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An ugly dispute taints ‘America the Beautiful’

An ugly dispute taints ‘America the Beautiful’

A sadness emerges when one reads the absurd and downright nasty comments aimed at Coca Cola for creating a Super Bowl commercial featuring people singing “America the Beautiful” in different…

Maybe we should run credit checks on candidates for office

Maybe we should run credit checks on candidates for office

As more and more details emerge about the acceptance of gifts, loans and more by former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen during their fours years in Executive…

Dr. King and the irony of racism on a life

Dr. King and the irony of racism on a life

For some Virginians — those who work in state and county jobs — today is the end of a four day weekend because Friday was the “official” observance of Lee-Jackson…

On NSA, Obama says ‘trust me,” but can we?

On NSA, Obama says ‘trust me,” but can we?

President Barack Obama’s speech on Friday on intelligence reform marked a bullish shift in his approach to the National Security Agency. The president dropped the pretense that there was “nothing…

Congressional wrecking ball threatens foreign policy

Congressional wrecking ball threatens foreign policy

By design or accident, it is increasingly clear that the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s second-term foreign policy is a nuclear agreement with Iran. Whether Obama can succeed, however, now…

Yes, Chris Christie crossed the line

Yes, Chris Christie crossed the line

Back in the 1970s, a Jewish organization commissioned a poll to investigate anti-Semitism in the United States. The poll included several open-ended questions. One asked, “Is there anything in particular…

Are all lanes now closed on Christie’s future?

Are all lanes now closed on Christie’s future?

This much we know for sure about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge scandal: In mid-August, one of his staffers sent an email instructing an official, appointed by the governor,…

Chris Christie and his scandal of hubris

Chris Christie and his scandal of hubris

The scandal involving New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie, whose aides virtually shut down Fort Lee by throttling its access to the George Washington Bridge into New York City, reportedly…

Chris Christie and the art of political vendettas

Chris Christie and the art of political vendettas

The art of the great American political vendetta was born in New Jersey, just a short drive – barring heavy traffic – south of the George Washington Bridge. There, in…

Yes, America did well in the ‘war on poverty’

Yes, America did well in the ‘war on poverty’

In an unabashed endorsement of government action to alleviate the plight of the poor, this week President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty with his own…