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WASHINGTON — Wouldn’t you know it: That ol’ rascal — The Gender Issue — has sallied forth to play havoc in the Democratic primary race.

Donald Trump’s “phase one” agreement with China, expected to be signed this week, is intended partly to slow China’s move into new technologies like electric cars by protecting the intellectual property of American corporations.

One thing Canadians tend to be is sensible. And so it is surprising how many would consider making Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, king and queen of Canada. Harry is a beneficiary of the lucky sperm club, and Meghan was TV actress from Los Angeles. Do Canadians really wa…

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.”

There's an old story – apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be – that Richard Nixon asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, "It's too soon to tell." At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States appears to hav…

The muted reaction of leading Democratic politicians to the elimination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani reinforces my sense of what divides our country and differentiates the two parties.

I’m not sure why I’ve always been very sensitive to loss. It doesn’t seem to be because I endured so much loss in my formative years. (The first truly major loss I suffered was the death of my father when I was 21.) My guess is that I absorbed it from my mother – a great storyteller who brou…

George W. Bush and Barack Obama both had Gen. Qassem Soleimani in their gunsights. Neither ordered the trigger pulled because of the enormous risks involved in killing one of Iran’s top leaders. In listing the possible responses to recent Iranian provocations, U.S. military commanders told P…

Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime? Dick Cheney, after acknowledging he was convinced th…

A late-December flurry of articles on a revival of Bernie Sanders' prospects points to a cardinal rule of political journalism: the story must change. Whether the story has actually changed matters not.

The best of times, the worst of times. Your instinct on which one we’re living through is affected by your basic temperament, but it also depends on how well you’re observing – and quantifying – things in the world around you.

The American president, in addition to serving as commander in chief, is expected to be this nation’s consoler in chief, as well as the nation’s teacher and even preacher. Who alive on Jan. 28, 1986, does not remember the words of then-President Ronald Reagan from the Oval Office following t…

This will not start out as a good year for professor Nick Flor of the University of New Mexico. Beginning Wednesday, he will be suspended from this tenured position, without pay, for a full year. He is not allowed to get another full-time job; the multimillions of dollars in grants he has re…

WASHINGTON – Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in his unvarnished effort to buy the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has set his own road map and instructions to his Bloomberg News media on how to cover it and those of his party rivals.

It has been a remarkable time in the politics of the Shenandoah Valley. Remarkable for the unusually large crowds of people showing up for meetings of county Boards of Supervisors to defend what they see as their rights under the Second Amendment. I.e., to defend those rights against threats…

You won’t hear young Democrats deride Bernie Sanders with the “OK, boomer” dig. At 78, he’s actually too old for the cohort, but that’s not why he won’t get dinged. He’s the most popular Democrat among the under-35 crowd, and judging by recent polling, he’s the second-most popular Democrat o…

Although I qualify for the senior discount at the movies, even I’m not old enough to have met Heraclitus, the wise Greek who lived some 25 centuries ago and whom we can thank for the timeless wisdom “Character is destiny.”

As we near the end of this decade, it is a good time to reflect on where we stand at this moment in history. It’s not really standard cheerful holiday fare, but here goes.

The two most left-leaning presidential candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, seem to think that a ban on fracking would help solve the climate crisis. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that has enabled a revolution in the U.S. production of oil and especially natural gas.

If I have this straight, House Republicans are united in the belief that public integrity is critically important for our nation. Accordingly, Joe Biden deserves to be impeached. During a meeting of the Rules Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., referencing Biden's supposed role in pressurin…

Right-leaning opinions have declared British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's trouncing of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a favorable portent for President Donald J. Trump in 2020. Not so fast. Other readings of the British election results see the very opposite.

It’s easy to treat Kim Jong Un as a figure of ridicule. I’ve done it myself. His foreign ministry issues statements like this: “If any language and expressions stoking the atmosphere of confrontation are used once again on purpose at a crucial moment as now, that must really be diagnosed as …

Some recent news stories verge on the bizarre – the House Democrats' futile fuss over impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi's acceptance of President Donald Trump's U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade treaty. But they're not as bizarre, or possibly as consequential, as unanticipated developments in the Dem…

Democratic candidates offer two basic approaches to raising revenues for public programs. One is grand opera – accusing the wealthy of greed (Bernie Sanders) and malice, that is, “leaving everyone else behind” (Elizabeth Warren). For this bad behavior, there must be punishment in the form of…

Some polls in recent weeks have provided an encouraging picture for President Donald Trump of strengthening support among black voters.

Among the most powerful people in the justice system are prosecutors and the judges to whom they present their cases. The way our system is set up, judges must rely on whatever facts a prosecutor puts forth inside their courtroom.

Josef Stalin is reputed to have said: "The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic." In the hands of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the deaths of thousands can be a partisan bludgeon.

WASHINGTON – Now that Democrats have built a very strong factual case to impeach President Trump on abuse of Congress and of presidential power, it seems certain the House of Representatives will vote to impeach him. But then, just as certainly, the Republican-controlled Senate will acquit h…

 Elizabeth Warren had great momentum for a while. Then her poll numbers leveled and fell. The standard explanation is that the Democrat's "Medicare for All" plan comes across as too radical – both the price and the part that would force over 150 million Americans off their employers' private…

PARIS – The facts emerging in the impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump paint a clear picture of a president who used unofficial cutouts and official diplomatic envoys to pressure the leadership of a foreign country to announce the investigation of a political rival in exchange for unlock…