Hundereds of diplomats from around the world converged on New York last week for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran is today's David facing the American Goliath. In this confrontation, as in the Bible, the odds favor Goliath.

It feels surreal, as our country approaches the 242 anniversary of its freedom, to be celebrating the fact that our government is no longer pulling crying toddlers and infants away from their parents along the southern border.

No doubt critics, who suspect President Donald Trump's motives for tracking the number of citizens and non-citizens living in the United States in the 2020 census, have plenty of cause for concern.

There has been much controversy regarding Social Security benefits lately.

Set aside what you think of guns or immigration as a matter of public policy or even morality.

The 2016 election showed the great divide that exists in our nation, and many voters for President Trump expressed how they felt about former President Barack Obama.

I recently watched U.S. Representative Steve Scalise describe his horrific experience after the June 14 shooting at the baseball field near Washington D.C. His recovery is miraculous, thanks in part to the excellent health care he has as a government official.

A couple of recent events are not reasonable like St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and the Board of Aldermen passing a Resolution honoring a drug dealer, and President Donald Trump attacking National Football League players.

It is with great sadness and sense of loss that we, the American people, announce to the world the loss of our dear friend, Integrity. After suffering through a prolonged illness, Integrity succumbed to the cancers of corporate greed and political expediency on January 20, 2017.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has seen her country overcome deep skepticism to become unified and integrated into Europe. The next step, as she sees it, is for Germany to become a more unifying force globally.

We live in an age where political discourse is defined by internet memes; therefore, it is a iconography and symbols that compress complex ideas into short bursts for the age of social media.

You may call this surprising, but I don't, that a reporter was assaulted by a political candidate. Truth is, it is not surprising at all in today's world.

President Donald Trump commits some colossal trespass, and frenzied friends and foes ask" "Is this it? Is it curtains for The Donald?"

Looking at news sometimes it is difficult to know what is real and what is fabricated, and to know the difference actually matters.

The main purpose of Meramec River Dam was flood control, but on August 8, 1978, voters stopped construction as the main portion of the dam was underway.

Politics has always been a rough-and-tumble game as I learned while running for public office. Recently it has become an even less civil game and frankly, a more childish one.

Regardless of President Trump's polices, it is important to understand why his words resonate, and to acknowledge that, in many cases, the problems they are bringing to the surface point to people who feel left behind.

You have to wonder what’s behind President Donald Trump”s proposed budget that maximizes military expenditure for hard-powered war preparation with more tanks, bombers, missiles and even more nuclear weapons. Trump wants $54 billion more for these expenditures.

After meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Donald Trump has again usurped the agenda with a couple of outrageously ignorant tweets, saying that Germany “owes vast sums of money to NATO” and that the U.S. “must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it p…

We are living in a time when our president calls news, "fake news" and he offers "alternative facts." He says the news media is an enemy of the American people.

The basic premise of the First Amendment is that truth should defeat her opposite number, Falsehood.

We will remember 2016 not only for the return of populism throughout the Western world, but also for the blindness of those who could not see the difference between right-wing and left-wing populism

The farewell addresses of two great presidents offers three pieces of sage advice for President Trump if he would take it.

“Fear is not a good advisor in politics.” said Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Security Conference of Western leaders in Munich Germany. Among those attending were President Trump’s national security officials and Vice President Mike Pence.

For decades Congress has stalled on dealing with immigration and Hispanics crossing our southern border and awful things have happened to good people. The fact of the matter is we need the skills and knowledge of these people in our workforce.

It’s easy and popular to describe humanity’s journey by concentrating on the great and powerful. However, the more realistic view of history is that these leaders are surfers, riding the waves that were already rising when they came along to power.

Republicans are in the majority and got what they asked for, the opportunity to repeal Obamacare.

When did many of the Republican Party members become ex-patriots? Where is the party of Lincoln and Reagan? Their incoming leader publicly has more respect and regard for Vladmir Putin former head of KGB, than for our own president.

We must respond to president-elect Donald Trump’s attacks on mainstream newspapers, and his dislike of press conferences because he does not like to be questioned. However, he conveys his messages on Twitter.

With impending repeal of Obamacare, America is headed toward a public policy train wreck.

America has got caught up in a historic populist 2016 movement that is reshaping the Western world. Political establishments are rattled though out the West.

At this Christmas time few of us realize that there are 65 million people fleeing to safety from wars in Syria and Iraq, and their destination nations have turned inhospitable.

As the recent election cycle demonstrated, one of the polarizing issues today is the debate over coal.

When you tell a whopper, it undermines the truth needed to govern.


This is Sunshine Week across the country.


State Sen. Brian Nieves is leaving the Senate the same way he entered it — by blasting the “establishment” and local Republicans that he doesn’t approve of.


WASHINGTON — Is it possible that the 2016 presidential campaign is already a mess? You're probably not thinking much about it, which is healthy. No wonder you're looking so trim and your cheeks are pink. But the candidates in the thick of it can't ignore the noise, and that's not healthy.

Our democracy depends on local journalism, whether it's a beat reporter slogging through yet another under-attended local commission meeting, or a state political reporter with enough of an ear to the ground to know where the governor might be when he isn't where he says he is, or a traffic …


Do you exist?  John Dickerson, Slate political writer, asked that question of his readers recently. That got us at MoGrapeshot wondering the same thing.


There were few local surprises in Tuesday’s primary election. The contested races were mostly on the Republican ballot and the outcomes were, for the most part, predictable.


Gov. Jay Nixon’s campaign took exception to statements made by Republican rival Dave Spence on the state of Missouri’s economy in a recent article in The Missourian. Spence claimed Missouri leaders are following a broken business model. Zac Wright, a member of the Missouri Democratic Party, …

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