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Will fact-checkers foil Dem’s attempts to play race card?

Michael Barone Fact-checking journalists lean left, as Mark Hemingway documented in a canonical Washington Examiner analysis that is just as valid today as when it was published in 2011. But as John F. Kennedy once said, when asked why he wasn’t supported by an odoriferous Massachusetts ...

What protests in Hong Kong mean to rest of the world

Mona Charen The protests in Hong Kong are heartbreaking to witness. I recall the gloom that accompanied the handover of sovereignty ceremony in 1997. Prince Charles was there. So was Tony Blair. Only eight years had passed since the communist Chinese government had mowed down an estimated ...

Don’t ignore violence in Detroit

As we mourn the tragedy of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we should not ignore the violence taking place on a daily basis in our cities, including Detroit. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday ordered that the Michigan and U.S. flags on the Capitol buildings be flown at half-staff to ...

Francis Scott Key’s old question in Baltimore

Jules witcover WASHINGTON—In the closing lines of the lyrics for our national anthem, their author asked in 1814: “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” Of course it does, at least figuratively. The original flag that ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Several years ago, after my late husband passed away, I reconnected with an old friend whom I’d dated in high school. He was divorced. His ex-wife had become involved with someone else. She was 20 years younger than him. He had retired and that was when she asked for a divorce. I ...

Bernie Sanders needs good shot of dignity

I have never been a big fan of Bernie Sanders. His authoritarian tendencies and aggressive attacks on any who would disagree have outweighed the good in him. The good is his working-class voice, emphasis on economic issues and some solid ideas. But his recent lashing out at The Washington ...

Epstein death reflects our new age of conspiracy theories

Anyone who’s watched a courtroom TV drama has heard the phrase “Hard cases make bad law.” It’s a legal maxim that says really extreme — i.e., rare or weird — cases are not only hard to generalize from, they’re also a bad foundation for new legislation or policy. This also ...

Dems missing on shaming of America

WASHINGTON — One of the everlasting social forces in directing human behavior — shame — has become part of the 2020 presidential race. And one of the most shameful things in these times is to be thought or labeled a racist. As it should be, if true. Thus, some Democrats and others ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I have a problem that many other mothers-in-law may have, but mine has a twist. My daughter-in-law has been angry at me for nearly 20 years because I discussed her fertility problems with another family member, and word got back to her that I had done so. Occasionally, she will ...

Analyzing pieces of Dem puzzle

“No candidate received a polling bump as a result of the Detroit debates,” writes Morning Consult analyst Anthony Patterson this week. That’s a big disappointment for the dozen or more candidates struggling to make the Democrats’ 2 percent cutoffs for further debate appearances, as well ...

What is Elizabeth Warren’s conservatism?

WASHINGTON — Regimes, however intellectually disreputable, rarely are unable to attract intellectuals eager to rationalize the regimes’ behavior. America’s current administration has “national conservatives.” They advocate unprecedented expansion of government in order to purge ...

Restricting immigration does not amount to hate

President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda has always been considered exclusionary and prejudiced by progressives; now they consider it tainted by mass murder. The El Paso massacre, carried out by a white nationalist waging a lunatic war against Hispanic immigration, is being used as a ...

Cosmic proposal on guns is what nation is in need of

It seems necessary to begin every discussion in America today with a reminder to show a little charity. If you oppose gun control, don’t assume that those proposing restrictions on gun purchases are merely using the latest atrocity as an excuse for confiscation. Likewise, gun opponents should ...

New directive from governor may not put Michigan jobs first

This week Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued another executive directive dictating what kinds of companies the state can do business with, and while she wants to boost Michigan jobs, using state contracts to do so could have unintended consequences. This is Whitmer’s 15th directive this year. It ...

Trump offers platitudes against white supremacy

WASHINGTON — President Trump has outdone even himself in his hypocritical denunciation of racism, bigotry and white supremacy. For years leading up to the murderous shootings in El Paso and Dayton last weekend, he has trafficked in racist stereotypes, codewords and dog whistles. But ...

Good men with guns will not protect us

It was a remarkable 13 hours in American history. A mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, taking nine lives was overshadowed by a massacre in El Paso, Texas, costing 21. Others are dwelling on the El Paso gunman’s alleged online “manifesto” about Hispanics’ growing political clout in Texas ...

Neither left nor right has remedy for America’s illness

America is sick. Just about everybody recognizes it, and we didn’t need two more mass shootings to convince anybody of anything. Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track, despite a roaring economy. You can blame Donald Trump, but Americans have been unsatisfied with the ...

Fixing Baltimore will take a plan

Former South Carolina governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has urged President Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to stop exchanging insults over conditions in Baltimore. Haley scolded Trump for his recent tweet that appeared to mock Rep. Cummings for an attempted break-in at the ...

What presidential debates teach us

Listening to debates among presidential primary candidates invariably reminds me of the 1974 Democratic primary for New York governor. To set the scene: In November of 1973, Republican Nelson Rockefeller, four times elected chief executive of the Empire State who would later be chosen by ...

Trump waging rhetorical race war

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The idea of a race war has long animated white supremacists, who seem to think that such a conflict would result in a white victory, whatever that would mean. Dylann Roof — the white man-boy who murdered nine black parishioners during Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME ...