This is the cynic’s finest hour

WASHINGTON — The presidency held by a cruel bigot. Many evangelical leaders parasitic on his power. The current and previous pope, along with a generation of bishops, implicated in the cover up of sexual abuse. Moral authority pulverized into dust.

Trump’s snub of McCain isn’t just indecent

Donald Trump’s petulant reaction to the death of John McCain could be analyzed only in terms of what it tells us about the president as a person. But the incident also reinforces some of the central themes of his presidency.

WHT editorial: Trump’s winning the media war

On Aug. 7, there was a typo in a headline of a front page story of West Hawaii Today. Unfortunate and embarrassing for sure, a “U” was accidentally added to the word “scorched.”

We knew who Trump was

WASHINGTON — The most frustrating aspect of the backlash against President Trump’s servility to Russian President Vladimir Putin is that nothing that happened last week in Helsinki should have surprised us.

Editorial: Middle children: An endangered species

Being a middle child is like being one of those presidents between Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt. Yeah, you made it, but does anyone really care? Anyone saddled with this fate had better get used to being overlooked and shortchanged.

Editorial: The IRS found a way to make ‘dark money’ spent on politics even darker

Under a perverse interpretation of federal law, tax-exempt nonprofit organizations supposedly devoted to “social welfare” can spend large amounts of money to influence elections without publicly disclosing the identities of their donors. But instead of cracking down on the use of “dark money” for political purposes, the Internal Revenue Service has decided to stop requiring these groups to reveal even to the government the sources of their funding.