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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam waves to the gallery as he prepares to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the Virginia General Assembly at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

The long, painful slide down the slippery slope

- The Washington Times

We're not any longer talking about abortion, the issue that has bitterly divided us for decades. Now we're talking about the step beyond interfering with the process of creating a human life. We're talking about "murder," perhaps the ugliest word in the language.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., is seated during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for Steven D. Dillingham to be director of the Census, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

The Democrats attempt to exploit the failure of Congress

- The Washington Times

Congress, the butt of so many jokes over the centuries of the American experiment, may have stumbled onto a quack cure for what ails it. Some senators, of both the Republican and Democratic persuasions, are talking about passing a law to require Congress to stifle itself when it is called on to deal with a budget.

Neither Fred nor Ginger

The best and worst times for America

- The Washington Times

These are the best of times, these are the worst of times. (Charles Dickens only thought his age was confused.) You only have to read the newspapers to see why.

Michael Cohen. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A sad day for the gentlemen of the press

- The Washington Times

The New York Times thinks ours is "a golden age for journalism." The press, the Old Gray Lady says, "has come through with some investigative work that can stand with the finest Watergate-era reporting."

Judge Amy Barrett. (Associated Press)

The graveyard ghouls and a lather of speculation

- The Washington Times

Not all ghouls live in the graveyard. Some of them are busy in the capital sunshine, making book on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's chances of returning to the U.S. Supreme Court and staying there to assist in the rendering of Donald Trump and his administration as dead as one of those graveyard ghouls.

Nancy Pelosi. (Associated Press)

A tear for the schoolmarm teaching civics to the House

- The Washington Times

A schoolmarm's lot, like that of a policeman's, is not a happy one, particularly if her lot is a roomful of noisy children whose ignorance is boundless and who have only a small ambition to do anything about it. Shed a bipartisan tear for Nancy Pelosi.

Jimmy Carter. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A lot of noise before the storm

- The Washington Times

Thursday was a strange day in Washington. There was the changing, not of the guard but of half of the Congress, and Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats acted as if she were Franklin D. Roosevelt (in drag) and it was 1932 and "happy days are here again."

Elizabeth Warren   Associated Press photo

Witches, Presbyterians and the Booger Man

- The Washington Times

The Booger Man's gonna get you if you don't watch out. That's the media's message in the finding that at last there are more witches and wiccans than Presbyterians out there, waiting to pounce.

Theresa May

The lady at bay in Old Blighty

- The Washington Times

Theresa May, who has mismanaged Britain's exit from the European Union, won her vote of confidence in the House of Commons this week, and now she's in the hard place the country preacher found himself after winning a vote of confidence to unify his congregation, soothe hurt feelings and make peace with his deacons.

Harry S Truman at the piano with Lauren Bacall. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A modern president and his tweet stuff

- The Washington Times

Thomas Jefferson collected old books and French wines, Warren Harding collected poker buddies, and FDR collected stamps. Harry S Truman collected sheet music and played the piano. Once he played it at the National Press Club, with Lauren Bacall draped across the upright with a helping of cheesecake. Bess, the first lady, was not amused.

John Adams. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Civil is nice, but winning elections is better

- The Washington Times

Everybody wants to go to heaven, the wise man observed, but nobody wants to die. It's not a puzzlement. Everybody wants kind and gentle in our politics, but nobody wants to risk losing an election. That's not such a puzzlement, either.

A detail from a portrait of George H.W. Bush displayed inside the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum. (Associated Press)

No. 41, the real 'man in full'

- The Washington Times

No. 41 deserves all the warm, kind words he's getting, but they don't quite capture the man I got to know at the end of his presidency. The man in full emerged when the shadows began to lengthen, as they inevitably will for us all, and as the good days began to ebb.

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