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Here are two very impossible things that could very well happen in 2016

"One can't believe impossible things," Alice objected."I daresay you haven't had much practice," the Red Queen replied. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."You may be reading this sometime ...

‘The Donald’ getting the same kind of adoration as Obama

Among a very long list of harms inflicted upon the United States by Barack Obama and his party, perhaps the worst was Caesarism.Obama relished the worship of millions in 2008. From his star turn at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, he was treated not as a political candidate, but as a ...

Trump urging GOP toward anti-immigration death wish

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is fast becoming a sort of villainous Pied Piper, tooting the 2016 Republican presidential mice behind him over a precipice to political suicide.Despite warnings after the party's 2012 defeat that it must court the burgeoning Hispanic vote or face eventual oblivion, ...

Wrongful conviction legislation flawed

Legislation proposing Michigan compensate people who have been wrongly convicted contains a serious and, we hope, fatal flaw.About half the states have laws that offer the wrongly convicted a chance at compensation for the time they lost in prison. The laws vary widely from state to state. ...

Ramos 1, Trump 0 in latest dustup on part of The Donald

I am so tired of the media tap dance around Donald Trump.Earlier this week in Iowa, Univision journalist Jorge Ramos - regularly acknowledged by mainstream media as the Walter Cronkite of Latino America - was first ejected from a Trump news conference and then allowed to return to continue a ...

Liberal hypocrisy easily seen on subject of constitutional tinkering

When is it outrageous to amend the Constitution?Donald Trump, the front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination, wants to overturn the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship. Whether out of panic or sincerity, a number of other Republican candidates have joined the ...

Jimmy Carter has made peace with life and death

When Ronald Reagan announced in November 1994 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, even some of his most ardent political opponents paused to wish him well.It was the same last Thursday when former President Jimmy Carter, who will soon be 91, held a news conference in Atlanta to ...

New taxi companies, drivers struggle for economic liberty

Here's my taxi question. If a person is law-abiding, has a driver's license, has a car or van that has passed safety inspection, and has adequate liability insurance, is there any consumer-oriented reason he should not be able to become a taxicab owner/operator?Put another way: If you wish to ...

Members of the audience are getting very poor reviews

Broadway star Patti LuPone made headlines recently when she grabbed a cellphone from a woman texting in the second row. It may have helped that she was in character, playing a tough-broad diva from a community theater.The play, "Shows for Days," was being performed at Lincoln Center, where ...

Donald Trump’s immigration plan seems to be half-fantasy, half serious

Donald Trump's six-page platform on immigration may not be, as Ann Coulter wrote, "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta." But given the issue's role in elevating the candidate to leading Republican polls, it merits serious attention.And at least some of the platform's planks ...

Shielding Wall Street from bigotry’s ravages

Phil Gramm, the former right-wing senator from Texas, has surprised me.I assumed he had zero charitable instincts. In office, he kept trying to kill safety net programs, such as food assistance: "We're the only nation in the world where all our poor people are fat," Gramm smirked back in ...

Memo to public: This is what Tourette Syndrome looks like

"Are you sure," I asked my daughter before writing this column."Yes," she said resolutely.Veronica is profoundly grateful for all the prayers, kindness and advice from strangers, friends and family alike that she received earlier this summer when I first told you about her plight. We hope ...

Great American, Congressman Lou Stokes, was warrior, friend

One of my most enduring memories of former Rep. Lou Stokes is from the fall of 2008, two days before the presidential election.Lou was looking dapper in his long wool coat as he stood with friends - the Rev. Otis Moss and his wife, Edwina - waiting to greet candidate Barack Obama before he took ...

Voter interest in Sanders,Trump likely harbringer of big changes

A new chapter in American politics has begun.Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political parties, their government and even the economic system. Only 1 in 4 Americans are satisfied with the way things are going.Policy experts will offer various arguments why ...

Summer of our political discontent is playing out

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders represent two sides of the same coin. Both men have tapped into a deep anger - a discontent - in the public mood. Little seems to be going right. America appears in decline under a disengaged president.We can't seem to win wars, or know why we are fighting them. ...

Here’s why Bernie Sanders’ big crowds are important

When Democratic presidential candidates have campaigned in Los Angeles, it has usually been around a private fundraising event featuring Barbra Streisand or Steven Spielberg or George Clooney - or some combination of the three.What it has not been about - especially some 15 months before ...

Voter supression often difficult to see but it is usually there

The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the city government they want if only they voted in greater numbers. After all, they are a clear majority of the ...

Aug. 6 was an extraordinarily tough day for the president and his party

The night of Aug. 6 was the biggest of the political year so far, for what happened on the stage at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena and for what happened offstage as well.The stage was the scene of the first two Republican presidential debates, hosted by Fox News, which together lasted some 200 ...

Fees causing trouble in public education

Public education used to be, you know, public - an essential societal investment for the betterment of all, paid for by all through school taxes.In addition to privatization schemes to turn education over to corporate profiteers, public schools themselves have steadily been shifting from free ...

Bernie Sanders factor having impact on Clinton ‘steamroller’

WASHINGTON - A small-sample poll in New Hampshire shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton by 44 percent to 37, six months before the state's first-in-the-nation 2016 presidential primary.At the same time, Sanders is drawing huge crowds in cities around the country where he was ...