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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event to announce Gov. Mike Pence as the vice presidential running mate on, Saturday, July 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The uncanny road ahead for Trump

With the GOP convention finally at hand, Team Trump faces the truly daunting task of keeping his brand afloat and maintaining a course to victory in the fall. It appears that the GOP is anything but all-hands-on-deck, with splinter factions threatening to abandon the candidate and some delegates actually planning a convention floor revolt. Published July 17, 2016

Lena Tran, of Vermillion, S.D., takes part in a Black Lives Matter vigil Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Sioux Falls, S.D., for Philando Castile, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Minnesota, and Alton Sterling by police in Baton Rouge, La. (Joe Ahlquist/The Argus Leader via AP)

A clear double standard

As a licensed firearm carrier, I have had to undergo significant and ongoing training, in both the safe operation of firearm and in the legal and prudential implications of bearing arms as a civilian. One of the first things they teach you in training is that when you are pulled over or detained by a police officer, you have a duty to disclose to the officer that you are carrying a firearm you are legally licensed to possess. Published July 10, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

With no sizzle, Hillary Clinton's campaign could fizzle

All steak and no sizzle? Well, that might be OK -- at least you're getting a steak. But presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign of late may be a case of the worst of both worlds: all fizzle and no sizzle. Published June 26, 2016

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

Colleges failing in fight against sexual assaults

The Department of Education numbers are staggering regardless of what geographic region is analyzed. While almost 100 colleges and universities had at least 10 rapes on their main campuses during 2014, Brown University and the University of Connecticut reported the highest number with 43 each, followed by Dartmouth College and Harvard University with 42 and 33, respectively. On the opposite side of the country was Stanford University with 26. Published June 19, 2016

A year ago, thousands of marchers meet in Charleston, South Carolina, in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study. (Associated Press/File)

Mass killings only unite Americans against evil, hatred and fear

One year can seem as if it passed in the blink of an eye. It can rush by in the day-to-day chaos that all too often defines our busy lives. One year can slip by unnoticed, as imperceptible as the beating of a heart, the flutter of a loved one's memory through the mind. I know this because I have lived it. Published June 12, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Santa Maria, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Bernie's utopian nightmare

Bernard Sanders' appeal among young people has focused on the supposed benefits a socialist society can give them: free education, free health care and a government-mandated "living wage." But his vision for a socialist utopia flies in the face of reason — and the sad saga of socialism in Europe. Published May 29, 2016

America is experiencing a pernicious education dilemma. (Associated Press/File)

Education problems don't need more money -- just smart answers to tough questions

For far too many years, we've tried to address the problem of failing educational achievement in America essentially by ignoring it — meaning "throwing money at it and hoping it'll go away." Yet those problems persist. There's a gross disconnect here that no one's talking about and no one really wants to address. Published May 22, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church during a campaign stop in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, May 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A choice between truth and repose

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote in an essay titled "Intellect," "God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please -- you can never have both." Rarely in our nation's recent political history has Emerson's instructive insight seemed more apropos. Published May 15, 2016

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Stuck in the doldrums: The rise of white despair

No one has quite been able to put their finger on it. But there is something definitely afoot in America, with an alarming rise in suicides among those ages 35 to 64. This trend has disproportionately affected middle-age white Americans, who have a whopping 40 percent increase in the suicide rate since 1999. The rise, particularly among people in prime working age, should serve as a canary in the coal mine, warning us of a larger sociological problem. Published May 8, 2016

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Why is America emboldening Iran?

Why, when Iranians chant "Death to America" in the streets and proudly proclaim their hatred of the Western world, would the U.S. do anything that even might aid Iran in acquiring a nuclear weapon that would be used to threaten our nation and our allies? Published May 1, 2016

President Barack Obama, third from right, and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, third from left, are greeted at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, April 21, 2016, before the president boards Air Force One en route to London after participating in the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit. The president is on a six day trip to strategize with his counterparts in Saudi Arabia, England and Germany on a broad range of issues with efforts to rein in the Islamic State group being the common denominator in all three stops. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Response to claims by 9/11 victims claims shows U.S.-Saudi relationship changing

On Sept. 11, 2001, at least 19 men -- 15 of them Saudi citizens -- boarded several commercial flights and executed the largest terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil. That event set off two major wars in the Middle East, both still ongoing at some level, and it signaled a new age in American foreign policy in which the U.S. is increasingly focused on deterring state sponsors of global Islamic terrorism. Published April 24, 2016

The Rev. Al Sharpton joins Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the podium after her speech at the 25th annual National Action Network convention in New York last week. (Associated Press)

Black voters must be smarter about who gets their support

I was recently invited by the Rev. Al Sharpton to be on a panel during his National Action Network convention. Mr. Sharpton was gracious in his introduction, calling me an outstanding Republican. Published April 17, 2016

European terror carnage is a warning to America

As we have seen from recent events in Paris, Brussels and all across the world, terrorism is not an obscure phenomenon that only affects the Middle East. And no longer can Americans ignore the threat of terrorism as primarily a European problem. Although attacks in the U.S. are less frequent, in part because of our distance from the region, leaders associated with terrorist groups are increasingly finding their way onto American soil. Published April 10, 2016

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

Evolving an entrepreneurial mindset

If you consider yourself an employee, you look at time as a finite resource. You arrive at work on time, leave on time, and expect to be paid on time. You essentially are tying your income to a fixed, linear relationship with time. But entrepreneurs view time much, much differently. Published April 3, 2016

In this image taken from video filmed through a window, showing armed police as they coax a young girl away from a suspect who is laying on the ground at a tram stop in Brussels, Belgium, Friday March 25, 2016.   During an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday March 27, 2016, eyewitness Gracia Meta, describes how the unidentified young girl stood up and walked to the police and is then led away from the scene. (UGC via AP)

Deciphering the Islamic State mindset

We arrived in Paris last weekend to continue to develop our television and print platform. Before we got here, a suspect in November's terrorist attack in Paris was captured. Not less than three days later — in what seemed to be an accelerated operation — a major attack was carried out in Brussels, leaving more than 30 people dead and hundreds more wounded. Published March 27, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Saturday in Tucson, Arizona. (Associated Press)

Trump channels Americans' anger at cost to establishment

The American people are angry. And this time it is not cyclical anger -- after all, we are sitting at the top of the current business cycle. The anger is the culmination of several economic and demographic trends that have been gaining traction but are now becoming apparent to the majority of the population. Published March 20, 2016

The Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, FILE)

Our day in Flint

As the proud owner of TV station WEYI, NBC-25 in Flint, Michigan, it is important for us to understand the community and to become a part of it as much as we can. As a station owner, we can elevate the needs and concerns of the downtrodden, hold those in power accountable and showcase the resilience of Flint. It's a responsibility that we don't take lightly. Published March 13, 2016

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Tribute to a good man in Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson, who announced last week that he would be suspending his campaign, has forever changed electoral politics in the U.S. for the better. He will be remembered as having run one of the most unique and (especially by contrast) dignified campaigns in presidential election history. Published March 6, 2016