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National Columnists

CNN’S preposterous call for unity

There was a Museum of Broadcasting in New York City, but there’s never been a Museum of Broadcasting Shamelessness. Imagine a place where they could run a medley of clips of Dan Rather insisting that, despite the small problem of his reporting on phony National Guard documents, “the ...

How will the venerable Biden deal with the new geopolitical reality?

lot has happened over the past four years while Donald Trump was president. If President-elect Joe Biden thinks he’s going to just waltz into the White House in January and reset everything back to the way it was, he’s in for a rude awakening. The world isn’t what it was four years ago. ...

Correct diagnostics needed

You present to a physician with severe abdominal pain. He examines you and concludes that your ingrown toenails are the cause of your abdominal distress. He prescribes that you soak your feet in warm water but that does not bring relief to your abdominal pain. Then he suggests that you apply ...

Close the Electoral College, shorten the transition time

Two welcome if unintended legacies from the Donald Trump years would be getting rid of the Electoral College that put him in office and reducing the time of transition of power after presidential elections, which has enabled him to hinder recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Long before ...

Cal Thomas: Who needs faith advisers?

If I am deficient in my knowledge about chemistry, or a medical issue, or what kind of car to buy, I consult people who know more than I do on these subjects. When it comes to faith, though, I can handle that with a little help from my friends, meaning the writers of the Old and New ...

Why forgiving student debt is a bad idea

One good rule of thumb is to judge parties and politicians by their priorities. Politicians often pretend to be for every good thing under the sun, so the best way to judge them is to look at which things they actually work to achieve or spend political capital on. This will tell you not only ...

A country where people are afraid to tell pollsters what they think

"I like a good contrarian argument as much as the next guy,” tweets mild-mannered RealClearPolitics senior elections analyst Sean Trende, “but there’s really no getting around the fact that the 2020 polling was a pile of steaming garbage.” “The national polls were even worse than ...

I’m optimistic about America

I’m a conservative, and I guess I should be writing a column about my great distress resulting from this election. But I’m not going to write that column, because it’s not what I feel. I’m actually quite upbeat and optimistic about the country that I love. With all my genuine, and ...

COVIDGATE: The corruption of clinical trials (part one)

"Truly striking.” “Tremendous.” “Extraordinary.” “Miraculous.” “A great day for science and humanity.” Those are just a few of the hyperbolic responses from government health officials and Big Pharma cheerleaders to preliminary COVID vaccine trial data released by Pfizer and ...

The aerobic adoration of Obama

Oomeone might survey the current media landscape and lecture us conservative media watchdogs that our game is over. Is anyone in America so remarkably naive to believe that the news media are “objective” and nonpartisan, fair and balanced? This old claim seems to have been obliterated under ...

The climate hustle

I hear that climate change will destroy much of the world. “There will be irreversible damage to the planet!” warns a CNN anchor. Joe Biden says he’ll spend $500 billion a year to fight what his website calls an “existential threat to life.” Really? I’m a consumer reporter. ...

Bipolar America

If Joe Biden survives recounts and several lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign into what Trump says has been widespread vote-counting fraud (we await proof), do not expect him to be hounded over his and Hunter Biden’s business ties to China and Ukraine as President Trump has been over ...

Trump-GOP marriage heading toward ugly divorce

Bad marriages usually lead to ugly divorces, and that’s where the GOP is heading. After Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination in 2016, the word went forth on the right: It’s a binary choice. You’re either for Hillary or you’re for Trump. I never agreed with this reasoning, ...

An inconvenient truth — America’s presidential process matters

The 2020 presidential election is not over yet. There are multiple legal challenges and recounts pending in key states, and, under a long-standing legal process, those events must play out before a winner is officially declared. I know roughly half the nation does not want to hear that, but ...

Semifinal thoughts on election 2020

Joe Biden won the White House, we are reminded almost daily, on his third try, having run unsuccessfully in both 1988 and 2008. It’s funny; I can’t recall, having covered the 1980 presidential race, much ever being made of the fact that that year’s winner, Republican Ronald Reagan, ...

This Thanksgiving, choose love

Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year. It’s a holiday with none of the pressures of Christmas. I cook a lot of food and give a lot of hugs. Nothing makes me happier than our house full of the people I love. This preamble is brought to you by a columnist who wants you and those ...

Empty words won’t unify this nation

Joe Biden says he wants unity and promises to be a president that represents all Americans not just Democrats. “Let’s give each other a chance,” he told his supporters at a rally in Delaware on election night. “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To ...

Was gun waving the worst part?

Some of the sickest images to come out of our recent turmoil have featured Americans waving guns at other Americans — not in self-defense but to provoke fear. The worst showed armed thugs threatening Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the state capitol steps over her anti-COVID regulations. ...

What truly matters following the 2020 elections

The United States has long been the beacon of hope for the world. Nations and their people look to the United States for guidance and a sense of inspiration and aspiration for what’s possible. People around the globe abandon their families and flee their countries to immigrate to this great ...