WASHINGTON -- Most administrations come into power with some roughly recognizable templates for both domestic and foreign policy, shaped by the history and personnel of previous administrations. But President Trump has been bound by no ideology and is largely unmoored from the vast apparatus…

WASHINGTON -- For decades, Catholic Democratic politicians have been justifying their pro-choice position by telling us that they were personally opposed to abortion but could not impose their religious view on others. For most, the argument was a fig leaf to justify their shameful failure t…

Judy Jarvis was my best friend for 19 years. She was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. If it matters, I never saw her smoke a cigarette; if it matters, her internist had failed to give her an annual chest X-ray. All that mattered to me, as I raced from Los Angeles to the hospital in Boston…

WASHINGTON -- The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choicest.

WASHINGTON -- If congressional Democrats will temper their enthusiasm for impeachment with lucidity about the nation's needs and their political self-interest, they will understand the self-defeating nature of a foredoomed attempt to remove a president for aesthetic reasons. Such reasons are…

WASHINGTON -- I pray for President Trump at least once a week. "Grant to the President of the United States," says the Book of Common Prayer, "and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will."

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Before I plunge ahead with this tale of woe, a bit of background would be helpful. I have always been concerned about my appearance and the clothes I wear.