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This government shutdown is now longer than any in history. The media keep using the word “crisis.”

Since the Knights of Columbus recently became a political issue, I’ve seen a constant refrain on social media that goes something along the lines of: “What do you mean, the pancake breakfast guys?” The point being: Could you be picking on nicer guys? But the Knights’ goodness goes far beyond…

Shortly after the cooling of the earth, I was privileged to be given a firsthand look at a Louisiana statewide campaign. It was then that I learned about former Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, who was portrayed by Paul Newman in the movie “Blaze,” which allegedly told the story of the married gove…

“In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don’t like what they have done.”

Almost every time, the local news items that come across my desk make me curious. I’m constantly looking up where things are or what a business does, and recently I ducked into as many of the little downtown retail shops as I could just to see what they sold. There were so many, I think I st…

“I” words are inundating Washington. President Trump insists his border wall would impede an invasion of illegal immigrants who injure innocents. Democrats say Trump indulges an idiotic idea to instigate an impasse and incite impassioned illusions.

Newly sworn-in Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib electrified progressives with her passionate declaration in vulgar terms that she and her colleagues will impeach President Trump.


There is no name more synonymous with Industrial Technology at North Central Texas College today than Kenny Smith. His dedication to his craft, to the programs, and most importantly, to his students is selfless and truly heroic.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts became the first 2020 Democratic White House challenger to announce her “exploratory committee,” a legal device that allows candidates to receive donations and to hire staff in preparation for a full-fledged presidential candidacy. Make no mistake; pres…

INDIANAPOLIS — On the third day of the new year, the Indianapolis Convention Center transformed into a place of worship. Seventeen thousand people took over the space in the name of Jesus, gathering for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) biannual SEEK event, drawing in yo…

Months after the end of World War II, leaders of Youth for Christ sent evangelists to work in the battered cities of Europe.

BERLIN — In one of contemporary history's intriguing caroms, European politics just now is a story of how one decision by a pastor's dutiful daughter has made life miserable for a vicar's dutiful daughter. Two of the world's most important conservative parties are involved in an unintended tutorial on a cardinal tenet of conservatism, the law of unintended consequences, which is that the unintended consequences of decisions in complex social situations are often larger than, and contrary to, those intended.

In November, I was privileged to represent cattle producers at the U.S. International Trade Commission’s hearing on the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), also known as NAFTA 2.0.

As the new year turns and Democrats focus on candidates to oppose President Trump in 2020, there’s one number they should keep in mind: 47.

North Texas plants are at rest right now. Winter is a time that is important for many plants. This “rest period” has a lot to do with how well these plants will do next year, especially fruit trees. How you ever heard the term, “chill hours”?

For years, I’ve heard American leftists say Sweden is proof that socialism works, that it doesn’t have to turn out as badly as the Soviet Union or Cuba or Venezuela did.

While the demand for healthcare is ever rising, the supply of primary care physicians continues shrinking. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the shortfall of primary care physicians will reach 43,000 by 2030.

One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting to see lots of family members. And this time, I got to also introduce some of them to my new hometown.

Nearly four decades have passed since Darrell Siggers basted a turkey on Christmas Eve. The 54-year-old Detroiter was released from prison in August, after serving 34 years for a murder he didn't commit.

Who owns the trees on your property? That’s the question at the heart of a pair of lawsuits in Michigan.

The Oxford English Dictionaries named "toxic" the word of the year for 2018. Merriam-Webster picked "justice." Two words that were never considered because hardly anybody talks about them in Washington anymore: "debt" and "deficit."

In these Washington hours of genuine bipartisan panic after the principled resignation of the nation’s thoroughly respected secretary of defense, James Mattis, American voters are forced to confront the real-life consequences of what it means to have elected an amateur-outsider — with no gov…

WASHINGTON — In the early 1930s, when Benito Mussolini was one of the world's most admired political figures, Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed in his first inaugural address that there might have to be a "temporary departure" from "the normal balance of executive and legislative authority" so that he could wield in domestic policy "broad executive power" as great as would be given to him were America "invaded by a foreign foe." Such was the allure of unfettered executive power, the Studebaker automobile company of South Bend, Indiana, marketed a model called the dictator.

Editor’s note: Bonita McClain Vinson shared her story during North Central Texas College’s winter commencement exercises recently. We are pleased to be able to share it here, too.

Photographing Cooke County’s biggest Christmas lights displays this week reminded me of one of my favorite childhood Christmas pastimes.

WASHINGTON — In these days before Christmas, one story keeps haunting me. It is a tale that seems so odd — in today’s world of young people glued to iPhones, a leader stuck in a deep moral quagmire, and a national “conversation” filled with shouting and rage — that one could be forgiven for …

It’s bad enough when leftists smear capitalism. I hate it more when capitalists do it, too.

Most American political leaders would agree with the poet e.e. cummings, who wisely wrote: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” For example, then-presidential nominee George W. Bush garbled in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Oct. 18, 2000, “Families is where our nation finds hope,…

I never met David Earl Miller. I didn’t even know he existed until the week he was set to die. Dec. 6 was his execution date at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tennessee. Both the U.S. Supreme Court and the governor refused his lawyer’s final attempts to gain a reprieve.

During 60 years of friendship, George H.W. Bush went on countless trips with James Baker III, his secretary of state and a confidant so close that America’s 41st president liked to call him his “little brother.”

Prosecutors investigating President Trump made big news recently, but it wasn’t about Russia. Rather, in their sentencing recommendation for fixer Michael Cohen, lawyers with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York wrote that in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign, …

Struggling to find gifts to get for loved ones? How about a book?

Long ago and far away — in 1987 and in New Hampshire, to be precise — a promising candidate for the White House was hounded out of the presidential campaign because he was seen in his townhouse with a 29-year-old woman. It was a political drama then, and it is a film drama now.

“It was June 1, 2006. I will never forget that date.” That was the day Angela Jozwicki had an abortion. She had grown up with “a lot of screaming” around her, and was using drugs by the time she was 14. In 2006, she was 22 and found herself pregnant. “I knew in my heart that a baby would sto…

Yes, it’s true that their party just won the House majority and more House seats, 40, than in any election since 1974 (and with the increasing likelihood of a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District after confirmed reports of Republican election fraud there, maybe 41) and…

It’s a statistic tourists in Rome often hear while gazing at centuries of glorious architecture: The eternal city contains more than 900 churches.

A friend recently said, “I cannot read another column comparing George Bush to Donald Trump.” We took that advice, and are simply remembering the more admirable qualities of the 41st president, who died last week at age 94. Any comparison to the 45th president is purely accidental.

WASHINGTON — My most special insight into the spirit of George H.W. Bush came in the early 1980s in an interview arranged aboard a plane he was taking between D.C. and Charlotte. He was still vice president then, but would soon be running for president.

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