Columns

Trump’s inability to handle truth drags his party down

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — In case you’ve been wondering why President Trump flip-flopped twice in assigning blame for the Charlottesville street violence last weekend, the reason was simple. As he told reporters in the Trump Tower lobby on Tuesday, he didn’t have the facts at the time ...

Trump no longer shocks; his helpers who know better do

An insane woman was madly swinging her pocketbook at strangers on the street. No one tried to shame or reason with her. They knew she was unwell and needed to be removed by responsible parties. In a similar vein, I’ve stopped expressing shock at things Donald Trump says, tweets and does. ...

Diversity flaps are often manufactured

In 2005, the Los Angeles Times hired me as a columnist. That was great news (for me). But the best part was when Barbra Streisand canceled her subscription in protest. Her real complaint wasn’t so much that the Times had hired me, but that it had dropped Robert Scheer, an old-style, ...

This kind of hatred should bring Americans together

In the South during the Jim Crow era, the “one-drop rule,” codified into law, asserted that if a person had just one drop of African-American blood, they were considered “black.” I wonder what we’d learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the “white nationalists” who ...

Trump’s deadly ego trip

Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim that he would “take care of everybody” with a “beautiful” new system that insures all Americans, regardless of their ability to pay. Such election-year vows were abandoned months ago, ...

President Trump is provoking his own crisis

Donald Trump assured us during his campaign, “I know words. I have the best words.” But are “fire and fury” and “locked and loaded” really the best words for a president to use in an increasingly volatile international crisis involving nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles? No ...

Google’s ‘tolerance’ requires repression

Would a fair society have exactly the same percentage of men and women, of whites and blacks and Latinos and Asians, in every line of work and occupational category? If your answer is yes, and that any divergence from these percentages must necessarily result from oppression, then you qualify ...

The state is not God

Anyone looking for another reason not to leave life-and-death issues to the state need look no further than the conflict between the British government and the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard. Governments, including the British courts and the European court of human rights have refused ...

The 16 things you must believe if the ‘witch hunt’ accusation is true

xOne column cannot accommodate the list of things you must believe if you trust that Donald Trump is truly the victim of a baseless witch hunt. Consider this a mere stab. 1) Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner did nothing wrong by meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian ...

Another opinion

R&D center great catch for state Michigan appears to be a good bet to land a sizable chunk of the massive investment a Taiwanese tech company is making in the United States. Reports, still unconfirmed, from the Asian press that Foxconn Technology Group will build a multi-billion research ...

Nuclear threat, then and now

WASHINGTON — This is how mankind has made progress in the more than half a century since the Cuban Missile Crisis: Then, out of fear of nuclear radiation fallout, we at home were urged to build concrete shelters in our basements. Now, the plan is to rely on two mutually menacing leaders in ...

Souls vs. fossil fuels: Hard choices and few winners

There are regions where economic stress coexists with a beloved way of life. It can be hard to make a living in parts of the rural West, northern New England and the South. But people stay put in these places for reasons other than the almighty dollar. They include community, tradition and ...

Rigid party strategies pave way for outsider

“The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before,” the president declared in a series of tweets Monday morning, and that “will never change.” Many observers were quick to point out that this assertion isn’t borne out in the polls. Such nitpicking, however, overlooks a ...

Common sense becoming uncommon in Washington

“Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.” — Dictionary.com’s definition of common sense. Sometimes what used to be called “common sense” can seem radical in Washington, which is used to practicing ...

Dose of authentic GOP wisdom

American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy. Just 10 years ago, at the funeral of a former Republican president, the eulogy, at the personal request of the ...

Immigrants turning out to be convenient scapegoats

The administration rolled out its new immigration policy at the White House Wednesday during a week when nothing has gone well for the president. President Donald Trump has failed at health care reform. His poll numbers have slipped to 33 percent approval in a new Quinnipiac poll and 36 ...

Ignoring lessons of effective presidents

Michael Barone Who have been the most successful presidents in the past 80 years? Most successful, that is, in framing issues and advancing their policies, achieving foreign policy success, winning re-election and maintaining high job approval. My nominees are Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight ...

DNR plans to build shooting range in county make sense

greg zyburt As part of a statewide effort to improve and expand the number of public shooting ranges, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been working on plans to potentially develop a DNR shooting range in Marquette County. The DNR maintains 13 designated shooting ranges in ...

Forced into a painful choice, a US veteran gives up on America

connie schultz PAINESVILLE, Ohio — So many small moments at a rally for immigrants in this northeast Ohio drove home the growing magnitude of the community’s loss. Children born in America, some of them mere toddlers, held up handmade signs pleading to keep their parents with them. They ...

Are Republicans starting to wise up about Trump?

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — After what arguably was Donald Trump’s worst week yet in the presidency, including the defeat of Senate Republicans’ efforts to repeal Obamacare and key White House staff firings, the president’s party finally is showing signs of resistance to his ineptness ...