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Let staff ask the questions

There aren’t many advantages to being old — and at nearly 72, I qualify — but having actually lived through historic events gives one certain insights. From 1972 to 1974, I was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee. I was hired to the professional staff even though I did not ...

Abortion debate amped up

George will WASHINGTON — While constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians — in descending order of importance in the abortion debate — have been arguing in the 46 years since the Supreme Court attempted to settle the debate, some technologists have been making a consequential ...

New York Times has long history of slamming Jews

cal thoimas It took a few days, but the New York Times finally got around to apologizing for publishing in its international edition a grossly anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a blind President Trump wearing a yarmulke and being led by a dog resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ...

Tale of two obstructions Trump, Barr have in common

Mona chaREN Every Republican remembers with disgust the video of Bill Clinton glowering into the camera and declaring: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false.” It’s worth ...

Mueller’s letter burst’s Barr’s pro-Trump balloon

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s leaked letter taking exception to Attorney General William Barr’s vindication of Donald Trump in the Russian meddling investigation has cast a new cloud over the presidency and Barr himself. Democratic members of Congress ...

Playing God: Would climate engineering cross boundaries?

As climate technology advances, the incredible is becoming creditable. Someday, a guy sitting in a bunker may be able to alter the planet’s temperature by fiddling with a cosmic thermostat. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. There are basically two approaches to climate engineering. ...

Trump loyalists will turn their backs on McGahn

So Don McGahn is in the president’s crosshairs. Whose side are you on? I ask because this is perhaps the perfect test for a special subgroup of Donald Trump supporters. Call them the “But Gorsuchers.” At the beginning of the Trump administration, when things got off to a rocky start, ...

Democrats’ economy problem

How long can Democrats continue to claim the roaring economy should be credited to the Obama administration? How many, except the self-deluded, actually believe this? The latest bad news for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates is the 3.2 percent GDP growth in the first quarter of this ...

America has increasingly urgent need for baseball

In America today and in its capital city of Washington, D.C., we see, sadly, that with enough money and influence, the fix can be put in. A widely used passenger plane model — whose safety standards were certified by the manufacturer — had to be grounded after separate crashes took 346 ...

Battle for soul of the country

“A battle for the soul of the country.” That is how Joe Biden described the 2020 election. And he’s right. If Donald Trump is reelected, it will say something profound about the American character. Voters in 2016 had to choose between two ethically challenged candidates: one we knew all ...

Joe Biden finally drops other shoe — on President Trump

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — Joe Biden in announcing his candidacy for president yesterday took dead aim at Donald Trump, declaring “we are in the battle for the soul of this nation.” Citing the president’s observation on the violent 2017 demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., by ...

Russia may need pass but will conservatives go along?

Mona charen The conservative media world, along with all but a few Republican members of Congress, are in the process of handing Vladimir Putin his greatest victory yet. They are ignoring the copious evidence in the Mueller report that Russia interfered in our election — and continues to do ...

Success to date but much natural resources work remains

Jack bergman The Great Lakes basin is home to more than 30 million people, containing approximately 90 percent of the United States’ supply of fresh surface water, and providing drinking water for more than 48 million people. Those of us who call the First District home know the importance ...

Liberal media is not always friend of liberals

So Joe Biden is in. He’s not millennial, not female, not a member of a racial minority. That’s a problem for him, sayeth much of the so-called liberal media. The problem, however, may be the media. Biden’s foothold in the Democratic Party wasn’t a problem right after the election of ...

Democratic leadership can’t find backbone on impeachment

“Do you think this is impeachable?” Chuck Todd, host of “Meet the Press,” asked Rep. Jerrold Nadler about the findings in the report by special counsel Robert Mueller. The congressman from New York took a dramatic pause before replying, “Yeah, I do. I do think this, if proven, if ...

They’ve only just begun

Objectivity, like Elvis, long ago left the building in Washington and so the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being read and interpreted through mostly biased eyes. Democrats, who had counted on Mueller to prove that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, were initially as ...

What will voters be looking for in the next president?

We Americans have a predictable reaction when a president in his performance or his conduct disappoints us: We almost always go looking for a successor presidential candidate who, we think, possesses the very qualities of character and talent we unhappily learned were missing in the president ...

Trump looks bad in Mueller report

The release of the redacted Mueller report will change no minds. For President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters and defenders, Attorney General William Barr’s absolution of the president on criminal charges of conspiracy and obstruction, given in a press conference in advance of the ...

SCOTUS looks at citizenship

WASHINGTON — The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial testiness that blew the case up to the nation’s highest tribunal. The case, which raises arcane questions of administrative law but could have widely radiating political ...

Stopping the Campusfication of American life is essential

Many people, years after they graduate from high school and college, have nightmares about taking exams for a course for which they have done none of the reading and are totally unprepared. They wake up full of anxiety and relax only when they realize they left school years ago. But ...