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In two weeks’ time, three mass shootings killed 34 people and left dozens more injured. We were outraged and in shock, and for a few days we managed to sustain a collective call for new laws that would make our country safer.

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CHICAGO — Given its surplus of violence and scarcity of resources, Chicago surely has bigger things to worry about than the menace, as the city sees it, of Laura Pekarik’s cupcakes. Herewith redundant evidence of regulatory government’s unsleeping solicitousness for the strong.

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WASHINGTON – One of the everlasting social forces in directing human behavior – shame – has become part of the 2020 presidential race.

After the recent horror of multiple mass shootings – at a garlic festival in California; a Walmart in El Paso, Texas; and, finally, a popular nightlife neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio – I went to social media and posed two questions: “What is wrong with America? Why does this keep happening?” T…

WASHINGTON – WARSAW – American millennials have a lot of complaints about their lot in life. So here’s a question for them: When is the last time you had to walk through a sewer waist-high in human filth, choking on the toxic ammonia, yet unable to cough for fear of alerting the Nazi SS sold…

WASHINGTON – House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler has now announced his committee will proceed with its inquiry into the impeachment of President Trump. He says he will do so despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s preference to slow-walk the process with further fact-finding into the variou…

My purpose in writing about evolution is not to engage in the controversy with people who find the idea of evolution is incompatible with some core religious beliefs, but because it’s a beautiful theory that illuminates so much about what we see in the system of life on earth – of which we a…

Our 11-year-old grandson is with us for the week, and we are having the sort of conversations that indicate the learning has just begun — for me.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As the entire nation reeled from the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, South Carolinians were met with news that a local teen had made violent, racist videos and threatened to shoot up his high school.

These “debates” are to serious policy discussions as a kazoo is to an orchestra. You can say a kazoo is an instrument, and you can say that these truncated thoughts are proposals, but you’ll invite smirks.

Listening to debates among presidential primary candidates invariably reminds me of the 1974 Democratic primary for New York governor. To set the scene: In November of 1973, Republican Nelson Rockefeller, four times elected chief executive of the Empire State who would later be chosen by Pre…

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Winnow: verb. To expose (grain or other substances) to the wind or to a current of air so that the lighter particles (as chaff or other refuse matter) are separated or blown away.

WASHINGTON – President Trump was wrong to personally attack Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D.-Md., a man widely respected by both Democrats and Republicans alike. But Trump was absolutely right when he called Baltimore “dangerous,” “filthy” and “rodent infested” – that is, if you can believe what …

Here’s some good news. Last year, for the first time since 1990, deaths from drug overdoses actually dropped in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports it wasn’t a big drop – about 5% fewer deaths. But might this indicate a trend?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has lots of big ideas to redesign the United States. She dreams of Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, forgiving student loans, waging war on corporate America and more.

The opposition to President Donald Trump has an effective arrow in its quiver but does not know how to use it. It is the power to ignore him. There are signs that some are beginning to do it, starting with the Europeans who are imposing humongous taxes on American corporations, with France i…

WASHINGTON – The picture that spoke far more words than former special counsel Robert Mueller uttered during last week's hearings was taken by renowned photographer David Hume Kennerly.

It is time to remind ourselves of the Four Stages of Political Defeat and whether the losing side – in this case, the Democrats who suffered an unexpected and stinging rebuke in 2016 – will be able to recover and compete.

WASHINGTON – Amid all the chatter over which of the 20-plus Democratic presidential candidates for 2020 are most “progressive,” the elephant in the room remains Donald Trump. The question is which of them is best qualified and politically positioned to beat him next year.

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WASHINGTON — The Democratic presidential circus pitches its tent in Detroit this week. It will be especially entertaining if the presidential aspirants are asked some questions like these:

Minutes after Robert Mueller III had completed his first round of Wednesday’s congressional testimony, journalists and pundits started weighing in — on his acting abilities.

This moment has been coming on for some time, as a big piece of America’s body politic grew more and more antagonistic toward everyone who wasn’t like them – politically, religiously, racially, sexually. More and more energy has been channeled into hostility toward liberals, toward Muslims, …

WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., proudly announced this year that his presidential campaign would be the first in history to have a unionized workforce. Well, he just became the first presidential candidate in history to face a labor revolt from his unionized workforce.

Our vote for president is the most “personal” vote we Americans get to cast. We’re far more likely to base our choice for the U.S. House or the Senate on issues – such as health care costs, immigration or the environment – than we are our presidential choice. In a presidential campaign, we v…

Sex registries are in the news again thanks to a couple of high-profile child sex abuse cases. (Think multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein and singer R. Kelly.) Keeping track of ex-cons who have sexually preyed on others sounds like a good idea. But do these registries really help keep us safe?

WASHINGTON – The death at age 99 of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will be mourned, particularly by old Democratic liberals, for a range of well-balanced opinions over a career that made him the third-longest server on the highest court.

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WASHINGTON — Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O’Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their ca…

As someone who was lucky enough to cover the 1992 presidential campaign – involving Republican incumbent President George W. Bush, Democratic challenger Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and the independent maverick, Texas billionaire businessman Ross Perot – from start to finish, allow me to make …

WASHINGTON – The obvious unifying element for Democrats looking ahead to the 2020 presidential election is their imperative to oust Donald Trump from the Oval Office. They desire it for a multitude of reasons, starting with his glaring incompetence for the job and the rampant corruption in h…

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WASHINGTON – With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40% of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on “continuing resolutions.” Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary function, w…

WASHINGTON – From Little Red Riding Hood’s terrifying encounter with the Big Bad Wolf to Kevin Costner’s balletic romance with some kindred, four-legged spirit in “Dances With Wolves,” Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with the ancestral predecessor of our favorite family pet.