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home : opinion : editorial February 6, 2016

Trump's loss a victory, but don't discount him yet
Donald Trump's loss in Iowa wasn't just a victory for conservatives, but a loss for the mogul's routinely low and dishonest style of campaigning.
Friday, February 5, 2016


Anderson Jewelers

Fact check: A look at some of the claims in the Democratic debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton cast the financial industry as an adversary in her presidential campaign — despite the money that industry has poured into her White House effort. Bernie Sanders once again mischaracterized the share of the wealth taken by the very richest Americans.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Senate Democrats block energy bill in impasse over Flint
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratst oday blocked a comprehensive energy bill after majority Republicans rejected hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency federal aid to Flint, Michigan, to fix and replace the city’s lead-contaminated pipes.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Drug price hikes: Pharmacy CEO smirks and takes the Fifth
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli refused to testify today in an appearance before U.S. lawmakers over severe hikes for a drug sold by a company that he acquired, yet even without answering questions, managed to leave them infuriated.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Trump's loss could point to bigger problems ahead
Donald Trump's supporters showed up at the Sheraton Monday night fully expecting their man to win the Iowa caucuses. And why shouldn't they? Trump had held a lead of varying sizes in 13 of the last 13 polls listed in the RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls. How could that not win?
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rubio's the one
You can pick your headline for Iowa: "Trump Didn't Win!" "Hillary Didn't Lose!" "Rubio's the One!"
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Paul calls it quits today
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul dropped his 2016 campaign for president today, eclipsed by other candidates who kept his base of support from growing into a viable force in the crowded 2016 field.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We live in the age of working-class discontent
We live in the age of working-class discontent, which, if it wasn't obvious before, has been made plain by the passions roiling 2016 presidential politics. 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

US manufacturing weakens in line with China factory slowdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in the world’s two biggest economies — the United States and China — slowed in January, a discouraging trend for the global economy.
Monday, February 1, 2016

The quisling establishment
Few expected Donald Trump would be in a dominant position days before the Iowa caucuses. Fewer still expected the Republican establishment would be among the mogul's deluded enablers.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Oh, Donnie boy
If you ask Donald Trump fans what they like about him, there's an excellent chance they'll say, "Because he's not politically correct."
Monday, February 1, 2016

Donald Ducks
"I'm for Trump," the man across the room from me said. We were in the ICU family waiting room, and by that point, given the reach of Boston TV to New Hampshire voters, the television was showing nonstop ads.
Friday, January 29, 2016

NEA gives A's to Illinois politicians from both parties
SPRINGFIELD —  Members of congress from Illinois, both Republicans and Democrats, received high marks in the latest National Education Association congressional “report card” that tracks key votes on education issues.
Friday, January 29, 2016

On the record: Fact checking claims made in Thursday's debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contenders let fly with some inaccuracies when they badmouthed the Obama administration on health care, military readiness and pay for construction workers in their latest debate.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Debate viewer's guide: Trump drama and closing arguments
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s one thing to attack Donald Trump when he’s standing on the presidential debate stage. But what about when he’s not?
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bonfire of the vulgarities
Many Americans used to regard New York City as a bankrupt foreign vessel docked on their Atlantic coastline. Then the place got cleaned up, and after the heroism (and stoicism) of Sept. 11, 2001, much of the hostility was replaced with affection.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Four New Yorkers for President?
At first it seemed too weirdly awful to be true, but there she was: Sarah Palin standing next to Donald Trump  and endorsing him for president.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Does Sarah Palin still matter in presidential politics?
In September, when Donald Trump appeared before a giant rally in Dallas, a person in the Trump circle described the coming months of the campaign. Sure, a big event like Dallas got headlines, but Trump knew he couldn't do the same rally, rally, rally for the next several months and expect the public to remain interested.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cruz dares to take on King Corn
Ted Cruz has dared to provoke the ire one of the most ruthless and vengeful political forces on the planet, and it's not Donald Trump. The Texas senator has crossed the ethanol industry in Iowa, which is a little like getting on the wrong side of the Catholic Church in Vatican City.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Trump campaign manager: Trump knows when to walk away from a bad deal
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump isn’t backing down from his threat to boycott this week’s GOP debate, where candidates have the opportunity to make their closing arguments before voting begins in Monday’s Iowa caucuses.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Illinois Policy Institute: School reform fruitless until Illinois pensions are fixed
CHICAGO —  Today, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton proposed an overhaul to the way Illinois funds its public schools. While Cullerton and other lawmakers called for a change to the state’s complex school-funding formula, a new report issued today illustrates that such efforts may be fruitless until Illinois reforms its public pension system.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The latest: Jerry Falwell Jr. officially endorses Trump
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Here are the latest developments from the 2016 race for president, one week out from the Iowa caucuses. All times local.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hillary-ites go nuts
It would be funny to watch were it not so fruitless and political. ("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
Saturday, January 23, 2016

22 Senate Dems seek deportation raid halt, break with Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty-two Democratic senators asked President Barack Obama on Friday to halt the recent round of federal deportation raids in another break between the party and the administration over its handling of Central American immigrants.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

The battle for the soul of the right
At the moment, the Republican establishment is relevant to the presidential-nomination battle only as an epithet.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

GOP establishment moving a little closer to accepting Trump
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump and some mainstream Republicans are engaged in a long-distance flirtation. Both sides are coming to the realization that they’ll need each other if the billionaire businessman becomes the party’s presidential nominee.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton's shabby health-care attack on Bernie Sanders
The children of political candidates are useful adornments in campaign literature and ads, and when they are older, as character witnesses on the campaign trail.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Daddy Trump is looking out for you!
So you say you want a daddy for your president?
Friday, January 22, 2016

Let 18-Year-Olds Drink
In America, alleged land of freedom, a 19-year-old soldier just back from Afghanistan can't sidle up to a bar and legally order a beer.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Can Bernie Sanders change dynamics of Democratic race?
It's pretty clear things have changed in the Democratic presidential race when Hillary Clinton does a sky-is-falling routine for donors.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Single-payer plan is a distraction
If you've successfully landed on the beaches, but your forces are still taking heavy fire, what do you do? Do you concentrate on trying to hold the line and make further advances or do you sit in a circle and design a better landing craft?
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

As Iowa looms, GOP wonders: does Trump have fans, or voters?
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s the No. 1 question headed into the Iowa caucuses: Does Donald Trump merely have fans, or does he have supporters who will mobilize come caucus day?
Monday, January 18, 2016

How dumb do they think we are?
Like him or hate him, you have to agree that Ted Cruz, graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, Supreme Court law clerk and million-dollar lawyer, is a smart guy. Smart doesn’t mean he’s right about anything, but it has to mean that he understood exactly how he financed his Senate campaign. And it was (SET ITAL) not (END ITAL) by liquidating everything his family had, as Cruz has repeatedly claimed.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Democratic debaters and the facts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders airbrushed the complexities of trying to overhaul health care all over again and Hillary Clinton offered a selective reading of her rival’s record on gun control in the latest Democratic presidential debate.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Nikki Haley's righteous gamble
  CHARLESTON, S.C. -- By broad consensus, the winner of Thursday night's GOP debate was Donald Trump, followed by Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, with most of the post-game commentary focused on "the fight" between Cruz and Trump.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

The great humiliation
The Obama administration was right when it insisted that the capture and release of 10 American sailors by Iran showed the benefits of a cooperative relationship with Tehran.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

New Yorkers blast Cruz's comments on 'New York values'
NEW YORK (AP) — When Ted Cruz sneered at what he called Donald Trump’s “New York values,” some New Yorkers took it very personally. And in some cases, they responded about the way you’d expect New Yorkers to react.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Crazy days
Just when it seemed that things could not get crazier than they are on the Republican side, it now appears that Hillary Clinton is losing her lead in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Ambassador Is a Dangerous Job
When Thomas E. McNamara arrived in Colombia as U.S. ambassador in 1988, he encountered a hit list issued by narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar. "I was No. 1," he recalls. "Ambassadors tend to get that kind of attention."
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ben Carson loses another top adviser before Iowa
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson lost another top adviser Thursday as his campaign continues to show signs of splintering in the weeks leading up to early voting in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

GOP begins preparing for contested convention
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Republican National Committee has started preparing for a contested national convention, which would follow the primary season only if no GOP candidate for president wins enough delegates to secure the party’s nomination.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

When fair game is a foul play
WASHINGTON -- Fair play can sometimes be a raunchy racket.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Cruz shows more personality, humor while in Iowa
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Lisa Naslund clutched a photo of her son Dillion in his military fatigues as she waited about an hour for a chance to meet Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz in this northwestern Iowa town.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ted Cruz is Nixon, not Goldwater
The lazy conventional wisdom is that Ted Cruz is the new Barry Goldwater, doomed to suffer an electoral landslide defeat should he win the Republican nomination.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Here comes Cruz
In a matter of a few short weeks, Ted Cruz will become a household name. Which may -- or may not -- turn out to be good news for him.
Friday, January 8, 2016

Sanders to discuss family leave policies in Iowa
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to outline steps to provide workers with three months of paid family and medical leave, seeking to draw a contrast with Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton on how it would be paid for.
Friday, January 8, 2016

What happens when private money pays for science?
As a select few accumulate massive fortunes, two schools of thought vie on how to funnel some of that money toward the public good. One school says to hike taxes on billionaires and let our elected officials spend the revenues on worthy projects.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

GOP-led panel passes bill for oversight of Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-led House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would give Congress greater oversight of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Just say yes
The New Year seems to have come and gone too fast, and in the hopes of holding on to that spirit for just a day or two longer, I offer this simple story.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Medicare to test if seamless social work can improve health
WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors, community workers and social researchers have long recognized a link between the hardships of poverty and health problems.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Benghazi panel to interview former CIA Director Petraeus
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee looking into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, was bringing in former CIA Director David Petraeus for an interview Wednesday as the investigation enters its third calendar year — and a presidential election year.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Navy leader says 'nukes' essential to US survival
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his blueprint for a stronger Navy, the sea service’s new top boss, Adm. John M. Richardson, is blunt about what he thinks matters most: nuclear punch.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What's new for beneficiaries in a changing Medicare
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether it’s coverage for end-of-life counseling or an experimental payment scheme for common surgeries, Medicare in 2016 is undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 50 years.
Monday, January 4, 2016

Cruz seeks to turn irascible personality to his advantage
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Ted Cruz’s reputation as an arrogant, grating, in-your-face ideologue has dogged him throughout the Republican presidential race. But it hasn’t stopped the Texas senator’s rise.
Monday, January 4, 2016

New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Knowing who's on your airplane
I don't know about you, but I'd like to think that the feds have screened the other passengers sitting on my airplane. To do that, they also have to screen me. That's the deal.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Former Pentagon chief says nuke danger growing
WASHINGTON (AP) — Late in a life lived unnervingly near the nuclear abyss, William J. Perry is on a mission to warn of a “real and growing danger” of nuclear doom.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Trump to spend $2M a week on TV advertising
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he plans to spend at least $2 million a week on television advertising in the first three voting states, a move that would mark a massive departure for a candidate who has so far relied on free media to fuel his insurgent campaign.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pataki out of the race
BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki has ended his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with just over a month to go before the first nominating contests begin.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Clinton calls ISIS killings of Christians 'genocide'
BERLIN, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she now believes the Islamic State group’s persecution of Christians, the Yazidi minority and other religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East should be defined as “genocide.”
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Americans believe 2015 was worse for the world than 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Mass shootings and attacks weighed heavily on the minds of Americans in 2015, according to a new poll that found most believe this year was worse for the world than last year.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Democrats find unlikely ally on Muslims: GW
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally, George W. Bush, to respond to   Republican pledges to declare war on “radical Islamic terrorism.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Right's post-Constitutional moment
No one will ever mistake Donald Trump for a student of James Madison.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Trump's embarrassment of riches
The biggest political news is that Donald Trump may be doing even better than polls have suggested. Yikes.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hillary Clinton got what?
"Schlonged." That is what Donald Trump said Monday night, referring to President Obama's victory over Hillary Clinton, the former senator and secretary of state, in the long battle for the 2008 presidential nomination. Appearing at a rally in Michigan, Donald Trump rallied his crowd by saying this: "She was favored to win, and she got schlonged."
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lindsey Graham ends his presidential campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham announced Monday he was ending his 2016 presidential campaign.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Trump's mix of business, politics makes for unorthodox bid
WASHINGTON (AP) — It can be hard to see where Donald Trump the business ends and Donald Trump the presidential candidate begins.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Obama administration enacts protections for lions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is expected to extend Endangered Species Act protections for two breeds of lions, in response to a large decline in their numbers in Africa over the past two decades.
Monday, December 21, 2015

Employers applaud 'Cadillac' tax delay
(AP) — Congress delivered an early holiday present to employers this week when it proposed a two-year delay for a health benefits tax many would have had to pay starting in 2018. But businesses hope Santa will eventually leave something better under the tree.
Friday, December 18, 2015

The alpha dog of the GOP
If there's any lesson from Tuesday's debate, it's that six months after his entry into the Republican presidential race, no one has any better idea of how to handle Donald Trump than when he first got in.
Friday, December 18, 2015

AP explains why you can't just shut down the Internet
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says the government must work with “brilliant people” in Silicon Valley to keep violent extremists offline, even if it means shutting down parts of the Internet.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Adelson family confirms ownership of Vegas paper
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The family of billionaire casino mogul and deep-pocketed GOP kingmaker Sheldon Adelson confirmed in a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal that they are the new owners of Nevada’s largest newspaper, ending a week of speculation and demands by staff and politicians to know the identity of the new boss.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Debate: Bush finally strong, is it too late?
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jeb Bush finally delivered a powerful debate performance. But it may not matter.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Trump and Muslims by the numbers
Among the many criticisms of Donald Trump's ban-Muslim-immigration proposal is that it is based on bogus data. In his statement announcing the proposal, Trump cited a survey from the conservative Center for Security Policy showing that "25 percent of (Muslims) polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad" and also that 51 percent "agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to sharia."
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Donald Rodham Trump?
Gee, wonder what Hillary Clinton has been up to?
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Playing climate make believe in Paris: Legal ramifications of climate pact nil
Saving the planet has never been so easy. 
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

From The Sheriff's Desk: Stay alert and always be aware of your surroundings
Recently, we’ve seen some dark days in this world. Though the holiday season is a time for joy and happiness, our country has seen death and violence recently. These events might seem like the bigger picture, like they aren’t possible in our small community.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Women in combat put men at risk
 Crickets.

This was the sound of America reacting to news earlier this month that all military positions, including ground combat, will be opened to women.

Monday, December 14, 2015

We aren't the world
To believe his critics, Donald Trump has ripped up the U.S. Constitution and sprinkled its shreds on the smoldering embers of what was once the Statute of Liberty.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

The ignorant crusade
Self-righteousness is liberating. The same people who are most exercised about guns in America, and want to ban and even confiscate entire categories of firearms, know little about them and evidently feel no compunction to learn.
Friday, December 11, 2015

Poll: Trump tops on decisiveness, electability despite likability
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans don’t see Donald Trump as likable or compassionate, but he’s viewed by Republican registered voters as their party’s most decisive, most competent and most electable candidate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
Friday, December 11, 2015

Supreme Court torn over affirmative action
WASHINGTON (AP) — Torn as ever over race, the Supreme Court on Wednesday weighed whether it’s time to end the use of race in college admissions nationwide or at least at the University of Texas.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

US keeps wraps on new commando force
WASHINGTON (AP) — The commando force that President Barack Obama is dispatching to Iraq to conduct clandestine raids against the Islamic State group does not fit neatly into a picture of the U.S. military strategy for defeating the extremist army.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Trump says he'll go to Israel after he wins
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Donald Trump has scrapped a planned trip to Israel, saying he will reschedule “at a later date after I become President of the U.S.”
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Waging war outside the box
Americans looking for a Snuggy Bear and a blankey to ease their anxieties about the Islamic State will have to become more comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

House steps up control on visa-free travel to US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Driven by the Paris terror attacks, the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to tighten controls on travel to the U.S. and require visas for anyone who’s been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Americans' attitudes on Muslims, immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) — With his comments calling for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, Donald Trump may be tapping into widespread antipathy toward immigration from the Middle East, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The coming battle over Guantanamo
Congress recently forbade President Obama from bringing Guantanamo inmates to the United States, or even preparing a place in the U.S. to which the terrorist prisoners might someday be transferred. The specific action Congress took was to renew earlier bans on the president spending any appropriated funds for those purposes.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Stop tying terrorist attacks to unrelated issues
Traumatic national events often lead promoters of various causes to attempt a product tie-in. The terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, was no exception.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Drugmakers add insult to injury
It's one thing for Pfizer to renounce its U.S. citizenship, moving its official residence to Dublin, Ireland, as a tax dodge -- all the while continuing to run the business in the United States. That disgusting tactic happens to be disgustingly legal, thanks to our indolent Congress and its failure to fix the corporate tax laws.
Monday, December 7, 2015

Is Ted Cruz too mean to be president?
Being nice is, for better or worse, not a qualification for the presidency. "Nice" is not a term one often heard associated with Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon, both -- in their ways, and with obvious limits -- highly effective presidents.
Monday, December 7, 2015

US can't access NSA phone records in California terror case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's ability to review and analyze five years' worth of telephone records for the married couple blamed in the deadly shootings in California lapsed just four days earlier when the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program was formally shut down.
Monday, December 7, 2015

Cruz vs. Rubio - A better GOP race
A funny thing is happening on the way to the GOP meltdown.
Friday, December 4, 2015

Trump picked Mafia-linked stock fraud felon Felix Sater as senior adviser
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump tapped a man to be a senior business adviser to his real-estate empire even after the man’s past involvement in a major Mafia-linked stock fraud scheme had become publicly known, according to Associated Press interviews and a review of court records.
Friday, December 4, 2015

Repubs warn of 'apocalyptic' Islamic terrorism
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party’s presidential contenders pledged allegiance to Israel and warned of “apocalyptic” Islamic terrorism today as they courted one of the nation’s most powerful Jewish donors.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Is it IS, ISIS or ISIL, and what's a Daesh?
CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State’s gruesome rampage across the Middle East has united the world in horror but left it divided over how to refer to the extremist group, with observers adopting different acronyms based on their translation of an archaic geographical term and the extent to which they want to needle the extremists.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Trump calls Mideast peace 'toughest deal'
STERLING, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump says that if he’s elected president, he’ll know within six months whether he can achieve an elusive peace accord between Israelis and Palestinians, one of the world’s most vexing challenges. But the Republican presidential candidate says he has doubts about each side’s commitment to the peace process.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

A brief theory of Donald Trump's outrageous behavior
Donald Trump says a lot of things a lot of people consider outrageous. What is he doing?
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Deranged and dangerous
Predictably, the killing rampage at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood facility has prompted a political scrimmage of the usual sort.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The pathology of Trump-itis
Surely he's finally gone and done it now.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Grateful for what they hate
The Paris attacks have occasioned a wide-ranging debate about what they mean and how to respond, involving Islam and its role, military strategy and, oddly enough, how Muslims in New Jersey reacted to Sept. 11 (thanks, Donald Trump). It's all very interesting and, for the most part, quite important.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hamstrung by Congress, Obama tries to clinch climate pact
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to negotiate a legacy-making climate change pact this coming week in Paris with one hand tied behind his back. Congress can’t even agree whether global warming is real.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

God Bless America
With images of the carnage in Paris and the shuttering of Brussels flashing on every screen, it is hard to take to heart the president's urgings not to give in to fear. A global terror alert does not help.
Friday, November 27, 2015

White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence at the White House on Thursday, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving.
Friday, November 27, 2015

Are you happy, and how would you know?
Like many others, I can't resist academic studies on happiness. They often come up with persuasive reasons some seem to be happier than others. I'm always on the lookout for pointers.
Friday, November 27, 2015

Obama still pondering death penalty's role in justice system
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as President Barack Obama tries to make a hard case for overhauling sentences, rehabilitating prisoners and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty.
Friday, November 27, 2015

Cry havoc followed by milk and cookies
It would be easy to call protesting college students crybabies and brats for pitching hissy fits over hurt feelings, but this likely would lead to such torrents of tearful tribulation that the nation's university system would have to shut down for a prolonged period of grief counseling.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Clinton on immigrants
DENVER (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Tuesday her use of the term “illegal immigrants” was a “poor choice of words” and she pledged not to use it anymore, responding to criticism from immigration activists.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rosie: "It's a nightmare"
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rosie O’Donnell isn’t mincing words when it comes to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rubio's abortion stance
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio staked out a hard-line position on abortion in the first GOP debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton took notice.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Jacksonian appeal of Donald Trump
After the Paris attack, conventional wisdom held that Republican voters would finally turn away from political outsiders and reward candidates representing sobriety and experience. No one stopped to consider that, actually, voters might be drawn to the guy who memorably said of ISIS that he would "bomb the [expletive] out of them."
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Obamacare troubles a gift to 2016 GOP candidates
There have been many articles in the last year with some variation of the headline "GOP Surrenders on Obamacare." The stories mostly concern a tendency among some Republican policy elites to adopt the Washington conventional wisdom that Obamacare cannot be repealed because it has already become deeply entrenched in American life.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Clintons: $35M from financial businesses
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton wants voters to know she is no friend of Wall Street. But Wall Street has frequently been a friend to her.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fear and loathing in America
WASHINGTON — We shouldn’t be surprised that many Americans fear the fresh arrival of Syrian refugees in the wake of last week’s Paris slaughter by jihadists, including at least one who appears to have entered Europe posing as a refugee. 
Monday, November 23, 2015

Texans are finding out the Affordable Care Act is not so affordable
So much for the Affordable Care Act being affordable.
Monday, November 23, 2015

By Susan Estrich
I'm more than a little reluctant to write this column. Whatever I write will be interpreted through another lens: that of the abortion debate. One of the many bad consequences of a debate that has now lasted more than four decades is that we can't talk about anything without first trying to fit it within the abortion debate, which is not necessarily the only or best way to look at it.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

The president's sanctimony on Syrian refugees
 President Barack Obama has seen the enemy, and it is the refusal to accept more Syrian refugees.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Carson: What do you do if you see a rabid dog in your neighborhood
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Thursday that blocking potential terrorists posing as Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. is akin to handling a rabid dog.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Bush and Clinton seek to grab leadership mantle after Paris
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a presidential campaign that has suddenly shifted in focus to terrorism and security, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush both see opportunities to cast themselves as best prepared to be commander in chief in tumultuous times.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Trump says he would 'absolutely' implement a Muslim database
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump voiced support Thursday evening for creating a mandatory database to track Muslims in the United States — the latest in an escalating series of responses following the deadly attacks in Paris.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Can governors choose whether or not their states will accept Syrian refugees?
URBANA, Ill. — Can governors unilaterally declare that they won’t accept more refugees?
Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Tale of Two Terrors: Paris and New York
Like most people, I'm thinking of the terrorist trauma in Paris, though with a somewhat different perspective. I was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, and my thoughts go in this direction: What is the future of cities in which psychopaths have killed crowds of bystanders?
Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Paris attacks and what must change
Many French people referred to the January attacks on the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and other sites as their 9/11. As awful as that time was, it was not a 9/11. Seventeen people died that day.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fear and loathing in America
We shouldn't be surprised that many Americans fear the fresh arrival of Syrian refugees in the wake of last week's Paris slaughter by jihadists, including at least one who appears to have entered Europe posing as a refugee. 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

'Tis the Season: Check out these Do's and Don'ts
Holidays bring out the best in everyone, but in some cases, the worst. A newly adopted holiday to some people, Black Friday, is around the corner. A full day dedicated to shopping can sometimes make for some holiday hooligans, but not the fun type. Did you know that Black Friday is a thief’s favorite holiday?
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

House speaker calls for a 'pause' in Syrian refugees coming to the U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan called Tuesday for a “pause” in Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. in the wake of the Paris attacks, and assembled a task force to bring legislation to a vote as soon as this week.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In debate, Democrats views unchanged by Paris carnage
If, before the Democratic presidential debate in Iowa Saturday night, a Republican operative had been told that, in the wake of the Paris attacks: 1) Hillary Clinton would refuse to apply the phrase "radical Islam" to ISIS; 2) Bernie Sanders would maintain that climate change is a greater threat to national security than ISIS or Islamic terrorism in general; and 3) Martin O'Malley, with Clinton's agreement, would insist that the U.S. stick to a proposal to admit 65,000 Syria refugees into the country -- he would have been delighted at the prospect of future ads portraying Democrats as in denial about the threat Islamic radicalism poses to the United States.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Paris doesn't need to give peace a chance; it needs protection
The instant online symbol of global support for Paris after last week's attacks was a roughly rendered peace symbol with an Eiffel Tower in the middle of it. The French designer Jean Jullien sketched it as soon as he heard the news of the atrocity. He called it "Peace for Paris," and it immediately became a sensation on social media.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Beware of too-good-to-be-true personal stories from the 2016 campaign trail
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential candidates invariably have an engaging story to tell about where they came from and how. Sometimes these stories are even true. Often, though, these tales get embellished, whether because of human nature, fuzzy memory or pure political calculation.
Monday, November 16, 2015

Critcs say changing Guantanamo prison'z ZIP code isn't a fix
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's quest to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, perhaps by moving some detainees to the United States, has fostered an unusual alliance between his congressional critics and liberal-leaning advocacy groups that say changing the detention facility's ZIP code won't solve the problem.
Monday, November 16, 2015

Why Ted Cruz gets no respect
At least no respect in keeping with the impressiveness of the campaign he's built and his increasing odds of winning the Republican nomination.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Official: IS leader in Libya likely killed in US airstrike
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior U.S. official says an American airstrike has targeted and likely killed a top Islamic State leader in Libya.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Justices agree to hear first abortion case since 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

State Rep. Bourne issues statement on Grain Belt
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — State Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) expressed her disappointment with Thursday’s decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission to approve Grain Belt Express Clean Line’s application for a high voltage electric transmission line.
Friday, November 13, 2015

State Rep. Scherer votes to keep museums open
SPRINGFIELD, Ill – Following the passage of a bill aimed at keeping the Illinois State Museum open, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, has issued the following statement:
Friday, November 13, 2015

Must Boomers take the rap?
In the course of human events, many things need fixing. One of them is the cost of Medicare, climbing rapidly as baby boomers enroll in large numbers.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Carson profits from ties with felon convicted of defrauding insurance companies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential contender Ben Carson has maintained a business relationship with a close friend convicted of defrauding insurance companies and testified on his behalf, even as the candidate has called for such crimes to be punished harshly.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sanders gets boost with postal union endorsement
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders secured the endorsement of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union on Thursday, marking the largest labor union to back his Democratic presidential campaign.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Clinton's coal commitment built on shifting sands
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has a $30 billion plan to help coal country adapt to climate policy.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

GOP Debate: Survivors but no breakout winner
WASHINGTON (AP) — Marco Rubio emerged unscathed. Ben Carson defended his integrity. Donald Trump flashed his dominant personality. And Jeb Bush avoided disaster.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dr. Carson, I presume?
In the annals of presidential politics, it's hard to recall anyone who has tried so hard to be so ordinary.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Don't laugh: The Jeb Bush victory scenario
The conventional wisdom that Jeb Bush is dead has become so unanimous it's only natural to suspect it's wrong.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Mizzou meltdown
It was doubtful that the University of Missouri would stand up to a left-wing pressure campaign targeting its president, but when the football team joined the campaign, it was all over. 
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Davis to serve on chairmanship reform task force
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)  was selected by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to serve on a task force that will reform the process by which committee chairmanships are selected.
Monday, November 9, 2015

Texas Rep. ready for powerful chairman's role
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s newest and perhaps most powerful committee chairman is a 60-year-old Texas Republican who began life in a family of stalwart Democrats from South Dakota and lost his father at age 12 in a courtroom shooting.
Monday, November 9, 2015

The polarized politics of the Keystone call
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's decision to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline has exposed an endlessly polarized Washington, and likely hardened its divides.
Monday, November 9, 2015












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