts as 'repugnant' Trump civil war tweet
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning that the Democrat-driven impeachment proceedings and any move to oust him from office amount to “treason” and would spark a civil war, prompting outrage from a Republican congressman.
Monday, September 30, 2019

Warren surges ahead
The footsteps Bernie Sanders is hearing belong to Elizabeth Warren. The problem for the Vermont senator is that those footsteps are ahead of him, not behind him, in Iowa and California and perhaps soon in the rest of the country.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Rudy Giuliani's harebrained scheme
Where's John Kelly when you need him?

President Donald Trump's chief of staff, cast aside like so many of Trump's advisers, irked the president with his efforts to bring some discipline to him and his operation. But if there's one thing that's obvious from the Ukraine controversy, it's that the president could use more "no men."

Saturday, September 28, 2019

No, don't listen to Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg needs to get a grip.  

The celebrity teen climate activist addressed the United Nations and excoriated the assembled worthies for coming "to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."

Friday, September 27, 2019

The transcript we really want to see
The transcript of President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky is yet another illustration of the rule: Never ask a question you don't know the answer to.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Dems' strategy on Ukraine call: Strike fast, don't wait for facts
The life of the Trump-Ukraine affair can be measured in days, and the most basic facts of the matter are still unknown. Yet many Democrats and their allies in the media are already renewing their calls for the impeachment of President Trump. By doing so, they are observing one of the lessons of the Trump-Russia investigation: Act before finding out what happened. Don't wait for the end of an investigation, with its facts, details and messy inconclusiveness, to call for the president's removal. Strike first, before things get complicated.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Ken Cuccinelli is emerging as Trump's leading voice on immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lady Liberty, constructed in this case of paper-mache, stands about 7-feet-tall or so in the corner of the office of Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It overlooks Massachusetts Avenue from floor-to-ceiling windows.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Something's off about Elizabeth Warren
Ed Rendell recently whacked Elizabeth Warren when she bashed Joe Biden for taking rich donors' money. The former Pennsylvania governor wrote that he himself had run a "swanky" fundraiser for Warren's Senate race, for which she thanked him royally. Furthermore, she transferred $10.4 million of her big-money hauls into her presidential campaign while bragging that she was only accepting small donations.
Monday, September 23, 2019

In a Flash
There you are. There I am. Complaining. Deadlines and obligations. Bills and budgets. The empty nest. My dogs, ages 12 and 14.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Money woes may close Reagan's boyhood home
DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home may have to close its doors due to financial woes.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

A week of loss for journalism's standard-bearers
One was a pioneering female journalist with a deep understanding of the totems and taboos of Washington. Another was a pioneering television broadcaster with a sharp eye for history. The third was a pioneering business reporter with an obsession with detail. All were enriched by a figure they lived with: parents and a spouse in one case, a college roommate in another, a brother in yet a third.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Fiscal chaos looms for Illinois; it's time for politically difficult measures
The only way for Illinois to avoid a fiscal apocalypse is to create a powerful, independent board that would administer bitter budget medicine. Lawmakers would be required to take a single vote — up or down, with no amendments ??— on the prescriptions. Why so draconian, Nowlan?
Saturday, September 21, 2019

Online baby pics do not always amuse
My Facebook feed often carries pictures of children whom I don't know and, in the case of sonograms, who aren't even born yet. They are strangers to me, albeit cute strangers. If I'm very close to the sender, I'll respond in a private message, "That's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen," and then move on.
Saturday, September 21, 2019

You say you want a revolution? Sanders wants one and he's got company
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders is still leading a revolution. But his ideas no longer feel quite so revolutionary.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Penis story collapses in flaccid hearsay
If I can produce someone who saw John Roberts' penis in college, can we get the Obamacare opinion overturned?
Thursday, September 19, 2019

94-year-old Jimmy Carter says he couldn't have managed the presidency at 80
ATLANTA (AP) — Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn’t believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Big Trump-Russia report coming, but how much will remain secret?
On May 23 of this year, President Trump gave Attorney General Bill Barr "full and complete authority" to declassify information relating to the actions of the FBI and intelligence community in investigating the 2016 Trump campaign.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The New York Times latest 'story' on Brett Kavanaugh is simply problematic
NEW YORK (AP) — Between an offensive tweet and a significant revision, The New York Times’ handling of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attracted almost as much attention as the accusation itself.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The anti-Kavanaugh campaign could be just beginning
The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh hasn't required the formation of any super PACs. It hasn't required the hiring of any dumpster-diving private detectives (so far as we know). It hasn't even really required any elected Democratic officials. 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

American president is an unlikely factor in Canada's election
They walked the ancient halls, gazed out on the mighty St. Lawrence River, felt the cool Quebec breezes, ate Charlevoix Basque-style duck breast with pumpernickel bread chips followed by Saskatoon berry sorbet, and sipped wines from the Gaspereau Valley of Nova Scotia and the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.
Then everything fell apart.

Monday, September 16, 2019











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