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Tax reform used to be unpopular. Not anymore.

WASHINGTON - When the Republican-controlled Congress first approved its tax bill in December, most Democrats believed it would be a political loser for the GOP. Indeed, a New York Times poll found that just 37 percent of Americans approved of the … more

Hidden agenda or ignorance?

Before we discuss violence with guns, I'd like to run a couple of questions by you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day nearly 30 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes that involve drunken driving. What kind of … more

We're all rooting for laundry

I reluctantly have come to believe that most Americans - whether they're members of the chattering class in the media or your next-door neighbor - have lost the ability, and sometimes even the desire, to persuade anyone to change his or her mind on … more

Future of our coast is in your hands

Editor's note: This guest column originally ran in the March 1 edition of South Strand News. Over the past six weeks, I have spoken at multiple events across the state hosted by SODA - Stop Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic - to explain that now … more

Did Putin order Salisbury hit?

Britain has yet to identify the assassin who tried to murder the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, England. But Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson knows who ordered the hit. "We think it overwhelmingly likely that … more

The U.S. was not always like this

One of the unavoidable tragedies of youth is the temptation to think that what is seen today has always been. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in our responses to the recent Parkland, Florida, massacre. Part of the responses to those murders are … more

Babies with Down syndrome have a right to life

WASHINGTON - When Karen Gaffney's mother found out she would be born with Down syndrome, the doctor said Karen probably would not be able to tie her own shoes. Instead, as Karen explained in a moving and eloquent TEDx talk, she has become an … more

Trump tried going big on DACA. Now he should go small.

WASHINGTON - President Trump's tweet promising "NO MORE DACA DEAL" was an Easter gift to Democrats, letting them off the hook for their failure to seriously negotiate an immigration agreement. Rather than pulling the plug on any Deferred Action for … more

Democrats can take House, if they pick Lamb over Clinton

What if they held a special election and nobody won? That's more or less what happened in southwestern Pennsylvania, in the special election to fill the vacancy in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District. Democrat Conor Lamb narrowly defeated … more

50 years later, carrying Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy forward

Editor's note: This editorial originally ran in the Wednesday edition of The Post and Courier. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life - longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's … more

Toward a Trump Republicanism and nationalist tone

Donald Trump's surprisingly good State of the Union speech got a record 70 to 75 percent positive approval rating from those who watched. Even if you discount (as you should) for the Trump haters who can't bear to watch him and chose another of … more

Democrats need more than an anti-Trump platform to win

Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 11 edition of The Post and Courier. One of the right's most common, and best, arguments for the Trump presidency is that it shattered the Republican Party's calcified agenda. Invested in a … more

Perceived biases, attacks erode trust in press

Awarding a grade to a concept like press freedom might seem like an impossible task, but here at the First Amendment Center, we give it our best shot. In April of last year, we began compiling quarterly First Amendment report cards, relying on a … more

Hair of the dog can have bad bite

I thought about writing a column last week about Easter but decided not to do so as it may have offended many readers. It was about a former Item editor who liked to hold Easter egg hunts for her friends in her yard. The thing is, the eggs she hid … more

A U.S.-Turkish clash in Syria for dominance?

The war for dominance in the Middle East, following the crushing of ISIS, appears about to commence in Syria - with NATO allies America and Turkey on opposing sides. Turkey is moving armor and troops south to Syria's border enclave of Afrin, … more

Why North Korea will be watching what Trump does in Syria

WASHINGTON - President Trump's decision last year to launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base was intended to send the Assad regime a message that its use of chemical weapons would no longer be tolerated. But the strikes also had a … more
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