• About Patrick B. Pexton

    Patrick Pexton has been a journalist for three decades. He most recently was editor-in-chief of The Frederick News-Post, a daily newspaper and website serving Maryland's largest county by geography. He has served as the ombudsman for The Washington Post, the deputy editor of National Journal, an editor and reporter at the Military Times, and a local reporter in four states.

    War with North Korea is more likely because of Trump’s incautious words

    by  • October 1, 2017 • Foreign Policy, North Korea • 0 Comments

    A small part of me delights in President Trump’s hyperbole on North Korea. Take that, “Little Rocket Man.’’ Yeah! “Fire and fury,” “totally destroy” them – let ‘em have it. But that’s because for years I’ve read the North Korea propaganda machine in English translation as it churns out volumes about how superior they...

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    A way forward with North Korea, maybe

    by  • August 18, 2017 • Foreign Policy, North Korea • 0 Comments

    Something positive may come out of the sky-high and overblown rhetoric surrounding North Korea the past few weeks. I wouldn’t call these eventualities likely or inevitable, merely on the edge of being possible. That’s because Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have made statements publicly that no American administration has...

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    Why all white Americans should see the film “Whose Streets?” about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014

    by  • August 14, 2017 • race • 0 Comments

    I saw the documentary “Whose Streets?” last night. It’s about what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, in the weeks and months after Michael Brown, an unarmed college-bound teenager who was black, was shot by a police officer, Darren Wilson, who was white, in August 2014. I think every American should see this movie, particularly every...

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    Social Media Poll #4: Who is the most engaging of the presidential candidates — Huckabee, Rubio, Clinton, or?

    by  • May 22, 2015 • Election 2016, politics, Social Media, White House 2016 • 0 Comments

    Who is the most engaging of all of the announced candidates for president? You might say the folksy Mike Huckabee, longtime talk show host, pastor and former governor of Arkansas. Or maybe Marco Rubio, the GOP senator from Florida who seems to connect well with voters, and in his speeches evinces empathy for people...

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    Social Media Poll #3: Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee enter the presidential race with advantages, but Bernie Sanders still surges

    by  • May 13, 2015 • politics, Social Media, White House 2016 • 0 Comments

      Bernie Sanders, the scruffy U.S. Senator from Vermont, continues to have social-media momentum in his second week running for the presidency even as three new Republicans entering the race dominated the headlines. More than 88,000 people signed up to “like” Sanders on Facebook or follow him on Twitter, in the six days from...

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    Bernie Sanders: small-state Senator has big social-media mojo

    by  • May 3, 2015 • Bernie Sanders, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, politics, Rand Paul, Social Media, Ted Cruz, White House 2016 • 0 Comments

    I think Bernie Sanders running for the White House is a sign of American political health. Now, I know we have sickness aplenty in our body politic with hyper partisanship and an inability to discuss civilly and make sensible decisions about hard national problems. But that Sanders, a quirky, lefty politician from the even...

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