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‘Changing places’: The 2016 election

Since 1952, there have been 10 national elections in which there was no incumbent Republican president seeking a second White House term.In nine of those 10, Republican voters and the party settled early on a consensus favorite, who led the field in the Gallup Poll one year before the party's ...

Pharmacies should be allowed to prescribe birth control

Back in 1933, Rep. Walter Pierce of Oregon introduced a bill in Congress to let doctors discuss birth control with their patients. The need for such a bill showed how controversial the subject was. But this was the heart of the Great Depression, when impoverished Americans could barely feed the ...

Work is something to be thankful for

Sure, that sounds counterintuitive. Thanksgiving Thursday is the first day of a (for most of us) four-day weekend, a time devoted to gorging on comfort food and nonstop viewing of college and professional football games.It's a time as well for contemplation, already primed by overfamiliar songs ...

Ted Cruz starting to see a path forward to Republican nomination

WASHINGTON - While other 2016 Republican presidential candidates fret and fume over the front-running campaigns of Donald Trump and Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas lies in wait for their eventual meltdown.He has been offending neither of them in the hope inheriting their intimidating support ...

As things stand now, politics trumps manners at dinner table

A lot of Americans grow up believing that politics has no place at the dinner table. If a relative or friend attempts to bring up the presidential race during this holiday season, the theory goes, we should deflect to keep an uneasy peace.I grew up in a union household with a Jack-and-Jesus ...

There is room for balance on ‘dark store’ tax issue

Local governments across Michigan say they are losing millions of dollars in taxes and facing cuts in services because big box retailers such as Target and Home Depot are arguing a "dark store" theory of retail property assessment before the Michigan Tax Tribunal to cut their costs.To stop the ...

Self-defense often means carrying a gun

What might have happened if a few of the 1,500 concert attendees in Paris' Bataclan theater had guns? The terrorists had time to kill, reload and kill again. The police unit didn't come for more than a half hour. If a few people in the theater were armed, might they have killed the ...

Times needs better book reviewers

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, but The New York Times would have to consign it to the ghetto for "Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous" books. That's what "The Gray Lady" has done to David Limbaugh and his new book, "The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament."Paul Bedard ...

Obama badly lacking in leadership in terror war

President Obama has put a new twist on the Islamic invasion now taking place across Europe and the United States.Speaking to reporters last week during his visit to the Philippines, the president compared Syrian refugees to "tourists," saying they are no bigger a threat than people who come to ...

Obama badly lacking in leadership in terror war

President Obama has put a new twist on the Islamic invasion now taking place across Europe and the United States.Speaking to reporters last week during his visit to the Philippines, the president compared Syrian refugees to "tourists," saying they are no bigger a threat than people who come to ...

Ohio electorate will have great deal to say about who wins presidency

COLUMBUS, Ohio - How important politically is Ohio? Of the nation's first 10 Republican presidents, seven of them - from Ulysses Grant to Warren Harding - were native sons of Ohio. In fact, no Republican has ever won the White House who did not first carry Ohio. And in the most recent 13 ...

Tale of two terrors: Despite parallels Paris, New York differ

Like most people, I'm thinking of the terrorist trauma in Paris, though with a somewhat different perspective.I was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, and my thoughts go in this direction: What is the future of cities in which psychopaths have killed crowds of bystanders?In New York, the future as ...

Obama gets really angry at … Americans

Three days after the Islamic State terrorist attacks in Paris, Americans were primed to hear their president express heartfelt anger, which he did in his press conference in Antalya, Turkey, at the end of the G-20 summit. And they did hear him describe ISIS as "this barbaric terrorist ...

Nation has, and will, continue to greatly benefit from immigrants

Thanks to the presidential candidates, immigration is once again at the forefront of the national agenda.Unfortunately, the focus on unauthorized immigrants threatens to cast a pall over the whole issue.As we continue the debate, we would do well to remember that a willingness to welcome people ...

Terrorist attacks in Paris have become test of who we are

WASHINGTON - Once in a great while, a circumstance occurs that poses a clear-cut challenge to our nation and people to demonstrate that we truly are who we say we are.Such is the current public debate over accepting refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, specifically in the wake of the ...

Michigan Legislature, heal thyself

Since convening 10 months ago, the current Michigan Legislature has cracked down on local minimum wage requirements, authorized commercial quadricycles to serve alcohol, and even addressed (however inadequately) the chronic underfunding of state roads.But state lawmakers have so far ignored ...

The ululations of radical college crybabies

Deray McKesson, the professional agitator whose racial rabble-rousing began at tax-subsidized Teach for America, proudly unveiled his new enterprise on the Internet Thursday: A website chronicling "THE DEMANDS" of his radical brothers and sisters on college campuses across Northern America."We ...

John Kasich and Matthew 25, revisited

This is Republican Gov. John Kasich explaining in March why he expanded coverage for Ohio's Medicaid recipients:"The conservative movement - a big chunk of which is faith-based - seems to have never read Matthew 25. ... There's so much we have to do to clean ourselves up. ... So instead of ...

Fear and loathing in America

WASHINGTON - We shouldn't be surprised that many Americans fear the fresh arrival of Syrian refugees in the wake of last week's Paris slaughter by jihadists, including at least one who appears to have entered Europe posing as a refugee.It's pretty natural. Horrified by the savagery perpetrated ...

Massacre in Paris: ISIS will not be defeated with guns, bombs alone

Just hours before the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, "Good Morning America" broadcast an interview with President Obama. In it, the president told host George Stephanopoulos, "I don't think they're gaining strength. What is true is that from the ...