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National Columnists

Rebuilding Our National Family Structure

Have you ever wondered why people mourn the loss of individuals of stature, such as celebrities and political leaders, who are complete and total strangers, with profound sadness and frustration? Think about the celebrity deaths over the last few years like Michael Jackson and Avicii or, more ...

No, the Democrats won’t pack the Court

For many progressive opinion-makers, the only way to save the Supreme Court is to destroy it. They believe the best response to the Republican-held Senate confirming a Trump nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court is to pack the Court if Democrats win in ...

The political impact of a wider GOP majority on Supreme Court

The swift affirmation of Senate Republicans to President Trump’s prospective seizure of a 6-3 control on the highest court casts a dark shadow over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s aspirations for a progressive agenda if he is elected in November. Hopes that at least four ...

Something strange is going on with The New York Times and the 1619 Project

By now you’ve probably heard of the 1619 Project. It began as a special issue of The Times’ Sunday magazine to mark the 400th anniversary of African slaves being brought to the Jamestown colonies. But it’s become a multiplatform, multimedia moveable feast with saturation coverage and ...

Hypocrisy

One of the things that people across the board find pathetic, misleading and downright disgusting is hypocrisy. Especially when it comes from a person in a position of power, at a lectern with a mic, who is pretending to be holier than thou. Yet, when they are not at the lectern, their actions ...

Who’s funding shady ballot harvesting schemes?

Last week, while on a business trip in Wisconsin, I learned about an insane ballot harvesting scheme that appears to be tied to a deep-pocketed liberal advocacy group subsidized by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and eBay former chairman Pierre ...

Supreme Court and rules of the game

The United States Constitution’s Article 2, Sec. 2, cl. 2, provides that the president of the United States “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other ...

Will Justice Amy star in ‘The Five’?

By nominating Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Donald Trump kept his word, and more than that. Should she be confirmed, he will have made history. Even his enemies would have to concede that Trump triumphed where his Republican predecessors — even Ronald Reagan, ...

Biden keeps a lid on liberal media

Why is Joe Biden always putting a “lid” on his campaign? If you’re not familiar with the press lingo, a “lid” is a note to your press pool that you plan no further public events on your schedule. Biden tends to put a “lid” on it at 9 or 10 in the morning, saying his press corps ...

Who’s violating norms these days?

Norms, we are told, matter. Violating norms, recklessly disregarding norms — these are charges on which President Donald Trump is often arraigned in the court of public opinion. The indictment starts with his annoying habit of inventing insulting nicknames for his opponents and critics. ...

Our desperate, conspiracy-prone press

The term "conspiracy theory" is often associated with kooks and panic peddlers who see nefarious secret forces leading us all to our doom. It's linked to people pushing transparently silly-sounding tropes — like the QAnon clan, who claims Hillary Clinton is running a satanic global sex ...

Don’t muzzle scientists investigating COVID-19

Though the death toll from COVID-19 just hit a staggering 200,000 in the U.S., we still don't know the origins of this killer virus. China, which has been praised by the World Health Organization, has blocked independent investigation. Worse, social media platforms are accomplices to the ...

Ginsburg’s death puts rule of law and the Constitution on November ballot

The death of the liberal icon Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, greatly admired even by her opponents, has wildly transformed the presidential campaign. It was once about Democrat Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump. But now, the rule of law is on the ballot. The ...

It’s not about principles

"Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them, I have others.” — Groucho Marx Senator Mitch McConnell, seeking a new fig leaf to disguise the spectacle of hypocrisy that Republicans are presenting regarding the “advice and consent” clause, is sputtering that there really is ...

Democrats want Trump not to nominate RBG’s successor; cue laughter

Consider this mind experiment. It is September 2016. Democrats control the United States Senate, 54-44, with two independents who caucus with the Democrats. In the upcoming election, 24 Democratic seats are in play, versus 10 Republican seats. Therefore, the Democrats’ continued control over ...

Bad policies fuel fires

"Mother Earth is angry!” says Nancy Pelosi in my newest video. “The debate is over around climate change!” says California Governor Gavin Newsom, smirking, strangely. They’re eager to blame climate change for the wildfires in their state. I’m surprised they didn’t say it ...

Supreme Court fight is about life and death

Chuck Schumer, Senate minority leader, says, “Our No. 1 goal must be to communicate the stakes of this Supreme Court fight to the American people.” He continued, “nothing is off the table.” Nothing? Not even violence? After the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Brett ...

Presidential debate questions I would ask

The political shadowboxing before presidential debates is cleverly choreographed. Take the 2000 contest between then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush and then-Vice President Al Gore. Before that year’s first general election debate, the Bush team did a superb job of lowering expectations for ...

Last best chance to capture U.S. Supreme Court

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are on the cusp of making history. With Trump having named two justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, they have an opening to elevate a third justice to fill the seat of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ...

Dems call Trump a mass-murdering racist; his poll numbers rise

According to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll of registered voters, President Donald Trump’s approval rating just hit its highest mark since June. This may or may not hold after back-to-back alleged “bombshells” about what Trump knew about COVID-19 and about Trump allegedly disparaging fallen ...