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23andMeToo with Sen. Warren

WASHINGTON - Now that the DNA is out of the bag, Sen. Elizabeth Warren can put her Native American heritage down for a nap - maybe. After two-and-a-half years of being mocked by Donald Trump as "Pocahontas," referring to the Massachusetts … more

Democrats' smear of Kavanaugh sunk their own Senate chances

WASHINGTON - Just a few weeks ago, analysts thought that control of the U.S. Senate was in play this November and that momentum was shifting to the Democrats. Thanks to their brutal campaign of character assassination against now-Justice Brett … more

To op-ed writer: If you can't serve honorably, don't serve

WASHINGTON - The "deep state" exists after all. But it turns out that deep state is not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy intelligence officials or even Obama administration holdovers; rather it is made up of President Trump's own senior … more

It's our Constitution, not Kavanaugh

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the "Father of the Constitution": "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to … more

Contrary to media coverage, most Americans aren't that into politics

For many obsessed with politics, the upcoming midterm elections are perceived as a fight between good and evil that will determine the fate of the nation. In the narrative framed by true believers and much media coverage, it's a fight between those … more

Final queries for Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - Four decades ago, New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an intellectual Democrat, observed with amazement and regret that Republicans had become the party of ideas. Today, many of America's most interesting arguments divide … more

Prosecutor expertly picks apart the case against Kavanaugh during his hearing

WASHINGTON - The decision by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to have Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell question Christine Blasey Ford may well be remembered as a brilliant - and quite possibly pivotal - choice. No … more

Can we trust the experts?

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers predicted that if Donald Trump were elected, there would be a protracted recession within 18 months. Heeding its experts, a month before the election, The Washington Post ran an editorial with the headline "A … more

Is Putin's Russia an 'evil empire'?

"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce," a saying attributed to Karl Marx, comes to mind in this time of Trump. To those of us raised in the Truman era, when the Red Army was imposing its bloody Bolshevik rule on half of Europe … more

We hate you, so we loved McCain

Editor's note: This commentary first appeared in The Morning Call, a publication of The Political Forum. Just over three years ago, we wrote a piece explaining how the political establishment - the Democrats and the media, in particular - had … more

South Africa should adopt Mandela's principles

South Africa has been thrown into the news because of President Donald Trump's recent tweet that he instructed his secretary of state to "closely study" alleged land seizures from white farmers in South Africa. Earlier this year, a land … more
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