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Kids locked up for failing to meet with dad released

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A judge on Friday released three siblings who have spent two weeks in juvenile detention for refusing to meet with their estranged father.Oakland County Judge Lisa Gorcyca said she's sending the children to a summer camp, at the request of the father.She held a hearing ...

Beware, voters: Thrill rides also scary

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes.And I don't mean Miss Universes.Both men are holding second place in some polls behind Hillary Clinton and ...

Trump’s candidacy trumps conventional wisdom

Lately, blows have been dealt to the conventional wisdom surrounding billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. First, the smart money told us that Mr. Trump just enjoyed all the media attention a potential White House run brought his way, that he would never actually ...

Treatment might be affecting mental health

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been happily married for 24 years. It is a second marriage for both of us. I am 68, and he is 71. We are still working. Fortunately, we enjoy our professions, but my husband will not be able to retire because his former wife receives alimony for the rest of her ...

Nearly all adults have been affected by mono

DEAR DR. ROACH: Can exposure to infectious mononucleosis trigger or cause rheumatoid arthritis to flare up and become active? I would appreciate your comments. Thank you. - J.C.ANSWER: The Epstein-Barr virus - the cause of infectious mononucleosis (although there are other germs that can cause ...

Legacy of cliches distorts racial history

Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliche of "a legacy of slavery." But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about - whether fatherless children, crime or whatever - is in fact a ...

Grace turns history toward freedom

"This whole week," said President Obama, "I've been reflecting on this idea of grace."That was the turning point of Friday's eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the Charleston, S.C., minister who was, with eight of his congregants, murdered by a racist terrorist two weeks ago. It was the moment a ...

GOP’s Supreme Court blues has it looking for cover

WASHINGTON - The sudden breakdown of the conservative majority bloc on the Supreme Court in its two critical rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage has thrown the large field of 2016 Republican presidential aspirants for a loop.The votes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice ...

Opposing gay marriage is intolerant at best

This column is in response to my fellow Christians who insist they're not bigots just because they oppose marriage equality. I've been hearing from them a lot after writing a short essay and posting it on Facebook in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-gender ...

Alternative-lifestyle ‘marriage’ only the beginning

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."What Winston Churchill said in 1942 following a British military victory in North Africa might also be said about Friday's narrow 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court legalizing ...

Pundit’s death marks end of an era

Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81.He gave me my first job in Washington, as his research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank (I returned to AEI as a fellow a few years ago, my office just a few doors down from where Ben used to work).Ben was one ...

Hidden message of alternative-lifestyle ‘marriage’

The four dissenters in Obergefell v. Hodges lucidly expressed the profound offense against constitutional law and representative democracy the ruling represents. In short, five lawyers, accountable to no one, chose to legislate on a profoundly consequential matter that the people were just ...

Blueprint for changing talk about race

CHARLESTON, S.C. - By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact of life.For ...

Politics, religion tango in an uneasy coexistence

Regular readers may remember the "Shields rule," about the tension between organized religion and politics. It goes like this: With but one exception, ministers, priests, rabbis and imams - men and women of the cloth - should stay out of all partisan American politics. The one exception, of ...

Supreme Court hands down disasters

Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about ObamaCare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them.But there is a deeper and ...

You can’t compromise with culture warriors

I loved reading the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" books to my daughter.The somewhat Aesopian theme is that if you give the mouse what it wants -- a cookie -- it will just want more: a glass of milk, a straw, etc.The story came to mind last week, a week that began with many vowing to inter the ...

No confusion about shooter’s motivation

This is for Elisabeth Hasselbeck of "Fox & Friends," who described last Thursday's act of white extremist terrorism at Emanuel AME church in Charleston as an "attack on faith."It's for Rick Perry, who said maybe the shooting happened because of prescription drugs. It's for Jeb Bush, who ...

Republicans still beating dead horse of Obamacare

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's decisive 6-3 vote confirming the right of all Americans to federally supported health-care insurance should end the Republican Party's losing war on Obamacare - but it probably won't.The party tried and failed in 2012 to win back the White House behind Mitt ...

Hatemongers’ fears of irrelevance justified

On the evening of June 17, nine black Americans were killed in their Charleston, South Carolina, church by a white supremacist - but only after he'd spent an hour with them praying and studying the Bible.Three days after the slaying of these nine innocent black Americans, a number of photos of ...

Pope has joined disciples of environmental cult

The media and the secular left have a love-hate relationship with the Roman Catholic Church and its popes. When the pope takes positions with which they agree, they applaud him, but when he takes positions with which they disagree, they either ignore or criticize him.Such is the case with Pope ...