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Boycotts are a form of speech
Liberals have organized a campaign to boycott Simon & Schuster over its planned publication of a book by alt-right bad boy Milo Yiannopoulos. Is this boycott a form of censorship?
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anderson Jewelers

GOP selects Ronna Romney McDaniel to lead party operation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee on Thursday unanimously elected Ronna Romney McDaniel to serve as its chairman, tapping a woman to lead the national GOP.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trump asks some 50 senior Obama appointees to stay on
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government, his incoming White House press secretary said Thursday.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

From The Sheriff's Desk: VOLUME 7, NUMBER 1
TAYLORVILLE — The Big Game is just around the corner – one of America’s biggest and most entertaining sporting events. Regardless of who’s playing or if you’re just watching for the commercials or puppies, many people use the Big Game as a reason to get together for food, drinks and fun.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dem dilimma: Stand with Lewis?
Once Donald Trump responded to John Lewis's "illegitimate president" attack, the question wasn't whether Trump's pushback would cause a Twitter furor. It would. The question was how many Democrats, beyond those who occupy the left-most wing of the House Democratic caucus with Lewis, would go along with the Trump-is-not-legitimate charge.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When Trump goes low, media can go away
Dog trainers have long advised owners against reacting to their pets' attention-seeking antics -- the barking, jumping and pushiness.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Women's March on Washington expedted to draw more than 200,000
WASHINGTON (AP) — Call them rebels with a cause. Or two. Or three. Or 10.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hosea, can you see?
Republicans can argue until their last breath that Trump objectors are sore losers, but isn't more at stake than "mere politics?" This phrase has been rendered quaint by such serious issues as: Russian hackers apparently trying to tilt the election toward Donald Trump; the FBI's possibly politically motivated practices; Trump's initial resistance to the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community; Trump's refusal to release tax records, which might mollify concerns about his relationship with Russia. 
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Why the media lose to Trump
The best thing that happened to Donald Trump all week is that BuzzFeed published the raw Russia dossier about him.
Friday, January 13, 2017

Presidential images, a work in progress
In the days leading to his inauguration, Donald Trump almost certainly has not paused to consider the presidency of James K. Polk, who occupied the White House from 1845 to 1849. But there is an element of the 11th president in the 45th president, especially in the Tennessean's remark that "I intend to be myself president of the U.S."
Friday, January 13, 2017

Is 'Stranger Rape' More Troubling than 'Date Rape'?
A New York City police captain said he regards "true stranger rapes" as "more troubling" than rapes in which the victims knew their attacker. Outrage ensued. He quickly apologized, writing on Twitter, "My comments were not meant to minimize the seriousness of sexual assault."
Thursday, January 12, 2017

The reset failure
President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality -- topped off by the Russian interference in the November election -- to make the outgoing president almost cleareyed about the Kremlin.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Trump calls for Americans to buy L.L. Bean goods as others call for boycott
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is urging people to buy L.L. Bean as the company faces calls for a boycott because of a family member’s donations to his candidacy.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dylann Roof's last act
If Death lingers in courtroom corridors awaiting sentences, this historic city's federal courthouse was surely a top destination. On Tuesday, the Reaper's patience was rewarded with the jury's return of the death penalty for Dylann Roof.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Six questions about the Russia hacking report
Julia Ioffe, a writer for The Atlantic who watches Russia carefully, tweeted this about the intelligence community's unclassified report on Russian hacking released Friday: "It's hard to tell if the thinness of the #hacking report is because the proof is classified, or because the proof doesn't exist."
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Obamacare repeal game is a disgrace
The Republican majority in Congress has voted to kill the Affordable Care Act dozens of times. It's done this knowing that President Obama would veto the bill, thus sparing members from the consequences.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The man without a mandate
It's hard to patch together a mandate out of an election that most pollsters believe could have been won, maybe even easily, by another Democrat -- Joe Biden, say, or Barack Obama or Bill Clinton. What is his real mandate? Not to elect brainiac women to the White House?
Saturday, January 7, 2017

The people saved the ethics office, not the tweet
That went over well.
Friday, January 6, 2017

The nation's abattoir
 The city of Chicago is conducting a long, bloody experiment in what happens to a gang-ridden municipality in the absence of effective policing.
Friday, January 6, 2017

Loner-loser syndrome
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- As convicted murderer Dylann Roof prepares to defend himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, a clearer understanding of his motives in gunning down nine African-Americans during Bible study prayer has begun to emerge. 
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Long-term mortgage rates fall, breaking 9-week rise
WASHINGTON (AP) — After nine straight weeks of increases, long-term US mortgage rates fell this week.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dems want probe of Trump Cabinet pick over stock sales
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats said Thursday that the House ethics office should investigate whether stock sales by a congressman who is now one of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks broke any laws.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Out With the Old
The holidays are never easy for anyone except the Hallmark family, but this year seemed especially disquieting: Donald Trump acts like he's still playing bully in some schoolyard somewhere; fingers of blame point in all directions in both parties; and it's a dangerous world that is impossible to ignore.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

US factory activity expands, hits 2016 high in December
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing activity expanded for the fourth straight month in December, as new orders and production jumped in a positive sign for economic growth.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Republicans primed for push to dismantle Obama's policies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the 115th Congress will be sworn in at noon Tuesday, setting off an aggressive campaign by Republicans who control the House and Senate to dismantle eight years of President Barack Obama’s Democratic policies.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bear Envy: Why can't we hibernate, too?
It's "lights out" for bears in North America. They're fat. They're happy. Wake them when the weather gets better.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

President-elect wants more info on Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer is defending cryptic comments by President-elect Donald Trump that he knows “things that other people don’t know” when it comes to allegations of Russian hacking.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Obama boosted White House technology; Trump sees risks
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House’s aging technology for his successor. New computers were purchased and faster internet was installed.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Under 3 weeks left: Obama in closing stretch of presidency
HONOLULU (AP) — His last presidential vacation behind him, Barack Obama is entering the closing stretch of his presidency, an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put finishing touches on his legacy before handing the reins to President-elect Donald Trump.
Monday, January 2, 2017

Out of power, state Dems frustrated with national committee
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democrats around the country are demanding change from a national committee they say has focused too heavily on the White House at the expense of governorships, legislatures and state party operations.
Monday, January 2, 2017

US gives detailed look at Russia's alleged election hacking
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has released its most detailed report yet on accusations that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Long-term US mortgage rates rise,staying near 2014 highs
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term US mortgage rates ticked up again this week, staying at their highest levels since early 2014.
Friday, December 30, 2016

A lawmaker's solution for marriage debate: Remove the state
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Republican Missouri lawmaker says he has a solution to end tense debates over same-sex marriage.
Friday, December 30, 2016

What it means if Trump names China a currency manipulator
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to name China a currency manipulator on his first day in the White House.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Trump inaugural to include prayers from prosperity preachers
Two preachers who teach that God will make the faithful rich are among the religious leaders chosen to offer prayers at President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in, the inaugural committee said Wednesday.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

US to announce response to Russia's election hacking
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are expected to announce an imminent response, including sanctions, today for Russia’s interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts — an effort that ensures action before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fear thee well to 2016
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- As usual, the year's end brings reflections and ruminations on what was and what is to be. This time around, however, it feels as though an era is coming to an end. 
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The conventional threat to Trump
Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The conventional threat to Trump The conventional threat to Trump
Donald Trump was supposed to take over the Republican Party, but the question going forward will be whether the Republican Party takes over him.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Intel report won't end Russia hacking fight
President Obama has ordered the Intelligence Community to finish a review of allegations of Russian election hacking by the time Obama leaves office on Jan. 20.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A revealing election
In the last month it became clear that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won more popular votes than did Donald J. Trump.
Monday, December 26, 2016

Baby, let's not ruin everything
A Christmas standard since the 1940s, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is an uncommonly catchy and witty song that is now -- incredibly enough -- controversial. 
Friday, December 23, 2016

'Jackie,' manners and power
Those expecting to feast on the splendor of a fashion icon in the movie "Jackie" may feel misled. The promotion shows actress Natalie Portman in a copy of the Dior-inspired red dress Jackie Kennedy wore on her fabulous White House tour. But the outfit at the center of this story is the pink Chanel-like suit splattered in her husband's blood.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Only Hillary is to blame for her loss
The Democrats have a simple explanation for Hillary Clinton's loss -- the Russians did it.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Revolt fizzles as Trump easily wins Electoral College vote 304-227
WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for an Electoral College revolt.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Complexities and contradictions
Franklin Roosevelt was a flexible president immobilized in a wheelchair. Dwight Eisenhower personified military precision but as president luxuriated in imprecise language. Lyndon Johnson commonly used a vulgar epithet to describe the black Americans he worked so hard to empower. Jimmy Carter spoke eloquently of human rights but lacked the human touch.
Monday, December 19, 2016

The parable of Mother Emanuel
In the parable of the sower, a farmer sprinkles seeds upon four different types of terrain, one of which is rocky where seeds fail to thrive.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Against an Electoral coup
Surely there were alarmists who thought 2016 might end in an undemocratic coup. But who predicted Democratic opinion leaders would be the ones agitating for it?
Saturday, December 17, 2016

Women's March on Washington secures post-inauguration permit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in Washington said Thursday that they have issued a permit for the Women’s March on Washington, a demonstration planned for the day after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Friday, December 16, 2016

Presidents and speakers: A crucial Washington relationship
WASHINGTON (AP) — Smooth, rocky or in between, relationships between the leader in the White House and the House speaker on Capitol Hill can be the most important and defining in a presidency. Donald Trump and Paul Ryan were hardly pals during the campaign, but they appear to be moving together now.
Friday, December 16, 2016

Dems to use hearings on Trump picks to court working class
WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to hold around two dozen Senate seats in 2018, Democrats will use the coming series of confirmation hearings to try to distinguish themselves from President-elect Donald Trump’s billionaire nominees and convince working-class voters who elected him that he’s not on their side.
Friday, December 16, 2016

Tis the season for. . .
TAYLORVILLE — This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving allow you to give burglars and thieves a better chance to do their work.  Crooks love the holiday season as much as you, especially when your houses are overflowing with gifts.  Stores, malls, and streets are crowded with people rushing around trying to get their shopping done.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

The electoral voters speak, and they're not out for a revolt
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hounded to abandon Donald Trump, Republican electors appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign’s last voting ritual. This most untraditional of elections is on course to produce a traditional outcome Monday — an Electoral College ticket to the White House for the president-elect.
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Trump Resistance pins last hope on Electoral College
The Electoral College meets this Monday in what will be the final step in Donald Trump's improbable rise to the presidency. But it will also be the last chance for #NeverTrump dead-enders to keep Trump out of the White House. And now, the anti-Trump effort has been given new fuel by allegations of Russian attempts to interfere with the presidential election.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

No surprise a Trump boast would top Yale's annual list of notable quotes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Donald Trump’s boast on the campaign trail that he could shoot somebody and not lose any voters tops a Yale Law School librarian’s list of the most notable quotes of 2016.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announces his presidential bid
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday officially announced his bid to run in the 2018 presidential election, a move that political observers say puts pressure on President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

It's not a junta
President-elect Donald Trump has already committed a grave offense against our system of government by forming a "junta," according to his critics.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

You wanted anti-establishment? Hold on.
If you thought Donald Trump was the face of America's anti-establishment movement, hold on to your chapeaus: A wild wind is rising.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton, Martyr of the Year
Documentaries, plays and grand operas will be written about what was done to Hillary Clinton in the election of 2016. Some normal mistakes were mixed in with her many accomplishments, but there was nothing normal about her treatment by political foes and many of the respectable media alike.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

The party of workers
In the course of a couple of tweets, Donald Trump may have ended the image of the GOP as the party of corporate America.
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Trump chooses former WWE exec McMahon for small business
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is adding former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to his Cabinet as leader of the Small Business Administration.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Trump's EPA pick: Oklahoma AG who has repeatedly sued them
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump confirmed today that he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a global warming skeptic, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, which he has repeatedly sued and derided for pursuing an “activist agenda.”
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Senate Democrats plan to 'Ashcroft' their good friend Jeff Sessions
There's been talk among some conservatives and Republicans that Democrats are plotting to "Bork" the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general. That's not right.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

To kill a pipeline -- again
One of the Obama administration's core competencies is suspending pipeline projects with no cause.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

'Cancel It!" Trump says Air Force One cost ridiculous, totally out of control
NEW YORK (AP) — The government should cancel its multibillion-dollar order for new Air Force One presidential planes, Donald Trump declared Tuesday, serving notice he’s ready to jump in and start making decisions six weeks before his inauguration.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pearl Harbor moves from memory to history
More than a half-century ago, in the dark November days after the Kennedy assassination, White House officials set the date for members of Lyndon B. Johnson's family to move from their home in Washington's Spring Valley into the executive mansion: Dec. 7, 1963. Lady Bird Johnson was aghast.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Recount resumes, end in sight in N.Carolina governor's race
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper leads Republican incumbent Pat McCrory by about 10,250 votes from 4.7 million cast. McCrory, who could not capitalize on the wave of support that delivered statewide victories for Republicans Donald Trump and Sen. Richard Burr, can demand a statewide recount if the margin is 10,000 or less.
Monday, December 5, 2016

Police: Fake news story led gunman to popular DC pizzeria
WASHINGTON (AP) — A fake news story prompted a man to fire a rifle at a popular Washington, D.C., pizza place as he attempted to ‘’self-investigate” a conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring from there, police said.
Monday, December 5, 2016

Congress would have to bypass a 1947 law in order to confirm Gen. Mattis
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for defense secretary, will need more than the usual Senate confirmation before being able to take office.
Friday, December 2, 2016

What Trump's defense looks like: A tough-talking retired Marine Corps general
WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking once more from presidential custom, Donald Trump is turning to a military man to steer the U.S. military, choosing retired Gen. James Mattis, who will be the first career officer to lead the Pentagon since just after World War II.
Friday, December 2, 2016

When it comes to ethics, not all elected officials are equally regulated
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. David McKinley has sold his West Virginia engineering and architecture firm, but it still bears his name — and that earned the Republican congressman a rebuke from the House Ethics Committee.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Wisconsin is first state to start presidential election recount; cost $3.9M
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years began today in Wisconsin, a state that Donald Trump won by less than a percentage point over Hillary Clinton after polls long predicted a Clinton victory.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hold the urchin tongues. Let's cook like grandma
'Tis the season to do cooking. And the holidays are when folks yearn for the old classics, just like ones we used to know. Even some hardcore "foodies" put away the experimental cuisine and make predictable dishes with recognizable ingredients.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Living in the twilight
It used to be, back when I first started in politics, that I subscribed to every newspaper I could, and I had read them all before anyone was even at the office. I didn't even consider it optional.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

No tears for Fidel
Sometimes history doesn't have to wait to judge -- and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn't either.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Can Democrats quit identity politics?
For the Democrats, no activity is immune from reflexive accusations of sexism and racism, not even soul-searching. 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

HHS nominee Tom Price opposes Obamacare, backs Medicare vouchers
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a congressman, Georgia Republican Tom Price has been thwarted in his hopes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and transform Medicare into a voucher-like program for future participants.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Scaling the Presidentials
INTERVALE, N.H. -- From this vista, the peaks already carry a light frost. Pockets of snow rest in the ravines, and ominous high winds are forecast. In any season, the Presidential Range is a fearsome place, in this season especially so.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Men working with their hands
A best-selling sports book, "The Boys in the Boat," describes the unlikely path of working-class blokes to gold-medal glory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. There's lots about rowing, but what struck this reader most was author Daniel James Brown's account of the tough lot of laborers in the Northwest during the Great Depression.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Self-Government in the wilderness
The Mayflower had a harrowing two months crossing the Atlantic. Its mast splintered in rough water and two people died, as supplies dwindled and passengers grew sick. It arrived in the New World later than expected, on the cusp of a punishing winter. 
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Trump's lovely lies
WASHINGTON -- In this season of Thanksgiving, a quirky source of gratitude has emerged -- Donald Trump's many campaign lies.
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is Democrat's worst nightmare
President-elect Trump's transition team knew that nominating Jeff Sessions for Attorney General would set off controversy. Democrats and their allies in the press have at key times in the past called Sessions a racist -- they're now using the Alabama senator's full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, to heighten the Old South effect -- and now, as they oppose Trump at nearly every turn, they've turned to race again.
Friday, November 25, 2016

The Muslim registry that wasn't
The first thing to know about Donald Trump's alleged proposal for a Muslim registry is that it isn't a Muslim registry.
Friday, November 25, 2016

Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?
Politicians usually try to look like they're keeping their campaign promises, at least until they get sworn in. Only then do they start mumbling about changed circumstances and the difficulty of dealing with Congress (even if their party controls Congress, as Donald Trump's does).
Friday, November 25, 2016

The meaning of Mitt
President-elect Donald Trump's flirtation with Mitt Romney as a possible pick for secretary of state has injected a sliver of hope and change into an evolving administration that could use some.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Truth and consequences
Of all the losers in this season of discontent, the mainstream media top the list. I don't say this lightly and sincerely fear that loss of faith in journalism ultimately will cause more harm to the nation than any outside enemy could hope to.
Monday, November 21, 2016

Our president-elect
No one is more supportive of young people involved in politics than I am. Year after year, I not only teach my own students but also speak at colleges and universities, eschewing political correctness but urging, begging even, for the students to passionately advocate the beliefs they hold and to become active participants in our democracy.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

History strikes back
President Barack Obama won't explicitly say that Donald Trump is on the wrong side of history, but surely he believes it.
Saturday, November 19, 2016

How Canada will get along with the Trump reality
Put aside your preconceptions about NAFTA for just a moment. And your assumptions about Canada, too. Look across the border and you'll find that the Canadians want to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement also.
Friday, November 18, 2016

Goodbye, Facebook. You're evil
Friday, November 18, 2016

Guess who's coming to the White House
If you'd never heard of Steve Bannon before Tuesday, you have now.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

America is not a safe space
Pity the anti-Trump protesters thronging the streets of American cities. 
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Democrats must drop identity politics
What follows here is remarkably similar to what I had planned to write after an expected and prayed-for Hillary Clinton victory: Obsessive appeals to racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity groupings are bad politics. That's because at a certain point, "inclusivity" takes on the air of exclusivity.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

On hallowed ground
Witnesses who tuned in to Donald Trump and Barack Obama's post-election get-together can't have missed the change in the president-elect's demeanor and affect.
Monday, November 14, 2016

Just Because You Lose Doesn't Mean You Stop Trying, or, 'Marian's Lesson'
If you think last Tuesday was bad, you might not have been around on election night in 1980.
Saturday, November 12, 2016

The mourning after
When I opened my front door Wednesday morning after little sleep and numb from a bad dream that wasn't a dream, a dreary rainfall glazed the sidewalk as two neighbors gazed blankly in my direction.
Friday, November 11, 2016

President Donald Trump
More than a quarter-century ago, in another election year, the Los Angeles Dodgers' star Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off home run in the first game of the World Series. "In a year that has been so improbable," the Dodgers' iconic announcer Vin Scully said in an unforgettable television riff in the fall of 1988, "the impossible has happened."
Friday, November 11, 2016

Bernie Sanders doesn't rule out a possible 2020 run for White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is leaving open the possibility of another presidential bid, saying in a Thursday interview that he wants to focus on helping the party rebuild its base after Donald Trump’s victory.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Trump's America: For many supporters, Trump is a thing called hope
MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — On election night, when Donald Trump claimed victory in her home state of Wisconsin, Shay Chamberlin was so excited she screamed and fell over.
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Whatever happened to Americans' sense of humor?
You'd think there'd have been more laughs. Hard-fought political campaigns drenched in sweat and tears usually produce moments of levity. But Americans seem to have lost their sense of humor, becoming late-night angry, frustrated and sick with anxiety.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The rebellion of 1026
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- This has been the year of living rebelliously.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

America: Still great
You can feel the tension. Strolling down the street, shopping at the corner market, stopping for a bite at the local tavern, friends and neighbors greet each other as usual but avoid the elephant sauntering around like he owns the place.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

History might smile on this year's election
The entire political world is in a swivet. Worst election ever. Horrible candidates. Shameful dialogue. Awful conduct. What a disgrace.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Consider yourself warned: This is how a Clinton administration will work
James Comey surely had no idea what he was in for.
Saturday, November 5, 2016

Perverting the presidency
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Democrats asked for this
Before Democrats burn James Comey in effigy, they should think about how the FBI director came to have an outsized influence in the election in the first place.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Why didn't Huma know; how long will it take; who and what can you believe?
WASHINGTON (AP) — The discovery of another cache of emails potentially important to the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices raises an immediate question: How could close Clinton adviser Huma Abedin have been unaware of their existence?
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

If elected, Clinton faces awkward coexistence with FBI Director Comey
WASHINGTON (AP) — The relationship between James Comey and Hillary Clinton was never going to be tension-free, not when Comey’s FBI had conducted an election-year criminal investigation into the Democratic presidential candidate’s email practices.
Monday, October 31, 2016

Trump's for-profit campaign
It's as if Bob Dole began doing ads for Viagra before the 1996 election was over.
Friday, October 28, 2016

Trump's biggest vulnerability is Trump
Hillary Clinton may be the first candidate in American history to win a contest of personalities without having one.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Election year fatigue? Blame it in part on the contentious race of 1840
NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential elections are a foundation of American democracy dating back to George Washington.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Trump, with electoral path narrowing, insists he's 'winning'
TAMPA, Florida (AP) — A defiant Donald Trump is insisting he is “winning” and urging his supporters to defy what he is calling an establishment conspiracy to deny the White House to his populist movement.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Illinois comptroller candidates to meet in televised debate
CHICAGO (AP) — The major party candidates running for Illinois comptroller are set to square off in their only televised debate.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Yoga Pants: The Fashion Police Go Both Ways
He thought the readers could use a break from the election craziness and so sent a lighthearted letter to his suburban paper tendering an opinion on yoga pants.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Not "Clowning" Around this Halloween
TAYLORVILLE — The recent clown phenomenon has been taken to another level. Clowns have always had an associated fear factor, but the once fun and silly character to some has officially been negatively heightened.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Don't blame Never Trump
No one can accuse Kellyanne Conway of complacency. She is already preparing for post-election recriminations.
Monday, October 24, 2016

A year of disruption and dismay
Now, finally, there is a logic -- a strategic and even ideological rationale -- for a presidential campaign that has shattered all the assumptions of logic, all the strategic and ideological precedents, of our politics.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

American brats abroad
Amanda Knox was innocent of the grisly murder for which she did time in an Italian jail. There was no DNA link suggesting that the student from Seattle had slit the throat of her English roommate. Other evidence at the crime scene had been contaminated.
Saturday, October 22, 2016

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