2 days agoConrad Black: Trump's incomparable presidency -- Many readers have asked that I comment on the American political scene and President Trump, most noisily veteran Toronto Star plagiarist Bob Hepburn, who for 40 years has been intermittently snorting out of the undergrowth foaming biliously about some alleged turpitude of mine. This week I am the "Rudy Giuliani of Canada." Giuliani was a very successful mayor of New York City, but readers of my American columns, (which Hepburn claims to be), would know that I have been very critical of his legal efforts to undo the recent U.S. presidential election. Hepburn also bucks for the DiManno Prize for unoriginality with the worm-eaten chestnut that President Trump gave my co-defendants and me a full legal pardon because of my slavish adoration of him in a book I wrote about him ("A President Like No Other"), and in recent written and televised comments about him. Trump has not read that book, he told me, and those who have can confirm that it is anything but a whitewash: every tawdry aspect of Trump's jagged career is recounted.
1 day agoAndrew Potter: Canada's lack of interest in self-defence explains COVID failures -- If you don't save yourself, don't expect anyone else to do it for you
2 days agoMunk Debate: Is the GOP better off without Trump? -- David Frum and Stephen Moore debate whether the political survival of the Republican party requires a clear and irrevocable break with Donald Trump and Trumpism
1 day agoColby Cosh: Escaping politicians and CBC execs show that even Canadians can only take so much Canada -- One inherent feature of being Canadian — the Canadian dream! — is aspiring to have a retreat somewhere else
2 days agoRaymond J. de Souza: 'We must not be enemies': Biden would do well to borrow these lines from Lincoln -- The president-elect is preparing for his inaugural address amidst political turmoil and social unrest. What should he say?
2 days agoThe odds were against them: The night my dad's Lancaster was shot down in flames -- When you look up at the night sky on Sunday, think of a flaming Lancaster and a 19-year-old from Toronto's Balmy Beach, swinging in his parachute
2 days agoEdward Luce: The first family that warped America -- The danger is that the GOP will turn into the Trump dynasty's party
2 days agoSean Speer: How Barstool Sports is taking pandemic aid into its own hands -- The Barstool Fund is pooling donations from small donors, along with wealthy athletes and celebrities, to help struggling small businesses in the United States
2 days agoChris Selley: A mid-pandemic federal election would be offensively ridiculous -- Our elected officials need to make tough calls and be accountable for them, not in a few weeks but on the day they make them. That can't happen when they're campaigning
2 days agoJohn Ivison: Newly minted Garneau greeted with a China broadside, but it's nothing he can't handle -- 'He's calm, he has ice-water in his veins, he is reasoned, well-researched and has enormous credibility,' said Andrew Leslie, his co-chair on the Liberal foreign affairs advisory committee
2 days agoJesse Kline: Capitol riots show how Twitter and Facebook poison democracy and free speech -- As to how to make the internet a more civilized place, there are no easy answers. But censorship won't solve the problem
2 days agoJonathan Kay: How social media pushes normal people to conspiracy theories and not just the cranks -- The path to conspiracism is shorter, and more slippery, than many people think
3 days agoMarni Soupcoff: Amazon had every right to stop hosting Parler -- There are a couple of ways to look at what freedom of speech means: people must not be silenced, or the state must not use its power to silence people. The Parler social media platform is focused on the former, a sloppy overgeneralization of a beautiful principle. Meanwhile Amazon Web Services, which is being sued by Parler for suspending Parler's account, is focused on the more nuanced latter, the heart of the bedrock liberty.
3 days agoDanielle Smith: I'm leaving Twitter and radio because I've had enough of the mob -- When I entered the media it was after a devastating personal failure in politics and I feared no one would ever hire me again after such a public routing.
3 days agoMatt Gurney: There's lots of reasons for the Liberals and the Conservatives to consider rolling the dice on an election -- But if they do, and there's another wave, they'll be sending Canadians to the polls in the middle of a disaster
3 days agoMike Fegelman: Anti-Semitism was on full display at the Washington riot -- There were some images that, for the Jewish community in Canada and elsewhere, sent especially chilling messages
3 days agoAvi Benlolo: Living in the land of confusion -- As a nation, we must go back to our foundational roots of faith, morality, compassion and kindness
3 days agoRex Murphy: Canada is in crisis. Erin O'Toole, where are you? -- It is at times like these that Parliamentary opposition — questioning, debating, remorselessly testing the government — is most required
3 days agoTerry Glavin: The storming of the Capitol was part of a co-ordinated terror attack — but signifies a deeper malaise -- What ails America is not just Trumpist hooliganism, or the Republican party. America itself is deeply damaged at the moment
4 days agoOpinion: As Canadian MPs, we know our opponents are not our enemies. Let's not become the U.S. -- We encourage all elected officials and candidates across Canada to think about what happened at the Capitol. Let's all learn from it
4 days agoKelly McParland: The public has the right to know, says information chief. Trudeau may disagree -- Maynard proposes to provide public access to official records from the offices of the prime minister and cabinet, something the Liberals have worked hard to avoid
4 days agoScott Stinson: The other thing Donald Trump tried to make great again? Football -- 'I'll have no regrets whatsoever punching you right in the mouth,' Trump was warned by Canadian businessman John Bassett, owner of the Tampa Bay Bandits
4 days agoColby Cosh: Remembering the Beirut blast, and other entirely preventable disasters -- Beirut's position near the world's aorta of trade loaded all of the dice a little bit, in a way that would be comic if not so tragic
4 days agoShakir Chambers: Trading Trump for Biden won't remedy growing polarization in the U.S. -- Serious doubts exist concerning America's ability to unite, heal and get things done, no matter who is president
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