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  • Is This How Europe Ends? - 3/10/2020

    "Fortress Europe is an illusion." So declares the Financial Times in the closing line of its Saturday editorial: "Europe Cannot Ignore Syrian Migrant Crisis." The FT undertakes to instruct the Old Continent on what its duty is and what its future holds: "The EU will face flows of migrants and asylum seekers across the Mediterranean for decades to come." Can Europe not repel this unwanted home invasion from the Global South?

  • Will Joe Kick It Away Again? - 3/6/2020

    A week ago, the candidacy of Joe Biden was at death's door. On a taping of "The McLaughlin Group," this writer suggested it might be time to "call the rectory" and have the monsignor come render last rites. Today, Biden's candidacy is not only alive. He is first in votes, victories, and delegates, and is favored to win the nomination and, by most polls, to defeat Donald Trump in November.

  • Two Ways of Changing Our Minds About History - 3/4/2020

    For more than 60 years, I’ve been interested in both the historical past and in how historical interpretations are created. I’ve also written a great deal on both subjects, but particularly on how public and scholarly opinions about past events and personalities change, and why they change. I believe there are two routes through which historical interpretations change over time: a natural, methodological path or an ideological one. The first is similar to the process used in the hard sciences.

  • Trump in India - 3/2/2020

    President Donald Trump’s first official visit to India produced all the right optics for him and his host, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tens of thousands of flag-waving Indians lined the streets, and well over 100,000 came to the cricket stadium in Ahmedabad to hear Trump speak.

  • Coronavirus Crisis Is Trump's Time to Lead - 2/28/2020

    Not until well into the Democratic debate Tuesday night did the COVID-19 coronavirus come up, and it was Mike Bloomberg, not a CBS moderator, who raised it: "The president fired the pandemic specialist in this country two years ago," the former New York mayor said. "There's nobody here to figure out what the hell we should be doing. And he's defunded the CDC."

  • Will JFK's Party Become Sanders' Party? - 2/25/2020

    Sen. Bernie Sanders may be on the cusp of both capturing the Democratic nomination and transforming his party as dramatically as President Donald Trump captured and remade the Republican Party. After his sweep of the Nevada caucuses, following popular vote victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders has the enthusiasm and the momentum, as the crucial battles loom in South Carolina on Saturday and Super Tuesday on March 3. The next eight days could decide it all.

  • Was the Debate Beatdown Fatal for Mayor Mike? - 2/21/2020

    Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Mayor Mike Bloomberg learned what it is like to be thrown up against a wall and frisked. At the opening of the Democratic debate, his first, Mayor Mike was greeted by his nearest neighbor on stage, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, with this warm welcome: "We're running against ... a billionaire who calls women 'fat broads' and 'horse-faced lesbians.' And, no, I'm not talking about Donald Trump. I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg."

  • Scouting and Sin - 2/19/2020

    The Case Against the Boy Scouts [This article first appeared in the January 1992 issue of Chronicles.] The Boy Scouts of America have recently been accused of sins against Democracy, in the form of discrimination against atheists, homosexuals, and women. Four recent lawsuits have challenged the organizational prerogatives of the Scouts. The families of nine-year-old twins Michael and William Randall of Anaheim, California, and eight-year-old Mark Welsh of Chicago are suing…
  • If Duterte Wants Us Out, Let's Go - 2/18/2020

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has just given us notice he will be terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement that governs U.S. military personnel in the islands. His notification starts the clock running on a six-month deadline. If no new agreement is negotiated, the VFA is dissolved. What triggered the decision?

  • The Warren Rule, Part Two: The Pushback to Ending Racial Preferences - 2/17/2020

    Last week I wrote about the first stage in my proposed plan to end racial preferences in the U.S. university system by using the ready availability of genetic testing services, such as 23andMe and others, to broaden the definitions of multicultural identity to the point where these distinctions become meaningless. I’ve named it “The Warren Rule,” in honor of the Massachusetts senator who identified as Native American despite having a genetic link to the continent’s original inhabitants of…

  • An Establishment in Panic - 2/14/2020

    From the day he entered the race, Joe Biden was the great hope of the Democratic establishment to spare them from the horrifying prospect of a 2020 race between The Donald and Bernie Sanders. Today, that same establishment wants Joe out of the race. Why has Biden suddenly become an albatross?

  • How Tall Is Michael Bloomberg, Really? - 2/13/2020

    He's 5'5", or I'll eat my hat. President Donald Trump has recently mocked Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg as “a 5’4” mass of dead energy.” Immediately, the mainstream press and tech companies were out playing defense for the diminutive billionaire founder of Bloomberg LLC and former mayor of New York City. A National Public Radio host in a blasé tone rebuffed this as another one of the President’s lies this morning, stating that Bloomberg was…

  • Trump's 'Deal of the Century,' Part Two: The Disagreeable Agreement - 2/13/2020

    Part Two: The Disagreeable Agreement Establishing the Palestinians’ significant culpability for the lack of progress nevertheless does not mean that the Israelis should be encouraged to create territorial faits accomplis which cannot be tenable in the long run. Let us look once again at the map attached to the Trump Peace Plan.

  • Trump's 'Deal of the Century,' Part One: The Plan - 2/12/2020

    Part One: The Plan The conflict in the Holy Land is older than any mainstream media pundit of note. Most of them have spewed ill-informed drivel on President Donald Trump’s plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace because they are ignorant of geography or history. They talk of “Jerusalem,” but don’t know the difference between the Jerusalem Municipality and the city of Jerusalem.

  • Long Before Trump, We Were a Divided People - 2/11/2020

    In a way, Donald Trump might be called The Great Uniter. Bear with me…