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National columns


Are the Democrats DOA?

If the Democratic Party is ailing after losing the presidency to Donald Trump, state parties are on life support. Here in the long-ago Democratic stronghold … Full story    
Published:  March 7, 2017

Time for states to cut the cord with Washington

When our Founding Fathers established the framework for this country, they were careful to limit the powers of the federal government. As James Madison wrote … Full story    
Published:  March 7, 2017

The nation’s bloated military

Donald Trump once wanted to cut military spending. Before running for president, he said Congress' automatic "sequestration" cuts didn't go far enough, that they were … Full story    
Published:  March 6, 2017

‘Capitalism’ remains a dirty word in French politics

For those thinking that the French could be on the brink of a collective epiphany, you might want to hold your bets. Even if the … Full story    
Published:  March 6, 2017

We went solar, so can you

I’ll never forget the first thing I learned in Economics 101 – there is no such thing as a free lunch. In the 20 years … Full story    
Published:  March 5, 2017

Trump’s most shameful lie involves New Hampshire

On Feb. 9, at a closed-door meeting with a group of U.S. senators. Donald Trump claimed that both he and former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly … Full story    
Published:  March 5, 2017

Is Russia still our enemy?

The founding fathers of the Munich Security Conference, said John McCain, would be "be alarmed by the turning away from universal values and toward old … Full story    
Published:  March 2, 2017

Undermining academics

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement, ''The president's decision to ask Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education should offend … Full story    
Published:  March 1, 2017

Ghost guns have gotta go

OK, here I go with another flip-flop. Regular readers of this column know I'm not a big fan of more gun control laws. Generally speaking, … Full story    
Published:  February 28, 2017

Trump’s free ride on conflict

It's often said of the weather that everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. The political chatter here is similarly rife with … Full story    
Published:  February 27, 2017

Once lost, journalists found a mission with Trump

Journalists "find a renewed sense of mission," reports The New York Times. That's nice. There is some truth to this. And it's not fake news. … Full story    
Published:  February 27, 2017

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 - … Full story    
Published:  February 21, 2017

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 … Full story    
Published:  February 20, 2017

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 … Full story    
Published:  February 20, 2017

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 … Full story    
Published:  February 19, 2017

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 … Full story    
Published:  February 18, 2017

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 … Full story    
Published:  February 18, 2017