News & Politics

Middle East rivalry between Iran and Turkey interminable

August 22, 2017

News that Iran's and Turkey's governments reached an accord on Idlib, a Syrian town now the focus of American interests, brings relations between the two of the largest and most influential states in the Middle East momentarily out of the shadows. Thei... [...]

Tribalism in U.S. politics replaces patriotism

August 22, 2017

Just after last week's terrorist attack in Barcelona, a pro-Islamic State website posted video from the scene along with a message in Arabic saying, "Terror is filling the hearts of the Crusader in the Land of Andalusia." Let's unpack that. "Crusader" ... [...]

Low interest rates will affect retirees’ portfolios

August 22, 2017

No matter what President Trump and Congress do about taxes and the like, low interest rates are becoming as certain as aging. That's good news for young folks buying homes but tough on retirees who rely on CDs and bonds, and people over 55 realigning p... [...]

Donald Trump’s baloney detector annoys his critics

August 22, 2017

President Trump is in trouble again with his moral superiors. His problem, of course, is that he cannot throttle his baloney detector. Mr. Trump, it seems, at some point in life acquired a baloney detector that has usually served him well. It certainly... [...]

Unions must end forced dues

August 22, 2017

Given the heated rhetoric that surrounds the right to work, you might believe that the concept threatens the very existence of unions. However, as a former union president I can assure you that the ability to collect fees from people who don't want to ... [...]

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Mighty Franks: A Memoir’

August 22, 2017

THE MIGHTY FRANKS: A MEMOIR By Michael Frank Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26, 304 pages We've all heard the old saw that a conservative is a liberal mugged by reality, but this searing memoir by former Los Angeles Times book critic and fiction and tra... [...]

EDITORIAL: The deadly descent of Obamacare

August 22, 2017

That flying contraption called Obamacare is locked in the downward spiral that is the nightmare of every pilot. Escape is not likely short of a miracle, and Congress doesn't do miracles. Congress is fleeing the scene of the crime for a long and undeser... [...]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Everyone a victim?

August 22, 2017

Recently Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, reportedly suggested that, in order to become better educated in living history, President Trump meet with African-Americans who have dealt with racism. Many in this country have a sore spot when it c... [...]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Free nations don’t erase history

August 22, 2017

I am most distressed over the wave of hysteria sweeping our nation over Confederate statues and monuments. I have witnessed the mayors of at least two cities order the removal of statues without regard to any democratic process, and I have seen a hate-... [...]

EDITORIAL: A surge in Afghanistan

August 22, 2017

All of Arabia (and Iran, too) is not worth the life of one American soldier as the price of conquest, but securing America against the threat of radical Islamic terrorism is worth whatever it takes. Americans have no taste for colonial conquest, which ... [...]

USA Today runs by the fake news story playbook

August 22, 2017

You've heard it out there. You know the story already. USA Today "broke" it in a huge scoop on Monday: "Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family." That's yuuuge. Trump is bankrupting Americ... [...]
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