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FBI is not a separate branch of government

It's too early to take away any clear lessons from the Trump era, except one: Whatever you do, never fire the FBI director. Yes, as president, it is fully within your power to cashier inferior executive-branch officers. But if. . .

We need less government in health care

In a new Gallup poll, 35 percent say government is the worst problem facing the U.S. In the 55 years that Gallup has asked the question -- "What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?" -- this is. . .

Why autocrats are replacing Democrats

"If you look at Trump in America and Bolsonaro in Brazil, you see that people want politicians that do what they promise," said Spanish businessman Juan Carlos Perez Carreno. The Spaniard was explaining to The New York Times what. . .

Waller may reshuffle deck in governor's race

STARKVILLE -- As noted last fall in a previous column, the 2003 election cycle saw Mississippi voters make some interesting choices in terms of the 2019 election cycle in our state. In that 2003 general election, Republican Haley...

Wrong premises lead to wrong conclusions

Here is the problem for Trump critics. They began with the wrong premise. They believed that Hillary Clinton should have won the 2016 presidential election. Then they deluded themselves by embracing the notion that Trump was. . .

Will diversity be death of Democrats?

Both of America's great national parties are coalitions. But it is the Democratic Party that never ceases to celebrate diversity -- racial, religious, ethnic, cultural -- as its own and as America's "greatest. . .

Sherrod Brown is not an idiot

The day has arrived in the Democratic Party when Sherrod Brown is a kind of moderate. The impeccably progressive Ohio senator who has occupied a spot on the left flank of the Democratic caucus for a very long time is declining to. . .

Mississippi abortion bills invite more litigation

JACKSON -- Mississippi lawmakers acknowledge they are inviting a new court fight over banning most abortions at about six weeks into pregnancy, even as the state remains enmeshed in a fight over a 15-week ban. Soon after. . .

Why are Democrats buying the green dream?

There's an old joke about an egotistical politician whose disgruntled speechwriter, just before quitting, prepares a draft that promises the moon, and specifics for how to pay for it, on the first two pages, and leaves the third. . .

A travesty in New York

There were two victims in the horrific attack earlier this month on Jennifer Irigoyen in New York City. But the state's law recognizes only one of them. Anthony Hobson allegedly dragged his pregnant former girlfriend into the. . .

Getting easier to be 'green'

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be "green." The evidence is the "Green New Deal," which CNN describes as a "...10-year 'economic mobilization' that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation's. . .