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Inaugurations past and present a study in contrasts

WASHINGTON — (Friday’s) inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th president (was) the 16th I’ve witnessed in Washington, in person or via television, going back to Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957. All have been confirmations of the marvel of continuity in the transition of national power. I ...

President Trump’s inauguration not without historical precedent

michael barone The United States has just had three consecutive eight-year presidencies, and it’s only the second time in history that that’s happened. The only other such moment came on March 4, 1825, 192 years ago. That’s a bit surprising, given the strong example George ...

Is blatant grab for power going on in state capital?

SCOTT EMERSON The first few sentences of our Michigan state constitution declare that, we, the people, should be grateful for our “blessings of freedom;” that all political power is inherent in us, “the people;” that the government is instituted in order to provide for the well being, ...

Value of caregivers for disabled people cannot be overstated

Aaron Andres I’d like to call your attention to an issue that is effecting the lives of disabled people throughout the Upper Peninsula and perhaps throughout the country. This issue has seemed to have gone unnoticed for some amount of time, or if people did notice they must not have ...

State lawmakers want do-over on failed schools law

Michigan lawmakers have identified repealing a 2009 law that lets the state take over failing local schools as one of their top priorities of the new session. Sen. Phil Pavlov, a Republican from St. Clair Township, has introduced legislation to repeal the law that allows the state to close or ...

Boycotts are form of speech

Froma Harrop Liberals have organized a campaign to boycott Simon & Schuster over its planned publication of a book by alt-right bad boy Milo Yiannopoulos. Is this boycott a form of censorship? Wendy Kaminer, a civil liberties lawyer, argues that progressives should be troubled by “the ...

Obama gave daughter Kindle filled with books

The first time I met Barack Obama was in early 2006, when he was still a U.S. senator. He had come to Cincinnati to help out my husband, Sherrod Brown, in Sherrod’s campaign to join him in the Senate. I sat next to Obama during breakfast, before he took the stage. Almost immediately, our ...

Lewis vs. Trump is heavyweight bout

WASHINGTON — A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.” That, my friends, is what’s known as “fake news.” It didn’t happen. I made it up. Here’s real news: Just days before his inauguration, ...

Ben Carson: Outstanding role model

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his ...

Dems need white, blue collars

You’re a white male blue-collar voter, and you think about how your nation’s political and financial establishment has treated you and yours over the past 25 years. All ‘’the best people’’ — presidents and prize-winning professors and respected editorial writers — told you ...

Undermining trust in our institutions is Putin’s goal

President-elect Donald Trump conceded this week that he thinks Russia was responsible for hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, though he couldn’t help but add the caveat that it “could have been others also.” Trump’s reluctance to ...

Tales of intelligence community, Russia and president-elect

On Wednesday, in his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump came out swinging — against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community. He had some legitimate reason. One was ...

Obama’s bittersweet farewell touched nation

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s decision to go home to Chicago to deliver his farewell address to the nation was not too surprising, considering he will be leaving a Washington that over the last eight years has brought him as much heartache as satisfaction. His televised speech before a ...

On fire: MTV News shows true colors with intolerance

It’s only the second week of 2017, but it’s already been a banner year for preening liberals on cable TV who are hell-bent on self-immolation in the name of proving everyone else’s moral inferiority. To use young people’s slang these days, you’re “lit,” media progressives. But ...

State can’t shrink pension reform

Flint is facing another crisis — but this one doesn’t involve its drinking water. The city’s pension system is severely underfunded and getting worse, and that leaves the future viability of the city uncertain, no matter what happens with its water lines. Flint's defined benefit pension ...

Is ‘stranger rape’ more troubling than ‘date rape?’

A New York City police captain said he regards “true stranger rapes” as “more troubling” than rapes in which the victims knew their attacker. Outrage ensued. He quickly apologized, writing on Twitter, “My comments were not meant to minimize the seriousness of sexual assault.” The ...

A call for activists for journalism

Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third person as he described Vladimir Putin’s affection for him and attacked not one ...

Dylann Roof’s last act was absurd

CHARLESTON, S.C. — If Death lingers in courtroom corridors awaiting sentences, this historic city’s federal courthouse was surely a top destination. On Tuesday, the Reaper’s patience was rewarded with the jury’s return of the death penalty for Dylann Roof. Roof, who insisted on ...

Obama won’t admit Russia failure

President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality — topped off by the Russian interference in the November election — to make the outgoing president almost cleareyed about the Kremlin. Not that Obama is ready to admit error. Asked by George ...

GOP’s year of living nervously

Outspent by nearly a 2-1 ratio by Hillary Clinton and conspicuously not endorsed by the two most recent Republican presidents or the two most recent Republican presidential nominees, Donald Trump was still able to capture six states Democrat Barack Obama had twice carried — Florida, Iowa, ...