WASHINGTON - When French President Emmanuel Macron denounced populist nationalism this week and called on world leaders to support institutions such as the United Nations that defend "the common good of the world," liberal elites cheered. The speech was seen as a rebuke of President Trump, w…

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Perhaps you recall the last time a French politician angered a certain kind of hairy-chested American nationalist. In February 2003, Dominique de Villepin, France's conservative minister of foreign affairs, cautioned the U.N. General Assembly about the sheer folly of invading Iraq.

It appears journalists are headed for a defining moment with President Donald Trump over the right of the press to ask him tough questions in a manner the president considers rude and hostile.

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In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections, the balance of political power changed somewhat with the Democrats winning enough victories to give them the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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"You've written about Mrs. Adams, and how she almost killed someone for farting," the long-time friend wrote. "Now I want you to write about Mrs. Palmer."

WASHINGTON - In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson's belief that "men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things."

Among other eccentricities, I do not possess a smartphone and have never wanted one. It's bad enough that I spend my working hours flitting around the internet like an over-caffeinated sparrow without carrying Google in my pocket. If I need to check the weather in Galway, Ireland, or Andrew …

It seems people have forgotten the true meaning of our most profitable holiday: Black Friday.

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Conservatives do not trust the media. Not much of a news flash, I know. But it's true, and every time my left-leaning Democratic friends hear the clarion call "fake news," they just roll their eyes in disgust.

Hours before Robert Bowers gunned down 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, he wrote, "HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I'm going in." Earlier, he had reposted this message: "Open you (sic) Eyes!…

WASHINGTON - When the president announced that he was sending the U.S. military to help secure our southern border, he received bipartisan praise from members of Congress. The Washington Post reported that the move was seen as "smart politics." The year was 2011, and the president was Barack…

WASHINGTON - Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the "student-athletes" who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry's billions. Last week, however, a New York j…

WASHINGTON - Why is it, each time I think about this ugly season of violence in America, that certain words and phrases keep popping into my head? "Nobody's guilty." "Words are not at fault." "Nothing leads to anything else."

WASHINGTON - In an interview for "Axios on HBO," President Trump announced he will sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship. When challenged on the constitutionality of doing this by executive order, Trump replied:

During a grim and sorrowful time in the United States, I've found my spirits lifted by the Boston Red Sox. Not simply because my team - I watched large parts of every game this season - won the World Series. They've done that before. Nor even because the 2018 Red Sox were simply the best bas…

There was a long line to buy lottery tickets yesterday at the Gas 'n' Go Away. The jackpot was over a billion dollars. Last week, the prize was "only" $500 million. There was no line to buy tickets then. You could have walked right in and bought as many as you wanted. It seems gas station ga…

WASHINGTON - Eleven Jews are dead in Pittsburgh, gunned down during Shabbat services allegedly by a man who shared President Trump's paranoia about a migrant caravan. Pipe bombs were sent to more than a dozen of Trump's favorite political targets, including the homes of two former presidents…

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels and a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, jumped into the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation battle on the afternoon of Sept. 23. On that day, The New Yorker had published the allegations of a woman named Deborah Ramirez, wh…

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A few weeks ago, I chastised a teenager for labeling a teacher "mean" after she was sent to the office for doing texting her boyfriend in class. I didn't name names, and was surprised when the girl texted me a few days after it published.

GRIFFIN, Ga. - "Life happens," Stacey Abrams instructs a small but boisterous crowd in a sun-drenched park south of Atlanta. She says: Your car breaks down. Your child gets sick. Could happen on election day. So, vote early. Today. In her campaign to be the first Democrat elected Georgia's g…

WASHINGTON - This weekend, left-wing protesters accosted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a Kentucky restaurant, yelling at him that he was a "traitor." But not so long ago, it was tea party conservatives who were calling McConnell a traitor to the GOP. They owe him an apology.

It's not for nothing that the most chilling scene in George Orwell's prophetic novel "1984" involves an act of puritanical voyeurism. Secret lovers Winston and Julia are lying together in their hideaway in the London slums when a steely voice comes out of the wall.

WASHINGTON - From Honduras and Guatemala they came. Marching and staggering through the rain and heat and sometimes swimming across the tropical rivers of southern Mexico. Faces stoic, but with a strange, passionate silence. Six to seven thousand of them, in a desperate "caravan."

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Russia and the U.S. are going through an era of strained relations. The Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, the meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, Russia's military support for a dictatorial regime in Syria, and concerns about nuclear weapons may recall the icy rivalry of Col…

WASHINGTON - Adel al-Jubeir, the Washington playboy cum Saudi foreign minister, on Sunday finally delivered the phrase we've all been expecting: They were rogue operators.

Two years and five months ago, on the day of the Indiana Republican primary that ended his presidential campaign, Ted Cruz unloaded on Donald Trump. It was more than an unloading - Cruz disgorged months of resentment against the man who defeated him and attacked his wife, his father, and his…

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Earlier this month, I came across an article in The Atlantic, extolling the virtues of the movie "Starship Troopers." It's one of those flicks you either love or you hate. You can count me among the latter group.

WASHINGTON - Early in his Marine Corps career, which he concluded as a four-star general, Walt Boomer was decorated for valor in Vietnam. He distilled into three words the lesson of that debacle: "Tell the truth." Max Hastings, an eminent British journalist and historian, has done that in a …

WASHINGTON - Just a few weeks ago, analysts thought that control of the U.S. Senate was in play this November and that momentum was shifting to the Democrats. Thanks to their brutal campaign of character assassination against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, those chances appear to be slipping away.

To hear some people tell it, America stands at the edge of a dangerous precipice. No less an authority than Donald J. Trump, the nation's leading exponent of racial grievance theory, fears for the safety of the republic.

On my first visit to the then-closed and mysterious desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1974, I soon came up against the confused psyche of many modern Saudis, and I recognized the tormenting question of modernization in societies with few tools to handle it.

The history of U.S. foreign policy has been one in which we have at times engaged in diplomacy with another nation despite its record on human rights. Our nation has severed diplomatic relations with countries and used punishing sanctions to persuade a regime to roll back certain policies ou…

It's been noted a million times that Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take control of the House of Representatives in next month's midterm elections. Nearly all analysis has focused on how many seats Republicans might lose.

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You know how you can get an earworm - a song that plays in your head in an endless loop that prevents you from falling asleep? Or you obsess on a certain topic to such a degree that even a Valium and a TV tuned to "Forensic Files" won't do the trick?

WASHINGTON - If Sen. Ben Sasse is right - he has not recently been wrong about anything important - the nation's most-discussed political problem is entangled with the least-understood public health problem. The political problem is furious partisanship. The public health problem is loneline…

For somebody like me, the Major League Baseball playoffs serve as a splendid diversion from the squalor of partisan politics. For serious fans, the drama of an October Red Sox-Yankees series provides the kind of emotional release others derive from a night at the symphony or a hike through a…

WASHINGTON - President Trump apologized to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family for the "terrible pain and suffering" they endured during his confirmation process, declaring that "what happened to the Kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process." Democrats s…

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As I watched the sights and sounds of the very powerful and much-appreciated protest at the U.S. Supreme Court, I recalled our country embroiled in U.S. Supreme Court controversy before.

WASHINGTON - Like many Americans struck by the liberal versus conservative political and social divides in America, I have been trying to make some sense of it all these last few tormenting weeks.

Not long after a 2017 meeting in which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly discussed wearing a wire to secretly record conversations with President Trump, two top officials in the meeting, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and bureau lawyer Lisa Page, went to the office of a th…

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