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Shaking down rich folks is bad for democracy

Forget whether the math works. (It doesn’t.) Expecting billionaires to pay for all the nice things is bad for democracy. One of the more exhausting rituals of presidential campaign season is the effort to make every new proposal “add up.” Sure, it’s better that politicians try to come ...

Dems continue to play with fire

If you are paying attention to the Washington circus that is the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s handling of the much maligned Ukraine call, this is what real collusion looks like: a media largely committed to advancing the goal of Democrats to severely damage or remove him from ...

2 parties ‘ candidates very different

Have you noticed that the two parties’ fields of presidential candidates have, in the past two election cycles, grown enormously larger than (if not necessarily superior to) those in past years? Where parties used to have two to five serious candidates to choose from, Republicans had 17 in ...

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo to state native Donald Trump: ‘Good riddance’

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to leave his native New York to reside in Florida has all the marks of fleeing not only the state’s taxes but also the pursuit of his income tax returns by prosecutors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo in effect handed Trump his hat on the way ...

Donald Trump searches for ‘boo-free’ zone

Connie Schultz Donald Trump is headed for Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa this Saturday for the big football game between the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University. Why, we might wonder, would a president who is facing impeachment want to spend valuable prep time in a ...

Moderation, good manners actually do win elections

Moderation along with good manners delivered impressive victories to Democrats this week. Case in point was Andy Beshear’s win over Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor’s race. Beshear’s margin was slim, it is true, but Kentucky is a state that backed Donald ...

AP analysis: GOP has no answer for party suburban slide

NEW YORK — The suburban revolt against President Donald Trump’s Republican Party is growing. And if nothing else, the GOP’s struggle across the South on Tuesday revealed that Republicans don’t have a plan to fix it. In Kentucky, Trump and his allies went all in to rescue embattled ...

‘No-men’ have important role

Shortly after Jim Bakker’s release from prison in July 1994, I invited the disgraced TV evangelist to my home. There was an important question I wanted to ask him. Some background: Bakker and his “Praise the Lord” (PTL) associates sold $1,000 “lifetime memberships” to people who ...

Best Trump defense on Ukraine

Republicans have had trouble mounting an effective defense on Ukraine because they haven’t put down their stakes on the most defensible ground. Complaints about House Democrats’ less-than-transparent impeachment process, though justified, were clearly perishable once Democrats adopted ...

Speaker Pelosi ambushes GOP on key House impeachment vote

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — House Republicans, in their efforts to short-circuit the Democratic impeachment of President Trump, have for months railed against a closed “process” of hearing witnesses and demanding other evidence of his misbehavior. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has now ...

What should a pro-life candidate look like?

Bob Anderson How disheartening it is to see America so divided and polarized in the public square. Abortion is one of these divisive issues where the extremes dominate the discussion. The pro-choice position represents only 29% of Americans (Gallup, 2018). They believe in abortion upon ...

Betting billions on bizarre entrepreneurs is risky business

What can you say about “sophisticated” investors who would pile billions into a startup whose 40-year-old founder walks the streets of Manhattan barefooted and says his company’s mission is to “elevate the world’s consciousness”? Did I mention that his enterprise has yet to turn a ...

Quid pro quo

During the last impeachment, the Latin expression coitus interruptus got a workout. This time, it’s quid pro quo. Republicans lashed themselves to this mast when the White House’s own rough transcript of the Donald Trump/ Volodymyr Zelensky call was disclosed. That document, so damaging ...

Quid pro quo

During the last impeachment, the Latin expression coitus interruptus got a workout. This time, it’s quid pro quo. Republicans lashed themselves to this mast when the White House’s own rough transcript of the Donald Trump/ Volodymyr Zelensky call was disclosed. That document, so damaging ...

Another one bites the dust

Only extreme partisans intent on denying President Trump any credit for any success would be critical of the operation he ordered that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. These extreme partisans include Speaker Nancy Pelosi who, while praising the “heroism” ...

Elijah Cummings quietly set eloquent example

The 1994 funeral of former Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill was truly memorable. To the same North Cambridge, Massachusetts, church, St. John the Evangelist — where O’Neill was baptized as an infant and had married his beloved Millie — came two former U.S. Presidents, ...

Big problem with President Pence

Republican senators will soon be receiving an invitation to tear apart the GOP ahead of the 2020 elections, and they are going to decline to accept it. It’s a trope of pro-impeachment commentary that it should be simple for Republican senators to swap out President Donald Trump, who puts ...

45 years after Watergate, another GOP vote of conscience looms

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans’ sudden pushback against a carload of political and foreign policy blunders by Donald Trump finally holds the prospect that they might yield to the Democratic bid to impeach the president. After a week of stunning self-inflicted wounds — first ...

Mackinac Straits tunnel equals safety and jobs

Bill schuette You have probably heard a lot about the Line 5 pipeline running through the Great Lakes. Sometimes it may feel like you only have two choices: protect our environment or keep monthly heat bills affordable. But there is a way to protect both Michigan’s environment and your ...

Weak political parties have opened door to demagogues

George Will WASHINGTON — There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better. Moments, that is, when a society’s per capita quantity of conspicuous stupidity is so high and public manners are so low that a critical mass of people are jolted into saying “enough, ...