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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…

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…


Trump UN Envoy Cancels Visit To Free China

Bows To Impending Transition to Biden Administration

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 12, 2021

The State Department announced today the cancelation of international travel to all diplomats, citing the ongoing transition to the incoming Biden administration. Too bad, at least for friends of Free China. Hours earlier America’s ambassador to the…

Can Nigel Farage Reform the Tories After Brexit?

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
January 11, 2021

No one will accuse Nigel Farage of letting the grass grow under his feet. Now that the United Kingdom is free from subservience to the European Union, a fact of independence largely due to Mr. Farage, the leader of the Brexit movement is taking the…

In Fear of Iran, Arabs Bring Qatar In From the Cold

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 6, 2021

How can America top its success helping Arab countries make peace with Israel? Well, witness Tuesday’s Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh. Although details are murky, a new pact opens sea, land, and air borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar…

Why Does Israel Pace the Globe on Covid Vaccines?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
January 4, 2021

Why is Israel, of all countries, so far ahead of the rest in terms of getting its population vaccinated against Covid-19? As I write the University of Oxford’s “Our World in Data” chart shows Israel with a pace-setting 14 doses administered for each…

Israel’s Election Could Well Be Different for Bibi

A Challenge Gathers From Former Netanyahu Allies

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 24, 2020

This time it’ll be different. Like the last time. And the time before that. Like it or not, Israel is headed for yet another national election in March 2021, the fourth round in less than two years. Will this time end Benjamin Netanyahu’s reign as the…

Biden Embracing Obama’s Failure In Foreign Policy

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
December 22, 2020

As sane Americans reluctantly resign themselves to the approach of an unimaginable Joe Biden presidency, the unrelenting blitzkrieg of media Trump-hate is occasionally, but each week more frequently, punctured by glimmers of recognition of what the…

Moroccan Envoy Marks Hanukkah With Israel

A Bitter James Baker, Who Failed on the Western Sahara, Urges Biden To Rescind the Deal

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 18, 2020

As the Moroccan ambassador to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, lit candles Thursday alongside his Israeli counterpart, Gilad Erdan, some in Washington tsk-tsk’d about the Western Sahara. Like the Israeli-Palestinian territorial disputes, the fight…

Times Cry Out For Consensus On Foreign Policy

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
December 7, 2020

Those of us who remember the years before Vietnam remember when, in foreign policy matters, “partisanship ended at the water’s edge.” There wasn’t much foreign policy in the United States until a rending national debate over participating in the…

Biden Might Find U.N.’s Moved On After Obama Era

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 7, 2020

When members of Joe Biden’s incoming foreign policy team chant their mantra — policies will be anchored in “multilateralism” and based on respect for allies — their objects of desire are the United Nations and Western Europe. Or do I repeat myself? In…

Obama on Israel: Broken Promise, Full of Falsehoods

By DOV LIPMAN, Special to the Sun
November 30, 2020

I have never criticized former U.S. President Barack Obama publicly — neither during my time in the Knesset nor anywhere else — despite my having disagreed with many of his policies. I am of the strong opinion that Israelis should not engage in or…

Et Tu, Labor? UK Opposition Backs Deal With Europe

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
November 27, 2020

Is the fix in for Brino, as your correspondent likes to call Brexit in name only? Britons fervent for their nation’s independence from the European Union must give pause in the face of news that the Labor leader, Sir Keir Starmer, announces that his…

The First Brexit-Era Trade Deal: Hold the Champagne

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
November 24, 2020

Reports from London that the United Kingdom has secured a bilateral trade deal with Canada ought to bolster Brexiteer morale. Despite all of the setbacks of the last year toward finalizing an agreement with the European Union, surely this is a step in…

Message to Biden Via Saudi Parley: No Turning Back

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
November 23, 2020

How the story of today’s first known American-Israeli-Saudi summit was first reported is significant — and suggests that it was calculated to influence Vice President Biden and the foreign policy team he is preparing to put in place in Washington. The…

And Now ‘Brino’: Brexit In, Alas, Name Only

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
November 13, 2020

News from Downing Street tonight — that prime ministerial chief adviser Dominic Cummings has left Downing Street — alarms friends of British liberty. Mr. Cummings was the dynamo behind the “Vote Leave” campaign that saw Brexit triumph at the 2016…

Will Democrats Be Safe Party For Israel’s Friends?

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN, Special to the Sun
November 13, 2020

Not everybody in the Democratic Party is in love with “The Squad.” Even as they celebrated their apparent victory in the presidential election, some Democrats spent the days after the voting complaining about the role that Reps. Alexandria…

Trump’s ‘Bad Cop’ Sets Up Biden As ‘Good Cop’ On Iran Deal

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
November 12, 2020

If it turns out that Joe Biden is truly the president elect, one of the first things he might do is thank President Trump for planning new sanctions against Iran in the post-election period. Elliott Abrams, Mr. Trump’s envoy for Iran and Venezuela, is…

Brexit Diary: Mr. Barnier Gets Ahead of His Skis

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
October 26, 2020

Whatever else one might say about Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, he certainly has some brass. He’s reported by Breitbart London as asserting that the EU and the United Kingdom have a “common responsibility” to agree on a deal and…

Trump Foreign Policy Confounds the Old Guard

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN, Special to the Sun
October 22, 2020

President Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy has been subjected to harsh criticism since before he took office. His emphasis on criticizing past American interventions in foreign conflicts and his decision to employ the term “America First” to…


NYC at the Abyss: Use the Financial Control Board

By BETSY McCAUGHEY, Special to the Sun
October 13, 2020

New York is heading into a financial abyss. On October 1, Moody’s downgraded New York City general obligation debt for the first time since the Dinkins era, and warns that more downgrades may be ahead. Meantime, the De Blasio administration announced…

Weiss Resigns From the Times, ‘A Distant Galaxy’ Far From America

By Special to the Sun
July 14, 2020

Following is the text of the letter sent to the publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, from Bari Weiss, resigning from her column and editing duties on the paper’s opinion pages. Ms. Weiss had previously worked on the editorial page of th…

How a Black Swan Caught New York Flatfooted in 1914

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

It looks like the next round of congressional battles over restarting the economy will involve Federal aid to cities and states. While Speaker Pelosi and the Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, battle over money for the states, Mayor de Blasio is…

Legal Stars Ask New York To Protect Yeshivas

By NATHAN LEWIN, Special to the Sun
September 3, 2019

No academic cachet is more prized by America’s legal world than a Harvard Law degree. So it is hard to conceive that anyone who made it through Harvard’s rigorous training could object to a governmentally imposed standard prescribing the minim…

Did JFK Make Morgenthau A Conservative?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 23, 2019

Robert Morgenthau may have been one of a kind, but his story is emblematic of the best of America and of New York. The Times’s obituary, as that newspaper often did with Morgenthau, gets the story significantly wrong. The Times describes him as…

Podcast: A Special Moment

On the 10th anniversary of the Sun’s move to digital-only publication, Pia Catton Interviews Its Founders

September 25, 2018

Pia Catton: Welcome to The New York Sun anniversary podcast. I’m Pia Catton, and I will be moderating a discussion between the founders of The New York Sun, Seth Lipsky, editor of the paper, and Ira Stoll, former managing editor. It’s great to…

How the Sun Foreshadowed the Trump Era

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
September 25, 2018

For the world, this month marks the ten-year anniversary of the financial crisis. For me, though, the more personally significant anniversary is a related event — the end of print publication of the New York Sun, a daily newspaper of which I was…

‘Cuomo Doctrine’ May Get Test in Court

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
August 8, 2018

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s lawyers will be in federal court in Albany next month, when they’ll try to get a judge to dismiss the lawsuit against him by America’s largest civil-rights organization. The group is the National Rifle Association, which…

Democrats On the Spot Over Ocasio

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
July 18, 2018

What will Chuck Schumer do if he has to choose between the Democrats and Israel? The question begs for an answer with the rise of the party’s new “it” politician, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s the Democratic Socialist who toppled Joe Crowley in…

Super Sesquicentennial Shapes Up at Belmont For Justify and Bravazo

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
June 6, 2018

What a super sesquicentennial is shaping up for Saturday. That’s the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, where all eyes will be on Justify, the contender for the Triple Crown. Just don’t fall in love, I say. It’s true that Justify slopped through the…

Cuomo Threatens Suit Against the Feds On Immigration Battle

By BETSY McCAUGHEY, Special to the Sun
May 1, 2018

Governor Cuomo of New York is threatening to sue the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to stop its ongoing raids to detain illegal immigrants wanted for serious crimes like assault and rape. A staggering 80% of those apprehended in…

New York Compromise On Yeshiva Education Could Yet Be a Beacon

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
April 12, 2018

Whose education is more sound and basic? Is it the youngster who knows more math than Bible? Or is it the youth who knows more Bible than math? There are no doubt millions of Americans who, if forced to choose, would choose the Bible as more sound and…

‘Golden Handcuffs’ Could Replace ‘Golden Door’ Under Cuomo Scholarship

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
April 16, 2017

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” — but once you arrive in New York, don’t dare try moving somewhere else, or Governor Andrew Cuomo will be chasing you to take back your college scholarship money. Leave it…

How Governor Mario Cuomo Helped Change My Thinking On War and the Constitution

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
April 12, 2017

With war clouds scudding in the Middle East and Asia, I’m thinking of my late friend Attila the Hun . . . pardon me, Mario Cuomo. The ex-governor once took me to lunch for the sole purpose of lecturing me on war. Before we fight, Cuomo wanted Congress…

How a Girl Named Masha — And Her Mother Zelda — Changed History’s Course

By SETH LIPSKY, Special to the Sun
April 5, 2017

Originally my plan today was a column about the meeting between President Trump and China's communist party boss Xi Jinping. Then came word of the death early this morning of Masha Leon. She was for decades the gossip columnist of the Jewish Forward…

Why Not Hire Bharara To Investigate Iran For Cheating on A-Bombs

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 13, 2017

What should Preet Bharara do next? Life, especially public life, is full of second acts. A previous U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who was unpopular in certain circles for overreaching in white-collar criminal cases against Wall…

Feds Pursuit of de Blasio Turns New York Mayor Into Sympathetic Figure

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 6, 2017

The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, is a tax-and-spend bleeding-heart liberal who ordinarily would be way down on the list of people that this center-right columnist would want to spend any time defending. So give the Obama-Trump-Schumer U.S…

How the Chelsea Bombing Vindicates Ray Kelly And Spies of the NYPD

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
September 21, 2016

Just as authorities are scrambling after the terror bombings in Chelsea and across the river, settlement talks are coming to a head in the lawsuit over whether the NYPD can keep tabs on Muslim communities in New Jersey. That’s where the accused…