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America creates industry to clean up its massacres

FROMA HARROP America woke up Monday to news of the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. As of last count, 59 dead, hundreds wounded. And you know what jumped into my head? Oh, another one. Took place in Las Vegas? Uh-huh. Horrifying? Yes. Shocking? No. But something made this ...

Entertainer Trump does Puerto Rico, Vegas

WASHINGTON — Nearly a week after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, Donald Trump got around to taking his comic road show to the U.S. territory in the Caribbean. As part of his routine, he tossed rolls of paper towels to the natives, as if he were shooting baskets or feeding ...

GOP base is well beyond President Trump’s control

The conservative movement is caught in a Catch-22 of its own making. In the war against “the establishment” we have made being an outsider the most important qualification for a politician. The problem? Once elected, outsiders by definition become insiders. This isn’t just a semantic ...

Math, history and tax reform

In school, I liked math the least and history the most. Both can be useful in the coming debate over President Trump’s proposed tax reforms. The one thing I learned in math class is that if the formula is wrong, the answer will be wrong. In history class I learned we are not the first ...

Trump tweets while Americans suffer

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands drowned while President Donald Trump tweeted. It is hard to conclude otherwise. On Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria — the second major hurricane in less than two weeks — hit the islands, which together are home to some 3.5 million American citizens. Yet for ...

Dems don’t blame non-racist voters

One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I’ve gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, he ...

SCOTUS can stop gerrymandering

michael barone Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s legislative district lines as an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. It’s attracted attention because many high-minded commentators have blamed partisan ...

Vietnam War documentary summons old memories

connie schultz Before I started attending Kent State in the fall of 1975, I was a kid living in small-town Ashtabula, Ohio, on the northern edge of a county by the same name, which had lost 26 servicemen in the Vietnam War. Our state total was 3,094, ranking us fifth in casualties. I ...

Football and racial fault lines stir national debate, acrimony

mona charen According to an account my son came across a while ago: ‘’Football is one of the most powerful institutions in American society. It is so powerful that it claimed an entire day of the week. It said, ‘This day is ours. We own it.’ Not only did football take a day of the ...

Flint water safe, but fall-out continues

Two years after scientists from Virginia Tech revealed the lead poisoning of Flint's water, the same researcher has declared the city's drinking water safe to drink. That marks an important milestone in this disaster, but not yet its end. Mark Edwards of Virginia Tech’s college of ...

GOP is party adrift without direction

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — If two-fisted bully Donald Trump were a prize-fighter, he would never be mistaken for any of the great old lords of the ring like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Gentleman Jim Corbett or Rocky Marciano. They all pretty much kept their mouths shut and let their fists ...

Single-payer health care should not become a national religion

The latest Republican push to essentially kill the Affordable Care Act through lawmaking is dead. Setting a time bomb to blow up current Obamacare benefits in 2027 would have been sneaky, sneaky. Where were Democrats in all this? They were mostly on the sidelines letting Graham-Cassidy head ...

Does society still support the right to be wrong?

The whole idea of a free society is based on a very simple idea that is very hard to live by: People have the right to be wrong. This idea has ancient roots, but it was always and everywhere a minority opinion, unpopular with both the masses and the rulers, until relatively recently. In the ...

Nation revisits Vietnam War

“The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.” — Sen. George McGovern (D-SD) Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have performed a vital public service in making their documentary “The ...

Show biz meltdown: it’s bombs away …

The numbers don’t lie. Across the entertainment industry, viewers and fans are tuning out. It’s no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-Trump and anti-American antics. Pro tip, Tinseltownies: Swapping your jazz hands for middle fingers and waving ...

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ lunacy

Donald Trump, much to his chagrin, never won an Emmy for “The Apprentice,” but he can now take indirect credit for a clutch of the awards. The Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” won eight Emmys last Sunday night, a sweep fueled, in part, by the widely accepted belief in liberal ...

Tension between president, Congress is business as usual

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the president seems out of alignment, on policy and political goals, with his party in Congress. This strikes many as an anomalous, even alarming, situation. But if you look back at history, it’s more like the norm — even if Donald Trump ...

School funding data: Step One

In a recent Mining Journal interview, Gov. Rick Snyder said Michigan should expand Career and Technical Education opportunities, such as computer-aided design, engineering and welding in Michigan’s public schools. Without question, these skills open a world of potential career options for our ...

Legacy of damage continues on

In March 1975, the United States fled from a protracted war in Vietnam, a war that claimed more than 58,000 Americans, and close to 2 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. The U.S. also left behind a devastated landscape, riddled with millions of hard-to-locate landmines and unexploded ...

The steep cost of cheap speech is evident

WASHINGTON — At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of mental disorder, and there ...