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Trump’s firing offensive

As former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was testifying last Friday at the congressional impeachment hearings, the tyrannical 2-year-old occupying the Oval Office busied himself on Twitter trying to smear her. Presumably, there are no grown-ups left to mind him. There he was, ...

Israel’s right to its ancient land

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced U.S policy toward Israel’s “settlements” is reverting to one held by the Reagan administration; that is the right of Israelis to settle in the ancient lands of Judea and Samaria “is not, per se, inconsistent with international law.” This ...

The valor of Ambassador Taylor

Five hours, nine minutes and 17 seconds into last Wednesday’s nationally televised impeachment hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York, began asking Ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. a series of questions about his military ...

A late-starting presidential campaign may not be hopeless

Michael Bloomberg has delivered his latest delicious hint about running for president. Former Attorney General Eric Holder is fresh from taking credit for the new Democratic legislative majorities in Virginia, making it known he might be interested. And former Gov. Deval Patrick joined the ...

Neighborhood decorations

It’s that time of year again, when my neighborhood looks intentionally festive rather than just lazy. The holly on the mailboxes, the icicle Christmas lights dangling off rain gutters, and the Nativity scene window stickers could all be mistaken by any new visitor to the cul-de-sac for ...

Time for a billionaire ban

The wealthiest Americans dominate our airwaves. Let’s hear from someone else for a change. Bill Gates wants you to know he pays taxes. “I’ve paid more than $10 billion in taxes. I’ve paid more than anyone in taxes,” Gates told journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. “But when you say I ...

Does eating turkey really make you sleepy?

Dear Readers, Soon we will be celebrating one of America’s favorite holidays, a day our ancestors set aside to give thanks for a plentiful harvest. It’s a time to reconnect with friends and family we haven’t seen in a while, with lots of food, fun and football. Many of us will settle in ...

Could the 2020 election be another 1980?

The final results of the 1980 presidential election between the Democratic President Jimmy Carter and his Republican challenger, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan are rightly recorded as a landslide Republican victory. Carter carried just six states: his native Georgia; his running mate’s ...

When did Ukraine become a ‘critical ally’?

On hearing the State Department’s George Kent and William Taylor describe President Donald Trump’s withholding of military aid to Ukraine, The New York Times summarized and solemnly endorsed their testimony: “What clearly concerned both witnesses wasn’t simply the abuse of power by ...

Evan Halper’s own personal hell

You may trust that Evan Halper is in his own personal hell right now. It’s a place to which all good journalists go when they make mistakes. Which is to say, it’s a place to which all good journalists eventually go. If the error is relatively small, one may spend a day there. If one makes ...

Shaking down the rich is bad for democracy

Forget whether the math works. (It doesn’t.) Expecting billionaires to pay for all the nice things is bad for democracy. One of the more exhausting rituals of presidential campaign season is the effort to make every new proposal “add up.” Sure, it’s better that politicians try to come ...

Milk Market Frothy

Dairy prices are bubbling higher, nearing a five-year high. The widely-followed Class III milk futures, which is used to make hard cheeses, recently topped 20 cents per pound for the first time since 2014. Prices are rallying due to stagnating production and renewed hopes for increased dairy ...

First Snow of the Year

If you live in the Midwest like I do, you never know when to expect that first snow of the winter. This year it came a little after Halloween. Most people curse it, but my family loves it. In fact, we have always had the motto, “When the weather’s bad, the Murrays go out!” This only ...

Bloomberg, billionaires and boobery

I’d like to personally bop over the head the next Democrat who says that Michael Bloomberg shouldn’t be running for president because he’s a billionaire. Let’s give thanks that a simple-minded dismissal of rich candidates didn’t sink FDR’s chances. Billionaires are not the enemy. ...

The impeachment antics are all smoke and mirrors

While Democrats pretend to care about stopping foreign interference into our elections to preserve the integrity of our democracy, they conveniently turn a blind eye to their own election meddling. The rest of us can see with our own eyes. First, it was the #RussiaHoax manufactured by a ...

30 years clean and sober

Nov. 3, 1989, a day I shall never forget. I had fallen drunk through the glass top of my coffee table, cut myself to smithereens and nearly bled to death. Nov. 3, to celebrate 30 years of being clean and sober and healthy, I ran a 5k with a running buddy and family members. It was at the ...

Beto says the quiet part out Loud

Failing Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is raging against the dying of his political light. Desperate and alone, his campaign on the precipice of collapse, Beto has banked on one policy: radical honesty. And that means he is now saying the quiet part of the progressive agenda ...

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo to native Trump: ‘Good riddance’

President Trump’s decision to leave his native New York to reside in Florida has all the marks of fleeing not only the state’s taxes but also the pursuit of his income tax returns by prosecutors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in effect handed Trump his hat on the way out the door with a curt “Good ...

Toddler table manners

Thanksgiving will be here in just a few short weeks ... are you ready? In preparation, I thought I would offer some insight into teaching your toddler some table manners. After all, the last thing you want is mashed potatoes in the hair and turkey on the floor. During the toddler stage, ...

Whatever happened to teaching history?

According to a report by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the teaching of U.S. history to American students lags behind all other subject matters. The latest NAEP survey finds that proficiency levels for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are in the 20, 18 and 12th ...