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Obama nuke deal with Iran slowly but surely getting into trouble

Is the tide turning against President Obama's purported nuclear weapons deal with Iran? One sign that the answer is yes is the devastating opinion article in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal by former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz.The architect of Richard Nixon's opening ...

Rand Paul starting to woo party’s conservative base

WASHINGTON-In the continuing competition among 2016 Republican presidential aspirants, freshman Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is out front in his bid to be the party's Un-Romney.In his formal declaration of candidacy, Paul indicated he had no intention of re-defining himself the way Mitt Romney ...

Representative won’t walk away from needs of vets

Imagine the Washington agency tasked with helping our veterans telling someone to "go away and never come back""Unbelievable, right? But that is what one Vietnam veteran was told by the VA in 1967. Nearly 50 years later, he came to our Veterans Assistance Fair at the Cheboygan National Guard ...

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Examine what went wrong in YemenIn January, President Barack Obama referred to U.S. anti-terrorism efforts in Yemen as a "model" for avoiding massive deployments of American troops.Last week, U.S. personnel were being evacuated from Yemen. The country had become too dangerous because of an ...

Campaign 2016: Rand Paul now blowing uncertain trumpet notes

Who would have thought back in 2010 when Rand Paul won election to the Senate as a libertarian champion that the first media blowup in a Paul presidential campaign wouldn't be over his past support for privatizing Social Security, or his misgivings over the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but over his ...

Seasoned journalists know that Rolling Stone isn’t only problem

There's no tap dance in my shoes over Columbia Journalism Review's epic takedown this week of the Rolling Stone story that never should have seen the light of day.That may strike you as an odd confession, but that just means you're probably not a journalist. We've got a lot of bad habits.I've ...

New book out on White House domestic staff is revenge of the help

WASHINGTON - The new tell-all, "The Residence," featuring intimate anecdotes collected from past and current White House staff members, is absolutely delicious - and utterly lacking in nutritious content.Just as desserts should be.Washington political writers, meanwhile, have been tearing ...

Iran framework: Devil always will be in agreement details

Too bad the "framework" of a nuclear weapons deal with Iran didn't come four days earlier on April Fools' Day. It would have been more appropriate.The United States is being asked to foolishly believe promises by a regime that is religiously motivated to eliminate Israel and ultimately the ...

Palestinians seeking ticket to prosperity should look to Hong Kong

Gaza is home to Palestinian people, who have suffered injustices and have a history of legitimate grievances against both Israel and Arab governments.If there's one immutable fact of life, it is that history cannot be changed or controlled. What can be changed and controlled is the future. That ...

Suing over soft sexism can hold women back in society

Ellen Pao's gender discrimination suit against her employer contained the juicy elements that captivate us. The plaintiff was a Harvard-educated lawyer suing for a healthy $16 million. The defendant was Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the high-powered venture capital firm. The locale ...

Marquette taking lead in surgical patient safety

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled, "How to Make Surgery Safer," focused on surgical safety protocols being implemented at the best hospitals in the United States. While reading the in-depth article, I was struck by the fact that UP Health System Marquette had already ...

Don’t look now but 4th of July is rapidly approaching

The Greatest 4th in the North celebration is less than 3 months away. It may not feel or appear to be that close considering we have snow on the ground and ice in the harbor.However, a number of organizations and volunteers from Chocolay and Marquette Townships and Marquette City have been ...

Who will take action to tighten Michigan’s too- lenient vaccination law?

Gov. Rick Snyder, senators, and representatives:You've seen the data.Michigan has the fourth-highest rate of childhood vaccine waivers in the nation, leaving many Michigan communities at risk for breakouts of serious diseases.You've seen the results.Grand Traverse County, which has one of the ...

Nurses could ease physician shortage

Michigan faces a future shortage of doctors, and absent a sudden influx of new physicians into the state, it has to get creative in forging a solution.Legislation introduced by Sen. Mike Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, who chairs the Senate Health Policy Committee, would take a big step toward heading ...

Iran grabs sweet deal in nuke talks but will pact protect US interests?

Boy do I have a deal for you. Give me enough money to build a fancy new house, and I promise I won't try to blow up yours. You can even check my basement to make sure I'm not stockpiling dynamite. Oh, and I promise I won't try to buy any explosives from those shady characters I hang out with or ...

Come on, Indiana, you can (and should) do much better than that

This week, in response to yet another heinous law meant to discriminate against LGBT fellow humans, Honey Maid tweeted, "We believe love is always welcome." And it illustrated it with a picture of graham crackers nibbled into the shape of Indiana.This Buckeye sure did love that.Now, the Teddy ...

Freedom is a two-way street, especially when it comes to religion

WASHINGTON - Excited protests against Indiana's recently passed religious freedom law have highlighted both America's growing support for same-sex marriage and our apparent incapacity to entertain more than one idea at a time.The law in question is a version of the 1993 federal Religious ...

Good question: How do you solve a problem like the Clintons?

NEW YORK - This being the 50th anniversary of the film "The Sound of Music," please permit me a poor adaption of a few of its song lyrics, which fit in nicely with our current political climate.How do you solve a problem like the Clintons? Their incessant vacuuming of cash and skirting (no pun ...

Do-gooders often harm minorities without meaning to do harm

Black politicians, civil rights organizations and others who say they are concerned with the welfare of poor black people often support harmful measures. One of the most effective tools for disadvantaged people is to be able to charge a lower price for what they sell and pay a higher price for ...

It would help if Obamacare was much less complicated

Let's start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security to millions of previously uninsured Americans and has helped slow the rise in health care spending.But the health reforms would have been more ...