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National Columnists

Finland, Sweden bid to join NATO over Ukraine invasion

Two more European Union members have formally applied for NATO membership, after their national legislatures overwhelmingly voted to join the alliance following decades of determined neutrality. Sweden and Finland are not shoo-ins, however. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated ...

Fauci picks partisanship over facts

Talk about being tone-deaf. Far more Americans died from COVID-19 on Joe Biden’s watch than when Donald Trump was president, yet that hard truth didn’t stop Dr. Anthony Fauci, the purported infectious disease “expert,” from smearing the former Republican president during a recent TV ...

Spread blame around for Fed’s lack of accountability

After presiding over the biggest Federal Reserve failure in 40 years and with inflation rating as the top concern among Americans, Jerome Powell’s nomination to a second term as chairman was approved this past week by the Senate, 80 to 19. I know the usual arguments for ignoring the Fed’s ...

Pumping up prices

The price of gas keeps rising. “The reason for that is because of Putin’s war,” said President Joe Biden. But that’s impossible. Most of the price rise came before Putin attacked Ukraine. So some politicians simply blame “corporate greed.” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse accuses the ...

Will Buffalo shooter incident spark new Orwellian measures?

In the wake of 18-year-old Payton Gendron allegedly opening fire on people in the parking lot of a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday, May 15, a 180-page manifesto has emerged, suggesting that Gendron “belongs to a global fraternity fused by the internet and fixated on the idea that ...

Black conservatives convene for a ‘new birth of freedom’

Recent remarks by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, noting the institutional damage caused by the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion on Roe v. Wade, have gotten exhaustive coverage in the press. But, not surprisingly, the venue where Thomas made these remarks has gotten little ...