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Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Emboldened by their finishes in the Iowa caucuses Monday - sixth, eighth, and 10th, respectively - former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced they are joining together to form a “GOP dream team.”“You may not like any of us individually, but I’ll be surprised if you can’t find something you like about the three of us,” Mr. Christie said.

Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 6:44 AM

What was at stake this week in Norristown, Pennsylvania, when Bill Cosby and his attorneys appeared in court to seek the dismissal of the criminal charges brought against him by the Montgomery County district attorney?

Updated Feb 4, 2016 at 7:09 AM

We live in the greatest democratic republic around, but the method we use to elect the leader of the free world is among the most foolish.Letting Iowa and New Hampshire have undue influence in the process is silly.

Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 9:15 AM

“Hitting a bullet with a bullet” aptly describes the challenge of destroying incoming missiles, but effective defenses do exist. North Korea threats have led the Obama administration to discuss deployment in South Korea of the Lockheed Martin THAAD...

Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 4:39 PM

Jan. 28’s performance was the best and worst debate of the 2016 Republican Primary so far.

Updated Jan 29, 2016 at 8:09 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court made a significant decision this week that could give more than a thousand inmates serving life in prison without parole a chance at freedom.

Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 8:57 AM

“Sending hardened criminals from death row to solitary confinement is no triumph,” wrote Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski in a recent editorial for the Yale Law Review Journal. “It merely swaps one type of death for...

Updated Jan 20, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Iran has dismantled its nuclear centrifuges, shipped is nuclear materials out of the country and released four American hostages. Those who long for war with Iran - in Washington, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Riyadh and the editorial page of the Wall Street...

Updated Jan 20, 2016 at 11:13 AM

With wild-eyed friends like Sarah Palin, who needs wild-eyed enemies?Ted Cruz learned a quick lesson about what loyalty means to the over-amplified, star-spangled, word-salad-with-bangs from Alaska.

Updated Jan 19, 2016 at 10:04 AM

A bloody murderous attack in Jakarta, Indonesia has provided the Islamic State with another opportunity to claim victory. They have promptly done so, with a gleeful statement. The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist actions and...

Updated Jan 18, 2016 at 11:38 AM

One must wonder what our country’s governing system looks like to an outsider observing our political process at work for the first time.  I am reminded of Andy Griffith and his classic comedy routine called, “What it was, was football.”  At the end...

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