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WASHINGTON - The Republicans' tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation's shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience must amaze … more
Editor's note: This column originally ran in the South Strand News on Jan. 11. Each October, many state agencies - including public colleges and universities - are required to submit to me their financial statements for the previous fiscal year. … more
After a year in which he tested a hydrogen bomb and an ICBM, threatened to destroy the United States and called President Trump "a dotard,'' Kim Jong Un, at the gracious invitation of the president of South Korea, will be sending a skating team to … more
Let's imagine that Roy Moore is a Democrat and not a Republican. And let's pretend he's an atheist and not a Christian - or better yet, that he's a Muslim. How many evangelical Christian voters in Alabama do you suppose would give him the benefit of … more
WASHINGTON - During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so central to … more
Editor's note: This column originally ran in the Wednesday edition of the Post and Courier. If Hillary Clinton could deliver a political speech half as effectively as Oprah Winfrey, she might be president today. The actress, media mogul and … more
During a TV interview years ago, I said, tongue only slightly in cheek, that Roger Ailes, the visionary who created and ran Fox News, should send thank-you notes and flowers to the presidents of ABC, NBC and CBS News for delivering so many of their … more
WASHINGTON - Today's political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given … more
WASHINGTON - 'Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016. Donald Trump's victory places last year as one of the most significant in modern American history. Not only did he change how politics is played, but … more
One of my favorite Christmastime presents is the Census Bureau's release of its annual population estimates for all of the states. Comparison of the April 1, 2010, Census Bureau enumerations and the June 30, 2017, estimates for the states shows how … more
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