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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 ...

Just exactly how did Bernie Sanders get so wealthy?

In 2016 and 2017, Bernie Sanders raked in over a million bucks. Last year, his gross income was down to $561, 293 — still not too shabby. The point is not to rib the senator about his membership in the top 1 percent, though that’s tempting. Nor is it to chide him for his relatively paltry ...

Paris and New York are united by urban horror

Many of us watching the inferno at Notre Dame de Paris felt that 9/11 dread. This week, as nearly 18 years ago, the news channels kept looping the same horrific video of towers collapsing. At the end, the medieval cathedral remained mostly standing while the twin towers at New York’s World ...

Trump’s latest un-American scheme should shock people

WASHINGTON — President Trump has thumbed his nose at Lady Liberty with his bizarre notion of shipping undocumented migrants to sanctuary cities that he erroneously says advocate open American borders. In a particularly snide needling of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he suggests they be sent ...

President Trump definitely hell-bent on ‘owning the libs’

President Trump is looking into giving a free trip to San Francisco, New Orleans or other great American cities to tens of thousands of refugees from Central America. All so he can own the libs. “Owning the libs” is one of those phrases to have emerged over the last few years that ...

Let’s flood sanctuary zones

In the category of Mad magazine’s “scenes we’d like to see,” comes President Trump’s threat to transport migrants to cities and states that have declared themselves sanctuaries. Apparently he thinks such a move would force Democrats in Congress who represent these places to vote to ...

Julian Assange is major problem

WASHINGTON — They say that guests are like fish; after three days they become a bit whiffy. By this measure, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange smelled like an overladen fishing vessel adrift in the searing sun. Upon his arrest Thursday by British authorities, ending his nearly seven-year ...

Democrats sweepstakes of frivolity creeping forward

george will WASHINGTON — The Democrats’ presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party’s 2016 achievement — the election of the current president — was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison d’etre is to ...