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Awakening From a National Nightmare – the Sequel

Lou Cannon - December 1, 2020


The new president promised to be “president of all the people” and to consult the views of all Americans. “We cannot stand still or go backwards,” he said. “We must go forward together.” Much of what this president said, including a pledge to work with U.S. allies in the cause of peace, foreshadowed Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s remarks on Nov. 7 after learning he had been elected president of the United States: “I’ll work with all my heart, with the confidence of the whole people, to win the confidence of all of you,” Biden said....

Pass PPP as a Small-Business Bridge to Post-Vaccine Future

Alfredo Ortiz - December 1, 2020


COVID-19 vaccinations set to begin later this month are nothing short of a Christmas miracle. They are a product of American ingenuity and capitalism, with a boost from the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed. Yet small businesses, the heart of American capitalism, are currently on life support. As COVID cases skyrocket and state and local officials enact new restrictions to try to slow the infection rate, small-business employers face a dramatic reduction in revenues. For many firms, it's "March all over again." The finish line in this hellish pandemic marathon is finally in sight....

Has Bibi Boxed Biden in on Iran?

Patrick Buchanan - December 1, 2020


If Israel, as is universally believed and has not been denied, was behind the assassination of Iran's leading nuclear scientist, questions arise:  Why would the Israelis kill him? And why would they do it now? The scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, it is conceded, was a leader in Iran's nuclear bomb program, but that program was disbanded in 2003. Under George W. Bush, in 2007, all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies declared with "high confidence" that Iran no longer had a bomb program. Four years later, the same intel agencies affirmed that finding. Since 2015, Iran's nuclear facilities, under...

The Israelis Are Amazing -- and So Is the Left

Dennis Prager - December 1, 2020


I always thought no one -- including Israel -- could pull off something as incredible as the July 4, 1976, raid on Entebbe, Uganda. To remind readers what happened that day: A week earlier, on June 27, two Palestinian and two German terrorists hijacked an Air France Tel Aviv to Paris flight with 248 passengers on board, which they diverted to Entebbe Airport in Uganda. At the airport, the hijackers and four additional terrorists, aided by Uganda's Idi Amin regime, held the Israeli and other Jews, and allowed the 148 non-Jewish passengers to fly on to Paris. The terrorists announced that...


Who Will Recall These Strange Times?

Froma Harrop - December 1, 2020


Decades from now, today's young will be sharing vivid memories of the pandemic of 2020. They will tell grandchildren what it was like seeing grown-ups go about their daily business in face masks. They may recall closed schools and teachers reaching them through a videoconferencing application then known as Zoom. Some storytellers may marvel at those who refused to protect themselves and suffered death or lasting physical damage as a result -- or who exposed loved ones to the same. And they may recall the president as a bizarre figure who kept downplaying a disease that took hundreds of...

Bad News for Progressives: It's Still a Conservative Country

Stephen Moore - December 1, 2020


It's not exactly clear how it happened. No one expected it, least of all the media and pollsters. But that promised big blue wave of Democratic victories across the country turned instead into a red tidal wave from coast to coast. Most progressive ballot issues in the states -- from tax increases to racial preferences -- also came crashing down. A big reason for this turnaround in the election was the massive turnout for President Donald Trump on Election Day. The irony is that Trump's coattails pulled hundreds of Republicans over the goal line -- but they didn't save him from a razor-tight...

Wisconsin, Arizona Certify Biden Wins in Presidential Vote

Terry Tang - December 1, 2020


Two battleground states, Wisconsin and Arizona, certified their presidential election results in favor of Joe Biden, even as President Donald Trump’s legal team continued to dispute the results. Biden’s victory in Wisconsin was certified Monday following a partial recount that only added to his 20,600-vote margin over Trump, who has promised to file a lawsuit seeking to undo the results. Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, signed a certificate that completed the process after the canvass report showing Biden as the winner following the recount was approved by the chairwoman of the...

Echoes of 1974; Women in Charge; Dark December

Carl M. Cannon - December 1, 2020

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. On this date in 1941, Americans awoke with the expectation that they had a reasonable chance of escaping the war inexorably engulfing so much of the world. By the end of that fateful day, U.S. citizens paying attention to the news sensed that this hope was rapidly fading. Today is also the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 State of the Union address. It came 10 weeks after Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation and less than three weeks after the midterm congressional elections revealed voters’ ambivalence toward that...


Supreme Court Hears Trump Admin Plan to Exclude Illegal Immigrants From Census

Mark Sherman - December 1, 2020


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded skeptical Monday that President Donald Trump could categorically exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count used to allot seats among the states in the House of Representatives. But it also appeared possible that the justices could avoid a final ruling on the issue until they know how broadly the Trump administration acts in its final days in office and whether the division of House seats is affected. No president has tried to do what Trump outlined in a memo in July — remove millions of noncitizens from the...

Biden Names Economic Team With Yellen at Treasury, Tanden at OMB

Aamer Madhani - December 1, 2020


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — With unemployment still high and the pandemic threatening yet another economic slump, President-elect Joe Biden is assembling a team of liberal advisers who have long focused on the nation’s workers and government efforts to address economic inequality. Janet Yellen, announced Monday as Biden’s nominee for treasury secretary, served as chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018, when she placed a greater emphasis than previous Fed chairs on maximizing employment and less focus on price inflation. Biden also named Cecilia Rouse...

Why Millions Don't Believe Trump Lost

Frank Miele - November 30, 2020


The allegations of election fraud that have divided the country in the weeks since Nov. 3, and the dismissal of them by the establishment as “conspiracy theories,” remind me of another November day 57 years ago. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, was officially assigned to the hand of Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine who had defected to the Soviet Union several years earlier and then returned to the United States with his Russian bride and their newborn daughter. Of course, Oswald was never convicted of the assassination because he was himself...

Biden Looks To Fill Out Economic Team With Diverse Picks

Aamer Madhani - November 30, 2020


President-elect Joe Biden is expected in the coming days to name several of his most senior economic advisers, a group that includes several liberal economists and policy specialists who established their credentials during the previous two Democratic administrations. Biden, who has placed a premium on diversity in his selection of Cabinet nominees and key advisers, is looking to notch at least a few firsts with his economic team selections. The Biden campaign has not yet announced the picks, but these are some of the individuals he’s expected to select to high-profile positions on...


Unlikely Coalition; Defying Belief; Comet's Tale

Carl M. Cannon - November 30, 2020

Good morning, it’s Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. On this date 185 years ago, as Halley’s comet induced Americans to look skyward in awe, Mark Twain was born in the Missouri town of Florida, a small farming village on the banks of the Salt River. The men who built it envisioned a prosperous trading center, but their hopes were dashed by basic geography: When I said the town was on the banks of the Salt River, a more precise way to say it is that Florida was constructed at the confluence of all three forks of the Salt River, which meant that it was prone to severe flooding. When the future...

Biden's Female PR Team? Other Presidents Blazed That Trail

Mark Weinberg - November 30, 2020


Predictably, but unfortunately, the announcement from the Biden-Harris transition office that an all-female team would lead communications for the incoming president and vice president was considered news and praised for its supposedly historic significance.    It is a sad commentary that we still pay attention to the gender of people who occupy senior positions in the federal government.    Truth be told, Joe Biden will not be the first president to have a female serve as his chief spokesperson. That distinction goes to Bill Clinton, who appointed the widely...

Remote Learning in Public Schools Is Widening the Achievement Gap

Debra Saunders - November 29, 2020


WASHINGTON -- "You don't just have a partner in the White House," former Vice President Joe Biden told the National Education Association as he campaigned for the White House in July, "you'll have an NEA member in the White House." That remark -- a reference to the president-elect's wife, educator Jill Biden -- should chill the hearts of American parents who believe education is essential and cannot be replicated outside the classroom. As the coronavirus spread fear among the country's elected class, the NEA and American Federation of Teachers latched onto mass school closures. Even now that...

The Pope vs. President Trump

Bill O'Reilly - November 29, 2020


Pope Francis is a good man. At least I think so. He’s seriously interested in alleviating suffering and corruption around the world and uses his influence to do that. His ultimate boss must be very pleased. Jesus the Nazarene was a compassionate, practical guy who looked at the cold world with a realistic weariness. “The poor will always be with us,” he told his followers. With precision, Jesus spoke of ambition and achievement in his parable of the three workers given investment capital by their employer. The man who did nothing with that opportunity was scolded in the...


New Conservative Coalition Is a Foundational Shift

Kevin Roberts - November 28, 2020


Democrats are scrambling to explain away the inroads Republicans have made with minorities, as evidenced in the November election results. Instead of listening to the concerns of the Black and Hispanic voters who voted for President Trump — after years of being assured that Trump is one of the “most racist presidents” in history — Democrats are instead blaming them. “Some Democrats argue that the support for Mr. Trump is an example of machismo culture, venerating traditional gender roles and a kind of hyper-masculinity,” the New York Times reported. But...

'Boy Scout' Governor; Fighting Fraud; Quote of the Week

Carl M. Cannon - November 27, 2020

Good morning, it’s Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, the day of the week I relate a quote meant to be inspirational or thought-provoking. Today is also the day after Thanksgiving during a year when it has been difficult to even see our nation’s blessings, let alone thank a higher power for them, which is what Abraham Lincoln urged Americans do when he designated the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” Think about that for a moment. Lincoln’s proclamation was issued on Oct. 3, 1863, three months after Gettysburg, and only 10 days after Union...

Utah's 'Boy Scout' Governor-Elect: Oddity or Exemplar?

Philip Wegmann - November 27, 2020


There is a strange object in the desert. It has three shiny sides, stands about 12 feet tall and was only discovered by accident when conservation officers, hovering in a helicopter over a remote part of southeastern Utah while counting bighorn sheep, recently happened across the metal slab that looks a bit like the mysterious monolith in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” No one knows exactly where it came from, and no one knows what it really means. Perhaps the same could be said about Spencer Cox, the Utah governor-elect who is to modern American politics what a...

Fast Track COVID-19 Vaccine to Teachers So Schools Reopen

Adriana Cohen - November 27, 2020


Now that COVID-19 vaccines are becoming available, governors nationwide must prioritize getting it to teachers so America's schools reopen without delay. We simply cannot allow millions of children to continue to be isolated at home staring at computer screens all day. Remote learning is harming their physical and mental health while denying them a quality education. This attempt to protect our nation's children during the pandemic is doing more harm than good. Let's start with the obvious: Children staring at computer screens while being sedentary 6-8 hours a day is increasing their risk of...