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Philadelphia's unnecessary war on Catholics

WASHINGTON -- At a time when more than 400,000 children are in foster care nationwide, the city of Philadelphia is threatening to cut ties with Catholic Social Services because of the group's policy against placing foster children in same-sex households.

On the surface, one might say this is a classic case of state vs. church: The city must ...Read more

A royal fantasy

WASHINGTON -- You can have your royal wedding, your princess bride, your pomp and your circumstance. For a real love story, I'm going with Thomas Markle.

As in the father of Meghan Markle, former actress and now bride of Prince Harry.

Last week, in anticipation of Saturday's royal wedding, tabloid history surpassed itself while "fake news" was...Read more

Jerusalem Jared and the city of truth

WASHINGTON -- The past few days have provided a head-swiveling study in cognitive dissonance and dueling realities.

Monday started the week with a jolt in Jerusalem, where the U.S. and Israel celebrated the American embassy move from Tel Aviv. Television spectators around the world watched as the two nations' officials gathered inside a large, ...Read more

Of agents and hostages

WASHINGTON -- There he was, the president of the United States, greeting the three American hostages who had just stepped back on U.S. soil after being released by North Korea, and Donald Trump couldn't help himself.

"It's very early in the morning," he noted to reporters. "I think you probably broke the all-time-in-history television rating ...Read more

They slaughter horses, don't they?

CAMDEN, S.C. -- When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean -- free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths.

The chestnut steed was a standout in another significant way. He was the first 3-year-old thoroughbred in ...Read more

Paul Ryan's failed exorcism

WASHINGTON -- Given the cornucopia of issues Americans have to select from each day, the recent firing and rehiring of the House of Representatives' chaplain may not have bestirred many to form an opinion.

But these days, the Hill is alive with buzz as people absorb the odd goings-on between House Speaker Paul Ryan, who pushed the chaplain to ...Read more

An assassin in Wolf's clothing

PAWLEY'S ISLAND, S.C. -- When I moved to Washington several years ago, a D.C. veteran whispered a warning that she had learned from her father: New York is tough, but Washington is mean.

Truer words, my friend, truer words.

Yet, apparently, even Washington can be offended by too much meanness. By now you've heard about the disastrous White ...Read more

Theta Tau's indecent expose

EDITORS -- Note quoted language at end of 5th graf.

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Courage isn't required to condemn the Syracuse University chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity for simulating a sexual assault on a disabled student.

Video of this ape-ish display, now in wide circulation, should horrify anyone with an ounce of decency. That is, ...Read more

The dogs of war are howling

WASHINGTON -- As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump's words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind:

"I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity," he said. "Without a major event where people pull together, that's hard to do. But I would like to do it ...Read more

The downing of a president

WASHINGTON -- We've seen this movie before.

It would seem but a matter of time before the president of the United States is asked a question under oath and gives a false answer. A lie, in other words. In the prequel, starring Bill Clinton, impeachment followed.

When the FBI, after a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, raided the ...Read more

To mock or mentor, that is the question at Marquette University

WASHINGTON -- There are few sympathetic characters in the landmark lawsuit between Marquette University and a suspended professor that's heading later this month to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The professor, John McAdams, is suing the university for indefinitely suspending him without pay, allegedly in violation of a contractually binding ...Read more

Breaking: Fake news vs. "Fake news"

WASHINGTON -- When fake news blasts traditional media for being "fake news," how does one respond?

Do you shout, I'm not fake, you are? Do you ignore the charge? If you don't fight back, are you affirming the fool? If you do, doth thou protest too much?

The risk of doing nothing, of course, is to go crazy, too.

Call me crazy, but when ...Read more

Timber titan appeals to Supreme Court over Moonlight Fire

WASHINGTON -- When the country's second-largest lumber producer tries to take the U.S. Justice Department to the Supreme Court over a forest fire that started under the distracted gaze of a watchtower forester -- who at the time was reportedly peeing on his own bare feet -- you can expect a few sparks to fly.

You also might want to sit down, ...Read more

The shame of it all

WASHINGTON -- "Shaming," the modern if tedious trend of shaming the shamer for criticizing anyone, has rendered us incapable of making rational judgments or speaking freely.

If this seems too strong an indictment, consider that "the porn star and the president," a pairing made necessary by current events, is no more shocking a phrase than, say,...Read more

The dukes-out of hazard

WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden gave Donald Trump a gift last week when he engaged the president of the United States in a verbal slugfest, saying that if the two men were in high school, he'd take Trump out back and teach him a lesson.

Biden was clearly kidding, speaking off-the-cuff about Trump's alleged mistreatment of women.

But Trump, never one ...Read more

Women to the swamp

WASHINGTON -- How many times have we heard that this is the year of the woman?

Let's just say, several. Each decade for the past century or so seems to have presented a fresh feature to justify yet another proclamation of historic import.

From suffrage (1920) to the pill (1960) and to legalized abortion (1973) to Gloria Steinem and Ms. ...Read more

Trump's believe it or not

WASHINGTON -- In a rare expression of self-awareness, President Trump admitted -- nay, boasted -- that he just makes stuff up.

Recounting a recent meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump says Trudeau told him that the U.S. has no trade deficit with Canada, whereupon Trump essentially said, Yes, we do, whereupon Trudeau...Read more

Hillary, stop. Please.

WASHINGTON -- She can't let go.

She can't stop talking about what happened. She wrote an entire book about it. Now she's telling people in other countries about why she should have won. In India last weekend, she told an audience that she won in all the smart, cool places and then hit a pandering low that puts a catalogue of others to shame.

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Off to the races -- again

WASHINGTON -- You may have missed the starting shot, but the midterm races officially began last week with the Texas primaries. This coming Tuesday, voters in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District head to the polls for a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Republican Tim Murphy.

At the risk of sounding hyperbolic -- or ...Read more

Stop first, parse later

WASHINGTON -- At least they're doing something, which is about the most one can say about Florida's proposed gun bill.

But doing something and doing something effective are very different animals.

State legislators under pressure to "do something" following the murders of 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas ...Read more

 
 

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