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Trump lawyer feared perjury trap

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Bob Woodward in his inside-the-White-House book, “Fear,” explains why lawyer John Dowd resigned from President Donald Trump’s defense team. It was, he writes, because “Dowd knew he could not bring himself to tell the president: ‘You’re a f—-ing ...

Is a sensible immigration policy possible?

What would a sensible immigration policy look like? It would have three goals: be humane, enforce the laws and meet America’s need for labor. This can happen only if our political fringes get out of the way. Some on the far right simply don’t like most of the immigrants, mainly because of ...

‘Believe women’ is baloney

I have a message for virtue-signaling men who’ve rushed to embrace #MeToo operatives hurling uncorroborated sexual assault allegations into the chaotic court of public opinion. Stuff it. Your blanket “Believe Women” bloviations are moral and intellectual abominations that insult every ...

Left is running on empty

The woman who alleged in a confidential letter that as a high school student in Maryland in the 1980s Brett Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the ...

Being right has major downside

It is always dangerous to be right, noted Voltaire, in matters where the established authorities are all wrong. In 2002, barely a year after the attacks of 9/11, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, three papers that rarely agree editorially on anything more ...

Humility in the face of nature

With rain inundating the mid-Atlantic states and a hurricane barreling down on the Carolinas, President Donald Trump took the occasion to pat himself on the back for his handling of Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last year. It was an “underappreciated great job,” he said in an ...

In Texas, a Dem template for victory

HOUSTON — Nationally, the Democratic Party, which gave indispensable assistance (“Basket of deplorables”!) to the election of today’s president, seems intent (“Impeach!”; “Abolish ICE!”; “Free stuff!”, “I am Spartacus!”) on a repeat performance. Here, however, in the ...

Protecting your family in flu season a priority

As summer in Michigan gives way to fall, the days are shorter, temperatures are cooler and back-to-school season is in full swing. I love fall and almost everything that comes with it, but as I look forward to changing leaves and pumpkin spice everything, I can’t help but feel that familiar ...

Risks to students very real; always report sexual assault

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and this is the U.P., maybe you have), you’ve surely seen pictures online from various college fraternities across the country. Pictures of signs that say things like, “HOPE YOUR BABY GIRL IS READY FOR A GOOD TIME… FRESHMAN DROP OFF HERE” (found ...

Another opinion

Keep e-cigs away from kids The FDA enacted a regulation on e-cigarettes in 2016 that banned the sale of e-cigarettes with nicotine to those younger than 18. Yet, because Michigan has no state law affirming that regulation, law enforcement can’t keep kids from purchasing the nicotine-delivery ...

How about Medicare Advantage for all?

A resurfaced Barack Obama has uttered those three little words: “Medicare for all.” Does that mean that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was a bad idea? Not at all. The ACA was a triumph in that it cut the number of uninsured Americans by 20 million. And it hardened the idea that ...

Weight loss means new wardrobe

Dear Annie: I have been overweight my entire life. Because of a diabetes scare a couple of years ago, I lost 50 pounds, primarily through running and modifying my diet. My self-esteem has greatly improved because I now have more energy to keep up with my kids and can go for longer walks with my ...

Who do you chose to believe, President Trump or the press?

WASHINGTON — In the running fight between President Donald Trump and the so-called mainstream news media, Americans are asked either to take the word of the demonstrated serial liar in the Oval Office or of the army of journalistic working stiffs whose business it is to separate the wheat ...

Obama goes on attack, but arguments fall flat

He’s back! President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump. Obama broke with a tradition apparently only modern Republican ex-presidents follow, which is not to speak ill of your successor. Obama, who reportedly has been running his “Organizing for ...

Not taking one’s self too seriously

Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain’s gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted that when ...

There’s mutiny on the ship of state

Bob Woodward is the gold standard in investigative journalism. For the past 45 years, his byline has ensured the accuracy of whatever story has followed. His reporting has not been free from controversy over the years, but no one in the national media has a better record of getting it right. ...

Campus rape guidance revisited

George Will WASHINGTON — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama’s Education Department might soon abate. Current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to halt the life-shattering procedures that began in 2011, when the department ...

Finally, Geoffrey Owens is a real somebody

Connie Schultz He was minding his own business (his employer’s business, more to the point), doing what he was hired to do at Trader Joe’s in Clifton, New Jersey — checking out customers without fuss or fanfare, bagging their groceries, sending them off with a soft “Have a nice ...

Memo to Dems: Upholding norms a two-way street

Mona Charen Many of the current president’s critics on the left insist that they are standing up for norms of democratic conduct and for democracy itself. Some are sincere. Neal Katyal, for example, who served as principal deputy solicitor general in the Obama administration, endorsed ...

Car buyers will pay for NAFTA deal

Looking at the trade deal President Donald Trump struck with Mexico this week, you might ask, “A Republican did this?” Yes, a GOP president and supposed conservative wants to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with a pact that may as well have been dictated by Big ...