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The N.F.L. Kneels to Trump

The owners of the National Football League have concluded, with President Trump, that true patriotism is not about bravely standing up for democratic principle but about standing up, period. Rather than show a little backbone themselves and support the right of athletes to protest peacefully, the league capitulated to a president who relishes demonizing black Read More…

Impeachment Unlikely When Consumers Confident in Economy

President Trump is in no danger of being impeached and removed from office. I say this with confidence despite having no knowledge of what Special Counsel Mueller and his team may find. That’s because impeachment is a political process rather than a legal process. As a result, things that happen outside the world of government Read More…

A Line-by-Line Indictment of Tester’s Actions

For those of you who caught Monday’s “Montana Talks” radio show, you asked if we could post a link to the piece I was referring to that detailed the false allegations used by Democrat Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) to smear Navy Admiral Ronny Jackson. In this piece written by an Afghan war veteran for The Read More…

Debating Daylight Saving

On the early morning of March 11 we lost an hour and gained more evening daylight — a fair trade and welcomed change to what has been an exceptionally gloomy winter. I love the snow, but I’m at once happy to see it melt away on the valley floor and to have more time to Read More…

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In the NFL, patriotism is for sale

Before there was Colin Kaepernick, there was Hank Williams Jr. In the waning days of the Reagan era, Williams vandalized one of his hits, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” to produce a football broadcast theme song, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night.” That ghastly little ditty was the opener…

The NFL Isn’t Through

It took two years, boycotts by fans, declining TV ratings, growing alarm among advertisers, a drop in the sale of gear and especially a public shaming by President Trump, but the owners of NFL teams have finally decided their players will not be allowed to kneel or make other protests during the playing of the Read More…

Public Forums Should Be Open and Uncensored

Conservatives, climate chaos skeptics and true free speech advocates should help create the legal precedents, while also pressing forward to build their own social media forums, and exposing, ridiculing, embarrassing and challenging the dominance of the Intolerant Left.

A Conspiracy of Idiocy

Many people love to concoct grand, elaborate conspiracies to explain the world around them. Instead of realizing they made bad decisions, it must have been some malevolent force out to get them. Instead of recognizing they are surrounded by incompetence, there must be some mysterious force pulling the strings working several steps ahead. Many people Read More…

Why even Trump critics should want a probe of the FBI

If the Justice Department and FBI are, as we’ve been told incessantly, not merely patriots but consummate professionals, why are President Trump’s antagonists freaking out over the fact that an inspector general will assess whether political motivation tainted an investigation into the president’s campaign? The American people should get a full accounting of what transpired…

Debunking the NRA’s pathetic push to blame mass shootings on Ritalin

Noblesville, Indiana, became the latest site in a spate of school shootings Friday, and Americans want action. We need to understand the cause of such atrocities to stop them from happening. How fortunate, then, that the National Rifle Association is here to tell us to blame children with disabilities and on medication instead. Oliver North,…

Let’s hope the Trump-Kim summit stays cancelled

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off The Nobel committee will presumably be disappointed, but President Trump’s summit with North Korea dictator Kim Jung-Un should stay cancelled. The meeting was much more likely to serve Kim’s interests rather than ours, and could well have begin the unraveling of the pressure campaign that is our most reliable…

Mayor Snowflake can’t deal with a critical, independent press

Mayor Snowflake regrets. Not his clownish administration, not his demeaning effort to insert himself into the national political conversation and certainly not his hair’s-breadth avoidance of campaign-finance-related criminal charges 14 months ago. Not at all. Rather, Bill de Blasio regrets this newspaper’s relentless recounting of his local clownery, his national effrontery and Manhattan DA Cy…

Asians are the main victim of elite-school affirmative action

Asian-Americans are among the most successful groups in the United States, but we often forget the discrimination they faced in getting where they are, as well as the challenges they still endure. No immigrant group faced as great a barrier to entry into the United States as Asians did. Chinese laborers began arriving in the…

Harvey Weinstein’s despicable defense

To hear his lawyer tell it, Harvey Weinstein is in trouble for merely defending one of Hollywood’s longest and best-known traditions. “Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood,” attorney Benjamin Brafman said Friday after the Manhattan DA charged his client with raping one woman and forcing another to perform oral sex. Added…

Scenes of surrender against public drug use

Junkies dump 5,000 used needles a week in Bronx parks — at St. Mary’s, they shoot up in broad daylight. In Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, crack is back. In Brooklyn, scores of people have OD’d on K2. Now Mayor de Blasio wants to end arrests for public pot-smoking. Huh? Is his goal to hand the…

Cuomo’s excellent gun vows

Gunfire at an Indiana middle school Friday served as yet more proof: This kind of horror won’t end on its own. So it’s good to see Gov. Cuomo vowing to take new steps to address the madness. Officials say a student at the school wounded two before being stopped. This, a week after the killing…

NFL Stands Up for America

The NFL is standing for America. It finally displayed leadership Wednesday, announcing that it has banned players from kneeling on the field while our national anthem is played. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, “This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.” Players can Read More…

Is US Bellicosity Backfiring?

U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated. Repeated references by NSC adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence to the “Libya model” for denuclearization of North Korea just helped sink the Singapore summit of President Trump and Kim Read More…

Donald Trump and the Clash of Communities

As a political scientist, I’ve always preferred maps to polling data. Don’t get me wrong, I think that well-conducted polls, when properly interpreted, provide valuable information about voter preferences. Maps, however, can provide clues to the more important question of why voters arrive at their choice. That’s why I was so intrigued when I opened Read More…

The Democratic Holiday

Chiefly observed as summer’s kickoff, a weekend of auto racing, shopping, American flags, and grilling out – Memorial Day was originally dedicated to solemn remembrance of the nation’s war dead. That’s still the holiday’s nominal purpose. It honors all kinds – well-to-do and hardscrabble, bright and dim, genteel and loutish. The only requirement, but a Read More…

Trump's Risky Breakup Letter to Kim Jong Un

X Story Stream recent articles WASHINGTON — President Trump’s letter canceling his June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is a coy piece of manipulation — flattering and threatening Kim at the same time. It’s like the letters people send when breaking up a romance that hasn’t quite ripened. The words seem heartfelt, Read More…

The anti-woman violence feminists are afraid to confront

Virtually every issue has become a partisan football in America’s politicized age of anti-Trump hysteria. Except one. The debate that has bucked this trend is the #MeToo campaign, which has successfully cut across party lines, wealth divides, race and religion. This powerful campaign has focused on taking down anyone who has exploited power and fame Read More…

The insane crackdown on pain medication

If you have chronic, agonizing pain, your troubles are about to get worse. New state and federal regulations will make it nearly impossible to get the prescription painkillers you need. Grandstanding politicians are imposing one-size-fits-all limits on how much medication patients can receive and for how long. Pols claim they’re combating the opioid crisis, but Read More…