George Mitchell, a former federal judge and Senate majority leader, was the chief negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought to a peaceable end 30 years of civil war in Northern Ireland.
He was a kid from Waterville, Maine, whose father was the orphaned son of Irish immigrants and whose mother, who had come to the United States ...Read more
NEW YORK -- It is commonplace to hear and read about President Trump's takeover of the Republican Party. And certainly there is lots of evidence that the GOP is animated these days by an unquestioning devotion to Trump and whatever his ideas may be at any given moment. But the problem is that Republicans are now becoming the party not of Trump ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's closing argument for the midterm election is a bit confusing:
"It's all about President Trump -- unless he angers, appalls or disgusts you, in which case we've never heard of anyone named Trump. We've also never heard of policies we've voted for repeatedly, like eliminating the guarantee of health insurance ...Read more
"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't. … Now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."
-- President Trump, explaining this week that he could unilaterally end the Constitution's protection of birthright citizenship
Jan. 1, 2019 (BREITBART) -- President Trump, under...Read more
GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Listening to the conversation at Robert Jones' Parkside Barber Shop and Grooming Lounge, you'd never know we live in a deeply divided country that seems incapable of discussing everyday challenges.
Jones, a successful local entrepreneur, hosted a group of business leaders and educators here to ponder how to prepare the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Tuesday morning brought a textbook illustration of Trumponomics.
Under this economic theory -- defined roughly as "when it's sunny, credit me; when it rains, blame them" -- President Trump has been claiming sole responsibility for a bull market that began nearly eight years before his presidency.
But this month, wild swings in ...Read more
In her first formal press briefing after a mail bomb plot against more than a dozen prominent Democrats and a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded in a fashion characteristic to her boss: she went on the offense.
After delivering a prepared statement denouncing anti-Semitism, she denounced...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Eleven Jews are dead in Pittsburgh, gunned down during Shabbat services allegedly by a man who shared President Trump's paranoia about a migrant caravan. Pipe bombs were sent to more than a dozen of Trump's favorite political targets, including the homes of two former presidents, Democratic leaders and CNN.
But let us not lose ...Read more
Demagogues rarely commit violence directly. Instead, they focus blame, ridicule, fear and hate -- and then leave the violence to others. That way, they can always claim, "It wasn't me. I don't have blood on my hands."
Of the tens of millions of Americans whom the Donald Trump/Fox News regime has made fearful, only a small percentage -- say, a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- "Both sides" are not responsible for the horrific political terrorism we have seen this past week. Only the right is to blame -- starting with President Trump and his complicit enablers in the Republican Party.
They have been playing with fire. It was inevitable that people would get burned.
Am I not supposed to blame Trump? Well...Read more
While visiting Poland in 1976, I heard about a book. It was called "Anti-Semitism Without Jews: Communist Eastern Europe," and it was mentioned to me because the Jews of Poland, once numerous, had almost entirely been murdered -- yet the hatred of them persisted. The title of that book popped into my head over the weekend when 11 Jews were ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- George Washington, in his 1790 letter to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, told Jews they would be safe in the new nation.
"The government of the United States … gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance," he wrote. "May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit ...Read more
The important thing to understand about the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history is that the alleged killer did not merely hate us Jews for who we are. He hated us, judging by his social media postings, for what we believe -- for the highest ideals of what the Jewish religion embodies.
Begin with the name of the synagogue in Pittsburgh he ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- A well-meaning misunderstanding underlies the horrified hand-wringing over President Trump's refusal to reach for national unity in the face of terrorist threats against his opponents.
It's assumed that those who hold the presidential office automatically push aside partisanship during moments of crisis.
But this wishful thinking...Read more
When will they ever learn? Megyn Kelly is by no means the first white person to get into trouble over blackface imitations of black people. But she's the first I can recall who may be punished not for doing it but just for talking about it.
NBC confirmed Friday morning that Kelly was negotiating her exit from the network. She went on hiatus ...Read more
"If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell -- I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees." -- Donald Trump, Feb. 1, 2016
"I'd like to punch him in the face." -- Donald Trump, Feb. 22, 2016
"You know, part of the problem ... is, ...Read more
Our states are anything but united. Our politics are indeed polarized -- with too many of us Americans retreating into our own comfortable spaces, where we can associate only with those who agree with us. And yes, we of the press are anything but blameless for this situation.
Take the simple matter of Election Day exit polls, which we in the ...Read more
My wife owns 48 pairs of shoes, although, as she huffily pointed out to me, that includes sneakers. Apparently, sneakers are not to be included in any official shoe count.
Before you think I'm the kind of husband who prowls through his wife's belongings looking for forbidden luxury, the only reason I counted her shoes was because we were moving...Read more
NEW YORK -- For those who believe that Donald Trump is a clownish know-nothing who somehow tapped into the mood of the electorate or just got lucky in 2016, the last month has been instructive. Trump has demonstrated uncanny political instincts. When combined with his ruthless "amorality" -- a term used by one of his own senior officials in an ...Read more