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Exiting phony climate treaty good move

President Trump’s pick to be the new secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is not a fan of the Paris climate agreement, the treaty that claims it will slow global warning by reducing the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Politicians from most of the world’s nations signed the deal, and ...

Thieves in suits among suites

Today’s captains of corporate capitalism like to think of themselves not as mere businesspeople, but as modern society’s genius “innovators.” Sounds positive — until you ask the key question: Innovation for what purpose? After all, some of society’s most inventive minds are ...

Art does not fit in straightjacket

I’m here to defend cultural appropriation. “Cross-cultural influence,” would be the less pejorative phrase. But the term above, with its connotations of grand-theft culture, is the one favored by some African-American activists who’ve had it up to here with nonblack performers ...

Defender of public’s right to know closes his case

WASHINGTON — In the current competition for credibility between mainstream media and social media, the first discipline suffered a severe blow Friday in the death of former Washington Post and PBS ombudsman Michael Getler at 82. So did all readers and viewers who value serious and informed ...

Students are walking out to polls

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students across Ohio walked out of schools to pay tribute to the 17 people killed — 14 of them teenagers — in last month’s gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In this same hour, a National Rifle Association spokeswoman sent ...

Abortion industry fears information on alternatives

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether pro-life pregnancy help centers in California should be required to post notices informing women of the availability of abortions elsewhere. The pregnancy help centers are contesting the law, disingenuously named the California ...

Hope Bannon never returns from tour

One of the things that motivated my old friend Andrew Breitbart was his righteous indignation at being called a racist. That’s a running theme in his book, “Righteous Indignation.” “Andrew Breitbart despised racism,” his friend Ben Shapiro told me. “He took pride in rejecting ...

‘EconTalk’ podcast much more than economics

There are so many things to lament about the modern world — fracturing families, the rise of authoritarianism, the rage for torn jeans — but there is also much to celebrate and savor. One is the abundance of great conversation available through podcasts. There’s my own, of course, “Need ...

Hillary should stop calling kettle black

WASHINGTON — She can’t let go. She can’t stop talking about what happened. She wrote an entire book about it. Now she’s telling people in other countries about why she should have won. In India last weekend, she told an audience that she won in all the smart, cool places and then hit ...

Free trade promotes economy

Maybe Donald Trump is such a powerful communicator and pot-stirrer that other countries, embarrassed by their own trade barriers, will eliminate them. Then I will thank the president for the wonderful thing he did. Genuine free trade will be a recipe for wonderful economic growth. But I fear ...

Everybody does better when everybody does better

My father, W.F. “High” Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn’t know it — didn’t know the word, much less the history or anything about populism’s rich democratic ethos. But he knew about bankers who regularly squeezed small-business families like ours with usurious interest ...

No way to deal with facts-challenged

So what should we say to Robert Ussery? He’s an antagonist in a story of breathtaking emotional cruelty that unfolded Monday. It seems Pastor Frank Pomeroy was sitting in his car near his church in Sutherland Springs, just east of San Antonio, when, he says, a man and woman approached the ...

Self-destruction of Trumpland diserves country

WASHINGTON — On the heels of the resignation of Gary Cohn, his chief economic adviser, President Donald Trump has responded with the favorite theme song of his own greatness, and how others clamor to be part of it. During a press conference with the Swedish prime minister, he bragged of his ...

New lesson plan in West Virginia

What a glorious thing, watching West Virginia teachers, most of them women, shut down the state’s public schools for nearly two weeks to force their elected officials to give them the 5 percent raise they surely deserve. On the brink of victory, the crowd of teachers gathered in the West ...

How do Trump critics respond to his successes?

President Trump’s critics, who include many establishment Republicans, are finding themselves left with few issues given the president’s recent string of successes. How difficult it must have been for The New York Times, perhaps the most vehement media critic of the president (The ...

Inclusion-rider dare — go for it

Go for it, Hollywood. You probably didn’t watch the Academy Awards — most people didn’t — but you might have caught a bit of Frances McDormand’s acceptance speech for her Best Actress award. At the end of a stirring speech about women in post-Weinstein Hollywood, she said, “I have ...

Trump makes himself Man of Steel with tariffs

“If you don’t have steel, you don’t have a country” declared President Donald Trump at a press availability with the Swedish prime minister. He was explaining his decision to impose a tax on steel and aluminum. Why these products? Well, the president had just met with steel ...

Kushner’s unconscionable conflicts

Before I turn to Jared Kushner, let me ask: Do you believe the U.S. government does the right thing all or most of the time? The Gallup organization started asking this question in 1963, when more than 70 percent of Americans said they did. Since then, the percentage has steadily declined. By ...

Trump on Trade: Better than Smoot-Hawley?

Donald Trump’s announcement that he is imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from other countries has aroused little enthusiasm and much criticism. It evidently prompted the resignation of Gary Cohn as head of his National Economic Council. It has also prompted free trade-minded ...

Community sponsors step up to continue Science Fair

or 19 years, the Copper Country ISD has hosted a Science Fair on the campus of Michigan Tech. During last year’s Science Fair, it was made known that the event could be ending because the state was in the process of eliminating math/science centers and moving to STEM centers. At that time, ...