Biden catches a break

National Columnists

A heavy dose of criticism has been hitting President Biden in the wake of slipping poll numbers and perceived weakness alleged by Donald Trump and other Republicans. Joe Biden at age 79 is our eldest president, three years older than Trump. Nevertheless, he talks of seeking re-election in ...

Biden’s age, re-election plan recall Woodrow Wilson

National Columnists

More than a century ago, another president’s age and health became the centerpiece of his intention to seek another term. Woodrow Wilson suddenly was stuck down with a stroke, knowledge of which was kept from the public. His vice president, Thomas Marshall, said later he was obliged to go ...

Why the Fed’s decision is dead wrong

National Columnists

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point in order to battle inflation, even as the economy has begun to slow. This follows a quarter-point move in March, another half a point in May, and three-quarters of a point in June. The Fed also signaled in its ...

If history is of any value: Revisiting March 2020, Part IV

National Columnists

My March 2020 column also offered prognostications on the worldwide political and geopolitical repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a rise in authoritarianism, a concomitant erosion of democracy, a spike in civil and human rights violations, intensification of popular protests and ...

Joe’s dubious oil slick

National Columnists

"Don’t they know it’s the end of the world...” (Skeeter Davis, 1962) President Biden has repeated a story he has told before, but repetition does not necessarily make it true. Speaking last week in Somerset, Massachusetts, where a coal-fired power plant once stood, Biden again ...