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Trump treads on the US Constitution with impunity

Hillary Clinton had a bad week. A scathing report from the State Department's inspector general on Clinton's use of a private email server for government business would have ignited more of a media firestorm than it did had Donald Trump not done what he does best: sucked up all the oxygen with ...

Dogs that aren’t barking — and those that are — in Campaign 2016

Let's look back on the primary campaign - completed for Republicans, still ongoing for Democrats - and see if we can identify what Sherlock Holmes referred to as dogs that didn't bark.For what's unusual about this campaign is not only that unexpected things happened - improbable candidates ...

People backing Trump await ‘presidential’ transformation

WASHINGTON - Republican establishment leaders now falling in behind Donald Trump hope he will somehow become more "presidential" as their party's nominee and, if elected, as the Oval Office occupant.That dream accounts for the likes of such conservatives as Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Marco ...

Care Clinic provides wide variety of services to those in need

Care Clinic is a nonprofit pregnancy help medical clinic and resource center for women and men. The organization has been serving people in Marquette County and beyond since 1973.The organization's mission is to empower women and men to make healthy choices for themselves and their children by ...

Kym Worthy must free man she wrongly put in jail

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy should be standing at the courthouse door to apologize to Davontae Sanford when he walks in to resume his request for a new trial for a murder that by now Worthy and everyone else must know he didn't commit.Standing next to her should be Detroit Police Chief ...

Suckers for Trump need to believe

Here is how Donald Trump suckers the little people. What follows is a telling of his methods, not commentary on his lack of scruples.The Question: Why didn't the trail of wreckage left by Trump's failed businesses deter students from forking over as much as $35,000 for a class at Trump ...

Trump’s whining strategy appears to be working

The day before the March presidential primary in Ohio, one of my journalism students at Kent State told me she was going to cover Donald Trump's rally that evening in Youngstown.She was excited.I was immediately concerned.Trump had already established a habit of working up crowds of supporters ...

Once a great notion now lies in tatters

OXFORD, Md. - It was such a marvelous idea: The United States of America.Obviously, we've never really pulled it all together under one hat, but it has always seemed that at least we were striving for a more perfect union.No more. Something changed - and quickly, as history goes. Actually, ...

America has a cosmic tax gap

The folks working for the federal government can do some incredible things.Over at NASA, for instance, they're now putting the finishing touches on the new James Webb Space Telescope - an instrument The Washington Post says will be powerful enough "to capture the heat signature of a bumblebee ...

Destiny truly goes to character

It turns out that Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, knew exactly what he was talking about some 25 centuries ago when he wrote: ''Character is destiny.'' Consider American presidents who have disappointed, even failed, in office - theirs were not failures of intellect or education. Most almost ...

No doubt Hillary was an enabler

Donald Trump's philosophy is never to use a scalpel when a meat ax is available, and so it is with his attack on the Clinton scandals of the 1990s.And yet, in slamming Hillary as Bill's "enabler" and daring to invoke the allegation of rape against Clinton, Trump is again demonstrating his ...

Was it a glorious day of independence for Britain?

LONDON - Leaders of the campaign to end Britain's membership in the European Union hope that next month's referendum will make June 23, 2016, a date as luminous in modern British history as May 3, 1979, when voters made Margaret Thatcher prime minister. Michael Gove, secretary of justice and ...

Rules? What rules? Hillary does what Hillary thinks is in her best interests

"Rules are made to be broken" is a saying that has many variations, but perhaps no one has summed up Hillary Clinton's attitude (and Bill's, too) about rules more than the late science-fiction writer, Robert A. Heinlein, who said: "I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them ...

Campaign starting to pivot toward personal conduct

WASHINGTON - While the contest for the presidency should focus on the candidates' qualifications to run the world's most powerful nation, the current one instead is getting bogged down on personal behavior and trustworthiness.Donald Trump's business record finally has come under sharper ...

Americans should hold out for integrity in presidential race

As someone who believes that excessive partisanship and Balkanization is poisoning our politics, I have tried to view Hillary Clinton as something other than the ghoul she is portrayed as in conservative circles.No accusation against her is considered too outlandish to gain assent in some ...

Offer Flint long-term stability

The Flint water crisis has directed much-needed local and national attention to the city's public health crisis. But that attention will eventually wane, and the current administration and Legislature will change and the city will still be dealing with long-term effects.It's essential that ...

Public squalor about airport security

I was about to share my own sob story, when I read that hundreds of passengers missed their flights at Chicago O'Hare International Airport because of hourslong security lines.Many had to sleep on cots overnight, awaiting a morning escape. American Airlines says that in March, about 6,800 ...

Putting free speech out to pasture in Iowa

Hard experience teaches that biotech companies, chemical corporations, and other agribusiness giants have no sense of respect for Mother Nature. Now, Rick Friday has learned they have no sense of humor either.Friday, a lifelong Iowa farmer, also happens to be a talented, self-taught cartoonist. ...

No self respect: Pendulous boobery a pathetic outrage

From runways to red carpets to Instagram and Snapchat, celebrity overexposure is inescapable. We're drowning in underboob. Bombarded with sideboob. Nip slips. Crotch slips. Bare-bottom flashes. All of the above, all at once.The problem, my fellow Americans, is not that we live in an age of ...

Trump deflicts blame for misstatements

WASHINGTON - If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren't captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn't believe in taking prisoners, either.The exception to the rule is obviously truth. But then, veracity is no hindrance to the conspiracy-minded.Now, Trump points out he didn't ...