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There is no clarity in the presidential race at this point, no obvious favorite, no predictable outcome. Every factor that favors President Trump or the Democrats is balanced out by a negative trend. A victory — or a defeat — for either party is totally plausible.

With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40 percent of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on “continuing resolutions.” Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary function, which i…

I feared that the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing might get eclipsed by other celebrations (the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, etc.), but apparently the sky is the limit for Apollo 11 remembrances. And why not? This mileston…

If California Sen. Kamala Harris is elected president in 2020 and reelected in 2024, by the time she leaves office 114 months from now she might have a coherent answer to the question of whether Americans should be forbidden to have what 217 million of them currently have: private health ins…

The day after his dismal showing in the first Democratic debates, former Vice President Joe Biden said in Chicago: “Folks, the discussion in this race shouldn’t be about the past.”

Just a decade after Democrats steamrolled Republicans and public opposition to upend the American health care system, they are ready to move on to the next phase on their plan to force every American into a government-run health care plan.

The toxicity of the resistance to President Trump has risen in recent days, with the nation’s most respected newspapers publishing rationalizations for denying Trump supporters public accommodation and for doxxing career federal employees, while a journalist found himself under physical atta…

On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened — “The Great Republic” was Winston Churchill’s tribute — many of today’s most interesting arguments about America’s nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance of the Declaration of Ind…

When faced with two women who each claimed to be the mother of the same child, King Solomon announced that he would slice the child in two and give half to each claimant.

If you cover enough of President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies — and I’ve covered a bunch — you know you can count on a few things.

When college students return to their campuses in the fall, many will face a growing problem that threatens to undermine their chances for success. Hunger.

Congress is debating emergency humanitarian aid to care for migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. The need is obvious. With virtually no barrier to stop them, thousands of migrants are crossing illegally into the United States every day. More than a million will come this year. U.S. law preven…

The doctrine that court precedents should have momentum for respect — the predictability of settled law gives citizens due notice of what is required or proscribed — is called stare decisis. This Latin translates as: “To stand by things decided.” The translation is not: “If a precedent was p…

In one of her final appearances before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen concluded her testimony by saying that no sane nation would ever devise an immigration system as dysfunctional as that of the United States.

That the Democrats’ two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called “debates” validates Finley Peter Dunne’s prediction that “when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy.” Already a linguistic casualty of …

In a normal universe, a vivid allegation of rape, leveled at a serially misogynist president, would be a news story worthy of 24/7 coverage.

So often, our busy routine can leave us overwhelmed, annoyed, frustrated and rushed. Perhaps you feel a combination of all of these. Or maybe you’re simply amazed. A few weeks back, I was part of a conversation about gratitude in which one man noted that when he took a step back on the way t…

Why haven’t efforts to impeach President Trump gained Watergate-style momentum? The lack of energy has created a sense of bafflement and disappointment among some of the president’s most determined adversaries. But there are some simple reasons for it. Here are three:

Is the bulging field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination a sign of strength? Or is it a troubling indication that wresting the presidency from Donald Trump won’t be easy?

Pinch me! I must be dreaming. After years of displacing U.S. tech workers, the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program has finally appeared on Congress’ radar.

Suddenly, the political winds of change are blowing across the country, rattling President Trump’s re-election campaign, blocking parts of his agenda and scrambling his administration’s team.

Everybody’s looking at China. The roller coaster trade negotiations conducted over recent weeks — coupled with mounting concerns over emerging technologies — have underscored the looming presence the Asian superpower plays on the global stage of international relations and in the development…

The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. The College Board wants to solve a comp…

Integrity. Encouragement. Confidence. Accountability. These are some of the words I’ve been hearing from millennials involved in a relatively new effort called GIVEN. It’s a leadership network for Catholic women, with the goal of helping them “Discover the gift that only you can give because…

Recently, I found myself standing in front of my old house in Philadelphia. From 1966, when I was 4, until 1969, when we moved, I lived in the two-story quasi-Victorian. In the 50 years since we left, I’ve re-imagined that house a million times through the forgiving lens of memory. That hous…

USA TODAY recently reported personal finance website WalletHub’s annual ranking of the most fun states in America.

It was tempting, for a moment there, to believe that President Donald Trump might get through his overseas trip to the United Kingdom and Normandy without finding a way to put his foot in his mouth.

What the heck was President Trump doing? What was he thinking when he told ABC’s star fake journalist George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday that if a foreign adversary offered him dirt on a political opponent he’d take a look at it before calling the FBI. That was an incredibly stupid thing to say.

President Trump has declared victory in his confrontation with Mexico. After he threatened to impose crippling tariffs on $350 billion worth of goods Mexico exports annually to the U.S., that country’s leaders agreed to measures aimed at impeding asylum-seekers from Central America that flow…

Is there any doubt that many Democrats agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she says she wants to see President Trump “in prison”? After the Mueller report, House Democrats seem to believe almost unanimously that the president is guilty of obstruction of justice. Their increasingly hea…

Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) said, “War is the health of the state.” James Madison said, “War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement,” and the executive almost is the American state, Congress now being more theatrical than actual. Advocates of an ever-larger state, remembering …

Because the Star Beacon does not often report on crimes involving juveniles, and we have typically withheld the names of juveniles when we do, it can be surprising to the public — and particularly the families of those involved — when we cover such cases. In these sensitive situations, we ma…

Interesting how the Republican Party’s attitude towards the office of the presidency has changed in three short years. During the tenure of the previous POTUS, any imagined breach of protocol provoked outpourings of outrage with spokespeople twitching and yelling and waving their arms like o…

Last fall, I took an extended road trip through the Great American Southwest. During my travels, I spent about a week in the Las Vegas area, and came upon a quaint ice cream shop just on the outskirts of town. Since the small store offered early morning cortados, a light lunch menu, and a va…

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend a record $16 billion on Father’s Day this year.

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Obituaries

ASHTABULA [ndash] Patricia Kangas, 74, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home in Kingsville, Ohio. Services are pending. Potti Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1329 Lake Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio is handling arrangements. www.pottifuneralhome.com

LUGOFF [ndash] Francis J. Volk, 87, of Lugoff, husband of the late Joyce E. Volk passed away Thursday, August 22, 2019. He was born on February 12, 1932 in Conneaut, Ohio to the late William Garrett Volk and Virginia Louise Pitt Volk. Francis is survived by, one daughter, Vicki Baker; one so…

LENOX TWP. [ndash] Services for Gaylord Rodgers, who died Thursday, will be Monday, 12:00PM with visitation 10AM-12PM, Jefferson Home of Fleming&Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W.Jefferson St., Jefferson. Burial at Lenox Center Cemetery with military honors. fleming-billman.com