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Trump becoming adept at blowing off working class

Froma Harrop A friend of mine, an expert car mechanic, once told me of losing $30,000 in a commodity deal. It was one of those investment swindles then making the rounds. I asked my friend whether he felt angry. “No,” he answered. “I could have tripled my money.” He had no idea ...

Another day, another abortion restriction

The tan business envelope is postmarked Jan. 31, 1957. It is addressed to “MISS JANEY BEBOUT,” arriving via airmail from Annapolis, Maryland. Not to her home but to the house of a sympathetic aunt who could keep a secret, one town away in Ashtabula, Ohio. The sole content of the envelope ...

Trump, the movie needs rewrite

WASHINGTON — In the Trump movie now playing in the American theater, connecting all the dots requires the artistry of a mapmaker and the insight of a psychic. Or, perhaps, the critical eye of a movie reviewer. The leading man, President-elect Donald Trump, is gradually revealing himself ...

Trump not forming junta

President-elect Donald Trump has already committed a grave offense against our system of government by forming a “junta,” according to his critics. The Trump junta consists of three former generals whom the president-elect has tapped for top national-security positions, with others still ...

John Glenn was the genuine article

If you were old enough to tie your shoes Feb. 20, 1962, then you almost surely remember Marine Col. John H. Glenn Jr. entering the history books by becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. During that flight, Americans, watching on their black-and-white television sets, held their ...

Trump has change to stand up for kids on immigration

If there has been one issue on which President-elect Donald Trump has been loud and clear, it is his desire to end illegal immigration and deport immigrants here illegally. Every time he has seemed to soften his stance, his most outspoken supporters have jumped in to make sure he clarifies that ...

Collapse of political left signals end of big government, socialism

It’s been a tough decade for the political left. Eight years ago, a Time magazine cover portrayed Barack Obama as Franklin Roosevelt, complete with a cigarette and holder and a cover line proclaiming, “The New New Deal.” A Newsweek cover announced, “We Are All Socialists Now.” Now ...

Trump’s trickle-down populism just won’t work

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump triumphantly celebrated Carrier’s decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to Mexico. Some 800 jobs will remain in Indianapolis. “Corporate America is going to have to understand that we have to take care of our ...

Nation must begin hard work of understanding, healing

Since the election, passions and tensions are running high on university campuses and in the general public. Part of this, of course, is that there were two candidates, both unpopular, and in theory, the more disliked candidate won. But here we are, a new president-elect, a Republican Party ...

Obamacare keeps costing Michigan

Michigan adopted Medicaid expansion with a certain understanding of its projected costs, and the promise of “free” federal funds. Now those costs for the state will be substantially higher over the next five years than taxpayers were led to believe when the legislation was adopted. It's ...

Hillary Clinton grabbing Martyr of the Year honors

Documentaries, plays and grand operas will be written about what was done to Hillary Clinton in the election of 2016. Some normal mistakes were mixed in with her many accomplishments, but there was nothing normal about her treatment by political foes and many of the respectable media ...

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If you’re stressing over what to give friends and loved ones during this holiday season, I’m here to help. Consider giving them print or digital subscriptions — or both — to news organizations you regularly count on to provide strong journalism. That includes national newspapers and ...

Dark skies mean great viewing of the heavens

“The skies of North America are covered in stars, over factories and farms, over hamlets and bars.” — Gordon Lightfoot Many parts of the Upper Peninsula are blessed with magnificent dark skies for viewing the wonders of the heavens. Away from towns, especially with a cold ...

Trump’s demogogic illogic reigns

WASHINGTON — On the first stop of his “thank you” tour in Ohio Thursday, president-elect Donald Trump hit replay on several of his campaign tropes. Among the crowd pleasers, he heckled the “crooked media,” prompting boos from the audience, and reiterated his pledge to criminalize ...

Remembering Pearl Harbor at 75

Only five of the 335 men who survived the unprovoked attack that sunk the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941 remain alive. Donald Stratton, 94, is one of them. He has added to the historical knowledge of that day and the beginning of America’s entry into World War II in a new book, “All the ...

US Marines invade Washington, D.C.

Every year, when he was commandant of the Marine Corps between 1995 and 1999, Gen. Charles Krulak and his wife would spend the week before Christmas baking hundreds of cookies, which they wrapped in small packages. At 4 a.m. on Christmas Day, Gen. Krulak would begin driving himself to every ...

Trump’s picks for Commerce, Treasury make little sense

Like many conservative never-Trumpers, I have decided to take a wait-and-see attitude on the president-elect — and so far, I’d give him mixed reviews. Donald Trump has made some good Cabinet appointments. Betsy DeVos is an education reformer who will do well at the Department of ...

Trump’s seven techniques for controlling the media

Robert Reich Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs. 1. Berate the media. Last week, Trump summoned more than two dozen TV news anchors and ...

Castro provided Cuba, world with 60 years of fake news

Mona charen A panic is sweeping the land — or at least something like it has unnerved CNN, Vox and other precincts of progressive sensibility. They are alarmed that millions of Americans are being misled by “fake news.” As someone whose inbox has lately bulged with items about ...

Bait and switch bites wolf hunting proponents

For once, Michigan Legislators' maneuvers to advance their agenda and satisfy special interests despite public opposition has backfired on them. In 2014, Michigan voters rejected, by large margins, two proposals that would have legalized wolf hunting in the state. Despite voters’ ...