Opinion.

Mueller to testify publicly before 2 house committees

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly before Congress on July 17 after Democrats issued subpoenas to compel him to appear, the chairmen of two House committees announced. Mueller’s unusual back-to-back testimony in front of the House ...

Give larger tax break

Editorials

Ohio legislators are on the clock this week, as they try to find common ground on a two-year state budget. It has to be on Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk by Sunday. Buckeye State residents will get a tax break under the new $69 billion budget. The only question is: How much? State senators ...

Must we wage yet another war — with Iran?

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“The Pentagon has released new color photos as proof that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman,” ABC News reported. Hours before that attack, Iranians launched surface-to-air missile at a U.S. drone monitoring the tankers. The missile missed. In ...

Madcap caution of Donald Trump may lead to re-election

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The worry last week was that the Trump administration was ginning up fake intelligence about Iran blowing up oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz to justify a war against Iran. Then, later, President Donald Trump said the Iranian attacks weren’t a big deal. The episode is another ...

Yes, AOC, your generation has seen American prosperity

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“An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America,” says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., whose visibility as a spokesperson for this generation has been boosted by political friend and foe, “came of age and never saw American prosperity.” Of ...

Proper politics

Editorials

It has become obvious that unbending partisanship leads only to gridlock in Washington, D.C. Gaining a name for willingness to listen to those of the opposite party rather than dismiss them out of hand because of their formal political allegiance is the way to get things done in ...

Hypocrisy has lost all meaning and power

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There was a time when calling someone a hypocrite could stain their reputation. No more. Like the overused and often misapplied word “racism,” hypocrisy has lost the power to cause harm. The media and Democrats are agog over President Trump’s comment to former Bill Clinton adviser and ...

Growing dis-grace of Harvard University

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This week, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv announced that Harvard University has withdrawn his acceptance to the college. In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the then-high school junior became a prominent voice for school safety, meeting with politicians ...

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

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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 ...

Get kids vaccinated

Editorials

Decreasing numbers of children receiving important vaccinations before entering public school have become such a problem the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to get a handle on the numbers. That is proving difficult, as there is no real mechanism for tracking vaccinations ...

Trump needs to avoiding war against Iran

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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

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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

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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 ...

Keep funding alive

Editorials

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives— some probably affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the ...

Earmarks being resurrected in Congress

Columns

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...