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Time to end political family privilege; America wants it

The Trump camp is making a very big deal out of Hunter Biden’s 2014 gig with a Ukrainian oligarch. This was a time when his father, Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s vice president, was pressing Ukraine’s leaders to rein in its oligarchs. As it happened, Hunter’s membership on the oligarch’s ...

MPSC holding hearing Friday in Escanaba

In 2016, the state Legislature passed, and the governor signed into law, comprehensive legislation that fundamentally changed the way utilities and state regulators plan for the energy future of Michigan’s 10 million residents. Among those Legislative changes were orders for the Michigan ...

Back to the past with Biden

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look ...

Story ‘too good to check’ usually gets you in trouble

Shortly after the cooling of the earth, when I was working for The Washington Post, I more than once heard a grizzled editor skeptically caution a younger reporter who was sure that he, alone, had gotten a stop-the-presses exclusive scoop that was going to lead the paper and, quite possibly, ...

Most Americans accept diversity

As the country grows more ethnically and racially diverse, Americans’ attitudes towards diversity seem pretty sanguine. Most Americans, regardless of ethnic or racial background, think diversity is a good thing and makes the nation stronger. More than three-fourths of all Americans say ...

‘Dabbling’ in protectionism dangerous

George will WASHINGTON — A man who worked in a boxer’s corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: “Things just went sour gradually all at once.” It can be like that when government dabbles in ...

Chocolay Township board must protect community

We are opposed to Chocolay Township's proposed zoning ordinance 34-19-03 and rental ordinance 68 that would allow unregulated short-term rentals throughout the Township. Please come and share your thoughts at public comment at 5:30 p.m. Monday, before the township board takes a final vote on ...

Middle East tumult: No simple solutions to situation

mohey mowafy aOn the night of his inauguration, our 45th president was, naturally, an ecstatic man. I remember when he looked at his son-in-law and declared him to be the incoming Middle East guru who will bring that “peace settlement” between the Israelis and the Palestinians which has ...

Trump actions inviting constitutional crisis ahead

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to claim executive privilege to shield himself from further investigation into his personal and business affairs assures a critical clash over the Constitution’s separation of powers among the three governing branches. He has ...

Everyone agrees: Robocalls are a scourge on humanity

I oversee the care of an ailing man who’s pushing 90. When I’m with him, the sound of his phone ringing sends a minor shock to my system. And his phone is ringing all the time. “That’s probably a robocall,” he says, obviously aware that these autodialed spam and scam calls are ...

If Dems crave return to ‘normalcy,’ why are their candidates so radical?

In the 1920 presidential election, Warren Harding won in a landslide by promising a “Return to Normalcy.” Today’s Democrats would be wise to make that same pledge for 2020. They probably won’t, however, which is why President Trump might get re-elected. Harding’s concept of normalcy ...

Remembering the pioneers

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. It’s called “The Pioneers” and the subtitle is its theme: “The heroic story of the ...

Norman Mineta was uniquely American story

Feb. 19, 1942, was not President Franklin Roosevelt’s finest day. Some 10 weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR signed Executive Order 9066, which violated the legal rights of some 120,000 Japanese Americans. In short order, people of Japanese descent were given just 48 hours to ...

Let staff ask the questions

There aren’t many advantages to being old — and at nearly 72, I qualify — but having actually lived through historic events gives one certain insights. From 1972 to 1974, I was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee. I was hired to the professional staff even though I did not ...

Abortion debate amped up

George will WASHINGTON — While constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians — in descending order of importance in the abortion debate — have been arguing in the 46 years since the Supreme Court attempted to settle the debate, some technologists have been making a consequential ...

New York Times has long history of slamming Jews

cal thoimas It took a few days, but the New York Times finally got around to apologizing for publishing in its international edition a grossly anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a blind President Trump wearing a yarmulke and being led by a dog resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ...

Tale of two obstructions Trump, Barr have in common

Mona chaREN Every Republican remembers with disgust the video of Bill Clinton glowering into the camera and declaring: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false.” It’s worth ...

Mueller’s letter burst’s Barr’s pro-Trump balloon

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s leaked letter taking exception to Attorney General William Barr’s vindication of Donald Trump in the Russian meddling investigation has cast a new cloud over the presidency and Barr himself. Democratic members of Congress ...

Playing God: Would climate engineering cross boundaries?

As climate technology advances, the incredible is becoming creditable. Someday, a guy sitting in a bunker may be able to alter the planet’s temperature by fiddling with a cosmic thermostat. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. There are basically two approaches to climate engineering. ...

Trump loyalists will turn their backs on McGahn

So Don McGahn is in the president’s crosshairs. Whose side are you on? I ask because this is perhaps the perfect test for a special subgroup of Donald Trump supporters. Call them the “But Gorsuchers.” At the beginning of the Trump administration, when things got off to a rocky start, ...