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home : opinion : editorial September 23, 2017

'Sovereignty' is not a dirty word

To listen to the commentary, Donald Trump used an inappropriate term at the U.N. -- not just "Rocket Man," but "sovereignty." 

 

Saturday, September 23, 2017


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Megyn Kelly hopes for a new Trump-free zone with new morning show
NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly says she left Fox News Channel to bring more joy to her life. NBC hopes that starting Monday, she can spread some to the network and its viewers.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Colleges come to their senses the hard way
Harvard University came under justified attack when it named Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. Critics asked how Harvard could honor a former U.S. Army private convicted of leaking 750,000 classified or sensitive documents.
Friday, September 22, 2017

They don't call it 'The Great Tweet of China'
During the campaign, Donald J. Trump made lots of promises -- he'd be the greatest jobs president God ever created, he'd cut taxes, he'd balance the budget, he'd give all Americans fantastic health care, he'd renegotiate NAFTA, he'd scotch the Iran deal and so on.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Clash of cultures
Say this about President Donald J. Trump: He never fails to astonish. For in his maiden speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations Tuesday morning, he stunned his critics by his repeated, respectful bows to hoary tradition even as he opened up unusual attacks on other nations and rival ideologies -- and issued an unprecedented vow from a podium of peace to mount a military assault to "totally destroy" another country.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Over DACA, an acute case of Trump panic syndrome
The entire politico-media complex had a nervous breakdown last week over President Trump's position on DACA.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

'Handmaid's Tale' lunacy
Donald Trump, much to his chagrin, never won an Emmy for "The Apprentice," but he can now take indirect credit for a clutch of the awards.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Elite cities should share the wealth (and crowding) with others
As Seattle ascended into the club of superstar American cities, its housing became expensive and its streets congested. That's the price of success. These factors helped prompt Amazon.com to announce plans to build a second headquarters somewhere else in North America.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Unthinkable wars in faraway places
As the United States and North Korea -- both armed with incendiary rhetoric and nuclear weapons -- taunt and challenge each other, the crisis in East Asia underlines an important, immutable but much-ignored law of international relations: Peripheral disputes have a dangerous tendency to grow into principal areas of conflict.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Mattis' subtlety: America will not be intimidated by North Korean threats
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — He inspected a mock-up nuclear warhead, but there was no Kim Jong Un lookalike posing for photographs. He chatted with nuclear missile launch officers in their underground command post, but there was no talk of unleashing nuclear hell on North Korea.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Missouri lawmaker formaly censured over Trump assassination comments
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican-led Senate on Wednesday formally reprimanded a Democratic colleague for a Facebook post hoping for President Donald Trump’s assassination, while the House took the less serious step of opening an ethics review of a Republican’s post calling for a Confederate monument vandal to be hanged.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

No amnesty is a good amnesty
Donald Trump is being told that amnesty for "Dreamers," or DACA recipients, will only apply to a small, narrowly defined group of totally innocent, eminently deserving illegal immigrants, who were brought to this country "through no fault of their own" as "children." (Children who are up to 36 years old.)
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Crime and immigration: What's in the Dream act?
Commentary on the DACA controversy frequently notes that the nation's nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers are a law-abiding group. But a new bill to give DACA recipients full legal status, sponsored by Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake and Democratic Senators Richard Durbin and Charles Schumer, would allow newly legalized Dreamers to have many run-ins with the law -- arrests, charges, convictions -- and still receive benefits. Schumer, the Democratic leader, is demanding quick passage.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Schumer option is a dead end
President Donald Trump is looking for a congressional leader he likes. Mitch McConnell has been found wanting, so now the president is flirting with Chuck Schumer. 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

US warns China, Russia to comply on NK sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration warned today that the U.S. will punish companies in China and Russia that don’t comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea.

 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Security clearance points to problems with access to national secrets
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government backlog of 700,000 security clearance reviews has led agencies like the Defense Department to inadvertently issue interim passes to criminals — even rapists and killers — prompting calls for better and faster vetting of people with access to the nation’s secrets.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Catholic leaders decry Democrat's questioning of judicial nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders are objecting to Democratic senators’ line of questioning for one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, arguing the focus on her faith is misplaced and runs counter to the Constitution’s prohibition on religious tests for political office.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bannon confirms he opposed firing of FBI Director Comey
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon says the firing of FBI Director James Comey may have been the biggest mistake in “modern political history.”
Monday, September 11, 2017

Trump: US a 'bit lucky' Irma veered from original course

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE

Associated Press

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that “we may have been a little bit lucky” after Hurricane Irma veered from its original course and headed along Florida’s west coast, instead of east. He said that path might be less destructive.


Monday, September 11, 2017

President McKinley's devotion to duty
FREMONT, Ohio -- Some 120 years ago this month, in the first September of his presidency, a long-ignored and sometimes-discredited president, William McKinley, traveled here, to the hometown of his predecessor and mentor, Rutherford B. Hayes.
Monday, September 11, 2017

Analyst says USPS would have to boost stamp to 60 cents to avoid bankruptcy
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 60 cent postage stamp? The U.S. Postal Service would have to boost prices for mailing letters and packages by nearly 20 percent — the biggest one-time increase in its history — to avoid bankruptcy and improve delivery service, an industry analysis says.
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Turn off the TV, Mr. President

Donald Trump is the first president in U.S. history to have been baited into undermining his own negotiating position by negative TV coverage.  

 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Bannon says White House aides should resign if they don't agree with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's ex-strategist is blasting White House aides who publicly distance themselves from the president's response to Charlottesville — yet stick it out in the West Wing.

 

Friday, September 8, 2017

We made Donald Trump president, what else can we do?
Congress has tried to sneak through amnesties three times in a little more than a decade. Every time, the American people somehow found out -- despite the best efforts of the press -- rose up in a rage and killed the proposed bills.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Trump Jr. tells senators he was open to receiving info about Hillary's fitness
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son told lawmakers today he was open to receiving information about Hillary Clinton's "fitness, character or qualifications" in a meeting with a Russian lawyer last year.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

After Trump acts, DACA is now Congress' problem
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who after the departure of Jeff Sessions has emerged as the Senate's leading immigration hawk, says he would support the legalization of all current DACA recipients -- nearly 700,000 of them -- if Congress would at the same time pass measures to protect Americans workers from the effects of that legalization.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hard conversations with voters, firm disappointment with Trump
PITTSBURGH -- Take a dozen people of wildly disparate views from a battleground state, put them together with one of the top public-opinion experts in the country, close the door for more than two hours and fortify them only with teeny 8-ounce bottles of water -- and the result is utterly unpredictable.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Trump gets DACA right
Even in our divided politics, it should be a matter of consensus that the president of the United States can't write laws on his own. 
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Getting along with people
It's pretty basic stuff. Getting along with people you agree with -- or, in this era of yes-persons, people who always agree with you -- is remarkably easy.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

High Heels and higher ground
It was bad enough when someone handed Melania Trump one of Michelle Obama's speeches to give -- again. Bad staff work, extraordinarily bad.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Michael Moore and the Democrats' burden
Michael Moore's one-man show on Broadway is at times hilarious, at times tedious. While theater critics found "The Terms of My Surrender" greatly wanting, the liberal audiences seemed grateful for some comic resistance to the Trump era.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Why the media are in a never-ending hunt for right-wing violence
After I'd spent a decade begging Republicans, including a few presidential candidates, to take up the immigration issue, Donald J. Trump came along, championed the entire thesis of "Adios, America," and swept all contenders aside.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trump vs. the filibuster
President Trump brings an outsider's perspective to the long debate over the Senate filibuster. An overwhelming majority of the Senate disagrees with his desire to kill the filibuster, which means he doesn't have a prayer of winning. But he's not entirely wrong, either.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Stop making excuses for antifa thuggery
One of the least safe places to be in Berkeley, California, is in the vicinity of someone holding a "No Hate" sign.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trump's evil empire
For many Republicans, what matters most about Donald Trump is that he's demonstrated resolve against the enemy -- not the Islamic State or the Taliban, but the media.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Democrats must sign on to a more coherent immigration policy
Let us avert our eyes from the president's display of instability in Phoenix. We knew what to expect. When Donald Trump occasionally goes "presidential," as he did the day before on Afghanistan, a tantrum is sure to follow. You could set your watch by it.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Trump top economic adviser says he nearly quit over president's remarks
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser sharply denounced the president’s response to the racial violence in Charlottesville, saying in an interview that he felt “compelled” to speak out. Gary Cohn, who is Jewish, was so upset by Trump’s comments that he wrote a letter of resignation but never submitted it.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Trump's first pardon spares political ally Sheriff Joe Arpaio
PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump spared former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio the prospect of serving jail time in granting the first pardon of his turbulent tenure, wiping away the lawman's recent federal conviction stemming from his immigration patrols that focused on Latinos.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Nat'l security aide and former Breitbart editor Gorka out
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sebastian Gorka, a national security aide whose hard-line views on immigration and terrorism caused discord inside and outside the White House, is the latest official to exit President Donald Trump’s administration.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Yes, work for Trump
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took the highly unusual step over the weekend of publicly explaining why he won't resign. 
Friday, August 25, 2017

Democrats must sign on to a more coherentimmigration policy
Let us avert our eyes from the president's display of instability in Phoenix. We knew what to expect. When Donald Trump occasionally goes "presidential," as he did the day before on Afghanistan, a tantrum is sure to follow. You could set your watch by it.
Friday, August 25, 2017

The cautionary tale of Bob Haldeman
Today the name H.R. "Bob" Haldeman is largely forgotten, the answer to a trivia question perhaps. But a generation ago, Haldeman, who has now been dead for nearly a quarter-century, was not a trivial figure. He was White House chief of staff in the Richard Nixon years, perhaps the most powerful presidential aide since FDR's Harry Hopkins, and a central figure in the Watergate scandal.
Friday, August 25, 2017

Peace through border control
I'm dying to hear about the "3-D chess" Trump is playing with his announcement on Monday that he's breaking his promise on Afghanistan and throwing more forces into that utterly pointless war. Will he be sending the transgender troops?
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Measuring, and mismeasuring, the Trump conundrum
Perhaps the most astonishing thing about Donald Trump's victory last November was that, according to exit polls, 60 percent of the voters had an unfavorable impression of Trump on the day he was elected president of the United States.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Most American Indian tribes opt out of federal death penalty, for a reason
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a heinous case on the Navajo Nation, an 11-year-old girl was lured into a van, sexually assaulted and killed. The man who has admitted responsibility is not facing the death penalty — and the tribe isn’t seeking it. 
Monday, August 21, 2017

Some damn fool thing

SIBENIK, Croatia -- Some damn fool thing in the Balkans.

That is the answer Bismarck gave when he was asked what might spark an uncontrollable military conflict in Europe. 


Monday, August 21, 2017

Speaking Truth to Power
Speaking truth to power: Nothing is more difficult, especially in politics.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Breitbart presidency
If Van Jones was right that a moving tribute to the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL in a speech to Congress earlier this year was the moment Donald Trump became president, Trump's news conference on Tuesday was the moment he became a Breitbart contributing editor.
Friday, August 18, 2017

When liberals club people, it's with love in their hearts
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trump-backed immigration bill has many critics, but voters like it
Some Democrats and their advocates in the press have been quick to denounce the RAISE Act, the new immigration reform bill proposed by Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue and endorsed by President Trump.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Women united refuse to be dishes on cad's buffet
Let us briefly rest from the obscene world of politics and turn to the more wholesome subject of hookups at bars. A 28-year-old named Justin Schweiger was recently caught lining up six dates for one night. He had ordered this "buffet of women" with the help of dating apps.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mothball the Confederate monuments
Robert E. Lee wasn't a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying point in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Venezuela expected to dominate Vice President Pence's Latin American trip
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence’s visit Latin America comes amid unrest in Venezuela and concern by its neighbors about a possible American military role.
Monday, August 14, 2017

One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

By PAUL WISEMAN

AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile.

So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings:


Monday, August 14, 2017

All the president's biographies

 George W. Bush was a frenetic reader -- 95 books one year as president. Impressive, until you consider what Theodore Roosevelt read in the White House in 1902 and 1903, which included portions of Dante's "Inferno," Milton's "Paradise Lost," "Beowulf," Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Aristotle and histories of the early Syrian, Chaldean and Egyptian civilizations, along with five Shakespeare plays -- and tales from Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Secessionists again advocating for the South to break away from the US
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — As 21st century activists seek to topple monuments to the 19th century Confederate rebellion, some white Southerners are again advocating for what the Confederates tried and failed to do: secede from the Union.
Saturday, August 12, 2017

The gang that couldn't threaten straight
It was inevitable. Eventually, President Donald Trump would treat a foreign adversary as harshly as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. 
Saturday, August 12, 2017

The remaking of the GOP
A president campaigns with promises to achieve a specific goal. The House goes along. The Senate begins to examine the matter, accedes to various lawmakers' demands for special favors and concessions, but the process runs into resistance. Commentators ask why a Republican president with a Republican House and a Republican Senate can't pass a major element of the Republican platform.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Trump got your tongue, media?
The current issue of Newsweek (yes, it's still in business!) has a picture of President Trump sitting in a recliner, with snacks and an iPad in his lap, pointing his TV remote at the viewer, blazoned with the headline, "Lazy Boy."
Thursday, August 10, 2017

State Department divided on mission
As part of what he calls a "redesign" of the State Department, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has surveyed more than 35,000 State employees on the most fundamental questions facing the organization. And Tillerson -- or, more accurately, a consulting firm hired by the secretary -- has found that large blocs of State workers do not agree on what the department's mission should be.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Free Speech
The thing about free speech is how often it's just plain wrong -- wrongheaded, factually wrong, deceitful, even. That's always been true.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The 'anti-diversity screed' that wasn't
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Privacy hits the dust: Data-collecting vacuum cleaners
Privacy advocates cried in protest after a report that the maker of the Roomba, a robotic vacuum cleaner, will sell maps of customers' homes to third parties. Investors, on the other hand, shouted buy orders for the company's stock.
Monday, August 7, 2017

Stephen Miller TKOs Jim Acosta
When Donald Trump's policy adviser Stephen Miller stepped into the White House briefing room Wednesday to defend a plan for reducing levels of legal immigration, Jim Acosta of CNN was aghast and let everyone know it.
Monday, August 7, 2017

The revolution devours Venezuela
Venezuela is a woeful reminder that no country is so rich that it can't be driven into the ground by revolutionary socialism.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Arrogance and ignorance: The Story of Mooch
He lost his job before he even started, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has spent any time working in Washington. Which, of course, the president's choice for communications director had not.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Keeping Devin Nunes out of the game
In early April, news reports were filled with word that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes had recused himself from the committee's Russia investigation. Outside activist groups accused Nunes of revealing classified information, and the House Ethics Committee decided to look into the matter. Nunes was forced to step aside from the Russia probe while the ethics watchdogs worked.
Friday, August 4, 2017

Contract with Republicans
In 1994, after 40 years in the wilderness, Republicans swept both houses of Congress, running on Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America," in which the GOP promised to hold votes on 10 popular policies in the first 100 days. They won, fulfilled the contract, and went on to control the House for more than a decade.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Not enough exercise, too much: Americans polarized here, too
The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were optimal. Every step was a labored exertion. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Concerned about concussions and brain injuries? Here are 4 essential reads

Lynne Anderson,

The Conversation

 

(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories about concussions, including advice on how to recognize symptoms and explanations of why they can be so dangerous to children.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Not enough exercise, too much: Americans polarized here, too

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were optimal. Every step was a labored exertion. 

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

John McCain, rebel
In an era when the tasteless is transcendent and when the vulgar is venerated, there is special notoriety for Kelli Ward, a West Virginia native, a physician and a former Arizona state senator. Like so many Americans, she had a visceral reaction to the news that Sen. John McCain had brain cancer. She suggested he step down and made it clear she thinks Gov. Doug Ducey should appoint her to the position.
Friday, July 28, 2017

Trump family values
Jeff Sessions thought he was on the Trump team, but he was sadly mistaken. 
Friday, July 28, 2017

Why are Republicans trouncing Democrats in fundraising?
The Republican president has a job approval rating around 40 percent. The GOP has an unfavorability rating around 56 percent. And Republicans trail Democrats by nine points in an average of "generic ballot" polls.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Randi Weingarten's smear
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is paid not to tell the truth about school choice, and she deserves a raise.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The president and the attorney general
"It's Bobby," President-elect John F. Kennedy supposedly whispered, announcing that he had chosen his brother as his attorney general.
Monday, July 24, 2017

The sage of the offered hand
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine -- He wants to see the Houston Astros play in the World Series, which is possible this year. He wants to see the Houston Texans in the Super Bowl, perhaps a few years off. Mostly he wants to ride the high-speed rail train from Houston to Dallas, which won't be ready until 2023.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

The looming Republican disgrace
The ascension of Donald Trump was supposed to change everything in the GOP. As it happens, perhaps one very important thing hasn't: The Republicans may well still be The Stupid Party.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

What campaign wouldn't seek motherlode of Clinton emails?
The public learned on March 10, 2015, that Hillary Clinton had more than 60,000 emails on her private email system, and that she had turned over "about half" of them to the State Department and destroyed the rest, which she said were "personal" and "not in any way related" to her work as secretary of state.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

The party of bad faith?
If the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare ultimately fails, it will be a lesson in the wages of political bad faith. 
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Watchdog group says at least 200 environmental activists were slain in 2016
NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 200 land and environmental activists were slain in 2016 protecting forests, rivers and land from mining, logging and agricultural companies, the highest annual number on record, a watchdog group said this week.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Reince for president
It's been a rough week for the White House, so reportedly -- yet again -- Reince Priebus might get fired. 
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Trump data and digital director to talk to House Intelligence committee
WASHINGTON (AP) — The data and digital director for President Donald Trump’s campaign said today he will speak with the House Intelligence committee later this month as part of its Russia probe.
Friday, July 14, 2017

America's addiction to abusive drug pricing
Consider what got Martin Shkreli in trouble with the law. Shrkeli is the infamous "pharma bro" who bought patents to lifesaving drugs then hiked their prices to obscene levels. In one egregious example, he raised the price of a 62-year-old drug crucial to AIDS patients by over 5,000 percent.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Perry: Threat to US nuclear reactors real, ongoing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday that “state-sponsored” or criminal hackers are targeting U.S. nuclear power plants and other energy providers, but said the government has resources to safeguard the nation’s electric grid.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Trump: It's a witch hunt. Clinton Aides: Trump Jr. emails show collusion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton’s former top campaign aides said Tuesday’s revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer showed collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow during the 2016 race.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

For Trump critics, to follow is to lead
President Trump's performance at the G-20 summit in Germany produced a wave of commentary claiming the United States has abdicated its role as world leader.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

No, China isn't going to lead
The world has had its delusions about China over the years, but none quite as fantastical as the notion of Beijing assuming the mantle of global leadership.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trump's Warsaw triumph
Imagine that President Donald Trump gave a speech praising a strong Europe.
Monday, July 10, 2017

There's a long way to go
The Senate negotiations that resume this week on the overhaul of the health care system are about many things -- Medicaid spending levels, taxes, the opioid drug crisis, the number of Americans who will be uninsured. But this fight is only marginally about health care. It's really about power and politics and the presidency.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

California and the president
Donald Trump has new words for an old song: "California, here I (don't come." The president has made it to Eastern Europe, but he hasn't made it to Hollywood.
Friday, July 7, 2017

Trump is winning the immigration debate
With his penchant for tweeted insults and GIFs, Donald Trump will never be mistaken for a master of the sweet art of persuasion. Yet he is clearly winning the public argument on the issue of immigration.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Breast cancer-wine link: Scary or just a scare?
Many women obsess over their risk for breast cancer. That's why news media flash blazing headlines whenever a study suggests a link between breast cancer and some "exposure." That's why television news shows that rarely spare even five minutes for science of existential importance to humankind find time for this.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

When Republicans saw the troubled future of Obamacare repeal
Why are Republicans on Capitol Hill having so much trouble repealing and replacing Obamacare? There are reasons all over the place: subsidies, tax credits, tax cuts, Medicaid, essential health benefits, and many others. But there is one fundamental obstacle to getting rid of Obamacare, and it is very simple: Once the government starts giving away, it can't take back.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Trump White House still lacks a website for Spanish speakers

By JILL COLVIN and LUIS ALONSO LUGO

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump White House no habla espaqol. Well, un poquito.


Monday, July 3, 2017

White House: Trump backs repeal-only health bill as 'option'

By HOPE YEN

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pressuring wavering senators to back a Republican bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law but is holding open a repeal-only option if Republicans can’t reach agreement over the July 4 recess, Trump’s top legislative aide says.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Trump wonders what states are 'trying to hide' from voting commission
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A request for detailed information about every voter in the U.S. from President Donald Trump’s voting commission is getting a rocky reception from states — and he’s not happy about it.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

President escalates personal feud with 'Morning Joe' co-hosts

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated an intensely personal feud with two high-profile talk show hosts Saturday, suggesting that their network is biased against him.

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Party rebellions in stereo
In a year in which the unprecedented takes precedence -- presidential tweets in the predawn hours, for example, or conflicts with longtime allies -- the merely rare gets scant attention. But something very unusual is happening in American politics, and it merits more consideration than the fleeting events of the day.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

The neglected Reagan
In his new book "The Working Class Republican," a bracingly revisionist account of the 40th president, Henry Olsen answers "no." One of the most astute political analysts at work today and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Olsen argues that Reagan's politics bear the distinctive stamp of his origins as a New Deal Democrat. 
Friday, June 30, 2017

Trump commission on voting fraud asks states for detailed voter data
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections has asked states for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public.
Friday, June 30, 2017

Georgia vote says more about Trump now than House in '18
The Georgia 6th District results don't tell us what will happen in 2018. But they do tell us what is happening right now.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

You should know, the flag is not a rag
We've seen American flag bikinis -- stars on the bottom and stripes on top or the other way around. Flags are used as bandanas and curtains. They decorate paper napkins on which we wipe hamburger grease. They appear on disposable diapers and are draped over car hoods.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort registers as foreign agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, registered Tuesday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Barbarism isn't what it used to be
The Brezhnev Doctrine said that the Soviet empire could only expand and never give back its gains. A domestic version of the doctrine has long applied to the welfare state -- and never so brazenly as in the debate over the Republican health-care bill.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Democrats need to shake their depression
Elvis said, "When things go wrong, don't go with them."
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Real-life drama in the age of Trump challenges some of TV's best storytellers
NEW YORK (AP) — Say you’re a storyteller whose TV show draws inspiration from real-life Washington.
Monday, June 26, 2017











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