Politics, Moderate





The time for healing is after the cancer of Trumpism has been removed

Emotions were raw during Wednesday's House impeachment debate, but Republicans were in a conciliatory mood. That is, they were in the mood for Democrats to conciliate them, Donald Trump and his aggrieved followers.

A group of House Republicans signed a letter opposing impeachment "in the spirit of healing." Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, worried that...Read more

Congressman cries freedom and then plays censor

His name may be a nod to the Founding Father and fourth president, but Rep. Madison Cawthorn is no James Madison.

In only his second week in office, the freshman Republican congressman from North Carolina waded into constitutional quicksand, backing a bid to strong-arm social media companies into relaxing their rules after Twitter and Facebook ...Read more

Online censorship cancels the right of free speech

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

There is an astonishing trend afoot, and if something isn't done to stop it in its ugly tracks, your right to freely express an opinion is in jeopardy.

President Donald Trump may be the most reviled person in the United States right now, but the moves to silence him in the public square -- and others who have espoused similar ideologies -- is a...Read more

Why we haven't been bothered by our rambunctious enemies?

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Note that we have not heard from Iran, China, Russia, North Korea or even ISIS. This would be an opportune time for one of these enemies of the United States to launch an attack or do lesser malicious mischief. The U.S. is in a weakened condition with a deranged president who could do such calamitous damage in his remaining few days.

Why hasn't...Read more

Once again, aoulless MLB is robbing its fans

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

Soulless Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is determined to squeeze the life out of the game's minor leagues.

When the 2021 season begins, and no one knows when that might be since COVID-19 wiped out 2020, minor league baseball will be minus about 40 established franchises. Other leagues will be reclassified.

Designated for an ...Read more

I will pray for Biden and Harris during this, our nation's urgent moment

The "fierce urgency of now." As we prepare for the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, those fiery words from Dr. King during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom remain solemn and compelling. Before getting to his famed "I Have ...Read more

Twice-impeached Trump, GOP bemoan ‘cancel culture.’ If they’re canceled, why are they still so noisy?

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

Hello, technical support? I recently subscribed to Cancel Culture and I’m having some issues. It doesn’t seem to be working.

I’m watching the impeachment hearing and I can still see all these annoying Republican lawmakers who support President Donald Trump. You know, the ones who never shut up about Cancel Culture being bad and always ...Read more

A Trump self-pardon could be a service to the nation

For the past four years, Donald Trump has regularly flouted the Constitution, laws and basic norms of presidential behavior, and he has gotten away with it. He has acted in faithful conformity to an inviolable principle: Anything he does is fine. As he said last year, "When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total."

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Prosecuting Trump for incitement would set a dangerous precedent

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When Simon & Schuster canceled publication of Josh Hawley's book "The Tyranny of Big Tech," the Missouri senator called the decision "a direct assault on the First Amendment." For reasons the Yale-trained lawyer and former Supreme Court clerk should understand, that description was wildly wrong.

By contrast, another reaction to last week's ...Read more

I took part in a pro-Trump attack on the US Capitol and now I have to face consequences? That’s tyranny!

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

Hello, I am a patriotic supporter of President Donald Trump who broke into the U.S. Capitol and attacked police officers because I believed the election was stolen and it was my duty to overthrow the government using only a flagpole I picked up along the way and the horns on the cool Viking helmet I wore.

I am now being told I have lost my job ...Read more

Don Trump's unhinged narcissism led directly to his exile

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

It's a shame they didn't name one of the early social media entities Pandora, after the mythological woman who opened the box that released all kinds of trouble on humanity, a shame that the trademark was left for a music and podcast app later. The Facebooks and Twitters of this world are prime examples of a technology run amok. With the ...Read more

Mike Pence needs to save the country from Trump

After three years and 50 weeks of meekly deferring to Donald Trump, Mike Pence finally ran out of patience Tuesday. Trump demanded that the vice president block Congress' certification of Joe Biden's election victory, and Pence gave his answer: No.

That refusal so infuriated Trump that he appeared at a rally in Washington, castigated his long-...Read more

A solution for budget-busting hospital bills

If you're scheduling a surgery or screening this year, break out the calculator along with your calendar.

Under a federal rule that took effect on New Year's Day, all U.S. hospitals are required to publish online price lists containing average costs for 300 common procedures, and patients can now obtain cost-sharing estimates from their health ...Read more

We are either the UNITED States or we are not

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

It was a desecration of our government's seat of power. A sacrilege against our democracy. A shameful episode carried out by a relatively small mob of violent criminals who disgraced the otherwise peaceful, lawful assembly of thousands of earnest Americans who had traveled to Washington to express their distrust of the last election.

In the end...Read more

We must pray in spiritual and racial unity to overcome our nation's chaos

As I watched the terrorizing breach of the U.S. Capitol by fringe supporters of President Donald Trump, two distinctive quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to mind. In a 1964 speech in St. Louis, King prophetically warned, "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." Speaking at the 1957 National Council of ...Read more

January 6th will be remembered as "The Day Of Chaos"

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

What shall we call it, as we mark every Jan. 6th? We will be commemorating the anniversary of the day when democracy was almost overrun by a small group from the right wing fringes. Their fatal invasion was egged on by none other than President Donald Trump, elected and supported by millions in spite of the fact that he has predictably dragged ...Read more

Trump incited violence in the U.S. Capitol and NOW some Republicans disavow him?

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

In the wake of President Donald Trump inciting a violent mob of raving lunatics to attack the U.S. Capitol in what can best be described as the Charge of the Not-Bright Brigade, I see a number of Republican lawmakers suddenly acknowledging the president might not be such a great fellow.

They didn’t pick up on that the first 17,593 times Trump...Read more

Georgia delivers a victory for moderation

In recent years, the American political system has featured a clash of extremes. Republicans moved so sharply to the right that even past presidential nominees Mitt Romney and John McCain no longer fit in, and Donald Trump stoked the ire of the sort of people who stormed the Capitol building yesterday. Meanwhile, leftists such as Bernie Sanders ...Read more

The case against Julian Assange is also a case against the press

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The British judge who blocked Julian Assange's extradition to the United States on Monday was persuaded by psychiatric testimony indicating a "substantial risk" that the WikiLeaks founder would kill himself in response to the harsh conditions he is apt to face in U.S. custody. Although she was much less impressed by the argument that Assange's ...Read more

Tight asylum rules protect the homeland

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

As President Trump's White House days dwindle, he's taking strong action to shore up measures that will make the asylum process more secure, and less fraudulent.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a new set of guidelines which will go into effect nine days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration and will ensure border crossers ...Read more