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Columns

  • Va. Democrats unite in Richmond

        This past weekend, Democrats from across the state gathered in Richmond to nominate the remaining delegates for the national convention in Philadelphia, hear speeches from party elected leaders, and, of course, –  the easy part – bash Donald Trump.
            In the evening, party activists enjoyed a fiery, terrific speech from U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. More about him later...

  • Russia won’t invade the Baltics

        While the Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, consumed last week’s news cycle, the Baltic States put themselves on a war footing. These tiny states, and Poland, are seriously afraid that Russia is going to invade them.
        Russia is not going to invade the Baltic States or Poland. These are NATO nations and Russia is not ready for a war of the scale that a war involving NATO would be.

  • A realistic replacement to encourage economic prosperity

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Affordable energy key to American jobs

    Summer is nearly here, and with it comes the heat. When the mercury rises and the air conditioning is on full blast, many Americans are never so thankful for access to affordable energy. Energy prices don’t just affect your personal household budget. The cost of energy also impacts the budget of your favorite restaurant down the street or the business that cuts your paycheck each week.

     

  • I’m your American flag

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida.

        I’ve been to the moon.  I’ve been burned.  But more often I’m honored.  I’m your American flag.
        With 13 stars for colonies clamoring for freedom, I was first flown at Fort Stanwix in New York in 1777—and then carried into battle for the first time at Brandywine in Pennsylvania. By war’s end, I was saluted as the emblem of a sovereign nation, new and free.  I’m your American flag.

  • GOP stuck with Trump’s racist campaign

        The national Republican party is now mired in an historic level of shame with the pending nomination of Donald Trump for president.
        Things have been bad for the party before, as it has spent the last few decades slipping farther and farther into an ideological straitjacket. But with Trump, things have reached a new low, and a lot of Republicans are not very happy.

  • Don’t forget those who survived

        Last week’s D-Day anniversary ceremony included the reading of all 2,499 Americans who were killed on D-Day. It’s the first time all these names have every been publicly read out loud. We should never forget them and the cause they died for.

  • Shifting the focus from permitting to progress

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Putting security before shortcuts

    Sometimes less is more. But when it comes to keeping our communities safe from terrorist threats, security comes before shortcuts. A bill that I strongly support, the Visa Integrity and Security Act, addresses the gaping holes in our immigration process that allow those who wish Americans harm to game the system.

     

     

  • Bathrooms? You gotta be kidding me

        Many years ago, I read a book called “Second Serve,” written by a former doctor and tennis professional named Renee Richards.
        This wasn’t your standard autobiography of a self-obsessed athlete interested in telling her story to make even more money. By today’s standards, it was a ground-breaking introduction to what we now know as being “transgender.”