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Updated at 1:21 PM

The rebellion of the House Democrats started with one moment of silence too many. When the House convened the day after the Orlando massacre, the chair called for a moment of silence for the victims, which is what always happens when the death toll of a mass shooting reaches double digits. Then the House leadership did what it always does when gun violence comes up: They changed the subject. But this time, some House Democrats broke the silence with angry shouts.

Updated Jul 1, 2016 at 10:08 AM

This week the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the political corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell. What does the decision mean for politicians, and the public, moving forward? McDonnell received more...

Updated Jun 30, 2016 at 2:33 PM

By the time my next column comes out (not this one, the next), I will be Spain, running with the bulls. (That’s if I don’t become the first person to die from a panic attack during the flight.) Adding to that anxiety...

Updated Jun 29, 2016 at 6:03 PM

The Donut Hut in Des Moines, Iowa, has some of the best donuts I have ever tasted. But what I went through the night before the first time I had them was almost too much for the soft, deep-fried pastries to make up...

Updated Jun 29, 2016 at 10:45 AM

“The U.S. knows it could not ask for a better friend and ally than the United Kingdom.” That was how U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described the strong ties between the two nations, deeply rooted in...

Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 11:33 AM

I hate pro-life legislation. Simple logic leads me to be pro life. If nothing happens to that fertilized egg cell, it becomes a child. So I believe that child’s life begins at conception and it shouldn’t be...

Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 1:26 PM

According to Washington’s political pundits Donald Trump’s rise is a history making event that will change American politics and the Republican Party. To his backers he is the answer to “politics as usual,”...

Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 10:14 AM

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the exclusionary rule does not apply when an officer makes an illegal stop and finds out the “suspect” has a warrant for his arrest and searches the suspect as a result. ...

Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Disputes and confrontations over portions of the Pacific Ocean continue to grow. Indonesia’s government seized a Chinese fishing vessel on June 17 off the Natuna Islands, administered by Jakarta. That nation’s Vice President, Jusuf...

Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 5:35 PM

I think I’m getting old before my time. I’ve noticed that even at 22, I’m starting to have prejudices about younger generations.

Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 10:21 AM

After the killing of 49 innocent people dancing in an Orlando, Florida nightclub, my heart shrunk with despair. The familiarity of mass murder is paralyzing because hate cannot be legislated away when such a killer believes his murderous rage is...

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