Politics, Moderate





Will Biden End the Wars that Trump Prolonged?

If you listened long enough to Donald Trump during his first presidential campaign, you could find grounds to hope that he would make some badly needed changes in American foreign policy. After the catastrophe of the Iraq War and the dismal slog of Afghanistan, Trump promised a different approach.

"We're getting out of the nation-building ...Read more

Both parties agree on courts checking 'majority rule', but disagree what it means in practice

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Making its case against the reelection of Donald Trump this week, The New York Times complains that the president has been "filling the benches of the federal judiciary with young, conservative lawyers as a firewall against majority rule." While it is hardly surprising that the Times would be dismayed by the appointment of conservative judges ...Read more

Trump calls Fauci an ‘idiot,’ says rallies are ‘BOFFO’ while coronavirus rages on

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

As hospitals fill up with COVID-19 patients in Wisconsin, President Donald Trump is calling medical professionals “idiots.”

As most states across the country face rising coronavirus numbers and hospitalizations, the president effectively says he’s “tired” of it all.

Of course he didn’t use the first person. He always puts his own ...Read more

Even if Trump loses, he has two months to further damage the country

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

"Could you imagine if I lose?" President Donald Trump is now actually musing out loud about the possibility that he might not get re-elected. He was speaking, in this instance, at one of his rallies: "My whole life, what am I going to do? I'm going to say, 'I lost to the worst candidate in the history of politics.' I'm not going to feel so good....Read more

Don't mistake moderators for censors

With so-called censors like these, who needs publicists?

Facebook and Twitter are under the microscope for suppressing links to an unverified news story alleging Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden brokered a meeting between a Ukrainian energy company executive and his father while his father served as vice president.

If you already knew that, the ...Read more

Time to change the way we vote

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

There's been much said lately about the way we vote in this country, especially now that COVID-19 has overloaded the mail-in voting process and states cannot agree on a uniform way to gather and count those ballots.

Complaints about misprinted or discarded ballots, charges of voter suppression and rigged elections -- the 2020 presidential ...Read more

This year, we'll either have an amazing Thanksgiving or a national day of mourning

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Mark the day. Nov. 26 is Thanksgiving 2020. It’s a Turkey Day unlike any other. If Tony Fauci gets his way, it will be a “Zoom holiday,” not the family gathering it usually is. In his words, “You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering, unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are ...Read more

Seeking the wisdom of God in governance: Celebrating Jimmy Carter

When former President Jimmy Carter celebrated his 96th birthday on Oct. 1, I paused to think about the life of this extraordinary man from Plains, Georgia. Plains had a tiny population of 600 people when Carter was born in 1924, and although his family ran a successful peanut farm, it's not likely that most folks from this rural area thought a ...Read more

Biden's sudden reticence on Court packing alarms those on the right

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Judging from their grandstanding during Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing, Democrats think the composition of the Supreme Court is a big issue in next month's presidential election. Yet, evidently, it is not big enough for their candidate to tell voters whether he favors expanding the Court to accommodate his policy preferences.

"You'll ...Read more

Trump’s dance, McConnell’s COVID cackle show reckless disregard for surging pandemic

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

President Donald Trump thinks he’s handling the coronavirus pandemic so well he started dancing at a campaign rally this week.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, during a debate in Kentucky, had a long laugh when the pandemic was brought up.

And Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, said Monday night: “People don’t die of this ...Read more

Let's make Dr. Fauci the national spokesman to explain all things pandemic

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

The normally low-key Tony Fauci is complaining loudly that the thieves in the Trump campaign have stolen his credibility for a TV spot and taken his seeming words of praise for President Donald Trump "out of context."

And that leads to my latest brilliant idea: Let's make Dr. Fauci the national spokesman to explain all things pandemic.

To say ...Read more

A beloved cowboy and His baseball team’s long drought

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

The Los Angeles Angels have endured a long drought in their quest to reach baseball’s post-season. The Halos last appeared in a World Series run in 2014, and this year was the futile Angels’ fifth consecutive losing season.

Fans wonder if the time has come to revive the Angels’ old battle cry: “Win one for the cowboy,” a reference to ...Read more

Democrats should reject Court-packing

Joe Biden and the Democratic Party believe they are on their way to a decisive victory on Nov. 3, and they may be right. He could find himself in the presidency with his party in control of Congress. But they should beware the pitfall of hubris. The fatal temptation in a moment of triumph is to overreach, and Democrats are already at risk of ...Read more

Will high court allow 'Double Secret Probation'?

Should public colleges be able to keep records from their secretive Title IX tribunals under lock and key, or do students have a right to know when their classmates are found responsible for sexual misconduct?

The U.S. Supreme Court could answer that question once and for all if justices agree to hear the University of North Carolina's appeal ...Read more

Avoid media bias and manipulation by fact-checking yourself

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

There are no laws to shield people from misinformation. So, as the nation chugs toward the final stretch of the presidential campaign season, Americans need to take a good look at where they gathered the information that forms their political opinions.

If your news flows primarily from social media sources such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, ...Read more

Trump may fancy himself invulnerable but he's really irresponsible

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

A rule of thumb: If you have to say that you're a tough guy, you're not, and you're certainly not "invincible" either. But that's the fantasy President Donald Trump has been peddling. He dodged the coronavirus for months, even though he was endangering himself with his risky behavior, as well as endangering the American people -- certainly the 7...Read more

Failed plot to kidnap Whitmer shows danger of anti-government rhetoric

Politics, Moderate / Rex Huppke /

On June 11, 2001, I stood in a tight, gray-walled room at a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, and watched through a window as Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, expressionless and strapped to a gurney in the execution chamber, took his final breaths.

Despite my misgivings about the death penalty, it was hard for me to see it as ...Read more

Pence missed many opportunities during debate

Politics, Moderate / Joe Guzzardi /

When Joe Biden chose California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, he went against tradition.

Typically, a presidential nominee selects an individual who will help him win a swing state. In 2020, that might have been Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Minnesota went for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but only by a narrow margin, and President Donald ...Read more

As I prayerfully cast my vote this year I still believe in American values

The immensely popular ABC sitcom "Black-ish" aired a one-hour special on the importance of voting in the upcoming November election. "Black-ish" is known for its sharp examination of American history and culture through racial and political humor. The seventh season this fall will no doubt continue this successful trend, as the national strife ...Read more

We'll soon go off Daylight Saving Time, hopefully for the last time

In the coming weeks, leaves will fall, plants will shrivel, temperatures will sink and Americans will experience growing dread over the unpleasant experience that awaits us in November. No, not the presidential election -- the end of daylight saving time.

Early on the day after Halloween, the nation will shift to what is inaccurately known as ...Read more