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Column | Another election has come and gone. Now what?

That’s over with. And not a moment too soon. It’s usually at this point when I start reviewing what I’ve seen and heard over the past several months and try to make some sense of it, not unlike what a psychologist might do with a particularly vivid and disturbing nightmare.

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Column | Blue wave meets red wall: Split decision for a divided nation

Charles Dickens wrote this about the French Revolution: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair … ” There’s no better way to describe America on the morning after the midterms.

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Column | Women can be destroyed, too

One evening, my senior year in college, there was a knock at my door.

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Column | Democrats rediscover a losing formula

To all of my friends who happen to be Democrats – and I do have many – I offer the following: If you’re enjoying the presidential stylings of Donald J. Trump, keep doing exactly what you’re doing. And if you want to help cement the GOP majority in the Senate, don’t change a thing.

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Column | Watch for falling fall fests

Autumn in East Texas is usually ushered in by a yearly “cold snap,” meaning we have a few days in late September or early October when the daytime temperature drops below 90 and we don’t have to handle our seatbelt buckles with fireplace tongs.

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Column | Kushner and Trump: A hit with the Saudis

It pays to be friends with Jared Kushner. You can get away with murder. Or so thinks Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

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Column | A civics test to graduate high school? Absolutely

It was an inspiring lecture. One of my finest. And then, I brought up D-Day. Spend enough time in the classroom and you learn to read students’ faces. They say so much.

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Guest Column | A tribute to teachers

With school back in full swing, I’d like to say a few words about teachers, without whom none of us would know what in the heck to do with the word “whom.”

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Column | The Democrats’ real problem With Kavanaugh

Regardless of your political persuasion, it’s always refreshing to hear honesty from an elected representative, no matter the agenda or party.

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Column | The politicians we deserve

In the spring of 2011, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination, ending months of excitement among conservatives around his possible run. His family’s reservations under the spotlight far outweighed any political pressure he may have been feeling, and he gracefully bowed out.

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Column | Kavanaugh hearing: Hypocrisy on both sides

Hurricane Florence tearing up the south Atlantic coast is nothing compared to the hypocrisies tearing up our country over Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Brett Kavanaugh tried to pull off her clothes at an alcohol-fueled house party when they were teenage minors.

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Guest Column | Friday Night Lite: Adventures in Accidental Fandom

Yes, it’s that time of year again!

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Column | Just Three Republicans

Months ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed, discussed, and passed bipartisan legislation that would protect Special Counsel Mueller from a politically-motivated firing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, refuses to let the legislation come up for a vote in the full Senate.

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Column | America has always been great

Donald Trump may scream that we are less, and he is wrong. Colin Kaepernick may silently condemn us for being unjust, and he is wrong. They are the same, in their shameful displays of ingratitude.

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Column | Of course democrats are playing politics on Kavanaugh nomination

You remember the truth. At the moment it’s gasping for air beneath a heap of political agendas.

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Column | All talk, no action: A Republican metaphor

Congressional Republicans continue to abet and excuse Donald Trump’s relentless assaults on democratic norms and the rule of law. But if we were to focus on one particular guy who best embodies that spinelessness, someone who is a veritable metaphor for a party in moral eclipse, I strongly nominate Ben Sasse.

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Column | Wild-ish Kingdom: Inept Interactions with Backyard Wildlife

As you enjoy the pleasant weather of late summer and early autumn, you are likely to encounter local wildlife. No, I don’t mean the neighbors’ children, but actual non-humanoid, indigenous animals.

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Column | Democratic diversity is making America great again

On the cusp of the autumn general elections, grassroots Democrats have sharpened their message that diversity will make America great again.

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Column | Pre-mourning boosts life before death

A grateful nation mourns John McCain now, but was able to reach out before his death through social media and salute him.

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Column | Trump is right to end Obama’s fuel economy scheme

Obama’s astonishing takeover of the automobile industry was accomplished through a process even more corrupt than his takeover of the health care sector.While both involved backroom deals, the auto takeover was sealed in a backroom from which both the American people and our elected officials were completely shut out.

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Column | The hypocrisy of #MeToo and female solidarity

The first case of what I call “#MeTwoFaced”is Asia Argento, the Italian actress most recently known as the girlfriend of Anthony Bourdain.

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Guest Column | Riding the rails on the Southwest Chief

On August 2, we boarded the Southwest Chief here in Kingman. Our final destination was Bar Harbor, ME so we needed to take 3 different trains. Of the 3 trains that we traveled on, the Southwest Chief was the best. Nice compartments, decent food and good service.

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Column | Democrats: Don’t root for crazy

When I watched someone who I thought was little more than a pompous, know-nothing goofball descend from his gaudy golden escalator to kick off his campaign, I thought he’d be nothing more than a laughingstock and a sideshow.

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Column | Media faces challenges covering white nationalists, antifa and Trump

White Supremacists were supposed to descend upon Washington, D.C. this past weekend for a demonstration commemorating the anniversary of last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. One problem. Next to no one showed up.

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Guest Column | I feel the need ... the need for A/C

Welcome to another installment of ‘Things You Should Do Before A Wild Saturday Night Consists Of Cruising the Aisles at Walgreen’s for Prune Juice and Denture Adhesive’!

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Community View | Moving the farmers market concerns many members of the public

In the interest of accuracy and representation, here is a timeline of recent events as I was involved in them: Multiple members of the public have voiced concern about the location of the Kingman Farmers Market, for varying reasons from the heat to the flag potentially being perceived by some as unwelcoming.

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Community View | Disturbing a ‘peaceful, quiet community’

As you know, several weeks back there was a spoof done here in Kingman in front of a small crowd of Kingman residents by Sacha Baron Cohen, apparently a fairly well-known spoof reporter, wherein he proposed that Kingman was about to become the recipient of the largest mosque in the world outside of Mecca. I did not learn about this until Tuesday.

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Column | Donald Trump and ‘The Death of Truth’

The lies rain down on us so relentlessly that we’re often benumbed. Shortly after Donald Trump tweeted last week that the Russians would help the Democrats win the midterms, we learned that the Russians have tried to hack the 2018 campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill - a Democrat.

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Column | Dolphins and fireworks and toto - oh my!

This year, in my family’s ongoing quest to turn ourselves into an enormous package of extra-salty beef jerky, we decided to take a family road trip to South Padre Island, Texas, for the third summer in a row.

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Column | News by the numbers

“90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving.”

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Column | GOP can’t appease the left by caving on key issues

Two House Republicans have chosen to capitulate on major agenda items on the liberal left – and are learning a familiar lesson the hard way.

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Column | Facebook’s off the Mark Zuckerberg

Every time Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens his mouth he somehow manages to stick his foot in it. It’s not so much what he says that is harmful to both himself and his company, it’s how he says it.

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Column | The benefits of NATO

In 1949, President Harry Truman led the way in forming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known today as NATO. For more than 60 years, this alliance, founded on the idea that “an attack on one is an attack on all,” has stood as a cornerstone of the interconnected world that Truman worked to build – one of allies who share common interests and common values working together for the greater good.

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Column | Civic discourse has tumbled to a shocking new low

Other than Dallas Cowboys fans living in Philadelphia, no collection of individuals is subject to as much vitriol and opprobrium as those in public life – politics, entertainment, business, media or professional athletics.

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Column | I’m conservative, but don’t assume you know what I believe

Earlier this week, a producer from a Philadelphia television station called to inquire if I would like to come on and defend the separation of parents and children at the border.

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Column | Jones Act keeps America prepared for war in times of peace

Though it’s cliche, Memorial Day reminds us that freedom isn’t free. It costs us, sometimes dearly. This is especially true when we find ourselves unprepared for a conflict we probably should have expected to be drawn into.

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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.

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Column | Plastic packaging: Is this the beginning of the end?

“There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it? Will you think about it?”

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Column | Jared Kushner’s No Good, Very Bad Week

It’s been a rough week in Washington for Jared Kushner. Kushner – a senior advisor to his father-in-law, President Trump - has been formally downgraded from his Top Secret security clearance. As of the time of writing, he appears to be staying in the White House, ostensibly continuing work on his massive portfolio via a temporary clearance of a lesser level.

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Column | Congress should make relief permanent

With wages rising and the economy strengthening, the most important priority for Congress in 2018 should be to lock in these historic accomplishments.

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Column | Shut up or shut down

Chaos theory has been called the study of predicting “inherently unpredictable” systems.

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Column | The security threat posed by s---hole countries

President Trump’s dismissal of nations and continents peopled by those who don’t share his skin tone is frightening.

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Column | Trump Should Say ‘No’ to Whirlpool Plan to Kill U.S. Jobs

With healthcare reform in abeyance, tax reform done, and the White House starting to pivot toward immigration, is there still room for the trade agenda?

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Column | Why Trump isn’t getting credit for the economy

At the outset of 2018, the unemployment rate is 4.1 per cent (de facto full employment); economic growth is slightly above three per cent (well ahead of that of recent years); new jobs are being created at more than 200,000 a month; consumer spending and confidence has risen above last year’s levels, and the stock market breaks records daily (it’s now closing in on 25,000).

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Column | Censorship at the CDC and beyond

The words we choose are always important – especially when it comes to crafting government policy.

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Column | Rural America’s struggle

The chain builds stores where folks are down on their luck, where 20 percent of customers receive government assistance, and where even Walmart won’t bother doing business

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National Column | Making Off Like Madoff

The tax plan the president and Republicans have sold the public is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme of epic proportion

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Column | For Hillary Clinton, Dreams Die Hard

Democratic party apparatchiks and sympathizers in the media who cling to the Clintons like barnacles to the hull of a garbage scow, spring into action at the first hint of accusations

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Column | Justice Department’s assault on the First Amendment

The only news that isn’t “fake news” for the president is that which airs on Fox News

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Column | Two smart changes have made the GOP tax bill passable

Last week, Texas Republican Kevin Brady introduced another of what’s known as a “manager’s amendment” to the tax reform bill

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Column | Who’s Welcome?

Who is welcome anymore?

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Column | The Kremlin knows a bargain when it sees it

We are supposed to believe that Russia bought the American presidential election last year with $100,000 in Facebook ads and some other digital activity.

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Column | Surprise! Big Media Ignores the Real Russian Scandal

Susan Stamper Brown isn't impressed by the mainstream media's inattention

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Column | Global Warmists Need to Lose the Arrogance

Natural disasters are no laughing matter, but you’d never know that recently watching God-denier Bill Maher and his “Real Time” show audience.

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Column: It’s Time For the Government to Protect Tech Consumers

Global business practices are now under scrutiny like never before thanks to President Trump’s pledge to pull the U.S. out of bad trade deals.

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Guest Column | Entitlement programs are nearly impossible to get rid of

The media, the entire left-wing political establishment and three renegade Republican senators – John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – once again demonstrated why it is virtually impossible to get rid of entitlement programs.