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National Columnists

Trump’s Sun Belt hopes, Rust Belt needs

Donald Trump’s first election redrew the map of American politics; suddenly Pennsylvania and Michigan were in the Republican column for the first time since the 1980s. But they didn’t stay there: The Rust Belt states that made Trump president in 2016 sent Joe Biden to the White House in ...

Lawsuit against gas station will enrage voters

The oldest gas station in America still in operation, Reighard’s here in this Blair County, Pennsylvania, city of Altoona, got its start in 1908 when a local blacksmith decided to sell gasoline out the back of his shop when the Model T was introduced. It has been open ever since. While ...

Educators must embrace using AI

When the 2024 spring semester ended earlier this month, I found myself thinking more about how technology is changing college classrooms. The traditional lecture that my generation was subject to during our formative college years in the late 1980s and early ‘90s is now considered an outdated ...

Harrison Butker believes in speaking truth

To judge by the internet reaction, Kansas City Chiefs place-kicker Harrison Butker is guilty of a dreaded double-doink — a missed field-goal attempt that embarrassingly hits both uprights — with his commencement address the other day. The NFL has distanced itself from Butker’s ...

Biden’s spent decades shifting positions on issues

Joe Biden is a lifelong politician who has spent decades shifting his positions on nearly every major issue. If one had to define Biden’s political worldview, it would be simply this: Follow the Democratic herd, and desperately attempt to place yourself dead center in the middle of it. Joe ...

Boos, hisses for Kansas City kicker

On May 11, Kansas City Chiefs placekicker Harrison Butker gave the commencement address at Benedictine College, a Catholic school in Kansas. Within 48 hours, the media elites were ablaze with outrage. There’s a “growing uproar,” warned NBC’s Hoda Kotb. A Catholic speaker talked about ...