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On One Big Issue Americans Unite: Press Has Failed

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
January 18, 2021

Concerned about deep political divisions ripping apart the United States? Relax — there’s at least one issue on which there’s an emerging consensus across the political spectrum. That is that the press has failed. President Trump, in his remarks on…

U.S. Set To Test How Much Ruin Nation Can Take

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
January 15, 2021

Assertions that 2020 was a crazy year are literally true. It is clear that we should never have listened to, or at least taken seriously, the advice of public-health experts to shut down the economy of the Western world in order to “flatten the…

Intra-Party Feud Of the Democrats Is the Key Battle

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
January 11, 2021

The Presidential Inaugural Committee recently announced “America United” as the inaugural theme. The “political divisions seeking to tear us apart” mentioned in the press release might seem at first glance to be those between Democrats and…

Georgia Runoffs Emerge as Test of Healthcare Issue

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

The January 5 runoff elections in Georgia that will determine control of the Senate are shaping up as a test of how the health care issue works politically for the Democrats. It’s not so much the coronavirus response that Democratic candidates are…

Why Trump Lost

Our columnist offers a menu

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

Extended vote-counting, protracted litigation, and President Trump’s reluctance to concede the 2020 presidential election have held the Republican Party back from the usual work of losers in a national election, which is self-examination. Part of this…

Trump Pardons In ‘Varsity Blues’ Look Tempting

So Suggests Our Pardon Handicapper, Who Also Eyes Larry Franklin, Martha Stewart

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
December 7, 2020

Early in the Trump administration I wrote a column with a list of suggestions for the president to exercise his pardon or clemency power. The names I mentioned were Michael Milken, Martha Stewart, Conrad Black, Dinesh D’Souza, I. Lewis “Scooter”…

Biden Era Brews As the Times Plumps for Socialism

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

Anyone under the illusion that Joe Biden’s victory over Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary had vanquished the threat of socialism from American shores can get a reality check by picking up the Sunday New York Times, which features…

How Odd That 44 States Voted Without Claims Of Skullduggery

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

The rising chorus of those demanding the finalization of Joe Biden’s election victory or merely deluging the president with sanctimonious claptrap about “affirming the system” and being a gentleman and practitioner of fair play and good sportsmanship…

Biden’s Job One: Join Congress To Fix Immigration

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
November 23, 2020

The announcement by the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index that Tesla Inc. would join the index of large U.S. stocks is the latest reminder of the importance of immigrants to America’s success. Tesla’s founder and chief executive, Elon Musk, is now the…

Biden Has a Path To a Successful Presidency

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
November 23, 2020

There is a pathway to significant success for a President Biden. It is hard to detect, given the questionable nature of his apparent election, fragmented party, likely inability to enact anything that he currently supports in the Congress, and the…

2020’s Epic Battle Will Carry Into The Coming Years

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
November 17, 2020

The tense and critical period of recounting and challenging the presidential election results in several states has brought to a climax the great struggle between the Trump phenomenon and the different constituent elements of the post-Reagan…

Unsatisfying Election Could Boomerang On Both Sides 

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

What an unsatisfying election. Opponents of President Trump were denied what they had long sought — a resounding rejection of Trump and Trumpism by the American electorate. Hoped-for Democratic gains in congressional contests, high-profile Senate…

Fate of the U.S. Could Be Bound To Biden-Sanders

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

While a large number of people throughout the world are celebrating what they believe is the end of the Trump phenomenon, the fact is this president, who has been so widely reviled as freakish, corrupt, accidental, illegitimate, and a virtually total…

Could Trump Conceivably Win In Year 2024?

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
November 10, 2020

The report that President Trump is already alerting advisers that he’s thinking about running again in 2024 might, or might not, be, as Axios suggests, the “clearest indication yet that Trump understands he has lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden.”…

Biden’s Great Secret: He Persisted

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

Some people are saving the Sunday, November 8, 2020, New York Times with the banner headline “Biden Beats Trump.” The one I am thinking of framing and putting up on the wall, though, is the front page of the Thursday, February 27, 2020 Times. That is…

Harris, in Video, Starts Showing Marxist Streak

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
November 2, 2020

Vice presidential candidates, like doctors in the Hippocratic Oath, are supposed to “do no harm.” Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, risks violating that traditional rule with an animated video narrated in her voice that she posted Sunday on social media. “There’s a big difference between equality and equity,” she says in the video.

Logic of Trump: Let Us Count The Reasons

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
October 28, 2020

It is a squeeze to reduce the number of logically indisputable reasons why President Trump should be reelected to a single column, but I will attempt it. Reelection is the only way of restoring the conditions that Mr. Trump created that eliminated…

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…