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Fantastic romantic conjured love never forgotten

You wonder how these things begin. For Harvey Schmidt, co-writer of the longest-running musical in history — who died last week at 88 — and his collaborator, Tom Jones, it began when the two were students at the University of Texas. In a sense it really began in their romantic hearts. No ...

Trends can often lead us astray

Tuesday marked the 10-year anniversary of the passing of my old boss, William F. Buckley Jr., the founder of National Review (where I am a senior editor). This is not a column about Bill but about life and time -- and how they don't move in tandem. In 2001, Linton "Lin" Wells, a former Navy ...

Trump team has proven itself inept to drain swamp

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the phrase “drain the swamp,” I associate it with clean government, transparency, ethics and such like. In 2016, it became, along with “Lock her up,” a favorite Donald Trump campaign slogan. Trump was not the first to use the metaphor. John ...

Bring me your fire and brimstone

WASHINGTON — Oh, for God’s sake. What else can one say about the week after Florida’s high school massacre? Funerals for the 17 students and faculty were barely begun before rhetoric on the right descended into indecency. Much of it came from the annual Conservative Political Action ...

Polticians pay when they underestimate voters’ intelligence

Politics can be both cruel and unsentimental. Consider the case of Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., known on Capitol Hill — since his first election to Congress in 1972 — for his civil and amiable treatment of others, irrespective of party, and, as chairman of the Senate Appropriations ...

Stosscars for top political actors

Sunday, Hollywood sycophants give out Oscars. But they will miss some of the better performances of the year, because Academy Awards just go to movie actors. They leave out political actors. That’s not right. Politicians deceive and manipulate people just as much as actors do. Some of ...