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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…

Eureka! The Left Discovers Tenth Amendment

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
May 25, 2020

Amid the grim coronavirus news of death and unemployment, at least there is the comic relief of the left embracing the Tenth Amendment. Suddenly trendy is the provision of the Bill of Rights that “The powers not delegated to the United States by th…

America Enters a Jacques Rueff Moment

By JOHN MUELLER, Special to the Sun
May 20, 2020

Producer and consumer prices have fallen sharply, along with employment and consumption. The crude oil price briefly turned negative. But one price is up by more than one-third in the past year: gold. As President Trump charts his course back to…

Democrats Hope Trump Becomes Herbert Hoover

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 19, 2020

As the debate between those who want an unlimited lockdown and those who want to reopen America as quickly as possible becomes more clangorous every day, months of intensive study and sad experience with the coronavirus enable us to determine the best…

Why’s the Market More Optimistic Than the Experts?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
May 18, 2020

What accounts for the apparently dramatic mismatch between the stock market and the economy? Unemployment is the worst it has been since the Great Depression. Goldman Sachs says it could hit 25%. Gross domestic product could fall by 42.8%, according…

Democrats’ Bid To Topple Trump Owes To Post-Reagan Failures

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 13, 2020

As the unprecedented effort of the elders of the Democratic Party to use the Justice Department and intelligence services to manipulate and then undo a presidential election collapses, their response is a study in the corruption of unchallenged…

Amid Plague, Press Takes a Powder On Religious Liberty

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

A Worcester, Massachusetts, pastor, Kristopher Casey, will be punished with a $300 civil fine for convening more than 10 people at his Sunday church service. If he does it again, the fine will increase to $500, and he could face criminal charges…

As Lockdown Grows Political, Resistance Stirs in Rural Maine

By TOM McLAUGHLIN, Special to the Sun
May 5, 2020

Good will toward government is diminishing in Oxford County, Maine. There has always been healthy skepticism toward centralized authority during the 43 years I’ve been in residence, but it has grown over the last month of coronavirus shutdown. Whe…