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Rule of law — and of sanity — in Trumpland

WASHINGTON — With our executive branch in the hands of Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled legislative branch now essentially subservient to him, the judicial branch and the Justice Department in his own administration now remain the principal defenders of the rule of law in this ...

Barbara Bush was all that

In 1989, first lady Barbara Bush publicly disclosed that she had struggled with depression after her children had grown. The women’s movement, she added, was a contributing factor. “I believe it made me feel inadequate. I’m not quite sure how. You were made to feel demeaned a ...

Question is simple: Follow Jesus or follow Trump?

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” — Matthew 6:24 The verse refers to money, but in light of today’s debate about the unaccountable devotion many Christian leaders have for ...

US not as intolerant as made out to be

I don’t normally watch the GLAAD Media Awards. Not that there’s anything wrong with them. GLAAD, by the way, originally stood for “Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation” before the organization declared that GLAAD was its name and not an acronym. But I did see a video of ...

Playboy comes to Washington — of course it does

Playboy Enterprises just announced that it has purchased a table at this year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner. Swell. Just what we need. The dinner, as you’ve probably heard, is an annual ritual of narcissism in which leading press figures don black tie and hope to see, or ...

Gluttonous materialism and other random thoughts

They say “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Well, maybe. Human nature doesn’t change, but situations do. For example, let’s look at the world we live in today from a not-too-long ago. And wonder. We went through a Great Depression, followed by years of ...

Dogs of war hunt for right enemy

WASHINGTON — As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump’s words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind: “I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” he said. “Without a major event where people ...

Taxes hidden in fees, charges

The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. “That’s the one that really made me mad.” Comcast included $36 in charges for mysterious things like “utility tax” and “government access fee.” That motivated her to research obscure taxes and put what she learned in a ...

Kochtopus preserves plutocracy using dark money

Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America’s core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion ...

No excuse excuses Trump’s actions

“We kind of gave him — All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here.” — Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump’s alleged tryst with a porn star “He’s new at government, and so therefore I think that he is learning ...

Is Mueller time now or later following midterm elections?

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump wreaks havoc in both domestic and foreign policy with his governing by impulse and bias, the Justice Department investigation into Russian election meddling remains a darkening cloud over his presidency. His threats of a trade war with China, of military ...

Paul Ryan’s Family Legacy

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s stated reason for leaving office after this year’s election sure is getting a lot of traction. “If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad,” he said. “I just can’t let that happen. So I will be setting new ...

Welfare reform is helping people become independent

When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didn’t. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single ...

Regulation will boost Facebook profits

Here’s a bet: Congress will end up “cracking down” on Facebook with “tough” regulations that Facebook will probably protest quite vigorously. And then Facebook profits will go up. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, withstood two days of questioning in Congress this ...

Ryan departure shows politics downfall in Trump age

I’ve always felt a kinship with Paul Ryan. Maybe it’s the fact that we are both Jack Kemp acolytes. Maybe I have a soft spot for upright family men who are attracted to public policy by the desire to do good. Maybe I love conservative wonks. But Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several ...

Dangers of Untethered Trump

The petulant adolescent in the White House — who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog — lacks adequate supervision. Before, he was merely petty and vindictive. He’d tweet nasty things about people he ...

Speaker Ryan follows lead of Speaker Reed

One hundred nineteen years ago, Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed announced that he was, after 22 years of service, resigning from Congress. Reed had been one of the most effective speakers ever. Barbara Tuchman’s account, in “The Proud Tower,” of how he neutered the minority party has ...

Children need ‘write’ stuff to develop language skills

Looking to help your child become a strong writer? Giving them the “write” stuff is easier than you think! As your child’s most important teacher, you have the ability and opportunity to foster a love for writing. Here are a few tips, tricks, and strategies to help your child as they ...

U.P. Kids offers family support well after adoption

There is no adoption story that is the same — every family and every individual involved has a unique story to tell. Just like every family’s journey is significant, the challenges faced by many adoptive families are unique as well. Adoption is not always an easy path to take. It is ...

Worst time for downing of president

WASHINGTON — We’ve seen this movie before. It would seem but a matter of time before the president of the United States is asked a question under oath and gives a false answer. A lie, in other words. In the prequel, starring Bill Clinton, impeachment followed. When the FBI, after a ...