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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to make a statement at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Pelosi announced that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. 
  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nancy Pelosi’s hostage video

- The Washington Times

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Iran's real counterrevolutionaries

Nations that give out "free stuff" to their populations in order to keep them quiet face a real problem when the money runs out. Then, the peasants tend to get ugly.

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019 file photo Kanye West answers questions from Sr. pastor Joel Osteen during the 11 am service at Lakewood Church, in Houston. West has been denied a permit to build an amphitheater on his ranch in Wyoming. The Park County Planning and Zoning Commission made the decision Tuesday, Nov.19, 2019, after the rapper changed his plans for the structure near Cody. West told county officials he now wants to include residential space. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke,File)

Sharing Kanye's journey

"The darker the night, the brighter the stars." So said Dostoevsky, and as the nation gropes through the murky era of recrimination marked by presidential impeachment, Kanye West's invitation to join in his dazzling affirmation of faith is lighting up the buzzsphere. Detractors, perhaps blinded by the light, say it's all about the Benjamins. To the contrary, it's all about new beginnings.

Stifling speech is undemocratic

As an academic and scholar, I was saddened to read of the efforts by some to prevent Ann Coulter from speaking at the University of California, Berkeley ("Ann Coulter 'Adios, America!' speech spurs protests, arrests at Cal-Berkeley," Web, Nov. 21). The essence of democracy is the willingness to hear and debate alternative points of view, regardless of whether we agree with them. Universities, as bastions of academic scholarship and creative thinking, should be the last place on Earth to ban anyone with different perspectives from expressing those perspectives. It is the willingness to conceive of and discuss ideas outside the spectrum of conventional thinking that propels humanity forward. I fear for our society as we dangerously censor and abuse people who disagree with us instead of civilly debating them. This is what happens in fascist dictatorships, not in true democracies.

Truman made best possible choice

While I usually agree with Andrew Napolitano, his claim in "The dangers of a Trump imperial presidency" (Web, Nov. 21) that President Truman "killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki" needs context.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., with committee staffer Daniel Noble at left, makes impassioned remarks at the conclusion of a week of public impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. Former White House national security aide Fiona Hill, and David Holmes, a U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, were the final witnesses today. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Impeachment hearings leave Americans hungry for national healing

- The Washington Times

Forty-five percent of independents said in a survey conducted this week by Emerson College that they're against impeachment of this president -- and that's after a Marquette University poll a conducted couple days earlier found 53 percent of Wisconsin voters want Donald Trump to stay. The takeaway? Voters want the nation to heal.

'Under Occupation' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Under Occupation'

Alan Furst, author of the historical spy novel "Hero of France," returns to France during the period the country was under Nazi occupation in World War II in his latest novel, "Under Occupation."

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Warren's wealth tax will not unify Americans

Sen. Elizabeth Warren made another pitch for her "2 cents" wealth tax plan during the fifth Democratic debate in Atlanta on Wednesday night, this time with the added bonus that it would help "build an America that works for the people, not just rich folks."

At-large D.C. Council member David Grosso said "public financing of campaigns would give greater voice to all voters and reduce the disproportionate influence of big city donors in D.C. politics" under a bill he has crafted. (The Washington Times) **FILE**

Divisive Democrats in D.C. City Hall?

- The Washington Times

Leave it to a D.C. politician to pick up on the far left's scent. As if Ms. Pelosi had handed him a rod and staff, D.C. Council member David Grosso appears to be training for a run against the chairman of the council.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

LOVERRO: Manfred, MLB face minefield of problems

The commissioner of Major League Baseball, the former right-hand man to predecessor Bud Selig, is facing a trifecta of major challenges in the coming months -- the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, minor league contraction and labor unrest for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., from left, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., greet each other before the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ** FILE **

The Democrats' divisive debate

Just as it had been in each of the four previous 2020 Democratic presidential debates, the proposed Medicare For All takeover of the nation's health care and health insurance systems was hotly contested in their fifth face-off Wednesday night in Atlanta.

State Dept. ruined relations

George Kent, deputy assistant secretary at the State Department, alledgedly overheard a July 26 phone call between President Trump and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, in which the two discussed investigations that President Trump wanted Ukraine to pursue. Mr. Kent also said Mr. Trump told Mr. Sondland that Mr. Trump didn't care about Ukraine.

Financial 'statement' unlikely

If you believe President Trump will release his financials prior to the election, I shall sell you a used car as new or even a government-financed bridge in New York ("Trump promises to release 'statement' on his finances before electio" Web, Nov. 21). As is true of most billionaires, the finances of Mr. Trump present a picture of legal tax evasion, and in his case a history of failed financial efforts. While neither of these should disqualify him for running for or holding office, their disclosure would remove any picture of invincibility.

Trump, not Obama, gave real aid

Democrats keep focusing on the negative effects of the Trump delay in providing aid to Ukraine, but they forgot that first, when Russia invaded the Crimea region, then President Obama did not offer any real assistance to Ukraine.

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