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I recently joined the board of the Leadership Institute, which sponsors Campus Reform, an important website for college news. Campus Reform is a “watchdog to the nation’s higher education system,” exposing bias and abuse on college campuses.

WASHINGTON — It must be a grown-up thing, but every time I see Beto O’Rourke, I want to fix him a hamburger. He’s precious.

Midterm elections have been generally unhelpful to U.S. House candidates of the sitting president’s party. From 1918 to 2016, according to political scientist Jacob Smith’s study for Ballotpedia, the president’s party lost an average of 29 House seats in midterm elections. In 2018, Democrats…

People worldwide have watched the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” featuring two men who said they were repeatedly sexually abused by Michael Jackson as children. The documentary delved into how such abuse can occur, a predator’s methods and the lifelong damage it can do to a child victim…

WASHINGTON – On Feb. 12, Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka “El Chapo,” was convicted of multiple crimes related to running the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s largest. Thirteen days before his conviction, authorities seized enough of the synthetic opioid called fentanyl for 100 million lethal doses. I…

WASHINGTON – In April 2018, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged Senate leaders to pass her bipartisan Congressional Harassment Reform Act. “Congress has a sexual harassment problem – and isn’t taking it seriously,” Gillibrand wrote in Fortune magazine. “If we can’t clean up our own act, how can an…

WASHINGTON — Some days you wake up and think, “Nope, not getting up.” I call these column days. Then, there are those other times when you practically hurl yourself from the sheets in a grande jete because: Bubba the Love Sponge and Tucker Carlson.

It has been reported frequently that many Republicans in Congress are alarmed about having Donald Trump as the president of the United States. And that these Republican “leaders” express their alarm only in private, off the record. (All this is so widely reported that I’m persuaded it’s true.)

PHILADELPHIA – "Horseplay," a term used to denote child rape, is, says Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, part of a sinister glossary of euphemisms by which the Catholic Church's bureaucracy obfuscates in documents the church's "pattern of abuse" and conspiracy of silence "that goes…

Earlier this month, my husband, Sen. Sherrod Brown, went on a listening tour of four early-primary states as he considered running for president. I traveled with him to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, as did a caravan of political reporters waiting to see if he would announce…

Riding the wave of condemnation of anti-Semitism, the Democratic Party has started a chain reaction of unintended consequences. The winner is the Republican Party, delighted that the Democrats are shooting themselves in the foot, and the loser is Israel, whose untouchable status in the U.S. …

It was inevitable that the #MeToo movement, started with valid anger at sexual harassment, would open the door to bizarre accusations. It’s just surprising to see it go off the deep end at Harvard University, where rational thinking tied to principle is supposed to be a requirement for admission.

So I go to my barber for a shave. While I'm waiting for her to finish the man ahead of me, this other guy and I get to talking about Donald Trump. He's no more a fan of the boy president than I am, and pretty soon, we've got the whole shop laughing as we rip Trump's idiocy.

WASHINGTON – Last December, I asked a question related to Martha McSally as she was about to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the late John McCain: “What more could you want in a senator?”

WASHINGTON – A four-word phrase common on late-night television, exclaimed by announcers giddy about their offers: "Buy this kitchen knife that is so sharp it can slice and dice diamonds, and we'll throw in a nonstick frying pan that can double as a satellite dish. BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE! If…

The same Democrats outraged by Donald Trump's alleged offenses against the First Amendment passed, as their first priority, a speech-restricting bill opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

    Why should it be of any importance or interest that Sherrod Brown, the third-term U.S. senator from Ohio, announced this week that he will not run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination? For one reason, unlike many recent would-be national leaders who belong to his party -- a li…

WASHINGTON – In February 2016, while Donald Trump was busy sweeping the Republican presidential field, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, led a group of conservatives in launching the Article 1 Project (or A1P) – an initiative urging members of Congress to reassert their powers under Article 1 of the Co…

Is America really full of hate? Are we truly a nation teeming with victims? Outsiders could certainly come to that conclusion after digesting the steady stream of agitated comments from activists, politicians and media reports about the divisive state of our interpersonal relationships.

WASHINGTON – There's a national emergency in America, all right, but it's not on our southern border. It's in the Oval Office, where an incompetent, ill-suited and immoral liar makes war on our democracy at home, and on our reputation and foreign-policy commitments abroad.

WASHINGTON – When Virginia first lady Pam Northam handed out raw cotton last month to African-American students on a governor's mansion tour and asked them to imagine being slaves picking the crop, she inspired a whirlwind.

The Democratic Party is having a rough time condemning anti-Semitism. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has, on several occasions, made classically anti-Semitic claims about American Jews, and the effort to formally denounce those statements in the House ruined a week in which the Democrats were …

WASHINGTON -- As Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigation of Donald Trump's campaign and administration grinds on, the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee has launched a veritable investigatory blitzkrieg against the president.

WASHINGTON -– As an upbeat Howard Schultz tucked into lunch here recently he was having a good week because Democrats were having an awful one. The former Starbucks CEO, who is contemplating a plunge into politics, knows that his narrow path to the presidency as an independent depends on the…

WASHINGTON -- Tiptoeing along the edge of caricature, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says: Native Americans should be "at the table" with African-Americans for a "robust discussion" about making some Americans pay reparations to other Americans to atone for misdeeds by still other Americans. The enum…

“Peace,” we were told by Mother Teresa, “begins with a smile.” Smiles have been very scarce in American political life lately. What follows is a modest attempt to encourage a smile or two.

President Donald Trump's two-hour speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference was filled with zingers that seem reasonably representative of what we can expect in the 2020 presidential election.

A couple of years ago, opponents of Donald Trump’s presidential bid warned that a Trump presidency would be a crazy spectacle. Jeb Bush famously said that Trump was a chaos candidate who would be a chaos president.

It is reasonable to suspect that neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence has even heard about the Estrada Doctrine, formally adopted by the United States and other nations in 1980.

President Trump routinely waves his fist at alleged unfair trade practices, including at the hands of our good neighbor Canada. But what about playing fields that are uneven because the U.S. government makes them so? Witness the cannabis industry. It's enjoying explosive growth worldwide, bu…

WASHINGTON – If he were alive today, Mark Twain might say the following: "There's lies, damned lies -- and Donald Trump." The president of the United States not only lies routinely, but he believes other people's lies without a modicum of skepticism.