Any mention of Thanksgiving — which I am about to mention — must first include a caveat that no one ever has or ever will write a Thanksgiving column like Furman Bisher, the late and great sports editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He owns that category like Ray Charles Robinson, of …

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Amid the brouhaha over senate and gubernatorial voting, there was clarity here in the Sunshine State about one thing: Floridians are fed up with the cruel practice of organized dog racing. 

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Amid the brouhaha over senate and gubernatorial voting, there was clarity here in the Sunshine State about one thing: Floridians are fed up with the cruel practice of organized dog racing. 

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had the best line when it comes to the latest Florida election in which contests for governor and the U.S. Senate are still undecided.

It was a week before Halloween as I watched the unenviable task of my colleague Amy Holmes lecturing NBC anchor Megyn Kelly, on what turned out to be the final outing of “Megyn Kelly Today,” that “I can play Diana Ross … but I’m sorry Megyn, you can’t.”

If there was one place where the moderate Republican could make a brave last stand, it was at the Metropolitan Republican Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. New York County (Manhattan) was one of the few counties outside Ohio to prefer John Kasich over Trump in the 2016 primaries.

There was a moment on television last week you might have missed that you need to know about. 

Charles Dickens wrote this about the French Revolution:”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was…

According to a recent report in The New York Times, Health and Human Services Department officials have been circulating a proposal to define sex. Their memo says, “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” They add, …

In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson’s belief that “men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.” Now the state has asked the U.S. Supreme Court for 20 more days to provide the court with a defense of the proposition that a …

Just when you think there is no place left in this politically toxic, mudslinging, in-your-face world for any goodness, along comes 17-year-old Jordyn Moore, a teenager from Forsyth County, to happily prove us wrong.

It’s not often that U.S. government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a “liberation.” The 2011 U.S.-led destruction of Libya was a “humanitarian intervention.” And so on.

When I run into people around this state and they find out I’m from Thomasville, invariably the first response I get is: “Isn’t that the home of (insert the name of a great athlete here)?”

We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington. Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander to their base, whic…

In 1988, Lee Atwater, George Bush’s campaign manager, vowed to make “Willie Horton” (real name, William Horton) Michael Dukakis’ running mate. And he did, with the help of Larry McCarthy and an ad that featured a terrifying mug shot of a black murderer who had been released from prison on a …

If you thought the midterms were bad — marked by Trump’s frequent falsehoods, cockamamie claims and rampant racism — you ain’t seen nothing yet. It’s 2020 time. Like shoppers determined to find Christmas bargains immediately after Halloween, politicians are already angling for votes that won…

Until two weeks ago it seemed that the Division I college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the “student-athletes” who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry’s billions. However, a New York jury, which perhaps h…

It surprised few to learn that Robert Bowers, who is charged in the massacre of 11 congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue, was a social misfit and psychotic wreck. Most domestic terrorists are. They latch onto some extreme ideology to obscure the mess in their head.

In describing the GOP tax cuts, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that they and bonuses American workers were getting were “crumbs.” They were “tax cuts for the rich.” Some argued that the tax cuts would reduce revenues. Pelosi predicted, “This thing will explode the deficit.” How abou…

Shortly after the arrest of the DNA-linked domestic bomber — turns out, big shock, that he’s a “Make America Great Again” fan who took Trump’s incendiary words as permission to terrorize — an amazing moment transpired at the White House. Trump called for unity and declared: “We will never al…

Sadly, but not unexpectedly, the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh is being used to justify new infringements on liberty. Of course, opponents of gun rights are claiming this shooting proves America needs more gun control. Even some who normally oppose gun control say…

President Donald Trump was right to tweet out: “There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true enemy of the people, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news honestly and fairly…

When I started working as a teacher at Thomas County Central back in 1994, I had barely a clue about what I was doing. I was teaching a subject (audio and video production) that pretty much had no set standards of what to do (or not), and as a result I was pretty much clueless. 

Be careful out there folks, because we’re in the middle of that scary time of year when spooky, hollow-eyed, costumed creatures come begging for treats and if refused, threaten dastardly tricks. Meaning one of two things; either its Halloween or the following Tuesday is Election Day.

President Trump’s plan for lowering Medicare drug costs is good, even cutting-edge. As Democrats successfully campaign on health care, Trump has come back with a proposal that could save Medicare patients and taxpayers $17.2 billion over five years. Too bad its chances of happening are close…

Democrats are hoping the coming election will give them a majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans and much of our nation dread that prospect. My question is: What would a House majority mean for the Democrats? Let’s look at it.

After showing off his swastika tattoo, Randy Metcalf became involved in a barroom brawl. One of his opponents was an African American, whom he and his friends knocked unconscious. Metcalf repeatedly kicked him in the head and, according to a witness, said, “Die, (n-word), die.” Metcalf was s…

As a public service, I want to share with you the latest political data in order to help you decide for whom to vote in next week’s elections. If you have already voted, hopefully it will confirm the wisdom of your decision or let you bang your head against the wall for being such a dimwit.

President Trump recently called the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes crazy. Leaving aside President Trump’s specific complaint, which is likely motivated by the belief that low rates will help him win reelection, he is right that “crazy” is a good way to describe the Federal Reserve.

I read the news today, oh boy. And by “read” I mean skimmed. And by “news” I mean aggregates. And by “today” I mean round-the-clock. And by “oh boy” I mean I’m suffering from email newsletter overload. 

Guess which future leader of the United States said this about illegal immigrants in 2006:

Is it more than coincidence that thousands of migrants from Central America are seeking to enter the United States illegally just two weeks before the midterm election? Who are these people? Who’s paying for their transportation, food and expenses? Why doesn’t the media find out? Is this mig…

As someone who has been trying to get a woman on the ticket since 1984, I’m glad that the Democratic Party has so many women stars, starting with Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. But in watching them both in action last week, I was pretty terrified, not for myself but for the Democ…

On a summer Monday in 1976, I stood outside the Time & Life building hard by Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. A latter-day Jonah, I was headed into the belly of the beast. I craned my head back to take in the skyscraper’s nearly 50 stories as they disappeared into the faraway sky.

For those who have been living under a rock the last couple of weeks, many (if not most) of our farmers took a pretty serious hit when Hurricane Michael blasted his way through our agriculturally anchored part of Georgia. Some of those farmers lost their income for the year and beyond. 

Early in his Marine Corps career, which he concluded as a four-star general, Walter Boomer was decorated for valor in Vietnam. He distilled into three words the lesson of that debacle: “Tell the truth.” Max Hastings, an eminent British journalist and historian, has done that in a book that i…

It pays to be friends with Jared Kushner. You can get away with murder. Or so thinks Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Early in his tenure as a special adviser to his father-in-law, Kushner went out of his way to become Best Friends Forever with the monarchical autocrat. 

The Saudi version of the disappearance and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi seems to change every day or so. The latest is the Saudi government claim that the opposition journalist was killed in a “botched interrogation” at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Or was it a fist-fight? What is…

It’s such a hoary old chestnut, the phrase should be roasting on an open fire right about now. “This will be the most important election of our lifetime.” We hear it every even-numbered November from every politician in every competitive race. But this time, they may be right. This isn’t jus…