WASHINGTON — When it comes to gun control, conservatives have been fortunate in their enemies. Every time there is a mass shooting, the left renews its calls for gun control, but it spends a great deal of energy on futile and ahistorical arguments about the wording of the Second Amendment, o…

Three Democratic presidential candidates say they think the president is a white supremacist. The brother of one of those candidates tweeted a list of names of Trump campaign donors in his hometown, saying they were “fueling hate.” The president’s son compared that congressman to the Dayton …

At 5:30 on the morning of Aug. 14, 1945, Geraldine Wyatt heard shouting. That evening, she would write to her husband, Bill, who was stationed in Italy, “I was awakened by boys calling ‘Extra! Japan Surrenders!’ Joanna [her sister, who had spent the night] and I ran up the street in our paja…

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has not been shy about saying what he’s trying to do: prolong the economy’s expansion so that it creates more jobs for those who, in the past, have often felt left out. The Fed increasingly sees itself as a social agency dedicated to job cr…

There is a good reason for businesses not to pay wages below a minimum. That’s because they would lose the ability to attract a replacement worker should they need to. And there’s good reason for society to set a minimum wage. That’s because there are always outliers who will pay dramaticall…

WASHINGTON — Watching Democratic presidential aspirants is like watching, a century ago, the 1919 World Series, when discerning spectators thought: Some of the White Sox are trying to lose. Michael Boskin, chairman of President George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers and currently at…

There is an answer to the campaign finance quagmire caused by dark money, should our Legislature choose to implement it. What’s the quagmire? Some spending for candidates or issues are done without disclosure. So, we don’t always know who is supporting whom or what. Here’s the scoop.

WASHINGTON — The military-industrial complex isn’t bankrupting us — though some on the left still cling nostalgically to the belief that it is. It’s fiction. We need to be clear about this. As I’ve written before, one of the great uncovered stories in Washington is the defense budget versus …

NEW YORK — Britain has a new prime minister, and Donald Trump approves. “He’s tough and he’s smart,” Trump said of Boris Johnson. “They call him ‘Britain Trump.’ And people are saying that’s a good thing. They like me over there.” In fact, according to YouGov, only 21 percent of Britons have…

WASHINGTON — Acting on the principle “Why put it off until tomorrow when you can do the wrong thing today?” the House of Representatives last week voted to repeal a tax that is not scheduled to take effect until 2022. The vote against the “Cadillac tax” was 419-6, a reminder that “bipartisan…

Some will say that West Virginia’s new Catholic bishop came out of nowhere. The pope’s selection of Baltimore auxiliary bishop, Mark E. Brennan, was a surprise to Vatican observers who look for patterns in papal appointments as if they were tea leaves.

We are a nation of immigrants. Even Native Americans migrated here by crossing a narrow land bridge. Yet America’s attitude toward immigration hasn’t been welcoming like most think. We’ve overreacted to immigrant waves since the 1790s. So, today’s concerns over legal and illegal (unauthorize…

This summer, I’m taking a tip from the Chantix turkey. You may have seen the ads for Chantix, a drug claiming to help people stop smoking gradually. The turkey character is seen trying to quit cigarettes in a calm, slow manner rather than going “cold turkey.” The mellow Galliforme calmly adj…

SAN FRANCISCO — A 29-story office building at 123 Mission St. illustrates the policy puzzles that fester because of these facts: For centuries, tobacco has been a widely used legal consumer good that does serious and often lethal harm when used as it is intended to be used. And its harmfulne…

Great deeds are possible when people are inspired to do them. We thought a moon landing wouldn’t happen in our lifetimes. Then, President John F. Kennedy, in his inaugural address, told us that it would.

WASHINGTON — Debt is the crux of the matter. If you want to understand what makes the world vulnerable to a global recession or, possibly, something much worse, you’ve got to come to grips with the worldwide debt buildup. It’s not the only candidate for calamity, but it ranks first among the…

Melody Potter, state Republican Party chairwoman, has it right. She supports all Republican officeholders and so should the executive committees until they are no longer Republican officeholders. Specifically, they should stay out of primary elections. Otherwise, negative unintended conseque…

The date and time that American conservatism morphed into a species unknown to political scientists remains unclear. Nevertheless, following the embryo’s incubation, what emerged then quickly infected an earlier, healthier version of conservatism which now reposes in its tomb.

Jeffrey Epstein, the hedge fund manager and self-proclaimed billionaire, was charged with sex trafficking on Monday in federal court, a crime similar if not identical to one for which he was allowed to enter a plea deal in Florida in 2008 and avoid serious jail time.

WASHINGTON — If California Sen. Kamala Harris is elected president in 2020 and reelected in 2024, by the time she leaves office 114 months from now she might have a coherent answer to the question of whether Americans should be forbidden to have what 217 million of them currently have: priva…

WASHINGTON — President Trump chose the wrong backdrop for his attempt to make Independence Day all about himself. Standing beneath the majestic statue of Abraham Lincoln, occupying a space where great orators have stood, Trump looked and sounded quite small.

Hypertourism has become the curse of desirable places all over the world. It refers to the swarms of tourists who clog the plazas and narrow streets of prized cultural destinations — Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Prague and others. Party cities, such as Amsterdam, where both prostitution and …

WASHINGTON — What struck me about the first debates among 20 candidates for the Democratic nomination for president was how much they resembled a gaggle of graduate students. All seemed articulate and intelligent. All had a good grasp of the classroom material — in this case, the programs th…

WASHINGTON -- We are now passing a significant milestone. The current economic expansion has become the longest in U.S. history. Previously, the record was the decade from March 1991 to March 2001 (120 months). When the present recovery enters July, it will mark the 121st month of expansion.…

Funerals for Monday, August 19, 2019

Acree, Elizabeth - 1 p.m., Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. 
Bryant, Elmer - 3 p.m., Lantz Funeral Home, Alderson.
Clayton, Floyd - 11 a.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.
Grose, Margot - 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.
Groves, Nettie - 1 p.m., Greene - Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.
Holcomb, Mary - 11 a.m., Elk Funeral Home, Charleston.
Manion, Mary - 2 p.m., Ansted Baptist Church.
Quigley Jr., Albert - 11 a.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.
Stanley, Albert - Noon, Fayetteville First Church of God.  
Thomas, Phyllis - 10 a.m., Britton Cemetery, Charleston.