IN THE SPOTLIGHT

How refreshing it is, after weeks and months of faux Clinton Foundation "scandals," after all the fatuous media talk about "optics" and "perceptions," to finally have a real Foundation scandal to chew on. An actual example of pay-to-play, of money given and a favor granted. And it comes to u…

Long ago, a Spaniard accidentally hit a continent. The displacement and murder of the continent’s indigenous people began and continued for years as the New World filled with colonies, states, and later became a country. All those who were displaced, enslaved, or killed Native Americans were…

"Son, you're 18 now. As an American citizen that means you'll vote for the first time in the upcoming election."

Back in early May, I predicted that the mainstream media's "objectivity" rituals would kick in as autumn neared, "balancing" the two major candidates according to the timeworn rules of "on of the one hand, on the other hand," thus leaving the impression that Hillary Clinton (seasoned and exp…

You don't need to agree with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit down during the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" during a pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers last week.

As I was wondering why, if the plural of mouse is mice, then why wouldn't the plural of house be hice, this other wonder wandered into my cranium.

On the whole, I'm an imperfect Catholic, but there is one particular area of my Christian identity in which I excel: guilt.

Our quadrennial presidential sweepstakes regularly provides textbook studies in contrast. And 2016 raises the bar in disparity. Red and blue. Left and right. Hot and cold. Up and down. Good and bad. Boy and girl. Pro and con. Loud and soft. Rain or shine. Fish and fowl. Dumb and dumber.

Hillary Clinton is riding high, thanks to the latest Trumplosions. But just because she's winning in the polls, we shouldn't whitewash her flaws. And here's one that sticks in my craw:

According to the Washington Post, prestigious Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., is finally going to act on its long-held desire to delete the word "Confederate" from the inscription atop the columned entrance to Confederate Memorial Hall dormitory.

As I was wondering if bakers trade their bread recipes on a knead to know basis, this other wonder attacked my gray matter and begged to be exposed.

As I was wondering why Tarzan doesn't have a beard, these other wonders came to my little gray cells.

As I was wondering why lemon juices are made with artificial flavors while dish-washing liquid is made with real lemons, this other wonder grabbed me by the throat.

Unlike their Republican counterparts, Democrats tend not to wallow in the sewer with infantile chants like “Lock Her Up.” Instead, they simply whacked Donald Trump with substance throughout their four day convention in Philadelphia.

It all seems redundant. The news seems recycled, a broken record, spinning round and round. Issues between police and minorities are part of our national fabric. We generally ignore it. Because we ignored systemic problems in law enforcement for decades, we may find ourselves witnessing dang…

Now that the political conventions have finished cementing allegiance among party faithful, the focus shifts to the most misguided group in presidential politics: "undecideds."

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