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Trump's economy complicates Democrats' message

Bloomberg Opinion In the states crucial to winning the Democratic presidential nomination - the four early primary states - economic conditions are unusually good. In the states critical to winning the presidency itself - mostly in the Rust Belt…

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Friday 11/15/2019
Bloomberg's China record shows why he can't be president
icon Posted: 15 November 2019 [01:51 PM]

The Washington Post China is quickly becoming the most important U.S. foreign policy issue. As the Chinese government grows more repressive internally and more aggressive outwardly, the American people are waking up to the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to…

Wednesday 11/13/2019
Social Security isn't doomed for younger generations
icon Posted: 13 November 2019 [02:02 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion I have good news for younger generations worried that they won’t be able to claim their Social Security benefits because we older generations have ripped them off and will be leaving nothing behind: Your fears are unfounded. Don’t…

Christians must adopt foster care children
icon Posted: 13 November 2019 [02:02 PM]

Cagle Cartoons If you’re a young child trapped in our infamous foster care system, your future is bleak. It’s likely that you’ll bounce around to more than a dozen foster homes until you “age out” at 18 and are allowed…

Friday 11/08/2019
What President Trump's climate surrender means for the world
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:17 PM]

The Washington Post This week, President Donald Trump made it official. He confirmed his country’s plans to officially withdraw from the Paris climate accord in a year’s time - that is, a day after the 2020 presidential election. The action…

Is America racist? It absolutely is not.
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:17 PM]

Guest commentary At the University of Connecticut two students recently shouted racial and ethnic epithets that were not directed at any specific individuals. Nothing in what has been reported about the incident indicates that the students intended physical harm to…

Wednesday 11/06/2019
Plutocrats are getting very worried, angry over Elizabeth Warren
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:09 PM]

The Washington Post Elizabeth Warren may or may not be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, but the Massachusetts senator’s recent strong performance has America’s plutocrats in a tizzy. Her policy proposals have them angry and afraid. But what…

Why can't we manage wildfires in California?
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:09 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Tens of thousands of acres scorched by unstoppable wildfires. Thousands of people evacuated from their homes near San Francisco and Los Angeles. Electricity shut off to millions to prevent hurricane-strength Santa Ana winds from downing transmission wires and…

Sunday 11/03/2019
MAYOR'S COLUMN: A math lesson about taxes
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [07:23 PM]

Over the last month, voters have heard “taxes” being discussed. It’s an election year, taxes increased 2.71%, and no one likes paying them. Buried in all the lingo and terms is an overlooked piece of the tax discussion that…

Friday 11/01/2019
Every House Republican just ignored their oaths of office
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [01:59 PM]

The Washington Post It was a sad spectacle, a confirmation that not a single House Republican (even those who are retiring) appreciates his/her oath of office, that not a single Republican can step away from partisanship and look to the…

Twitter's refusal of political ads beats Facebook's plan
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [01:58 PM]

The Washington Post It’s always hazardous to ascribe motivations of altruism to a tech titan. They are driven by many things - mostly money, power and avoiding regulation - and if what’s right for society enters into their thinking, it’s…

Wednesday 10/30/2019
Why the UK repeatedly stumbles on Brexit
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:34 PM]

Cagle Cartoons MAGA hat owners would feel right at home on the streets of London. Moseying along wary of a sneak attack by leftist thugs, they’d be secure in the knowledge that in the UK - just as in the…

Friday 10/25/2019
Republicans' 'due process' arguments are nonsense
icon Posted: 25 October 2019 [02:32 PM]

Special To The Washington Post As mounting evidence demonstrates that President Donald Trump’s withholding of aid to Ukraine did in fact involve an improper quid pro quo, Trump and his Republican allies have pivoted to step up their attacks on…

Wednesday 10/23/2019
Trump is following the mob, not the blob, on foreign policy
icon Posted: 23 October 2019 [02:00 PM]

The Washington Post The long battle between the Washington establishment and the Trump base over foreign policy took a crucial turn this week when President Donald Trump admitted he is prioritizing the opinions of his rally crowds over his own…

Saudi strike not a black eye for US missile defense
icon Posted: 23 October 2019 [01:59 PM]

Cagle Cartoons The world is fortunate the mid-September aerial attacks on Saudi oil fields and production facilities were not more serious. The strike, which reportedly knocked half the country’s production of crude oil offline, could have had a devastating effect…

Tuesday 10/22/2019
Mick Mulvaney tries to clean up his mess, and fails
icon Posted: 22 October 2019 [02:11 PM]

The Washington Post Like a child with a rag to mop up spilled juice, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney went on television Sunday morning to clean up the mess he’d made of the White House’s defense of…

Putin conquered the Middle East, but the U.S. can get it back
icon Posted: 22 October 2019 [02:08 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Russia, President Barack Obama taunted in 2014, was a “regional power”: a country capable of making mischief in its neighborhood, but not of projecting global influence. It wouldn’t be surprising if in the last two weeks, Russian President…

Friday 10/18/2019
Can we please stop talking about Medicare-for-all?
icon Posted: 18 October 2019 [02:02 PM]

Special To The Washington Post At Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, talking about health care pretty much meant talking about Medicare-for-all - again. The controversial idea of abolishing private insurance in favor of a single, government-run program certainly deserves some rigorous…

Put your hands together for Pete and Amy
icon Posted: 18 October 2019 [02:01 PM]

Cagle Cartoons If only the Democrats could fight like the Washington Nationals. The new National League champs won four straight on the way to the World Series, with great pitching and clutch hitting. End of story. Or as Joe Biden…

Wednesday 10/16/2019
Mass shootings are still happening, being ignored
icon Posted: 16 October 2019 [01:49 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Official Washington might have averted its gaze from the scourge of gun violence to focus on the unfolding impeachment drama surrounding President Donald Trump. But it’s been a deadly six weeks in cities and towns across America. Between…

Sanders, Warren are widening the Democratic Party's left lane
icon Posted: 16 October 2019 [01:48 PM]

The Washington Post Early in the presidential race, many political analysts were eager to write off the two most progressive candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., had taken the party establishment by surprise in 2016, they…

Tuesday 10/15/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Be a friend and parent to your child
icon Posted: 15 October 2019 [08:41 PM]

Note: This is the final Granddaddy's Secrets column. Dear Granddaddy, how do I know at what age to stop being a parent to my daughter and just be a friend? Jack- parent. Well, Jack, that’s a great question…

Monday 10/14/2019
It's time to cleanse the White House
icon Posted: 14 October 2019 [08:21 PM]

Special To The Washington Post The House is on fire. And with each passing day, Donald Trump defiles the office of the president. If only past defrocked presidents could provide a roadmap for this firestorm. Andrew Johnson fought impeachment vigorously…

MICHAEL REAGAN: Bidens' slippery doings in Ukraine will destroy the family
icon Posted: 14 October 2019 [08:20 PM]

Columnist Please help me get the importance of this infamous Trump-Zelensky phone call. The Democrats and their soulmates in the liberal media are seriously getting ready to impeach the president - again - because President Trump asked Ukrainian President Zelensky…

Friday 10/11/2019
Alliances are what Americans really want
icon Posted: 11 October 2019 [12:59 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Donald Trump’s election - and his vitriol against his predecessors, former policymakers and his opponents - led many internationalists to retreat and voluntarily undergo an American version of Mao Zedong’s self-education campaign. Yet it turns…

House Democrats' 'impeachment inquiry' is a kangaroo court
icon Posted: 11 October 2019 [12:59 PM]

Special To The Washington Post On my Wednesday radio show, I spoke with Beltway reporters and pundits from across the spectrum of outlets and points of view: Jonathan Allen of NBC News, Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, Chris Cillizza…

Thursday 10/10/2019
Make sure U.S. universities remain the world's best
icon Posted: 10 October 2019 [01:46 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion The U.S. university system isn’t broken. Far from it: It’s still the best in the world. But it has some serious problems, and if these aren’t addressed, it could follow health care and infrastructure onto the list…

There's no escape from trade wars' effects
icon Posted: 10 October 2019 [01:45 PM]

Columnist The trade wars are hitting me where it hurts. One of my few respites from these rough-and-tumble times is to sit by an autumn bonfire with good friends, a Leaf and Bean cigar and some fine Scotch whisky. But,…

Wednesday 10/09/2019
America's greedy and unpatriotic millionaires and billionaires
icon Posted: 09 October 2019 [02:08 PM]

The Washington Post The results are in. The Trump tax cuts resulted in most families saving so little that majorities continue to insist they see no difference in their paychecks. But one very small group made out spectacularly. According to…

Stop trying to police who gets to count as a 'real' whistleblower
icon Posted: 09 October 2019 [02:07 PM]

Special To The Washington Post When whistleblowers expose inconvenient truths, there are two prominent ways to discount the resulting revelations. One is to say that the information they’ve disclosed doesn’t really matter. The other is to argue that the whistleblower…

Tuesday 10/08/2019
Don't let impeachment conceal Trump's serial derelictions of duty
icon Posted: 08 October 2019 [02:37 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Late last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rolled out the cannon: the formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Impeachment is the Constitution’s ultimate check on egregious abuse of power - a remedy for…

Monday 10/07/2019
Trump's angry, bizarre, self-defeating impeachment strategy
icon Posted: 07 October 2019 [05:59 PM]

By Paul Waldman The Washington Post Thursday morning brought a remarkable development in President Donald Trump’s impeachment saga: While the president stands to be impeached for using the power of his office to pressure a foreign government to…

Only true reformers make the history books
icon Posted: 07 October 2019 [05:58 PM]

By Ferdinando Giugliano Bloomberg Opinion It is often feared that voters will punish a government that tries to balance the books instead of buying consensus. The case of Portugal should assuage at least some of these concerns. The ruling Socialist…

Sunday 10/06/2019
'Fall back' to putting life's small joys before politics
icon Posted: 06 October 2019 [08:23 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Autumn has arrived. I can’t think of a better time to put priorities back in order. You see, a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study finds that “the current U.S. political climate is literally making Americans physically sick, damaging…

Housing might rescue the economy from Trump's trade war
icon Posted: 06 October 2019 [08:22 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Manufacturing data released Tuesday made two things clear: The Federal Reserve might be powerless to prevent the negative effects of the trade war from hurting economic growth, but it still has the juice to boost the housing…

Friday 10/04/2019
Who benefits from a Biden campaign collapse?
icon Posted: 04 October 2019 [02:48 PM]

Special To The Washington Post In the midst of all the coverage of the Trump-Ukraine phone call fiasco, one possibility for the 2020 presidential campaign that many political leaders are thinking about is going under-reported. Specifically, what if Joe Biden’s…

Trump's most insulting language is used on immigrants
icon Posted: 04 October 2019 [02:47 PM]

The Washington Post Since launching his presidential campaign in 2015, Donald Trump’s words have raised eyebrows for their characterizations of those he views negatively. The objects of his verbal attacks range from the media, to liberals and even to conservatives…

Wednesday 10/02/2019
Why Donald Trump's removal wouldn't lead to a 'civil war'
icon Posted: 02 October 2019 [01:49 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion President Donald Trump warns that removing him from office would “cause a Civil War-like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” He is quoting Robert Jeffress, a prominent evangelical supporter, who also says that…

Climate teen Greta Thunberg is a political pawn
icon Posted: 02 October 2019 [01:48 PM]

Columnist Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has become the face of the climate wars, reminds me of another child I saw dominate international debate: Elian Gonzelez. Years ago, I watched as that little boy got sucked into political posturing.…

Tuesday 10/01/2019
Sunday 09/29/2019
Making Bristol government leaner and more responsive
icon Posted: 29 September 2019 [07:47 PM]

Over the last two years, I have asked the City Council and staff to focus on the reduction of administrative costs and redundancies in order to make government work smarter and be leaner. For example, a typical position has a…

Friday 09/27/2019
It is time to lift the Tongass 'roadless rule'
icon Posted: 27 September 2019 [02:51 PM]

Special To The Washington Post News that President Donald Trump may seek to exempt Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from the Clinton-era “roadless rule,” opening up more of the region to potential development, has met with the typical alarm from the…

William Barr's role is about to get a lot more scrutiny
icon Posted: 27 September 2019 [02:50 PM]

The Washington Post The news about the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and all the misdeeds that brought it about is coming so fast that it’s easy to overlook critical aspects of the story, particularly on a day when…

Wednesday 09/25/2019
Releasing transcript of Trump's call with Ukraine isn't enough
icon Posted: 25 September 2019 [01:52 PM]

The Washington Post A member of the intelligence community was worried. In late July, President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During that call, the world has since learned, Trump pressed Zelensky to launch a…

Tuesday 09/24/2019
GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Failure teaches life lessons
icon Posted: 24 September 2019 [07:51 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, how do I teach my children to become wise? Lois Well, Lois, let’s start with a fun one by exposing them quotes. Quotes have an abundance of the wisdom of sages down through the ages. But don’t…

Sunday 09/22/2019
Trump hires another official with a history of pro-Trump hyperbole
icon Posted: 22 September 2019 [02:58 PM]

The Washington Post President Donald Trump has installed a new national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, who apparently called Trump the greatest hostage negotiator in U.S. history and has the same history of often-hyperbolic pro-Trump punditry that has become a…

Baby boomers' grandchildren will hate them
icon Posted: 22 September 2019 [02:58 PM]

The Washington Post For decades, Americans could remember previous generations with reverence. The Greatest Generation freed Europe and established the liberal world order. The Silent Generation helped them build post-World War II prosperity and battle international communism. And the baby…

Friday 09/20/2019
Biden is still ahead, but Warren is closing in
icon Posted: 20 September 2019 [02:21 PM]

The Washington Post A new poll out from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal contains a shocking result: Only 9 percent of Democratic primary voters say they’ve made up their minds about whom they’re going to vote for.…

The GM strike and America's health care burden
icon Posted: 20 September 2019 [02:02 PM]

The Washington Post Almost 50,000 General Motors workers represented by the United Auto Workers union went on strike just after midnight on Monday. At issue: Workers want the Big Three automakers to address pay disparities that trace back to the…