In 2005, I was invited to speak on ethics at a prominent university. I was escorted to a site on campus where the room was packed with students, teachers and administrators. I take my place at a table down in front near the podium for … Read More

Climbing is a great game; great not in spite of the demands it makes, but because of them. Great because it will not let us give half of ourselves, it demands all of us. It demands our best. – Royal Robbins

If the 60s and … Read More

Not Going Away

While President-elect Donald Trump announced that his sons will run his company but make no new foreign deals, problems already exist.

“At the Wednesday press conference where Mr. Trump described the company’s new structure,” The Wall Street Journal writes (Jan. 14), “he also said he … Read More

Deal with the Devil

While there is no photographic evidence, Paul Ryan continues to suffer the results of his deal with the devil.

Courtesy Dan Piraro,

Once the House Speaker walked onto the stage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, his fate was sealed.

“Democracy is a … Read More

The First Priority

“I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.”  — William F. Buckley, Jr.

In Junior High, my mother announced that every day I would start reading at least two articles from our daily newspaper. The first was a … Read More


Dear Mr. Speaker,

Well, that didn’t take long.

Last month you told CNN’s Jake Tapper: “I’m just not ready to [endorse Donald Trump].”

You said you couldn’t support Trump unless he “advances the principles of our party and appeals to a … Read More

The first thing I noticed about Mike Emmick was how affable and unassuming he was. Lawyers can sound stiff and, well… lawyerly. Mike was none of that.

He was one of several former prosecutors who worked under independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr from September … Read More