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What does conflict with Iran mean for America?

Mohey Mowafy David Ignatius, of The Washington Post began his recent column with this sentence “War with Iran has been coming at us in slow motion since 1979. Now, ominously, it’s really here, but we don’t seem any better at deflecting revolutionary Iran from its destructive course than ...

Energizer bunny Biden makes people on left very nervous

Throughout this unsettling conflict with Iran, Joe Biden has stood out as a calming Democratic voice, speaking of the stakes and challenges with deep knowledge of foreign policy. Just another reason for activists on the left backing Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to lose their minds. The ...

Colin Kaepernick offers a stupid lie about America

In the torrent of idiotic commentary unleashed by the killing of Qassem Soleimani, Colin Kaepernick’s deserves a place of honor. The NFL washout and Nike persona who makes sure the company doesn’t produce any overly patriotic sneakers tweeted, “There is nothing new about American ...

Add Iranian leadership to ash heap

Addressing the British Parliament in 1982, President Ronald Reagan outlined a plan for placing the Soviet Union and Marxism-Leninism on the “ash heap of history.” It is an objective President Trump might pursue against the mullahs in Iran, who are subsidizing terrorism in the Middle East ...

Try to remember how we got into Mideastern wars

Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime? Dick Cheney, after acknowledging he was convinced ...

Senators risk indecent exposure of minds

WASHINGTON — Presidential impeachments are inevitably fueled by reciprocal political furies, so the Senate’s role, although called a trial, is imperfectly analogous to one. Senate jurors are, by profession, partisans; none is disinterested. Alexander Hamilton warned (Federalist 65) that ...

Trump will be worse in 2020

jules witcover WASHINGTON — As some hopeful Americans look to the new year with expectations for a fresh start from a dismal and divisive 2019, there is evidence already that they ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Just prior to New Year’s Eve, President Donald Trump demonstrated that he ...

Gertrude Himmelfarb, may you rest in peace

mona charen When I emailed Mary Ellen Bork that our mutual friend, Gertrude Himmelfarb, aka Bea Kristol, had passed away at 97, she replied, after expressions of sadness, “Now she and Irving can resume their conversation.” Irving was Irving Kristol, Bea’s husband of 67 years. It was ...

20 years on: Syndication hits milestone, time for reflection

I live to write. I write to live. The close of 2019 marks two full decades since I entered national newspaper syndication. You are reading the 1,571st column I’ve filed with Creators Syndicate. The years have flown and so have the words: More than one million of them carefully marshaled ...

Michigan’s online gaming bet poses some risks

Michigan lawmakers last week passed a bipartisan nine-bill package that would legalize sports betting and online gambling. We think citizens have the right to indulge their vices, but the state should be prepared to react to unintended consequences. The legislation, which also lifts ...

Phantom momentum of Bernie Sanders hard to find

A late-December flurry of articles on a revival of Bernie Sanders’ prospects points to a cardinal rule of political journalism: The story must change. Whether the story has actually changed matters not. Thus, we had a headline in The New York Times reading, “Why Bernie Sanders Is Tough to ...

As we move into new decade, a look at life 100 years ago

It’s can be useful and instructive to observe the turning of a decade by looking back on what life was like in America a mere 100 years ago. On Jan. 2, 1920, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 108.76. Today it is over 28,000 points. In 1920, the U.S. had become an economic power, which ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Lots of people need nothing, but everyone wants something. If you ask someone directly, “What do you want for Christmas/your birthday/the holidays?” then they’ll probably say, “Nothing.” Or “Save your money.” So don’t ask. Just pay attention. I learned from my ...

Help (urgently) needed for US head of state

The American president, in addition to serving as commander in chief, is expected to be this nation’s consoler in chief, as well as the nation’s teacher and even preacher. Who alive on Jan. 28, 1986, does not remember the words of then-President Ronald Reagan from the Oval Office following ...

We’re living in (almost) best of times

The best of times, the worst of times. Your instinct on which one we’re living through is affected by your basic temperament, but it also depends on how well you’re observing — and quantifying — things in the world around you. Temperamentally, in the United States — or at least in ...

Bloomberg sets own rules on campaign, coverage

JULES WITCOVER WASHINGTON — Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his unvarnished effort to buy the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has set his own road map and instructions to his Bloomberg News media on how to cover it and those of his party ...

Jill Biden, meet Cpl. Ronil Singh and Deputy Brian Ishmael

Michelle Malkin The last time I checked, Joe Biden was running for president of the United States. But his wife, Jill Biden, demonstrated where the beltway Democratic couple’s allegiance and compassion are rooted this Christmas season: Mexico. Biden traveled to a camp in Matamoros on ...

Would anti-Trump Christians support secular social agenda?

The battle between church and state is as old as church and state, as is the conflict within religious circles over who supposedly speaks for God. The latest dustup occurred after the departing editor of Christianity Today magazine, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial in which he said President ...

Would anti-Trump Christians support secular social agenda?

The battle between church and state is as old as church and state, as is the conflict within religious circles over who supposedly speaks for God. The latest dustup occurred after the departing editor of Christianity Today magazine, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial in which he said President ...

Partisanship doesn’t entirely explain Trump impeachment

The new normal is to worry about impeachment becoming the “new normal.” On Wednesday, during the interminable “debate” on articles of impeachment, one Republican House member after another warned, threatened, lamented or just plain promised that the Democrats’ decision to impeach ...