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Life of the party: Seven truths Democratic Party must accept

Robert Reich The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party continues to divide Democrats. It’s urgent Democrats stop squabbling and recognize seven basic truths: 1. The party is on life support. Democrats are in the minority in both the ...

Modest agenda from governor

Gov. Rick Snyder delivered what can best be described as a survey State of the State address this week, touching briefly on a variety of accomplishments and remaining challenges, but going deep on none. The speech was absent any new major initiatives. The governor instead seems content ...

Hitting our heads against border wall

Froma Harrop Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday’s problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But if Donald Trump were to follow through on threats to ditch or decimate the North American Free Trade Agreement, ...

It’s called lying and Trump does it on continual basis

Her name was Miss Nelson. I don’t recall her first name. She didn’t seem to need one. She taught fifth grade at West Elementary School in Ashtabula, Ohio. In the fall of 1967, my mother dropped me off in her classroom like a failed adoption. My mother would deny that characterization, ...

Inaugural address offered little

WASHINGTON — So, that happened. Let us pray. Yes, of course, you can go back to sleep, Mr. Van Winkle, but it won’t change the facts. Donald Trump is the president of the United States. The humble, warm and engaging Trump we’d hoped to meet on Inauguration Day failed to make an ...

Trump’s rhetoric faces new reality

President Donald Trump’s inaugural address may not have risen to the rhetorical level of John F. Kennedy (“The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans” and “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”), or Ronald Reagan’s critique ...

Opposition’s first bad step

In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan instructed Haley Barbour — his White House political director and a future Republican Party chairman and governor — on building a winning coalition: “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent ...

Inaugurations past and present a study in contrasts

WASHINGTON — (Friday’s) inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th president (was) the 16th I’ve witnessed in Washington, in person or via television, going back to Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957. All have been confirmations of the marvel of continuity in the transition of national power. I ...

President Trump’s inauguration not without historical precedent

michael barone The United States has just had three consecutive eight-year presidencies, and it’s only the second time in history that that’s happened. The only other such moment came on March 4, 1825, 192 years ago. That’s a bit surprising, given the strong example George ...

Is blatant grab for power going on in state capital?

SCOTT EMERSON The first few sentences of our Michigan state constitution declare that, we, the people, should be grateful for our “blessings of freedom;” that all political power is inherent in us, “the people;” that the government is instituted in order to provide for the well being, ...

Value of caregivers for disabled people cannot be overstated

Aaron Andres I’d like to call your attention to an issue that is effecting the lives of disabled people throughout the Upper Peninsula and perhaps throughout the country. This issue has seemed to have gone unnoticed for some amount of time, or if people did notice they must not have ...

State lawmakers want do-over on failed schools law

Michigan lawmakers have identified repealing a 2009 law that lets the state take over failing local schools as one of their top priorities of the new session. Sen. Phil Pavlov, a Republican from St. Clair Township, has introduced legislation to repeal the law that allows the state to close or ...

Boycotts are form of speech

Froma Harrop Liberals have organized a campaign to boycott Simon & Schuster over its planned publication of a book by alt-right bad boy Milo Yiannopoulos. Is this boycott a form of censorship? Wendy Kaminer, a civil liberties lawyer, argues that progressives should be troubled by “the ...

Obama gave daughter Kindle filled with books

The first time I met Barack Obama was in early 2006, when he was still a U.S. senator. He had come to Cincinnati to help out my husband, Sherrod Brown, in Sherrod’s campaign to join him in the Senate. I sat next to Obama during breakfast, before he took the stage. Almost immediately, our ...

Lewis vs. Trump is heavyweight bout

WASHINGTON — A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.” That, my friends, is what’s known as “fake news.” It didn’t happen. I made it up. Here’s real news: Just days before his inauguration, ...

Ben Carson: Outstanding role model

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his ...

Dems need white, blue collars

You’re a white male blue-collar voter, and you think about how your nation’s political and financial establishment has treated you and yours over the past 25 years. All ‘’the best people’’ — presidents and prize-winning professors and respected editorial writers — told you ...

Undermining trust in our institutions is Putin’s goal

President-elect Donald Trump conceded this week that he thinks Russia was responsible for hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, though he couldn’t help but add the caveat that it “could have been others also.” Trump’s reluctance to ...

Tales of intelligence community, Russia and president-elect

On Wednesday, in his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump came out swinging — against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community. He had some legitimate reason. One was ...

Obama’s bittersweet farewell touched nation

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s decision to go home to Chicago to deliver his farewell address to the nation was not too surprising, considering he will be leaving a Washington that over the last eight years has brought him as much heartache as satisfaction. His televised speech before a ...