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Deadline approaching to have immigrant families reunited

WASHINGTON (AP) — This spring, the Trump administration began a “zero tolerance” policy to criminally prosecute anyone caught crossing the border illegally. Because children can’t be in jail with their parents, more than 2,300 families caught by Border Patrol were separated. The move ...

Supreme hysteria

WASHINGTON — If Chicken Little and Cassandra had a baby, they’d name him Jeffrey Toobin. Anyone watching CNN lately has probably heard Toobin’s prediction that if a conservative fills the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the departing Justice Anthony Kennedy, abortion is dead. No ...

Trump supporters unfairly compared to ‘cultists’

Bob Corker, the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee, recently compared supporters of President Trump to members of a cult. The Washington Post quoted Corker as saying: “It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? It’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like ...

Letters to Afghanistan

The echoes of crying children and spouses reverberated throughout the huge airplane hangar. This was the families’ final goodbye for their loved ones embarking on a journey with one mission: to keep all of us safe. During all of this, he hugged, cried, said his final goodbyes to her, and ...

Marking 30 years of ‘global warming’ panic

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the “global warming” (now known as “climate change”) panic. As noted by The Wall Street Journal, it was on June 23, 1988 that NASA scientist James E. Hansen testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources ...

‘Deepfake’ videos latest move in high-tech election deception

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hey, did my congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped? New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they’ve never said. Republicans and Democrats predict this ...

Roberts, right of Kennedy, is new center of Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is the Supreme Court's new man in the middle. It's just that the middle may have moved well to the right. The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy means Roberts probably will be the conservative justice closest to the court's four liberals, ...

For the first time, conservatives might thank God for Kennedy

WASHINGTON — As many conservatives saw it, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 1988 ascent to the nation’s highest bench was reason for only muted celebration, if any, because he settled into the seat that his nominator, President Ronald Reagan, had first tried to fill with the conservatives’ ...

Major issues await new Supreme Court justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Anthony Kennedy’s successor will have a chance over a likely decades-long career to tackle a host of big issues in the law and have a role in shaping the answers to them. Most court-watchers and interest groups are focused on abortion and whether a more ...

The Fourth Amendment enters the 21st century

WASHINGTON — Timothy Carpenter’s interest in smartphones has had two unintended consequences. It has drawn the Supreme Court deeper into ongoing debates about applying the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment to uses of digital technologies that have swiftly — the first iPhone was sold in ...

Gorsuch shows how much one vote matters on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Neil Gorsuch’s role in his first full term on the Supreme Court offers a striking illustration of the difference a single justice can make, and why both sides are gearing up for a titanic fight over replacing retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The term that roared ...

The crying-child Rorschach

WASHINGTON — Is there a psychiatrist in the house? Like so many Americans, this columnist longs for the voice of another, the great and good Charles Krauthammer, who died last week, leaving us mortals to plod through the darkness without the light of his reasoned guidance. A revered ...

Bigotry returns to Virginia

As a longtime resident of Virginia, I am well aware of its sordid history when it comes to slavery, racism and discrimination. I can still remember “colored only” restrooms, water fountains, poll taxes and African Americans forced to ride in the back of the bus. Virginia public schools in ...

Leak fight nixes Stormy Daniels meeting with Cohen investigators

Stormy Daniels’ planned meeting with investigators Monday in the federal probe of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney was abruptly canceled just hours before it was to start after an ugly, finger-pointing spat between prosecutors and the porn star’s lawyer over who tipped ...

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, setting off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officials are treated in public. Sanders was ...

How opponents feed Trump media machine

The time has come for Donald Trump’s critics to take a much-deserved vacation from all things Donald Trump. The media especially can use this time to work on dropping their compulsion to obsess on every lie, insult and provocation he crafts for their consumption. This invitation extends to ...

Conservative columnist, pundit Krauthammer dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from “Great Society” Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, has died at age 68. His death ...

Poll: Majority approve of Trump’s North Korea effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans now approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of U.S. relations with North Korea, a change that comes after his historic summit with that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. But most don’t believe Kim is serious about addressing the international ...

Can Libertarian Weld restore conservatism?

WASHINGTON — “This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the ...

Nielsen’s career likely forever linked to family border separations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fair or not, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will probably always be the face of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. The 46-year-old former Bush administration official this week became known as the Cabinet member who skewed the facts at a press ...