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Trump has a grating style but substance is significant

michael barone Substance and style — it’s easy to get them confused or mistake one for the other. And they’re never entirely unconnected, though exactly how much so is a matter of debate. That’s especially true when it comes to evaluating Donald Trump’s performance — a word ...

Here’s why ‘Trumponomics’ is a certain recipe for disaster

Robert Reich When Donald Trump gave a speech (recently) at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, S.C., unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner,” he congratulated Boeing for building the whole plane “right here” in South Carolina. It’s pure fantasy. I’ll let you know why in a ...

Trump imprecise but not wrong in commenting on Sweden

mona charen President Donald Trump was more right than wrong about Sweden. Fox News was slightly misleading. As you’ve heard, Trump referred to “(what happened) last night in Sweden.” On Twitter, smug critics circulated lists of anodyne events like concerts and road accidents and ...

Property seizure reform needed

Gov. Rick Snyder began the new year by signing legislation to make it easier and cheaper for Michigan citizens to get back property seized by police. It was an important step, but the state still must do more to fix its civil asset forfeiture law. The new law prohibits the state from charging ...

LA movie that should have won best picture

Froma Harrop My candidate lost, and yes, I still can’t get over it. I speak of the 1997 movie “L.A. Confidential.” A riff on the creepy film-noir movies of the 1950s, its dark brilliance lay clouded in the bloated shadow of “Titanic.” This year, another Los Angeles movie is doing ...

New rules, same humans

On Tuesday morning, less than an hour after U.S. officials deported Guadalupe Olivas Valencia to Mexico, the 45-year-old man leapt to his death from a bridge that connects our two countries. BBC News reported witnesses describing Olivas as distressed and saying he shouted that he did not want ...

Standing athwart history, shouting, ‘Whatever, baby!’

WASHINGTON — Remember when conservatism meant deep thinkers and big ideas? Get over it. Today, conservatism means get your Miley (Cyrus) on and show us your tongue, shout Trump to the rafters, if you can pony up the privilege of “free speech,” and young — very young — ...

Trump and media is demolition derby

The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump’s insults lying down. After what may be the strongest — and to his supporters — most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: “Newspapers Aim to Ride ‘Trump ...

End of Cold War and 2017 American politics

In 1988, a full year before the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet empire broke up, Georgy Arbatov, a Soviet expert on the United States, offered this prophetic prediction about how the end of the Cold War would change the United States: “We are going to do a terrible thing to you. We are ...

Will White House bubble burst

Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail. The White House may be in chaos; Congress may be struggling to deliver on a promised rewrite of Obamacare; our NATO allies may be wondering whether they can still count on the U.S. to defend them; the Russians may be so emboldened they’ve parked a ...

Partisan lines stay fixed amid Donald Trump turmoil

Amid the turmoil of the first month of the Trump administration, with courts blocking his temporary travel ban and his national security adviser resigning after 24 days, the solid partisan divisions in the electorate — modestly changed in 2016 from what they’d been over the previous two ...

UPHS-Marquette striving to be community hospital

Marquette has a long tradition of strong healthcare. In fact, the Marquette City Hospital was originally founded before the turn of the previous century. Over time, new buildings rose up; the hospital grew; we changed names. In 2011, what was then Marquette General Hospital partnered with ...

Trump continues waging war on courts, press and the states

With congressional Republicans in the majority in Congress and unwilling to cross Donald Trump, the job of containing Trump’s incipient tyranny falls to the three remaining centers of independent power: the nation’s courts, its press and a few state governments. Which is why Trump is ...

Don’t let sticker shock derail parking discussion

When it comes to one long-envisioned amenity for downtown Petoskey, we don't think it's time yet to shift the discussion into park. In recent months, a consulting firm drew up concepts for a parking structure at the corner of Michigan and Petoskey streets. That location, known as the Darling ...

Racism the continuing problem we all live with

Ruby Bridges was 6 years old when federal marshals escorted her through a screaming crowd of angry white adults so that she could be the first black child to attend an all-white school in the South. On the morning of Nov. 14, 1960, the marshals drove Ruby and her mother to her new school, ...

Meet Rick; meet the football

WASHINGTON — By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page. The entire Saturday evening in Palm Beach, where ...

Some walls work — ask the world

“You must always leave the wall” — “The Fantasticks” While the debate continues about when, how quickly and who will pay for a “wall” across America’s Southern border, at least one country known for its liberal politics is offering a lesson. The “City of Light,” ...

No man is above the law

Do you remember Zoe Baird? In 1993, President-elect Bill Clinton nominated Baird, a prominent lawyer, to be the first female U.S. attorney general. Baird had told the Clinton transition team that she had, in violation of the law, employed a couple, both undocumented immigrants, to work for ...

Hillary’s ‘Future is Female’ is blatant femme-a-goguery

Michelle Malkin All that was missing from Hillary Clinton’s video address to a left-wing women’s group this week was a pink hat and a “BOYS SUCK” T-shirt. Feminists at the MAKERS conference in Southern California gushed over the twice-failed presidential candidate’s remarks, which ...

Questions that Trump’s supporters must consider

Mohey Mowafy It is probably clear as day and only a day after his inauguration, Mr. Trump has proven how seriously dangerous he and his agenda are to our country, its democracy, and its respect for the rule of law. On the global stage, the assessment of his actions and words are hardly less ...