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Nothing wrong with populist nationalism, American-style

WASHINGTON - When French President Emmanuel Macron denounced populist nationalism this week and called on world leaders to support institutions such as the United Nations that defend "the common good of the world," liberal elites cheered. The speech … more

Macron to Trump: 'You're no patriot!'

In a rebuke bordering on national insult Sunday, Emmanuel Macron retorted to Donald Trump's calling himself a nationalist. "Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism; nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism." As for Trump's policy of … more

Kavanaugh debacle cost the Democrats taking the Senate

WASHINGTON - Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats' campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost … more

Relief is yet to come after midterms

WASHINGTON - It wasn't a blue trickle, but nor was it a tsunami. Rather, the midterm elections brought a gentle, purplish wave of mostly center-leaning Democrats whose profiles suggest a welcome infusion of professionalism and balance to a … more

The war for the soul of America

The war in Washington will not end until the presidency of Donald Trump ends. Everyone seems to sense that now. This is a fight to the finish. A postelection truce that began with Trump congratulating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - "I … more

Open letter to the Sumter School Board

Dear Sumter School Board members: First, congratulations to each of our elected school board members. Those who are now serving for the first time as Sumter School Board members and those re-elected. This community is holding onto the very … more

Arial cartoon - Nov. 9

Skin in the game

In describing the GOP tax cuts, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that they and bonuses American workers were getting were "crumbs." They were "tax cuts for the rich." Some argued that the tax cuts would reduce revenues. Pelosi predicted, … more

Political antibodies are strengthening the U.S. immune system

WASHINGTON - America's body politic has recently been scarred by excruciating political shingles, and 2018 campaigning was equivalent to acid reflux. But Tuesday's elections indicated that some political antibodies are strengthening the nation's … more

The short-term memory of the outrage machine

WASHINGTON - When the president announced that he was sending the U.S. military to help secure our southern border, he received bipartisan praise from members of Congress. The Washington Post reported that the move was seen as "smart politics." The … more

Has Bloomberg begun the battle for 2020?

Did former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg just take a page out of the playbook of Sen. Ed Muskie from half a century ago? In his first off-year election in 1970, President Richard Nixon ran a tough attack campaign to hold the 52 House seats the … more

Life will keep going, but remember Khashoggi's fate

WASHINGTON - The midterm elections are finally over, more or less, and we got what we got - Donald Trump is still president. Sorry, but someone had to say it. Now back to the cold realities of everyday life in the White House of Weird, … more

Is this worse than 1968?

Oct. 27 in Pittsburgh, a Sabbath celebration at the Tree of Life synagogue became the site of the largest mass murder of Jews in U.S. history. Eleven worshippers were killed by a racist gunman. Oct. 26, we learned the identity of the crazed … more
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