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Google, Trump and arrogance of power

Google’s search engine runs about two-thirds of all searches in the United States and 90 percent in Europe. “Platform monopolies” like this can squelch innovation. Google could favor its own services, such as Google Maps and Google Shopping, for example. This is one reason that the ...

Can Trump, Democrats strike deal on immigration?

Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided ...

Worst is yet to come

WASHINGTON — It has become axiomatic that when Donald Trump says or does something over the top or below the belt, beware the unseen. His cunning use of distraction turns red herrings green with envy. The template works like this: Trump says something outrageous that drives ...

Trump reprimand from Pittsburgh voters: ‘It’s not about you’

On a late summer night, some 230 days into the Trump presidency, a dozen Pennsylvania voters gathered around a conference table in Pittsburgh and were asked by respected Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart to just give “a word or a feeling about Donald Trump.” The answers from this group ...

Internet offers optic alternatives

I just got new glasses — without going to an optometrist. It's another innovation made possible by the internet. Going to an optometrist can be a pain. You have to leave work, get to an optometrist's office, sit in a waiting room and then pay an average of $95 (in my town). But I got a ...

‘Refugee’ demands your humanity

“‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” — Matthew 25:44-45 They are the ...

McCain seeks to rally party’s responsible remnant

WASHINGTON — The seemingly indestructible Sen. John McCain has returned to the U.S. Capitol after his latest treatments for brain cancer. He is reiterating the call he made, after voting to block the repeal of Obamacare, for the Senate to get back to “regular order” to resolve problems ...

There is no pardoning Joe Arpaio

Nearly 10 years before Donald Trump pardoned him, Joe Arpaio made clear his racism, in a most public way. In an appearance on CNN, the Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff grinned after host Lou Dobbs asked him how he felt about being compared to the Ku Klux Klan. “Well, you know, they call ...

Turkey’s choice: Oppression of past or hope in future

ISTANBUL — Coming from the airport into this city of about 15 million people and 5 million cars, as my driver describes it, I pass ancient Roman ruins and blocks of upscale shops; an old hotel where Agatha Christie penned “Murder on the Orient Express,” smoke shops and modest restaurants, ...

UMERC offers right power generation solution for UP

Two years ago, Gov. Rick Snyder issued a call to action to solve the Upper Peninsula’s energy crisis. Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation (UMERC) answered that call and developed a long-term, reliable, affordable and clean energy solution that is now in the final stages of an ...

Even in death, Castro has ‘useful idiots’

Fidel Castro died as he lived: to the sound of useful idiots making allowances for his crimes. (That’s not my term: It was Lenin who called liberal apologists for Communism “useful idiots.”) The gold medal in the Useful Idiot Olympics should probably go to Justin Trudeau, the prime ...

Gig economy seems to be future of work in this country

“By 2030, 40-60 percent of jobs could be displaced by automation,” stated Harry Elam, senior vice provost for education at Stanford University. Robots are replacing humans in repetitive tasks. Just last year China purchased 90,000 robots to replace manpower on its production lines. The ...

Drop Colleges’ Racial Quotas and Preferences

When a policy has been vigorously followed by venerable institutions for more than a generation without getting any closer to producing the desired results, perhaps there is some problem with the goal. That thought was prompted by a New York Times story headlined “Even With Affirmative ...

Democratic silence on antifa is worrisome

There is a disturbing silence from leaders of the Democratic Party over those gangs of black-masked leftist thugs shutting down free speech and beating people to the ground with clubs. We’ve seen such leftist violence before, and we saw it again just the other day at a protest in Berkeley, ...

To brother Cromartie, with love

WASHINGTON — There is something eternally bonding about a shared near-death experience, which is how I first met Michael Cromartie. This was 15 or so years ago, before I had moved to the nation’s capital for an up-close look at power. Cromartie had called to invite me to one of the Faith ...

Needing an ‘Enemy’: Reprising Communist Conspiracy

Eric Hoffer, a San Francisco longshoreman and philosopher who died in 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, could have been analyzing contemporary American politics when he wrote, some 66 years ago, that “mass movements can rise and spread ...

Trump hardly a champion of US worker

This will be the first Labor Day of the presidency of Donald J. Trump, who came to office riding a wave of anti-establishment anger from average working people. No one can say they didn’t see it coming. By the time Trump was elected, the typical American household had a net worth 14 percent ...

Price gouging is good capitalism

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is upset about "price gouging" during hurricane Harvey. Some stores raised prices to $99 for a case of bottled water — $5 for a gallon of gas. "These are things you can't do in Texas," he says. "There are significant penalties if you price gouge in a crisis ...

Tweeter-in-chief versus wisdom of Robert E. Lee

I hate to say this, but I'm starting to feel sorry for Donald Trump. He's only been in office for half a year, and already he's running out of Americans to attack. Of course, he came into office having already notched his AK-47 Twitter rifle with hundreds of hits on the American citizenry, ...

America repudiates its president

A remarkable thing happened last week. You might have missed it, because while it happened in plain sight, it also happened in increments. You had to put the pieces together to appreciate the magnitude of it. Last week, you see, America repudiated its president. This, of course, was in ...