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National Columnists

Medicare for some … depending on their politics?

Twenty-three years ago, I was asked to give a talk to the New York City Bar Association as part of a symposium titled “Executioners, Jailers, Slave Trappers and the Law: What Role Should Morality Play in Judging?” I was charged with addressing what judges should do when faced with moral ...

Before fixing tomorrow, Democrats must fix today

Like all candidates, Democrats focus their campaigns on what they will do if elected. Progressives often accuse Joe Biden in particular of wanting to take America back to the Barack Obama years. And it’s true that Biden often portrays his candidacy as a restoration of the era in which he ...

Beware of these overhyped financial strategies

hen you're trying to eat healthy is to beware of any food you see advertised. The most beneficial fare — whole grains, fruits, vegetables — tends not to have a marketing budget. Similarly, investments that are enthusiastically pushed by commission-earning salespeople may not be the best ...

Trump has out-Nixoned Nixon

"History doesn’t repeat itself, but it sometimes rhymes,” Mark Twain is reputed to have said. My first job after law school was as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. I reported for work September 1974, just weeks after Richard Nixon resigned. In the years leading up to his ...

Dems’ new talking point on the Trump economy: Obama built it

The “expert” predictions of economic disaster should Donald Trump win the 2016 election did not occur. Under Trump, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite have reached historical highs while unemployment for blacks and Hispanics have hit historical lows. In the wake of ...

Will we like Mike?

In the seven presidential elections since 1992, the Republican presidential nominee has won the popular vote exactly once. The lone GOP candidate to receive a majority of the national vote was George W. Bush in 2004. Bush’s election-day victory over Democrat John Kerry, who had, in most ...

Moderate, centrist: What do these mean?

"For all the thunder on the Bernie Sanders left, the most interesting trend in the Democratic campaign this year may be the re-emergence of the moderate wing of the party, led by charismatic new voices: former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.” So ...

James Carville is right: Democrats should be panicking

Legendary Democratic strategist James Carville was interviewed by Vox’s Sean Illing last week after Carville’s doom-and-gloom jeremiad on MSNBC got a lot of people’s attention. In his inimitable fashion, Carville warned that Democrats’ love affair with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is ...

Oh, sure, it’s the Democrats who have a problem

The laziest and most common campaign story right now is a version of the following: “The Democrats are in disarray!” “The Democrats are failing to coalesce around a single candidate!” “The Democrats are handing this election to the Republicans!” Add a story or two about the ...

Bernie Sanders is not doing so hot

Bernie Sanders was supposed to run away with the New Hampshire primary. This is his kind of state, where Democrats are mostly educated liberals. Yet the national celebrity from next-door Vermont bested Pete Buttigieg, recently an unknown from Indiana, by less than 4,000 votes. It appears they ...

Democrats still haven’t figured out what went wrong in 2016

Things are not going swimmingly for the Democrats right now. President Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial, and he gave a State of the Union address that made Democrats feel like the hapless Japanese military as they watched Godzilla stroll through downtown Tokyo. His polling is up ...

Entrepreneurship: The Real Team Sport

In a recent episode of “SportsCenter,” discussing the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant, sportscaster Stephen A. Smith related a story about Bryant’s post-NBA career aspirations. A journalist asked Bryant whether he’d like to become a media personality like Oprah. No, Bryant reportedly ...

A primer on domestic spying

"The Framers ... conferred, as against the Government, the right to be let alone — the most comprehensive of rights, and the right most valued by civilized men.” — Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) While we were all consumed by impeachment, a pernicious piece of legislation was slowly ...

Tyranny of the Tamiflunatics

Beware of clickbait character assassins masquerading as “journalists.” This is a lesson America should have learned after the mass media defamation of the Covington Catholic schoolboys last year. Just a few weeks ago, innocent teenager Nick Sandmann won a multimillion-dollar settlement ...

Trump right to restrict travel to fight coronavirus

Chinese government officials and the World Health Organization are bad-mouthing the Trump administration for trying to stop the coronavirus from invading the United States. The Trump administration is barring foreigners who have been in China recently from entering the U.S. Americans returning ...

Long before Trump, we were a divided people

In a way, Donald Trump might be called The Great Uniter. Bear with me. No Republican president in the lifetime of this writer, not even Ronald Reagan, united the party as did Trump in the week of his acquittal in the Senate and State of the Union address. According to the Gallup Poll, 94% ...

Palestinians should give Trump peace plan a chance

resident Donald Trump’s brilliant plan for Mideast peace has triggered a sandstorm of negativity and deflection from the regular naysayers who attack anything the president says and does. Critics of his recently unveiled peace aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should ...

Winning means coming in first

In my more than half a century of hanging around the clubhouses and campaign halls of American politics, I have never once met a candidate with the first name or family name “Expected.” Yet the enduring one-size-fits-all excuse/explanation for every presidential candidate who finishes in ...