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Polls Predicting Biden Will Win In a Walk Are Out of Focus

By SAUL ROSENBERG, Special to the Sun
August 5, 2020

Current polls suggest that Vice President Biden will win the presidential election walking away. Perhaps that explains the chorus of Democrats and their media myrmidons denouncing President Trump’s refusal to leave the White House as if it wer…

Sanders’ Ideas Are On the March Among Democrats

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 27, 2020

To judge by the increasing volume and frequency of attacks on capitalism, it looks like the real winner of the Democratic primary campaign was the socialist senator, Bernie Sanders. Mr. Sanders has not received the presidential nomination, but his…

Election Turns On Five Questions, Such as Marxism

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
July 25, 2020

The presidential election result is now down to five questions. Can the President override the Democratic press’s thunderous campaign to terrorize the country over the coronavirus? Can the president successfully connect Vice President Biden’s campai…

Election Shapes Up As a Major Test Of U.S. Press

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
July 21, 2020

Almost all observers of the current presidential election campaign, regardless of their leanings, recognize that the national political press is overwhelmingly hostile to the president. The results of this election will determine whether their…

If Biden Wins, He May Discover Trumpism Abides

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 20, 2020

Anyone hoping that electing Vice President Biden president is going to turn America’s clock magically back to the end of the Obama administration is in for an unpleasant surprise. Even if President Trump loses his re-election campaign, Trumpism i…

Illiberal Liberals’ Letter to Harper’s To Live in Fatuity

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
July 15, 2020

The recent letter “on justice and open debate,” published in Harper’s magazine on July 7 and signed by some 150 self-nominated intellectuals, will stand as one of the conspicuous fatuities of this intense American election year. The intellectu…

25 Years Later Calls for Reforms Echo on Policing

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 13, 2020

Twenty-five years ago, the Los Angeles Times published a two-part investigative series I wrote about fatal shootings by police in Ventura County. The first article quoted both grieving relatives and police officers who themselves were traumatized…

Press Now Plumbs Its Own Depths Of Depravity

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
July 9, 2020

There has never been a presidential campaign in the United States where the administration was so massively opposed by the principal press outlets as in this election. Nor, in at least a century, have the national political media so widely and…

Trump and Biden Will Be Defined By Their Enemies

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 6, 2020

In politics, it helps to have an enemy. The Soviet Union served that function for American presidents of both parties during the Cold War. Radical Islamic terrorism and al Qaeda played the role for George W. Bush, ISIS and illegal immigrants for…

Silent Majority, Ignored by Biden, Readies Backlash

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
June 30, 2020

The current speculation about a likely Joe Biden victory in the November presidential election ignores a number of extraordinary factors. Since the speculation is in the press and the press is overwhelmingly hostile to President Trump, there is a…

Princeton’s Purge Of Wilson Follows A Change of Heart

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
June 28, 2020

Call it a case of academic double jeopardy. Princeton University’s decision to purge the name of Woodrow Wilson from its school of public affairs follows a decision only four years ago to keep the name. That was in 2016, when Princeton’s trustee…

If Fear Can Strike At University of Chicago, Imagine The Rest of Academia

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
June 22, 2020

In a 2017 New York Times column headlined “America’s Best University President,” Bret Stephens praised Robert Zimmer of the University of Chicago as a defender of free speech. The column quoted speeches and letters from Zimmer and other University…

Rice Is Emerging As a Logical Pick For Biden’s Veep

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
June 16, 2020

Susan Rice is a Rhodes scholar, a graduate of Beauvoir and the National Cathedral School, the daughter of a Federal Reserve governor, a protégé of Madeleine Albright and of Anthony Lake. In 2012 the Washington Post reported her family’s wealth at $20 million. She’s also the great-granddaughter of a slave and granddaughter of a janitor. Ms. Rice, who served as national security adviser and as ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, embodies a story of upward mobility — an America full of possibility, where people aren’t trapped by their race or family backgrounds.

How a Dog Named Maya Won the Heart of Dyed-in-the-Wool Cat Lover

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
June 5, 2020

This is about a terribly sad event in our home. The senior of my wife’s two magnificent dogs, Kuvaszok, Maya, has died. They are a large (80-125 pound) all-white Hungarian breed, originally mountain livestock guardians, somewhat wolfish in thei…

Trump’s Plan To Trim Platform Could Emerge As New Contract With America

By ADELE MALPASS, Special to the Sun
June 1, 2020

President Trump’s plan to distill the Republican platform to its essential principles may be opposed by some conservatives. By no means all of them, though. Count me as one former Republican county chairman and a member of a past platform committe…

Biden Could Win If He Keeps on Echoing Trump

That, However, Is a Big If

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
June 1, 2020

On three important issues recently in the news, Vice President Biden is sounding a lot like Donald Trump. The hottest one is the violent protests or riots triggered by the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. The politically…

‘Mrs. America’ Framed by Two Anniversaries

Suffrage Is Set for Its Double Jubilee as Quest for ERA Turns 50

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
May 28, 2020

This summer will mark two anniversaries in the women’s rights movement. August 18 will mark 100 years since the 19th Amendment, granting women suffrage, was finally ratified by three-quarters of the state legislatures and became part of the suprem…

Before Election, Voters Deserve Full Answers On Obama, Biden

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 26, 2020

The President was perfectly accurate, and for once insusceptible to questions about his good faith, when he expressed surprise at Attorney General Barr’s comment last week that former president Obama and former vice president Biden, “based on t…