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What is wrong with Trump? What’s wrong with us?

So here we are, six months later. How time has trudged. But the calendar does not lie. On Thursday, we will be half a year through the Trump Era. And, contrary to his signature promise, America seems less great by the day. Nor are his other promises faring particularly well. There is no ...

Health care debacle has GOP licking its wounds

WASHINGTON — In the congressional Republicans’ zeal to repeal Obamacare and deliver on a prime Donald Trump campaign pledge, they have compounded his novice performance in the Oval Office with their own legislative ineptitude on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s ...

Guiding Children in Age of Trump

“You could be president some day.” As recently as last year, this is what we told America’s children. We said this to encourage them to banish those inner voices of doubt and imagine themselves at their fullest potential. See yourself in our first black president, and feel the ...

Fate shouldn’t be decided by state

Charlie Gard’s parents are doing the wrong thing — and I’d probably do it too. Charlie Gard, if you haven’t heard, is the 11-month-old baby whose plight has become a popular cause in England and, increasingly, the United States. Charlie seemed like any other healthy baby when he was ...

Things You Must Believe If ‘Witch Hunt’ Is True

One column cannot accommodate the list of things you must believe if you trust that Donald Trump is truly the victim of a baseless witch hunt. Consider this a mere stab. 1) Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian offering ...

Changes: For Better or Worse?

As long as there is life on this planet there will be change. Historian Arnold Toynbee suggests that history repeats itself - but not exactly. Like a wheel, while it certainly does make circuitous turns over & over, it also moves forward, adding or subtracting from past recognitions. So the ...

It’s time for Medicare for all

Mitch McConnell is stymied. He can’t round up enough votes for a Senate Republican version of Trumpcare. Some Senate Republicans want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act entirely. Others don’t want to cause 22 million Americans to lose their coverage, as the Congressional Budget Office ...

Anti-Trump overreach could backfire

Overreach. Donald Trump seems to have an uncanny knack for prompting overreach by his opponents and critics. This often hurts him and the country. But it has the potential to hurt those doing the overreach as well. Start with Trump's speech in Warsaw last week. "As the Polish experience ...

We were told there’d be dirt

WASHINGTON — That quaking beneath your feet is from shock waves in Washington where tipping points are merging with other tipping points to create the Mother of All Tipping Points. Not only did Donald Trump Jr. meet with a Russian attorney who, he was told, had damaging information about ...

State lacks hope, can’t assign value to human life

Anyone looking for another reason not to leave life-and-death issues to the state need look no further than the conflict between the British government and the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard. Governments, including the British courts and the European court of human rights have refused ...

What’s not being asked in the case of Charlie Gard

In the story of Charlie Gard — the seriously ill 11-month-old boy whom British health care is compelled to let die over his parent’s wishes — there is something important that is missing. And the thing that is missing, whether it is missing by ignorance, fear or cold design, is ...

Media obsesses on anti-Trump stuff

President Donald Trump drives people crazy. Especially those in the media. They hate him so much, they leap on every anti-Trump rumor. The Federalist’s Jordyn Pair points out that the press repeatedly told us that a dozen Trump administration members were about to be fired, including ...

NPR episode shows dangers of arrogant ignorance

During President Trump’s speech in Warsaw, Poland, last week, he memorialized Pope John Paul II’s momentous 1979 visit to the city. For many historians, the Polish-born pope’s mass in Victory Square, more than anything else, set in motion the events that led to the fall of the Berlin ...

Something very wrong with GOP

Dear Colleagues: We’re doing it again. Remember last year’s campaign? Remember how dogged and relentless we were in covering Hillary Clinton’s sloppy handling of her emails? Remember the comparatively free ride we gave Donald Trump despite his repeated demonstrations that he was ...

Putin gives Trump a humiliating brushoff

WASHINGTON — It certainly didn’t take long for Russian President Vladimir Putin to give the back of his hand to President Donald Trump in their much anticipated face-to-face meeting in Germany. Putin essentially told him, “Go away, kid, you bother me,” in response to the U.S. ...

Trump-media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

WASHINGTON — Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump’s lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that his words were damaging to our international status and democracies around the world. Richard Haass, president of the ...

President Trump’s vision

“Where there is no vision, the people perish...” — Proverbs 29:18 In 1987 when he was contemplating a run for president, Vice President George H.W. Bush was criticized for his inability to articulate an agenda for the country. A friend suggested he spend a weekend alone at Camp David ...

CTE testimonials illustrate program’s value

Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes have helped many local students gain valuable experiences through internships in local businesses. There are plenty of examples to demonstrate this. Michael Scott of Houghton High School stated that auto tech was his favorite class. During this ...

We’ve got punch-drunk president

WASHINGTON — As the nation was preparing to celebrate its storied independence from the British crown, the president secured his place as history’s greatest jester. Or America’s first toddler president. Take your pick. Trump did so by tweeting a doctored video clip of himself from ...

Not the Most Dependable of Ferryboats

Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who — because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state that Hillary ...