WASHINGTON Presidential aspirant Beto ORourke, thrashing about in an attempt to be noticed, says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. ORourkes suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warrens plan to tax the excessive exercise of a First Amendment right, and the NBAs painful lesson about the perils of moral grandstanding illustrate how progressivism has become a compound of self-satisfied moral preening and a thirst for coercion.
WASHINGTON Beto ORourke, innovative for interpreting a failed Senate campaign as a steppingstone to the presidency, is now famous for (1) his use of profanity on the campaign trail, (2) his pledge that hell, yes he wants to confiscate AR-15s and (3) his proposal to tax religious institutions that dont approve of gay marriage.
Twice near the start of the last Democratic presidential debate, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News tried to pin Elizabeth Warren down on whether her vision for Medicare for All would require a middle-class tax increase. Twice she didnt answer him. It was the perfect opening for one of the other contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination to charge her with evasiveness and force her to reckon fully with the costs of her ambitious plans and the profound difficulty of enacting them.
Donald Trump, an ongoing eruption of self-refuting statements (Im a very stable genius with a very good brain), is adding self-impeachment to his repertoire.
WASHINGTON The judge took 130 pages to explain that Harvards holistic review admissions policies which include ascribing particular attributes to certain ethnicities, such as Asian Americans, and assessing the value to Harvard of those attributes are, considering 41 years of Supreme Court precedents, permissibly race-conscious.
The rhetorical intensity of Donald Trumps anti-impeachment campaign, measured on a scale of one to 10, has begun at 11.25. The whistleblower is almost a spy who may be guilty of treason. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., should be arrested for treason. Both are part of a COUP which if successful could provoke a civil war.
If you like your politics orderly and by the numbers, and if you cant stand having to come to terms with people of very different views and backgrounds, heres a piece of advice: Dont bother being a Democrat.
In one presidential scandal, an anonymous government official dubbed Deep Throat provided the crucial information that helped break the case. In the other, its an anonymous government whistleblower.
In 1973, as a student journalist, I stood against the back wall of the ornate Senate Caucus Room and scribbled notes as the Senate Watergate Committee held hearings on the tangled misdeeds of President Nixon.
There are observers, including critics of President Donald Trump, who are skeptical of the push for impeachment. Not because he hasnt earned the contempt and sanction of Congress, but because the politics are too risky. Will the public support an impeachment investigation in an election year, or will it turn away in disgust over dysfunction in Washington? Does Trump, who thrives on attention and chaos, want impeachment? Does he want his opponents to devote their time and energy to something that can only divide and polarize the public?
If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth Make Earth Great Again! would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets?
WASHINGTON Every good story needs a hero, and the saga of Brett Kavanaughs rise to the Supreme Court has provided one: Leland Keyser.
WASHINGTON In the Trump era, a columnist risks appearing like the boy (or girl) who cried wolf. Time and time again, we say this scandal is the big one.
The genius of Barack Obama lay in the fact that Americans looked at him and could believe in almost anything. The left of the Democratic Party saw the revolutionary incarnation of hope, the promise of sweeping social change, and, in a black president, the overturning of Americas original sin. The center saw a measured product of Harvard Law School, a prudent reformer, a man of mixed identity and the middle ground.
TAIPEI, Taiwan What happens on Hong Kong Island does not stay there. The ongoing tsunami of discontent washes over this island, which, like Hong Kong, is navigating the choppy waters of relations with the same large and menacing mainland neighbor. This nation which is such psychologically, if not in diplomatic nomenclature has a presidential election in January that seems certain to be influenced by alarm about Hong Kongs current unhappy experience with the legalistic fudge of one country, two systems, which the incumbent president, Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwans first female president, rejects.