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National Columnists

Americans are scaring themselves to death over COVID

There is something that has been hanging over my mind over the last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Between all the measures installed by the government, be it lockdowns or even the current vaccine mandates coming up around the country, every action that the government has taken thus far has ...

Djokovic could set precedent for choice by seizing international law

Should people be denied the right to earn a living because their job suddenly requires them to inject a substance into their body that is still technically in clinical trials and whose known efficiency and impact is literally evolving in real time? When faced with that question, most ...

The quest to destroy work

This week, after spending time vacationing in the disease-ridden hellscape known as Florida, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., came down with COVID-19. It was a tragic blow to the irrepressible Instagram star, who was forced to quarantine. But then, like an extraordinarily inaniloquent ...

Republican Party tries to kill presidential debate commission

A highlight of American politics faces extinction in the Republican National Committee’s threat to boycott the quadrennial presidential debates conducted by a bipartisan independent commission. Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chairwoman, has written Frank Fahrenkopf, the Republican co-chair of the ...

Average empire survives 250 years, is America at death’s door?

Studies show that an empire survives, on average, a mere 250 years. Did you know that? To put that into context, the world’s oldest person recently died at 124 years old; so, she lived nearly half as long as most empires do. Most Americans are unaware of this small but crucial statistic, ...

The best path forward for Omicron: Let it rip

The recent arrival of the omicron variant of COVID-19 has, for far too many, reset the clock of our timeline for a return to societal normalcy. Public health authorities in many countries reimposed loosened travel restrictions that had lapsed. Washington, D.C., under the mayorship of Muriel ...