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Trump wrecking ball tearing politics, policy asunder

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s first weeks in office have not only stood American foreign policy on its head, but party politics at home as well. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are reeling from his deeply divisive tactics. The leaders of Mexico and Australia have pushed back ...

What do we tell our children?

Twenty-six hours has passed since I led a discussion with about 100 women of the Sisterhood at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation on the east side of Cleveland. Twenty-six hours later and I am still thinking about the question from a woman whose 10-year-old nephew wanted to know whether his ...

Left is running out of themes in anti-Trump narrative

Just days into the Trump administration, the left’s narrative is clear. First, it was that Trump is an “illegitimate” president because he didn’t win the popular vote, claims about “voter fraud” notwithstanding. Then the left tried name-calling. Unfit. Immoral. Crude. High-handed. ...

Found niche? Love challenge? Become an entrepreneur

Emily Geiger is the creator and owner of Craft Cultures, a startup venture in the fast-growing world of the micro brewed gourmet beer industry. Her niche market now has her working on a referral basis as others find out about her ability to find strains of yeast that contribute their own unique ...

Repealing ACA will negatively affect mothers, babies

Several breastfeeding support provisions are at risk if Congress is successful in repealing the Affordable Care Act. The elimination of breastfeeding provisions will have a dramatic impact on Michigan families and businesses. The Michigan Breastfeeding Network is calling attention to this ...

Trump’s takeover of the truth

Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming months and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press — finding the truth, reporting it, and holding Trump accountable for his lies. But Trump’s strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press in the ...

Surprises during Trump’s 2nd-week follow-through

Donald Trump’s second week as president has been full of surprises and Sturm und Drang. His Friday afternoon executive order barring for 90 days immigration from seven countries designated by the Obama administration as “countries of concern” was obviously ill-vetted and prompted ...

Drafty Donald driving us to distraction

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump seems to think he’s still on his reality TV show shouting, “You’re fired!” while President Stephen Bannon is busy drafting executive orders with his favorite black crayon. Such is the surreal universe in which we find ourselves. Those who thought they ...

Daring to speak truth to power makes media enemy

In this era of tweets and texts, the White House of President Donald Trump, ever respectful of tradition, is bringing back the personal phone call. For example, Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, by telephone told The New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum that his paper and “the ...

Thrill is gone: Trump bubble bursts

No! The bubble burst. My fantasy died. I wasn’t a big Donald Trump backer — on TV I have called him a bully, a narcissist, etc. — but his first days were thrilling! Finally, a president who meant it when he said he’d cut red tape that kills growth, a man who mocks political ...

The lonely death of Naika Venant

It has since been learned that the actual number is not clear. The original figure was based on the “views” logged on the site as reported by multiple people who watched the video before it was taken down by Facebook. One thousand views may mean 1,000 individuals or it may mean ...

Trump resumes Nixon’s war on American news media

WASHINGTON — Less than a week into Donald Trump’s presidency, he has already challenged American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and resumed the Nixon administration’s war on the American news media. Sparked as much by his oversized ego and need for self-gratification as by ...

Word dance all you want, it’s still lying

Her name was Miss Nelson. I don’t recall her first name. She didn’t seem to need one. She taught fifth grade at West Elementary School in Ashtabula, Ohio. In the fall of 1967, my mother dropped me off in her classroom like a failed adoption. My mother would deny that characterization, ...

Feeling good (so far) about new way of doing business

“It’s a new dawn It’s a new day It’s a new life For me And I’m feeling good.” — “Feeling Good” President Trump’s critics are finding it difficult to stay focused following a flurry of actions taken by the new American CEO. In just the first two working days of ...

Humiliating Mexico over border wall

By all means, build a wall on the border, but don't make Mexico pay for it. It was a great -- and by great I mean effective, not noble or heroic-- applause line from then-candidate Trump on the campaign trail. Audiences loved it, particularly the call-and-response. Trump: "Who's going to pay ...

Fences and Neighbors

There is much to cheer about President Trump's first decisions as president. Conservatives are almost certainly going to love his Supreme Court pick, his stepped-up efforts to deport criminal aliens, the approval of two oil pipelines stubbornly blocked by the previous administration and ...

President. Trump. It actually happened

WASHINGTON — So, that happened. Let us pray. Yes, of course, you can go back to sleep, Mr. Van Winkle, but it won’t change the facts. Donald Trump is the president of the United States. The humble, warm and engaging Trump we’d hoped to meet on Inauguration Day failed to make an ...

Trump’s infrastructure scam

Our country is in dire need of massive investments in infrastructure, but what Donald Trump is proposing is nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich. 1. It’s a giant public subsidy to developers and investors. Rather than taxing the wealthy and then using the money to fix our ...

Opposition takes wrong first step of exclusion

In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan instructed Haley Barbour — his White House political director and a future Republican Party chairman and governor — on building a winning coalition: “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent ...

‘America First’ is not a threat but a promise

“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” Donald Trump proclaimed in his inaugural address. As has been his habit, he added to the prepared text the word “only” and employed the rhetorical device of repetition by repeating “America first.” The ...