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GOP Congressional candidates getting little support from W.H.

It’s a safe bet that when President Donald J. Trump was a younger man, he never read “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s American classic about a young child’s awakening to racial prejudice in a sleepy little town in the pre-civil rights South. The admirable Atticus Finch teaches ...

Power of low expectations

It’s a symptom of our time that a tape of the future president of the United States discussing machinations related to an alleged affair with a former Playboy Playmate isn’t truly a blockbuster. The brief snippet of conversation between Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen about ...

Child’s life, death touched community

Along with many other members of the community, I found myself heartbroken over the news that Ainsley Kargela passed away last Sunday at Children’s Hospital in Detroit. I first met Ainsley when she came in with the group from Commemorative Bucks of Michigan to drop off toys for The Mining ...

Trump hates journalists but not for reasons he claims

Last week, CNN Washington correspondent Ryan Nobles tweeted about a random encounter with a member of the public: “This rarely happens so I thought it was worth documenting. Gentleman stops me at the hotel where the press are staging covering POTUS — asks if I’m part of the press corps. I ...

Ocasio-Cortez could learn about socialism from Trump

WASHINGTON — For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently defeated a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary. Because she calls herself a democratic socialist, the word “socialism” is ...

Another opinion

Line 5 has overstayed welcome Never say never. It’s about time we learn to stop downplaying risks related to the Line 5 oil pipeline where it crosses the Straits of Mackinac and begin moving forward with what now should be the obvious move to eliminate the threat. If the past several ...

Trump waging fake war on true news

WASHINGTON — In President Donald Trump’s latest exhortation to his faithful supporters, he told them: “Don’t believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news,” adding: “Just remember: What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” He was ...

Dems should move to center — of country

Contrary to what we hear, “the energy” in the Democratic Party is coming not so much from the political left as from the geographical center. The most notable victories belong to Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania, Doug Jones in Alabama and Democrats taking statehouse seats in Missouri and ...

Feeling shame about relationship

Dear Annie: I am seeking your advice about something that has been troubling me. My faith has always been very important to me. I have strong moral values and I don’t believe in having a sexual relationship outside of marriage. So I am deeply ashamed about a relationship I had with a man to ...

Obama’s words on identity politics better late than never

“Democracy demands that we’re able to also get inside the reality of people who are different than us, so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds, maybe they’ll change ours.” That was Barack Obama speaking in South Africa on the 100th anniversary of ...

Mom being taken badly advantage of

Dear Annie: I am a middle child, with an elder sister and a younger brother. We are all within 10 years of one another. We are a very dysfunctional family. We come from a broken and estranged family. Our parents divorced when I was about 13 years old. My brother does not speak to my father. My ...

Name of the game: Votes for Democrats

San Francisco is permitting “undocumented immigrants,” as political correctness demands we label them, to register to vote this November in local school board elections. Who doubts this is the first step by the left and Democrats toward full voting rights in state and eventually in federal ...

What’s past should stay in past

Dear Annie: I have been divorced for many years. I was married to the same man for 25 years. I put a lot into the marriage, including helping raise and support stepchildren and his grandchildren. No one knows what went on behind closed doors to cause the marriage to end but he and I. We live in ...

Nobody knows who the 2020 presidential nominees will be

As was wisely observed inside the world of renowned philosopher Peter Pan, “All this has happened before, and it will all happen again.” Never is that more true than when American voters choose our presidential nominees. Recall 1976, when, after the criminality, corruption and involuntary ...

Explaining Trump’s behavior nearly impossible to do

We may never know what took place behind closed doors in Helsinki between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, but we know enough from public pronouncements on both sides to be worried. Very worried. For perhaps the first time in U.S. history, we have a president whose loyalty the ...

Doesn’t like male medical professionals

Dear Annie: I have a problem that I don’t think is unique to me. I am a senior in high school and an extremely modest girl. I have nightmares about being seen or treated by male doctors and nurses. My mother is insisting that I go to see her gynecologist, a young man. What she does not know ...

America ‘put last’ at Helsinki

George Will WASHINGTON — America’s child president had a playdate with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing daycare. It was a useful, because illuminating, event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment. Jeane Kirkpatrick, a Democrat closely ...

Putin speaks code that only Trump can understand

Mona Charen Back when word first leaked that Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer and others offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, President Trump seemed to think he was supplying an exculpatory cover story. Flying home from Germany on Air Force One, ...

Make voting better: Make it easy

If you haven’t registered to vote in the Aug. 7 primaries, it is too late for you to participate. The deadline for registering to vote was July 8. It probably is not a coincidence that a coalition of progressive groups submitted 430,000 petition signatures that same Monday to eliminate ...

Trump digs himself a deeper hole

jules witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump took to television Tuesday to “clarify” his position on alleged Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election, as stated at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin. The only thing he clarified was his astonishing ability to make matters ...