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Go ahead, Republicans. Investigate Hillary. Again.

Whenever the legal walls start closing in on Donald Trump, the president releases a bad rabbit on the political field, a creature invisible to all but the haters of Hillary Clinton. The most recent example is his attorney general’s call to “evaluate certain issues” regarding the sale of a ...

The corruption of faith

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final stage in the ...

First ‘pre-mortem’ of midterms

American voters, almost invariably dissatisfied with the political status quo, generally endorse change. In 2016, Donald Trump was certainly the candidate of change, and Hillary Clinton, seeking a third consecutive Democratic term in the White House, represented continuity. Voters’ enthusiasm ...

2016 starting to look like new normal

michael barone If you wanted to predict the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, you would have been wise to ignore the flurry of polls and campaign events. You would have paid no heed to the conventional wisdom that Republican Ed Gillespie had a solid ...

America at crossroads at home, on world stage

jesse wright I recently visited Central Asia, the so-called “Five Stans.” These are five former Soviet Republics that bridge Asia to Europe via the “Great Silk Road.” While there, the future became increasingly obvious to me and these unfolding events did not include America. Over ...

Opioid crisis in Michigan impacting across board

bill schuette In a large and diverse state like Michigan, you don’t expect to see the exact same crisis unfold in nearly every small town and big city. But now we have a problem that doesn’t care about where you live, your race, gender, or socioeconomic status: abuse and addiction to ...

Quality home healthcare a challenge for disabled

AAron andres Do you know the secret to quality home healthcare? In my experience, it is difficult to find individuals willing to provide assistance for those individuals who find it difficult or impossible to accomplish basic tasks needed in daily living activity such as getting out of bed, ...

Enbridge and pipeline can’t be trusted

Enbridge Energy Partners says there is nothing to worry about. The 64-year-old pipelines carrying millions of gallons of crude oil under the Straits of Mackinac are safe and protected. And if anything happened to the twin 20-inch lines, sensors would detect the leak and shut down the pumps ...

Mary Adams makes a big difference

There are different ways to make a difference in your community. Mary Adams of Midland has decided to give her time. The longtime volunteer director of Area 30 for Special Olympics Michigan has been at her unpaid position for 31 years. She spends more than 20 hours per week trying to make ...

Has the Democratic giant awakened?

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Statewide and local elections a year after a presidential election usually garner little attention, but the political climate this year is far from usual. Democratic victories in Virginia and New Jersey are being seized by the winners as a resurrection, and ...

From real estate to the presidency and back again

In Hawaii, “aloha” also means “goodbye.” President Trump could not have missed the less-than-enthusiastic greeting during his brief touchdown in the U.S. state where — facts are facts — Barack Obama was born. Demonstrators there seemed to be following a new pattern among Trump ...

With Teladoc, the doctor will really see you now

If you’re tired of the dysfunction in Washington — the backbiting, the questioning of motives, the failure to agree on much of anything, the one-upmanship, the allegations about a “stolen” presidential election, Russian “collusion,” the posturing and boorish behavior, how about ...

Great presidents like politics

On the consensus list of the most significant American presidents following George Washington, there is a common trait. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman — each of these great leaders was first a very good politician who actually ...

No line of attack is too low for Trump

WASHINGTON — Is there nothing, no matter how vile, on which Donald Trump will not capitalize to attack a political foe? This president constantly trolls the daily news digests on television and the internet for fresh material with which to demean his target of the day. He has now seized on ...

Hey America, just keep calm and carry on

Keep calm and carry on. Those words, though not appearing as extensively on posters in wartime Britain as often supposed, are good advice for Americans now appalled by the presidency of Donald Trump. It is widely proclaimed that he is a president unlike any other, a threat to the institutions ...

Once falsely incarcerated, now a police academy grad

In the fall of 2001, Michael Green walked out of prison after serving 13 years for a crime he did not commit. The story of his wrongful conviction is, in its particulars, an all-too-familiar one in America. He was accused by a white woman who had never seen a black man until she came to the ...

Radical Islam: It’s religious extremism by any other name

We knew within hours of the attack that the New York truck killer was a Muslim extremist, inspired by ISIS. In today’s climate, that means that NPR was hesitant to report that he had shouted “Allahu akbar” and that Donald Trump thundered that our legal system is a ...

Legalization isn’t solution to nationwide opioid crisis

One painful aspect of the public debates over the opioid-addiction crisis is how much they mirror the arguments that arise from personal addiction crises. If you’ve ever had a loved one struggle with drugs — in my case, my late brother, Josh — the national exercise in guilt-driven ...

Shocking but not surprising

It should surprise no one that when it comes to sexual harassment, members of Congress and their staffs are treated differently from the rest of us. The Washington Post notes a law in place since 1995 under which anyone accusing a lawmaker of sexual harassment can file a lawsuit, but only if ...

World mourned Kennedy

The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then an assistant ...