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Trumpmania: Book on wrestling career documents Trump’s first efforts to win over working class

When Atlantic City legalized gambling in the mid 1970s, a young Donald Trump wanted a piece of the action. By 1984, he opened Harrah’s at Trump Plaza with the goal of driving high-stakes (i.e. rich) gamblers to his casino. After two years and lack of profits, he realized he needed middle and working class gamblers as well. This was the birth of Trump’s 30-year affiliation with World Wrestling...

Opinion: Journalists must give light; public can find its way

I was wrong. Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation’s drift toward “factish” and “truthy” logic. What was needed, I’d reply with misplaced confidence, is robust fact-checking. If news media were more aggressive in calling people out for lying, I predicted, they’d be less likely to do so with impunity. Well, in the...

COMMENTARY: Want to see grit in action? Meet our immigrants

He’s one of the finest surgeons in Dayton (I won’t embarrass him by using his name) and patients are referred to him from all over our region. And he came to the Miami Valley as a refugee from a war-torn nation in West Africa. You know, one of those places Donald Trump insulted with a term this newspaper won’t print. Trump’s vulgarity was not just insulting to nations and people...
70 years of focusing on diplomacy, global affairs

70 years of focusing on diplomacy, global affairs

For 70 years, the Dayton Council on World Affairs has been working to engage and educate in our region on the intricacies and importance of global events. As the group readies for its anniversary celebration, we spoke with Monica Schultz, its board president, and board member Carolyn Rice about the history and mission of the council. To learn more, visit www.dcowa.com. Q: To get us started, tell us...

Opinion: Trump, meet a hero whom you maligned

In 1885, a poor, uneducated 16-year-old boy arrived in our country from Germany at a time when immigrants were often looked down on by affluent Americans. This boy was ambitious and entrepreneurial, and, despite language problems, he earned some money and then traveled up to the Klondike during the gold rush to operate a hotel that became notorious for prostitution. He prospered, and today his grandson...

Opinion: Republicans must lead in upcoming abortion debate

This year, as every year, I will be joining the hundreds of thousands who will be arriving in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, noting the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion on demand in our country. The event has taken place every year since 1973 and will continue to take place every year until this disastrous and destructive decision is reversed. Those...

OPINION: Let’s not use euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president

Now that Donald Trump has been president for almost a year, it’s time the media call his behavior what it is rather than try to normalize it. Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president. 1. Calling Trump’s tweets “presidential “statements” or “press releases.” Wrong. Trump’s tweets are mostly rants off the top...

OPINION: Trump becomes Bill the Butcher, and Democrats feel the thrill

Could a nativist villain like Bill the Butcher from “Gangs of New York” be used to silence dissent in the all-important debate over national sovereignty and Americans controlling their own borders? Yes, it could happen. In fact it happened the other day, when the president of the United States became Bill the Butcher. President Donald Trump, with his hateful, racist comments bemoaning...

Opinion: Sofia Vergara, frozen embryos and forced procreation

The Supreme Court of Colorado will soon rule on whether a person has a constitutional right to not procreate. The dispute is between Drake Rooks and his ex-wife, Mandy Rooks. The couple were married in 2002. They had three children using in vitro fertilization, but were left with six frozen embryos. In 2014, they divorced. Now they are embroiled in a legal battle over what should become of those &ldquo...

Opinion: In Oregon, progressivism spills over at the pump

WASHINGTON — Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of mind, which has something to do with it being impeccably progressive: In the series “Portlandia,” the mention of artisanal lightbulbs might be satirical, but given today&rsquo...

Caution: Entering Trump’s Mind

Our subject today is Donald Trump’s mind. Not the speculation about whether he’s losing his marbles. That was during our “Fire and Fury” period last week. Now, we’re thinking about that lovely bipartisan meeting the president hosted Tuesday with members of Congress about immigration. Everybody was impressed by how concerned Trump seemed to be about all the young Dreamers...

Opinion: ‘Fire and Fury’ is book we got, not one we needed

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s lawyers tried to suppress it. It’s why bookstores had to back order. Unfortunately, Wolff...

Opinion: What is America’s mission now?

Informing Iran, “The U.S. is watching what you do,” Amb. Nikki Haley called an emergency meeting Friday of the Security Council regarding the riots in Iran. The session left her and us looking ridiculous. France’s ambassador tutored Haley that how nations deal with internal disorders is not the council’s concern. Russia’s ambassador suggested the United Nations should...

OPINION: How African leaders betrayed MLK’s vision after his death

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 89 years old on this King Holiday. 2018 also marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The ideals he stood for far outlasted his life and in an age of growing intolerance, it’s important to examine how far society has gone to implement his vision of social justice, respect, and human dignity. A globalist, King saw the struggle against racism...

Opinion: Why 2017 was best year in human history

We all know that the world is going to hell. Given the rising risk of nuclear war with North Korea, the paralysis in Congress, warfare in Yemen and Syria, atrocities in Myanmar and a president who may be going cuckoo, you might think 2017 was the worst year ever. But you’d be wrong. In fact, 2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity. A smaller share of the world&rsquo...

OPINION: A resolution for Dayton: Solving the food desert problem

With a new year under way, I’d like to pose the question: “What can you do to help our city with the food desert issue?” Now, let me start by saying that Dayton is a great place to live. I was born and raised here and there’s a lot of rich history in the Gem City. We’re known as birthplace of funk music and aviation; we’re the home of the great Paul Laurence Dunbar&rsquo...
Opinion: Trump is reason for drop in blacks’ unemployment

Opinion: Trump is reason for drop in blacks’ unemployment

There’s plenty to celebrate in the December Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing black unemployment at 6.8 percent, the lowest since they started reporting the data in 1972. President Trump tweeted out his excitement and, of course, took credit for the good news. Has there ever been a politician who didn’t take credit for good news on his watch (or rationalize away responsibility...

COMMENTARY: A few life lessons from an 0-16 season

You have to feel for Corey Coleman. He’s the Cleveland Browns receiver who let a perfect pass from DeShone Kizer slip right through his hands to finally end a season of total 0-16 misery. At that moment the Browns were driving down the field near the end of the fourth quarter in an attempt to score the go-ahead touchdown against their arch-nemesis Pittsburgh Steelers. I have cheered for this...

Opinion: Don’t dance on Bannon’s grave yet

President Donald Trump’s official statement about Steve Bannon — the lack of exclamation points made it seem as if it might not be 100 percent his own words — is welcome. The president distanced himself from his former aide and included this dig: “We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda...

OPINION: Here’s your chance to rate Trump’s first year

As is customary, many commentators have offered assessments of President Trump’s first year in office. These appraisals have varied, and I encourage you to Google and review several for yourself. Most of these evaluations have been offered by political elites, but since Trump’s appeal is a populist one, it’s important that average voters make their own assessments of his first year...

COMMENTARY: Virginia reminds us how every vote really does count

Ohio’s neighboring state once-removed, Virginia, showed last week why every vote counts in American elections. To break a tie in a Virginia House of Delegates race, the State Board of Elections put the two contenders’ names in a bowl, then drew a winner. The GOP incumbent won, keeping the House of Delegates Republican-run. (If the Democratic contender, through further skirmishing, still...

Opinion: U.S. needs balanced-budget amendment more than ever

WASHINGTON — Today’s political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given substantially more government goods and services than they should be asked to pay for. Lamentations about the paucity of bipartisanship ignore...

Opinion: 2017 — the year the last norms fell

It really wasn’t all that bad. That, at least, was the consensus response from a dozen historians to whom Politico posed a question in the waning hours of the old year: “Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?” Only one answered in the affirmative. The rest deferred to years they consider crazier, including 1861, the year America went to war with itself over slavery...

Opinion: The Times rides to Mueller’s rescue

What caused the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016, which evolved into the criminal investigation that is said today to imperil the Trump presidency? As James Comey’s FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller have, for 18 months, failed to prove Donald Trump’s “collusion” with the Kremlin, what was it, in mid-2016, that justified...
New book on Trump: Bannon's 'treasonous' claim, Ivanka's ambitions, Melania's concerns

New book on Trump: Bannon's 'treasonous' claim, Ivanka's ambitions, Melania's concerns

President Donald Trump is a book genre unto himself. There's "Understanding Trump," by Newt Gingrich, whom Trump considered as a running mate; "Let Trump Be Trump," by former Trump campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie; "The Swamp," by former Fox News host Eric Bolling; and a forthcoming, yet-to-be-named book by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer...

COMMENTARY: From energy to tech, U.S. on cusp of a golden age

Americans are on the cusp of a golden age. After two decades of substandard growth, many of the constraints that held back progress are receding. In 2012, oil traded for $112 a barrel — now it’s in the $50s. America is a major producer again, and abundant natural gas and breakthroughs in wind and solar power promise to keep energy inexpensive. China has mapped ambitious plans to replace...
Opinion: Optimism’s growing about Trump, his prospects in 2018

Opinion: Optimism’s growing about Trump, his prospects in 2018

President Trump took office at the beginning of 2017 swimming in a sea of negativity. Some predicted that he wouldn’t make it through the year. Or, even if he did, he would fail to get any major legislation passed. Pew Research Center reported that 62 percent of the news stories about Trump’s first 60 days were negative, compared to 20 percent in President Obama’s first 60 days and...
Chaos and protests of 2017 had nothing on 1968

Chaos and protests of 2017 had nothing on 1968

Many have debated whether 2017 was the most chaotic, traumatic, crazy year in recent American history. But as its 50th anniversary dawns, the searing events of 1968 remind us that no other year has come close in terms of dividing, traumatizing and polarizing Americans. As 1968 began, the Beatles' song from the year before could still be heard on record players and on radios: “I read the news...

Thomas: Heritage breaks two glass ceilings

Hillary Clinton was supposed to break the glass ceiling, which she said has kept a woman from becoming president, but the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., has actually done it. Their new president is Kay Coles James, a female, an African-American and a conservative, who fits no one’s mold. While her background is formidable — former...

Opinion: New York Times covers over-regulation or ‘kludge’

It may not be exactly the coming of the Messiah, but seeing a front-page story in The New York Times about over-regulation certainly feels like a breakthrough of note. Titled “One Apple Orchard and 5,000 Government Rules,” the story focuses on the Indian Ladder Farms apple orchard in Altamont, New York. A small, family-run business owned by Peter Ten Eyck, the farm does the bulk of its...

Opinion: When judicial deference becomes dereliction of duty

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin’s Supreme Court can soon right a flagrant wrong stemming from events set in motion in 2014 at Milwaukee’s Marquette University by Cheryl Abbate. Although just a graduate student, she already had a precocious aptitude for academic nastiness. On Oct. 28, in an undergraduate course she was teaching on ethics, when the subject of same-sex marriage arose there was...

Opinion: Did the FBI conspire to stop Trump?

The original question the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign was to answer was a simple one: Did he do it? Did Trump, or officials with his knowledge, collude with Vladimir Putin’s Russia to hack the emails of John Podesta and the DNC, and leak the contents to damage Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump? A year and a half into the investigation, and, still, no “collusion”...

COMMENTARY: Trickle-down arises from the dust heap

Here we go again. Advocates of the tax reform bill recently passed in Washington claim the measure will benefit Americans at all income levels and be fiscally responsible. The trouble is, the advocates can’t get impartial economists and forecasters to go along with such claims. Why? Because math and historical reality don’t support them, as a quick reality check readily reveals. Presumably...

COMMENTARY: Tax reform jeers may turn to cheers

Pundits have been blasting the GOP tax reform bill, but something tells me that public jeers will turn to cheers as time goes on. Yes, it’s unfortunate that the legislation passed on strict party lines, but in the polarized political world around us, that seems to be par for the course on “big ideas” these days. Reasonable tax policy has long been a mainstay of the Republican Party...

COMMENTARY: Great conservative ideas for helping the middle class

I am not appalled that the Republican tax bill cuts the corporate tax rate to 21 percent. Some of my liberal friends treat this as a moral horror and trot out all sorts of awful distributional tables to prove it. But the fact is that Barack Obama repeatedly proposed cutting it to 28 percent and the average European corporate rate has now fallen to 18.4 percent. All around the globe cutting the corporate...

COMMENTARY: In the new year, offering a prayer for democracy

My New Year’s wish is for the health and resurgence of democracy. What follows is a slightly edited version of a morning prayer I offered last month at the Appleton Chapel of the Memorial Church at Harvard University. Let us say a prayer for democracy. But let us do more than pray. Let’s ask ourselves what it means to live by a democratic ethic. “Here on earth,” as John F....

COMMENTARY: Guessing the future — tricky then, tricky now

Americans are a particularly inventive, innovative lot, and throughout the history of the United States, many of them, including famous Dayton inventors Charles Kettering and the Wright brothers, have had a keen interest in knowing what kind of new inventions might be right around the corner. What’s the competition up to? One of the interesting ways of seeing what scientists, entrepreneurs,...

COMMENTARY: A few Ohio politics predictions for the new year

In 2018, Ohio are likely to be more rambunctious than ever. All the statewide executive offices will be up for grabs – as will a crucial office that only 99 people get to vote on: The Ohio House’s speakership. Some in-state political prophecies for 2018: — Assuming state Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill, of Chagrin Falls, really does run for governor in May’s Democratic...

Opinion: Trump gets real About the UN and its hypocrisy

Following the U.N. General Assembly vote condemning the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and Ambassador Nikki Haley’s bold speech to that body following the vote, Haley has announced that the 2018 budget for the U.N. will be cut by $285 million. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States contributed $10 billion to the U.N. in 2016...

COMMENTARY: A year with Trump has meant the erosion of the office

Last week, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch stood on the White House lawn, opining that Donald Trump’s presidency could be “the greatest presidency that we’ve seen, not only in generations, but maybe ever.” I beg to differ. America has had its share of crooks (Warren G. Harding, Richard Nixon), bigots (Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan) and incompetents (Andrew Johnson, George W. Bush)....

Opinion: My worst-read columns of 2017

We journalists like to boast about how many clicks our stories get, or how our columns go viral. Fair enough, but today let me show off my clunkers. These are pieces I wrote that nobody read. Well, not nobody. I read them. My mother did. And that’s about it. These weren’t necessary my actual worst columns — that’s just a clickbait headline — but they were among my worst...

COMMENTARY: Keeping those birds fed ain’t as easy as it looks

He recognized there were people more knowledgeable about proper bird feeding among the newspaper staff and contributors, but his concern was economy. Year-round bird feeding can be expensive. You see, he lives in a woods and enjoys “his” many birds. But if he provided top-end feed and everything experts tell him he should for their good health and welfare, he’d literally deplete...

Opinion: Lawyers group embodies spirit of holiday giving

Several years ago, we had a problem with a merchant. We declined to pay a disputed bill and got a call from a collection agency. The caller was both aggressive and cagey, declining to tell me who he was. I handed the phone to my lawyer husband, who listened for a minute or two and then turned the tables. From the other room, I heard a fusillade of legal terms, including such abbreviations as FDCPA...

Opinion: Let’s give Trump the TV remote, not the nuclear button

The leader of the free world spends four to eight hours a day glued to the television, and sucking down Diet Cokes. He’s not the only angry old man who acts like that. You’ve probably got a surly loner uncle who has a similar routine. During holiday visits you steer him to an empty room, plant him in front of the flat-screen and close the door, so the rest of the family can’t hear...

Opinion: SCOTUS case could enhance public workers’ rights

SEATTLE — It is protected by Washington state’s lopsidedly Democratic political class, which knows who butters its bread. It has been provided with bespoke law, tailored for its comfort. Nevertheless, the Service Employees International Union has been so avaricious in its objectives and so thuggish in its methods that it has been bested by the Freedom Foundation. This small conservative...

Thomas: The ultimate Christmas gift

Unless you are spending this time of year at a spiritual retreat cut off from TV, newspapers or internet service you cannot escape the blaring music and the marketers attempting to sell you something they promise will bring you happiness and peace. The many definitions of peace seem inadequate at this or any other time of year. In Washington, D.C., there is a modern-looking building housing the headquarters...

Opinion: Donald Trump inadvertantly a champion of women

Not long ago, Democratic power brokers and political strategists in both parties spoke about Kirsten Gillibrand’s seemingly inevitable presidential candidacy with a shrug of the shoulders or a roll of the eyes. She was eager all right, but that didn’t mean that she was ready, and they felt that too much of her brand was invested in a fight against sexual assault and abuse. Now they rave...

Opinion: GOP tax bill’s about growth, not class envy

Those on the left want to talk about redistributing wealth but have very little interest in the most fundamental issue, which is how wealth is created. Where does it come from? Why, when we look around the world, are some countries so much more prosperous than others? Or why, when we look at our own country, do we go through periods that are more prosperous than others? America’s most famous...

Opinion: Roy Moore debacle wasn’t all Steve Bannon’s fault

Republican politics was starting to feel like a version of Mel Brooks’ “The Producers.” In the play, two scammers devise a tax write-off scheme in which they will make a killing by losing money on a Broadway show. They reach for the most grotesque, tasteless musical the human mind can conceive — “Springtime for Hitler” — and are undone when it’s a surprise...

Opinion: Chance to drill off Florida’s coast has some salivating

Donald Trump’s feverish war on the American wilderness compels us to celebrate an unexpected voice of conscience, rare as it might be. Last week, Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Miami and 11 other House Republicans co-signed a letter asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to remove from the tax-reform bill a provision that will allow oil-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. To no one&rsquo...

Opinion: Whirlpool has Washington in a spin cycle

WASHINGTON — A household appliance will be the next steppingstone on America’s path to restored greatness. The government is poised to punish many Americans, in the name of protecting a few of them, because, in the government’s opinion, too many of them are choosing to buy foreign-made washing machines for no better reason than that the buyers think they are better. If you are wondering...

COMMENTARY: Alabama, sweet home of progress

Alabama. Who knew it would become one of the most beautiful words in American politics? It turns out there could have been no better place to test the limits of indecency, the limits of Trumpism, the limits of Republican partisanship and, yes, the limits of racial subjugation. If the angry ideology of the far right cannot make it in one of our most loyally conservative states that was a center of...

Opinion: What should we fight for?

“We will never accept Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea,” declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. “Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine.” Tillerson’s principled rejection of the seizure of land by military force — “never accept” — came just one...

Opinion: For the holidays, pull a tooth or save a life

Happy holidays! In the spirit of the season, here’s a suggestion: Instead of inflicting a garish tie on your brother or a carcinogenic face cream on your aunt, how about saving a life? It’s time for my annual “gifts with meaning” guide, with suggestions for presents that won’t just clog a chest of drawers. Consider a $20 flock of ducks to an impoverished Bangladeshi family...

Opinion: Let’s liberate blacks from harmful left-wing politics

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows yet another perspective on the deep racial division in our country. According to the poll, 86 percent of blacks compared to 50 percent of whites say that President Trump does not “respect people of color as much as he respects white people.” However the partisan divide is even greater than the racial divide. Ninety-one percent of Democrats compared...

Opinion: Is flirting sexual harassment?

In 2003 a genetics paper revealed that one in 200 men alive in that year was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan (1162-1227). Khan was the Mongol emperor whose armies swept out of the north to conquer pretty much all of Asia. His successors took big chunks of Europe as well. When Marco Polo traveled to China, he met the conqueror’s grandson Kublai Khan. Khan sent emissaries to the city of Merv...

COMMENTARY: Watch out — Republicans are coming for your benefits

Republicans don’t care about budget deficits, and never did. They only pretend to care about deficits when one of two things is true: a Democrat is in the White House, and deficit rhetoric can be used to block his agenda, or they see an opportunity to slash social programs that help needy Americans, and can invoke deficits as an excuse. All of this has been obvious for years to anyone paying...

Opinion: Republicans’ tax wager is worth the gamble

WASHINGTON — The Republicans’ tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation’s shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience must amaze alumni of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, which were 85 and 158 years old, respectively, when they expired less than 10 years ago...

Opinion: Trump should leave Rosa Parks’ name out of his mouth

Here comes the most meaningless sentence you’ll read today: Last week, Donald Trump paid tribute to Rosa Parks. It’s meaningless because Trump obviously has no real idea what Parks did or what it meant. If he did, he could never have cursed Colin Kaepernick. Oh, sure, he can mouth the words, as he did in the slick video posted online Saturday. To the accompaniment of swelling music and...

Opinion: Is Flynn’s defection a death blow?

Why did Gen. Mike Flynn lie to the FBI about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Why did he not tell the FBI the truth? As national security adviser to the president-elect, Flynn had called the ambassador. Message: Tell President Putin not to overreact to President Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. Trump will be president in three weeks, and we are...

Opinion: Are we headed toward a new Korean war?

If there was a message in North Korea’s launch of a new missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States, it was that America’s strategy toward that country is failing — and that war may be looming. The American public is far too complacent about the possibility of a war with North Korea, one that could be incomparably bloodier than any U.S. war in my lifetime. One assessment...

Wedding cake for gay couple shouldn’t bash blessings of liberty

This week, the Supreme Court hears Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Jack Phillips, proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to create a wedding cake ordered for a same-sex marriage on grounds that it would force him to create a cake expressing a value opposed to his Christian convictions. The gay men who ordered the cake filed a sexual orientation discrimination claim...

Opinion: Is feminism the answer to sexual harassment?

So the friendly morning host with the warm smile was a serial sexual predator? He had a secret lock installed on his office door operated by a button under his desk like a Bond villain? The NPR guy was a Prairie homewrecker? Next you’ll tell us that that nice Bill O’Reilly is a creep. Never mind about that last one, he never even seemed nice. One popular response to the daily casualty...

Opinion: Journalism is under siege

Go ahead and laugh. It is funny, after all. Indeed, it recalls one of those old Warner Brothers cartoons where Wile E. Coyote gets blown up by the very same Acme dynamite he bought to blast the Road Runner with. Only this time, it’s James O’Keefe and his so-called Project Veritas who wind up mutilated and powder burned, holding up a little placard that says, “Ouch.” O&rsquo...

Opinion: Supreme Court should bet on federalism

WASHINGTON — American democracy’s comic opera frequently features collaborations of “bootleggers and Baptists.” These entertainments are so named because during Prohibition, Baptists thought banning Demon Rum would improve public morals (oh, well) and bootleggers favored the ban because it made scarce a commodity for which there was a demand that they could profitably supply...

Cal Thomas: The return of virtue

Rarely has the idiom “virtue is its own reward” looked better than it does in light of the sex scandals sweeping the nation. The so-called “prudishness,” of a previous generation and the respect most men were once taught to have for women — and which Hugh Hefner and his disciples of “free love” mocked — are looking better with each passing day. Conservatives...

Gail Collins: Oh Lord, now the gun thing’s back

The House Judiciary Committee just voted to make it impossible for a state to always keep people convicted of violent offenses from carrying concealed weapons. That was just a detail in a very long day and really dreadful debate about the right to bear arms. In a normal world it might be the talk of the dinner table, but really, this week hardly anyone noticed. On the one hand you had Garrison Keillor...

Opinion: Why Roy Moore vote matters on Dec. 12

Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls Dec. 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him? Answer: That Alabama Senate race could determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned. The lives of millions of unborn may be the stakes. Republicans now hold 52 Senate seats. If Democrats pick up the Alabama seat, they...

Opinion: Blue states do what red states preach

As we watch Roy Moore thumping his Bible to defend himself from accusations of child molestation, let me toss out a verbal hand grenade: To some degree, liberals practice the values that conservatives preach. This is complicated terrain with lots of exceptions, and the recent scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. and Al Franken underscore that liberals can be skunks as much as anyone else...
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