Chuck Schumer should read my blog

  Earlier this afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer demonstrated the political ignorance that results from his apparent failure to regularly read this blog. Pity the poor fool. If all of America’s politicians closely followed my scribblings, this would be a better country. In a statement concerning some current controversy in Washington, Schumer said that Congress, in its relationship with the White House, “is intended to be separate and equal.” The New York lawmaker is wrong on that matter, as I’ve...

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Pining for the good old days is a tricky exercise

  When I think back to the days of my childhood more than 65 years ago, I try to be honest with myself and remember that those times weren’t always as idyllic as they sometimes seem in retrospect. I’ve managed to remember that some of the endless summer days so fondly recalled by so many people actually were pretty boring. Conversations among kids in our neighborhood often amounted to little more than woefully asking one another what we could do to amuse ourselves. But we tend to forget those doldrums when we think back on...

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Polls in November election were not as wrong as you’ve been told

  To hear some people tell it, the major national political polls missed the mark so badly in the November presidential election that their continued existence should be called into question. The truth of the matter is that the final national numbers posted by most of the big polls were pretty close to the actual results — well within the pollsters’ stated margins of error. To wit, the last of the major pre-election polls foresaw, on average, that Hillary Clinton would carry the national popular vote by about 3 percentage...

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Neil Gorsuch should, but won’t, refuse to take stolen seat on Supreme Court

  Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, seems likely to win Senate confirmation — and it’s a shame. When Scalia died suddenly early last year, then-President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the high court. Obama said: I simply ask Republicans in the Senate to give him a fair hearing and then an up-or-down vote. If you don’t, then it will not only be an abdication of the Senate’s constitutional duty, it will indicate a process...

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Trump’s biggest problem is his lack of humility

  FBI Director James Comey confirmed before Congress on Monday what every American with an ounce of intelligence already knew, namely that President Trump’s claim that he was “wiretapped” at the orders of his predecessor, Barack Obama, is unsupported by proof. Trump made the allegation a few weeks ago in a series of tweets, but he failed to offer even a shred of evidence. Comey said there is no such evidence as far as his agency and other government intelligence agencies can determine. Nor is there any evidence...

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Here’s evidence that I was born at just the right time

  The death of rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry the other day reminds me that I was born at a culturally advantageous time. When the rock culture first emerged, it was said that this new music appealed mainly to teenagers. That observation was reinforced in my mind by the fact that I became a teenager at the birth of this musical phenomenon. I turned 13 in 1955, the same year that Chuck Berry recorded his first hit, “Maybelline.” All the members of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, legendary British rock bands, also were...

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