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To brother Cromartie, with love

WASHINGTON — There is something eternally bonding about a shared near-death experience, which is how I first met Michael Cromartie. This was 15 or so years ago, before I had moved to the nation’s capital for an up-close look at power. Cromartie had called to invite me to one of the Faith ...

Needing an ‘Enemy’: Reprising Communist Conspiracy

Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that “mass movements can rise and spread ...

Price gouging is good capitalism

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is upset about "price gouging" during hurricane Harvey. Some stores raised prices to $99 for a case of bottled water — $5 for a gallon of gas. "These are things you can't do in Texas," he says. "There are significant penalties if you price gouge in a crisis ...

Tweeter-in-chief versus wisdom of Robert E. Lee

I hate to say this, but I'm starting to feel sorry for Donald Trump. He's only been in office for half a year, and already he's running out of Americans to attack. Of course, he came into office having already notched his AK-47 Twitter rifle with hundreds of hits on the American citizenry, ...

America repudiates its president

A remarkable thing happened last week. You might have missed it, because while it happened in plain sight, it also happened in increments. You had to put the pieces together to appreciate the magnitude of it. Last week, you see, America repudiated its president. This, of course, was in ...

Trump needs schooling on separation of powers

WASHINGTON — While the country is mesmerized by Hurricane Harvey and North Korea heightens the threat of nuclear war, President Trump intensifies his war on our legislative and judicial branches. The president already has his hands full picking fights with Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...