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Just exactly how did Bernie Sanders get so wealthy?

In 2016 and 2017, Bernie Sanders raked in over a million bucks. Last year, his gross income was down to $561, 293 — still not too shabby. The point is not to rib the senator about his membership in the top 1 percent, though that’s tempting. Nor is it to chide him for his relatively paltry ...

Paris and New York are united by urban horror

Many of us watching the inferno at Notre Dame de Paris felt that 9/11 dread. This week, as nearly 18 years ago, the news channels kept looping the same horrific video of towers collapsing. At the end, the medieval cathedral remained mostly standing while the twin towers at New York’s World ...

Trump’s latest un-American scheme should shock people

WASHINGTON — President Trump has thumbed his nose at Lady Liberty with his bizarre notion of shipping undocumented migrants to sanctuary cities that he erroneously says advocate open American borders. In a particularly snide needling of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he suggests they be sent ...

President Trump definitely hell-bent on ‘owning the libs’

President Trump is looking into giving a free trip to San Francisco, New Orleans or other great American cities to tens of thousands of refugees from Central America. All so he can own the libs. “Owning the libs” is one of those phrases to have emerged over the last few years that ...

Let’s flood sanctuary zones

In the category of Mad magazine’s “scenes we’d like to see,” comes President Trump’s threat to transport migrants to cities and states that have declared themselves sanctuaries. Apparently he thinks such a move would force Democrats in Congress who represent these places to vote to ...

Julian Assange is major problem

WASHINGTON — They say that guests are like fish; after three days they become a bit whiffy. By this measure, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange smelled like an overladen fishing vessel adrift in the searing sun. Upon his arrest Thursday by British authorities, ending his nearly seven-year ...

Democrats sweepstakes of frivolity creeping forward

george will WASHINGTON — The Democrats’ presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party’s 2016 achievement — the election of the current president — was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison d’etre is to ...

What does history tell us about 2020? Not very much

Michael barone What does history tell us about the 2020 presidential election? Not as much as we’d like to know. We’re an old republic and our two political parties are the oldest and third oldest in the world. But we’ve only had a limited number of presidential elections. Three were ...

Message to US politicians: Twitter is not America

Mona charen An appropriately Twitteresque meme circulated recently on that platform: Write a sad story in just three words. This was an homage to Ernest Hemingway, who, challenged to write a sad story in only six words, grabbed the nearest blank paper and scrawled: “For sale: baby shoes. ...

Biden’s awkward 2020 start and prospects for rebounding

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden, apparently on the verge of entering the 2020 Democratic presidential race, stubbed his toe by joking about the allegations of several women that he invaded their personal space. Biden, a warm and gregarious public schmoozer all ...

Is the US full? That’s the wrong question to ask

“Our country is full,” President Trump said in regard to the immigration debate. Is this true? That depends. Some parts seem full, and some parts are definitely not. What the United States does need is a smart conversation on population. Nearly every point made in this “America, full ...

Nielsen all wrong for Trump’s ‘bad cop’ role on immigration

Kirstjen Nielsen is off the island. The embattled, beleaguered and apparently overwhelmed secretary of the Department of Homeland Security was reportedly fired before she could quit. Summoned to the White House on Sunday, she arrived with a resignation letter in tow. “Despite our progress ...

God and Dems: Uneasy alliance

For the last 27 years, Democrats have been trying to win over evangelical Christians who last voted in large numbers for their party’s presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter, in 1976. At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, Al Gore gave it a go, but misquoted Scripture. In his acceptance ...

Aging mother causing great deal of strife

Dear Annie: My family is dealing with an aging mother. Since my father died, she has moved often. Every place she moves to eventually has some issue, and she starts complaining. Soon she is driving me crazy about whatever it is. Even after the problem is solved, she’ll find something else to ...

When preferences become obsession

Dear Annie: I am in my mid-60s and retired, as is my husband. We have family scattered around the country and travel quite a bit. It has become quite obvious that our kids’ generation is totally consumed with a certain famous coffee brand. I like to refer to it as “Fancypants ...

Joe Biden’s apology should be enough for Democrats

Democrats seem intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Their latest self-inflicted wound has been the shaming of former Vice President Joe Biden. Several women have now come forward to accuse Biden of touching them in ways that made them uncomfortable, even though no one yet ...

Temporarily cutting off family member

Dear Annie: I recently went no-contact with my father. We had a tumultuous relationship when I was growing up because of his struggle with mental illness. Before going no-contact with him, every phone call caused me intense anxiety and triggered symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. My ...

Progress Edition 2019 was resounding success for paper

Once again I want to say a big Thank You to all the businesses that advertised this year in our annual Progress Edition, which was published on March 27. We had 108 pages in the edition this year and it was filled with positive stories about the great progress that our community has made in ...

Water is precious gift that must not be squandered

Not long ago I stopped at a nearby convenience store to purchase a gallon of water. I had discovered that the church building at which our meeting was scheduled was dealing with serious water problems, rusty pipes and possible contamination that could impact human health. The bottle of ...

Waterways policy is crony capitalism, not patriotism

\WASHINGTON — The president has received from one of his employees, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a report that probably tells Ross’ employer what he wants to hear: that imports of cars — “The Audis are coming! The Audis are coming!” — threaten “national security.” This report ...