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National Columnists

Biden can’t afford to lose black voters

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden appears to have sustained a self-inflicted political wound by telling a black radio host that African Americans considering voting for Donald Trump “ain’t black.” He apparently was referring to his record on civil rights. A Washington Post ...

Choosing the wrong opponent

It is a common, if not especially honorable, practice in American politics for a candidate and her campaign to prefer to run not against their actual opponent on the ballot but rather against the most unpopular caricature of the opponent’s party. That explains why Democrats, for close to ...

The good, the bad and the ugly of citizen’s arrests

Nearly every state has a citizen’s arrest law allowing civilians to detain someone if they have witnessed a crime being committed. Some of these laws allow only felony suspects to be held until law enforcement arrives, while others also allow those suspected of “breach of peace” ...

Rotten education isn’t preordained

Black politicians, civil rights leaders and their white liberal advocates have little or no interest in doing anything effective to deal with what’s no less than an education crisis among black students. In city after city with large black populations, such as Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit, ...

Biden’s most ridiculous veep prospect

Stacey Abrams has another distinction to add to her resume — she’s among the most preposterous potential vice-presidential candidates ever. Her attempt to leverage a failed Georgia gubernatorial bid into a spot on the Democratic ticket is so brazenly absurd that it’s hard to think ...

COVID-19 to elections 2020

With the House passage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion Heroes Act, COVID-19 policy has now officially transformed into presidential politics 2020. Let’s recall that prior to the crisis, the nation appeared quite pleased with the leadership that President Donald Trump was ...

Feminist hypocrisy is a fact, not a ‘right-wing trap’

Feminist author Susan Faludi made a lame attempt in The New York Times to help feminists escape from the hypocrisy of believing all female “survivors” of sexual harassment or assault. Somehow, Faludi claimed that feminists never said you should believe all women. The headline was ...

Pandemic makes end-of-life care harder

I just lost a dear elderly friend to cancer. Home hospice workers kept him comfortable. He spent his final weeks watching spring unfold in the outdoor Eden he had nurtured for decades. He died peacefully at night with me present. My friend’s death had little to do with COVID-19. One can ...

Pandemic is a blown opportunity for conservative nationalists

Future historians of the American right are going to have a devil of a time figuring out what the hell happened as the second decade of the 21st century came to a close. But every day I become more convinced about at least one of their conclusions: The nationalists blew it. Now, for those who ...

The Game of truth

When newly minted White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took the stage last week for the first time — the first time a Trump press secretary has issued a formal conference in over six months — she encountered a ravenously bloodthirsty media gaggle. It was ready to pounce. Would they ...

Live by the lie. Die by the lie

As I have on numerous occasions, last week, I wrote about the double standard that has become prevalent in the United States and the media’s role in perpetuating that duality. Republicans, conservatives and others on the right must expect to endure false accusations, character smears and ...

Annie Glenn, American Hero

In 2012, Annie Glenn and I were doing what we so often did, which was to sit side-by-side in a quiet place offstage, waiting for our extroverted husbands to finish speaking to a crowd. We had been close friends for six years by then. My husband, Sherrod Brown, was running for reelection to ...

How Biden could be handing Trump his reelection

In national polling, former vice president Joe Biden is the clear 2020 front-runner. He’s up nearly 5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average; he’s up in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona. That’s because Biden campaigned as the anti-Bernie Sanders: a “return to ...

Shutdown’s silver lining

The government has closed most schools. So, more parents are teaching kids at home. That upsets the government school monopoly. Education “experts” say parents lack the expertise to teach their kids. Without state schooling, “learning losses... could well be catastrophic,” ...

Stealth legislation

In the pantheon of great lines suitable for induction into Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations is Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 2010 comment about Obamacare: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” While that seemed outrageous and even comical to many at the time it has ...

Will Americans submit to a second lockdown?

On March 24, President Donald Trump said he wanted the country and the economy “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” Easter came and went. And Trump was mocked for being aspirational and unrealistic. Yet, with Ascension Thursday at hand, 40 days after Easter, the president seems ...

Fauci is not the villain

For his critics, Dr. Anthony Fauci cemented his status as the Rasputin of public health with his Senate testimony the other day. The National Institutes of Health official gently, but unmistakably struck a different tone than President Donald Trump, earning rebukes from radio talk show ...

AP says ditch the ‘mistress’

The 2020 Associated Press Stylebook is being published soon, and the AP is not humble about what it represents. “The style of The Associated Press is the gold standard for news writing,” they boast, and the book offers a sturdy path to the AP’s “famous” brand of “clarity and ...

Who sent COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes?

On a multicountry trip to South America, President Ronald Reagan couldn’t restrain himself from the inane observation that every tourist finds himself saying about such trips. “Every country is different.” So, it seems, is every virus capable of spreading into pandemic. The influenza ...

Hello, Joy

My annual order of wildflower seeds arrived in the mail, and I’ve never been so eager to start something new — something beautiful and immune to the virus taking so much away. I love reading aloud the names of the flowers that, in theory, will thrive here in northeast Ohio. Purple ...