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home : opinion : editorial July 23, 2016

The fire this time
In the past two weeks, the "war on police" has gone from a metaphor to a reality, with eight officers killed in targeted attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
Saturday, July 23, 2016


Anderson Jewelers

US envoy to visit Malaysia amid questions over mass graves
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. envoy on combating human trafficking will visit Malaysia next week, an official said Friday, amid complaints that the Southeast Asian nation has failed to investigate properly alleged official complicity over mass graves of suspected trafficking victims.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Donald Trump says the US will be safer and richer if he is elected president
CLEVELAND (AP) — Donald Trump has accepted the Republican nomination for president, promising anxious Americans that they will be safer and richer if he is elected in November.
Friday, July 22, 2016

2,800 out-of-town officers part of the force to protect Cleveland during RNC
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has breathed a sigh of relief as the Republican convention concluded with about two dozen arrests over four days thanks to a massive police presence and protesters’ own concerns for their safety.
Friday, July 22, 2016

The Trump dynasty takes over the GOP
Watching the GOP convention, you could be forgiven for believing that almost all the brightest stars in the Republican firmament are Trumps.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Trump: Some NATO allies aren't holding up their end of the bargain
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican nominee Donald Trump hinted the U.S. may revisit NATO’s longstanding policy of defending its allies against possible Russian aggression if he becomes president, saying that some allies aren’t holding up their end of the bargain.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cruz: Pledge to support disappeared "the day this became personal"
CLEVELAND (AP) — A day after being booed off the Republican National Convention stage, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz remained defiant about not endorsing Donald Trump, insisting he is not a “servile puppy dog” who would back anyone who personally attacks his family.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Liar. Lucifer. Lock her up. GOP denounces Hillary Clinton
(AP) — Liar. Lucifer. Lock her up.

Republicans may have mixed feelings about nominating Donald Trump for president, but one thing they can all rally around is a deep dislike for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Caitlyn Jenner: Easier to come out as trans than Republican
CLEVELAND (AP) — Prodding her party, Caitlyn Jenner said Wednesday it was easier to come out as transgender than as a Republican and conceded Democrats promote more inclusive policies.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

You know what they say ...
CLEVELAND -- Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plagiarism, not so much.

This is especially so if you're Melania Trump on opening night at the Republican National Convention.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Media coverage, GOP's 1st night: Networks ignore Giuliani
(AP) — A look at the 2016 Republican National Convention through a media lens:
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Trump campaign dismisses criticism of Melania Trump speech
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Trump campaign on Tuesday dismissed criticism that Melania Trump directly lifted two passages nearly word-for-word from the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention, calling the complaints “just absurd.”
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Voters split over how to secure US from illegal immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans reject Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and his support for deporting those in the country illegally.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Eight years after hope and change, voters are angry, anxious
ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Eight years ago, Barbara Conley was one of the millions of Americans swept up in Barack Obama’s promises of hope and change when he accepted the Democratic nomination at a packed football stadium a few miles from her home in the Denver suburbs.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Obama will present Vietnam War veteran with Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly five decades after helping rescue dozens of American soldiers pinned down by enemy fire, a Vietnam War veteran is receiving the nation’s highest military honor for valor.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Trump introduces Gov. Pence as 'my partner in this campaign'
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump introduced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate on Saturday, calling him “my partner in this campaign” and his first choice to join him on the Republican presidential ticket.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Obama: All parties in Turkey should support Erdogan gov't
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has urged all sides in Turkey to support the democratically elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid a military takeover attempt involving the key NATO ally.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Who will keep us safe?
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Grassley at governors meeting: DC rarely considers states' views, budgets
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley is telling governors that federal lawmakers rarely consider the potential impact their laws might have on state budgets.
Friday, July 15, 2016

AP Poll: More than half of the American public thinks Hillary broke the law
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton enters the summer damaged by perceptions that she violated the law by using a private email system while serving as secretary of state, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.
Friday, July 15, 2016

28 pages of September 11 inquiry being released after a long 13-year wait
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is preparing to release a once-classified chapter of a congressional report about the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that questions whether Saudi nationals who helped the hijackers with things like finding apartments and opening bank accounts knew what they were planning.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Sanders has book deal: 'Our Revolution' will come out in Nov.
NEW YORK (AP) — Just days after ending his campaign and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing to take his message to the printed page.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Trump to announce VP decision Friday, candidates on standby
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is on the verge of picking his running mate, with top contenders told to expect a decision from the Republican nominee as early as Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hillary vows she will expand on president's executive actions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is vowing to expand upon President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration despite the Supreme Court’s recent deadlocked ruling.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Harvard study: As Trump won, media coverage turned sharply negative
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Eye of the beholder
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Speak Out printed July 12
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Trump expects more violence, friction between police and blacks
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump says he believes relations between police and the nation’s African-American community are “far worse” than people think, predicting that protests against police violence that followed last week’s slaying of five police officers in Dallas “might be just the beginning for this summer.”
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Attack on Dallas police was terrorism
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Obama's police distortions
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

NAFTA still a troubling spot on Hillary's record for Democrats in Michgan
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is trickier than it may appear for Hillary Clinton, a Democrat whose party’s presidential nominees have carried the struggling manufacturing hub for decades.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Mark Kirk again trails Tammy Duckworth in fundraising for US Senate bid
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth outraised Illinois Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk for the fourth consecutive quarter, giving her a multimillion-dollar cash advantage in a race that could help determine whether Democrats retake control of the Senate.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Companies bail out on GOP convention after facing pressure
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Donald Trump has promised to liven up this year’s Republican National Convention. But some of America’s biggest corporations are bailing on the party.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

America's killing fields
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Rigged 101
Hillary Clinton has scored a highly characteristic political "victory" -- namely, not getting indicted.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Clinton and Trump both cancel political events after Dallas police deaths
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both called off political events Friday, hours after five police officers were killed in Dallas during a protest over fatal police shootings of black men in other states.
Friday, July 8, 2016

No double standard in Clinton probe, FBI director insists
WASHINGTON (AP) — Summoned before Congress and aggressively questioned by Republicans, FBI Director James Comey today strongly defended the government’s decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton over her private email setup. He said there was no evidence that she knew that anything she was doing was against the law or had lied to federal investigators.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

GOP blue-collar heroes laud Trump
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Clinton's college plan: No tuition for families earning less than $125,000
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — In a gesture to her former Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton is announcing new steps aimed at tackling the rising cost of college tuition and the burden of student loan debt, including a three-month moratorium on loan payments for all federal borrowers.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Trump's VP shortlist heavy with experienced Washington insiders in the know
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Donald Trump’s vice presidential short list is heavy with Washington insiders who could help usher a President Trump’s agenda through the jungle of Congress.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Clinton to get help from Obama's campaign machine with 20M email addresses
WASHINGTON (AP) — The vaunted data-driven machine that twice got President Barack Obama elected is revving up to help elect Hillary Clinton, as Democrats look to recreate the tactical advantage they used against Republicans in 2008 and 2012.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

End in sight for FBI probe into Clinton's email server?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s interview with the FBI may signal that the Justice Department is nearing the end of its yearlong probe of her use of a private email server while secretary of state, a controversy that has hung over her White House bid.
Monday, July 4, 2016

The overlooked substance in Donald Trump's speech
Monday, July 4, 2016

1776 was Amexit
Two hundred and forty years before Brexit, there was Amexit, also known as the American Revolution. 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Bill-gate, again
But of course Bill Clinton wants his wife to become president of the United States and make history as the nation's first female commander in chief.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lynch meeting latest episode to further strain Clinton trust issue
WASHINGTON (AP) — A meeting between Bill Clinton and the nation’s top cop could further undermine Hillary Clinton’s efforts to convince voters to place their trust in her, highlighting perhaps her biggest vulnerability.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Brexit, meet Trexit
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Peurto Rico financial rescue package wins Senate test vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — A rescue package for debt-stricken Puerto Rico has survived a test vote in the Senate, just two days before the island is expected to default on a $2 billion debt payment.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Trump emails: Can you spare $10 to help elect a billionaire?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The billionaire running for president now seeks to convince millions of Americans to give him money.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Dark money: It's harder to know who's paying for political ads
It’s getting harder to know who is funding political advertising at the state level as more money becomes anonymous or is filtered from one political action committee to another, a new study finds.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Democrats begin working on draft of party platform
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Allies of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders pored over a 15,000-word draft of the Democratic Party’s platform on Friday in a tedious process that exposed some of the party’s dividing lines.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Is Trump headed for a loss of . . .ordinary GOP proportions?
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Clinton's State Department calendar missing scores of entries
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Associated Press review of the official calendar Hillary Clinton kept as secretary of state identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were not recorded or were listed without the names of those she met.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Trump, in Scotland, draws parallels between Brexit and his campaign
AYRSHIRE, Scotland (AP) — Donald Trump, in a closely watched visit to Scotland today, hailed Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, drawing parallels to the anger driving his own presidential campaign.
Friday, June 24, 2016

The irrelevant crusade
Almost as soon as the massacre at the Orlando nightclub Pulse ended, Democrats took up their push to forbid people on the terrorism watch list from purchasing guns.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Trump's pivot to Damascus
If you turned on cable TV news this week, chances are good that you caught Corey Lewandowski fibbing that he doesn't have a clue why Donald Trump fired him as his campaign manager.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Dump Trump movement preparing fight at GOP convention
WASHINGTON (AP) — The “dump Trump” movement is gaining followers among delegates to next month’s Republican National Convention, an effort that could tarnish Donald Trump’s coronation even if it ultimately fails.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Marco Rubio, in reversal, will seek re-election to the Senate
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

'Brexit:' Head of Nato says Europe is safer with Britain in EU
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s remaining in the European Union is key for trans-Atlantic security and common efforts to fight violent extremism, the chief of the NATO alliance said today.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

British 20-year-old arrested at Las Vegas rally planned to kill Trump, agents say
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A British man arrested at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas tried to grab a police officer’s gun so he could kill the presidential candidate after planning an assassination for about a year, authorities said.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As NOW turns 50, feminists hail gains but 'battle goes on'
NEW YORK (AP) — Fifty years ago, when a small group of activists founded the National Organization for Women, the immediate issue that motivated them was sex discrimination in employment
Monday, June 20, 2016

Repeat, retreat, reload
The arguments for and against gun control are so familiar by now, we might as well hit replay and skip the debate.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Heed Trump's warning
One of Donald Trump's political skills is giving widely condemned speeches.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

From The Sheriff's Desk: VOLUME 6, NUMBER 6
TAYLORVILLE — As we know, Illinois weather can be very unpredictable, especially in the summer time. From cool weather to extreme heat, we have experienced it all. This summer, our area is expected to have above average temperatures due to the transition into expected La Nina conditions (via weather.com).
Friday, June 17, 2016

There he goes again
From Shanghai to Paris to Moscow, the world has been watching to see how the U.S. election is affected by the latest terrorist bloodbath on our soil, this time in the shadow of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Orlando Is Why We Need Surveillance
The FBI had the Orlando gunman under watch -- twice -- and, after much consideration, decided to stop following him. Was this a mistake? Obviously, tragically so.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

He hasn't kept us safe
President Barack Obama desperately wanted to be a peacetime president, yet is ending his second term with Islamic terror attacks looming larger than at any time since 9/11.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Islamic State: Gays should be thrown to their deaths and stoned
BEIRUT (AP) — The gunman who attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando is reported to being gay possibly and also to having pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a 911 call. A day after the massacre, the Islamic State extremist group described the shooter as "one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America."
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Was Orlando gunman sexually conflicted? And did it matter?
NEW YORK (AP) — Was the Orlando nightclub gunman part of the local gay dating scene? As investigators ask that question, activists and academics reflect on a phenomenon that has been documented: Some men who profess to disdain homosexuality have covertly engaged in sex with other men.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The lowdown on assault weapons: The arguments for and against them
(AP) — Military-style assault weapons like the one Omar Mateen used to blast away at an Orlando nightclub remain legal and easy to purchase — easier, in Florida, than buying a handgun.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cowboy brothers ride 'Amazing Race' fame, run for office
ADA, Okla. (AP) — When he wants to go unnoticed in public, Jet McCoy sheds the black cowboy hat he donned for three seasons on “The Amazing Race” in favor of a regular ball cap.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Freedom to kill, permission to die
It was inevitable that we would one day seek ways to kill ourselves with society's blessing.
Monday, June 13, 2016

The agony of the Trump endorsers
The astonishing spectacle of a speaker of the House not endorsing a presidential nominee of his own party has been supplanted by the astonishing spectacle of a speaker of the House declaring that the nominee he endorsed said something racist.
Monday, June 13, 2016

Road to 270: Where Trump, Clinton start their race
No matter the 2016 presidential matchup after the primary campaigns, the Democratic nominee was likely to have an edge over the Republican candidate once the election turned toward the November race.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sanders' hometown proud, but resigned he won't be president
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — People in this lakeside city that Bernie Sanders helped transform as mayor before embarking on a career in Congress are proud of the mark he’s left in the 2016 presidential race even as they recognize that his White House bid is almost certainly going to fall short.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Unlikely path for foes hoping to dump Trump at convention
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dumping Trump at next month’s Republican national convention? Highly dubious, but not prohibitively implausible.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Sanders Should Stop Scheming
"Drop your plans and schemes," Thomas Cromwell advises doomed Queen Anne Boleyn in "Wolf Hall." "Put down the burden of them." Bernie Sanders could use similar counsel.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Clinton endorsement imminent, Obama to sit down with Sanders
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the verge of endorsing Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama will pay tribute to Bernie Sanders’ historic candidacy for presidency with an Oval Office meeting.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Awkward: Dems dance around the word 'quit' on Sanders
WASHINGTON (AP) — What to do when one presidential candidate clinches her party’s presidential nod but her effectively vanquished rival refuses to leave the race?
Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Florida mourned
ORLANDO -- Standing on my hotel balcony in the predawn hours, I gaze out over several dimly illuminated swimming pools abutting a small manmade lake and a golf course.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

The #NeverTrump party's desperate scenarios
The #NeverTrump conservatives who hope to recruit a third-party candidate to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have so far had no luck.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Gop surrenders to the dark side, what next?
With the surrender of House Speaker Paul Ryan to the Trump crusade, it is fair to wonder what the Republican Party stands for.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sanders supporters angry as Clinton wins sufficient backing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bernie Sanders assured his outraged supporters that he intends to win Tuesday’s primary in California and beyond as Hillary Clinton secured the commitments of enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ryan: Trump made 'textbook definition of a racist comment'
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that Donald Trump made the “textbook definition of a racist comment” in saying an American-born judge isn’t qualified to preside over a case because of his Mexican heritage.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A safe space from Chaucer
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

At age 79, McCain seeking sixth term in uncertain terrain
PHOENIX (AP) — At age 79, running what may be his last campaign, Sen. John McCain finds himself on treacherous terrain.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Donald Trump, the GOP id
Even Donald Trump's defenders on the right are hard-pressed to argue that he is conservative. He is, nonetheless, a kind of conservative dream candidate.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Once a great notion
It was such a marvelous idea: The United States of America.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Why Trump attacked Martinez
Many observers were mystified when Donald Trump attacked New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

A look at conflict of interest rules for federal judges
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump contends the federal judge presiding over a class lawsuit against Trump University has a conflict of interest and must step aside because of his “Mexican heritage.” He says the judge’s ethnic background is in conflict with Trump’s campaign plan to build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Analysis: In Trump takedown, Clinton sharply finds her message
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton may have found her message.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Ryan on backing Trump: 'This to me is about saving the country'
JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump’s bid for president on Thursday, bringing an end to the extraordinary public split between the GOP’s presumptive White House nominee and the nation’s top Republican in office.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Ex-Trump U students supplied by campaign beholden to Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former students put forward by Donald Trump’s campaign to help deflect criticism of his defunct real estate seminars have business ties to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Clinton campaign meticulous with its image-control apparatus
WASHINGTON (AP) — For Hillary Clinton, the presidential campaign has been about building an approachable image: She’s often eschewed big arenas in favor of town halls, peppered her ads with personal stories and planned less-scripted gatherings with voters.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Trump campaign announces list of 41 charities receiving money
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s heated war with the media reached new heights as he turned the brag-worthy feat of raising $5.6 million for veterans’ charities into a sparring match with reporters pressing him on the issue.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Clinton camp slams Trump University as 'fraudulent scheme'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents about a now-defunct business owned by Donald Trump reveal strategies for enticing people to enroll in real estate seminars even if they couldn’t afford it, opening the presumptive Republican nominee up to fresh criticism from Hillary Clinton that he took advantage of vulnerable Americans.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

On cutting-edge voter data, Trump critically behind Clinton
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Donald Trump trails Hillary Clinton by months, even years, in using fast-evolving digital campaigning to win over voters, data specialists working with the GOP say. 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

From Ike to Obama, CIA has briefed presidential candidates
WASHINGTON (AP) — After the political convention confetti is swept away, a more sobering tradition of the presidential election begins: The regular, top-secret intelligence briefings for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Confessions of a former dead-ender
Bernie Sanders is clearly winding down his campaign for the Democratic nomination. In speeches and interviews over the weekend, he started turning his lance away from Hillary Clinton and toward Donald Trump.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Yes, Hillary was an enabler
Donald Trump's philosophy is never to use a scalpel when a meat ax is available, and so it is with his attack on the Clinton scandals of the 1990s.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Obama's legacy of a pre-post-racial era
As Barack Obama's presidency takes a backseat to the psychodrama known as the 2016 election, historians, speculators and revisionists are busy writing his presidential epitaph.
Monday, May 30, 2016

Libertarians pick ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson as candidate
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Libertarian Party again nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson as its presidential candidate Sunday, believing he can challenge presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton because of their poor showing in popularity polls.
Monday, May 30, 2016

A trump too far?
If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren't captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn't believe in taking prisoners, either.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

The public squalor of airport security
I was about to share my own sob story, when I read that hundreds of passengers missed their flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport because of hourslong security lines. Many had to sleep on cots overnight, awaiting a morning escape. American Airlines says that in March, about 6,800 travelers missed its flights at the busiest airports for the same reason.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Arithmetic
Math was actually my best subject, until seventh grade, when I was the only girl on the math team: As if it were on the intercom, I heard loud and clear that girls weren't supposed to be good at math. But today I'm still proficient enough to figure out how to add up to 2,383, the number of delegates you need to win the Democratic nomination. And Hillary Clinton already has 2,305.
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Memory Lane: Moments from Trump's rise in chaotic race
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nicknames. The outrage. The rallies — and the protests.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Amid speculation, many say a Clinton-Hickenlooper team makes sense
DENVER (AP) — John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s term-limited Democratic governor, released a candid autobiography and is doing the book talk rounds this week, reviving speculation that he is positioning himself to join Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign ticket.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Hillary's email: It all started with a private server in the basement
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight days before Hillary Clinton took office as secretary of state in January 2009, an aide to former President Bill Clinton quietly registered a new internet address for the couple. That trivial but deliberate online purchase is the earliest known hint of the private email system that now plagues the presumptive Democratic nominee’s presidential campaign.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Trump reaches the magic number to avoid contested convention
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Is it true what Democrats say about Republicans and voting?
As New York Republicans went to the polls for their primary April 19, some opponents of Donald Trump clung to the hope that Ted Cruz, or perhaps John Kasich, might deny Trump a few delegates in some of the state's congressional districts.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Warren: Trump 'insecure money-grubber;' Trump: 'Pocahontas at it again'
BOSTON (AP) — More shots have been fired in the war of words between Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The default candidate
Hillary Clinton may be the weakest prohibitive favorite ever to run for the presidency.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sanders: 'Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and his push to make the party more inclusive could get “messy” but asserts in an interview with The Associated Press: “Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle.”
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Clinton campaign declines invitation to debate Sanders in Ca.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has declined an invitation from Fox News to participate in a debate with rival Bernie Sanders in California before that state’s June 7 primary.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Election disaffection
On rare occasions, Americans coalesce around a common cause, usually following some calamity -- a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or, say, during a presidential election.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Trump-Sanders two-step
The upshot of the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump phenomena is that both parties are moving to the left.
Monday, May 23, 2016

High court throws out death sentence from all-white jury
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled decisively in favor of a death-row inmate in Georgia today, chastising state prosecutors for improperly keeping African-Americans off the jury that convicted him of killing a white woman.
Monday, May 23, 2016

Clinton email probe in late stage, FBI may question her
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI agents probing whether Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server imperiled government secrets appear close to completing their work, a process experts say will probably culminate in a sit-down with the former secretary of state.
Monday, May 23, 2016

From the Superintendent
TAYLORVILLE — As your superintendent, I am committed to making sure our students receive the best education possible. We have great teachers, administrators, and staff and provide our students with the best resources that we can afford.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

My Name Is Meth Author Unknown
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Group that helped sell Iran nuke deal funded NPR to report on it
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group the White House recently identified as a key surrogate in selling the Iran nuclear deal gave National Public Radio $100,000 last year to help it report on the pact and related issues, according to the group’s annual report. It also funded reporters and partnerships with other news outlets.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Federal judge upholds Virginia law requiring voter ID at polls
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday upheld Virginia’s 2013 law requiring voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Donald Trump's Supreme Court list underscores election's importance
The list: Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado, Raymond Gruender of Missouri, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas
Thursday, May 19, 2016

While Bill Clinton rolls, GW unable to help GOP
Bill Clinton has had his problems lately, but there's no doubt the former president is the best booster the Democratic Party has had since leaving office in January 2001. Even now, although he's clearly slowing down, Clinton is the party's most effective surrogate for wife Hillary.
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Obituary: Woman chose death over picking between Trump and Clinton
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

National intelligence director says foreign hackers spying on campaigns
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States sees evidence that hackers, possibly working for foreign governments, are snooping on the presidential candidates, the nation’s intelligence chief said Wednesday. Government officials are working with the campaigns to tighten security as the race for the White House intensifies.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

From The Sheriff's Desk
TAYLORVILLE — With high school graduation being just around the corner, this is an event that should be celebrated, as it is a reminder of the hard work and success of our students.  A party should be in order where friends and family come to share their love for the recent graduate, but often, something else occurs that turns the party into a parent’s worst nightmare: teen drinking. It is our job, as a community, to provide a safe environment for our teenagers where the fun doesn’t cause unnecessary damages for the kids and for adults.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The bathroom putsch
The authors of The Federalist Papers neglected to explain the fearsome powers that inhere in the "Dear Colleague" letter under our system of government.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A life in numbers
Numbers are how one keeps score. Those who engage in any competitive endeavor -- business, sports, even weight loss -- seek numbers to tell them how well they're doing and how much better than how many other people.
Monday, May 16, 2016

Trump denies he posed as his spokesman during tabloid days
WASHINGTON (AP) — Back when Donald Trump’s love life was tabloid heaven, a Trump spokesman with intimate knowledge of the businessman’s personal relationships offered juicy stories about a failing marriage, a new live-in paramour and three other girlfriends he was juggling at once.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Report: China has reclaimed 3,200 acres in South China Sea
WASHINGTON (AP) — China has reclaimed more than 3,200 acres of land in the southeastern South China Sea. But the country’s focus has shifted to developing and weaponizing those man-made islands so it will have greater control over the maritime region without resorting to armed conflict, according to a new Pentagon report.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

House GOP misses self imposed deadline to help Puerto Rico
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have missed a self-imposed deadline for a plan to help Puerto Rico manage $70 billion in debt, adjourning on Friday without introducing a bill.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Can we face away from Facebook?
Facebook remains uncontested as the social media champ of Wall Street. Its stock recently hit an all-time high while Twitter's hit its low. As an enrollee in both, I can tell you why -- and the why of it is reason for concern.
Friday, May 13, 2016

Trump wants to make a deal
Prior to the 2012 election, Democrats had a theory: Republicans were in the grip of a "fever" that had led them to oppose and attempt to obstruct President Barack Obama at every turn. If Obama won a second term, the fever would break. 
Friday, May 13, 2016

Trump, Ryan pledge to work together; endorsement may come
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan pledged to work together despite their differences after a meeting Thursday aimed unifying a party torn over Trump’s rise to the cusp of the Republican presidential nomination. The speaker stopped short of a full-throated endorsement but appeared closer to one.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nothing to learn from Trump's taxes? Experts beg to differ
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump told The Associated Press this week “there’s nothing to learn” from all those income tax returns he won’t release until an ongoing audit wraps up.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

What team Sanders should do now
Bernie Sanders is almost certainly not going to be the Democratic nominee. Though he retains a devoted following, the crowds, the attention and the money are no longer what they were -- death for a campaign built on momentum. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, holds a virtually insurmountable lead in both delegates and votes.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Our museums
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR RESOLUTION AND progress, both, lies in the thorny tax dispute which has recently resurfaced between two community entities, the Christian County Historical Society and the Taylorville Park District. That resolution, if it is to be, will depend on the willingness of representatives from both of these community assets to work collectively for the good of the community.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Trump truce? He'll be a guest on Megyn Kelly's TV special
NEW YORK (AP) — When Megyn Kelly sits down with Donald Trump for her prime-time special on the Fox broadcasting network, the Fox News Channel host hopes to call a truce to the war waged by the presumptive Republican nominee since he began slamming her after last August’s Republican debate, where he was galled by her tough questioning as one of its moderators.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Blowing smoke on e-cigs
Down through all the millennia that mankind has smoked tobacco, no one would have believed (or even imagined) that a battery-powered contraption with no tobacco would one day be considered a tobacco product.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Trump's boast true
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump likes to boast that he’ll be setting a record for the number of votes won by any candidate in the history of Republican presidential nomination contests.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Shaken Trump foes face diminished options at GOP convention
WASHINGTON (AP) — Still shaken by Donald Trump’s triumph, Republican and conservative foes of the billionaire can still cause headaches for the party’s presumptive presidential nominee at this summer’s GOP convention. But their options are shrinking by the day.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Sanders' problem: Winning over Clinton's superdelegates
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has a problem.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Mosquito season brings no urgency for money to fight Zika
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Democrats are pressuring congressional Republicans to act on President Barack Obama’s demands for money to combat Zika, but even the onset of mosquito season that probably will spread the virus has failed to create a sense of urgency.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Man charged with attacking West Virginia Senate candidate
LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State Police said a man was charged Sunday with attacking a state Senate candidate at a political cookout.
Monday, May 9, 2016

Experts predict economic disaster from Trump recovery idea
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the event that the U.S. economy crashed, Donald Trump has floated a recovery plan based on his own experience with corporate bankruptcy: Pay America’s creditors less than full value on the U.S. Treasurys they hold.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Farewell, grand old party
  WASHINGTON -- It wasn't precisely an act of moral courage, but House Speaker Paul Ryan's comment that he's not ready to support presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump was at least ... something.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Our sick drug business
Sometimes the road to hell is paved with bad intentions. A company adopts a business model so twisted that justice must come clanking down on its executives and bankrollers. Justice is now being served on Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. Evil this blatant is headed for the full Hollywood treatment.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Giving Trump his due
Every Trump critic had "Oh, hell" moments during the primary season.
Friday, May 6, 2016

Ted Cruz's fall from grace, his true colors revealed
When Shakespeare wrote the "truth will out," he must have had Ted Cruz in mind.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hillary must explore how to win Republicans known as Hilla-cans
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — With Donald Trump all but clinching the Republican nomination for president, Hillary Clinton is beginning to explore ways to woo Republicans turned off by the brash billionaire.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Analysts say Trump's goal must be winning two-thirds of white voters
DENVER (AP) — Nomination within his grasp, Donald Trump would need to win over a broader group of voters in November beyond those who have helped clear the Republican presidential field for him.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Obama to name 1st national monument for gay rights
WASHINGTON (AP) — New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, where the modern gay rights movement took root, will become the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the U.S. under a proposal President Barack Obama is preparing to approve.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Marines investigating claim about men in Rosenthal Iwo Jima photo
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in one of the iconic images of World War II after two amateur history buffs began raising questions about the picture.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Marines investigating claim about men in Rosenthal Iwo Jima photo
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Marine Corps says it has begun investigating whether it mistakenly identified one of the men shown raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in one of the iconic images of World War II after two amateur history buffs began raising questions about the picture.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Anti-Trump protesters do his bidding
Donald Trump is lucky in his enemies.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The end of pieties
When the Americans defeated the British at Yorktown, the surrendering British forces supposedly played "The World Turned Upside Down."
Monday, May 2, 2016

In Indiana, Cruz faces make-or-break moment to stop Trump
LA PORTE, Ind. (AP) — Facing a make-or-break moment for his slumping campaign, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was blitzing through Indiana today in a desperate bid to overtake Donald Trump in the state’s primary and keep his own White House hopes alive.
Monday, May 2, 2016

In his own words
WASHINGTON -- One of the most effective political ads of the season features women repeating the many derogatory statements Donald Trump has made about the fairer sex.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Kerry heads to Switzerland for talks on Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Switzerland this weekend for urgent talks on Syria. His trip comes amid escalating violations of a fragile truce around the city of Aleppo.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Study: US oil field source of global uptick in air pollution
WASHINGTON (AP) — An oil and natural gas field in the western United States is largely responsible for a global uptick of the air pollutant ethane, according to a new study.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

US places 5 countries on trade monitoring list
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has placed five countries — China, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Taiwan — on a new monitoring list designed to pressure foreign governments to tackle large trade imbalances with the United States.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Lesser of the Evils?
It's pretty darn depressing when political writers are essentially writing off the 2016 election as a choice between the lesser of two evils -- seven months in advance of the election. It's one thing when, after months of negative ads, we shake our heads in disgust, but we haven't even really started yet.
Friday, April 29, 2016

US consumer sentiment slips in April
WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers were a bit more downbeat in April.
Friday, April 29, 2016

US fears rise of jihadists in moderate Bangladesh
WASHINGTON (AP) — The slaying in Bangladesh of a U.S. Agency for International Development employee has intensified U.S. concern that the strategically located South Asian country with traditions of religious tolerance is under threat from Islamic extremists.
Friday, April 29, 2016

What Trump will change -- and what he won't
Donald Trump's presidential campaign is in the middle of a much-discussed reworking. There's a lot of reworking to do. But Trump, who now has the advice of several political professionals recently brought into the campaign, faces a risk of doing too much.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Puerto Rican bonds and the small investor
The TV ads flash the noble faces of American retirees and urge Washington to help protect their savings. The back story is kept rather vague. It's that many older people invested in Puerto Rican bonds. The U.S. territory's economy is in deep crisis, and it has begun defaulting on this debt.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Plato, Aristotle and, oh dear, Trump
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle -- not so much.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The working-class meltdown
During an era of headline-grabbing advances in medicine, the United States is experiencing a health cataclysm.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Viewer's Guide: 5 candidates vie for validation in 5 states
Polls in all five states close at 8 p.m. EDT. Delaware typically does the quickest count, with half its vote counted by a little after 9 p.m. Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island should have half their vote reported by around 10 p.m., with Maryland getting there by 10:30 p.m. Delaware should have 90 percent of its votes counted before 10 p.m., Pennsylvania and Rhode Island by 11 p.m., Connecticut and Maryland closer to midnight.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Let's Break From Identity Politics
Both parties sort voters by color and gender. Though there's nothing new about promoting solidarity on the basis of genetics, it can get old really fast.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Voters in 5 states speak out on their presidential choices
Voters in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island and Maryland are casting primary ballots for presidential candidates in contests pivotal for Republicans and Democrats alike.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Karma tastes rich in new, humane economy
As the human circus of presidential politics has plodded along for what seems a decade now, a revolution has been taking place in the ever-more-dignified animal kingdom.
Monday, April 25, 2016

US to states: Make it easier for ex-prisoners to obtain IDs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch is urging the nation’s governors to make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification after they get out of prison, part of a broader plan being announced Monday to help smooth the path for state and federal inmates who are preparing to re-enter society.
Monday, April 25, 2016

Delegate math: How Tuesday could close door on Sanders bid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton can’t win enough delegates on Tuesday to officially knock Bernie Sanders out of the presidential race, but she can erase any lingering honest doubts about whether she’ll soon be the Democratic nominee.
Monday, April 25, 2016












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