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Don’t expect a new edition of ‘Profiles in Courage’

Then-Sen. John F Kennedy wrote admiringly in his 1955 book, “Profiles in Courage,” about Republican U.S. Sen. Edmund G. Ross of Kansas. In 1868, in a decision Ross knew would end his political career, he broke with his party to vote against the impeachment of then-President Andrew ...

In war, time less expensive than human life

The drama leading up to and surrounding the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks was an unfortunate distraction. President Trump invited the Taliban to meet at Camp David for “peace talks” — against the wishes of the democratically elected government in Afghanistan and Trump’s ...

Expert Q&A: How to pay for college

Figuring out how to pay for college is like putting together a puzzle. At first, it can feel like all the pieces are jumbled in the box. The final picture is unclear and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. But gradually, different pieces fit together in different combinations until ...

Hong Kong finishing a summer of heroic dissent

HONG KONG — The masked men who recently tossed firebombs at Jimmy Lai’s home targeted one of this city’s foremost democracy advocates. Lai, a 71-year-old media billionaire, calls this summer’s ongoing protest “a martyrdom movement” and “a last-straw movement.” It has an ...

Trump rapidly becoming known as mad negotiator

In the “fire and fury” phase of Donald Trump’s presidency, everyone worried that he’d impulsively start a war with North Korea. The worry should have been that he’d, almost on a whim, step across the Korean DMZ in a chummy photo-op with Kim Jong Un. Richard Nixon famously had ...

All about taking good money from bad peeps

The now-former head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab went from hero to zero in a couple of news cycles. Once heralded for overseeing projects that use technology for social good, Joichi Ito resigned after revelations that he had tried to hide the source of donations from ...

Fall color pageant now beginning to reveal itself

“They were relentless, brilliant scavengers with a keen sense of craftiness, and no human being could outwit them. The kind of cunning mischief and competition that a murder of crows possessed was unbeatable...” — Rebecca McNutt The sound of a murder of crows, a flock of blue jays or ...

Election a murky matter as seen through Sanford’s looking glass

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Once upon a time, Mark Sanford might have been a contender, but there’s too much water under the bridges that stretch from this city of steeples to his erstwhile home on Sullivan’s Island. The disgraced former South Carolina governor and congressman announced Sunday ...

Dealing with Taliban devil

PARIS — President Trump was right to cancel a “secret” meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in heavily fortified Kabul. The president is ...

That’s the way politics should be practiced

Back when Richard Nixon was president, a Washington saloon five minutes’ walk from the White House named the Class Reunion was the go-to watering hole where press, politicians and real people could rub and bend elbows. To be candid, I was a regular at “the CR,” as it was called, but ...

Dems using climate change to bash economy

“Climate change is an existential crisis,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared Tuesday, unveiling her plan to fight climate change in advance of CNN’s interminable townhall event on the topic with 10 Democratic presidential candidates. The use of the term “existential crisis” is ironic. ...

Trump golfs as Pence runs diplomatic errands

WASHINGTON — Another Labor Day in Donald Trump’s presidency passed as Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahama’s and threatened the U.S. Atlantic coast, and the president blithely golfed at one of his clubs in Virginia, yet untouched by the latest natural catastrophe. Television news outlets ...

Yes, without doubt, gun ownership is God-given right

The fastest way to trend on Twitter, and not in a good way, is to say that the right to bear arms is a God-given right. Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer established this beyond a doubt in a Twitter thread in the aftermath of the West Texas shooting spree. He said that he wouldn’t use “the ...

Stop mental health data mining of our children

No, no, no. Hell, no! That’s my response to the latest trial balloon floated by the White House to join with Silicon Valley on a creepy program monitoring Americans’ “neurobehavioral signs” to (purportedly) prevent gun violence. President Donald Trump’s old friend, former NBC head ...

Curb your enthusiasm as Biden is the one

As the Democratic contenders gallop around the backstretch, political handicappers are once again obsessing over the candidates’ crowd size, the enthusiasm of said crowds and the age of the enthusiasts. Once again, little of this should matter. We’ve been told for months that Elizabeth ...

White liberals have moved to left of many black voters

“No Democrat is going to win the nomination for president of the United States without African American support. Nor should they,” Kate Bedingfield, Joe Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell last week. Bedingfield was pushing back on a single bad poll for Biden ...

Justice wrong on Comey call

One doesn’t have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department’s decision not to hold former FBI Director James Comey accountable for what an Inspector General report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a “dangerous example” in order to “achieve a ...

Without suitable enemy, Trump seems to be adrift

Recently, there was a sharp uptick in speculation that President Trump is a few fries shy of a Happy Meal. Obviously, this is not the first time the idea has popped up that the commander in chief’s cheese might have slid off his cracker. Early in his presidency, and again in 2018, there was ...

Democrats may change minds about vote

WASHINGTON — Let us now praise an insufficiently famous man, Nevada’s Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who in May gave his party’s presidential aspirants a much-needed example of prudence. With the national media mesmerized by those aspirants’ festival of pandering, scant attention was ...

The New York Times should stop whining

The New York Times, an organization devoted to gathering and publishing information, doesn’t want people to gather or publish information inconvenient to it. A group of Trump-supporting operatives has been finding and archiving old social media postings of Times employees and other ...