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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

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

Sen. McCain's final words to the nation

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who passed away Saturday from brain cancer, wrote a farewell message to the country that was delivered by his friend and former top aide, Rick Davis, on Monday in Phoenix. The full text is below. My fellow Americans, … more

Are the interventionists now leaderless without McCain?

"McCain's Death Leaves Void" ran The Wall Street Journal headline over a front-page story that began: "The death of John McCain will leave Congress without perhaps its loudest voice in support of the robust internationalism that has defined the … more

President Trump and the 'I word'

From the moment he was sworn in as president, progressive politicians and their PR associates in the mainstream media have been convinced that Donald J. Trump could not possibly have beaten their beloved Hillary Clinton unless he cheated, unless he … more

Democrats better off playing by the rules than denouncing the rules

When you lose a game, particularly a game you had good reason to expect you'd win, do you try to figure out how to play better? Or is your first reaction to demand changes in the rules? In the case of the Democratic Party, it's the latter. … more

Keeping weapons out of newspaper buildings is crucial

For many years, I have advocated that newspapers implement measures to keep strangers out of newsrooms. My initial advocacy was provoked by my observations around the state that many newsrooms seemed to allow anyone off the street to walk … more

Catholic Church needs #MeToo, and it should start in Washington

WASHINGTON - Pope Francis' letter to the Catholic faithful this week was remarkable in that the Holy Father apologized not only for the sexual abuses carried out by Roman Catholic priests, but also for the coverup of that abuse carried out by Roman … more

In Tennessee Senate race, a pistol-packing Republican vs. an oatmeal Democrat

NASHVILLE - The easternmost bit of Tennessee is east of Atlanta, the westernmost bit is west of New Orleans, and all of this horizontal state is the epicenter of 2018 politics. Its U.S. Senate race will reveal whether, for Republicans, fealty to the … more

Why do any former officials get to keep their security clearances?

Why do any former officials ever have a security clearance? And why should they mind so much when it's terminated? The firestorm of liberal and media criticism of President Donald Trump for revoking the security clearance of former Director of … more

Brennan is a hack. And Trump turned him into Spartacus.

WASHINGTON - Many in the intelligence community have been quietly dismayed by the hyperbolic partisan behavior of former CIA director John Brennan since Donald Trump took office. But by revoking Brennan's security clearance, President Trump has … more

In spies battle, Trump holds the high ground

In backing John Brennan's right to keep his top-secret security clearance, despite his having charged the president with treason, the U.S. intel community has chosen to fight on indefensible terrain. Former Director of National Intelligence James … more

Bad men but good presidents

With the continuing hysteria about Donald Trump's presidency, a few questions come to mind. The first: Can a bad man become a good president? The second: Does one's being a good man guarantee he'll be a good president? Third: Does having a good … more

Has Trump delivered on promises?

Is President Trump fulfilling candidate Trump's promises? You can make a case that he is, based on some surprising and widely unexpected economic developments. Vice President Mike Pence, writing in The Des Moines Register, put it succinctly: "The … more
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