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Why do Dems Have a Secret List of Supreme Court Picks?

If hypocrisy equals people, Democrats in Washington are China. The latest example of such bold duplicity by the Democratic Party is the secret, “A-list” of potential Supreme Court judges Democrats refuse to reveal while they turn blue on Capitol Hill screaming for more transparency from ...

Trump needs to avoiding war against Iran

President Donald Trump cannot want war with Iran. Such a war, no matter how long, would be fought in and around the Persian Gulf, through which a third of the world’s seaborne oil travels. It could trigger a worldwide recession and imperil Trump’s reelection. It would widen the ...

It’s time for Sanders to leave the 2020 presidential race

History will best remember Bernie Sanders for his role in helping elect Donald Trump. Happily for many (if not most) Democrats, Sanders is now fading big time. The earlier assumption was that the 2020 Democratic race would boil down to a brawl between Sanders and Joe Biden. Now we see ...

Putting the indigent in jail over unpaid fines is absurd

See if you can find the logic in this. A local government issues traffic fines to residents for infractions like not wearing a seat belt, expired registration tags or a broken taillight. If the fine isn’t promptly paid, then interest and penalties pile up, and a $50 or $100 ticket can quickly ...

Earmarks being resurrected in Congress

There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, “Americans’ debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 ...

Alarmist approach on climate change may backfire

The more the climate debate changes, the more it stays the same. Polls show that the public is worried about climate change, but that doesn’t mean that it is any more ready to bear any burden or pay any price to combat it. If President Donald Trump claws his way to victory again in ...

Biden, once hands-down favorite, sees lead narrow

Will Joe Biden inevitably win the Democratic nomination for president? A month ago, many psephologists thought so, as national polls within two weeks of his April 25 announcement showed the former vice president with 41 percent of Democratic primary votes. Four weeks later, that number has ...

Virginia Hall: D-Day’s ‘forgotten’ woman

Last week’s observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day were focused on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. One person — a woman — has not received the credit she deserves for her efforts with ...

Make plans public

Some Belmont village officials are concerned that members of the public are not aware of first responders’ plans to handle a major disaster. The issue came up during a village council meeting last week, when fire department Lt. Kaye Hall reported on a minor fire that happened on May 30 ...

Our toxic individualism and post-liberal dead end

The most bracing pieces are sometimes the least defensible. So it is with Sohrab Ahmari’s fusillade in the religious journal First Things against my National Review colleague David French that has occasioned a cataract of conservative commentary. Ahmari’s piece is part of the ...

Barr asking questions the media don’t want asked

“I’m amused,” Attorney General William Barr told CBS News’ Jan Crawford, “by these people who make a living by disclosing classified information, including the names of intelligence operatives, wringing their hands about whether I’m going to be responsible in protecting intelligence ...

Focus on Russians in 2020, not dossier from past

By erick erickson Creators Syndicate Having reviewed the Mueller report, I have concluded the Steele dossier is poisonous to both Republicans and Democrats. On the Democrat side, Bob Mueller shows quite clearly that neither Donald Trump nor anyone around Donald Trump coordinated with the ...

Mueller’s report, comments on investigation bizarre

In the end, by-the-book Robert Mueller departed wildly from the book. He invented an extraconstitutional legal standard for his obstruction investigation and acted, at best, in violation of the spirit of the special-counsel regulations. His departing act was a public statement meant to ...

Political parties suffer from slowness to adapt to voters

Political parties generally go unappreciated, even among those inclined to celebrate representative democracy. The Founding Fathers famously didn’t like them yet found themselves forming them, not long after the First Congress assembled. This suggests something I have come to believe while ...

Perseverance is key to success in life

It isn’t about getting knocked down, it is about getting back up. I will never forget Thomas, a former high school soccer player I coached several years ago. Thomas’ skills were average. What made Thomas a starter by his senior year and an All- State player was his persistence. If you ...

Fathers need to be celebrated in June

Summer is on the horizon! The official day is June 21, but we also have a couple other occasions this month. Flag Day is June 14, and Father’s Day is June 16. The kids are out of school and families are planning activities and vacations during this summer break. This month we ...

Get procedure out of the shadows

By CONNIE SCHULTZ Creators Syndicate Joi and her husband wanted a baby. “We wanted to be pregnant in the worst way,” she says. For more than a decade, they tried. So many tests, and then more tests. Blood draws and injections. In 2002, it happened. They were expecting a daughter. ...

The flaw in trying to paint Biden as another Hillary Clinton

By JONAH GOLDBERG Creators Syndicate Is Joe Biden Hillary Clinton -- or George W. Bush? The first, most obvious and literal answer is, he’s neither. He’s Joe Biden, one of the most known and familiar personalities in American politics. Matt Continetti, editor of the Washington Free ...

Iowa sued over prohibition on Medicaid for gender surgery

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a new state law that prohibits the use of Medicaid funding for gender reassignment surgery. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill on May 3 that included language amending the state’s Civil ...

Starting summer off right this weekend

Five or six times when I was a teenager, I marched through the streets of Belmont on Memorial Day. Along with the rest of the Union Local High School Marching Band, I made my way from the grade school to the cemetery with a clarinet or a saxophone in my hands. We played patriotic tunes along ...