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Americans keep getting smarter about sugar

Per-capita consumption of sugar and other caloric sweeteners was down in the U.S. in 2017 for the third straight year - and 13th out of the past 18. And this time, consumption of refined sugar, which had been rising over the past decade as consumers (and soft-drink makers) turned away from high-fructose corn sweeteners, fell as well. » RELATED: Are you hooked on sugar? 5 clues you...

Opinion: Trump could be most honest president in modern history

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history” (actually they are the eighth largest) and that “our economy is the strongest it’s ever been in the history of our country” (which may...

Opinion: Of Trump, Taylor Swift and the cat

So, it appears the Republican Senate candidate in Ohio flew to a meeting of “faith leaders” in a plane owned by a Cleveland strip club owner. I am telling you this just to cheer you up. The world of politics has been pretty fraught lately, and today we’re going to try to be cheery and just talk about good old-fashioned weirdness and stupidity. Such as Rep. Jim Renacci’s decision...

Opinion: Why do we care About Jamal Khashoggi?

He had an appointment at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect some documents he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee — a certificate showing that he was divorced from his first wife. He entered the consulate on Oct. 2 at 1:14 p.m., asking his fiancee to wait outside for him. She did. Until 2 a.m. He never emerged. A number of news outlets, citing Turkish sources, are reporting that Jamal...

Opinion: Goodbye, political spin, hello lies

Do you remember political spin? Politicians used to deceive voters by describing their policies in misleading ways. For example, the Bush administration was prone to things like claiming that tax breaks for the wealthy were really all about helping seniors — because extremely rich Americans tend to be quite old. But Republicans no longer bother with deceptive presentations of facts. Instead...

Opinion: Casualty lists from the Kavanaugh battle

After a 50-year siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism — perhaps for decades. The Democratic Party has sustained a historic defeat. And the triumph is President Trump’s. To unite the party whose nomination he had won, Donald Trump pledged to select his high court nominees...

Opinion: Will Democrats out-populist Trump in Ohio?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — “I think it’s all about the dignity of work,” says Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in an interview in the backseat of his Chevy Suburban. “I talk about how we value work. People who get up every day and work hard and do what we expect of them should be able to get ahead. I don’t think they hear that enough from Republicans or national Democrats.&rdquo...

Opinion: Progressives need more than size

Here’s what gets me about progressives. They never seem to realize that they are the majority. Yet on issue after issue, the polling consistently shows that they are. Abortion? Sixty-four percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade. Guns? Sixty-seven percent want stricter laws. Taxes? Sixty-one percent say the rich need to pay more. Health care? Fifty-six percent want government to ensure coverage...

Opinion: Trump’s trolling vs. the ‘constitution of knowledge’

On the road again, and full of indignation about, or perhaps admiration for, what he called “made-up” and “fabricated” Democratic accusations during the recent judicial confirmation turmoil, America’s feral president swerved into a denunciation of a nonexistent bill — “It’s called ‘the open borders bill’” — that, he thundered...

Opinion: Justice delayed, with a life on the line

Imagine being framed for a horrific crime: the fatal stabbing of a married couple and two children. You then spend 35 years in prison awaiting execution for that quadruple murder. Imagine that you’re a black man and that the trial was tainted by the ugliest racism. Meanwhile, federal judges and FBI investigators cite evidence that the real killer is a white convicted murderer who came home late...

Opinion: Containing the catastrophe

Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they’ll vote in the midterm elections should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. Trump. With the addition of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court is as firmly Republican as are the House and Senate. Kavanaugh was revealed as a fierce partisan. He is...

Opinion: Real Economics

A widely anticipated textbook, “Universal Economics,” has just been published by Liberty Fund. Its authors are two noted UCLA economists, the late Armen A. Alchian and William R. Allen. Editor Jerry L. Jordan was their student and later became a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, as well as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland...

Opinion: Why do we care About Jamal Khashoggi?

He had an appointment at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect some documents he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee — a certificate showing that he was divorced from his first wife. He entered the consulate on Oct. 2 at 1:14 p.m., asking his fiancee to wait outside for him. She did. Until 2 a.m. He never emerged. A number of news outlets, citing Turkish sources, are reporting that Jamal...

Opinion: Goodbye, political spin, hello lies

Do you remember political spin? Politicians used to deceive voters by describing their policies in misleading ways. For example, the Bush administration was prone to things like claiming that tax breaks for the wealthy were really all about helping seniors — because extremely rich Americans tend to be quite old. But Republicans no longer bother with deceptive presentations of facts. Instead...

Opinion: Casualty lists from the Kavanaugh battle

After a 50-year siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism — perhaps for decades. The Democratic Party has sustained a historic defeat. And the triumph is President Trump’s. To unite the party whose nomination he had won, Donald Trump pledged to select his high court nominees...

Opinion: Will Democrats out-populist Trump in Ohio?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — “I think it’s all about the dignity of work,” says Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in an interview in the backseat of his Chevy Suburban. “I talk about how we value work. People who get up every day and work hard and do what we expect of them should be able to get ahead. I don’t think they hear that enough from Republicans or national Democrats.&rdquo...

Opinion: Progressives need more than size

Here’s what gets me about progressives. They never seem to realize that they are the majority. Yet on issue after issue, the polling consistently shows that they are. Abortion? Sixty-four percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade. Guns? Sixty-seven percent want stricter laws. Taxes? Sixty-one percent say the rich need to pay more. Health care? Fifty-six percent want government to ensure coverage...

Opinion: Trump’s trolling vs. the ‘constitution of knowledge’

On the road again, and full of indignation about, or perhaps admiration for, what he called “made-up” and “fabricated” Democratic accusations during the recent judicial confirmation turmoil, America’s feral president swerved into a denunciation of a nonexistent bill — “It’s called ‘the open borders bill’” — that, he thundered...

Opinion: Justice delayed, with a life on the line

Imagine being framed for a horrific crime: the fatal stabbing of a married couple and two children. You then spend 35 years in prison awaiting execution for that quadruple murder. Imagine that you’re a black man and that the trial was tainted by the ugliest racism. Meanwhile, federal judges and FBI investigators cite evidence that the real killer is a white convicted murderer who came home late...

Opinion: Containing the catastrophe

Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they’ll vote in the midterm elections should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. Trump. With the addition of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court is as firmly Republican as are the House and Senate. Kavanaugh was revealed as a fierce partisan. He is...

Opinion: Real Economics

A widely anticipated textbook, “Universal Economics,” has just been published by Liberty Fund. Its authors are two noted UCLA economists, the late Armen A. Alchian and William R. Allen. Editor Jerry L. Jordan was their student and later became a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, as well as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland...

Opinion: The problem with Trump’s ‘doctrine of patriotism’

President Trump began his address to the United Nations last month with some of the boilerplate braggadocio that forms the basis of his rallies. The audience laughed. And, not surprisingly, this became the main story for most news networks and headline writers. That’s too bad, because no matter what you think of the president, it was a more serious speech than that. Nearly all addresses to the...

Opinion: A good rap for Kanye West — mental health awareness. No joke!

It must be terribly frustrating for Kanye West to see a Supreme Court confirmation fight in Washington elbow his new album out of the national spotlight. But that’s show biz. His latest wave of newsmaking appearances and tweets makes me wonder whether, at best, we’re watching a genius at work or, at worst, the slow, public disintegration of a man who revealed in a June radio interview...

Opinion: Here’s wishing Kander speedy return to public life

When Barack Obama was asked about the future of the Democratic party in a final White House interview, without hesitation he said one name: Missouri’s Jason Kander. Obama likely recognized that Kander had the zest and charisma to enthrall voters, and that he could do so even across party lines, not unlike Obama in his own early years. And then there were Kander’s accomplishments: first...

Opinion: The pope and the accusers

Let me ask you to do the impossible, tear your mind away from the Kavanaugh affair for a moment, and cast your eyes from the new Rome to the old one — from the American Empire’s judicial wars to the similar mix of scandal, polarization and intrigue in the Roman Catholic Church. The pontificate of Francis and the presidency of Donald Trump have been odd mirrors of one another for a while...
Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Dave Anderson dead at 89

Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Dave Anderson dead at 89

Dave Anderson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, died Thursday in Cresskill, New Jersey. He was 89. >> Read more trending news  Anderson, who joined the Times in 1966 as a general assignment reporter, took over the newspaper’s “Sports of the Times” column in 1971, The New York Times reported. Anderson won the Pulitzer in commentary...

Opinion: A word on behalf of religion

These have been hard times for American institutions. Over the past four to five decades, confidence in nearly every institution of American life has declined. A 2018 Gallup survey found, for example, that trust in Congress stood at 42 percent in 1973 and dropped to 11 percent this year. Only 29 percent of Americans gave high ratings to public schools in 2018, compared with 58 percent in 1973. Newspapers...

Opinion: Trump and the aristocracy of fraud

It turns out that I may have done President Donald Trump an injustice. You see, I’ve always been skeptical of his claims to be a great dealmaker. But what we’ve just learned is that his negotiating prowess began early. Indeed, it was so amazing that he was already making $200,000 a year in today’s dollars at a very young age. Specifically, that’s what he was making when he...

Opinion: Oh no, Trump is buzzing!

On Wednesday, we had a Presidential Alert test. Did you hear it? Your cellphone probably started beeping madly. It was just a run-through to make sure you’d get the warning if some terrible disaster were headed your way. You mean like Donald Trump? No, no, no. We’re talking about hurricanes. Or maybe missiles. The Presidential Alert means he’s warning you, not shooting at you. Are...

Opinion: Ford’s case continues to erode

WASHINGTON — At a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday, President Trump ridiculed Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “‘I had one beer,’” Trump said. “‘How did you get home?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘How’d you get there?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘Where is...

Opinion: Are Republicans Born Wimps?

Republican leaders are “a bunch of wimps,” said Jerry Falwell Jr. Conservatives and Christians need to stop electing “nice guys.” “The US needs street fighters like Donald Trump at every level of government because the liberal fascists Dems are playing for keeps.” So tweeted the son and namesake of the founder of the Moral Majority, and he has here a self-evident...

Opinion: Trump’s despicable (but instructive) smear

When a leader can hold power only by dividing his country, stoking its anxieties and hostilities, ridiculing his opponents, and disrespecting every norm of decency, the result is a broken democracy and a demoralized nation. The fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to a seat on the Supreme Court has caused predictable handwringing about partisan division, tribalism and incivility. We hear...

Opinion: Where there’s doubt, men get the benefit thereof

Let’s get something straight: Men are not the victims here. It is a foolish and offensive line of reasoning, so naturally it has caught traction on the political right. Indeed, for some, it is an article of faith as the confirmation of would-be Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh becomes ever more deeply mired in accusations that, as a high school boy, he committed attempted rape. For them...

Opinion: By not being a team player, Flake served the nation

Preferring verbal felicity to practical wisdom, a character in a Benjamin Disraeli novel quipped, “A majority is always the best repartee.” Not really. Open societies that want to remain so should prefer persuasion to raw power, even the power of majorities. Which is why Republican Sen. Jeff Flake served the nation, its highest tribunal, constitutional morality and even his ungrateful...

Opinion: Could Kavanaugh’s anger be righteous indignation?

Why is Brett Kavanaugh so upset? It’s a question few ask because so many already think they know the answer. The most common explanation — the hot take so hot it melted the conventional wisdom and forged a new concrete groupthink — is that Kavanaugh was so angry because he represents White Male Entitlement. The WME explanation is a form of allegory, not argument. In allegories, the...

Opinion: In Supreme Court hearings, years of grudge politics boil over

This is not a trial. We constantly were reminded of that as the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh escalated into a bitter partisan brawl. But the reality amounted to two trials. The credibility of California university professor Christine Blasey Ford was being judged for her “100 percent” certainty that federal judge Kavanaugh...

Opinion: It’s time to fight back against America’s bullies

As a kid I was always a head shorter than other boys, which meant I was bullied — mocked, threatened, sometimes assaulted. Childhood bullying has been going on forever. But America has become a culture of bullying — the wealthier over the poorer, CEOs over workers, those with privilege and pedigree over those without, the white over the brown and black, men over women. The hearing for...

Opinion: An age divided by sex

The Year of Our Lord 1982, upon whose disputed summertime events a Supreme Court nomination now hinges, was part of the Reagan era but not a particularly conservative year. The ‘70s were officially over, but their spirit still lived on. The American divorce rate had peaked the previous year, after a steep climb across the previous two decades. The abortion rate was near its post-Roe v. Wade...

Opinion: The Senate Judiciary Committee sets a new low

Hell hath no fury like an entitled man scorned. America met that man on Thursday, in all his caustic glory. He’s federal Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, now well on his way to becoming the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. What a performance! The belligerent demeanor and the partisan fireballs that Kavanaugh unleashed on the Senate Judiciary Committee alone should disqualify him for the bench. His...
Commentary: Dear Frontline, thank you for visiting, but these things were left unsaid about Dayton

Commentary: Dear Frontline, thank you for visiting, but these things were left unsaid about Dayton

Dear Alec MacGillis, Frontline, and ProPublica, Thank you for taking interest in our city, so much so that you have visited us several times and brought some awareness to some of the challenges that we face here. We owe you dearly for your support and spotlight on a local recovery community organization, FOA Families of Addicts, which has been doing wonderful work since its inception several years...

Opinion: The party of no ideas

Democrats will almost certainly receive more votes than Republicans in the midterm elections. But gerrymandering and other factors have severely tilted the playing field, so they would need to win the popular vote by a wide margin to retake the House, and a huge margin to retake the Senate. I don’t know how it will turn out — or what will happen to the perceived legitimacy of the federal...

Opinion: The Kavanaughs speak

At times Brett and Ashley Kavanaugh sounded rehearsed and overly cautious in their “exclusive” interview with Fox News host Martha McCallum on Monday night. Brett Kavanaugh repeated verbatim lines about defending his character and allowing the “process” to play out. He said he would not withdraw in the face of unsubstantiated charges against him. At times their answers seemed...

Opinion: ‘What boy hasn’t done this in high school?’

Gina Sosa is not impressed by attempted rape. “What boy hasn’t done this in high school?” she asks. “Please, I would like to know.” Since she asked so nicely, I went on Twitter, looking for men who managed to get out of school without committing attempted rape. Turned out to be pretty easy. I found lots of them. A guy named Phil said: “It was all I could do to get...

Opinion: Brett Kavanaugh fights back

WASHINGTON — As the father of two daughters, I want them to live in a world where they are treated with respect and never experience sexual abuse — and if they ever do, they are taken seriously. As the father of two sons, I want them to live in a world where their lives and reputations cannot be destroyed by allegations without corroboration. Thursday’s hearing did not add an iota...

Opinion: The many faces of Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley, told Martha MacCallum of Fox News: “I know Brett. I’ve known him for 17 years.” But that’s hardly his whole life. And that’s hardly the whole Brett. She knows him mainly as a husband and a father, moved by the emotional currents that those roles stir up, distinguished by the traits that they tease out. “They know Brett,&rdquo...

Opinion: Has Russia given up on the West?

By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. And how have we husbanded the fruits of our Cold War triumph? This month, China’s leader-for-life Xi Jinping stood beside Vladimir Putin as 3,000 Chinese troops maneuvered...

Opinion: In the Kavanaugh fight, politics not the most important thing

Who says politicians think only about the next election? In the battle over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the outcome each party respectively wants may hurt them in November’s elections. But the stakes are so high that neither side can afford to focus on politics alone. They got higher still on Wednesday when a new accuser, Julie Swetnick, said Kavanaugh was abusive...

Opinion: University corruption

I’m thankful that increasing attention is being paid to the dire state of higher education in our country. Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has just published “The Diversity Delusion.” Its subtitle captures much of the book’s content: “How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture.” Part of the gender pandering...

Opinion: Is Senate committee equipped to grasp Kavanaugh allegations?

For all their well-learned politesse, the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have scarcely been able to conceal their determination to get Christine Blasey Ford out of their hair. Ford is the last obstacle to confirming conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. And she’s a formidable one. She has alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, when...

Opinion: The burden of proof for Kavanaugh

Last week, I wrote a column taking the view that conservatives supporting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court because they hope he will overturn Roe v. Wade should be willing to encourage his withdrawal if his accuser testifies credibly against him and the cloud over his nomination can’t be expeditiously cleared up. Even if Kavanaugh is innocent of the charge of a teenage...

Opinion: Days of fear, years of obstruction

Lehman Bros. failed 10 years ago. The U.S. economy was already in a recession, but Lehman’s fall and the chaos that followed sent it off a cliff: Six and a half million jobs would be lost during the next year. We didn’t experience a full replay of the Great Depression, and some have argued that the system worked, in the sense that policymakers did what was needed to avoid catastrophe....

Opinion: What the Times misses about poverty

It’s an affecting story. Matthew Desmond, writing in The New York Times Magazine, profiles Vanessa Solivan, a poor single mother raising three children. Vanessa works as a home health aide, yet she and her three adolescent children are often reduced to sleeping in her car, a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. In the morning, she takes her two daughters and one son to her mother’s house to wash and...

Opinion: Fear-based parenting

Police came to Kim Brooks’ parents’ door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current parenting practices. It also produced a book, “Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear,” that is a catalogue of symptoms...

Opinion: Ari Fleischer asks if we’re being fair to Brett Kavanaugh

Ari Fleischer wants to know if we’re being fair. “How much in society should any of us be held liable today when we’ve lived a good life, an upstanding life by all accounts, and then something that maybe is an arguable issue, took place in high school? Should that deny us chances later in life?” Fleischer, a former spokesman for President George W. Bush, raised that question...

Opinion: Trump is racking up record of foreign policy success

WASHINGTON — In his new book “Fear,” Bob Woodward recounts that in April 2017, after President Trump saw images of dead Syrian children with their mouths foaming from a sarin attack, he called Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and issued an order: Get me a plan for a military strike to take out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Let’s (expletive) kill him!” Trump told...

Opinions: Of time, tides and Trump

OK, I know you’re obsessed about sex and the Supreme Court. But the hurricane flooding in North Carolina has been terrible. Let’s give it some serious thought right now. Particularly when it comes to ways the government screwed up. First lesson is easy. Coastal flooding is getting way, way worse because of global warming. So obviously we’ve got to join other nations in combating...

Opinion: The late hit on Judge Kavanaugh

Upon the memory and truthfulness of Christine Blasey Ford hangs the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation, and possibly his career on the nation’s second highest court. And much more. If Kavanaugh is voted down or forced to withdraw, the Republican Party and conservative movement could lose their last best hope for recapturing the high court for constitutionalism...
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