Columns

Officer overcomes system’s betrayal

In the fall of 2001, Michael Green walked out of prison after serving 13 years for a crime he did not commit. The story of his wrongful conviction is, in its particulars, an all-too-familiar one in America. He was accused by a white woman who had never seen a black man until she came to the ...

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If you’re tired of the dysfunction in Washington — the backbiting, the questioning of motives, the failure to agree on much of anything, the one-upmanship, the allegations about a “stolen” presidential election, Russian “collusion,” the posturing and boorish behavior, how about ...

Conservatives now appeasing crackpots

William F. Buckley, the founder of National Review (where I work), once confessed in private, “I wish to hell I could attack them without pleasing people I can’t stand to please.” By “them” he meant the members of the conspiracy-mongering, anti-Communist, anti-United Nations, ...

Religious Extremism By Any Other Name

We knew within hours of the attack that the New York truck killer was a Muslim extremist, inspired by ISIS. In today’s climate, that means that NPR was hesitant to report that he had shouted “Allahu akbar” and that Donald Trump thundered that our legal system is a “laughingstock” (he ...

Physicist’s legacy of creative courage is still inspiring

In 1905 a young man was working as a clerk in a Swiss patent office, having failed to earn an academic position after earning his Ph D. He was driven by a thirst for knowledge and a creative mind courageous enough to explore all options to solving a problem, even if most ended in failure. That ...

Energy outlook brighter for UP ratepayers

They say you need to be a hearty soul to live in the Upper Peninsula, but that doesn’t mean you should have to live with energy that isn’t affordable, reliable and environmentally protective. At the start of the Snyder administration, the U.P. had little control of its energy future. ...

Tweets distract from huge tax heist

You know the plot: The bank robbers set off a bomb down the street from the bank, and while everyone’s distracted, they get away with the loot. In the reality TV show we’re now suffering through, Donald Trump is the bomb. The robbers are the American oligarchs who bankroll the ...

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ good advice for Americans

Keep calm and carry on. Those words, though not appearing as extensively on posters in wartime Britain as often supposed, are good advice for Americans now appalled by the presidency of Donald Trump. It is widely proclaimed that he is a president unlike any other, a threat to the institutions ...

Indictments and ham sandwiches

In considering the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, I am reminded of former Bill Clinton aide and defender James Carville’s line about the ability of a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Manafort and a longtime business partner, ...

An American president who changed the world

The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then an assistant ...

Dark Anniversary: Communism Turns 100

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia. Communist regimes went on to kill about 100 million people. Most died in famines after socialist tyrants forced people to practice inefficient collective farming. Millions of ...

Why does Amazon get corporate welfare?

Jeffrey Preston Bezos is the man of unbounded ambition who founded Amazon, the online retailing colossus that trumpets itself as "Earth's most customer-centric company." He's considered a model of tech wizardry for having totally reinvented retail marketing for our smart-phone, globally-linked ...

Will CNN Facebook ad be effective?

You see an apple. But not just any apple. Perfect in color, perfect in shape and without blemish, this is the apple other apples dream of being. It is the acme of apples, the most apple-y apple you ever saw, and you'd never mistake it for something else. "This is an apple," says a male ...

Trump’s delusions wreak havoc in own administration

WASHINGTON -- When the late Muhammad Ali repeatedly proclaimed himself "the greatest," referring to his supremacy as a prizefighter, he backed it up with his fists. Over more than a decade, he held the world heavyweight championship three separate times. But in the field of braggadocio, ...

It’s bad out there, but you’re not alone

The young cashier smiled as she requested my driver’s license to prove I was old enough to buy cabernet in Columbus, Ohio. I complied and thanked her for making my day. Something shoved against me, hard, and I teetered. I looked down at the grocery cart pressed against my hip and then at ...

Shocking but not surprising

It should surprise no one that when it comes to sexual harassment, members of Congress and their staffs are treated differently from the rest of us. The Washington Post notes a law in place since 1995 under which anyone accusing a lawmaker of sexual harassment can file a lawsuit, but only if ...

Clintons are just not that into you

I’m still trying to make sense of the news that the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign were the forces behind the infamous “Steele Dossier,” a dodgy document full of hearsay about Donald Trump that was put together by an even dodgier outfit called Fusion GPS, which has ...

When is ‘sexual assault’ not sexual assault?

Let’s look at two pictures side by side and see if we can tell how they’re different. In one panel, we see a famous TV political analyst who apparently had the charming habit of pressing his erect, if clothed, penis against the bodies of young women who worked with and for him. That was ...

How to end crony capitalism

The largest corporations and the richest people in America — who donated billions of dollars to Republican candidates for the House and Senate in the 2016 election — appear on the way to getting what they paid for: a giant tax cut. Speed and secrecy are critical. The quicker Republicans ...

Both parties trying even harder to defeat themselves

Three weeks ago, I wrote a column about how both parties seem determined to lose the next elections. Since then, the pace has accelerated. The clamor is more visible — and more assiduously reported by mainstream media — among the Republicans. George W. Bush and John McCain, who have ...