The Nation’s Pulse
by | Feb 19, 2020

Video of Mike Bloomberg belittling farmers surfaced this week. His campaign team, which is spending money furiously trying to purchase a foothold in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, has treated it mostly as a distraction. It may do…

by | Feb 17, 2020

Earlier this month, at a protest against a conservative community cleanup event in San Francisco, John Dennis, congressional challenger to Nancy Pelosi, attempted to engage with one of the protesters. In the video, which has since gone viral, Dennis approaches…

by and | Feb 1, 2020

What was the greatest Super Bowl commercial of all time? With Super Sunday just around the corner, we will cite the Apple commercial that introduced the Apple Macintosh personal computer in January 1984. It had as its punch line, “You’ll…

by | Jan 30, 2020

CNN reports that “the fabric of America is crumbling,” quoting an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) report giving a D+ grade to the country’s roads, bridges, airports, schools, and other public works. Melodramatic? The World Economic Forum now ranks…

by | Jan 20, 2020

The middle of January was not a great time for Americans to have another national holiday. We’ve just had all the travel, expenses, calories, and alcohol of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day sandwiched into little over a month. The…

by | Jan 1, 2020

Imagine you are in a car accident on New Year’s Eve. Like Jason Bourne as the CIA agent in The Bourne Identity, you wake up to a strange new reality: You don’t know who you are, where you are, or…

by | Dec 6, 2019

Every writer out there can learn something from reading the work of his or her fellows, but when the mass of a polarizing election pulls even apolitical work into its gravity well, avoiding ambushes becomes a challenge. It wasn’t until…

by | Nov 11, 2019

Last Tuesday, I picked up three of my kids from church after youth group. It was a little after 5:00. I wasn’t sure what had been on the agenda for the afternoon. “Dad, we had an amazing experience,” my oldest…

by | Nov 6, 2019

The secret ballot is a bedrock principle of democracy. It allows people to vote the way they feel without fear of reprisal. Without it, those who hold the elections would hold all the power. It’s also an important principle for…

by | Oct 25, 2019

It was a beautiful Saturday only a couple of weeks ago, and I sat in a foldable camouflage chair, 12 gauge over/under shotgun in hand, beneath the sparse cover of a pine tree. My host, a dozen yards away, sat…

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