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Simply put, McCain is a patriot

In this unheroic era when prominent American males prove their abiding patriotism by prominently displaying an American flag pin in the lapel of their suit jacket, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., remains seriously out of step. McCain has never been a flag waver. With the steady devotion of a ...

‘Recognizing America’s Children Act’ deserves Trump’s support

President Donald Trump may not yet have built his “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border or figured out a way to make Mexico pay for it, but immigration is one area where the president seems committed to keeping his campaign promises. Illegal immigration, which was already at a ...

‘Recognizing America’s Children Act’ deserves Trump’s support

President Donald Trump may not yet have built his “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border or figured out a way to make Mexico pay for it, but immigration is one area where the president seems committed to keeping his campaign promises. Illegal immigration, which was already at a ...

Looking back on Detroit riot after 50 years

Michael Barone Fifty years ago this weekend, a deadly urban riot began in Detroit. It started around 3:30 a.m., when police arrested 85 patrons of a blind pig — an illegal after-hours bar — in the midst of an all-black neighborhood that had been all-white 15 or 20 years before. The ...

Let’s not mirror how Trump is shutting down discussion

connie schultz In early 2006, the City Club of Cleveland invited President George W. Bush to speak. At the time, this invitation was a controversial one, as the Iraq War was becoming increasingly unpopular and plenty of Americans blamed Bush for having relied on false intelligence to wage ...

Why would you want to call Vladimir Putin a friend?

mona charen Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the ...

Vitti should keep charter door open

We understand new Detroit schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has his hands full as he seeks to move the district beyond crisis mode. But recent comments indicating Vitti wants to get the Detroit Public Schools Community District out of the charter school business seem very short ...

Biden makes pitch for keeping Obamacare

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has never been known to hold his tongue when he has something on his mind. So it’s not surprising that six months after leaving the vice presidency, he wrote a Washington Post piece the other day unequivocally defending Obamacare, his old boss’s ...

Not enough exercise, too much; Americans polarized here, too

The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were optimal. Every step was a labored exertion. She looked to be in her 40s and in the bloom of health other than the excess weight. ...

Rand Paul a man for all seasons on health care

The greatest trick any politician can pull off is to get his self-interest and his principles in perfect alignment. As Thomas More observed in Robert Bolt’s “A Man for All Seasons,” “If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would ...

Problems in US haven’t changed in past 40 years

While scanning YouTube videos, I came across an appearance by Ronald Reagan on “The Tonight Show,” hosted by Johnny Carson. The year was 1975 and Reagan was “between jobs,” having left office as governor of California, where he served for eight years, but not yet president. He would ...

Unanswered questions of 2017

In the nervous Washington summer of 2017, with Republicans reeling from embarrassing disclosure after embarrassing disclosure, opposition Democrats, even before President Trump recently announced in Paris: “France is America’s first and oldest ally. A lot of people don’t know that,” ...

Trump Jr. may have killed health care, tax reform

In a week in which all political eyes should be focused on health care reform, the Trumps dropped another bombshell. First son Donald Trump Jr.’s release of emails between himself and a go-between for a Russian operative seeking access to the campaign, ostensibly to deliver dirt on Hillary ...

Anti-Trump overreach could backfire

Overreach. Donald Trump seems to have an uncanny knack for prompting overreach by his opponents and critics. This often hurts him and the country. But it has the potential to hurt those doing the overreach as well. Start with Trump’s speech in Warsaw last week. “As the Polish experience ...

UPHS-Marquette taking care in right direction

How well I remember moving to Marquette in June 1982 to begin my residency in family medicine at Marquette General Hospital. I had just graduated from medical school and was so ready to begin the next stage of medical education. Indeed, I began this experience with three other resident ...

Becoming a citizen a solemn ceremony public can attend

In today’s political climate there is much talk about immigration. Yet there is little attention given to what happens when immigrants do actually become United States citizens. As a U.S. district judge for 31 years, by far the nicest part of my job was to preside over citizenship ...

Another opinion

Be responsible, pick up your trash The attraction to public spaces — such as parks, hiking trails, playgrounds, gardens, beaches and more — depends on good behavior from those who use them. Many of these spaces don't have a budget; there is no access to cleaning staff or equipment and ...

America’s addiction to abusive drug pricing a national shame

Consider what got Martin Shkreli in trouble with the law. Shrkeli is the infamous “pharma bro” who bought patents to lifesaving drugs then hiked their prices to obscene levels. In one egregious example, he raised the price of a 62-year-old drug crucial to AIDS patients by over 5,000 ...

White House amateur hour just won’t stop

WAHINGTON — A novice Trump administration that has already demonstrated its ineptness in conducting deft foreign policy has now been revealed as similarly ham-handed in the art of politics. Donald Trump Jr. made public an email exchange in which he confirmed his interest in information ...

Child’s fate shouldn’t be decided by state

Charlie Gard’s parents are doing the wrong thing — and I’d probably do it too. Charlie Gard, if you haven’t heard, is the 11-month-old baby whose plight has become a popular cause in England and, increasingly, the United States. Charlie seemed like any other healthy baby when he was ...