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Feeling guilty about moving on

Dear Annie: I have been a practicing attorney for six years. My current job as an in-house attorney was my first job out of law school. My employer was taking a big risk on me, as in-house positions are usually given to attorneys who have already done their time in big firms. My boss said that ...

Do Dems not get 2020 voters?

Historically, we Americans have been among the world’s most optimistic people. Why? One reason could be that every American, with the exception of those whose ancestors were already here when Columbus arrived or those whose ancestors were brought here in chains, is either herself an immigrant ...

Writer dreading upcoming birthday

Dear Annie. It will soon be my 40th birthday, and I’m feeling a tremendous amount of anxiety with this pending milestone event. Intuitively, I understand that it is an arbitrary number. My body feels the same as it did yesterday, and nothing appears to be changing. However, emotionally, it ...

White House shouldn’t downplay virus

The White House has been walking into a coronavirus trap. By pooh-poohing worries about the virus and saying everything is under control, it is setting itself up for the charge, if things get even a little bad, that it was self-deluding and overly complacent. It will be accused of making ...

High stakes in S.C. primary for both Biden, Sanders

jules witcover WASHINGTON — As former Vice President Joe Biden looks to Saturday’s Democratic primary for a turn-around in his bid for the 2020 presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders finds himself facing intensive new pushback there from his old self-definition as a “democratic ...

How bad was Bloomberg’s past workplace behavior?

KATHLEEN PARKER WASHINGTON - When Ginny Clark became the first woman trainee at Salomon Brothers, the Wall Street investment firm where Mike Bloomberg got his start, she entered a man’s world that would horrify most young women of the #MeToo generation. To say times were different in 1968 ...

Russians are coming, again, but this time backing Sanders

cal thomas The Russians are like the devil. Each gets blamed (or credited) with more than they are responsible for. Intelligence officials recently went to Capitol Hill where, according to The Hill, “they briefed the House Intelligence Committee about Russia interfering in the ...

Experience Sanders couldn’t buy, even with Bloomberg’s money

Mike Bloomberg was elected New York mayor two months after the outrage of Sept. 11, 2001. He took over a city reeling with grief and suffering economic losses tied to the terrorist attacks. Rather than lay off public workers who had performed gallantly in the crisis, he raised taxes on the ...

Dems should be sounding a Sanders alert

In “Jaws 2,” Roy Scheider reprises his role as Police Chief Brody, the landlubber lawman forced to battle a great white shark. He’s convinced there’s another beast out there, but he can’t persuade anyone who matters. “Look at this. That’s a shark,” says Brody, waving a grainy ...

Sleep deprived to sleeping like a baby

Dear Annie: I am a 65-year-old woman who suffers from insomnia. I exercise regularly, limit my caffeine intake and try to wind down at the end of the day with more relaxing books or TV shows. However, there are still a couple of nights a week when I simply cannot fall asleep. I’m retired, ...

Mike didn’t get it done at debate

The only thing that can be said about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s first appearance with his fellow Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas last Wednesday night was that Mike did not get it done, as his campaign ads promise he will if he becomes president. He was ...

Hey buddy, I’m not your sweetheart

Dear Annie: Recently, I went to a debate tournament where I gave speeches with other kids on laws that we wrote. When we got back our score sheets with feedback, I found a comment from a judge telling me to smile. I was very upset and angry. I’m a high school girl, and this judge was a dad ...

Debates could be improved

First, a confession: I really like presidential debates. Why, you ask? Because these debates give us voters the chance to watch and evaluate the candidates while they stand shoulder-to-shoulder and have to answer the same questions. Away from their carefully orchestrated campaign events, ...

Celebrate small victories

Dear Annie: My biggest accomplishment in life is my recovery. I’m currently seven years sober, and I have worked very hard to clear my history of self-destruction and rebuild my life into what it is today. I continue to attend recovery meetings and guide other women through the recovery ...

Bloomberg a technocratic threat to GOP

Mike Bloomberg is cool, correct and effective, and all the more worrisome for it. If November were to come down to a Trump-Bloomberg race — despite the former New York City mayor’s woeful debating skills — Americans would get the choice of swapping one president with an ...

Bloomberg fires blanks in Dem debate debut

jules witcover WASHINGTON — For all the millions former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has sunk into television ads, he probably wishes now he would have hired a political strategist to advise him to stay out of that Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas Wednesday night. After ...

When will Japanese admit World War II atrocities?

robert manning The article “California to apologize for internment of Japanese Americans” by Cuneyt Dil in last Monday’s The Mining Journaldoes warrant a response though perhaps not rising to a rebuttal. The United States not only recognized years ago the mass incarceration of ...

Democrats only hope shaping up to be Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Mona Charen The pre-Nevada Democratic debate was a gift to Donald Trump. Instead of training their fire on the incumbent, or on the vulnerable front-runner, Bernie Sanders, the candidates tore Mike Bloomberg to shreds while saving plenty of darts for one another. That nice young man Pete ...

Nevada nastiness could hurt candidate Sanders

Bernie Sanders’ clash with the hospitality workers union did not start the history of bad feelings about him in Nevada. That started four years ago. Both involved thuggery wherein nasty Sanders followers harassed other candidates and their backers with misogynist and racist delight. Worse ...

Democrats vs. Republicans: Role reversal

For most of my life the rule of thumb was that the GOP was the ideological party and the Democratic Party was the coalitional party. This always was an overgeneralization. Democrats had an ideological perspective, and Republicans had coalitional interests. But from the New Deal to around the ...