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Column | The grisly history of Chappaquiddick

A bombshell will hit America’s theaters Friday.

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Column | How Trump’s presidency will be judged

On many issues – naming Scalia-like judges and backing Reagan-like tax cuts – President Trump is a conventional Republican.

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Column | Nuclear fusion is federal bloat’s silver lining

“The lousy Republicans are supposed to decrease federal spending and get our deficit under control, not blow the budget even more!”

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Column | Politics and leaking has a long history in the FBI

Libertarian Republican Rand Paul, certainly no sycophant to Donald Trump, put it plainly: Andrew McCabe, the Deputy Director of the FBI, was fired for leaking information to the press and then lying about it to the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility.

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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 | Easter and the rites of spring

Easter is a most peculiar holiday, which is saying something, considering so many other religious festivities litter our calendar.

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Column | Toys were us: A farewell to Geoffrey

As with many national tragedies (like the death of Courage, the first Thanksgiving turkey pardoned by President Obama, and the discontinuation of Crystal Pepsi), we all remember where we were when we heard the recent devastating news that Toys “R” Us was closing all of its U.S. stores.

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Column | MLK’s Legacy: The next 50 years

Decades ago, when I worked in a grocery store, I would frequently have to phone my boss and ask whether to cash a check for a stranger. The questioning would inevitably include, "Is he black?"

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Column | A new kind of gridlock

The Republican Party is in favor of tax cuts and defense spending; the Democratic Party is in favor of increased regulation and social spending. All the other discussion points are designed merely to drive passion.

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Column | Republicans and Democrats running against their leaders

The ties that have historically bound Republicans and Democrats to their respective parties have frayed badly and, in some cases, unraveled altogether, replaced by a strategy rooted in personality and style.

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Column | Narcissism and the Republic – ‘Me the People?’

Boy, is narcissism getting out of hand with younger generations.

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Column | Activism in the Age of Trump

The operative word in activist is “active.”

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Column | Will the deep state break Trump?

“It is becoming more obvious with each passing day that the men and the movement that broke Lyndon Johnson’s authority in 1968 are out to break Richard Nixon,” wrote David Broder on Oct. 8, 1969.

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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 | FDA tobacco policy faces key test

Shortly after Scott Gottlieb took over as the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, he announced a paradigmatic shift in the agency’s approach to regulating tobacco products centered on harm reduction – the idea that smokers who can’t quit outright can get nicotine from products other than cigarettes and dramatically improve their health outcomes as a result.

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Column | Stop making children into moral authorities

On March 14, high school students from Parkland, Florida, led a school walkout in favor of gun control.

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Column | Nervous tech giants ramp up lobbying

Since Congress created the H-1B in 1990, IT services companies have had things go mostly their way.

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Column | Ready to support socialism - come 2035

My golden years are shaping up to be way better than I expected.

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Column | Is the GOP staring at another 1930?

After the victory of Donald Trump in 2016, the GOP held the Senate and House, two-thirds of the governorships, and 1,000 more state legislators than they had on the day Barack Obama took office.

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Column | Congress says ‘This time we really mean it!’

There’s a bill being lovingly preserved by Mitch McConnell, Curator of the Senate, that’s one of those “bipartisan” efforts the media loves to celebrate.

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Column | Ways Democrats could screw up the midterms

Okay, Democrats, settle down. Drop the confetti and back away from the champagne. Stop punching each other in the arm, making with the whoop-whoop noises.

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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 | Why I support Medicare Advantage

A key responsibility of Congress is making sure the actions of our federal agencies reflect the priorities of the American people.

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Column | The west is losing natural area at an alarming pace

CAP’s well-researched, alarming report left out development and environmental degradation’s biggest driver, overpopulation, a variable that could at least be stabilized if the federal government would pass commonsense immigration laws.

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Column | In defense of Trump’s tariffs

What is astounding is the level of protest on the left and the right.