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National Columnists

Will Joe Biden have a ‘Catholic Problem’?

Four years ago, just prior to the November election, I wrote an article titled “Hillary Should Have a ‘Catholic Problem.’” I started by citing numerous articles in the national press that proclaimed Donald Trump was having difficulty winning over Catholics — a key voting bloc in any ...

2020: America’s Wake-up call

Who could have predicted how dreadful a year 2020 would be. By this New Year’s Eve, 19 million to 20 million Americans will have contracted a deadly virus in a pandemic that exploded out of China to carry off 333,000 Americans, one of every 1,000 of us. As 2021 begins, Americans will be ...

Cancer patients need COVID-19 vaccines

As COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, an extremely vulnerable group is being overlooked: millions of cancer patients. Doctors nationwide are sounding the alarm that many state governments and the federal advisory committee charged with prioritizing who gets vaccinated should move cancer ...

2020’s good news

Was 2020 the worst year ever? The media keep saying that. We did have the pandemic, a bitter election, unemployment, riots and a soaring national debt. But wait, look at the good news, says historian Johan Norberg. His new book, “Open: The Story of Human Progress,” points out how ...

2020: The year ‘expert’ credibility died

If there were ever a time to “question authority,” as the old counterculture slogan of the 1960s urged, the authoritarian age of COVID-19 is that time. 2020 will go down in American history as the year that public health “experts” got everything wrong. It’s not just that their ...

Biden’s climate change litmus test

From the looks of President-elect Joe Biden’s selections for cabinet positions and other high offices it seems belief in “climate change” has become a litmus test. Biden appears to have raised climate change to the level of a religious doctrine. In naming John Kerry a climate ...

Are ‘Never Trumpers’ the future of the GOP?

Denouncing the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill as a parsimonious “disgrace” and hinting at an Alamo-style finish on Jan. 6, when Congress votes to declare Joe Biden the next president, Donald Trump is not going to go quietly. The anti-Trumpers and “Never Trumpers” celebrating at ...

Be charitable, but also be careful

MacKenzie Scott has achieved what no other philanthropist has. With no massive Gates Foundation-like staff to assist her, she sought out some of the neediest charitable groups in the nation and donated nearly $6 billion to them. Six billion dollars. Think of that. Think of how much good can ...

Who will save the Grand Old Party after Trump?

As defeated President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House kicking and screaming on January 20, who among the remnants of the shattered Republican Party to which he clings has the stature or the ability to restore it as an integral partner in the traditional two-party system born just ...

Cold War approach won’t work with China

It’s easy to miss, given how polarized our politics are, but there is a growing consensus around a very big issue: China. Foreign policy experts, military leaders and politicians across the ideological spectrum all tend to agree that a new era of confrontation with China has begun. Many on ...

Preelection suppression of Hunter Biden story breaks Beltway journalism

hen I was just starting out as a reporter, I’d admire the many fine quotes about liberty and the responsibilities of journalism carved into the walls of the old Tribune Tower. It was like reading the stern admonitions of the Anglo-Saxon gods. And there was one that I read to myself every ...

Revenge of the Lapdogs

For four years, we heard that President Donald Trump is a threat to freedom of the press. The Washington Post signaled its own faux bravery by adopting the slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” at the top of its masthead. CNN began running commercials about facts being facts, and apples being ...

After Lee, it’s Lincoln’s turn

First, they came for the Confederates. And that purge is far from over. Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, named for the president of the Confederacy, has been re-christened Richmond Highway. An Arlington group is calling for the removal of Robert E. Lee’s name from Lee Highway to ...

Progressive Democrats sulk at Biden’s election

President-elect Joe Biden is ruffling the feathers of his Democratic brethren on the far left of their party by forming his Cabinet and administration generally in his own image: middle-roaders who can help him return the country to relative normalcy after the Trump chaos and ...

Today’s Republican Party cult: Destroy America

To say it was shocking is the understatement of all time. For those of us living in the Bay Area, the news of the Jonestown Massacre was the equivalent of an earthquake, monsoon, and tornado striking at the same time. A year earlier, Jim Jones, pastor of San Francisco’s “People’s ...

Can Democracy hold us together?

If America were a company and not a country, we would have long ago dissolved the corporation, split the blanket, and gone our separate ways. What still holds this disputatious and divided people together? Consider. In announcing the $900 billion stimulus bill to deal with the pandemic, ...

Leftists hijacking vaccination rollout

You were warned about this first in July. Now, it’s happening. On Sunday, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that seniors ages 65 to 74 be moved toward the back of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. The reason, says ACIP, is that “racial and ethnic ...

Prisons house pandemic’s hidden victims

No two ways about it. This has been a lousy year. In so many ways, our lives have been upended and, in more than 300,000 American families, tinged with the sorrow of losing a loved one to an invisible and insidious virus. We have all felt so helpless and frustrated by not knowing the end ...

Investment is gift that keeps on giving

A phrase one hears this time of year is about gifts that “keep on giving.” Most store-bought gifts are soon forgotten, but are there some gifts with timeless value? I suspect most people want their lives to matter, especially to others. Is that achieved by personal success, prosperity, ...

A Christmas like no other

So, this is Christmas. No travel, and no family or friends outside our secure little bubbles. If we are to take care of one another, this is what we must do, one household at a time. Many packages are arriving later than hoped, and social media is filling with laments from parents ...