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In the twilight of Barack Obama’s presidency, much hope remains

October 9, 2015 Seven years ago, months before he won the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama delivered a speech about rac. more »»

Joaquin and Obama are a couple of forces of nature

October 7, 2015 Hurricane Joaquin dumped large amounts of rain on the East Coast, but another “force of nature” flooded the country with so much rhetoric it was difficult for most people to keep up. more »»

Ugly truth: Democrats need candidate, GOP needs party

October 6, 2015 Political Washington just got a welcome dose of refreshing candor. more »»

Rampant drug price gouging a product of political system

October 5, 2015 If Hollywood had created Martin Shkreli as the monster from Wall Street, we would have accused it of unfair characterization. more »»

Here are some dogs that are not barking in 2016 presidential race

October 4, 2015 Sherlock Holmes famously solved the mystery of the Silver Blaze by noting the dog that didn’t bark in the night. more »»

The Donald does policy, but it’s unclear if plans make any sense

October 4, 2015 WASHINGTON — Having thoroughly intimidated the rest of the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential field and won a goodly number of its voters’ hearts with his tough-guy persona, Donald Trump has... more »»

Daddy is a dictator: What can you do when your father is an evil man?

October 4, 2015 The bride, Edda, was 20, glamorous and well connected. The groom came from a prominent family. Their wedding was Italy’s social event of the year in 1930. more »»

No, the EPA isn’t out to extinguish grills

October 4, 2015 It seemed to take Michigan politicians a really long time to recognize the hazards posed by the proposed low-level nuclear waste dump near the shores of Lake Huron at Kincardine, Ontario. more »»

Cecile Richards standing tall for Planned Parenthood in hearing

October 2, 2015 Seeing as it’s still all too common to depict a determined woman as an angry one, let’s be clear on who did and did not yell at the congressional hearing Tuesday. more »»

Not counting constant fighting, GOP brat pack has little to offer

October 1, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Republican Party’s “Freedom Caucus,” which has several less-charitable nicknames on Capitol Hill, is the dog that caught the car. more »»

John Boehner getting out of the House just in time

September 30, 2015 The announcement by House Speaker John Boehner that he is retiring at the end of October stunned Washington where life is all about grabbing power and holding on to it, often until death they do part. more »»

Has anyone, anywhere thanked John Boehner for his service?

September 29, 2015 Has anybody bothered to thank House Speaker John Boehner for Pope Francis’ even coming to the United States? Let history note that it was Boehner, as a lowly second-term member of the House minority... more »»

Students are the real victims of censorship in today’s worldStudents are the real victims of censorship in today’s world

September 28, 2015 The 2015-16 academic year has opened with a predictable collection of demands for banning certain views, often involving sexual or racial matters. more »»

Another cynical Democratic Citizen USA voter drive afoot

September 26, 2015 There’s only one time when you can depend on the chronically backlogged, recklessly inefficient Department of Homeland Security to perform smoothly: election season. more »»

Are our familiar political alignments suddenly changing before our eyes?

September 26, 2015 As the 2016 presidential selection process proceeds, there is increasing evidence that the political patterns we have grown used to, that we have come to consider permanent, might be suddenly... more »»

Carson’s putdown of Mislims calls candidacy into question

September 26, 2015 WASHINGTON — Sooner or later, the cool self-assurance of citizen non-politician Ben Carson was bound to betray hi. more »»

Are institutions of higher education properly preparing our children?

September 26, 2015 For a month I’ve been chewing obsessively on this one sound bite from the 2015 Convocation Speech by the president of Northern Michigan University: “The expectations of today’s parents and students,... more »»

State of Michigan has weak FOIA policy

September 26, 2015 Enacted nearly 40 years ago, Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act is a vital tool for residents of this state to track what their government is doing and how their tax dollars are being spent. more »»

Pope Francis’ words, conduct in stark contrast to GOP candidates

September 25, 2015 He is the only man in the world with this job title, but from the moment Pope Francis was hired, he eschewed the fancy trappings of his predecessors to avoid the isolation of privilege. more »»

Nation replete with ignoramuses, including presidential candidates

September 24, 2015 WASHINGTON — In the spirit of charity prompted by Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., let’s not call them bigots. Let’s just call them the clueless, the incurious, the moronic, the dull. more »»



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