As we march closer and closer to the end of COVID-19 with each vaccination administered, two things have amazed many throughout the pandemic.

Death is the one human experience that connects everyone, regardless of color, creed, class or bank account. The inequity comes only in its manner and timing.

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“There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.” — Wendell Berry

If you were looking for further confirmation of the intellectual and constitutional rot that’s taken hold at the heart of the Republican Party, then you don’t need to look much further than Dave Ball.

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I wasn’t going to write a second column on the passing of Rush Limbaugh but given the reaction from hostile and snarky individuals — even from a few self-styled conservatives — explaining his influence is key to understanding him and more importantly the movement for which he was such a powe…

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You expect a certain number of stumbles from a new administration. President Joe Biden’s incoming team professed dismay at having to create a coronavirus vaccine distribution program “from scratch,” due to its predecessor’s handling of the situation, and last week, Biden complained that “we …

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There has been some cheering about the 10 House and seven Senate Republicans who voted for impeachment. All honor to those who took the difficult path. But, good God! The president attempted to steal the election. He launched an insurrection against Congress. That only a handful of Republica…

Standing in the grocery line, six feet back from the person ahead, my eye landed on something at the register rack.

It’s February. It’s cold. To fend off the winter blahs, I dream of one day retiring to a warm beach, where I’ll stand in the surf, sipping beverages from glasses with little umbrellas in them.

The man who picked me up at an airport too many years ago to recall the date asked if I had ever heard of a guy named Rush Limbaugh. When I said I had not, he turned on the car radio and said, “listen.” After 15 minutes I was hooked.

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If I had to describe my father, I would say that he was a high-achieving optimist. Everyone fails at various things throughout their life, and my father was no exception. But it didn’t happen often.

Presidential honeymoons have remarkably different lengths. President Barack Obama’s honeymoon, at least with the press, began the day he announced his candidacy, Feb. 10, 2007, and the blissful union continues today.

Once upon a time — just a few weeks ago — Republicans in the great state of Texas were talking about seceding from the union. If memory serves, their state attorney general concocted a crackpot lawsuit that sought to overturn the free and fair presidential election, arguing that Joe Biden’s …

One of my favorite allegories is the one about the frog in the pot of water, who got used to the slowly rising temperature of a warming pot and ended up boiled to death.

The people who hand out Emmy Awards should ask New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to return the one they gave him.

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It’s not often that you can watch a major event playing out on the national stage and predict with certainty how it will end, but this week I have two.

The year we don’t want to mention and all that came with it brought out both the best and the worst in all of us.

When you’ve been consuming and producing political commentary for many years, you get used to certain recurring themes. One is the imminent disappearance or relegation to permanent minority status of the Republican Party.

Several years ago, when Tink and I were still somewhat newly wed, we hosted a relative of his from Los Angeles.

It may be coincidence that the best policy idea to come out of the 117th Congress was offered by the one guy who has demonstrated the integrity to brave harassment and death threats to do what’s right vis a vis former President Donald Trump. Mitt Romney has an excellent plan to reduce child …

If the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump were a play it would close after one performance. The plot is known, the outcome is certain, and the drama is contrived.

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The worst thing to happen in my lifetime was the massacre of 20 children almost a decade ago. The current controversy of the Capitol riots, the Antifa uprisings this summer, the Oklahoma City bombing and even 9/11 don’t carry that same, crushing weight. The other tragedies were political rec…

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The problem with free money is that it leads to an addiction much like an addition to drugs. In the case of the $1.9 trillion “relief” bill that has no Republican support, Congress is the supplier, while those on the receiving end become increasingly addicted to government and less self-reliant.

So, now Mitch McConnell tells us that Marjorie Taylor Greene’s views are a “cancer” on the Republican Party and on the country. Odd that he neglected to make that point when one of his preferred candidates in the Georgia runoff, Kelly Loeffler, campaigned with Greene.

Pictures matter. Images convey truths — and falsehoods — with an emotional impact that can amplify and sometimes completely overwhelm the messages imparted by words.

Pictures matter. Images convey truths — and falsehoods — with an emotional impact that can amplify and sometimes completely overwhelm the messages imparted by words.

Until Tink, a well-enunciating Yankee came along, I didn’t realize how badly, or at least differently, I pronounce words.

During the rebellious ’60s, the slogan “power to the people” became a mantra for the young to protest what they saw as oppression from their elders. Now comes a moment when significant numbers of Americans can exercise real power in ways that will improve the country.

I think that I could have stood before the van Gogh original all day. Was it the swirl of colors across the canvas? Was it the way the artist captured the light playing on the subject? In the beauty of oil on canvas, I was pretty sure that I was hearing echoes of the creative hands of God sh…

Second only to his fixation on “climate change” is President Biden’s focus on “systemic racism.” In addition to reinstating mandatory race theory training for federal employees, Biden proposes spending even more money we don’t have to fix a problem beyond the government’s reach. As with orig…

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Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat and D.C.’s delegate in the U.S. House, is on to something big!

I’ve been getting a lot of mail from critics lately asking if I’m happy with the Biden administration. They point to some of the new president’s executive orders — the one about the Keystone XL pipeline, or the one rescinding the “Mexico City” policy withholding funds from international orga…

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For the first time since 1960, no new player will be added to Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame. Based on the voting, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, players associated with performance-enhancing drugs, are stuck in place, and have diminishing chances of ever gaining admission.

On Jan. 26, six days into Joe Biden’s administration, it became clear why Susan Rice, hitherto a foreign policy specialist, was named director of the Domestic Policy Council. Rice — unconfirmable for a Cabinet post after her unembarrassed Sunday show lying about the Benghazi terrorist attack…

When I was barely out of college, I wound up working as a sports reporter for a newspaper in Washington, D.C.

President Biden and his press secretary, Jen Psaki, have assured us he is a “devout Catholic” who “attends church regularly.” The question is not new but should be asked again and a credible answer demanded. How can one be devout about one’s faith and not comport with Scripture and the teach…

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will get shot at by both sides.” That would have been my recommendation — that is, if Jesus had asked me for advice on the Beatitudes.

As some people age, they begin to lose a certain degree of excitement about simple life experiences like snow days, finding a penny in a parking lot or putting on a pair of fresh underwear still warm from the dryer.

If there’s one thing that President Biden has made abundantly clear, it’s that he will grant an amnesty to an unknown number of illegal immigrants.

There is a perception, supported by many surveys, that what passes for contemporary journalism is more biased, even propagandistic, than in earlier times. One of the definitions of “journalism” on will affirm that attitude for many: “writing that reflects superficial thought a…