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When women’s dignity counts for zero

The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani’s third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nation cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children. The second Mrs. Giuliani learned she was being left while watching ...

Progressives save the GOP

I have been pretty critical of the Republican Party even though I was, for a time, an elected Republican. I criticized George W. Bush vocally for being what some branded a “big government conservative.” Under Bush, the size and scope of the federal government grew at a reckless rate, not ...

Blind to real problems

For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said: “Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) argue all the harder ...

Trump’s historic gamble

President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school of diplomacy. The British prime minister once counseled, “Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.” At his Singapore summit, Trump smartly ...

Where Is the Republican Gene McCarthy?

After Election Day in 1964, when Lyndon B. Johnson won a landslide victory over Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrats procured a 68-32 majority in the Senate, the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. Senate met in private. Rightly confident — they now had the numbers needed to pass Medicare, ...

A citizen’s letter to Robert Mueller

Dear Mr. Robert Mueller: I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am writing as a concerned American to beg you to reveal whether there is any end in sight for your Russia-Trump collusion investigation. We all want to know the truth behind whether President Trump or any of his associates ...

Celebrate your dad

Happy Father’s Day! Today I have some father pleasing recipes to celebrate your Dad any day. Baby Back Pork Ribs 2 racks pork back ribs, (about 1-1/2 lbs. per rack) 1 12-oz jar prepared mesquite-flavored marinade 3 bay leaves 1 medium onion, peeled 1 c. barbecue sauce, (mild or ...

Soybean Market Scorched by Trade Talk

The U.S. soybean crop continues to look exceptional, and there are few weather problems expected that could derail a near-record sized crop. However, dark clouds are forming over the market as trade disputes deepen between the U.S. and our two biggest soybean buyers, Mexico and China. This ...

On Charles Krauthammer, my friend, mentor and lodestar

WASHINGTON — A few years ago, I was talking with Charles Krauthammer in the Fox News green room when the news that someone famous had passed away flashed on the television screen. Charles told me the way he hoped to go when his time came. His dream, he said, was to be assassinated during the ...

Why can’t we fix social Security and Medicare?

Each year, the trustees of Social Security and Medicare issue their report delivering the news, invariably dismal, about the financial condition of the nation’s two largest entitlement programs. This year, in the report just issued, it’s worse than usual. Last year, the trustees ...

Trump ‘trusts’ Kim, but will he verify?

WASHINGTON — Behind the blockbuster of a possible diplomatic breakthrough on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the same question that hovered over America’s Cold War dealings with the former Soviet Union now confronts Donald Trump. Can we trust our adversary without verifying its ...

Trump’s Triumph or Kim’s Coup?

This week, President Trump went to Singapore to meet with the most repressive dictator on the planet, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jung Un. Kim presides over a slave state of 25 million people, with gulags stacked with hundreds of thousands of political dissidents. He has diligently pursued ...

Congress suffers arthritic knees from genuflecting to presidential power

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., wonders: “Is there any doubt that America would view a foreign nation firing missiles at targets on American soil as an act of war?” His question might be pertinent to why the Singapore summit happened, and what, if anything, was changed by it. The ...

Time magazine’s war on King Trump

Anyone who walks past a newsstand knows that Time magazine hates Donald Trump. Don’t doubt us. You’d lose. In 2016, it pictured his orange face melting on the cover and then, months later, that same face melted into an orange puddle. Time considered it unthinkable that he would win. Then, ...

Tribune content agency

I have often thought that tributes to those we love are best made when the object of our affection is still with us, rather than at their funerals. I do not know Charles Krauthammer well, though we would occasionally see each other at Fox News when I worked there and at Washington Nationals ...

I am your American flag

I’ve been to the moon. I’ve been burned. But more often I’m honored. I’m your American flag. With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, I was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New York in 1777—and then carried into battle for the first time at Brandywine in Pennsylvania. By ...

Round up the parents; lose the children

This is a story about children, but first I have to tell you what happened to the adults who love them. Earlier this week in northern Ohio, 200 or so federal immigration agents with weapons and trained dogs swarmed two garden centers of a family-owned business. They rounded up and bound the ...

California results suggest blue wave has crested and ebbed

The nation is just past halftime in the 2018 primary election cycle. Twenty states — containing the majority, 228 of 435, of House districts — have held their primaries, and all but the three with runoffs have chosen their nominees. The latest results, taken together with the generic vote ...

The new bigotry

In 155 AD, Roman authorities ordered a man named Polycarp to burn incense for the Roman Emperor. Witnesses say the local authorities begged Polycarp to comply, some even acknowledging it was a meaningless act. But Polycarp refused. “Eighty-six years I have served Christ, and He never did ...

Diversity and inclusion harm

In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it’s not long before the magical words “diversity” and “inclusiveness” drop from their lips. Racial minorities are the intended targets of this sociological largesse, but women are included, ...