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Column: The know-nothing candidate

posted: 08/26/2015 4:13 a.m. Comments 14

Donald Trump's strange--and alarming--campaign for president is not without precedent, but not since Pat Buchanan in 1990 has there been a political figure who managed to combine and exploit so many hateful aspects of our politics.

Column one: Conquest denied his conquest

posted: 08/23/2015 4 a.m. Discuss

Robert Conquest, dead at 98, was a scholar who studied the late and unlamented Soviet Union, but always remained more scholar than Soviet--which explains why he was denied the rave reviews that were lavished on historians who could be counted on to follow the party line, no matter how many twists and turns and contradictions it went through. For example, he steadfastly refused to make excuses for Comrade Stalin's "excesses"--a revealing term. As if Stalin had had the right idea basically, but had just gone too far--to excess. And so had corrupted Lenin's original, idealistic vision of Communism.

Column: Why do you think that is?

posted: 08/19/2015 3:09 a.m. Comments 11

Hillary Clinton was cheered by her partisans a couple of weeks ago when she indignantly demanded that "the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money" into presidential campaigns be stopped. But that was a couple of weeks ago. Now it turns out, to quote an AP dispatch, her big Super Political Action Committee has accepted a million-dollar campaign contribution that can't be traced.

Column One: The rain in Chicago

posted: 08/16/2015 2:27 a.m. Comment 1

The rain had been talking all night long, and was still talking this drizzly morning. Much as he'd always loved rain, he wasn't able to tell what it was trying to say, and never would. It had an untranslatable language of its own.

Column: It's not real to them

posted: 08/12/2015 3:07 a.m. Comments 4

The day began with an email that sounded suspiciously like one of those Nigerian scams: "Dear Mr. Greenberg, I wonder if I could ask for your help in the following matter. On behalf of a lawyer who specializes in restitution of Holocaust era assets . . . ."

Column One: Back to first things

posted: 08/09/2015 1:52 a.m. Comments 111

For just a moment that striking video of a senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood casually discussing the price of fetal body parts eclipsed everything else about the debate over abortion in this country. Not because most of us don't know what goes on in abortion mills, but because the video brought it home.

Columnists: Letter to a damnyankee

posted: 08/05/2015 2:40 a.m. Comments 11

Dear Yank, I can't say it was wholly a pleasure--or surprise--to receive your message objecting to my defense of Robert E. Lee, for I get a lot of those. Especially from above the Mason-Dixon Line.

Column One: The age of the supersized

posted: 08/02/2015 2:58 a.m. Comments 13

Bigger is better. It’s the mantra of our times, whether we’re talking about skyscrapers, superstores, fast food, all-you-can-eat buffets, lottery jackpots, the national debt, presidential campaign kitties, The Donald’s impressive mane . . .

Columnists: What's the alternative?

posted: 07/29/2015 2:59 a.m. Comments 13

Anyone who criticizes our president's nuclear deal with Iran is bound to be asked: What's the alternative? With the clear implication that there isn't one--not an acceptable one, anyway. It's either war or peace. A simple, black-and-white, all-or-none choice: It's the president's way or no way--except war--to prevent Iran from joining the nuclear club.

Column One: 50 ways to beat the heat

posted: 07/26/2015 2:29 a.m. Comment 1

Somebody has turned on the traditional August heat here in Arkansas, and it's still July--so here are 50 ways to turn it down. Feel free to clip and save, mix and match, or add your own:

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