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Column | For a builder, Trump likes wrecking stuff

For a man who likes to brag about what a big builder he is, President Donald Trump spends a lot of time burning stuff down.

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Column | Swamp drained? How, exactly?

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican who hails from northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal country, likes to brag about the fact he was one of his state’s earliest supporters of President Donald Trump.

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Column | No, I don’t hate conservatives. I disagree with them

Not too long ago, an anonymous commenter on one of my columns concluded that I took my stance on a particular issue because I “hate conservatives.”

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Column | Congress not up to the task of taking on Facebook

As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn’t help but have the same reaction I have when I get a pointless chain email from an elderly relative.

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Column | Sinclair’s pro-trump bent deserves scorn. Its anchors do not

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the script that news anchors, at stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, have been forced to read decrying “fake stories” and “biased reporting,” by their corporate overlords in Baltimore County, Md.

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Column | Small change by Trump could have huge impact

On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Dept. announced something that sounds like a perfectly reasonable thing to do: It will include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.

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Column | Conservative justice gave democrats a path back to power

If Democrats do manage to retake the House this fall, they might have to send a thank-you card to the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

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Column | Trump is stocking White House with yes-men

Donald Trump, who thrives on the love of the crowd, who listens to the last person to successfully worm their way into his ear and who cannot endure even the most minor of slights, is systematically building an administration of yes-men.

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Column | ‘You sit in a corner and pray you don’t get shot’

When Maddie Levy saw the students fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month, she saw something familiar.

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Column | Do You Trust Trump on Gun Control?

Donald Trump, the man who needs a cue-card to feign basic human empathy, is serious about gun control? Yeah, right. This is still the same president whose promises far outperform his actual ability to carry them out.

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Column | No, Trump doesn’t stand above the law

Our system is reliant on the belief that we’re equally accountable in the eyes of the law. And that no one – not even the president of the United States – stands above it.

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Column | Another Mass Shooting, More ‘Thoughts and Prayers’

"Thoughts and Prayers" don't mean anything anymore

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Column | The worst mass shooting … until the next one

On one level, the horror perpetrated Sunday night by lone wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, who indiscriminately sprayed gunfire across a country music festival in Las Vegas, defies belief.

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Column: It Should Be An Interesting July 4 for Republicans

Senate Republicans better get ready for some fireworks. Their July 4 recess is going to be a hot one.