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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


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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

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

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

My Name Is Meth Author Unknown
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

Donald Trump says something sensible
Donald Trump said something that makes sense. It shouldn't be a headline, but it is (which says more than the rest of this column, really). 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Black votes matter
African-Americans in the South can't get a break when it comes to voting, as history can't deny. 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

What's in your wallet?
Harriet Tubman was literally a freedom fighter. The "Moses" of the Underground Railroad liberated herself and dozens of others from slavery over the years in a biopic-worthy life of bravery and idealism.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

A trans-ient dilemma
As Archie Bunker might say, the world is going down the terlet.
Friday, April 22, 2016

From The Sheriff's Desk: Preventing the trauma of sexual assault
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is our goal as a department and as a community to raise awareness and educate the public on how to prevent such a traumatic and unfortunate health and human rights issue.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Higher ed needs major disruption
There's been much talk on the campaign trail about helping students pay for college and not enough about exactly what they're buying. It's ludicrous that student debt has passed $1 trillion and that nearly 20 percent of the undergraduates who borrowed for college are in default on their student loans.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Clinton moving to cast herself as the all-but-certain nominee
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton is closing in on the Democratic nomination.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

GOP Convention: Roberts Rules would block new nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the Republican National Committee trying to revamp GOP rules for nominating a presidential candidate says without the change, party leaders could exert “almost dictatorial power” at this July’s nominating convention.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Viewer's Guide: Size matters, Trump looks for big win in NY
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump loves to reminisce about his long ride down the escalator in Trump Tower in June to announce his campaign for president.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The outrageous campaign against Exxon Mobil
It's not easy to make one of the world's biggest fossil-fuel companies a sympathetic victim, but a collection of state attorneys general, led by Eric Schneiderman of New York, has managed it. 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

llinois Policy Institute: "Stop asking taxpayers to pay for lawmakers' ineptitude"
CHICAGO —  Friday, Democrat state Rep. Lou Lang introduced a bill he said would increase taxes in Illinois by $1.9 billion. This comes just one week after Senate President John Cullerton proposed tracking Illinois drivers to tax them by the mile, and on the heels of news Illinois lost 105,000 residents on net to other states in 2015 – the largest exodus in state history.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Is GOP Headed for its own Bush v Gore
It's now likely Republicans are headed toward a contested convention in July. But they might be headed toward more than that -- the party could be on its way to an internal version of the 2000 election, the race in which the candidate who lost the popular vote won the presidency, leaving injured feelings and diminished faith in the legitimacy of the electoral system.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Why Democrats Love Bernie
Why do Democrats love Bernie Sanders? OK, it's not just because he's "cute" (as some younger voters are calling him). In point of fact, could someone tell me when 74-year-old bald Jewish men became America's symbol of "cute"? Larry David pulls it off, but I'm not so sure about Bernie Sanders.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Retailers launch Two Cents Campaign in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois retailers launched a statewide campaign this week (www.retailers2cents.com) aimed at shining the spotlight on how little profit margin exists - just two cents - on every dollar spent in an Illinois retail establishment. The retailers Two Cents movement will highlight an industry increasingly burdened with a litany of cost mandates at federal, state, and local level resulting in scaling back employee hours, laying off employees and impacting overall growth.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sanders to Clinton on Wall Street: 'Banks must have been crushed'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Her intent was to mar the voting record of her rival. But Hillary Clinton also cast aspersions on the presidential record of her husband in testy exchanges with Bernie Sanders over Wall Street regulation.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Trump says former 'Apprentice' contestants are 'failing wannabes'
’NEW YORK (AP) — A winner of “The Apprentice” and five other former contestants on Donald Trump’s reality show are speaking out against the Republican front-runner’s presidential campaign.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Sanders issues global call to action on wealth inequality at Vatican
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders issued a global call to action at the Vatican Friday to address “immoral and unsustainable” wealth inequality and poverty and warn of the consequences to future generations if solutions are not found.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Bill Clinton was right
Bill Clinton trespassed against the cardinal rule of contemporary Democratic politics, which is that Thou Shalt Not Contradict Black Lives Matter Protesters.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Speaker: Can see why Trump comments rattle Mideast allies
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the whole world is watching American politics and that he can understand how Middle East allies would be rattled by Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s provocative comments.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fashion-backward in North Carolina
It's been a long while since South Carolina could look down upon its neighbor to the North.

Thanks to North Carolina's anti-LGBT legislation (HB2), also referred to as the "bathroom bill," the state effectively has begun redefining itself from its long-popular characterization as a "valley of humility between two mountains of conceit" (South Carolina and Virginia).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

On the record: Garland on criminal justice and civil rights
(AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, has been characterized as a moderate who, if confirmed, would nudge his divided colleagues slightly to the left because he would replace conservative stalwart Antonin Scalia.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

They love NY: Sanders, Trump and Clinton all touting ties to Empire State
NEW YORK (AP) — Three presidential candidates call themselves New Yorkers. Bernie Sanders is from Brooklyn, Donald Trump is from Queens, and Hillary Clinton owns a home in Westchester and represented New York in the U.S. Senate.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

On the record: Garland on guns, Gitmo and gov't regulation
(AP) — An Associated Press review of Garland's record on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit — more than 5,000 rulings and 17,000 pages since 1997 — suggests he is a judge who only rarely, and perhaps reluctantly, has found himself at odds with the government agencies that appear before him.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ivanka and Eric Trump won't be voting for their dad next week
ROCHESTER, New York (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s children may be among their father’s most loyal cheerleaders. But only one of his three oldest children will be able to vote for him in next Tuesday’s Republican primary in New York.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

US retreat from global economic stage would be mistake
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said today that Americans have reaped significant benefits from the international architecture put in place after World War II and the United States would be making a serious mistake to retreat from its global leadership role.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Pope Bernie
Imagine emerging from a rocky political week only to announce, as Bernie Sanders did, that, oh, by the way, the Vatican called. Actually, it was the Pontifical Academy of Social Science, but close enough, I suppose.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Experts tell US agency to slow down on self-driving cars
WASHINGTON (AP) — Engineers, safety advocates and even automakers have a safety message for federal regulators eager to get self-driving cars on the road: slow down.
Monday, April 11, 2016

The people's race
The spectacular strangeness of this presidential election may require a new display in Ripley's Odditorium of believe-it-or-nots.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

A Sanders loss? Blame it on the system
WASHINGTON (AP) — The standard line in Bernie Sanders’ campaign speeches goes like this: “Despite what the corporate media is telling you, there is a path to the nomination.”
Friday, April 8, 2016

Cruz or bust
If the Republican Party is to be saved from Donald Trump, Ted Cruz's runaway victory in Wisconsin will have been the inflection point.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Do not fear the chalk
Students at the University of Michigan called police the other day -- because someone had written Donald Trump's name in chalk. 
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thinking is hard
Donald Trump is learning how hard it is to pretend to be something he's not.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Obama lauds Duckworth's service to veterans in endorsement
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has officially endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth for Senate, saying “few people fight as passionately for our veterans.”
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wisconsin turnout huge; Cruz win leaves Trump damaged
NEW YORK (AP) — Wisconsin election officials predicted a big turnout in Tuesday’s primary — and then voters blew their number away.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

'Dog the Bounty Hunter' helps kill Idaho bounty hunter bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The reality TV star known as “Dog the Bounty Hunter” says he helped kill an Idaho measure to regulate bounty hunters because it would have prevented them from wearing badges.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Streets of San Francisco, a Libertarian Take
"Sometimes I think we're so liberal that we're OK stepping over dead people on our sidewalks," Daniel Bergerac of the Castro Merchants Association and Castro Cares told me as we discussed the state of the streets of San Francisco. As he knows, people stepping over dead people does happen in San Francisco. 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

 

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The actions of two rural Oregon sheriffs during an armed standoff at a national wildlife refuge were striking: one worked with federal officials to end the siege while the other questioned the FBI's authority and offered words of support for the occupiers.

 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Thinking is hard
Donald Trump is learning how hard it is to pretend to be something he's not.

Case in point: Since deciding to run for president -- and maybe before, but who knows? -- Trump has insisted he is pro-life. America learned otherwise with his recent remarks that a woman should be punished were she to have an illegal abortion. Since abortion is  legal, this is a circumstance that doesn't exist, otherwise known as a hypothetical query.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Solutions to state's unemployment woes
Illinois’ unemployment rate rose again to 6.3 percent -- the fourth highest in the nation, and well above the national average. We’ve heard this news before and we all know the answer: a stable and predictable business climate.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Obama says comments like Trump's show ignorance about world
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that suggestions from people like Donald Trump that nuclear weapons would help South Korea and Japan show a lack of understanding of the world.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Over Here: Competence amid repulsive politics
Belgians planning to "march against fear" today were told to stay home out of fear for more violence. Americans in Europe, meanwhile, are being advised to "exercise vigilance." What about Americans in America?
Saturday, April 2, 2016

The feminist blind
This is not a column I am happy to write. Such things shouldn't happen; but they do. And unless we admit it, the whispers will undermine us all. In my book, that special place in hell can welcome one more group: women who play on the sisterly, feminist and instinctual trust many of us have for other women our age, women who have fought similar battles in their professions and paid heavy prices.
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Fox's Kelly: O'Reilly and CNN should have done more for her
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly is taking notes on who she feels hasn’t supported her in her feud with Donald Trump, and colleague Bill O’Reilly and CNN are both on her list.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Present at the destruction
Donald Trump never ceases to amaze, but his answer at a CNN town hall about the pledge he had taken to support the Republican Party's nominee was still jaw-dropping.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Trump fends off controversy hoping to clinch Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Next Tuesday’s Wisconsin presidential primary is emerging as a crucial lifeline for Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump’s march to their party’s nomination. One of his worst weeks of the 2016 campaign is colliding with a state already skeptical of his brash brand of politics.
Friday, April 1, 2016

A more prepared Trump
The Trump campaign did something last Monday evening that other campaigns do all the time but that the Republican front-runner has never, ever done. It sent out an email with the prepared text of Trump's speech to AIPAC, the pro-Israel group meeting in Washington.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Must America pick up everybody's defense bills?
It seems strange that so few of my fellow TV binge-watchers have submitted to the fascinating Norwegian political thriller, "Occupied." Friends, this is eight hours of your life you won't mind not getting back.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sanders has big fund raising haul in March
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raised more than $39.7 million in March and is aiming to surpass $43.5 million for the month, his campaign said today as both he and rival Hillary Clinton face monthly fundraising deadlines.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

What now?
So what are we to do?
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Trump's win-at-any-cost approach: 'Nothing is presidential except victory'
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sitting on his plush private plane surrounded by a gaggle of reporters, Donald Trump laid bare the depths of his win-at-any-cost political philosophy.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Yes, the delegates can decide
Donald Trump has made his first threat to sue over the procedures for selecting delegates to the Republican convention. It surely won't be his last.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Feds block Texas from testing aid recipients for drugs
Texans want to drug test applicants seeking billions in welfare and unemployment benefits in the state, but Uncle Sugar says no. At least for now.
Monday, March 28, 2016

California lawmakers to scrutinize new bullet train plans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers will have their first opportunity to quiz the officials responsible for California’s $64 billion high-speed rail plans at a committee hearing Monday to review a new business plan that calls for overhauling its proposed route and postponing the first service by three years.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Trump ready to visit Wisconsin, but Cruz has head-start
OSHKOSH, Wisconsin (AP) — Donald Trump is planning to make his first campaign visit to Wisconsin on Tuesday, where the upcoming Republican presidential primary could mark a turning point in the unpredictable GOP race.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Federal officials, advocates push pill-tracking databases
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top health officials are stepping up calls to require doctors to log in to pill-tracking databases before prescribing painkillers and other high-risk drugs.
Monday, March 28, 2016














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