Author Archives: Doug McKelway

{FD} Left setting new standard of incivility, critics say: ‘This is very dangerous’

In the window of the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Va., the words of Martin Luther King Jr. are framed: “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” Continue reading

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{FD} Stalled judicial nominees will be confirmed ‘no matter what tactics’ employed, McConnell says

Senate Republicans are racing to confirm as many federal judges as they can before November’s midterm elections when control of the Senate could flip to Democrats. Continue reading

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{FD} Welfare reform efforts underway as government seeks to rein in social programs

As part of its all-out effort to rein in the welfare state, the Trump Administration is requiring all federal agencies to submit plans for revising welfare programs over the next 90 days. Continue reading

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{FD} Amid dark clouds over U.S. farms, some see opportunity to prosper

At a small farm in Rockville, located in Hanover County in the central part of Virginia, a customer peruses the fare of grass-fed beef, poultry and eggs and asks the young proprietor, C.J. Isbell: “Is this pasture raised?” Continue reading

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{FD} US farmers concerned Trump’s trade war with China will hurt them

Douglas Coleman is a soybean farmer who tends 5,000 acres in 10 different counties in Virginia. Continue reading

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{FD} Rumors of possible Supreme Court vacancy could fire up Republican base, experts say

Rumors of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s potential retirement have reignited after Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller addressed a closed-door meeting of a legal society in Las Vegas on Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} As US seeks road to safer schools, a peek inside one aiming to be among the safest

How do you make schools safer? One company’s key: sparing no expense. Continue reading

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{FD} Weapon makers flee liberal towns and head to gun-friendly states

A growing number of gun manufacturers are leaving states like New York and California, which have unleashed a wave of strict gun control laws the past few years. Continue reading

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{FD} Fixing ‘broken boys’ – not stripping gun rights – would stop mass shootings, experts say

Most humans cannot fathom — or choose not to fathom — the depths of depravity that would allow a young man to shoot up a school filled with children. Continue reading

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{FD} Rex Tillerson defies predictions, marks 1 year as Trump’s secretary of state

As President Trump boarded Air Force One to the Republican retreat in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia Thursday morning, by his side was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a man who has outlasted predictions of his imminent demise. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump administration bolsters protections for doctors, nurses who oppose abortion

More than eight months since President Trump signed an executive order instructing agencies to expand religious liberty under federal law, his administration on Thursday delivered some results. Continue reading

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{FD} Georgia nuclear plant wins key approval, after decades-long industry freeze

A Georgia nuclear plant has scored a long-awaited approval. Continue reading

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{FD} Virginia governor race: Candidates pull out political heavy hitters as showdown gets nasty

In a year where coverage of President Trump has generated TV ratings, limitless controversy,  and the world’s scrutiny,  the November 7th Virginia governor’s race between former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie and Democratic Lt. Gov. R… Continue reading

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{FD} Hero in Tennessee church shooting proves guns could reduce crime, expert says

The heroic actions of a church usher, who pulled his gun on the shooter, raised questions about whether guns and right to carry laws equal less crime. Continue reading

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{FD} Has asset forfeiture gone too far? Truck seizure case sparks outrage, a call for change

Critics argue that civil asset forfeiture program’s abuses outweigh its benefits. Continue reading

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{FD} GOP retirements could signal trouble for midterm elections

The beginning of September inevitably brings a wave of Congressional retirements, especially in non-election years, as members return from their August recess to a thankless helping of gridlock, unrelenting criticism, and public approval ratings of 15…. Continue reading

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{FD} Alabama Senate primary: Moore’s popularity shakes GOP establishment

In a political year that has blown up conventional wisdom, the special election to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation to Attorney General, may further upend the status quo. Continue reading

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{FD} Why Houston’s prospects for recovery look good – unlike some other hurricane-battered cities

Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, New Orleans has never fully recovered. Continue reading

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{FD} Jason Kessler, Charlottesville rally organizer, says he’s in hiding

Jason Kessler graduated from the University of Virginia, voted for Obama in 2008, and once attended an Occupy Wall Street rally in Charlottesville. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea: Is China trying hard enough to stop Pyongyang threat?

Recent actions by South Korea President Moon Jae-in and China’s President Xi Jinping have raised questions about the sincerity of both countries in helping the U.S. reign in North Korea’s nuclear program. Continue reading

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{FD} Is North Korea’s EMP threat real or ‘something out of a James Bond movie’?

“A failure of imagination” is how some experts described the intelligence community’s inability to foresee and interrupt the 9/11 plot. Continue reading

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{FD} Maryland rape case: No bond for teen who claims sex with victim, 14, was consensual

A Maryland judge denied bond for a 17-year-old illegal immigrant accused of raping a 14-year-old in a high school bathroom, ruling that salacious text messages and an explicit video did not prove his innocence. Continue reading

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{FD} Cities, feds try to find ‘common ground’ in sanctuary debate

Emerging from a meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly Wednesday on the Trump Administration’s plan to withhold federal grants to sanctuary jurisdictions, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti struck an optimistic tone: “What we’re… Continue reading

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