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Trump has delusional ISIS policy

Donald Trump has vanquished the Islamic State group, and it is time for American troops to come home from Syria — or so the president claimed by tweet this week. The problem is, as with much of what the president tweets, there is no basis for his braggadocio. Currently, the U.S. has about ...

Cheer Club once again a great success

I want to say thank you to everyone who donated to The Mining Journal Cheer Club this year. As usual, you came through with gifts and money to help support the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. Significant donors this year included Commemorative Bucks of Michigan, the North Coast ...

Bill on climate change will make difference

amy wayes doughty As highlighted in the recent article “Protesters march as UN climate talks hit fossil fuel snag,” people around the world are frightened by how climate change is affecting their lives. They want to take steps to reverse climate change. France recently tried to implement ...

Kicking our allies when it’s convenient is bad US habit

mona charen President Donald Trump’s behavior is unprecedented, but his decision to withdraw our troops from Syria, while unprecedentedly abrupt, is actually part of a tradition of unforced errors in American foreign policy. Out of spite, or sometimes as a smokescreen to evade ...

Obamacare ruling aside, Trump has nothing to show for efforts

jules witcover WASHINGTON — After two long years of fruitlessly trying to kill Obamacare, the Republican Party and President Trump have been given a political hand grenade by a federal judge in Texas to get the job done. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has declared the Affordable Care ...

Congress has done little to rein in President Trump

America is often described as a constitutional democracy or constitutional republic. That’s not really true. The best you could say is that our system is constitutional-ish. Consider the bizarre controversy over President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria. As a matter of ...

Three good men, three great children’s books

Men get a bad rap. They’re blamed collectively for rape culture, violence, war, poverty, climate change and all other manner of global suffering. They’re forced to apologize on college campuses for their chromosomes, anatomy and athleticism. They’re vilified incessantly in women’s ...

Never have day without laughter

Most American political leaders would agree with the poet e.e. cummings, who wisely wrote: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” For example, then-presidential nominee George W. Bush garbled in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Oct. 18, 2000, “Families is where our nation finds ...

FDA drug policies a puzzle

Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can make two types of errors — statistically ...

US Senate rebukes president

In what may be the most stunning rebuke to date of the Trump presidency, the Senate voted Thursday — unanimously — to rebuke Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his being responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born U.S. resident. With a 56-41 vote, the ...

Untrustworthy fiance

Dear Annie: I got engaged in June 2017. My fiance and I are planning the wedding for next year, in November 2019. But I’m having some doubts about my fiance. He does not trust me. He keeps accusing me of having another boyfriend. He does not want me to be friends with anyone, male or female. ...

Getting back trade power not easy

George will “You’re the top! You’re an Arrow collar. You’re the top! You’re a Coolidge dollar. You’re the nimble tread of the feet of Fred Astaire, You’re Mussolini, You’re Mrs. Sweeny, You’re Camembert.” — A version of “You’re the Top,” Cole Porter ...

If there’s no collusion, there’s always Stormy

rich Lowry The most legally fraught part of the Russia probe now revolves around payments to an American porn star. As of yet, instead of a dastardly scheme to participate with the Russians in the hacking of Democratic emails to subvert the election, prosecutors have uncovered a dastardly ...

Special counsel probe a constant worry for GOP

mona charen It has become an article of faith in some quarters on the right — well, most — that Robert Mueller’s investigation has found no evidence of collusion with Russia and has accordingly shifted gears to process crimes like lying to the FBI or obstruction of justice. Having ...

Line 5 tunnel a practical solution

While it is hard for many people to accept, the world still runs on oil and gas. In fact, 60 percent of energy production in the United States in 2017 came from the two fossil fuels. It will be a long time before that reality changes significantly. Renewable energy sources are on the rise, ...

Trump’s latest miscalculation: Underestimating Nancy Pelosi

jules witcover WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who has declared the American press “the enemy of the people,” invited some of them into the Oval Office (recently) to witness his meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic congressional leaders. He soon had ...

Pelosi more than match for Trump in Oval Office

“Trump wants her to be speaker. It’s perfect for him.” — Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., of #FiveWhiteGuys fame, disparaging Nancy Pelosi in early November She looks so poised, so harmless, this 78-year-old grandmother with the soft voice, the easy smile. Such a smart strategy for the most ...

Voting for animals is voting for humanity

WASHINGTON — For people who support the humane treatment of animals, including those that end up on America’s dinner plates, passage this week of the farm bill would be a gift befitting the season — and a grand bipartisan gesture to close out the year. The Senate sent an earlier ...

Mean-spirited media do 180 on Bush

Before George H.W. Bush fades from memory into the darkness of history books, one more point needs to be made. It is about the contrast between how most of the major media treated him when he was president and how they mostly (but not completely) did a 180 during their coverage and commentary ...

Dems face key responsibility in selecting 2020 candidate

Yes, it’s true that their party just won the House majority and more House seats, 40, than in any election since 1974 (and with the increasing likelihood of a new election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District after confirmed reports of Republican election fraud there, maybe 41) ...