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Sean Spicer is still defending the indefensible to this day

Earlier this week, Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s short-term press secretary with a long-term habit of sycophancy, made his debut on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” This was the premiere episode of the reality show’s 28th season. Spicer showed up wearing white pants and shoes and a ...

Noisy presidential politics is a good sign in a democracy

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan bewails, in her column this week, that “the sane center is getting ignored” in the current round of presidential politics. “When we talk about politics,” she writes, “no one speaks of the center, which is vast and has something neither ...

The actual truth about the Dems’ health care whoppers

When it comes to health care, Democrats are selling snake oil. Americans are grappling with rising medical costs. But if they fall for the phony solutions the left is offering, they’ll pay with exorbitant taxes and shorter lives. Whopper 1: Obamacare is affordable. Joe Biden’s running a ...

The truth of climate change has long been painfully clear

With apologies to Stevie Wonder, for whom it was once an album title, nothing is “hotter than July.” July was the hottest month. Maybe you’re waiting for that sentence to be qualified: “hottest month of the last 20 years,” let’s say. But it turns out July of 2019 was the hottest ...

Dire need for revenue should be priority

As the deadline for a final 2020 state budget approaches, we’re urging lawmakers to address head-on the dire need for revenue in our state. Disputes over funding for roads and schools have been getting the most attention the last few weeks. But the real sticking point in budget negotiations ...

Something simply seems to be off about Elizabeth Warren

Ed Rendell recently whacked Elizabeth Warren when she bashed Joe Biden for taking rich donors’ money. The former Pennsylvania governor wrote that he himself had run a “swanky” fundraiser for Warren’s Senate race, for which she thanked him royally. Furthermore, she transferred $10.4 ...

Trump is a clear and present danger to America, the world

In retrospect, what’s most disturbing about “Sharpiegate” isn’t Donald Trump’s clumsy effort to doctor a National Weather Service map or even his brazen move to get the same agency to lie on his behalf. It’s how utterly petty his motive was. We’ve had presidents try to cover up ...

Donald Trump won —again —as Democrats keep fighting

Watching the Democratic presidential debate Thursday night left one clear impression: Donald Trump won. Please don’t shoot the messenger. My left index finger recoiled a bit as it reached for the “T” on the keyboard. But it’s true for this reason: Democrats are too earnest. They care ...

Politics as it should be practiced

Back when Richard Nixon was president, a Washington saloon five minutes’ walk from the White House named the Class Reunion was the go-to watering hole where press, politicians and real people could rub and bend elbows. To be candid, I was a regular at “the CR,” as it was called, but ...

A grand development: Hong Kong’s summer of heroic dissent

The masked men who recently tossed firebombs at Jimmy Lai’s home targeted one of this city’s foremost democracy advocates. Lai, a 71-year-old media billionaire, calls this summer’s ongoing protest “a martyrdom movement” and “a last-straw movement.” It has an intensity and dynamic ...

Watching Hong Kong protests, remaining grateful for freedom

Imagine you’re 20 years old and living in Hong Kong. For your entire life, you have lived in a quasi-democracy. Then, about three months ago, that all changed when a bill was submitted that raised the possibility of extradition to China. Let’s be clear: This would put Hong Kong’s legal ...

US still hasn’t punished all responsible for 9/11

It was 18 years ago that the massive terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, took place on American soil, with passenger jets striking the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. That day, then-U.S. President George W. Bush declared: “The search is underway for ...

What does it mean to be an American?

It was a wonderful birthday dinner, the kind we friends have come to expect whenever we arrive to celebrate the person who is about to blow out the candles. We leave feeling lucky to be alive, every last one of us. This dinner, however, took an interesting turn after the guest of honor broke ...

Abandoned norms and contempt for voters across Atlantic

Wars by the elites on the people are flaring in English-speaking nations on both sides of the Atlantic. It’s being waged fiercely in the Palace of Westminster House of Commons and in the House of Lords. And in the newsrooms and greenrooms of American journalism. There’s much that can be ...

Black Americans are doing great under President Trump

The August jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed more great news for all Americans. And particularly for black Americans. The nation’s unemployment rate of 3.7% puts it near the lowest ever in the last half-century. Black unemployment is at an all-time low at 5.5%. Also ...

PHILIP JOHN KUCKENBAKER

Philip John Kuckenbaker died on Sept. 10, 2019, in Presque Isle, Michigan. Philip was 40. Fishing and campfires made Philip smile. Loved ones, his parents, George and Diane Kuckenbaker of Presque Isle, brother George and his wife Kim, of Maine, brother Cy and his loved one Danie of ...

Trump is criticized, but even Pope calls out foreign aid farce

Year after year, Congress votes to spend tens of billions of dollars on foreign aid. It’s money down a rat hole. Congress should take a page from Pope Francis. On Friday, Pope Francis blamed foreign aid for corruption and destitution in Mozambique, a sub-Saharan country where he was ...

Another mass shooting, a traumatized nation on tenterhooks

In 1879, on the road leading into Dodge City, there stood a sign. “The Carrying of Fire Arms Strictly Prohibited,” it said. As recounted in the book “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America” by Adam Winkler, the gun control ordinance was the first law passed when ...

Schools and Epstein: On taking good money from bad people

The now-former head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab went from hero to zero in a couple of news cycles. Once heralded for overseeing projects that use technology for social good, Joichi Ito resigned after revelations that he had tried to hide the source of donations from ...

At our universities today, academic stupidity and brainwashing

Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their “labor” rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that ...