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Ransom by any other name

You've probably heard the very old riddle: When is a door not a door? When it's ajar.An updated version might go like this: When is a ransom not a ransom? When the Obama administration says it isn't.President Obama and his State Department want us to believe that $400 million in foreign cash ...

Poll apart: American’s optimism tanks in latest national survey

A long time ago, maybe in the first Eisenhower administration, my precinct committeewoman taught me the unchanging rules of how to respond to public opinion polls.If the polls show your candidate trailing badly, then simply attack polls and anyone who blindly follows them: "I will always be ...

IRS should call Trump’s bluff

For 40 years, Americans have had a chance to review the tax returns of major party candidates running for the presidency.But this year, the Republican nominee says he "can't" release his returns because they are being audited by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS has said nothing prevents a ...

It’s unclear if either party has winning strategy for November

What is the campaign strategy for the two political parties? Clues can be had from the responses to a question I asked about a dozen dignitaries of each party at their conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. What's your best guess, I asked, emphasizing guess, of your nominee's percentage of ...

Trump election would be great news for Russians, ISIL

This is the second time my visceral discontentment with Donald Trump urges me to share with you my own personal feelings and thoughts. Personal, is the key word.The first time was when he attacked the integrity of a judge because of his Mexican heritage, which enraged me because my father was a ...

Higher education one option of many in selecting future

College students approach university life expecting a transformative experience. They are on a mission to gain knowledge, leadership skills, and valuable connections, hoping to improve their quality of life after they walk across the graduation stage.Numerous studies confirm that overall ...

Detroit shouldn’t stunt growth

For a city that just emerged from bankruptcy, Detroit's City Council has a numb sense of how best to regrow its economic base.The council has been deliberating which version of a community benefits measure to approve for the November ballot that would require developers with major investments ...

Road to Trump not built in a day

The implosion is so big it's drowning out the "he said this monstrous thing" or "that easily caught lie." Donald Trump has moved from the chaos candidate to the kamikaze candidate to the crazy-as-a-loon candidate.But none of his behavior is new. He's been incoherent and ignorant - vulgar and ...

Vote like a woman against Trump

A popular mantra of political discourse in this presidential season involves lecturing women not to cast our votes as women.There are various versions of this mantra, coming mostly from conservatives and too many Bernie-or-bust folks, designed to prevent us from voting for one of our own just ...

Was it Fox and friends with benefits?

WASHINGTON - No one would mistake Roger Ailes for a ladies man, at least not without a fistful of dollars - or a garter belt.So emerges a fresh image of the man who created Fox News, the cable network known for its leggy, law-degreed female hosts. Ailes, like Hugh Hefner, knew that a spoonful ...

Hillary recycled issues in speech

Environmentalists should be pleased with Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, because it was largely recycled talking points we have heard for decades.Putting aside the theatrics designed to make Hillary Clinton appear to be something she is ...

Presidential wish list complicated inventory

More than 20 million Americans watched some or all of the Republican and Democratic conventions these past two weeks, though how much crossover there was between the two is unknown. For those of us who watched both, the differences were stark and confusing. Donald Trump's convention painted a ...

How tangled with Russia is Trump?

WASHINGTON - To gauge the opportunism and hypocrisy that define Donald Trump's Republican Party, consider this: Imagine the scalding rhetoric that would have boiled from the likes of Newt Gingrich, that Metternich of many green rooms, if Hillary Clinton had offhandedly undermined the collective ...

Bill did yeoman’s work in giving Hillary endorsement

WASHINGTON - Perhaps in repayment for all the times Hillary Clinton has had his back, Bill Clinton held a typically winning "conversation" Tuesday night with the Democratic National Convention delegates - and millions watching on television - about the woman polls suggest remains unlikeable and ...

Loving America means having the ability to find fault with it

I was sitting on a bus one summer, chatting with a man behind me who'd worked all over the world in the U.S. foreign service. Like many conversations today, ours turned eventually to the many problems with our country.That's when his companion, who'd been silent so far, spoke. If things are so ...

Other opinions

Obesity a modern plagueThe evidence is like something from a Stephen King novel. A plague is sweeping across our country and through our communities. Everyone agrees it is a horrible thing and many people and groups are working desperately to stop it.A few people, though, are abetting the ...

No Bernie revolution without Bernie

One hesitates to discuss the small group of Bernie Sanders followers throwing tantrums at the Democratic convention. Some 90 percent of Sanders backers say they've already moved their support to Hillary Clinton.But when a tiny number - some with duct tape on their mouths saying "silenced" - ...

Hillary is making big plans

Six times now, I've revised the beginning of this column to avoid starting with the word "I," my mother's long-ago voice ringing in my ear.Not talking about oneself is a cornerstone of my upbringing. This is not uncommon for women of my generation. We came of age in the 1970s, at the height of ...

Conventions are like night and day

PHILADELPHIA - If political conventions tell us anything beyond the predictable, the one held last week in Cleveland and the other going on this week in Philadelphia pose contrasts so stark that one wonders if the two groups hail from the same country. Hint: One of them didn't present a diverse ...

GOP says it’s midnight in America

In 1984, Hal Riney, a San Francisco advertising man, wrote and narrated "Morning in America," which became the signature television commercial of Republican Ronald Reagan's winning re-election campaign. In Riney's calm and reassuring voice, the script began: "It's morning again in America. ...