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Wesley Pruden

Wesley Pruden

Wesley Pruden would have wanted to spend his final hours at his keyboard, deftly deflating the pompous, entitled and arrogant of the political establishment, and he came awfully close. The venerable Washington Times editor, columnist and journalism institution was found dead July 17, 2019, at his home, after putting in a full day at the newsroom on New York Avenue in Northeast D.C., where he had worked since 1982, four months after the newspaper's founding. He was 83.

His remarkable career began 67 years ago as a teenage copy boy in Arkansas, making him among the few old-school newsmen whose sharp political acumen, elegant writing style, and keen sense of the absurd allowed him to remain as relevant in the digital age as he was in the days when the rumpled shirts of reporters were splattered with ink.

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Articles by Wesley Pruden

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to the media at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats have given up on 2020, focused on 2016 instead

Nancy Pelosi seems to be getting her wish. Mrs. Pelosi's tutorials to her girls gone wild about how the world works, and in particular how the world of Washington works, may be having an effect. The tutorial required a lot of remedial readin,' writin' and 'rithmetic. The impeachment fever is clearly subsiding. Trump Derangement Syndrome is reasserting itself as the preferred narcotic in the Democratic congressional salons. Published May 6, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Far-left attempts to impeach Trump will destroy Democratic Party chances in 2020

In the beginning, it was collusion with the Russians that the Democrats were counting on to send the president to obscurity, or worse. When that partisan fantasy dissolved like snow on a sunny day, the Democrats seized obstruction of justice as the crime of the century. The special counsel concluded there was not enough there, either. Published May 2, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks outside of Gianni's Pizza, in Wilmington Del., Thursday, April 25, 2019. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Joe Biden shakes up the Democratic primary

The Democrats are the gift that never quits giving. Twenty-five Democrats (depending on who's counting) think they're capable of running the country and Thursday the party that can't shoot straight gave us a presidential primary within a presidential primary. Published April 25, 2019

Former U.S. President Barack Obama attends a town hall meeting at the "European School For Management And Technology" (ESMT) in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, April 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

We’re all snowflakes now

When Muslim terrorists brought down the World Trade Center 17 years ago, the Paris newspapers, in a fit of empathy, declared that "we're all Americans now." The sentiment was meaningless treacle, and it quickly evaporated. American citizenship, even if honorary, is too great a burden for Frenchmen to bear. But it was a nice gesture. Published April 22, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers construction and maintenance conference in Washington, April 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

An imaginary look at an imaginary 2020 election

The polls haven't yet opened, and it's already time to count the ballots. Everybody wants to know who won next year. It's not much of a horse race yet, but we've got a lot of horses, even if most of them will eventually run straight to the glue works. Published April 15, 2019

Julian Assange gestures as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday, April 11, 2019. Police in London arrested WikiLeaks founder Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy Thursday for failing to surrender to the court in 2012, shortly after the South American nation revoked his asylum. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Julian Assange is about to face melancholy music

Finally being called to account for crimes and other outrages ruins any villain's day, and Julian Assange's bad day started early Thursday, when he was pulled out of bed at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and packed off to considerably smaller and less plush living quarters in the pokey. He did not go gently into that rainy English morning. Published April 11, 2019

Alexander Hamilton

Electoral college deserves all the respect it can get

The Founding Fathers dreamed up a way to elect a president by overriding the popular will, and some people -- many of them unfamiliar with what they're talking about -- want to fix something that ain't broke. Published March 28, 2019

In this March 24, 2019, photo, special counsel Robert Mueller, and his wife Ann, depart St. John's Episcopal Church, across from the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Robert Mueller’s news is good for everyone but the press

Good news for President Trump continues to accumulate in the wake of the announcement by special counsel Robert Mueller that he could find no evidence that the president colluded with the Russians, or anyone else, to fix the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the usual way. Beastly foreigners didn't have anything to do with it. Published March 25, 2019

Rescuers work at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight crash near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, south of Addis Ababa,  Ethiopia, Monday, March 11, 2019. A spokesman says Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as a safety precaution, following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Customers entitled to their fears after two Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes

Sometimes you have to wonder who's in charge at Corporate Central. Certain airlines aren't being very sympathetic to customers who are nervous about flying -- no doubt unnecessarily -- on the Boeing 737 Max 8 after two of them have crashed over the past five months. Published March 11, 2019

In this Dec. 18, 2018, file photo, then Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., waits to speak during a news conference at the Capitol in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) ** FILE **

Joe Biden, Martha McSally rages return to ride again

There's no new thing under the sun, as Ecclesiastes tells us, and the politics of the nation proves it. A senator's declaration that she was raped many years ago recalls the struggle of feminists to send women into combat. Some of the arguments survive to be ventilated again. Published March 7, 2019

The New York Times building in New York is seen here on Oct. 10, 2012. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Legacy media’s failure to understand religious belief exacts terrible price

It's too bad so many of the reporters and correspondents of the mainstream/legacy media never went to Sunday school. Not for what that might have done for their immortal souls (many of them don't believe they have one, anyway), but for their educations, which many of them have yet to complete. Published March 4, 2019

From the painting by Domenichino

Nancy Pelosi, Robert Mueller and Democrats searching for unicorns

The unicorn is an elusive beast. Though intemperate, sometimes ferocious and on occasion even savage, often unable to control itself, such a beast is exceedingly rare. No one has ever captured one. Nancy Pelosi, however, claims to have seen at least one in her garden. So have other Democrats. Published February 28, 2019