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Hirono owes Barrett, U.S. apology

On Tuesday I watched Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono question Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on TV. Hirono asked Judge Barrett two disgusting questions. First, whether Judge Barrett had ever sexually assaulted anyone; second, whether she had ever entered into a settlement for sexual assaulting someone. These questions were asked without any basis to support them. Judge Barrett denied them, not unexpectedly.

Illustration on the exit from Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America's final exit from Afghanistan

A hallmark of the Trump administration has been the removal of U.S. military forces from foreign wars where the nation has no serious strategic interest, and has made remaining forces from Afghanistan a key focus.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with United Steelworkers Union President Thomas Conway and school teacher Denny Flora of New Castle, Pa., aboard his train as it travels to Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Biden is on a train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania today. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Biden polling paradox

Polling is a science. It depends on randomly sampled participants, but there is nothing random about the formulas used to assure the statistics are accurate and meaningful.

CDC needs to keep its COVID-19 nose out of Thanksgiving

- The Washington Times

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Robert Redfield just issued a quiet warning of possible COVID-19 case hikes during Thanksgiving festivities. Memo to CDC: Enough. Stay out of Thanksgiving. And don't even think of getting involved in Christmas.

This Aug. 8, 2020, file photo shows Brooks Koepka watching his tee shot on the 14th hole during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Koepka returns to competition this week after missing two months with a hip injury. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)  **FILE**

Brooks Koepka makes third return from a layoff this year

- Associated Press

The world ranking would suggest it's a lost year. Koepka started the year at No. 1 and became the fourth player since the ranking began in 1986 to start at No. 1 and fall out of the top 10. The others were Greg Norman in 1998 (shoulder surgery), Tiger Woods in 2014 (back surgery) and Jason Day in 2017.

Men are subject to powerful passions and appetites and, if unrestrained, are capable of ruthlessly riding roughshod over their neighbors and the community at large. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Founders gambled on virtue prevailing over passions

In his renowned 1785 pamphlet "Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments," James Madison described religious liberty as not only "a right towards men" but also "a duty towards the Creator," and a "duty ... precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society."

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Southwest Focal Point Community Center in, Pembroke Pines, Fla., Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A Biden win portends a nuclear deal do-over for Iran

For the better part of a year, Americans have narrowed their focus to the immediate task of saving themselves from the scourge of the deadly coronavirus. The threat of disease is still potent, but the approach of a quadrennial presidential election necessitates a wider scope of awareness. From afar, an angry Iran continues to glare westward. As millions of U.S. voters sit with pen in hand to fill out their mail-in ballots, they should ponder whether they could be also signing off on a renewed Iranian quest for nuclear arms.

Why continued U.S.-Saudi relations?

Daniel N. Hoffman's piece, "Don't believe Putin's lies in Navalny poisoning" (Web, Oct. 8), repeats a lot of waffle and one-sided stories from international agencies about Russia. But what really got me was Mr. Hoffman's driving comment at the top of the op-ed: "The U.S. and its allies must not sacrifice principle to do business with a brutal regime" (meaning Russia). To enlighten Mr. Hoffman, the U.S. has sacrificed many principles on the altar of business.

Nobody's perfect

I am an admirer of many of Donald Trump's policies (but not always of the man). I recently received an email containing this mock news release: "President Donald Trump has COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with the virus at this difficult time." It brought to mind Abraham Lincoln's famous quote: "It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues."

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