Articles by: Carl Cannon

IWO JIMA

IWO JIMA

on February 23, 2018, 8:06 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Friday, February 23, 2018. Seventy-three years ago today, the U.S. Marines raised the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima. Captured on film by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, the image became an instant classic that helped buck up a war-weary nation. It is still an iconic symbol of the war in […]

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The News According To Real Clear Politics Feb. 16, 2018

on February 16, 2018, 8:23 AM / in National News

Senate Votes Underscore Parties’ Immigration Litmus Tests. Caitlin Huey-Burns reports on the seemingly intractable divisions that led to failure of three bills yesterday. The Takeaway: No N.Y. State of Mind for 2020. Tom Bevan’s weekly polling roundup highlights New York voters’ reluctance to see three of their more prominent politicians seek the Oval Office. After Shootings, Trump Says He’ll Work […]

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Tea Party’s Dawn

on February 16, 2018, 8:21 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Friday, February 16, 2018. Nine years ago today, a modern version of the Boston Tea Party emerged in U.S. politics. It took place in Seattle, not at Boston Harbor, and although it didn’t have anything to do with tea or British trade tariffs, it certainly concerned taxation. Taxes have long been a touchstone for fiscal conservatives in […]

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The News According to RealClear Politics Feb. 15, 2018

The News According to RealClear Politics Feb. 15, 2018

on February 15, 2018, 8:32 AM / in National News

President Trump: Let’s Message Better on Abuse of Women. Steve Cortes urges the president to make amends for his tone-deaf response to the allegations against Rob Porter. An Open Letter to Paul Ryan on DACA. Morton Kondracke reminds the House speaker of his words praising the late Jack Kemp’s welcoming stance on immigration. DACA Deal Must Put Pragmatism Over Principle. […]

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Tragedy and Misjudgment

Tragedy and Misjudgment

on February 15, 2018, 8:30 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Thursday, February 15, 2018. Today, Americans must absorb the shock — and resist the numbness that comes with familiarity — of another mass school shooting by a murderous young man with an assault rifle. As of this writing, the names of the victims have not been made public except for the assistant football coach at Florida’s Stoneman […]

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News Briefs on FBI Criticism; Minn. Seat Opens; Brennan & the Dossier

on February 12, 2018, 7:37 AM / in National News

“Attacking” the FBI: An Unalienable American Right. In a column, I remind both Democrats and the media that criticizing the bureau’s excesses is hardly a Trump-era development. GOP Eyes Trump District as Minn. Democrat Retires. James Arkin has details on the ramifications of Rep. Rick Nolan’s decision to leave Congress. Former CIA Director Brennan’s Perjury Peril. In RealClearInvestigations, Paul Sperry […]

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Lincoln, in Brief

on February 12, 2018, 7:36 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Monday, February 12, 2018 — the birthdate of perhaps our greatest president. “I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky,” Abraham Lincoln wrote to Jesse W. Fell in December of 1859. “My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families — second families, perhaps I should say,” Lincoln continued. “My mother, who died in […]

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FDR and Memory

on January 30, 2018, 9:00 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, January 30, 2018, the birth date of one of America’s most beloved presidents. Franklin Roosevelt, now immortalized with an extensive monument near the National Mall, would have been 136 years old today. Monuments can be tricky things, however. Like old photographs — and even literary classics or our favorite Hollywood movies — they are works of […]

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Olympic Dreams

on January 26, 2018, 7:51 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Friday, January 26, 2018. Thirty-eight years ago today, when relations between Washington and Moscow were even more fraught than they are today, a U.S. president used sports as a tool in the Cold War. This was soft power that President Jimmy Carter employed: No one was killed by the weapon the United States wielded. But as we […]

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Vote Dershowitz! Labor Days

on January 25, 2018, 8:54 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Thursday, January 25, 2018. On this date 128 years ago, the United Mine Workers union was forged in Columbus, Ohio. It was a seminal event in the history of the Buckeye State and in the labor movement. Its reverberations are being felt to this day in cities across the United States. On January 25, 1890, delegates from […]

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Lindy and America First

on January 23, 2018, 8:04 AM / in History, Opinion

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and the short-lived government shutdown is over — for now. Today’s date in history serves as a reminder that, to many people, “America First” is not merely an expression of pride in the Unites States and its accomplishments. The phrase also has another, more sinister, historic connotation that its supporters would be wise […]

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Vino Bravo

on January 17, 2018, 8:50 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Michelle Robinson, later to be Michelle Obama, came into the world on this day. That was in 1964, the same year sublime heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay announced that henceforth he’d be known as Muhammad Ali. “Cassius Clay is a slave name,” said the famous fighter who was also born on this day […]

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Take Note; the Guns of January

Take Note; the Guns of January

on January 9, 2018, 8:05 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Tuesday, January 9, 2018. So the Oprah-for-president craze begins. Will this prove a temporary blip, soon forgotten? Or a powerful tsunami that (again) turns U.S. politics on its head? History teaches us that we don’t always immediately recognize the turning of the tide when it first happens. Today’s date, for example is when the actual first shots […]

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Death Valley Highs & Lows

on January 8, 2018, 8:37 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Monday, January 8, 2018. To quote the Cowardly Lion, “Unusual weather we’re having, ain’t it?” Then again, we don’t need a sudden snowstorm in a mythical poppy field in “The Wizard of Oz” to remind us that weather can be unpredictable. The polar vortex and “bomb cyclone” serve that function. On this date in 1913, the coldest […]

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March of Dimes

March of Dimes

on January 3, 2018, 8:06 AM / in History, People

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The New Year, the same as the old. By that I mean to note only that President Trump, back from his Mar-a-Lago vacation, is tweeting again, much to the consternation of his critics. This date in history is a reminder that the presidential bully pulpit can be employed in all kinds of ways, […]

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GW’s Passing

on December 14, 2017, 7:46 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Thursday, December 14, 2017. On this date in 1799, the “father of our country” passed away at Mount Vernon. George Washington was 67 years old. In those three score and seven years, Washington the soldier led his countrymen in battle as they shed the yoke of empire, and Washington the statesman helped establish a republic. He would […]

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Bowing Out Gracefully

on December 13, 2017, 8:03 AM / in Opinion

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, December 13, 2017. Aren’t special elections fun? When is the next one? Losing Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore didn’t acknowledge his defeat last night, which is understandable given the closeness of the vote. Award the man points for consistency, if nothing else: He quoted Scripture instead of making a concession speech. The verses he chose come […]

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Royal Romance

Royal Romance

on December 11, 2017, 9:01 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Monday, December 11, 2017. Eighty-one years ago today, a thin and handsome man known to his beloved as “David,” but to the British people as Edward VIII, became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He did so for love, which seems quaint today. As Tina Turner might say, what’s love got to do with […]

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12-7-41

on December 7, 2017, 7:56 AM / in History

Good morning, it’s Thursday, December 7, 2017. Whatever is happening today in our nation’s fractious capital, or in violent hotspots around the world, today’s date is a reminder that this country has experienced truly dark and frightening days and that we saw our way through even if it took a long time. For Americans living on this date 76 years […]

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News from Real Clear Politics December 6th, 2017

on December 6, 2017, 8:53 AM / in National News

Conyers’ Resignation Puts Pressure on Others. Caitlin Huey-Burns has the story. Uncertainty Abounds as Shutdown Deadline Nears. With funding for the government set to run out in just three days, James Arkin takes the measure of both parties’ priorities and intentions. Revamping the Rust Belt: Software Comes to the Fore. The challenges of reinvigorating tapped out local economies was the […]

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