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North Korean regime can’t be swayed through diplomacy

Responding to reports that North Korea said it “no longer needs” nuclear tests, Jim Hanson, president of the generally pro-Trump Security Studies Group, credited President Trump. “No one was expecting anything to come of Trump’s fiery rhetoric, except people who understand that ...

Following Jesus, or Trump?

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24) The verse refers to money, but in light of today’s debate about the unaccountable devotion many Christian leaders have for President ...

George and Barbara defined what character ought to be

She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York’s Westchester County. She would leave college before graduating to marry. She never had a career beyond wife, mother and citizen. But her death, in her 10th decade, evoked an almost spontaneous ...

Still the safest way to travel

For white-knuckle flyers like me, this week’s tragic accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Texas reinforces our worst fears but also reassures us that flying remains the safest means of travel within the United States. I fly 100,000 miles a year, despite my phobias, ...

Proof of collusion with Russia just not there

As the likelihood that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of collusion seems headed upward toward certainty. The Russia collusion charge had some initial credibility because of businessman Donald Trump’s dealings in ...

War in Syria is actually multiple wars, miseries

The uprising in Syria, more than 7 years ago, was not the same as the rest of the “Arab Spring”. This one had a heavy aroma of a civil war. A war between the Shiite minority ruling a Sunni majority. While any civil war of any kind is an epitome of something truly catastrophic, the Syrian ...

Barbara Bush was all that and much more

In 1989, first lady Barbara Bush publicly disclosed that she had struggled with depression after her children had grown. The women’s movement, she added, was a contributing factor. “I believe it made me feel inadequate. I’m not quite sure how. You were made to feel demeaned a ...

Detroit students lag behind country

Detroit schools are once again dead last for how their students performed on a national test. And not by just a little — by a lot. This is the fifth test since 2009 the state’s largest district has landed in that position, and it should serve as a serious wake-up call for change. The ...

W.H. voice adds confusion

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Who speaks for President Donald Trump? With the White House communications shop continuing in confusion and damage control, the latest victim is UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who talked of additional sanctions against Russia, only to be rebuffed as being premature ...

Imagine a 2020 street fight between Cuomo and Trump

Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an ...

President Trump’s message to Syria is badly muddled

President Trump was right to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad with airstrikes on Friday. Some have said that the bombing campaign didn’t go far enough, and I’m sympathetic to that argument. Empty buildings in the middle of the night are useful targets if you want to demonstrate ...

So, it’s welfare reform, again

When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didn’t. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for ...

Ryan is no Margaret Chase Smith

Shortly after Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union and I was still a semi-young wiseguy, smugly sure that a celebrity candidate whose prospective campaign had sparked public interest would become a serious White House challenger, a grizzled political reporter brought me up short with this ...

Firing Mueller would end Trump presidency

The genius of an Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson would be insufficient to juggle the multiple crises facing the current president over the past week: a poison gas attack in Syria; a looming trade war with the world’s second-biggest economy, China; a criminal probe involving both the ...

Speaker Ryan follows lead of Speaker Reed

One hundred nineteen years ago, Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed announced that he was, after 22 years of service, resigning from Congress. Reed had been one of the most effective speakers ever. Barbara Tuchman’s account, in “The Proud Tower,” of how he neutered the minority party has ...

Speaker’s departure bodes ill for country

I’ve always felt a kinship with Paul Ryan. Maybe it’s the fact that we are both Jack Kemp acolytes. Maybe I have a soft spot for upright family men who are attracted to public policy by the desire to do good. Maybe I love conservative wonks. But Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several ...

Another opinion

Plans promise fun for Port Huron We have our fingers crossed that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources approves Port Huron’s latest request for grant funding. The city proposes to put the money to good use. It has asked for $600,000 to renovate the plaza in front of McMorran Place ...

Judge to help diocese deal with sex abuse claims

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop on Friday announced the appointment of a prominent judge to handle complaints of sexual abuse by priests in central Michigan, but police responded by urging victims to contact investigators instead. Michael Talbot will help the Saginaw Catholic ...

Facebook clearly won’t fix itself

Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: “We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them.” Zuckerberg in 2010: “Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to ...

Snow whispers of its lingering affair with U.P.

“The snow did not even whisper its way to earth, but seemed to salt the night with silence.” - Dean Koontz Snows have fallen quietly, softly and with the understanding they are supposed to be a part of the landscape. Mid-April snows are a little different though. Especially with they ...