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Why progressives must stay united

A new report finds more U.S. children living in poverty than before the Great Recession. According to the report, released Tuesday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 22 percent of American children are living in poverty (as of 2013, the latest data available) compared with 18 percent in ...

Increasingly divided Dems causing problems for party

America's two major political parties have a difficult task: amassing a 51 percent coalition in a nation that has always been - not just now, but from the beginning - regionally, religiously, racially and ethnically diverse.George W. Bush's Republicans in 2006 and 2008 were not able to hold ...

Water safety tips for a safer summer

With summer finally upon us, troopers here at the Post would like to put out some reminders regarding water safety. As our state has 1,194 square miles of inland waters, 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area, and 3,126 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, we are quite fortunate. Though our ...

Democrats declare war on Uber, sharing economy

Hillary Clinton gave a speech warning that the new "sharing economy" of businesses such as the ride-hailing company Uber is "raising hard questions about workplace protections."Democrats hate what labor unions hate, and a taxi drivers' union hates Uber, too. Its NYC website proclaims, "Uber has ...

Turkish jets hit IS targets in Syria, Kurds in Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish jets flying from a base in Turkey's southeast have struck Islamic State group targets across the border in Syria for the second straight night, Turkish news reports said Saturday. The fighter jets also hit camps of Kurdish PKK militants in northern Iraq, the reports ...

Police: Theater gunman killed with handgun he bought legally

LAFAYETTE, La. - A man who lost his family, home and businesses as he spent years angrily espousing right-wing extremism on television, the Internet and to anyone else who would listen did not say a word as he opened fire on strangers in a darkened movie theater, authorities said Friday.John ...

Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles to prevent hacking

DETROIT (AP) - Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers revealed that they took control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet.The company also disclosed in government documents that the hackers got into the Jeep through an ...

Verdict tossed due to hostile judge

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Supreme Court has overturned the murder conviction of a man accused of killing his baby son, saying his rights were violated by a hostile judge who repeatedly asked questions at trial.A judge can interrogate witnesses. But in a unanimous decision Thursday, the ...

Student falls through glass roof

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Police say a 21-year-old University of Michigan student died after falling through the glass roof of the Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor.Police say the Saugatuck man climbed the fire escape to the top of the roughly three-story structure with a female acquaintance around ...

DNR: Mich. bears on move

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering a warning about bears in the state.The DNR has responded to dozens nuisance bear complaints so far this year as bears are on the move. The agency says that adult bears have been moving in mating season while ...

UAW, state kick off contract talks

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Officials representing the state of Michigan and United Auto Workers are kicking off contract talks.The UAW said Friday the union and state are expected to start negotiating after an official handshake. The current contract covering roughly 17,000 workers expires Dec. ...

Women swindler gets prison

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - A western Michigan man has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison after women lined up to tell a judge how the sweetheart swindler broke their hearts and emptied their wallets.Authorities say at least 19 victims lost $300,000. Jeffrey Lee Lucas used romance, ...

Planned Parenthooxd’s ‘Modest Proposal’

In his satirical solution to Ireland's prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.His essay "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a ...

GOP becoming merely a congressional party

In five of the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has lost the nation's popular vote to the Democrats. In those same six presidential contests, 18 states and the District of Columbia, totaling among them 242 electoral votes (you need only 270 to win the White House), have ...

Iran nuke deal: historic catastrophe?

Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country's exploration of the outside world the "worst political blunder in the history of civilization."The United States seems at this moment about to break the record for the worst ...

Capitalism critique rankles some Christians

"A new command I give you: love one another." - John 13:34So said a troubled rabbi named Jesus 2,000 years ago in his Last Supper with his disciples. Shortly afterward he was captured, tortured and executed. The Bible says that three days later, he rose from death. The faith founded upon that ...

Capitalism critique rankles some Christians

"A new command I give you: love one another." - John 13:34So said a troubled rabbi named Jesus 2,000 years ago in his Last Supper with his disciples. Shortly afterward he was captured, tortured and executed. The Bible says that three days later, he rose from death. The faith founded upon that ...

Sky clearing for Obama’s second-term pursuit of peace

WASHINGTON - In a world scarred by war and threats of still more of it, Barack Obama clings in the final quarter of his presidency to the hope that his lasting legacy will be as a peacemaker.Despite having already received a surprise Nobel Peace Prize, given essentially on the hope that he ...

Pretend your next breath is your last

Three summers ago, just days after my 55th birthday, my 4-year-old grandson stood next to me at the bathroom sink and stared into the mirror as I dabbed a few drops of liquid makeup around my face and started spreading it around.He was trying to be patient, as he knew I had to finish whatever ...

No one is entitled to sanctuary from the law

According to the Wall Street Journal, the last serious attempt to count the number of federal criminal laws appears to have been made in 1982 by a retired Justice Department official named Ronald Gainer. He failed, but the estimate then was "...50 titles and 23,000 pages of federal law." Many ...