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Several years ago Netflix produced a political thriller called “House of Cards” in which a shrewd politician named Francis Underwood made his way to the White House through a ruthless but initially successful campaign of murder, lies, corruption, and betrayal. When the cards turned against h…

Before Congress departed for Christmas, they pulled another Scrooge on America’s future.  Rather than deal with an impending government shutdown, they saddled the nation with more debt by passing a 2,313 page, spending spree to the jingle of $1.4 trillion.  It was yet another bipartisan spen…

I’m excited about starting another term as coroner and continuing to build upon the foundation. There is no greater honor than to serve families in their most devastating times. Families require and deserve proper answers. They also deserve compassion, hope and empathy. This career requires …

The year was 1968. Newspapers and nightly news broadcasts were filled with stories about college students — my age and younger — who were protesting our nation’s military action in Vietnam. Students were marching on campuses and in Washington D.C. They carried signs admonishing the rest of u…

I’ve never met him in person, but they say the devil is a fine barber and a master of deception. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about deception.

Gauge of the year: Life expectancy in the U.S. dropped for the third straight year. The last time that happened was over a century ago, when we were in the middle of World War I and the worst flu pandemic in recorded history.  

WASHINGTON — In his third year in office, President Trump continued to deliver an extraordinary list of accomplishments. Today, I offer my annual list of the 10 best things Trump did this year (my next column will list the 10 worst):

In a world that is on a nonstop, classical Orwellian spin cycle that is overlapping with the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, the time for some real reflective contemplation is simply swallowed up by an overdose of consumerism.

President Donald Trump’s impeachment letter to Nancy Pelosi is nothing if not sincere.

When I worked in Washington years ago my office stood a block from K Street, the epicenter of lobbyists, the influence peddlers. Many have diversified since then, moved to even swankier hideouts, but their work is still pretty much the same: putting the arm on the boys and girls who are supp…

As Washington, D.C. roils over the impeachment of President Donald Trump let’s go back 25 years in Pennsylvania history.

It’s been a slimy business. The man who said from the beginning that he would “drain the swamp” of Washington corruption, has turned out to be the swamp itself.

The Harvard-Yale football matchup is known among their alumni as “the game.”  So, when students protesting global warming stormed the Yale Bowl at halftime, “the game” made national news for the first time in over a generation and it had nothing to do with football.  

The images of the South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate participating in the Red Kettle Ring Off, a friendly competition between officials from South Bend and nearby Mishawaka over who can raise more for the Salvation Army during a day of bell-ringing, date from 2017.

There are plenty of news commentators who say America’s workers are doing just fine. They see low consumer prices, low unemployment, and a booming stock market as signs that all is well. But out in the real world, things are more worrying. Millions of Americans are barely subsisting on retai…

When I was young I fell in love with Charlotte Amalie. It was a passionate romance, a season in heaven, love at first sight. She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, with long slender limbs, a voice soft as a summer breeze, a perfume drawn from the most exotic flowers of my imaginat…

When the news broke that Chick-fil-A would stop donations to the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home because they do not recognize same-sex marriages, the chicken franchise became another conservative casualty in the culture war of social ju…

According to progressive websites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to arguing with your right-wing uncle. According to advertisements, it’s the day before Black Friday. In reality, it is the most American holiday.

Nancy Pelosi said she undertook impeachment “prayerfully,” and apparently what she was praying was that she could get it over with as soon as possible.

Campaigning for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Joe Biden is a well-known advocate of abortion, who no longer supports the Hyde Amendment that bans abortion from federal funding.