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Parents Who Arm Troubled Kids Finally Face Justice

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Her blank face in court spoke volumes. Jennifer Crumbley saw no problem handing her severely depressed 15-year-old a semiautomatic handgun as a Christmas present. Ethan soon after turned the gun on the student body of Oxford High, killing four.

What makes this case both chilling and sickening is that Ethan had telegraphed his rapid ...Read more

Clickbait Fuels Obsession on Biden's Age

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

The special counsel report claiming that Joe Biden's memory had seriously declined stinks to high political heaven. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe saw "nauseating similarities" to the agency's investigation of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

To recap, 11 days before the 2016 election, then-FBI director James Comey said that ...Read more

MAGA Attacks America's Sweetheart. Why Not Football, Too?

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

There's always some pre-game Superbowl story. This year the MAGA Republicans have provided it. And they've gone way beyond their lunatic call of duty by accusing America's sweetheart, Taylor Swift, of diabolical cunning for urging her fans to vote. And for extra measure, they are attacking the National League Football, as well, for something ...Read more

Republicans Want the Border to Bleed

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

If House Republicans succeed in sinking the strongest border enforcement bill in a generation, they can go back to playtime, impeaching Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and spreading weird stuff about Taylor Swift being deployed for "psy ops."

Come November, though, the voting public will remember the sinking, not the show. Americans are...Read more

What Presidents Spend Money on Really Matters

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

What matters is not just the sum by which presidents jack up the deficit. It's what the money is spent on. Franklin D. Roosevelt added more to the national debt by percentage than any other president. America needed that borrowing to dig itself out of the Great Depression and then win World War II. The spending was necessary.

Money can be ...Read more

Republicans Turn Themselves into the Open Borders Party

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Donald Trump has called on Republicans to kill a bipartisan deal that would give the president emergency powers to shut down the border when illegal crossings get out of hand. He's thus helped President Joe Biden turn one of his political liabilities into a strength.

"If given that authority," Biden said without hesitation, "I would use it ...Read more

US Oil and Clean Energy Both Boom Under Biden

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Donald Trump recently warned that Joe Biden would lead us into World War II, a conflict that ended almost 80 years ago. Another world event he may not be current on is America's boom in oil production -- never mind the green energy revolution.

"We are going to drill, baby, drill," Trump said on a recent Fox News town hall.

Actually, America ...Read more

DeSantis Flunked Charm School

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

What can you say about the guy? That Ron DeSantis was obnoxious? That he came off as weird? His failure to replace Donald Trump as the likely Republican nominee for president seemed preordained. His mistake was copying Trump's penchant for cruelty without absorbing any of the ex-president's talents as a performer.

When they were handing out ...Read more

Biden Starts to Decouple Economy from China

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

This is a potentially perilous time for our economy and the security of the West. Trade policy with China sits at the center. China is no longer just a trading partner with whom we have differences. It's become a global adversary using trade to dominate militarily as well as economically.

China's strategy is to flood the world with its cheap ...Read more

Christie Enters the Pantheon of Patriots

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Chris Christie has done himself a service, done his Republican Party a service and, most importantly, done his nation a service.

He convincingly expressed great remorse for having endorsed Donald Trump in 2016. Then he entered the 2024 nomination race with the goal of stopping a repeat disaster. That was the personal part.

Christie gave his ...Read more

Accusations Are Not Facts

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

The French actor Gerard Depardieu is world-known as a lusty, usually charming pursuer of the carnal. He's now being accused of crimes against women, some violent in nature. A star of French cinema, Depardieu is being defended by French President Emmanuel Macron. Other supporters are former French first lady Carla Bruni, actress Charlotte ...Read more

The Democracy Hangs on an Orderly Border

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Joe Biden surely knows that chaos at the border threatens his reelection. America's future as a democracy can't wait for the much-needed overhaul of the immigration system. November is approaching, and Biden must take radical steps to deal with the crisis.

Let's be clear. Donald Trump would destroy America as we know it. There is no way I ...Read more

Gutsy Democrats Start Turning on the Far Left

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

A revolution brews in the Democratic Party, and it's not the usual left-wing threats to sabotage moderate Democratic candidates. It's the Democratic mainstream telling the fringe to go pound sand.

The causes change. It used to be defunding police. Now it is the war in Gaza. Irritation among moderate Democrats has been growing for some time, ...Read more

Statues Have Limitations

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Being an American of working-class origins, I've lived most of my life among people who say "statue of limitations" instead of "statute of limitations." That's OK. I always know what they mean, and the main purpose of language is for us to know what the person we're talking to wants to say.

I've also lived a lot of my life among statues because...Read more

Sorry, Haters. California is Doing Just Fine

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

There's a neurotic need in the right-leaning media to declare that California is going down. The future belongs to Texas and Florida, where "woke" is a discouraging word -- and climate change is somebody else's problem, if it is a problem.

California has lost population in each of the last three years, while Texas and Florida are ...Read more

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of Reading on Paper

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

New Year's resolution: Read more books. I don't mean books on screens, which I do read. I don't mean audiobooks, which I listen to. I mean books printed on compressed cellulose, a medium that can give you a paper cut.

The goal is not to force more reading. I read all day long. It's to get off screens. My digital subscriptions for news are on ...Read more

What Do We Really Mean by Affordable Housing?

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

It's being said by conservatives and liberals: America faces a crisis of affordable housing. And the way out of it is to build more houses.

Wouldn't it make more sense to first understand the extent of the problem? Real estate interests have sucked in advocates for the poor in their YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) campaigns. Their mission is often...Read more

Libertines at Moms for Liberty

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

Forgive us for not displaying shock that a Moms for Liberty co-founder and her husband apparently engaged in group sex. Or that sex partner No. 3 had accused Bridget Ziegler's husband, Christian, of raping her. Or that Christian Ziegler headed the Florida Republican Party. Or that Bridget was also a member of the Sarasota County School Board ...Read more

Blaming White Men for Problems is Political Stupidity

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

An effective way of handing elections to right-wing Republicans is to label large blocs of voters as wrong by virtue of their gender, race, ethnicity, age. Those are physical characteristics, not walking opinions.

Yet this self-destructive habit is routinely practiced by some on the left, especially the feminist left. They casually cite "...Read more

'Tis the Season to Kill Holly

From the Left / Froma Harrop /

What could anyone have against holly? Plenty if you are an ecologist in the Pacific Northwest. This cheery herald of Christmas, with its serrated green leaves and red berries, has become an invader, crowding out native plants on the forest floor. And the most fearsome of the 500 species is the beloved English holly.

Holly joins other ...Read more

 

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