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Here’s What Senator Blumenthal Did Not Tell You

On Dec. 10, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) argued against confirming Lawrence VanDyke to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Doing so, he said, would depart from “bedrock principles that once guided the exercise of the Senate’s constitutional duty to advise and consent” on the president’s nominations. Blumenthal neglected to mention some important information that puts Read More…

Is There Any Rationale For a Bloomberg Candidacy?

The case against Michael Bloomberg’s presidential run seems strong. He’s a political chameleon, who went from Democrat to Republican (in order to find a place on the New York City ballot in 2001) to Independent to Democrat (again). He spent a lot of money in politics. Some of it helping Republicans, such as Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Read More…

Gianforte the Conservative Montana Needs

For years Montana values have been under attack by liberal Democratic governors in Helena. They impose their radical agendas on the state, and Montana becomes less and less the state we all know and love. In November 2020, we need to put a stop to this. We need to elect strong conservatives up and down Read More…

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Why AOC is wrong to demand a presidential ‘purity test’

When she isn’t dispensing makeup tips on Instagram, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dispenses sophomoric political maxims, most recently in her defense of “purity tests.” The stink of impurity here is upon Pete Buttigieg of Harvard and McKinsey, who had a fundraiser with some well-off people who drank a few $900 bottles of wine with some Napa…

ISIS’ latest horror is a reminder of the need for vigilance

The United States has been clobbering ISIS in the Middle East, but pockets remain, both there and elsewhere — and there’s just no end to the horrors. That was made painfully clear this week when a Nigerian ISIS branch released a video showing its execution of 11 Christians on Christmas Day, 10 of them beheaded….

About that Christmas present Kim Jong Un promised ….

North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un failed to deliver his “Christmas gift” — a new missile test, perhaps — by Christmas, but he may yet come through. Yet even if he does, it would be wrong to see President Trump’s dealings with him as a failure. Certainly, officials are wise to remain on alert. Kim…

The bloody toll from Baltimore, Chicago’s soft-on-crime mindset

Too many families in two of America’s most dangerous cities — Baltimore and Chicago — will spend this holiday season in hospitals and funeral homes. Last weekend, the two cities saw more than 50 people shot and eight killed. The violence included two “mass shootings,” defined as a single incident in which more than four…

This anti-gig crusade will kill our dream

Many laws have unexpected consequences, but in the case of California Assembly Bill 5, crafted to crack down against the gig economy, the harm to freelance writers could have been foreseen by a blindfolded toddler. The measure was meant to address real concerns about companies like Uber exploiting freelance labor. But dragging writers into its…

Pelosi’s never-ending game and other commentary

Impeach watch: Pelosi’s Never-Ending Game Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s delay in transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate “puts politics ahead of the US Constitution,” declares Peter Roff at Newsweek. Pelosi claims she wants to be assured the Senate will hold a “fair” trial, yet that’s the height of political hypocrisy, given that the House’s…

Is 'Little Rocket Man' Winning?

As of Dec. 26, Kim Jong Un’s “Christmas gift” to President Donald Trump had not arrived. Most foreign policy analysts predict it will be a missile test more impressive than any Pyongyang has yet carried off. What is Kim’s game? What does Kim want? He cannot want war with the United States, as this could Read More…

The Eternal and the Here and Now

Many people reading this will have already taken down their Christmas lights. Just a few decades ago, it was pretty normal for Christians in America to leave up their lights for all 12 days of Christmas. Now, many think Christmas Day is the 12th day instead of the first. My lights will burn bright until Read More…

Lovable Ol' Bernie?

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 overall. Sanders has raised nearly twice Read More…

We're Living in the (Almost) Best of Times

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. Temperamentally, in the United States — or at least in that loud, if not Read More…

How do we reduce political polarization? America's veterans can show us the way

Last month, I had the honor of helping a group of military veterans prepare for a new expedition — a foray into politics as candidates for elected office. The participants in the newly launched Veterans Program for Politics and Civic Engagement, created by Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and its Institute for Veterans and Military Families, were Read More…

Most-read USA TODAY Opinion columns of 2019

Dear Readers: Of the hundreds of columns USA TODAY Opinion publishes each year, some strike more of a chord than others. Below are 10 of our most-read op-eds from 2019, including several you might have missed amid the daily fire hose of news developments. Some of the top pieces had nothing to do with Washington politics: Actor Rob Lowe wrote Read More…

The Witness Wars

Senator Chuck Schumer issued another demand Sunday for more witnesses and documents as impeachment moves to the Senate. He’s undercutting House Democrats’ claim of a “rock-solid case” against President Donald Trump. “The case we have, if presented to a jury, would be a guilty verdict in about three minutes flat,” boasts Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Read More…

Veganuary: A Resolution You Can Skip

I never got the point of a vegan diet. I dislike its cultish mindset. And I regard New Year’s resolutions as prelude to failure. That gives Veganuary three strikes and an out as an obsession to commandeer my January. The push to adopt a strictly vegan diet for the month of January speaks volumes about Read More…

EDITORIAL: Democrats set a costly course that risks public wrath

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Americans have a natural-born yearning for hearth and home where families can grow in peace and prosperity. A certain collection of their would-be leaders prefer to build castles in the air. “Progressives” grabbing for the reins of power in Washington are ignoring warning signs flashing elsewhere from outbreaks of indignant citizens watching officialdom separate Read More…

Trump Made It Safe to Say 'Merry Christmas' Again

On a blustery, snowy Sunday afternoon in early February 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was holding forth before a cheering crowd in the jam-packed SNHU ice hockey arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. It was two days before the state’s first-in-the-nation Republican primary. Trump, who finished a close second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Read More…

Biden's Faith; Comey vs. Corney; Christmas Truce

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. On this date 105 years ago, humanity emerged from the trenches, providing a brief respite to the unimaginable carnage of World War I. The “Christmas Truce,” it came to be called, although that’s something of a misnomer. No general or statesman called for a cease-fire. Actually, the high Read More…

Lovable Ol' Bernie?

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 overall. Sanders has raised nearly twice Read More…

A Response to the Editor of Christianity Today

The editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In my view, this editorial only serves to confirm one of the sadder realizations of my life: that religious conviction guarantees neither moral clarity nor common sense. The gist of the editorial — and of most religious Read More…