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  • As the dust settles on the hard-fought race for Los Angeles mayor, time is running out for Eric Garcetti, the city's outgoing chief executive, to secure his own professional future before ceding the gavel to his successor. Rep. Karen Bass is set to be inaugurated as Los Angeles' 43rd mayor Dec. 12 and is already […]
  • The 2022 midterms will be defined as the red wave that never was. Republicans should have run the table. History, the economy, conventional wisdom, and polls were in their favor. Instead, the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade created a cultural earthquake that many just could not see coming. In the end, women […]
  • As #RIPTwitter trends and the media is awash with coverage lamenting the site's apparently imminent demise, a look at the actual data on Twitter's usage suggests that the platform is far from dead. While Twitter is losing both employees and advertisers, and a few high-profile celebrities have departed, the platform's core user base appears to […]
  • Good morning, it's Friday, Nov. 25, the day of the week when I pass along quotations intended to be uplifting or thought-provoking. Today's words come from an extraordinary New Englander named Sarah Josepha Hale, 19th century woman of letters who relentlessly championed the idea that Thanksgiving Day should be a national holiday. Hale is little […]
  • Unsure of what to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season? Here's a suggestion of something to be thankful for: the Northwest Ordinance. You might ask, what is the Northwest Ordinance? The answer: It's a law passed by the Confederation Congress meeting openly in New York in July 1787, even as the Constitutional Convention was meeting […]
  • As a tactical concern, the House GOP's decision to open an investigation into Biden family corruption is questionable. It promises limited political return. It would serve Republicans, and the country, far better if the House focused on a hyper-politicized Justice Department that targets the political opposition, labels concerned parents "domestic terrorists" and ignores violence aimed […]
  • Among the key headlines from the 2022 election were gains by Republicans among minority voters. According to the AP VoteCast survey, Republican House candidates got 14% of the Black vote, almost twice the 8% of the Black vote that Republicans captured in 2020 and 2018. The difference between the percentage of Black votes that Democrats […]
  • In the age of cellphones and the internet, consumers often face a simple choice: convenience or privacy? Do we let Big Tech have access to our private communications and free email accounts because it's so easy? Once you've said yes — and who among us has not? — it's not a stretch to think that […]
  • Pundits, liberal and conservative, underestimated the impact on the midterms of the reaction to the reversal of Roe v. Wade. In states like Kentucky and Michigan, where abortion was on the ballot, restrictions to abortion lost and "protecting access" to abortion won. In California, voters voted on Proposition 1, a ballot measure to "codify" abortion […]
  • Politics is a polarizing sport that pits one side against the other, and there is a lot of mudslinging going on, which is tragically amplified by the mainstream media. The current state of the United States is accompanied by a series of negative feelings, including anger, distrust and resentment; yet, as the Thanksgiving holiday season […]
  • It happens at family dinner tables all over the country – the dreaded Thanksgiving politics discussion. Everyone has their own strategy for dealing with it, everything from ignoring the conversation, to getting up and leaving the room, to engaging in a full-throated verbal war that leaves everyone tired, uncomfortable, and anxious for next year's Thanksgiving. […]
  • On Nov. 26, 1789, President George Washington proclaimed the day "a day for thanksgiving and prayer." The United States, under the U.S. Constitution, was not even a year old at this point, and President Washington had only been in office for a little over six months. Since it wasn't until 1870 that Congress adopted the […]
  • This week, another evil mass shooter unleashed horror at a gay club in Colorado Springs, killing 5 and wounding another 25. The shooter — whose name I refuse to mention in order to disincentivize future shooters, who seek notoriety — was clearly mentally ill: Just last year, the shooter reportedly threatened his mother with a […]
  • America could finally be on its way to hammering out a truce between advocates for same-sex marriage and religious opponents who want no part of it. It's a tall order. Congress is the architect of one part of the truce. The Senate is advancing a bill, with bipartisan support, to ensure that a same-sex couple's […]
  • This week, The New York Times published a column by a left-wing academic (forgive the redundancy), John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. In his first sentence, Mr. Della Volpe reveals his politics. He described young Americans as "stressed and sickened by thoughts of their rights and democracy […]
  • Good morning, it's Tuesday, November 22. Joe Biden turned 80 years old on Sunday, Donald Trump is back on Twitter, and the 2022 World Cup is underway. Soccer's great quadrennial showcase certainly began with a bang: The English laid waste to Iran, Wales tied the United States, and Saudi Arabia shocked Argentina, an upset that […]
  • Watching the news, you'd be led to believe that vote fraud doesn't exist in the United States. Since the election on November 8, news article after news article has simply dismissed any claims of vote fraud as "baseless" (New York Times and CNN) and "without evidence" (NPR, New York Times, and Washington Post). Republican gubernatorial […]
  • NEW ALEXANDRIA, Pennsylvania — Ever since former President Donald Trump lost to President Joe Biden in 2020, there has been a flag hanging from a home not far from where I live that reads "Trump 2024" — one of the thousands I have seen across the country in the past two years. But yesterday, when […]
  • There's no sugarcoating the disappointing results of the midterm elections . Even with one of the worst-performing presidents in modern times, Joe Biden, and even with 2 out of 3 voters saying the country is headed in the wrong direction, Republicans couldn't make the sale to independent voters. But the overall dismal number of House […]
  • Winter has often proven an indispensable ally of Mother Russia. The impending winter of 1812-13 forced Napoleon's withdrawal from Moscow, a retreat from which his Grande Armee never recovered. The winter of 1941-42 sealed the ultimate fate of the invading armies of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Vladimir Putin's new strategy in the war he launched […]