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Corruption in the Senate Confirmation Process


What’s happening to Judge Brett Kavanaugh — who, for the record, I do not know — recalls the confirmation battle over now-Third Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Brooks Smith in 2001-2002. And as I discovered, the confirmation process itself has been corrupted by Senate Democrats and their special interest allies. As a young Reagan […]

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Mob Rule and the Anti-Kavanaugh Movement


I think Dr. Ford is blowing smoke and, further, that Judge Kavanaugh is the moral superior of thousands who discount his word and declare him unfit for the Supreme Court. But what do I know? What does Sen. Hirono, for that matter, know in spite of all her multiple testimonies to Dr. Ford’s truthfulness? It’s […]

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The Senate’s Choice: Confirm Kavanaugh or Confirm the Obscene Smear Campaign


Democrats turned the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, a distinguished federal judge and well-respected community member, into a bizarre circus of interruptions, both from shrieking audience members and from Democratic committee members who complained obsessively on document production, despite the fact the custodians of Bush presidential records had cleared for release every individual document requested […]

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We May Be Witness to a Defining Moment in Korea


Speaking to a large gathering at Rice University stadium in September 1962, President John Kennedy challenged his countrymen to place a man on the surface of the moon and return him safely to the earth. At the time, many of those countrymen thought his dream unattainable, at least within the timeframe of a single decade […]

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Tech Is Coming for Your Kids Next


In a year that has put the untenable practices and politics of Silicon Valley’s tech barons under scalding sunlight, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has come in for a particularly nasty set of burns. Just to remind ourselves, let’s count them: First, President Trump is incensed at Bezos over his ownership of the Washington Post, one of […]

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Municipal Broadband Could Give Cities Reason to Stonewall 5G Growth


In case there aren’t enough reasons to oppose municipal broadband, here’s another one: their existence, could in theory, disincentivize cities from helping facilitate the growth of new, non taxpayer-funded 5G wireless technology. Cities desperately trying to gain new customers to help pay off the loans borrowed from taxpayers for broadband network construction could see 5G […]

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Ronald Reagan’s Soulcraft


In a modern world of dispiriting news, I offer for your perusal something uplifting. It’s an edifying letter from August 1982, found only recently, written by a great man and great president. Credit goes to Karen Tumulty, who discovered the letter within the personal keepsakes of Nancy Reagan. Tumulty, a journalist, is writing a biography of […]

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The Real Victims of the Kavanaugh Smear


President Trump’s predecessor famously justified his high-handed governing style by gloating, “Elections have consequences.” That axiom, it seems, doesn’t apply when Republicans win. According to exit polls, 75 percent of those who cast ballots for Trump in 2016 said Supreme Court appointments were “either the most important or an important factor” in their votes. In other […]

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The Lingering Stench of Coverup at Justice and the FBI


President Trump told a Friday evening rally that there’s a “lingering stench” in the FBI and vowed to get rid of it. Trump was right: there is a lingering stench of political bias in the FBI and Justice Department, and both need to be cleaned out of the people who have destroyed the public’s trust […]

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Bangladeshi Islamists Go to Washington


From October 9 to 12, London-based barrister Abdur Razzaq will visit Washington, D.C. to meet with White House officials, legislators, House committee staffers and analysts at a number of think tanks. That a lawyer is speaking with politicians is not particularly worrying. But the fact that Razzaq is also an assistant secretary general of the […]

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