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Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Dec. 28 edition of The News Virginian of Waynesboro, Virginia. Over the next few weeks, our elected officials in Congress could vote on legislation (H.R. 4239) that would encourage the expansion of … more
"The intellectual cannot operate at room temperature." - Eric Hoffer, "First Things, Last Things" (1971) WASHINGTON - Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) meant that intellectuals in his day tended not to be temperate. In our day, this defect - moral … more
"Meet you at Peace Cross.'' In northwest D.C. in the 1950s, that was an often-heard comment among high schoolers headed for Ocean City. The Peace Cross, in Bladensburg, Maryland, was a 40-feet concrete memorial to the 49 sons of Prince George's … more
WASHINGTON - The recent excitement over an incredible story about the government trying to ban certain words reminded me of all the words and phrases I despise and wish were banned. For the sake of getting on with it, briefly: The Washington Post … more
WASHINGTON - Twenty-five years ago on Nov. 3, 1992, William Jefferson Clinton was elected president of the United States - and Hillary Clinton is still trying to take his place. As historians and pundits recall his third-way presidency, another … more
For the past week, I've been on a brief vacation at Tuomey hospital. Thanks to Dr. Gene Dickerson and the tender mercies of the world-class nurses at Tuomey, I am back on my feet and ready to resume writing. Being confined to a bed at Tuomey … more
WASHINGTON - The Republicans' tax bill would somewhat improve the existing revenue system that once caused Mitch Daniels (former head of the Office of Management and Budget, former Indiana governor) to say: Wouldn't it be nice to have a tax code … more
On Oct. 24, 1917, Bolshevik leaders of the Petrograd Soviet - the council representing workers, soldiers and sailors in Russia's capital city - seized control of the Winter Palace and the Provisional Government in a bloodless coup. The following … more
WASHINGTON - Kevin Hassett evidently has not received the memo that economics is "the dismal science." The ebullient chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers is relishing the intellectual feast of applying to policymaking the … more
Over the span of the last three years, I have had this dream, maybe an obsession, of becoming an attorney. It is a very noble profession and one that requires a sound mind, sound intelligence and sound experience. But this is not about me. This … more
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