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Why Is the World Riveted by Trump Re-election Race?

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
October 20, 2020

For anyone with any perspective on American elections, it is clear that the polls do not entitle us to predict with any confidence the outcome of the current campaign. Many of the polls included in the average of polls on aggregator sites are really…

Scoop in Portland: Remington, Homer Shining Online

By JOEL BABB, Special to the Sun
October 19, 2020

Those of us who love art wonder whether we will ever again be able to spend a day in an art museum letting the imagination roam through worlds opened by great paintings. Museums closed for months to guard against the coronavirus are now opening but…

Unlike Biden, FDR Did Not Play Coy on Court Plan

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

One of the many absurd aspects of the current presidential campaign is the refusal of the Democratic nominees for national office to state whether they would attempt to increase the size of the Supreme Court by adding ideologically amenable members to…

Why Has Trump Found Himself in An Uphill Fight?

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

The election campaign, now finally approaching its climax, will long be studied because of the paradoxical reactions of American public opinion to an astonishing series of events and revelations. It is now clear from intelligence declassifications…

Biden Plagiarism Involved More Than the Words

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
October 12, 2020

Thanks are owed to Vice President Pence for, at the outset of his debate with Senator Kamala Harris, making reference to “plagiarism, which is something Joe Biden knows a little bit about.” The lead front-page New York Times news article about the…

Biden Emerges as a Country-Club Snob, Hypocrite

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
October 5, 2020

Of all the possible criticisms for Vice President Biden to lob at President Trump in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign, the Democrat has settled on the complaint that the admissions policies at Mr. Trump’s country clubs are too restrictive. “He’s the same guy who lets you earn a couple bucks parking cars at his country club, but even if you had the money, he wouldn’t allow you to join,” Mr. Biden complained about Mr. Trump during a September 30 campaign appearance in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Who Dog-Whistled Whom In the Battle of Cleveland?

By JONATHAN TOBIN, Special to the Sun
October 1, 2020

He did it again. When presented at the first presidential debate of 2020 with another opportunity to make a straightforward condemnation of white supremacists, he refused. Or at least that’s what many headlines screamed the next morning after the…

Kennedy, Nixon It Wasn’t, But Trump Can Up His Game

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

There was no clear winner in Tuesday’s presidential debate and the country was the loser. President Trump could have won decisively if he had just followed Napoleon’s famous advice not to “interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” The…

Guess How the Times Knows So Much About Tax Losses Trump Uses

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
September 30, 2020

The New York Times’ investigation of President Trump says the president used big tax losses in some years to avoid paying taxes in others, that he invested some of his profits into money-losing businesses, and that Mr. Trump paid his daughter as “a…

Democrats Emerging As Heirs To Know-Nothing Party

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

The Democrats have essentially given up on blocking the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. This does not imply, however, that they will fail to turn her hearings into a nasty farce of smears of the nominee as an adherent to…

Ocasio-Cortez’s Snub of Rabin Event Is Harbinger of Democrats

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
September 26, 2020

Miss Ocasio-Cortez regrets she’s unable to PeaceNow today. Evoking Cole Porter’s “Miss Otis Regrets,” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just let it be known that she will be a no-show at the event at which Americans for Peace Now will commemorate…

Court-Packing 101: What Would FDR Himself Do?

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
September 21, 2020

What would FDR do? That’s what we’re thinking as the battle over a nomination to replace Justice Ginsburg engulfs the Senate. President Franklin Roosevelt was the last president to get so irked at the nation’s highest court that he tried to pack it…

Biden Attacks Park Avenue While Raising Money There

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
September 21, 2020

Vice President Biden says he views “this campaign as a campaign between Scranton and Park Avenue.” It’s comical on a variety of levels, the most stunning of which is that, while bashing Park Avenue on the campaign trail, Mr. Biden’s been busy raising…

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…