On Being Too Nice in Politics

Mitt Romney speaks at the Utah County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Provo, Utah, February 16, 2018. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters) It’s always possible to rationalize your own departure from ethics by claiming self-defense. Mitt Romney’s…

U.S. Catholic Bishops Should Convey a Note of…

Pope Francis attends a synodal meeting at the Vatican, October 3, 2018. (Tony Gentile/Reuters) Having intervened in their meeting last fall, the Vatican may have opened up a Pandora’s box. This past September, Pope Francis,…

The Irrational Allergy to the Wall

Construction workers replace a section of the Mexico-U.S. border at Tijuana, Mexico, June 28, 2018. (Jorge Dunes/Reuters) A wall or fencing is relatively mild as far as immigration enforcement goes. It’s a wonder that Democrats…

Trump Offers Condolences to Family of Officer Ron…

President Trump has called the family of 33-year-old Newman, California police officer Ronil Singh to offer his condolences after the officer was allegedly murdered on the job by an illegal alien. The day after Christmas, Singh pulled…

Why the United States Won’t Be Able to…

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, President Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton at the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium on July 12, 2018. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] Lost in the…

Reality bites: House Democrats pass dead in the…

Divided government returned to America with a day of celebration for Democrats that swept Capitol Hill with new diversity and determination. Driving the news: Seven and a half hours after Pelosi took the gavel, the…

Dow tumbles as Apple warning spooks investors

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 650 points on Thursday as investors digested a warning issued by Apple CEO Tim Cook and concerns about the slowing global economy. Cook told shareholders on Wednesday…

IRS to take taxpayers money in a shutdown…

With the partial government shutdown stretching into 2019, here's what you need to know about the effects. USA TODAY Traffic light next to plaque engraved with Internal Revenue Service. (Photo: Getty Images) As a partial…

North Korea warns US to stop meddling in…

  Thomas Maresca, Special to USA TODAY President Donald Trump says he's ready to meet again with Kim Jong Un to discuss North Korea's nuclear weapons. In a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump said he'd just…

Deadly inferno on Florida highway leaves 7 dead…

Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway Thursday, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people, authorities said. Up to eight more people were taken to…

Nancy Pelosi says no to border wall ahead…

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a meeting last month. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP, Evan Vucci, AP) WASHINGTON – President Donald…

House OKs spending bills to reopen government, but…

With the partial government shutdown stretching into 2019, here's what you need to know about the effects. USA TODAY House Democrats will move Thursday to reopen the government, setting up a confrontation with President Donald…