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Why Has the 2020 Election Become So Bitter? 

By R. EMMETT TYRRELL, Jr., Special to the Sun
September 16, 2020

The election of 2020 is well underway. President Donald Trump is probably overhead if you scan the skies long enough. Vice President has left his basement and returns to its comforts only occasionally. This campaign is heating up. What can we expect?…

Trump-Biden Battle Puts Constitution To A Torrid Test

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
September 16, 2020

In the torrid final weeks of the long presidential campaign, the unique confluence of legal, procedural, and constitutional initiatives to alter the electoral process has been publicly glimpsed only occasionally. These are all activities undertaken by…

ACLU Turns Political, Backing Biden Campaign

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
September 15, 2020

Direct mail gets less attention than television commercials or campaign events. Yet it is a battleground in the presidential race, as the campaigns and their proxies communicate privately with voters. Take a recent mailing from the American Civil…

Democrats Descend To Appalling State Of Incivility

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

Seven weeks from the 2020 election, American politics have reached such an appalling state of incivility that there is no precedent for it in American presidential history. Of course, there was terrible acrimony between Jefferson and Hamilton, and by…

‘Exit, Stage Left’ Could Be Trump’s Parting Headline

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
September 9, 2020

“Exit, Stage Left” was the memorably apt cover line on the January 2009 issue of Reason magazine, over a picture of George W. Bush, whose party had just been defeated by Barack Obama and the Democrats after Mr. Bush turned an economic downturn into a…

Democrats Hit Rock Bottom On Election Tactics

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
September 8, 2020

In terms of political ethics and tactics, the Democrats have hit rock bottom. The Atlantic has worked hard to become a third-rate New Yorker in terms both of literary quality and the vitriol of its hatred for President Trump; the magazine has probably…

GOP Has Forced the Democrats Onto New Course

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
August 29, 2020

The Republicans have now forced the Democrats to change course and tactics, shed their narcissistic complacency, and recognize that they are in the fight of their lives. When the history of this astonishing political year is written, there will be…

What If Trump Wins and the Left Rejects the Result?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
August 31, 2020

If you think urban rioting, looting, or “peaceful protesting” is disruptive now, imagine how much worse it may get if President Trump wins a narrow re-election victory. In 2016, Trump lost the popular vote by two million or three million but won…

GOP Sparkles After the Gloom Of the Democrats

First Lady Manages To Hush CNN

By CONRAD BLACK, From the Hill
August 27, 2020

After just two days of the Republicans’ national convention, the Biden-Democratic house of cards began to collapse. In place of the gloom of the Wagnerian sorceresses that oppressed watchers of the Democratic convention last week, Republicans produced a crisp, lively procession of very articulate women and African Americans, in particular, who swaddled themselves in the usual patriotic exultations; by their demeanor and the content of their remarks, they have spiked the Democratic effort to portray the Trump Republican Party as a wretched ragtag of bigots and quasi-fascists. 

Post Office Plot Emerges as Fake Election Crisis

By BETSY McCAUGHEY, Special to the Sun
August 27, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently warned that “dangerous new policies” made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who took the top job at the United States Postal Service in June, will prevent mail-in ballots from being counted. Sen. Chuck Schumer has…

Please Politicize Dept. of State, Other Agencies

It Is the Constitutional Thing To Do

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
August 26, 2020

The latest line of attack against President Trump is that he’s inserting politics into government matters. This has come up on at least two fronts recently — Secretary of State Pompeo’s speech to the Republican National Convention, and the Food and…

‘Stench of Mendacity’ Hangs Over Parley Of the Democrats

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

The opening two nights of the Democratic national convention this week produced the greatest deluge of monstrous political falsehoods in any two evenings of American television history. The champion mythmaker was the venerable Senator Bernie Sanders…

Can Fed’s Powell Manage To Run Subways of NYC?

It looks like we’re about to find out

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
August 20, 2020

Emergency Federal Reserve actions don’t always repeat — but they certainly rhyme. Back in April I highlighted in this space that New York City was waiting in line during the pandemic to receive whatever assistance it might cajole from the Feder…

Election Emerges As Titanic Battle Of Press v. Trump

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
August 18, 2020

Each week in the inexorable march to Election Day, it becomes more challenging to believe how the campaign is unfolding and to rationalize it as a serious process for choosing the leader of the world’s greatest nation. After some reflection, i…

No Wonder Harris Exclaimed ‘Thank You, Ford Foundation’

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
August 17, 2020

If the Democrats win the presidential election, at least one $14 billion fortune can breathe a sigh of relief. That sum is the endowment, roughly speaking, of the Ford Foundation, which took a fortune bequeathed by the automobile barons and used it…

Despite Constant Libel of Trump, I Trust the People

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
August 14, 2020

The appointment of Senator Harris as Democratic candidate for vice president is a suitable final step in the increasingly goofy Joe Biden campaign, prior to next week’s virtual Democratic convention. She was a catastrophic candidate for th…

Biden & Sanders Sully the Name Of Franklin Roosevelt

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
August 11, 2020

This has been a year of such astonishing and unforeseeable events that it seems to be taking some time for the full impact of what has tumbled onto the daily and political life of the United States to be assimilated. The year has been building…

How Legacy Players Are Changing Lineup In Big League Ball

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
August 10, 2020

A fact from the world of sports with public policy implications: The Toronto Blue Jays have been starting an infield in which all four players are the sons of major league baseball players. The Blue Jays first baseman, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., is the…