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home : opinion : editorial August 30, 2016

The GOP's Trumpian deflation
Donald Trump. Would that it were unnecessary to mention his name except, say, as a Viagra pitchman.
Saturday, August 27, 2016


Anderson Jewelers

State Department won't release Clinton calendars until after the election
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to begin releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, the government told The Associated Press it won’t finish the job before Election Day.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Chelsea Clinton to remain on the board of the Clinton Foundation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chelsea Clinton would remain on the board of her family’s foundation even if her mother is elected president, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
Friday, August 26, 2016

The kinder, gentler Trump
The latest of Trump's "pivots" is more far-reaching than a stab at greater message discipline. It is an effort to make him more appealing to minorities and college-educated whites by adopting a more inclusive message. It is an attempt to engineer on the fly a "compassionate populism."
Friday, August 26, 2016

The French have a right to ban the burkini
A few years ago, I took a French friend to a crowded beach in Rhode Island. No sooner had we hit the soft sands than she ripped off the top of her two-piece, baring her breasts to the sun and to curious boys playing nearby.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Leader of British movement to leave EU joins the Trump train
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican nominee Donald Trump is linking his “movement to take back the country” to Britain’s surprising vote to leave the European Union.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bill defends foundation: "We're trying to do good things"
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says he’s proud of people who have donated to the Clinton Foundation and the work the organization has done, as he waded into a dispute that Republicans are hoping will damage his wife’s presidential campaign.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

From Trump, a stunning admission and a new direction
In general, in a campaign filled with controversial statements, it's fair to say Donald Trump doesn't do apologies and he doesn't do regret.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hillary's heel
When I wrote the headline "Hillary's heel," I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife's pantsuit hem.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Differences aside, the Supreme Court unites Trump and the Senate GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Differences aside, Donald Trump and Senate Republicans are strongly united on one issue — the balance of the Supreme Court.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Colin Powell defense
The influence that Colin Powell has over Hillary Clinton is something to behold. His word is her command. When he tells her to break the law and endanger the nation's secrets, she doesn't hesitate. She salutes smartly and does as she is told.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Some voting happens well before Election Day; North Carolina goes first
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Voters in tightly contested North Carolina have seen the presidential candidates and their surrogates a lot this summer.
Monday, August 22, 2016

Politics: Where the candidates stand on China and why it matters
WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Tensions have been rising between China and the United States. China is modernizing its military and pressing its sovereignty claims over the disputed South China Sea, an important route for global trade.
Monday, August 22, 2016

To Russia, with love
So much for the old accusation that the Republican Party has a "Cold War mentality." Or if it still does, it has switched sides.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

A nice column about Trump
When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump? I thought, well, that could be fun.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

The effects of alcohol and drugs on teenagers
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beach burkini bingo
Once upon a time, a scantily clad lass padding down a beach might cause a riot -- at least of eyeballs eager to extend the sidelong glance.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Gingrich says Trump, media, running a 'baloney machine'
It's no secret Donald Trump's supporters wish he would spend more time in his public appearances focused on issues and less on the offhand remarks that have gotten him into trouble recently.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The nihilism in Milwaukee
Tim Pool is a fearless social-media reporter who specializes in getting close to the action. It almost doesn't qualify as a protest or a riot if Pool isn't live-streaming from the streets. But he is pulling out of Milwaukee because it is too dangerous for white people.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WHY IT MATTERS: All will be touched by choice in November
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer voters distinct choices this fall on issues that shape everyday lives. Actual ideas are in play, as difficult as it can be to see them through the surreal layers of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Republicans launch pro-Trump campaign in Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Republican Party launched its first ever election campaign in Israel on Monday, trying to convince skeptical American-Israeli dual citizens to cast their votes for Donald Trump.
Monday, August 15, 2016

The Olympic Spirit?
To watch some of the coverage, you might think that the Olympics proves that the greatest athletes of every country on the globe, plus the refugees, can come together and put aside the various religious, ethnic and historic rivalries that divide us.
Monday, August 15, 2016

Clinton campaign is boring but effective
What has Hillary Clinton been doing while Donald Trump has been careening from one controversy to the next? She's been traveling the country giving speeches about jobs, hammering Trump on the economy, and mostly avoiding press contact that could bring attention to her email scandal, the Clinton Foundation, or her record as Secretary of State. And then she talks more about jobs.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Driven to distraction
Reflexively, I type "Dru" and The Drudge Report pops up. I hate myself for going there but as a columnist ever in search of the zeitgeist's ultimate wave, I am behooved.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

The entertainment candidate
Donald Trump is running a top-notch campaign to be a conservative media celebrity.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Clintons releases tax returns with earning of $10.6 million
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary and Bill Clinton earned $10.6 million last year, according to a tax filing released by her campaign Friday that sought to pressure presidential rival Donald Trump to disclose his tax returns.
Friday, August 12, 2016

When death sneaks up on the young and successful
Stagnant wages, weight gain, in-laws staying too long. A canceled flight, a stolen bicycle, a flooded basement. Bounced checks, a cold sore, refrigerator on the fritz. Getting fired.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Hurray for John Oliver
Every couple of years or so, I feel the need to whine about the plight of newspapers. It's August. I'm Trumped out. So today's the day.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Trump blames media bias, faulty interpretations for Second Amendment flap
BRISTOL, Va. (AP) —Donald Trump is blaming faulty interpretations and media bias for an uproar over his comments about the Second Amendment. He’s insisting he never advocated violence against Hillary Clinton, even as undeterred Democrats pile on.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A pointless anti-nuclear gestur
The Obama administration is entering its final months, but it's never too late to further diminish U.S. influence and discomfit our allies.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Trump suggests Clinton emails linked to Iranian's execution
NEW YORK (AP) — Republican Donald Trump is suggesting that rival Hillary Clinton’s emails may be responsible for the death of an Iranian nuclear scientist who was executed for spying for the United States.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

In Miami, Clinton calls on Congress to act on Zika virus
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton called on Congress to return to Washington and pass emergency funding for the Zika response during a visit to a Miami neighborhood dealing with the first U.S. outbreak of the disease.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Counting the votes: How electors actually pick the next president of the US
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It’s an institution as old as the nation itself, but the Electoral College remains an enigma to many Americans. The Founding Fathers, apprehensive about the unchecked power of the popular vote, added the extra step to the process of choosing a president.
Monday, August 8, 2016

Trump ends standoff with Ryan, strains to fix split GOP
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Donald Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan late Friday, ending a four-day standoff between the GOP’s most powerful men that exposed deepening concerns about the New York billionaire’s presidential candidacy.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Trump's head case
Saturday, August 6, 2016

The ransom that dare not speak its name
Friday, August 5, 2016

President denies $400-million payment to Iran was a ransom payment
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vigorously denies that a $400 million cash payment to Iran was ransom to secure the release of four Americans jailed in Tehran. He defended the transaction as evidence that the nuclear accord with Iran has allowed for progress on other matters.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Fox and friends with benefits
No one would mistake Roger Ailes for a ladies man, at least not without a fistful of dollars -- or a garter belt.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Paul Ryan, Wasserman Schultz to test anti-establishment mood of nation
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Khizr Khan, Donald Trump, and the debate over Muslim immigration
There's a sensation building over the Democratic convention speech of Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-born Virginia lawyer whose son Humayun was killed in action while serving as a captain in the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Some colleges say hosting a presidential debate is worth the $5M price tag
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Democracy doesn’t come cheap. Between the logistics of accommodating an estimated 2,500 news reporters and arranging security for VIPs, the cost of hosting a presidential debate now tops $5 million.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Trump vs. the Khans
Donald Trump got sound advice the other day. At a rally at Davenport, Iowa, he told the crowd that a prominent supporter had called and urged him not to sweat all the attacks at the Democratic National Convention.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

US construction spending drops 0.6 percent in June
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell for a third straight month in June with spending on nonresidential construction dropping by the largest amount in six months.
Monday, August 1, 2016

There's no Bernie revolution without Bernie
One hesitates to discuss the small group of Bernie Sanders followers throwing tantrums at the Democratic convention.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Hillary's never-ending reintroductions
If only we could get to know the real Hillary Clinton.
Monday, August 1, 2016

Fact check: Just a couple of misfires in Hillary Clinton's speech last night
WASHINGTON (AP) — In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton wrongly implied Donald Trump has proposed banning Islam in America and sketched out a plan for defeating Islamic State militants that merely mirrors what the U.S. is already trying to do.
Friday, July 29, 2016

Obama hopes Hillary can take over where he left off and fix what he couldn't
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eight years ago, Barack Obama cast himself as the rare candidate who could transcend the polarizing “politics of the past” and bridge divides that had left Washington barely functioning for years.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

On this they agree: GOP and Democrats look to revive Depression bank law
NEW YORK (AP) — Well at least the Democrats and the Republicans agree on something at their conventions: They both want to revive a Depression-era bank law that was abolished more than 15 years ago.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Convention: Can Barack Obama top his wife's Philadelphia performance?
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Can Barack Obama top his wife?

The president takes to the mic at the Democratic convention on Wednesday, two days after Michelle Obama wowed delegates with her forceful defense of Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Trump bump: Will the jump in the polls last and does it matter
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is talking about polls again.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FBI investigates DNC email hacking; Clinton campaign blames Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI said today it is investigating how thousands of Democratic National Committee emails were hacked, a breach that Hillary Clinton’s campaign maintains was committed by Russia to benefit Donald Trump.
Monday, July 25, 2016

Schultz out; Warren, Sanders and Michelle Obama take the stage tonight
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Angry Democrats heckled outgoing party chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz with boos and cries of “shame!” today as the party tried to move past an embarrassing email controversy and heal divisions before this week’s national convention begins.
Monday, July 25, 2016

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

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

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










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