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Editorial

Defense could enable assaults

Senate Republicans on Tuesday laid the groundwork for a truncated trial of President Trump that would be a perversion of justice. Proposals by Democrats to obtain critical evidence were voted down. Unless several senators changed their positions, votes to acquit Mr. Trump on the House’s ...

The black and white of guns

It is easy to paint any issue in pure, unyielding black and white. Abortion. Environment. Poverty. Health care. Energy. Immigration. Taxes. Everything can boil down to pro or con. But is that accurate? Almost never. Let’s look at guns. Pennsylvania is often tagged as a gun-friendly ...

Debt growth not sustainable

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Europe faces a nuclear moment

For months Iran has been violating the 2015 nuclear deal while promising to comply again if President Donald Trump abandons his “maximum pressure” campaign. Germany, France and the U.K. have criticized Tehran and Washington while trying to save the accord, but on Tuesday the Europeans took ...

Take impeachment seriously, senators

It would be nice to have faith that, as the Senate receives the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and gears up for its role in this rare and momentous process, it will do the right thing. Confronted with a mountain of evidence that an American president abused his power by ...

Iran should look to UAE as model

The United Arab Emirates has plenty of goodwill and soft power at its disposal to calm tensions between the United States and Iran, thanks to its historical, strategic and cultural ties with both countries. A little nudge toward talks between the two arch-foes could go a long way in restoring ...

Cowardly bid to hide truth

A major hiccup has been introduced into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plans for a speedy acquittal of President Donald Trump at his impending impeachment trial. Former national security adviser John Bolton says he is prepared to testify if subpoenaed. McConnell, with a big assist ...

Puerto Ricans are Americans

Puerto Rico is now dealing with the aftermath of a powerful 6.4 earthquake and powerful aftershocks. Casualties are low, and electrical power is slowly returning. But the quakes are just the latest natural disasters to cripple the U.S. commonwealth. Puerto Rico still is healing from the hit ...

Getaway appears to be inside job

When a former auto boss-turned-suspect does a Houdini act and vanishes from Japan, then mysteriously reappears in Lebanon, questions will be raised. So how did Carlos Ghosn, the former Renault-Nissan chief, pull off such an audacious escape from right under the noses of security agencies in ...

Time to jettison FISA court?

The FBI is reeling from the release last month of a report by Michael E. Horowitz, inspector general for the Department of Justice (DOJ). Horowitz found that the FBI, a DOJ subagency, did a shameful job in obtaining warrants to surveil Carter Page, a one-time aide to the 2016 campaign of ...

Fate of Trump’s ‘Space Force’

All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

Red states welcome refugees

Few places in the United States need fresh blood more than North Dakota, whose infinitesimal unemployment rate — it has more than three jobs available for every in-state applicant — reflects the state’s oil boom. That didn’t stop local officials in Burleigh County, which includes the ...

The Senate has a duty

Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to withhold the House articles of impeachment from the Senate, further trivializing a serious constitutional power and process. Senate Republicans seem content to play along while ridiculing her gambit, but they should take their own duties more seriously and hold ...

Both parties keep spending

Amid the theatrics of impeachment and opposition to impeachment, both parties took the time over the past two weeks to do what they always do: spend more, grow government, keep perpetual wars on autopilot and infringe on liberty. Over the past two decades, the United States has spent or ...

The Festival of Lights

Sunday night at sunset marks the beginning of Hanukkah. The first flame of the menorah will be lit and the eight-day celebration of the Festival of Lights begins. The Jewish celebration commemorates the retaking of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) some 22 ...

Eleventh-hour Santa Claus

When Dec. 20 rolls around and you haven’t even begun your shopping, you are officially an eleventh-hour Santa. Or, possibly, someone who doesn’t value his marriage. There are people, though, who wait until the last minute every year to do their Christmas shopping. They believe there ...

Anniversary of a hero’s death

It is hard to believe that today is the seventh anniversary of the passing of Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. As we’ve written previously, Inouye’s death marked the closing of the most important chapter of Hawaii’s life as a state to date. His quiet leadership built modern Hawaii. The war hero ...

The end of the Soviet Union

It is interesting to note with all the discussion about Russian interference in our elections and the concern about Russia’s continued aggression toward Ukraine, the communist juggernaut it descended from vanished almost three decades ago. In a quite unlikely scenario, the country dubbed ...

The birth of a nation

On Dec. 16, 1773, a bunch of American colonists staged a tea partyî in Boston Harbor to protest an act by the British parliament that would have given a virtual monopoly on the sale of tea in North America to the East India Co. According to history.com, the value of the tea dumped into the ...