Martin Schram: Defund the no-longer law-and-order party!
Suddenly, news screens throughout our land are flooding us with new fears. Once again, it feels like we may be trapped in a reoccurring national nightmare that threatens to divide us and shatter our democracy. It all seems frightening, yet familiar – like a melding of the shocking violence of Jan. 6 and the looping lunacy of Groundhog Day. Except this week our news screens seemed to have become de facto radios. No videos of shocking violence against our government’s protectors of law and order. Just words of anger, attacking our government’s law and order protectors – and inciting violence aga...
Tribune News Service
Commentary: Japan could send a message to North Korea, China by amending its constitution
In May of 2017, I was in Kyoto, Japan, sitting on the patio of a Starbucks while scrolling through news headlines on my phone. The top story that day was that North Korea had test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, which had landed in the Sea of Japan. Yet, everyone around me was carrying on with their day, seemingly unbothered. It’s the sort of danger that the Japanese have come to live with. Japan occupies one of the most precarious geographical positions anywhere in the world. Its closest neighbors include Russia, North Korea and China. Earlier this year, North Korea resumed test-...
Editorial: If Gavin Newsom is the national progressive leader he claims to be, he’ll sign this bill
Anyone laboring under the misimpression that California is a progressive utopia should contemplate the state’s stupefying debate over safe drug injection sites. In the face of an overblown reputation for liberalism and the mounting toll of drug overdoses, the state’s leaders have resisted departing from their drug war footing of yore to adopt a proven means of saving lives and restoring order. The Legislature passed a bill to allow such sites in cities that want them four years ago, but according to the dictates of the failed effort to police our way out of a public health problem, then-Gov. J...
The Sacramento Bee
Commentary: Do we make bad assumptions about the news coverage we see?
Recently I was struck by a conversation I had with a progressive friend. When I noted the significant decrease in extreme world poverty over the past two decades — a remarkable achievement that has attracted relatively little news coverage — he responded by confidently denying that this was so. His reasoning was instructive: If this were true, he said, he would have heard about it by now. Reasoning from an absence of news is a familiar, and often justified, phenomenon. If you are worried that your favorite sports team is thinking of trading its star player, it would be reasonable to regard the...
Commentary: Kansans’ abortion decision upholds true will of the people, regardless of Supreme Court ruling
My sister lives in Connecticut and is a devout Catholic. When Roe v. Wade was overturned, we had a very heated discussion about the topic. I argued that more than 60% of the U.S. population was in favor of keeping Roe. She countered that all those polls were wrong. If you really were to ask everyone in the country, most people would prefer to banish abortion. “It depends on who you ask,” my sister argued. “Most people are against abortion. Besides, if I’m forced to live in a blue state where abortion is legal, people in red states should be forced to live without abortions. They can easily mov...
Editorial: In the Inflation Reduction Act, a much-needed step toward lowering prescription drug costs
It's become tiresome to see progressive politicians act like a pouting teenager who seems to think it's a sin to ever admit satisfaction with anything. Their lukewarm reaction to Senate passage of the admittedly ill-named Inflation Reduction Act won't help energize the voters Democrats need to avoid conservatives regaining Congress in the upcoming midterm elections. "This reconciliation bill goes nowhere near far enough in addressing the problems facing struggling working families," said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) after voting for the measure Sunday. "But it is a step forward and I was happ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: The search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound, as seen through the eyes of a veteran FBI agent
Let me start by stating the obvious. The execution of a federal search warrant at the residence of a former U.S. president is more than an extraordinary occurrence. Fact is, things like that just don’t happen. Pick a presidential scandal in our history —Teapot Dome, Watergate, Iran-Contra or Whitewater. It just doesn’t happen. Not until Monday, anyway, when a host of FBI special agents, lawful warrant in hand, rewrote the history books forever. Now, let me tell you why the FBI search of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida on Monday is such a big deal. The former president of...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Sen. Roger Marshall compares the FBI to Nazi police. What ever happened to ‘Back the blue’?
A year ago, Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas seemed pretty clear: An uptick in national crime rates was the Democrats’ fault. “Socialist Democrats created this crisis,” he wrote. “They defunded the police. They created the anti-police mobs. They turned their back on and, quite frankly, destroyed the integrity of the police.” So imagine our reaction this week as Marshall joined the anti-FBI mob when agents executed a search warrant at the home of former President Donald Trump. “These raids and seizures are a fishing expedition and a fascade” (sic) he tweeted. In an interview: “You know, friends te...
The Kansas City Star
Editorial: A witch hunt at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago? No, just plain enforcement of the law
In mid-July, a reporter asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland whether the Justice Department’s investigation into attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election could eventually turn its gaze toward Donald Trump. “No person is above the law,” Garland answered. “I’ll say that again. No person is above the law in this country. I can’t say it any more clearly than that.” Garland’s reply centered on the 2020 election and the events surrounding the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. But it also applies to the FBI’s search Monday at the former president’s sprawling Mar-a-L...
Editorial: On Mar-a-Lago search, GOP sides against the law with a lawless ex-president
It will be some time before the nation knows exactly what the FBI was looking for, and what it found, during Monday’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home and resort. But the known factors so far all point to a strong presumption of legitimacy for the operation. FBI Director Christopher Wray is a Trump appointee. Attorney General Merrick Garland is known for his caution. A judge had to affirm the probability of finding evidence of criminality before granting the warrant. And Trump himself has a documented history of mishandling classified records. Yet Republicans from Florida...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch