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Big 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. It’s a trope of pro-impeachment commentary that it should be simple for Republican senators to swap out President Donald Trump, who puts ...

45 years after Watergate, another GOP vote of conscience looms

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans’ sudden pushback against a carload of political and foreign policy blunders by Donald Trump finally holds the prospect that they might yield to the Democratic bid to impeach the president. After a week of stunning self-inflicted wounds — first ...

Mackinac Straits tunnel equals safety and jobs

Bill schuette You have probably heard a lot about the Line 5 pipeline running through the Great Lakes. Sometimes it may feel like you only have two choices: protect our environment or keep monthly heat bills affordable. But there is a way to protect both Michigan’s environment and your ...

Weak political parties have opened door to demagogues

George Will WASHINGTON — There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better. Moments, that is, when a society’s per capita quantity of conspicuous stupidity is so high and public manners are so low that a critical mass of people are jolted into saying “enough, ...

Details are the hobgoblin of modern 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. Early on, the Massachusetts ...

Elizabeth Warren should try to tell better stories

If you want to run for office, political consultants will hammer away at one point: Tell stories. People respond to stories. We’ve been a storytelling species since our fur-clad ancestors gathered around campfires. Don’t cite statistics. No one can remember statistics. Make it human. Make ...

The Hillary-Tulsi smackdown

A new wrestling league is being promoted during TV coverage of Major League Baseball’s post-season. The ad promises more action, more spectacle and includes women as well as men grappling with each other. I have two candidates for their consideration: Hillary Clinton and presidential ...

Why having Nationals in the World Series is good for country

For the first time in 86 years, a baseball team from Washington, D.C., is in the World Series. This is good news — obviously for the long-suffering Nationals fans in and around Washington, but also for every American who cares deeply about the survival of our republic. In spite of the ...

Is Trump’s tail wagging Erdogan

WASHINGTON — So let me get this straight: President Trump ordered the removal of American troops from northern Syria, knowing that Turkey would invade, seize and occupy Kurd-occupied land. But now, after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did just that, killing Kurds who had been U.S. ...

Latest Dem debate shuffles deck

WASHINGTON — The dozen Democratic presidential candidates who spent nearly two hours trying to distinguish themselves from the pack Wednesday night succeeded in one thing. They essentially agreed that Donald Trump must go, while offering their own best alternatives for the post-Trump ...

It’s wrong to think the Islamic State is dead

On Oct. 9, David Ignatius of The Washington Post wrote “By acquiescing to Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria, President Trump has opened the door to what could become a genuine nightmare for the United States and its allies, the revival of a most deadly terrorist organization that ...

‘Texodus’ no doubt bodes ill for Republican Party

WASHINGTON — “I am a classically trained engineer,” says Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, “and I firmly believe in regression to the mean.” Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today’s politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the ...

Are nation’s supermarket aisles, selections, really racist?

My supermarket has a giant “international” food aisle dominated by Asian and Latino products. Which items end up in a section dedicated to a particular foreign culture’s cuisine and not mixed in with the so-called American staples — Heinz, Campbell’s, etc. — fascinates me. Why, for ...

In his unconscionable betrayal of Kurds, Trump winged it — again

In one sense, the Syria debacle is a singular moment in the Trump presidency, and arguably in American history. I can’t think of another momentous decision by a commander in chief that was instantly recognizable as a disaster for which the president was entirely to blame. Even if you think ...

New insight into media bias

Since America’s colonial days the press has been a target of those who believe journalists have a point of view that shapes their reporting. There have been numerous articles and studies revealing a journalistic predisposition to opinions and subjects that reinforce liberal points of ...

Republican sense of humor is lacking without Bob Dole

Twenty years ago, former U.S. Transportation Secretary, President of the Red Cross and future North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole was a decidedly long-shot candidate for the Republican presidential nomination — an honor her husband, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole had won four years ...

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. The NBA disgraced itself kowtowing to Beijing after the general manager of the Houston Rockets, ...

A dictator won’t die laughing

WASHINGTON — Dictators. Always so humorous. Take China’s communist officialdom. You’ve probably heard about the “South Park” episode recently that the Chinese government didn’t find amusing. And the fake apology from the comedy show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. No? ...

Surrendering to SPLC’s lazy media lemmings

ACT for America, a nationwide grassroots group that educates the public about radical Islam, was founded in 2007 by my vigilant activist friend and Lebanese Christian immigrant journalist Brigitte Gabriel. I was honored to accept Gabriel’s invitation to speak at her organization’s annual ...

College diversity tinkering: What a tangled web

WASHINGTON — The judge took 130 pages to explain that Harvard’s “holistic review” admissions policies — which include ascribing particular attributes to certain ethnicities, such as Asian Americans, and assessing the value to Harvard of those attributes — are, considering 41 years ...