WASHINGTON -- Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was more than the undisputed "Queen of Soul." She was one of the most important musicians of our time, a genius who soared above genres and expectations to create music that will live forever.

WASHINGTON -- No sooner had I ordered the 2011 book Less Than Human for a late-summer read than President Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog" and a "lowlife." Those two slurs fit nicely into author David Livingstone Smith's philosophical study of man's capacity to inflict cruelty b…

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Unless you’re driving over from St. Louis, or perhaps from Springfield, getting to this place takes a full tank of gas, GPS and keen eyesight. No deer are more skilled at causing white-knuckle moments for drivers than Ozark deer. Consider yourself warned.

WASHINGTON — It is more typical for a prospective defendant to admit nothing rather than publicly justify everything, but Donald Trump is an innovator. His practice of doubling down on errors while denying they are errors has worked to solidify his political base. We will soon see how it far…

WASHINGTON -- It's a given that political candidates will target each other with as much oppositional propaganda as they can get away with. But with the Kremlin now playing a third-party shadow role in U.S. elections, the usual game seems to be shifting from blood sport to cold war.

WASHINGTON -- Fox News host Tucker Carlson recently asked President Trump, "Why should my son go to Montenegro to defend it from attack?" It is a fair question -- one that many Americans were asking following Trump's performance at the NATO summit -- and it deserved a better answer than the …

Jeff Sessions’ Christian denomination, the United Methodists, formally censured him six weeks ago. Don’t forget that. This wayward Alabamian, hand-picked by an ungodly White House to lead the Department of Justice, was charged by his church with child abuse, immorality, racial discrimination…

WASHINGTON -- One of the current complaints of the Trump right concerns the treatment given to Alex Jones by Facebook, which has temporarily banned the radio host for videos that violated "community standards." According to Lou Dobbs of the Fox Business Network, "freedom of speech [is] under…

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