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In a new Gallup poll, 35 percent say government is the worst problem facing the U.S. In the 55 years that Gallup has asked the question — “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” — this is the highest percentage of people who have identified the government…

Now we have a name. After two agonizing decades, the “Boy Under the Billboard” case I wrote about last year has finally been solved. But in determining the identity of the strangled 10-year-old boy who was abandoned under a highway billboard, the sheriff’s detectives also unraveled a dark fa…

A joint resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment has been approved in Virginia’s Senate. A House of Delegates subcommittee has recommended the House pass it. So when is the vote?

America is the only place in the world where any citizen over the age of 35 can run for president. No experience in government necessary. No support from a political party necessary. You don’t even have to have any ideas or policy proposals.

Kudos to state Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, and Sen. Janet Howell, D-Reston, for sponsoring a bill requiring religious leaders to notify police of suspected child abuse or neglect.

WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's now infamous talking points on the Green New Deal are the most unintentionally honest explanation of the neo-socialism now gripping the Democratic Party. Too honest, apparently. After her office sent the "FAQ" to NPR, The Washington Post and other…

WASHINGTON -- By the Republican response to the three most-famous Democratic freshmen in Congress -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC) of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan -- you'd think these women were Shakespeare's Three Witches rather than the three amigas s…

Strange things are happening in “Old Europe,” as Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld famously called it in 2003. At that time, transatlantic differences were over Iraq, when two major members of “Old Europe” condemned the war against Saddam Hussein that was destined to open a disastrous Pandora’s …

As on so many matters, former Republican Senate leader Bob Dole put it best when he said that almost all members of Congress love to make tough speeches; they just don't like to make tough votes. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., the North Carolina Republican who died on his 76th birthday, was an ad…

Politics is not brain surgery; it’s not that complicated. Politics is about addition, not subtraction.Show me a political party that is openly seeking and welcoming “converts” to its side and is finding common ground and I’ll show you a growing, healthy and, yes, winning political party. By …

So Amazon chose Valentine’s Day to announce its breakup with New York City. No, it will not build a new headquarters in Queens as planned. Who is to blame for the split, the tech behemoth or grouchy New Yorkers? If one must choose, I’d say Amazon.

Certainly, it is discouraging to find that our leaders have serious moral failings – e.g., involving the treatment of black Americans by white, or the treatment of women by men. And it makes sense, when those failings reach a certain level of seriousness, to remove flawed office-holders from…

Next Tuesday would have been our mother’s 89th birthday. Born near the beginning of the Great Depression, she grew up through some pretty hard times, but thanks to the diligence and frugality of her mom and dad, they managed to make it through and were better for it in many ways.

Several thousand Northern Shenandoah Valley residents found themselves in the dark and cold this week when icy weather brought trees down on power lines.

Let’s talk about a police practice known as the perp walk. It’s the walk of shame of a suspected perpetrator of a crime, usually in a case that’s top of the headlines or soon will be.

WASHINGTON – As stories go, the face-off between Jeff Bezos and David Pecker (paging Charles Dickens) has all the elements of a 21st-century battle royale between good and evil, represented by the richest man in the world, who happens to own The Washington Post, and the pied piper of sleaze,…

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