A Shutdown to Nowhere

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The hope of achieving major policy goals via a government shutdown usually involves a huge dollop of wishful thinking. This time is no different. President Trump wants to come out the other end…

(Pixabay) Where old and young blended together, and diversity was natural, not conscious. The pre-1968 decade is often written off today as a quaint, if not toxic world of white male supremacy, replete with homophobia,…

Charles Krauthammer (Fox News/YouTube) In his last book, The Point of It All, he makes a compelling conservative argument for liberal democracy. In an interview given in 2013, the late columnist Charles Krauthammer revealed what…

The Grinch (2018) (Universal Pictures) Dr. Suess considered his classic Christmas tale one of his Big Books, aspiring more to literature rather than just madcap fun. There’s no stopping the Grinch. The latest film adaptation…

Syrian Democratic Forces and U.S. troops are seen during a patrol near the Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria November 4, 2018. (Rodi Said/Reuters) American must not abandon its friends. President Donald Trump stunned Washington and…

Let’s Leave Syria

Let’s Leave Syria

U.S. military vehicles drive north of Manbij, Syria, in March 9 2017. (Rodi Said/Reuters) The intervention was questionable in the first place, and the reasons for staying are murky. Donald Trump is looking to make…

Conservative Facts

President Trump speaks to reporters at a campaign event in Charleston, W.Va., August 21, 2018. (Leah Millis/Reuters) The problem conservatism faces these days is that many of the loudest voices have decided to embrace the…

(Larry Downing/Reuters) The government is expected to shutdown at midnight Friday due to Congressional inaction on the spending package before the Senate that was prompted by partisan gridlock over the funding of President Trump’s long-promised…

Secretary of Defense James Mattis (Michaela Rehle/Reuters) Secretary of Defense General James Mattis will retire at the end of February, President Trump announced in a series of Thursday afternoon tweets. ….equipment. General Mattis was a…

The Earth rises above the lunar horizon, photographed from Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. (NASA) The first astronauts to the moon saw what astronomers later concluded: that Earth is a life-friendly oasis in the vastness…

(Larry Downing/Reuters) It’s been surrendering vast swathes of its constitutional authority to the president, to the courts, and to a permanent bureaucracy, for a century. America is often described as a constitutional democracy or constitutional…

President Trump boards Air Force One in Washington, D.C., November 5, 2018. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Before long the Right will need to reunify, so let’s not burn any bridges. Here’s something that has been on my…

A migrant from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America, jumps a border fence in Tijuana, Mexico, December 12, 2018. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters) This is the GOP’s last best chance to push for…

The Trump administration is planning to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with the possibility that some troops begin withdrawing in the coming weeks, according to a U.S. official. The current force of…

Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan delivers his farewell address in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., December 19, 2018. (Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS) Speaker Paul Ryan touted the Republican majority’s accomplishments in…

(File photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/via Reuters) An Illinois state investigation has found at least 500 more Catholic clergy members accused of sexually abusing children than the 185 “credible” offenders the state’s six dioceses originally identified. In…

(Pixabay) Use of the term is often deliberately misleading On December 14, a Texas district-court judge revived political fights over the Affordable Care Act by ruling the legislation unconstitutional. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.,…

U.S Border Patrol officers stand near the border fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico, November 25, 2018. (Hannah McKay/Reuters) A high wall would end the border patrol's reliance on dogs and…

Sign at a rally against climate change in New York City in 2014. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) The New York Times contemplates the end of humanity as our just punishment. Those who consider global warming as a…