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What is Elizabeth Warren’s conservatism?

WASHINGTON — Regimes, however intellectually disreputable, rarely are unable to attract intellectuals eager to rationalize the regimes’ behavior. America’s current administration has “national conservatives.” They advocate unprecedented expansion of government in order to purge ...

Restricting immigration does not amount to hate

President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda has always been considered exclusionary and prejudiced by progressives; now they consider it tainted by mass murder. The El Paso massacre, carried out by a white nationalist waging a lunatic war against Hispanic immigration, is being used as a ...

Cosmic proposal on guns is what nation is in need of

It seems necessary to begin every discussion in America today with a reminder to show a little charity. If you oppose gun control, don’t assume that those proposing restrictions on gun purchases are merely using the latest atrocity as an excuse for confiscation. Likewise, gun opponents should ...

New directive from governor may not put Michigan jobs first

This week Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued another executive directive dictating what kinds of companies the state can do business with, and while she wants to boost Michigan jobs, using state contracts to do so could have unintended consequences. This is Whitmer’s 15th directive this year. It ...

Trump offers platitudes against white supremacy

WASHINGTON — President Trump has outdone even himself in his hypocritical denunciation of racism, bigotry and white supremacy. For years leading up to the murderous shootings in El Paso and Dayton last weekend, he has trafficked in racist stereotypes, codewords and dog whistles. But ...

Good men with guns will not protect us

It was a remarkable 13 hours in American history. A mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, taking nine lives was overshadowed by a massacre in El Paso, Texas, costing 21. Others are dwelling on the El Paso gunman’s alleged online “manifesto” about Hispanics’ growing political clout in Texas ...

Neither left nor right has remedy for America’s illness

America is sick. Just about everybody recognizes it, and we didn’t need two more mass shootings to convince anybody of anything. Most Americans think the country is on the wrong track, despite a roaring economy. You can blame Donald Trump, but Americans have been unsatisfied with the ...

Fixing Baltimore will take a plan

Former South Carolina governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has urged President Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to stop exchanging insults over conditions in Baltimore. Haley scolded Trump for his recent tweet that appeared to mock Rep. Cummings for an attempted break-in at the ...

What presidential debates teach us

Listening to debates among presidential primary candidates invariably reminds me of the 1974 Democratic primary for New York governor. To set the scene: In November of 1973, Republican Nelson Rockefeller, four times elected chief executive of the Empire State who would later be chosen by ...

Trump waging rhetorical race war

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The idea of a race war has long animated white supremacists, who seem to think that such a conflict would result in a white victory, whatever that would mean. Dylann Roof — the white man-boy who murdered nine black parishioners during Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME ...

Democrats and the 1919 World Series

George will WASHINGTON — Watching Democratic presidential aspirants is like watching, a century ago, the 1919 World Series, when discerning spectators thought: Some of the White Sox are trying to lose. Michael Boskin, chairman of President George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers ...

Does racism matter today? Is topic a pro-life issue?

Robert Anderson Most us in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula would prefer to enjoy the warm summer days fishing or picking blueberries rather than listening to the latest noise from Washington. This time the uproar was caused by President Trump’s tweets calling on four women of color who ...

Work in corrections takes tough toll on participants

Doug Gilbertson When you think of prisons, what do you picture? Does it conjure images seen on TV of great, gothic style prisons like on Shawshank Redemption? Maybe you think of the criminals inside the prison or jail, awaiting sentencing or perhaps already doing their “time” inside the ...

Cattle call debates do little for Dems as they seek win

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — The barely digestible second round of Democratic 2020 presidential candidate debates on CNN in Detroit was like the feeding of 20 hogs at an open trough, each candidate jostling to get his or her share of the publicity swill. In the process, some light but more ...

Here’s the true dope on clothes pollution

Do you worry that the clothes you buy pose an environmental hazard? The idea never crossed my mind until serious news sources started talking about it. The central claim was that the fashion industry is the world’s second biggest source of pollution, the first being oil. The story ...

Congressional impeachment show needs to be canceled

The impeachment show needs to be suspended and sent back for major rewrites — or, better yet, canceled entirely. I use the word “show” deliberately, because that is what it has become. In the most recent episode of House Democrats versus President Trump, pro-impeachment members were ...

What’s next for Dems, post-Mueller?

The Washington Post, which has done everything in its dwindling power with articles, editorials and columns denouncing, demeaning and attempting to destroy President Trump, appears to have temporarily — but only temporarily — raised the white flag. A headline following former Special ...

Can Dems ever get to fourth stage?

It is time to remind ourselves of the Four Stages of Political Defeat and whether the losing side — in this case, the Democrats who suffered an unexpected and stinging rebuke in 2016 — will be able to recover and compete. Because political parties are composed of human beings, when a ...

Color of her skin is the big problem

WASHINGTON — Going out on a limb here: Donald Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything. And all of those observable facts seem to sit quite well with his base of supporters, most Republicans of Congress and, ...

Candidates should answer these questions

WASHINGTON — The Democratic presidential circus pitches its tent in Detroit this week. It will be especially entertaining if the presidential aspirants are asked some questions like these: For Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders especially, but others, too: Three of Barack Obama’s ...