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 By Bob Franken    Opinion    November 14, 2019 

Beto's Evaporation

Here's the thing about those bright, shiny human objects that are so irresistible to those of us in media: The truth is that, like so much bling, they are merely fool's gold, soon tarnished by reality. The overexposure reveals that there's little...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    November 14, 2019 

'Nationalism' Shouldn't be a Dirty Word

If there's one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it's that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent years,...

 

Greatest Generation Slipping into History

Just before Veterans Day, the last known survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor died at age 98. With the passing of George Hursey of Massachusetts, it closed that chapter of World War II---the world’s most deadly conflict in which over 60...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    November 14, 2019 

The Voice of the People

The 2019 election is history. The results are in except for a few stragglers left to count; not enough to change the outcome. Before the 2020 campaign engulfs us, we have a brief opportunity to examine the latest results to see what we can learn. I...

 

A Deadly Game

Let's give credit where it's due: As commander in chief, President Donald Trump can claim success for the military operation that took out Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the long-elusive founder of ISIS, who, according to the White House and military...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    November 7, 2019

California Can't Keep the Lights On

California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation -- it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life. More than 2 million people are going...

 

Impeachment Aside: There's Work to be Done

Now that President Trump’s impeachment process is formally underway, Democrats and Republicans need to avoid becoming completely absorbed by it. They must work together on other important issues such as immigration, health care, education, infrastr...

 

Who is Governing the Country

The House has decided to make the closed door inquiry an official impeachment process. The headlines indicated that they had enough votes to unveil their activities. I heard rumors that some Democrats were going to vote against it, but CNN didn’t...

 

Finger-Pointing Everywhere

It's really difficult to tell because his hands are so small, but it looks for all the world that President Donald Trump has an extended middle finger raised at, well, all the world. Who knew that he could speak in sign language? Or at least that he...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    October 31, 2019

Trump Should Want a Rapid Impeachment

The Ukraine story hasn't been good for President Donald Trump, and there's only one way out -- to get impeached, and the sooner, the better. Trump obviously hates the idea of being impeached. He thinks it's unfair, and is raging against the process...

 

Pet Peeves & Okeydokes: October 31, 2019

YYYY It’s nice to see a healthy police presence return to our coffeehouses. #!*! Winter in October. #!*! People who can’t read traffic signs....

 

Power of Reliable Power

Our state’s economy and way of life hinges on low cost and reliable electricity. Since Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams were completed in the early 1940s, Washington has enjoyed both. We are accustomed to flipping a switch and our lights...

 

Generation Gap

My kids caught me reading a book. An actual book, printed with ink on real paper. I was lectured about my abuse of the planet and was told how many trees went into making paper. Paper that would line the bottom of our bird cage and eventually be...

 

Happy Birthday, Vlad

Vladimir Putin is not a Facebook friend of mine -- that I know of, anyway. He could be, perhaps registered under an alias put out by the Moscow Troll Department, but to my knowledge, I didn't send a "Happy birthday to Vlad" greeting to mark the...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    October 24, 2019

Foolhardy Campaign Against 'Endless Wars'

Barack Obama and Donald Trump are diametrically opposed figures, representing the categorical rejection of the other for his supporters, yet they share significant foreign-policy DNA. They both defined themselves in opposition to George W. Bush's...

 

Cosmic Crisp is Needed Lift for Washington

Imagine tuning into the Sunday morning talk shows and wondering if the politicians and commentators could possibly find something positive to say about one another or the state of affairs in America. Unfortunately, there is a better chance of...

 

Shadow Government

There is a branch of our government that is independent of the three branches we study in school. This branch usually operates in the shadows overlooked by both the people and the legislature. It makes its own rules with the same force as law. It...

 

Not Ready for Democracy

In his "Gettysburg Address," Abraham Lincoln described a "government of the people, by the people, for the people." The problem for any democracy is that those people can make a mistake -- a dangerous mistake -- by electing someone who's severely...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    October 17, 2019

The NBA Salutes Its Chinese Overlords

Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Mass., in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords. The NBA disgraced itself kowtowing to Beijing after the...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

YYYY Men that still open car doors for women. #!*! Stop with the Christmas lights, Christmas anything. Let us have Fall, please....

 

Wildfire Season That Wasn't

The Oregonian characterized the 2019 wildfire season as the “season that wasn’t!” That’s good news for west coast states; however, it doesn’t mean we are permanently “out of the woods!” Worldwide wildfires are down as well. According...

 

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