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What’s the problem with Florida elections?

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had the best line when it comes to the latest Florida election in which contests for governor and the U.S. Senate are still undecided. Rubio tweeted: “Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit timely ...

Pelosi should get nod as best pick for speaker

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught us that “character is destiny.” Nowhere is character more apparent than in how one responds to adversity. After the failed U.S.-organized invasion of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, President John F. Kennedy rightly took responsibility: “Victory has 1,000 ...

Americans just don’t like mobs

The midterm elections proved one thing definitively: We are a deeply divided country. Though the Democrats’ victory in flipping the House of Representatives was significant, it might have been even bigger had President Donald Trump not been able to use the caravan of Central American migrants ...

Give Mississippi chance to rehabilitate

George Will WASHINGTON — In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson’s belief that “men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.” Now the state has until Tuesday to explain to the U.S Supreme Court why a state court was ...

In ousting his attorney general, Trump barrels into Nixon territory

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump’s long-expected firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be a prelude to an outrageous, blatant political crime that could make the Watergate scandal of the 1970s pale in comparison. Trump’s accompanying appointment as acting attorney ...

Don’t count on Dems being civil

We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington. Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander to their base, ...

Keeping in touch

Dear Annie: For almost three years after college, I worked at a science camp in the nearby mountains year-round. I was working with a group of five other counselors, and we became incredibly close. Working together nine-plus hours a day with like-minded people who are similar in age will do ...

There’s still plenty to be seen outside

“Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.” - Dylan Thomas The light is slowly slipping away. With daylight savings time slipping in last Sunday, an hour of the evening light is gone. With the solstice 43 days away, what is left of the light ...

Remember Khashoggi and horrible death he endured

WASHINGTON — The midterm elections are finally over, more or less, and we got what we got — Donald Trump is still president. Sorry, but someone had to say it. Now back to the cold realities of everyday life in the White House of Weird, beginning and ending with: Who ordered the brutal ...

AP election analysis

WASHINGTON — A polarized nation is now more deeply divided. In a single flurry of elections Tuesday, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. Republicans held their grip on the Senate. And the breach that divides Americans — urban from rural, white from black, conservative ...

You can choose your friends but not relatives

George Mitchell, a former federal judge and Senate majority leader, was the chief negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought to a peaceable end 30 years of civil war in Northern Ireland. He was a kid from Waterville, Maine, whose father was the orphaned son of Irish immigrants and ...

President and the Constitution

In the days leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections, President Donald Trump has chosen to wheel out the boogeyman that helped him win the presidency: immigration. It is an act of desperation that will only work if it motivates people to vote on the basis of ignorance, fear and hatred. There ...

Husband’s ex keeps popping up

Dear Annie: My husband’s first marriage ended when his son was 6 and his daughter was 3. His children are now 25 and 22 and have their own children. My husband and I have been together for nine years and married for four years. His ex-wife remarried 12 years ago, but she is not happy in her ...

College basketball madness all encompassing

WASHINGTON — Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the “student-athletes” who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry’s billions. Last week, however, a New ...

Get involved, vote in Tuesday’s midterms

Every student who knocks on my office door on Kent State’s campus has likely noticed the illustrated bumper sticker affixed right above the door handle. The drawing depicts an older white man of a certain age wearing a suit and glasses and holding a lit pipe. He looks to be of an earlier ...

Is anti-Semitism making evil return in modern US?

In the days following the murder rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue, I received several expressions of grief from friends who are committed Christians. One included in her note a verse from John Donne: “No man is an island entire of itself ... any man’s death diminishes me, ...

Another opinion

Bail reform could benefit Michigan taxpayers Bail systems are designed to protect public safety and ensure criminal defendants appear in court for their trial. Recent research from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy suggests Michigan’s current system doesn't accomplish either of these ...

No cheaper drugs on Trump’s watch

President Trump’s plan for lowering Medicare drug costs is good, even cutting-edge. As Democrats successfully campaign on health care, Trump has come back with a proposal that could save Medicare patients and taxpayers $17.2 billion over five years. Too bad its chances of happening are close ...

Midterm elections all about Trump

WASHINGTON — Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, he has made next week’s’ midterm congressional elections all about him. He has told his faithful flock so in no uncertain terms, saying it’s irrelevant that his name won’t be on the ballot anywhere. Candidates of both major parties ...

Yes, unvetted illegal caravans do threaten public well being

We live in bizarro times. Suddenly, it is controversial to state obvious, neon-bright truths. This week, it has become newsworthy to observe that illegal border-crossers who circumvent required medical screenings are a threat to America’s public health and safety. Just look at these ...