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Have you had enough of Trump, yet?

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Some irate Donald Trump supporters have had enough. Enough, that is, of my columns harping on the damage their man has done and is doing to American democracy by attacking the press and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible obstruction of ...

Dereliction of political duty in a tweet

It’s been policy hereabout to ignore presidential tweets of no national consequence. Whether Donald Trump likes Roseanne or dislikes Rosie matters not. But Trump’s tweets about the catastrophic California fires do. They demonstrated remarkable ignorance and cowardice. And in the words that ...

No more hemming and hawing

Dear Annie: I have a friend, “Rosie,” who kicked me out to the curb (metaphorically speaking) when her sister moved into her mobile home park. Prior to her sister’s moving into the neighborhood, Rosie and I saw a lot of each other. I was always sewing for Rosie, her husband and her ...

All of us are living in Trump’s kayfabe world

President Trump’s demonization of the media as the “enemy of the people” is mostly kayfabe. A professional wrestling term, “kayfabe” means presenting staged events as if they’re real. Pro wrestling is theater, not sport. But it thrives on the illusion that it is the latter, not ...

Is big tech too big?

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the sci-fi movie classic “The Matrix,” which depicts powerful machines attempting to subdue the human race. Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes it’s the other way around. On occasion, art can be prophetic. “The Matrix” is such a film. ...

John and the Baptist of the left

A voice crying in the wilderness is supposed to be ignored, not rewarded with accolades and growing influence. Bernie Sanders is the prophet with honor in his own party. The former socialist gadfly is now the socialist trendsetter. At the moment, he has to be counted among the most successful ...

More than one kind of corruption

When people think of corruption in high places, they tend to think of elites feathering their own nests. Bill and Hillary Clinton monetized political power into a personal fortune of hundreds of millions, and played the system better than any couple since Napoleon and Josephine. Paul Manafort ...

Missing face time

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 70s, and he is experiencing depression from lack of contact with his children. I don’t mean Facebook, because he sees them on there. They do not call like they did in the past. I am sure they feel that since he can actually see them on the screen, he ...

Nation approaching crossroads

“Science, like the Mississippi, begins in a tiny rivulet in the distant forest.” — Abraham Flexner WASHINGTON — In 1933, when America’s most famous immigrant settled in Princeton, New Jersey, Franklin Roosevelt tried to invite Albert Einstein to the White House. Abraham Flexner, the ...

Syria means challenges for US, allies in future

We do not know if President Trump gave any agreements to Putin vis-a-vis the Middle East during their Helsinki meeting. However, it is quite possible that he signaled to Putin a further green light for Russia’s partnership with the Assad regime and to Russia’s growing footprint in the ...

Love for a child isn’t all that simple anymore

Last week, you walked off that plane with the biggest smile on your face. Your hug was stronger and taller than last time, proof of a growth spurt in the past six months that just stretched on forever, I swear. Before the airline official would allow you to leave with me, I had to show ID to ...

Another opinion

Info doesn’t cause panic, but a lack of info does A plume of contaminated groundwater is a scary thing. It creeps quietly into our lives in gentle shushes from our faucets, the soft snap of a garden-grown pea. We drink, we eat, we line the kids up at the drinking fountains after recess. ...

Female candidates must go beyond #MeToo

Have you heard? A woman who recently ran for president got nearly 3 million more votes than Donald Trump. Only the Electoral College — actually, a few thousand ballots in three key states — delivered the presidency to the current POTUS. And that was with an assist from Russia. That’s ...

Watergate sleuths looking at Trump

WASHINGTON—The two investigative reporters whose work at the Washington Post brought about the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974 now have Donald Trump in their sights, this time separately. Carl Bernstein, the street-smart liberal New Yorker who teamed with Bob Woodward, the earnest, ...

Will Russia back Democrats in 2018 midterm elections?

“I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election,” President Trump tweeted last week. “Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t ...

What’s not to like about Trump’s policies?

Like a baseball team that is way behind going into the fifth inning, Democrats (and socialists) are hoping for the political equivalent of a rainout, so that the game President Trump is winning will be canceled, allowing them time to regroup. The president’s opponents are going to need more ...

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 ...