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Ode to joy: Candidates try to distract from dreadful headlines

WASHINGTON - It's no longer enough to be a happy warrior; now our candidates must be joyful!Oh, joie.Jeb Bush started the joy bender last week when he told a New Hampshire audience that a conservative could win the White House by "campaigning with his arms wide open, with joy in his heart, ...

The Iran nuclear deal has now reached the point of no return

In aviation it's called the point of no return. That point in a flight when catastrophe strikes and the airplane, because of low fuel or mechanical impairment, cannot make it safely back to its take-off point.That's where we are with the dangerous Iran nuclear deal, the theocratic Islamic ...

Mitt Romney may wish he made a different decision

You're Mitt Romney, and today you have to be upset with yourself. Eight months ago - when you, a non-candidate, were leading in all the polls for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination - you paid too much attention to a Wall Street Journal editorial that began, "If Mitt Romney is the ...

Fear of missing out seems to be driving us to live in hotels

Generals have marked their operations by putting pins on wall maps of the world. I could do the same for friends and neighbors who have just gotten back from some place and are about to leave for another.They often move in battalions meeting friends or family - who themselves have traveled ...

Here’s how not to give workers a pay increase

Some days, I get an irresistible compulsion to tear out my hair.My latest outbreak was triggered by a New York Times opinion piece by Peter Georgescu, the former chairman of the giant PR outfit Young & Rubicam.He issued a clarion call for his corporate peers to reverse the dangerous ...

Donald Trump’s mass appeal largely based on yesterday’s stale news

Aside from the court-ordered dribbling out of Hillary Clinton's classified-material-filled emails, the big presidential campaign news of the summer has been the boom for Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination. Trump has risen from 3 percent in the polls (when he announced on ...

Small investor must understand global stock market volatility

China's Shanghai Composite Index, which had been declining all summer, recently went into a free fall. The Chinese market collapse panicked Asian markets which spread to Europe and then to the United States. Just as in 2009, our retirement plans and future are upset by financial turmoil, but ...

Will Jeb Bush end up being a Republican sacrificial lamb?

WASHINGTON - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, ridiculed by Donald Trump as a "low-energy" candidate, is finally taking up the challenge in an effort to revive his lagging presidential campaign. He seems to have no choice now, and in the process may be offering himself as a sacrificial lamb for the ...

Taxpayers on hook for Port boondoggle

Homeland Security paid for $22 million riverfront facility that was supposed to draw cruise ships to Detroit, but hasn't. The Public Dock and Terminal belonging to the Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority downtown is a fine place to hold an upscale wedding, with its generous glass windows ...

Eric Cantor: Poster boy of the Beltway GOP weasel operatives

Ooouuuch. My sides are still aching after last week's comical announcement by GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush that he had snagged the coveted endorsement of notorious electoral reject Eric Cantor, the former House majority leader kicked to the curb by disgusted voters in Virginia's 2014 ...

Don-Don and the Trumpettes are taking the nation by storm

WASHINGTON - The Trump riddle continues to compel: How has he managed to successfully execute such a mass deception?He's by no definition a conservative, and yet he continues to plow ahead of all but the other least likely presidential nominee, Ben Carson, who has tied Trump in Iowa. Straight ...

Tragedy in Roanoke has touched nation, business

The horrible murder of two local journalists in Roanoke, Virginia, has affected me more than I thought it would. Journalists are taught early on to compartmentalize.As a local TV reporter, I saw bodies from plane crashes and victims of mass murder. I covered natural disasters and witnessed the ...

State trooper faces OWI charge

SAULT STE. MARIE - A downstate Michigan State Police trooper - arrested for allegedly driving drunk in the Upper Peninsula this summer - is scheduled to be arraigned in Chippewa County District Court next week.The trooper from downstate Gaylord was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while ...

Endangered bird numbers rise

LANSING (AP) - State wildlife officials report prospects are improving for two of Michigan's endangered bird species.Keith Kintigh, field operations manager for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said populations of Great Lakes piping plovers and Kirtland's warblers have increased ...

Hunting Access Program expanding

LANSING (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has received federal funding to expand a program that pays private owners to let the public use their land for hunting.The $951,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help the DNR take the Hunting Access Program to the ...

Pat Moynihan explains 2015 Republican presidential race

Daniel Patrick Moynihan - four-term U.S. senator from New York, ambassador and White House adviser - was that rarest of combinations: a gifted public intellectual and a talented, practical politician.He alone, in January 1980, during the depths of the Cold War, dared to say, "The defining event ...

Odd politics of fighting wildfires seen at state and federal levels

As wildfires plague much of the American West, one must ask, Who is paying to put them out? The answer is largely the American taxpayer. By that, we mean the taxpayers of Maryland, Tennessee and New Jersey - as well as those in California, Oregon, Washington and Montana, the states where the ...

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, ...