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We need a Canadian border wall

Canada's sloppy, rushed and reckless Syrian refugee resettlement program is America's looming national security nightmare.Donald Trump shouldn't just be promising to build a Mexican border wall. He (and any other sovereignty-minded presidential candidate) should be vowing to rebuild the ...

Same misogyny, different season

Hillary Clinton's ascendancy in the race for president has provided an opportunity for the rest of us women to step back and assess our standing in America.This reflection is worth our time, particularly for those of us who are old enough to remember what it felt like to watch Clinton come so ...

Time to flush N.C. bathroom law

WASHINGTON - As Archie Bunker might say, the world is going down the terlet.And how.Who could have predicted that politics would require serious discussion of who uses what restroom? Or, personally speaking, a second column?Alas, it seems that yet greater clarity is needed regarding this ...

Big-ticket Wall Street deals should be subject to sales tax

In case there was any doubt, the presidential election fight has confirmed that blasting Wall Street, even eight years after the financial crisis, is still a vote-getter.Hillary Clinton has said she'd like to jail more bankers. Donald Trump has skewered the hedge fund managers who are "getting ...

Trump: A ‘No-nonsense’ negotiator

In addition to winning more primaries, more convention delegates and 2 million more votes than any other Republican presidential candidate running this year, billionaire developer Donald Trump has won a significant national following with his repeated pledge, as a shrewd negotiator, "to beat ...

Early American dream house now a dream

They demand granite countertops. We don't. They abhor 20-year-old kitchen cabinets. We don't notice they're 20 years old. They want his-and-her vanities in the master bath. We want to know, what exactly is a "vanity"?Aha, it's a sink. "Sink" is a bit downscale-sounding, don't you think? That's ...

Trump’s insincere arguments apparent

"Gestapo tactics." That's how Donald Trump's recently installed campaign manager, Paul Manafort, characterized the Ted Cruz campaign's successful effort to win all 34 of Colorado's pledged national convention delegates at the long-scheduled Republican congressional district and state ...

Ryan does best Sherman act but some are unconvinced

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan tried again this week to discourage speculation that he might be a compromise presidential choice at the coming Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.He echoed the famous rejection of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, who told Republican suitors ...

‘Mundane’ racism commonly impacts persons of color

This spring, the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus has been the site of several heinous acts of racism: An Asian student was spat on and a black student received a note with obscenities and racial slurs slipped under her door.The university is, of course, taking it seriously. ...

Crisis in Flint highlights need for additional water testing

Seventy-one percent of the Earth's surface is covered by it and humans could not survive without it, but surprisingly little is known about what's in water flowing from taps across the U.S.If there's one difficult lesson the nation learned from the Flint water crisis, it's that ignorance is not ...

Chicago wake-up call coming

Circle this date on your calendar: April 22. I'll be in Chicago that day attending what may be a very significant milestone in American politics and domestic policy. It's going to be a wake and a wake-up call, part memorial and part protest.If you are a so-called American "STEM worker" in ...

‘I’m a girl so you better get used to it’

When Gabriel was nearly 3 years old, he told his mother, "I'm sad.""Why?" she asked."I want to wear beautiful clothes. I want to grow a baby in my body."Over and over, the mother heard this longing of her child's heart. Every time, she tried to reassure. "You want beautiful clothes?" she said. ...

Fashion-backward in North Carolina

EASTON, Md. - It's been a long while since South Carolina could look down upon its neighbor to the North.Thanks to North Carolina's anti-LGBT legislation (HB2), also referred to as the "bathroom bill," the state effectively has begun redefining itself from its long-popular characterization as a ...

Missing in action: Political reality and good leadership

Every federal budget is a dream sheet. They're all unrealistic.It goes something like this: The president lays out a slate of new programs, revenue raisers, and strategic cuts. Then Republican leaders pull out their X-Acto knives, highlighting cuts to programs they oppose. Then the more ...

Life of political utility infielder eventful

WASHINGTON - The memoir of the late Frank Mankiewicz, "So As I Was Saying," has recently hit the bookstores. In his 90 years he was an avid baseball fan, and in the game's jargon he could have been cast as a utility infielder of the first order.Son of Herman Mankiewicz, Academy Award-winning ...

In Hulk, Trump scandals, women have names

If you've been following Hulk Hogan's successful suit against Gawker or Donald Trump's rumble with a gossip writer, you may have come across some missing people.Both stories lean on "love" triangles in which one of the sides, the woman, is of so little consequence she's rarely even named.The ...

Wisconsin Republicans bid no to Trump

"Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again." That's the first sentence in a Trump campaign statement tweeted out Tuesday night by the Washington Post's Robert Costa. It's also a strange way to respond to a solid defeat, reminiscent of the Monty Python knight who ...

Radicalization of Islam a challenging topic for most

President Obama has been criticized for his choice of words in labeling murderers who also happen to be Muslims (currently, ISIL).This is a legitimate issue deserving a legitimate debate. Sadly, however, and because we are living in the fog of campaign war, the "bickering" is not creating any ...

Public health celebrating past, preparing for future

National Public Health Week is celebrated during the first week of April in the United States. If you ask a person on the street, "What does local public health do?" they are likely to say that it provides healthcare for low-income people.But the truth is that public health is actually the ...

Bathroom bill badly flawed

North Carolina is leading the charge on so-called "bathroom bills" - laws that prohibit transgender people from using the restrooms right for them - but a Michigan legislator is ready to enter that ignoble company.Sen. Tom Casperson last week announced he would introduce a bill that would ...