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Asked what he did during the French Revolution, Abbe Sieyes replied, "I survived.'' Donald Trump can make the same boast. No other political figure has so dominated our discourse. And none, not Joe McCarthy in his heyday in the early '50s, nor … more
In general, Republicans are not getting along too well. That's true at the state, as well as the national level. All one need do is watch the battle between some respected members of the U.S. Senate and the Commander-in-Tweet. So maybe it should … more
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
As we reach, gingerly, the anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as president, none of the disasters feared by critics has come to pass. The economy has turned at least mildly upward rather than plummet to depression. The executive branch has … more
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