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Heraclitus was right after all

Although I qualify for the senior discount at the movies, even I’m not old enough to have met Heraclitus, the wise Greek who lived some 25 centuries ago and whom we can thank for the timeless wisdom “Character is destiny.” Here in Washington, one elected national leader commands the ...

‘One Nation’ conservatism wins in Britain

Last week the world’s second-oldest political party showed, and not for the first time, its capacity to regenerate itself and win an impressive majority in difficult circumstances. That’s a reference to the victory of the Conservative Party in Britain’s Dec. 12 general election, in ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: This is in response to the letter about grandkids not sending thank-you notes for gifts they receive. I was brought up to always say thank you, or to send a thank-you note. This not only shows appreciation but also it lets the sender know that the gift was received. Forty-two years ...

Process draws Trump ire

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — As the House of Representatives voted to impeach him Wednesday night, President Donald Trump held forth at a campaign rally in Michigan attacking his principal tormentor, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It was understandable, considering all the grief she has caused ...

President Warren Sanders at your service

robert reich There aren’t 20 Senate Republicans with enough integrity to remove the most corrupt president in American history, so we’re going to have to get rid of Trump the old-fashioned way — by electing a Democrat next Nov. 3. That Democrat will be Warren Sanders. Although there ...

What US Senate acquittal will actually mean to nation

Mona Charen If I have this straight, House Republicans are united in the belief that public integrity is critically important for our nation. Accordingly, Joe Biden deserves to be impeached. During a meeting of the Rules Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., referencing Biden’s supposed ...

Whitmer’s budget strategy backfires; road fix remains urgent

The budget standoff between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders is finally over, following the governor’s failed negotiating strategy. In the end, GOP leaders got pretty much everything they wanted. Whitmer vetoed nearly $1 billion from the initial budget, hoping to ...

Feeding innovation better than barring fossil fuels

The two most left-leaning presidential candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, seem to think that a ban on fracking would help solve the climate crisis. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that has enabled a revolution in the U.S. production of oil and especially natural gas. Natural ...

We now have two moon parties and no sun parties

Here’s a theory for why our politics are so confusing these days: Neither party wants to be a majority party. From an ideological perspective, majority parties are, by nature, weird. For instance, the long-dominant FDR coalition included a strange mix of blacks and segregationists, corrupt ...

Is it 1979 all over again?

“Blowout” was how one UK newspaper described the decisive victory of Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in last week’s election. How decisive was it? Not only did conservatives win an 80-seat majority in Parliament, a constituency in Blythe Valley in Northeast England elected a ...

It may not build character but politics can reveal it

First, an anecdote circulating about the most courageously candid staff person in the White House allegedly speaking to President Donald J Trump: “Mr. President, you’re coming across as mean-spirited, abusive and so unlikable that people frankly do not want to work for you. Sir, in all due ...

Dem nomination process sometimes bizarre

Some recent news stories verge on the bizarre — the House Democrats’ futile fuss over impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s acceptance of President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade treaty. But they’re not as bizarre, or possibly as consequential, as unanticipated developments in ...

Dems settling for half a loaf

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — The decision of House Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pursue only two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump reflects a choice of practical reality over wishful thinking. In deciding to charge him only with abuse of power and ...

Why founders wanted impeachment powers

Robert Anderson I just finished reading Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton when the House Judiciary Committee kicked off its first hearing on the impeachment of President Trump. With the amazing life story of Alexander Hamilton fresh in my mind and his central role along with ...

Raise revenues but please hold back Democrat drama

Democratic candidates offer two basic approaches to raising revenues for public programs. One is grand opera — accusing the wealthy of greed (Bernie Sanders) and malice, that is, “leaving everyone else behind” (Elizabeth Warren). For this bad behavior, there must be punishment in the form ...

Trump defenders continue to push Ukraine conspiracy theories

Contrary to heated rhetoric from Democrats, most Republicans understand that Russia was responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s server in 2016 and other efforts to sow mischief in the electoral process. They’ll even admit it when pressed. The problem is they ...

Ill will to men (and women)

Apologies to Elton John, but in Washington and throughout so much of the country, can you feel the hate tonight? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked by reporter James Rosen if she hates President Trump. She responded with an “if looks could kill” fire in her eyes and denounced Rosen for ...

It’s all high crimes and misnomers

WASHINGTON — Notwithstanding three out of four law professors’ case for impeaching the president during Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, I remain unconvinced. Much to my disappointment, I should add. The crux of this dreary impeachment process is whether Donald Trump ...

Disgraceful move against Salvation Army

Damaging photos of Pete Buttigieg have surfaced — ringing a bell for the Salvation Army. The images of the South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate participating in the Red Kettle Ring Off, a friendly competition between officials from South Bend and nearby Mishawaka over who ...

Stage set for House impeachment; Senate poised to acquit president

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — House Democrats, having trotted out three academic experts on Wednesday to support the impeachment of President Trump, and House Republicans, having brought out one expert against it, now move on to consider actual articles that the House Judiciary Committee is ...