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Trump moved conspiracy mindset from left to right

I am old enough to remember when conspiracy theories were primarily the province of the left. In the 1990s, the San Jose Mercury News ran a series asserting that the crack epidemic in African-American neighborhoods was a plot orchestrated by the CIA. The tale was satisfying to many who were ...

How Trump is destroying GOP

America has never before had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn't good news for the Republican Party this November or in the future, because the GOP has sold its soul to Donald Trump. Three principles once ...

Eschewing euphemisms frames immigration Trump’s way

He who frames the issue tends to determine the outcome of the election. That's an old political consultant's rule, and its application has never been more apt than in the Senate Democrats' failed government shutdown over immigration policy. Issue framing is especially important on ...

UP youths are vulnerable to reach of human traffickers

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month. You may have seen information out there recently due to the awareness campaign. Locally, many people don’t take much notice or have an interest in the topic due to misconceptions of what human trafficking really is. A common ...

Fair immigration compromise possible without shutdown

Is there a fair, reasonable way to deal with immigration without shutting down the government as the Democrats did just recently? Yes. A way to save the "Dreamers" and build President Donald Trump's wall to protect the borders, and lower the anxiety of millions of Dreamer parents, those ...

Media terrorist wanna-be heard call

WASHINGTON — It was probably only a matter of time before some unbalanced person decided that he needed to take out a few members of the “fake news” media. And it was inevitable that his actions — in this case, his threats — would be placed at the feet of Donald Trump, who has ...

Wall should be bargaining chip on immigration

The Democrats’ crusade to force a government shutdown in order to win permanent protections for “Dreamers” went down in flames Monday. The price extracted by Democrats was meager compared to what they wanted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) merely agreed to allow a floor ...

Government better when closed

The government is open again. That’s too bad. One day, one of these shutdowns should be permanent. We would still have far more government than the Founding Fathers envisioned. That’s because even during so-called shutdowns, a third of federal employees -- nearly a million people -- ...

People are fed up with corporate-rigged politics

Last June, after Democratic candidates had lost four straight special Congressional elections (Rob Quist in Montana, James Thompson in Kansas, Archie Parnell in South Carolina, and Jon Ossoff in Georgia), America’s purveyors of conventional political wisdom simultaneously jumped to the ...

One year later … seems like decade

And here we are, one year later. If you are groping for markers by which to measure how profoundly we have been changed since Inauguration Day, here’s one you might want to consider: In January of 1998, reports surfaced of a sexual affair between President Bill Clinton and a 24-year-old ...

Will America remain beacon of freedom, opportunity?

WASHINGTON -- With Congress in disarray under an erratic and chaotic president who deeply divides the country, and with its two major parties at loggerheads over immigration law, American politics may have hit a new low of pessimism, bitterness and despair. Should upwards of a million ...

Quote president, skip asterisks

This week marked the beginning of the spring semester at Kent State, where I teach journalism as a professional in residence. One of the rituals of the first day of class is to go over the syllabus, which, because of required language, reads like a last will and testament. I spruce it up where ...

Al Capone lives in hearts, minds of Beltway Democrats

“You can get a lot farther with a smile and a gun than you can with just a smile.” This quote has often been attributed to the lengendary Chicago mobster Al Capone, who with his fellow organized crime buddies used extortion as one of their tactics to get what they wanted. Today's modern ...

Does California model really work?

The alleged success of the California model is one of the more intense controversies in the nerdier corners of public policy debate. For many progressives, California's metastasizing liberalism proves you can have Scandinavian-style social policies and tax rates and still have robust economic ...

Real message of #MeToo movement being missed

The feminist website Babe published an account of a date gone bad. The pushback has been swift and sharp. I share some of the concerns of the critics, but I also think young women are sending a message that is being missed. The account by the anonymous "Grace" about a bad date with comedian ...

Happy new year: Looking backward, looking forward

Reams have been written about the turning of the page, and here are a few from out of the past — proving that the more things change the more they remain the same for us mere mortals: Brooks Atkinson, sardonically: “Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it ...

Is there charitable reading of ‘s—hole’?

CAMDEN, S.C. — While recently perusing unread books gathering dust on my shelves, one tome caught my eye and, upon being loosed from the grip of neglect, fell open to a random page from which leapt the following sentence: "The ancestors of a critical and growing mass of present-day Americans ...

Americans descended from immigrants, revolutionists

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, he ...

Southern Poverty Law Center is hate group

Who will warn Americans about hate groups? The media know: the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC, based in Alabama, calls itself "the premier" group monitoring hate. Give us money, they say, and they will "fight the hate that thrives in our country." I once believed in the center's ...

E-TC, Dollar Bay have history of major showdowns

There used to be an old saying that coming events cast a long shadow. Such is the case with the Ewen-Trout Creek at Dollar Bay boys basketball game on Feb. 6. All the ingredients are there for such a label. Both teams have stellar players, Jake Witt for the Panthers, and Devin Schmitz and ...