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Getting back trade power not easy

George will “You’re the top! You’re an Arrow collar. You’re the top! You’re a Coolidge dollar. You’re the nimble tread of the feet of Fred Astaire, You’re Mussolini, You’re Mrs. Sweeny, You’re Camembert.” — A version of “You’re the Top,” Cole Porter ...

If there’s no collusion, there’s always Stormy

rich Lowry The most legally fraught part of the Russia probe now revolves around payments to an American porn star. As of yet, instead of a dastardly scheme to participate with the Russians in the hacking of Democratic emails to subvert the election, prosecutors have uncovered a dastardly ...

Special counsel probe a constant worry for GOP

mona charen It has become an article of faith in some quarters on the right — well, most — that Robert Mueller’s investigation has found no evidence of collusion with Russia and has accordingly shifted gears to process crimes like lying to the FBI or obstruction of justice. Having ...

Line 5 tunnel a practical solution

While it is hard for many people to accept, the world still runs on oil and gas. In fact, 60 percent of energy production in the United States in 2017 came from the two fossil fuels. It will be a long time before that reality changes significantly. Renewable energy sources are on the rise, ...

Trump’s latest miscalculation: Underestimating Nancy Pelosi

jules witcover WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who has declared the American press “the enemy of the people,” invited some of them into the Oval Office (recently) to witness his meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic congressional leaders. He soon had ...

Pelosi more than match for Trump in Oval Office

“Trump wants her to be speaker. It’s perfect for him.” — Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., of #FiveWhiteGuys fame, disparaging Nancy Pelosi in early November She looks so poised, so harmless, this 78-year-old grandmother with the soft voice, the easy smile. Such a smart strategy for the most ...

Voting for animals is voting for humanity

WASHINGTON — For people who support the humane treatment of animals, including those that end up on America’s dinner plates, passage this week of the farm bill would be a gift befitting the season — and a grand bipartisan gesture to close out the year. The Senate sent an earlier ...

Mean-spirited media do 180 on Bush

Before George H.W. Bush fades from memory into the darkness of history books, one more point needs to be made. It is about the contrast between how most of the major media treated him when he was president and how they mostly (but not completely) did a 180 during their coverage and commentary ...

Dems face key responsibility in selecting 2020 candidate

Yes, it’s true that their party just won the House majority and more House seats, 40, than in any election since 1974 (and with the increasing likelihood of a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District after confirmed reports of Republican election fraud there, maybe 41) ...

Deserving leaders we choose

There is not much to say about President George H.W. Bush that has not already been said in the days celebrating the late man’s heroic and honorable life. But as the nation mourned, one could sense a great longing for a return to the civility and integrity of a previous era. More than ...

Holiday giving from the heart

The economy looks good and the unemployment rates are some of the lowest in years, so you would assume the need would be less for the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. If you assumed that, you would be wrong! In talking with both agencies, the need is greater than ever. The Salvation ...

Line 5 tunnel is wrong solution to problem

Lame ducks, Rick Snyder, Bill Schuette and their Republican-led legislature are rushing to finalize a half-baked deal with Canadian pipeline corporation Enbridge during the next three weeks. This is a blatant, anti-democratic power grab right before our newly elected Democratic governor, Ms. ...

New sword dance with Saudi Arabian prince

The gory story of the American citizen journalist, Adnan Khashoggi is not only a story about a ghoulish assassination. Starting with a preposterous suggestion that the journalist could have been tortured, murdered, dismembered and discarded by rogue killers in a kidnapping that went “oops,” ...

Another opinion

Unions should pay for union work Among the fiscally smart measures Republicans failed to address during the eight years they held control of state government is ending the practice of taxpayers footing the bill for teachers who do union work while on the clock. They have another chance in lame ...

Michelle, Sheryl and that one itty-bitty swearword

Fifteen days after her memoirs went on sale, Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” became — I love saying those two words together — the biggest-selling book of 2018. I’m leading with that spectacular piece of news because I think it explains why those few angry people took offense to her ...

Christmas Bird Count set for next week

“I heard a bird sing In the dark of December, A magical thing, And sweet to remember; “We are nearer to spring Than we are to September.” - Oliver Herford Darkness comes quickly at the end of each afternoon in December. How different is seems now compared to June when it seemed to ...

Bringing the future back into American political scene, life

An ad on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” shows a little girl dragging a teddy bear to her mom at an elegant dinner table. The mother hugs her again and again. Then up pop the words: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” A Patek ...

#MeToo has variety of unintended consequences

WASHINGTON — A recent Bloomberg News headline came as no surprise: “Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost.” In a word, it was inevitable. Some men are so concerned about the possible repercussions of what they might say or do that they’re steering clear of ...

George H.W. Bush was man of character

I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., area and was ...

Time to put Electoral College out to pasture

In spite of continued attempts, either misguided or malevolent — or both — by national leaders to undermine public trust and confidence in the American free press and free elections, the United States’ model of political and individual freedom has inspired billions around the planet. ...