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Many of us watching the inferno at Notre Dame de Paris felt that 9/11 dread. This week, as nearly 18 years ago, the news channels kept looping the same horrific video of towers collapsing. At the end, the medieval cathedral remained mostly standing while the twin towers at New York’s World T…

While a $17 million civil lawsuit filed by the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority against its former director Jennifer McDonald, Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEthron, businessmen Curt Tran, Donnie Poe and Justin Appleton, and three businesses is slowly moving through t…

WASHINGTON – Some government foolishness has an educational value that compensates for its considerable cost. Consider the multibillion-dollar federal electric-vehicle tax credit, which efficiently illustrates how government can, with one act, diminish its already-negligible prestige while s…

If I told you there was a movement to create a navy or air force, you might respond, "Don't we already have those?" If I said we need a movement to convince bears to relieve themselves in the woods, you might say, "Wait. Isn't that happening already?

“I believe that this church offers the carefully discerning such cause for admiration,” the 14th-century French philosopher Jean de Jandun wrote of Notre Dame, “that its inspection can scarcely sate the soul.”

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It’s a solid bet that our health care future won’t look quite like the present. Whether the outcome would be good or bad for the average working stiff will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election. If Donald Trump is reelected, we know where health coverage for million…

WASHINGTON – They say that guests are like fish; after three days they become a bit whiffy. By this measure, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange smelled like an overladen fishing vessel adrift in the searing sun.

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He was the most uncommon presidential candidate. Most of them, disappointingly, flatter every group of voters they appear before by telling them what they’re confident they want to hear. Candidates, to put it bluntly, verbally caress the erogenous zones of the body politic. But not so with o…

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Things are looking better for President Donald Trump than they were when the year began. The latest evidence is that 54% of voters nationwide now believe it is at least somewhat likely the president will be reelected in 2020. That’s up from 50% a month ago and 46% in early February.

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If you hire a handyman or a contractor to work on your bathroom, roof or other parts of your house or yard, do you know where the debris from that work is going to end up?

WASHINGTON – In 1964, although there was scant chance that Americans would choose to have a third president in 14 months, Lyndon Johnson took no chances. The economy was sizzling and in November Johnson would carry 44 states. Nevertheless, he wanted low interest rates, so he summoned to his …

Back in 2016, candidate Donald Trump said he opposed a Republican bill designed to grease the wholesale transfer of America’s public lands to states. “I don’t like the idea because I want to keep the lands great,” he told Field & Stream, “and you don’t know what the state is going to do.”

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon took aim at socialism in his annual letter to shareholders, distributed last week, warning that it would be “a disaster for our country,” because it produces “stagnation, corruption and often worse.”

We are just emerging from a traumatic nearly two-year-long political drama that will surely be written about in history books. It has created a national schism that's left permanent scars with disagreeing family members, political parties and the public's trust of the media.

WASHINGTON – In his most famous dialogue, "The Republic," Plato, via Socrates, explored the idea that a just state would best function under the leadership of a perfectly just philosopher-king.

WASHINGTON – The president has received from one of his employees, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a report that probably tells Ross’ employer what he wants to hear: that imports of cars – “The Audis are coming! The Audis are coming!” – threaten “national security.” This report is required b…