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JOHN BRUMMETT: Economy or culture?

Subscriber onlyThe Trump presidency has been good for the economy and bad for the culture. That's the trade. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Arrows on the fly

Subscriber onlyA reader asked on social media over the weekend for a column of arrows to encapsulate all these madly moving targets. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Talk of the talk

Subscriber onlyFirst let's dismiss the issue of the language. So what if the president said "****hole" in a meeting with a few members of Congress? Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Conservatism on line

Subscriber only"The fundamental question ... Will pragmatic conservatism survive after Hutchinson?"--Jay Barth political science professor at Hendrix College in a column two weeks ago in the Arkansas Times. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: The art of compromise

Subscriber onlyWe desperately need negotiated compromise. But they've been out of that business in Washington so long they must have forgotten how. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Endorsement? Hmm …

Subscriber onlyIt turns out I’m not the best person to attest to someone’s conservative bona fides. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: A ruined culture

Subscriber only"The central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it from itself."--the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: The political and personal

Subscriber onlyFor Wednesday I wrote in an online-only column that normalization and conventional presidential success were rearing their heads for and despite Donald Trump. Continue reading...

Swooning for the sassy

Subscriber onlyWe've got hold of something interesting in Arkansas in a Republican gubernatorial primary in May. Continue reading...

Character matters

Subscriber onlySeeming normalization and conventional presidential success are rearing their heads for and despite Donald Trump. Continue reading...

Ready for a run?

Subscriber onlyA recent poll was conducted in the Second Congressional District to test whether state Rep. Clarke Tucker, rising Harvard-educated Democratic lawyer of Little Rock, might pose a credible challenge this year to the re-election of U.S. Rep. French Hill. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Fleeting transcendence

Subscriber onlyChristmas Eve was a good time with good food and good drink and good people and loyal pups and a decent Apple Music Christmas playlist and a whiskey-warmed midnight meditation on the aluminum tree and color wheel of my boyhood. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Down to the math

Subscriber onlyAs you might recall, Gov. Asa Hutchinson has been trying by hook or crook to keep alive the private-option form of Medicaid expansion. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: A vintage Christmas

Subscriber onlyEditor's note: This column first appeared on Christmas Eve 2015. It has been updated slightly as needed. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Haunted by Hallmark

Subscriber onlyThe Hallmark Channel's Christmas movies play back-to-back these days to invite binge-watching. Continue reading...

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