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Historians say New York Times sometimes gets history wrong

We live in history-making times. Not so much because of the impeachment trial going on in the Senate, which will make history only if it routinizes impeachments of impolite presidents when their opposition party gets control of the House, but because of what looks like an ongoing battle for ...

Trump’s removal would be insane

It’s easy to forget what the Senate impeachment trial is supposed to be about. It’s not a fight over whether the Senate will call a couple of witnesses that the House couldn’t, or didn’t bother to, obtain on its own. The underlying question is whether the United States Senate will ...

Senate Republicans turn impeachment trial into farce

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts, presiding over the impeachment trial of President Trump, is supposed to be an unbiased umpire. Upon his elevation to his high post, he famously declared that his job was like that of a baseball umpire, to call balls and strikes, not to declare winners ...

Always speak with care because words matter

Bryan DeAUGUSTINE Several days ago, a Mining Journal article was published and a news report aired on TV 6 regarding substitute teachers. I contributed to those two news stories by addressing teacher absences. My words had unintended consequences and reminded me that words matter. When I ...

State of Michigan’s rural areas deserve cabinet-level position

Kent wood (Next Wednesday night) Gov. Whitmer will deliver her second State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan legislature in a live broadcast all across the state. In it, she will reflect on her administration’s accomplishments of the past year and project her ...

Winning a culture war involves building from the ground up

I love definitions because they help focus the mind. For decades, we are said to have been in a culture war. As in any war, it helps to know one’s enemy. One online dictionary defines culture this way: “the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as ...

Decline of Congress no accident

In July 2018, Commentary published an article by Yuval Levin that caused everyone who thinks about the balance of power among the branches in Washington, D.C., to say: “Of course! That’s it exactly!” It had long been observed that Congress had, over the course of several decades, ...

Getting everything on demand

Reporters complain about business. We overlook the constant improvements in our lives made possible by greedy businesses competing for your money. Think about how our access to entertainment has improved. “When I was a kid,” says Sean Malone in a new video for the Foundation for Economic ...

Washington show trial begins

The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Trump. She passed out the pens like souvenirs to fellow Democrats. They were embossed in gold with her signature and ...

Iowa serves nation well by staging its caucuses

We have reached that time in every presidential nominating year when distinguished, national opinion leaders beat up on Iowa and that admirable state’s influential role in determining the two major parties’ eventual presidential nominees and, therefore, the next president. The USA Today ...

Dems botched case for witnesses

The fate of the republic, we are now supposed to believe, hinges on whether there are witnesses at a Senate impeachment trial. Upon the long-anticipated transmittal of the articles of impeachment to the Senate, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said if the upper chamber doesn’t obtain ...

‘Smoking gun’ witness provides new impeachment drama

jules witcover WASHINGTON — A key associate of Trump personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has declared President Donald Trump “knew exactly what was going on” in the scheme to get political dirt from Ukrainian officials on former Vice President Joe Biden. Against the backdrop of the Senate ...

Cancel culture strikes again: Banned in Maine

Michelle Malkin In November, I was banned in Boston after speech-squelchers on the left and right forced the cancellation of my lecture at Bentley University, a small private institution. The grassroots activists who had invited me were rejected by every major event venue in the nation’s ...

Will Democrats choose safe or risky route in Campaign 2020?

Mona Charen When the economy shows signs of weakness, Wall Street analysts expect to see what they call a “flight to safety.” Investors sell stocks and buy bonds or gold. The same phenomenon can sometimes be found in politics. Understanding that George W. Bush was riding high in 2004, ...

Democrats would do well to put an end to Iowa caucuses

“It is quite astonishing to see with what deadpan and neutral a tone our press and television report the open corruption — and the flagrantly anti-democratic character — of the Iowa caucuses.” I quote the late Christopher Hitchens because I couldn’t put it better. In a primary, ...

Democratic battle similar to 2004’s Kerry-Dean race

As of this writing, the Democratic presidential contest looks very fluid, with four candidates bunched up in Iowa and New Hampshire. But the sudden relevance of foreign policy, thanks to the confrontation with Iran, has made it look more and more like a two-person race between Joe Biden and ...

What I’d like to hear from candidates

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of holding on to the two weak articles of impeachment against President Trump was starting to rattle some Democrats, who felt they were losing the political battle. Last Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told reporters, “If we’re going to do it, ...

US must do more to keep good relations with allies

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.” Mattis’ words brought to mind those 13 fateful days in October 1962 when, ...

Neither neocon nor isolationist

Donald Trump isn’t George W. Bush. That should be obvious to everyone by now, but his critics and even some of his supporters immediately acted as if it were 2003 on the cusp of the Iraq War when Trump took out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. Suddenly, the neocons had cachet again ...

Trump stumbles in mini-war

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s gamble of ordering the assassination of an Iranian warlord to prove his own toughness, and then dismissing Iran’s retaliation as bloodless, may allow him to walk away politically unscathed from his latest act of military adventurism. His thinly verified ...