Father Bill McGuire was sitting in the upper level of the press box at Kezar Stadium watching his hometown team play the Chicago Bears.
Things were not going well.
The 49ers fumbled the opening kickoff, and the Bears swiftly scored. Less than two minutes into the game, the Niners were down 7-0.
Chicago then forced a punt and scored again. Now...Read more
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's understanding of the constitutional authority of the president when it comes to using military force seems to depend on the party affiliation of the president in question.
Pelosi supported former President Barack Obama -- a Democrat -- using military force against the Libyan regime of Moammar Gadhafi without prior ...Read more
"Why isn't it moving?"
"Are you sure?"
"Oh, my G--!"
That was not a prayer -- however much one was needed.
The scene, as I recall, unfolded on a Friday night in the late 1980s.
We had started the evening with pesto and shrimp at a great Sicilian restaurant in San Francisco's North Beach.
Our group included my wife ...Read more
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is seeking the presidency, wants to facilitate "choice" when it comes to killing an unborn child but not when it comes to educating a born one.
In his America, the government would pay for abortions and the child care of millions -- from birth onward.
"A Buttigieg administration will ensure that ...Read more
Twenty-one years ago, then-Rep. Charles Schumer worked to establish the precedent that a president could lie under oath.
The question for Schumer was not whether the president was lying but what he was lying about.
The ultimate question underlying then-President Bill Clinton's impeachment was this: Did Paula Jones, an Arkansas state employee, ...Read more
In April 2014, then-President Barack Obama signed a law authorizing loan guarantees for Ukraine.
That same month, then-Vice President Joe Biden went to Ukraine and made these points: The Obama administration was going to guarantee $1 billion in loans to Ukraine, and the United States was going to help Ukraine develop its energy industry.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued three public statements on Monday while attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Spain.
The first and third profoundly contradicted the second -- in a way that can never be reconciled.
First, Pelosi spoke at an event where she concluded that we have a "moral responsibility to be good stewards"...Read more
"That the conduct of England with regard to America has been altogether unjustifiable."
This was the resolution the Debating Society at Marlborough College -- the British prep school later attended by the current Duchess of Cambridge -- took up on Oct. 23, 1865. Edward H. Moeran argued against the proposition and won -- with 18 judges voting ...Read more
If you read the text of the continuing resolution the House passed Tuesday to fund the federal government for a month, you will find an interesting passage on page 4.
"Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act," it says, "there is hereby appropriated for fiscal year 2020 for payment to Maya M. Rockeymoore, widow of Elijah Cummings, late a...Read more
"We came. We saw. He died."
So said then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she learned that Libyan rebels had killed Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.
Gadhafi and his regime were brought down by an insurrection that then-President Barack Obama backed with U.S. military action -- even though he did not have the constitutionally required ...Read more
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has voted to fund efforts to "enhance the border security" of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Tunisia while moving to deny all funding to build walls, fencing or any other structures to enhance the border security of the United States.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her lieutenants have their priorities.
The leaders of both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate proved again this week that they favor a bigger federal government that spends and borrows more money.
Their timing was symbolically perfect.
On Friday afternoon, the government released the Monthly Treasury Statement for September, the last month of fiscal ...Read more
Federal spending programs that are "designed to transfer income ... to individuals or families" are set to hit a record $3,223,943,000,000 in fiscal 2020, according to projections published by the Office of Management and Budget.
These so-called "payments for individuals" (as the OMB calls them) are projected to account for 67.9% of all federal...Read more