×

Columns

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair

WASHINGTON — Though Republicans profess to despise Big Government, especially the federal kind, it seems that what they really don’t like is Democracy — and indeed prefer a monarchy. Yes, yes, the czarina sighed, signaling her weariness with the palace historian’s inevitable scold. I ...

America in midst of governance crisis

America is in a crisis of governance. No adult is in charge. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a 10-year ...

Restorative justice is educational sabotage

Nationally, black junior high and high school students are suspended at a rate more than three times as often as their white peers, twice as often as their Latino peers and more than 10 times as often as their Asian peers. According to former Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the ...

Hyperpartisanship hurting country

Hyperpartisanship is destroying American politics. The announcement this week that Democrats will filibuster Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch — who is eminently qualified — puts them on a dangerous collision course that jeopardizes the confirmation process itself. Similarly, ...

House Intelligence probe undercut by partisanship

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — The case has now been significantly strengthened for an independent commission to supplement or take over the congressional investigation into the intelligence findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. House Intelligence Committee Chairman ...

We’re against emotionalism except when we’re not

Mona Charen Conservatives have rightly taken pride in Neil Gorsuch’s calm and cerebral performance at his Senate confirmation hearings. Many commentators, along with Republican senators, have mocked Democrats for presuming to evaluate Gorsuch based on the outcomes of his cases. Did he ...

Don’t risk health of Great Lakes

It was revealed (recently) the Trump administration's budget would slash Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding completely, putting at risk the health of the Great Lakes. Previous information stated the fund would be cut from $300 million to $10 million, but apparently those reports were ...

Base’s Rage III serving best interests of Democratic Party

michael barone In a week chock-full of news, the party that on the night of Nov. 8 found itself, much to its surprise, very much out of power has been having difficulty finding a way to return. Democratic senators, urged on by the left blogosphere and party activists, peppered Supreme Court ...

Trump faithful get their budget cuts

Froma Harrop Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump’s fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal truck driver, “one of the Trump faithful,” attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his ...

Dear Trump supporters: Maybe you should try to understand us

The windowsill over my kitchen sink is an altar of sorts, full of small framed photos of our grandchildren and other mementos to keep me grateful. The square ceramic tile leaning against the window started out with the painted names of our immediate family. It has since flowered to include ...

Neil Gorsuch hearing steals week

WASHINGTON — Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, one might easily find oneself wishing he were president of the United States. Alas, he’s not. But Gorsuch’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia is the sanest act committed by a ...

Trump in orgy of unnecessary cruelty

The theme that unites Donald Trump’s major initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. His new budget, for example, comes down especially hard on the poor — imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural ...

Transgender challenges abound

Determining one’s own sex or that of another used to be a simple matter. First, there was the matter of appearance, whether a person looked like a male or looked like a female. If appearance produced some uncertainties, one could determine sex by examining a person’s birth certificate. If ...

Dear Annie: Putting on shoes, socks

Dear Annie: Is there a right order and a wrong order for putting on one’s shoes and socks? I find that on most days, I put on both socks and then both shoes. The other day, I put on one sock and one shoe and then the other sock and other shoe. I remember a scene on the old TV show “All in ...

Serious matter of political humor

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He framed and showed ...

Perceptions are that President Trump’s policies are working

Perceptions matter. People make decisions, even life-altering decisions, based on what they perceive as likely to happen. To the extent that public policy affects such decisions, the perception of likely policy change can affect behavior even before the change happens — even if it ends up ...

Celebrate the U.P. week a nod to area’s importance

We all have our own reasons, right? Mushroomers delighted in 2016, when the woods were carpeted with all types of fungi. Surfers take to the inland seas for sport and adventure. Artists find abundant subject matter, from character-rich faces of elders to subtle color shifts in summer ...

President Trump’s war on truth tellers just getting started

Donald Trump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. Instead, they attack the institutions that come up with facts and arguments they don’t like. Last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office couldn’t be trusted to come ...

Downstate journalist sued for using FOIA

I’m a journalist. I don’t do “fake news.” I ask questions and pursue information about things the public ought to know. That’s my job. I didn’t expect to be sued for trying to do it. My experience last summer is worth recounting as we observe Sunshine Week, designated by the ...

Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA

Every day, another onslaught of crazy out of this administration. Pick a day. Any day. Wednesday, let’s say. Before 7 a.m., President Trump was pretending he’d never heard of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who first started covering Trump in the late 1980s and ...