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Wesley Pruden

Wesley Pruden

American journalist legend and Vietnam War author James Wesley Pruden Jr. is Editor Emeritus of The Washington Times. Mr. Pruden’s first job in the newspaper business dates back to 1951 as a copyboy at the now defunct Arkansas Gazette where he later became a sportswriter and an assistant state editor. In 1982, he joined The Washington Times, four months after the paper began, as chief political correspondent. He became assistant managing editor in 1983, managing editor in 1985, and editor-in-chief in 1992. He retired in January 2008 and became editor-in-chief-emeritus. Mr. Pruden is known for his coverage of President Ronald Reagan. In 1991, he won the H.L. Mencken Prize for excellence in writing and commentary. Mr. Pruden writes a twice-weekly column on politics and national affairs for The Times.

Articles by Wesley Pruden

Marine Le Pen (Associated Press)

The status quo survives in France, but in ruins

The French easily embrace contradiction and chaos. It's what makes their politics work: "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose," and they said it first: "The more things change, the more they stay the same." The Sunday national election in France proved it again. Published April 24, 2017

Bill O'Reilly (Associated Press)

The high price of Fox hunting

The famous bimbo eruptions are back (as if they had ever really gone away), and for once Bubba appears to be in the clear. No new accusations of rude behavior have been lodged against him. Published April 20, 2017

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The coming death of the death penalty

The ever-cranky courts of law keep getting in the way of this Easter season's record-setting Festival of Death in Arkansas. Published April 17, 2017

Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Donald Trump and his flexible mind

If chaos is the sign of growth -- and sometimes that's a fair description of progress -- Donald Trump is on course to build an administration that can survive the fits, starts and mistakes of a drawn-out opening night. Published April 13, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (Associated Press) ** FILE **

An about-face in a world of fright and fear

The peasants are excused if they think nobody knows what's he's doing. Mr. Nobody can't help noticing that the world seems to be careening to a destination we know not where. Published April 10, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

An epidemic of TDS in the Marx Bros. media

Just about the time the fever on the nut left seems to be subsiding there's another outbreak of Trump Derangement Syndrome. Normal-looking folk who sound like they escaped a Marx Bros. movie fall into a relapse. Published April 6, 2017

Kim Jong-un (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A crazy fat kid and his nuclear toys

Kim Jong-un may be "a crazy fat kid" with a goofy haircut, but he is doing what his father and his grandfather never could. With nuclear weapons to play with, he frightens the West enough to make it start thinking about doing something about the most dangerous crazy fat kid on earth. Published April 3, 2017

Sen. Mitch McConnell (Associated Press)

Girding Republican loins for the war

The Gorsuch nomination finally gets a vote next week, first when the Senate Judiciary Committee approves the nomination and recommends that the Senate follow with confirmation. Published March 30, 2017

The home of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, and her husband White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, is seen Friday, March 24, 2017, in Washington. Neighbors of Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their three children have groused that sidewalks have been closed, public parking overrun and that the family and their staff can't even be bothered to learn the trash pickup schedule outside their $5.5-million home.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The agony of finding a place for the spare Mercedes

Politics is serious business in Washington. Detroit is puzzling over how to make SUVs bigger. Hollywood is worried over how a screenwriters' strike will curtail production of tinsel in Hollywood. Published March 27, 2017

Huey P. Long (Associated press)

Here comes the judge

Neil Gorsuch took the best shots, such as they were, of disheartened, dismayed and despondent Democrats this week, and nobody laid a glove on him. He was as fresh when it was over as when the slugging, such as it was, began. Published March 23, 2017

James Comey    Associated Press photo

James Comey's disappointing tap dance

James Comey, the director of the FBI, continues to act like a jerk for every season. The man who first tried to save Hillary Clinton's campaign, and then tried to wreck it at the eleventh hour, reprised his familiar tap dance Monday with Congress. It's getting stale. Published March 20, 2017

Big Bird arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, in this Aug. 30, 2009, file photo. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

The Budget Theater, now open with the follies

A president's budget has the shelf life of a shrimp. A president drafts a budget and sells it with language as chaste and extravagant as the blue sky, and his naysayers dutifully mount their soap boxes to declaim, distort and denounce. Published March 16, 2017

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (Associated Press)

Paranoia is what's for dinner in Washington

Paranoia is suddenly what's for dinner in Washington. The most fervent patriot can be a spy and never know it until someone posts a video of the high crime and misdemeanor of someone shaking a Russian hand. Published March 13, 2017

Charles Murray (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Breaking up in the Trump Era is easy to do

Marriages, friendships and business relationships have been thrown at risk in the boiling political culture, where emotion replaces reason and millions of Americans won't have anything to do with someone with a different political opinion. Published March 9, 2017

Loretta Lynch (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A timeout from the children's hour

Some of our grown-ups are missing, just when we need them most, and our Democratic friends need more powerful meds. The ink on the streets of Washington is knee-deep and toxic. Published March 6, 2017

Benjamin Franklin

On the eve of the insurrection

Benjamin Franklin has been trying for years to give the Republicans needed advice from the grave, and they never listen. "We must indeed all hang together," Franklin told his fellow conspirators in Philadelphia, "or most assuredly we shall all hang separately." Published March 2, 2017

President Trump (Associated Press)

No hot date for the Nerd Prom

Guess who's not coming to dinner, and probably a good thing, too. Neither Donald Trump nor the not so loyal opposition can be trusted to sup together without sharp elbows, sneers and insults. Before the second bottle of wine is uncorked, the hard rolls (and most years the rolls are really hard) would be flying across the tables. Published February 27, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on domestic and international human trafficking, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. With Trump are Michelle DeLaune, center, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Dina Powell, right, White House Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trumpspeak, a language rich in adjectives

Donald Trump isn't the carrier of the disease that threatens the language, but he suffers with enthusiasm. His abuse of the adjective might eventually threaten his foreign policy. Published February 23, 2017

Milo Yiannopoulos      Associated Press photo

An expensive lesson for conservatives

The more the culture bounds out of control, the more the wary have to take care with the company they keep. This applies to media that will print anything in pursuit of "clicks" and "hits," and to well-meaning organizations about whom they invite to tutor their true believers. Published February 20, 2017

President Donald Trump (Associated Press) ** FILE **

When the high-minded stoop to the low-down

Rage can lead the unwary to dangerous places, and some of our media notabilities are half-way there. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post poses the question that bugs them most. Published February 16, 2017