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Right GOP response to Obama

Now that President Obama has acted to defer deportation for some four to five million illegal immigrants, all eyes will be on the Republican Party's response.How they handle the challenge may well shape the future of the party and the country.Provocateurs will urge defiance. Retiring Oklahoma ...

It’s the end of an admirable era

After 42 years of steadfast service to his country, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph E. Rigby recently retired from the U.S. Army. More memorable than the official celebration ceremony, which rightly marked the end of this loyal American's service, was the national policy that made his career ...

Rape about power, domination, not sex

One evening in 2012, she decided it was time to tell her story.She waited until after business hours to call because she wanted to be sure to get voice mail, not a live person. She didn't give her name. Didn't say where she lived, either, except to mention that her local paper had carried a ...

Can science survive over-the-top shirt?

When Giovanni da Verrazzano returned from his famous 16th-century voyage exploring North America, the king of France rebuked him for lack of gender inclusivity aboard La Dauphine.When William Clark and Meriwether Lewis made it to the Pacific Ocean and back, President Thomas Jefferson quizzed ...

Commemorate Universal Children’s Day: End child labor

(Today) is Universal Children's Day, a day devoted to observing the welfare of the world's children. Unfortunately, in the U.S. and elsewhere, children are still denied fundamental human rights.Children worldwide suffer from corporal punishment in homes and schools, are denied access to ...

Unfaithfully executing the law

President Obama is soon expected to issue an executive order that would make it possible for some illegal immigrants, many of whom are the parents of children who are American citizens, to live and work in this country without the threat of deportation, in effect granting amnesty to up to five ...

Tech giants are squeezing workers

The demigods of Silicon Valley like to present themselves as miracle workers, able to create electronic wonders (and wondrous profits) from nothing but their vaunted imaginations and entrepreneurial prowess.Well, yes. But there's another part to that program: their routine exploitation of ...

Obama motives must be questioned

Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver? You say, "Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he's one or the other!" I'd say, "Hold your horses. What are his intentions?" If the ...

Berkeley campaign beats out big soda

While the Republicans were busy wiping the floor with Democrats on Election Day, the citizens of Berkeley, California, were making history.An overwhelming majority of Berkeley's voters - 75 percent - passed the nation's first soda tax. The penny-per-ounce tax on all sugar-sweetened drinks may ...

Calling the big bluff on Obamacare

There's this game in American politics where folks who fancy themselves conservative often condemn programs that they in fact want very much. Obamacare is one such example.We face a possible moment of truth in a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court. If the justices rule a certain way, ...

Deadline passes and waiting continues

For last week's postelection column, I described a piece of artwork that hangs in my home. Titled "Reproductive Freedom Flag," Dawn Hanson's artwork looks like an American flag, but closer examination reveals a clever alteration. Instead of 50 stars, four rows of buttons are arranged to ...

Obama offer: Extortion as conciliation

In a fit of postelection modesty, President Barack Obama is offering not to take executive action to amnesty millions of illegal immigrants - provided Republicans do his bidding on immigration.It is extortion as conciliation. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie often invites comparisons to "The ...

Obama’s spiteful legacy on display

WASHINGTON - Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless.In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The gods surely blush with envy.And of course, there's the conventional wisdom that ...

Taking stock of money midterm elections

The 2014 midterm elections sure looked like a blowout for the Republican Party. But leave it to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to call the real winner: big money."Incredible night for money in politics!" gushed one of the show's satirical correspondents.Indeed, in the first national elections ...

Coolidge in 2016 is just in time

NEW YORK - At a dinner sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation last Thursday (I am an unpaid national advisory board member), there was a debate about wealth redistribution. A team of Canadian students who think government should "spread the wealth around" faced off against a team ...

Educational fraud at UNC pervasive

It would be unreasonable to expect a student with the reading, writing and computing abilities of an eighth-grader to do well in college. If such a student were admitted, his retention would require that the college create dumbed-downed or phantom courses.The University of North Carolina made ...

Afghan opium biz hitting all-time highs

I have breaking news from the frontlines of the war.No, not the new war in Iraq. That really is Iraq War III for us - our nation's third trip there in just 25 years. Maybe the third try will be the charm, though I really don't think there's anything charming about it.Nor do I mean our wars in ...

Progressives don’t need Washington

The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn't matter much to progressives. Even when Democrats have the majority, precious little gets done in a body that lets a minority of members obstruct.But never mind. A modern, future-oriented agenda has been advancing on the state level ...

Does the election now make Obama irrelevant?

WASHINGTON - Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton's Democratic Party lost control of the House of Representatives in the midterm congressional elections. Thereafter, he felt the need to declare at a press conference that "the president is relevant here."At that time, the new Republican ...

House Resolution 281 deserves support

It is a privilege for me to be a Yooper. I am so appreciative of the outpourings of compassion from members of our community since they began signing a petition encouraging U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, to co-sponsor House Resolution 281 in August last year.This is a resolution ...