Republicans finally voice Iraq concerns

By Freedom Newspapers Administration spokespeople may still talk about the foolishness of having 435 micromanagers of a war, of giving the “surge” a chance to be successful, of a timetable being a timetable for surrender, of not being affected by opinion polls. But recent actions suggest they are aware that time is running short to […]

Blame for Iraq should be placed closer to Congress

By Freedom Newspapers On one hand, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, raises excellent points about the administration and his Democratic colleagues. Then again, Kucinich is being, well, Kucinich. The long-shot presidential candidate from Cleveland raises valid points — as well as the government-as-the-answer ones you’d expect — in a video about Iraq and Iran on […]

Press needs to get priorities straight

By M ona Charen: Syndicated columnist There are few less edifying sights than Terry McAuliffe in full battle cry. But alas there was no avoiding him after the Cheney hunting accident. There he was demanding to know why the vice president waited 22 hours before informing the press and shouting that if Al Gore had […]

2/19 Letters to the editor

Media should give Cheney accident rest Dick Cheney unfortunately was involved in a hunting accident. That’s all it was. There are many hunting accidents each year. Hunters shoot themselves with their own guns; they shoot fellow hunters; they shoot livestock by mistake, and so on. It is amazing the press just can’t leave Cheney alone. […]

Last debate Bush was focused, eloquent

by Mona Charen There was one moment in the final presidential debate in which John Kerry was downright likable. When offering up the standard gallant remark that he, Bush and Bob Schieffer had all “married up,” Kerry had the presence of mind to realize instantly how that sounded coming from not just the only man […]

Cheney bested Edwards — and Bush — in debate

Freedom Newspapers Tuesday night’s debate between the vice presidential candidates was more substantive than last week’s between the presidential candidates. Vice President Dick Cheney’s even-handed, informed performance was dramatically better than President Bush’s halting, repetitive answers. Even Sen. John Edwards came across in some ways better than his principal, Sen. John Kerry. Most important, Cheney […]

Freedom for everyone still long way off

Leonard Pitts: National Columnist What would it take to get you to stand up for me? Let’s say I’m routinely discriminated against and in some cases outright despised. Let’s say I’m often used as a scapegoat, and there’s an ongoing debate over what rights I do and do not deserve. Under what circumstances would you […]

Troy’s honor should not need defense

By Mona Charen One of the great ironies of the past decade and a half is that the term “the politics of personal destruction” has come to be associated with what Republicans did to President Bill Clinton. Republicans have been known to go over the top now and then. But it is Democrats who have […]

Supreme Court has chance to vote for openness

The White House is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect what it sees as a right of the presidency to solicit advice from private citizens and do so in secret — as vice president Dick Cheney did early in the Bush administration with an energy task force. The high court, which seemed to respond […]

GOPs gather to back Bush

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Rep. Anna Crook R-Clovis speaks to a group of Bush-Cheney supporters during a meeting Thursday in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Curry County grassroots organization touting the Bush/Cheney campaign held its first meeting Thursday night and featured an address from a state representative. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, […]