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Hillary Clinton brings bitterness tour down under

MELBOURNE, Australia -- When you hear "world tour" you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia's second largest ...

No rush to get facts straight

If there were any doubt that the multi-front battle over the Russia investigation has become the political equivalent of a Tong war, Rudy Giuliani removed it. The former mayor of New York City made his debut on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show last Wednesday as a “cleaner” of sorts, like ...

Making Sense of Eric Schneiderman

The former attorney general of the state of New York allegedly had a pattern of slapping and choking women with whom he was intimate. He also spat at them, demanded threesomes, insulted them, threatened them and called one (who had dark skin) his “brown slave,” according to recent ...

Definition of ‘financial hardship’

The Environmental Protection Agency recently granted to an oil refinery owned by Carl Icahn a so-called "financial hardship" waiver. The exemption allows the refinery to avoid clean air laws, potentially saving Icahn millions of dollars. Icahn is not exactly a hardship case. According to ...

Confronting tough questions following #MeToo movement

Bill Cosby is a convicted felon. A jury has declared him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault. If you'd told me a few years ago that I would one day be writing lines like that about the actor called "America's Favorite Dad," I would have thought you were nuts. But ...

School resource kits promotes community learning

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) is proud to support a lifetime of learning in our community. One of the many unique ways that the CCISD supports learning is through resource kits. Several departments within the ISD participate in a program that offers dozens of ...

Happy Mother’s Day, including all foster moms

Happy Mother’s Day! And a very special Happy Mother’s Day to the incredible women who have chosen to be foster moms! These women have a heart for children who so badly need the love, nurturing and stability they provide. There is no “typical” foster mom – they come from all walks ...

Prom dress prompts cultural-appropriation outrage

My friend DaChon, who lives in the same South Side neighborhood where I was born, told me he had a great place for lunch: 5 Rabanitos, at 18th and Wood. We were there the other day, a black man and a white man in a fantastic Mexican restaurant. Skin pigment really doesn't matter. Taste buds ...

They slaughter horses, don’t they?

CAMDEN, S.C. -- When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean -- free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths. The chestnut steed was a standout in another ...

McCain’s life has shown character does matter

With news that Sen. John McCain's last book, "The Restless Wave" -- the seventh he has written with his friend and former speechwriter Mark Salter -- is about to come out, I thought of the man I covered and traveled with and grew to both like and respect enormously. On election night 1986, ...

DeVos hated for bureaucracy attack

People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a “white supremacist.” When she tried to visit a school, activists physically blocked her way. The haters claim DeVos knows little about education, ...

Generalissimo Trump’s war unleashed on poor

Get ready, America — here we go... to war! This kind of war is an affront to the values that most of us hold dear, and this war is truly nasty and evil: A war on the poor. Generalissimo Trump (whose nom de guerre is “El Donaldo,” the mucho macho presidente of the USA) is personally ...

Rubio is selective hearing impaired

Dear Sen. Marco Rubio: You didn’t answer the question. Questions, plural, actually. As a result, I find myself addressing you for the second column in a row via open letter — and feeling not unlike Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction.” That is to say, “I’m not going to be ignored, ...

Trump, Giuliani declare war on Mueller

WASHINGTON — After more than a year of deceptive bobbing and weaving in the Robert Mueller investigation, President Trump has bought into the strategy that best suits his personal style: standing and fighting back. In buying into the modus operandi of his latest defense lawyer, former New ...

Wolf roast at journalism charade

Things are happening at warp speed these days, and maybe you’ve already moved on from comedian Michelle Wolf’s performance at last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Alas, I haven’t. Not just yet. The annual dinner is that one night of the year when ...

Exhaustion factor setting in on pro-Trump media

The “wall of protection” conservative media has erected around President Trump may be crumbling. Fox News Channel, whose opinion programs — especially Sean Hannity’s — have been staunch defenders (some critics say mouthpieces) for the president, and The Wall Street Journal, which ...

People desperate to be offended

I am very critical of China’s government. It’s corrupt, authoritarian and in some respects totalitarian. I have deep reservations about Chinese culture as well. The Chinese government bans sex-selective abortions — i.e., killing females in utero — but Chinese people still do it in ...

Will U.S. buy what NKorea’s reselling?

If President Donald Trump’s incendiary threats have actually frightened the “dear respected comrade” Kim Jong Un into laying down his nuclear arsenal, he will deserve the Nobel Peace Prize his fans are demanding. But the suits in Oslo might want to hold off before awarding another ...

Next challenge for graduates: pursuing happiness

This weekend Michigan Tech will join colleges and universities across the nation in sending new graduates into the workforce. Each armed with a unique set of skills, they will begin their careers with hope and optimism that they will achieve their goals in life. One goal they will share: to ...

Unfunny assassin in Wolf’s clothing

PAWLEY’S ISLAND, S.C. — When I moved to Washington several years ago, a D.C. veteran whispered a warning that she had learned from her father: New York is tough, but Washington is mean. Truer words, my friend, truer words. Yet, apparently, even Washington can be offended by too much ...