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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

Cardinal Wuerl must go after reports of abuse

WASHINGTON - In 1972, Pope Paul VI warned that "the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God." We see that smoke throughout the report from a Pennsylvania grand jury, which alleges that more than 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children in … more

Can America ever come together again?

If ex-CIA Director John Brennan did to Andrew Jackson what he did to Donald Trump, he would have lost a lot more than his security clearance. He would have been challenged to a duel and shot. "Trump's ... performance in Helsinki," Brennan had … more

Community newspapers are not a public enemy

Let's make one thing crystal clear the press is not the enemy of the American people. It is hard to believe any thinking citizen in South Carolina or around the country would actually believe that. Yet some do. These attacks against the media … more

GOP has won 8 of 10 special House elections

The results of 10 special House elections this cycle show that the media hype about an approaching blue wave that will supposedly sweep the Democrats to power in the House is just that - hype. In 2017 and 2018, so far, Republicans have won 8 of … more

Trump's failure to condemn bigots of alt-right tars his presidency

WASHINGTON - How can a president as successful as Donald Trump be so unpopular? Fueled by his historic tax reform and an unprecedented regulatory rollback, the economy grew by 4.1 percent in the second quarter. The unemployment rate is just 3.9 … more

How can journalists create more unity against Trump's anti-press tactics?

A former editor described Donald Trump as a "magician" who has "led (journalists) by their noses around the circus ring by his cheap acts." How can journalists create more unity against Trump's tactics? Tatiana Diaz, 30, sophomore, Grand Rapids … more

America's lengthening enemies list

Friday, deep into the 17th year of America's longest war, Taliban forces overran Ghazni, a provincial capital that sits on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar. The ferocity of the Taliban offensive brought U.S. advisers along with U.S. air power, … more

Enough's enough with violence in Chicago

During the weekend of Aug. 4-5 (and the preceding Friday night), 12 Chicagoans were shot dead, and 62 others were shot and wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported (https://tinyurl.com/yde7jb83). Before last week's mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been … more

Who determines 'universal values'?

Is it any of Canada's business whether Saudi women have the right to drive? Well, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland just made it her business. Repeatedly denouncing Riyadh's arrest of women's rights advocate Samar Badawi, Freeland has driven … more
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