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Ben Carson: Outstanding role model

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his ...

Dems need white, blue collars

You’re a white male blue-collar voter, and you think about how your nation’s political and financial establishment has treated you and yours over the past 25 years. All ‘’the best people’’ — presidents and prize-winning professors and respected editorial writers — told you ...

Undermining trust in our institutions is Putin’s goal

President-elect Donald Trump conceded this week that he thinks Russia was responsible for hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, though he couldn’t help but add the caveat that it “could have been others also.” Trump’s reluctance to ...

Tales of intelligence community, Russia and president-elect

On Wednesday, in his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump came out swinging — against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community. He had some legitimate reason. One was ...

Obama’s bittersweet farewell touched nation

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s decision to go home to Chicago to deliver his farewell address to the nation was not too surprising, considering he will be leaving a Washington that over the last eight years has brought him as much heartache as satisfaction. His televised speech before a ...

On fire: MTV News shows true colors with intolerance

It’s only the second week of 2017, but it’s already been a banner year for preening liberals on cable TV who are hell-bent on self-immolation in the name of proving everyone else’s moral inferiority. To use young people’s slang these days, you’re “lit,” media progressives. But ...

State can’t shrink pension reform

Flint is facing another crisis — but this one doesn’t involve its drinking water. The city’s pension system is severely underfunded and getting worse, and that leaves the future viability of the city uncertain, no matter what happens with its water lines. Flint's defined benefit pension ...

Is ‘stranger rape’ more troubling than ‘date rape?’

A New York City police captain said he regards “true stranger rapes” as “more troubling” than rapes in which the victims knew their attacker. Outrage ensued. He quickly apologized, writing on Twitter, “My comments were not meant to minimize the seriousness of sexual assault.” The ...

A call for activists for journalism

Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third person as he described Vladimir Putin’s affection for him and attacked not one ...

Dylann Roof’s last act was absurd

CHARLESTON, S.C. — If Death lingers in courtroom corridors awaiting sentences, this historic city’s federal courthouse was surely a top destination. On Tuesday, the Reaper’s patience was rewarded with the jury’s return of the death penalty for Dylann Roof. Roof, who insisted on ...

Obama won’t admit Russia failure

President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality — topped off by the Russian interference in the November election — to make the outgoing president almost cleareyed about the Kremlin. Not that Obama is ready to admit error. Asked by George ...

GOP’s year of living nervously

Outspent by nearly a 2-1 ratio by Hillary Clinton and conspicuously not endorsed by the two most recent Republican presidents or the two most recent Republican presidential nominees, Donald Trump was still able to capture six states Democrat Barack Obama had twice carried — Florida, Iowa, ...

Which Trump will be sworn in as 45th US president?

In a matter of a couple of weeks, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in to office as the 45th president of the United States. But which Trump will occupy the Oval Office is an open question. Will it be the man who has assembled, for the most part, a team of well-qualified and impressive ...

Government by faculty lounge will always be subject to repeal

President Barack Obama went up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to counsel congressional Democrats on how to save Obamacare. Or at least that’s how his visit was billed. But to judge from the responses of some of the Democrats, his advice was typical of the approach he’s taken to legislation ...

Obama has much work to do in final days of term

President-elect Donald Trump has accused President Obama of putting up “roadblocks” to a smooth transition. In reality, I think President Obama has been too cooperative with Trump. I’d recommend Obama take the following last stands in the final weeks of his administration: 1. Name ...

Forensic nightmare: Touch DNA being used to convict

Have you heard of “touch DNA?” This mundane, yet menacing phenomenon exposes the double-edged sword of forensic science. With just an innocent handshake, an indirect transfer of epithelial cells, you could find yourself suspected of heinous crimes, charged with rape or convicted of ...

Other opinions

New wolf hunt bill ignores wishes expressed by state voters Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law that would once again make it possible to hunt gray wolves in Michigan - if or when the protected animal is removed from the federal endangered species list. The newest law, passed in ...

Citizens saved ethics office, not tweets

That went over well. In the darkness of night on a federal holiday, House Republicans voted to kill the Office of Congressional Ethics. That would have shut down independent investigations of corruption in Congress. You could almost hear the wheels turn: Lobbyists are hot to gut regulations ...

Mr. Trump, we are not the enemy

On the last day of December, this was Donald Trump’s greeting for America — via Twitter, of course: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” My immediate response to this infantile ...

Roof little more than loser

CHARLESTON, S.C. — As convicted murderer Dylann Roof prepares to defend himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, a clearer understanding of his motives in gunning down nine African-Americans during Bible study prayer has begun to emerge. In a word, he’s a loser — as random and ...