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A voter marks a ballot for the New Hampshire primary inside a voting booth on Feb. 9 in Manchester, N.H. (Associated Press)

The other battle at the ballot box

Party conventions, first of the Republicans in Cleveland and this week of the Democrats in Philadelphia, first and foremost are about whose name goes on the top of the ballot. Before any votes are cast on Nov. 8, though, questions must be settled about identification rules determining who gets to cast a ballot. Voter identification laws, popularly called ID laws, have proliferated. Published July 27, 2016

No more Clinton laundry in White House

After watching former President Bill Clinton give his speech at the Democratic National Convention, one would have to come away thinking that old "Slick Willie" had once again hit it out of the proverbial ballpark. That is, until you look at what he said and didn't say. Published July 27, 2016

California delegates hold up signs as they cheer during the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Dreaming the impossible Democratic dream

The Democrats had better pack a good lunch on their way to the post-convention campaign. It's going to be an all-day job. They must persuade voters to avoid looking at Barack Obama's disaster of "hope and change" while Hillary Clinton pushes the party's platform of more of the same. The platform, as adopted in Philadelphia this week, is an exercise in the old shell game. Published July 27, 2016

Superficial convention

The Democratic National Convention has done a lot to live up to the stupidity of the likes of the Clintons, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and others too numerous to mention. Published July 27, 2016

Value-free DNC

The Democratic National Committee has offered its "deep and sincere apology" to Sen. Bernie Sanders ("DNC -- but not Wasserman Schultz -- offers 'sincere apology' to Sanders over leaked emails." Web, July 25). Like every other habitual criminal, the committee's feelings of remorse come right after being caught. Published July 26, 2016

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the mall shooting in Munich, Germany, before addressing law enforcement officers from around the country at the Advancing 21st Century Policing Briefing in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex in Washington, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The price of trusting Iran

Barack Obama may be the last man in America who actually trusts the holy men in Iran, and a secret codicil, or amendment, he made to his infamous nuclear agreement with them reveals just what happens when a president has no understanding of "the art of the deal," or the people he makes deals with. Published July 26, 2016

DNC emails show rigged process

As a mostly life-long independent and Democratic voter, I proudly cast my Massachusetts primary vote for anti-establishment change by choosing Bernie Sanders. Little Published July 26, 2016

Still chance for Cruz?

We face a tough election choice. Donald Trump may be too unstable to trust with the nuclear trigger. Hillary Clinton seems to support the Iran deal that allows a 24-day waiting period before the inspection of a suspected nuclear site. Some experts say that's not a problem, but other experts say it is. Published July 26, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in Springfield, Ill., in this July 13, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The descent into depravity

Radical Islam descends to a level of barbarism beyond the imagination of civilized man. Women and children, and 87-year-old priests, become favorite targets. They can't easily fight back, though the heroic priest slain on his knees before the altar at a Roman Catholic Church in France tried, and gave up his life defending his parishioners. Published July 26, 2016

Much ado about nothing

The wall, the wall, the wall. If you listen to Donald Trump's double-talk on Muslims, immigration and more you will realize how far off the wall he is. Published July 25, 2016

U.S. indeed less safe now

When you look at the statistics of the past 10 years, crime has been trending downward. Even with the increase in crime in the largely Democratic inner cities such as Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, the overall national trend of major crimes in America has been down until this year. Published July 25, 2016

An anti-Hillary Clinton demonstrator stands with a sign in downtown Philadelphia, Monday, July 25, 2016, on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Brotherly love in Philadelphia

The Democrats, like a pig stuck in a barbed wire fence, have a lot to cry about. Their nominee got the telephone call from the governor (or in this case the FBI) with the hoped-for stay of execution, their national convention just barely escaped implosion, but the landslide victory they expected only a month ago doesn't look like that any longer. Published July 25, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a meeting with World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan, not shown, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

The clouds on the horizon

When China spits, Asia swims. Everybody east of Suez learns that ancient tribute to the size and ambitions of the Middle Kingdom. Now Asia hears the harsh hocking noise that sounds suspiciously like China clearing its throat. Published July 25, 2016

Judge, attorney corruption egregious

Cal Thomas' op-ed is spot-on about the way in which the corruption, disorder and division in our society is a reflection of what's in the hearts of each of us ("Cause and effect," Web, July 20). I don't believe the loss of Christianity is to blame because throughout history wickedness has been carried out by those who describe themselves as Christians. It is undeniable that we have lost the values, the "moral gravity that once kept us grounded, and the boundaries that kept us safe." Published July 24, 2016

Recent but undated handout photo issued on Friday July 22, 2016 by William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, of Britain's Prince George with the family dog Lupo, at Sandringham in Norfolk, England. Prince George celebrates his third birthday on July 22, 2016. (Matt Porteous/Handout via AP)

An awful crime in Blighty

There's a new crisis in Old Blighty. Prince George, son of the duke and duchess of Cambridge and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, could soon be a common felon, and he's not quite 3 years old. It's not likely, but you never know. There's photographic proof that he committed a dastardly deed. Published July 24, 2016

Illegals erode more than borders

The title of Donald Lambro's recent op-ed "This bizarre election year" (Web, July 14) teased the reader into thinking the piece was a fair and balanced review of the two 2016 presidential candidates. Instead it was a one-sided attack on the basic tenets of Donald Trump's plan to control our southern border, end sanctuary havens for illegal immigrants and enforce laws to preserve employment opportunities for law-abiding citizens. Published July 24, 2016

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking to members of the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2016, after getting briefed on the investigation of a shooting at a nightclub in Orlando by FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and other officials.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Barack Obama, the condolence man

President Obama tries to project a sunny outlook on the world, mostly by denying that anything bad is happening anywhere. But he's having a hard time of it staying ahead of the radical Islamic terrorists who, he says, don't really exist. Published July 24, 2016

Clownish convention

This year's Republican National Convention has been a fiasco, a veritable comedy of errors. Published July 21, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, gives a thumbs up as he talks with production crew during a walk through in preparation for his speech at the Republican National Convention, Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Cleveland. At right is is daughter Ivanka. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Facts, opinions and factoids

It was inevitable that when the Digital Revolution spawned the internet, the Information Revolution would be followed by the Misinformation Revolution. Published July 21, 2016

Take HSBC to task

The opening-night theme of the Republican National Convention this year was "Make America Safe Again." Perhaps the best way to help achieve this objective would be to root out all the banks that launder money to drug-trafficking cartels and terrorist organizations. Published July 21, 2016