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Voters miss Obama because they respected his integrity

The Washington Post A CNN poll last week showed that most Americans think Barack Obama was a better president than Donald Trump has been. The margin was huge: 19 percentage points. Trump supporters will yell “fake news,” but they’ll be…

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Wednesday 05/16/2018
I will be sitting out this royal wedding
icon Posted: 16 May 2018 [06:49 PM]

Washington Post The big day is approaching, and I’m so thrilled for the royal couple that I’ve decided to offer them the ultimate wedding present: my sincerest and most respectful neglect. I’ve been a journalist long enough to know that…

A suit the Democratic National Committee might regret
icon Posted: 16 May 2018 [06:47 PM]

Many Americans might be sympathetic to the Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit against the Russian government, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign, alleging that they conspired to hack the DNC’s servers and disseminate stolen emails during the 2016 election. After all, Moscow…

Monday 05/14/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Why are teachers going on strike?
icon Posted: 14 May 2018 [08:00 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, why are teachers going on strike? Leo T. – A Concerned Citizen Leo, thanks for taking your valuable time to ask about this very important matter. What’s happening in our schools across the country is not obvious…

Symptoms at NBC hint at a larger sickness
icon Posted: 14 May 2018 [07:59 PM]

Washington Post As months go, this has been a terrible one for NBC News. Among the low points:  The ace reporter whose work the network’s management couldn’t seem to support adequately - Ronan Farrow - broke another huge story…

Haspel faces decision on CIA torture
icon Posted: 14 May 2018 [07:57 PM]

Gina Haspel has shown she has all the qualities to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, except one. For 33 years with the agency, Ms. Haspel has been on the front lines of America’s greatest security challenges,…

It's time to curb out-of-control health-care costs
icon Posted: 14 May 2018 [07:56 PM]

Americans spend approximately 90 percent more for the medicines they use, as a percentage of income, than do citizens of the five largest European markets, according to a recent study by University of Southern California (USC) experts. This contributes to…

Sunday 05/13/2018
CHRIS POWELL: Legislators thrilled to avoid doing what Connecticut needs
icon Posted: 13 May 2018 [08:28 PM]

Columnist Concluding the 2018 session of the General Assembly this week, legislators congratulated themselves on a status-quo and bipartisan budget that bequeaths mammoth deficits to themselves and the new governor next year. This was no great service to a…

Europe won't rally around US sanctions on Iran
icon Posted: 13 May 2018 [08:26 PM]

Bloomberg Driving a wedge between the U.S. and Europe has long been a top policy goal for President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Now, another oil regime, Iran, shares that ambition. And even though Iran and Russia don’t have a…

Sessions' border plan to separate families is un-American
icon Posted: 13 May 2018 [08:25 PM]

Defending the border by pulling children from the arms of their parents is brutal, immoral and un-American. That will be the upshot of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s plan to immediately detain and prosecute everyone - including asylum-seekers and parents…

Friday 05/11/2018
It's the same old swamp, but with different reptiles
icon Posted: 11 May 2018 [08:40 PM]

Washington Post Until the FBI raided his office, home and hotel room in April, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen was known mostly for his star turns on cable television as his client’s most cringe-worthy defender, along with…

Discussion over Haspel is how senators should make decisions
icon Posted: 11 May 2018 [08:34 PM]

Washington Post By Jennifer Rubin Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is among the most sober-minded and serious members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His announcement that he would oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA chief was, on one hand,…

The VA is working just fine, thank you very much
icon Posted: 11 May 2018 [08:34 PM]

“A government-run, single-payer, bureaucratic health-care system that doesn’t work.” That’s how Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., described the Department of Veterans Affairs last month on “Meet the Press.” Johnson’s remarks are typical of Republicans in Congress, who have made no secret…

Thursday 05/10/2018
Golden State Killer case has privacy implications
icon Posted: 10 May 2018 [07:56 PM]

By The Washngton Times Genetic science has dramatically expanded the methods of bringing criminals to justice, but not every measurement is meant for prying eyes, and the dive into the gene pool can turn the lights on the…

There is no justice for those harassed by judges
icon Posted: 10 May 2018 [07:55 PM]

Federal judges regularly preside over sexual harassment cases. But due to a quirk in the law, sexual harassment victims who work for the federal court system cannot file suit to complain about mistreatment in their workplace. Their only recourse is…

Sen. McConnell should really listen to Sen. McConnell
icon Posted: 10 May 2018 [07:53 PM]

In February 1998, the then-junior senator from Kentucky, Republican Mitch McConnell, said this on the Senate floor: “Our nation is indeed at a crossroads. Will we pursue the search for truth or will we dodge, weave and evade the truth?…

Wednesday 05/09/2018
Schneiderman's resignation swift and telling
icon Posted: 09 May 2018 [08:06 PM]

The accusations of assault and swift resignation of New York’s attorney general would have been unimaginable a few years ago. Other men have abused their power and hidden that from public view. Others have been outspoken and effective in…

Killing the Iran deal is only the first step
icon Posted: 09 May 2018 [08:05 PM]

Now that President Donald Trump has officially withdrawn the U.S. from the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the world has to figure out how to live with that decision. Strategic reappraisals are taking place in Tehran, Europe and, most…

Monday 05/07/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Prom isn't really for me
icon Posted: 07 May 2018 [06:03 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, why do my parents keep pressuring me to go to prom? Prom really isn’t my scene. James F. – high school student James, as a schoolteacher and a parent, I have some experience with kids…

MICHAEL REAGAN: Who should we crucify, Trump or Barabbas?
icon Posted: 07 May 2018 [06:01 PM]

Columnist The Trump Haters hate on and on and... The deranged hatred of Donald Trump by the left and the media is so strong it is never going to stop. If they had the chance, I actually think the Democrats…

Hannity isn't just attacking Shepard Smith
icon Posted: 07 May 2018 [06:00 PM]

Sean Hannity didn’t appreciate what Fox News colleague Shepard Smith said in a Time magazine interview published Thursday, the day the network announced a contract extension for Smith. That’s understandable. Though Smith did not call out Hannity by name, he…

Cabinet chaos is a stumbling block
icon Posted: 07 May 2018 [05:58 PM]

One of the important things about the Donald Trump presidency is that it constantly challenges the capacity of journalism to tell the American people what’s going on. Even when there’s good reporting - and there’s been an extraordinary amount of…

Sunday 05/06/2018
E.J. DIONNE: Trump has an anti-life, anti-work initiative
icon Posted: 06 May 2018 [09:06 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - How can we reduce the number of abortions in the United States? One way is to make sure that women are confident they’ll have medical coverage throughout their pregnancies and after. And how can we encourage people…

Giuliani's other big admission
icon Posted: 06 May 2018 [09:03 PM]

You know it’s gotten bad when the president is required to do damage control for his lawyer, but that’s exactly what happened this morning, when Donald Trump took to Twitter to explain himself, after Rudolph Giuliani admitted on Fox News…

A call for the European Union to protect at-risk journalists
icon Posted: 06 May 2018 [09:01 PM]

By Stella Roque As we marked World Press Freedom Day, it is worth recalling that Europe has recently been rocked by the shocking murders of two investigative journalists. In Malta, a car bomb killed Daphne Caruana Galizia. In…

Monday 04/30/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Complaining can be a good thing
icon Posted: 30 April 2018 [07:51 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, my daughter is always complaining. Frank D. – A worried single dad. Frank, I want to pat you on the back for stepping up and being a real man. Real men don’t run away from…

MICHAEL REAGAN: Those who hate Trump are attacking his supporters
icon Posted: 30 April 2018 [07:50 PM]

Columnist The Trump Haters in Washington are desperate. They can’t find a way to bring down the president, so they’re carpet bombing everyone around him. Their latest victim is Ronny Jackson - the White House doctor the president chose to…

JENNIFER RUBIN: After dumping the correspondents' dinner, what next?
icon Posted: 30 April 2018 [07:49 PM]

Washington Post It’s quite difficult to write about the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner when you think the worst kind of journalism is about journalists’ reaction to a party thrown for journalists to honor journalists (and raise money). Let’s get…

Sunday 04/29/2018
Cosby's conviction proves the legal system works
icon Posted: 29 April 2018 [09:22 PM]

I can’t quite believe that I’m typing these words. And judging by the stunned reactions to the news, I’m not alone. But Bill Cosby, for decades a beloved entertainer and an avatar of family values, has been convicted on three…

The best source of evidence for Mueller is Trump
icon Posted: 29 April 2018 [09:20 PM]

Columnist If every FBI subject were as loose-lipped and oblivious as President Donald Trump, they’d need to build more federal prisons. His latest outburst came on “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning: “And our Justice Department - which I try and…

President Trump tweets 'big progress' on North Korea. Not so fast
icon Posted: 29 April 2018 [09:18 PM]

President Donald Trump and the governments of North Korea and South Korea are combining to create sky-high expectations for a diplomatic breakthrough on the North’s nuclear program. In the case of the Koreans, that’s evidently the result of careful and…

Thursday 04/26/2018
Trump needs to get his house in order
icon Posted: 26 April 2018 [07:55 PM]

“Democrats are obstructing good (hopefully great) people wanting to give up a big portion of their life to work for our Government,” President Donald Trump tweeted last week. “They are ‘slow walking’ all of my nominations - hundreds of people.…

Red and Blue America depend on each other, and rightly so
icon Posted: 26 April 2018 [07:52 PM]

The Washington Post The red-blue, rural-urban dichotomy has solidified into a basic fact of American politics. The Democrats are now the party of diverse, urban areas, which also constitute the nation’s hubs of cutting-edge financial, technological, medical and entertainment activity.…

Wednesday 04/25/2018
Macron offers a third way for Trump in Syria
icon Posted: 25 April 2018 [07:45 PM]

France and the U.S. may have worked together to strike the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons infrastructure on April 13, but the two countries have had different objectives. U.S. President Donald Trump has said he wants to reduce the U.S. presence…

One promising way to make Facebook and Google behave
icon Posted: 25 April 2018 [07:43 PM]

By Bloomberg View “What happens to you here is forever,” warns O’Brien, an agent of the Thought Police, in “1984.” He would’ve loved the internet. Online, everything is forever. All the sites you visit, articles you like,…

Tuesday 04/24/2018
Monday 04/23/2018
E.J. DIONNE: Where are the conservatives that we need?
icon Posted: 23 April 2018 [07:44 PM]

By E.J. Dionne Columnist WASHINGTON - Political opponents cannot be expected to lavish boundless affection on those they battle day after day. But in a well-ordered democratic system, those who fight on behalf of competing parties, interests and ideas can…

Trump might make it harder for detained immigrants to get legal help
icon Posted: 23 April 2018 [07:43 PM]

Unlike defendants charged with crimes, illegal immigrants under threat of deportation - a civil proceeding - have no right to a lawyer. Still, those fortunate enough to find legal representation, paid or (in many cases) volunteer, are much more likely…

Sunday 04/22/2018
Why label the Southwest captain a 'female' pilot?
icon Posted: 22 April 2018 [08:13 PM]

A feeling of pride swept through the small community of female pilots Wednesday as word spread that the captain who had safely landed Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 after an engine blew out in midair the day before was a woman.…

Is there a place where we can be black ... and safe?
icon Posted: 22 April 2018 [08:12 PM]

It’s good that Starbucks, with its announcement this week that it will close thousands of stores for a day of “racial bias training” in May, is taking steps in the right direction after a video of two black men getting…

Monday 04/16/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Teen worries about being popular
icon Posted: 16 April 2018 [09:02 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, I’m worried about what other students think of me. I don’t want to be one of those dorks. So, sometimes I do things not to be. Dan M. - Teen trying to fit in. Dan, I know…

Sunday 04/15/2018
State judges are under fire from lawmakers
icon Posted: 15 April 2018 [07:42 PM]

In Wisconsin, an election for an open seat on the State Supreme Court was so bitterly contested that voters were barraged with more than $2.6 million in television and radio ads. Most of the money was spent by partisan outside…

Social Security is becoming more generous, not less
icon Posted: 15 April 2018 [07:40 PM]

Bloomberg View Ronald Reagan once quipped that he didn’t worry about the budget deficit, because it was “big enough to take care of itself.” On that theory we should be relieved to learn that the Congressional Budget Office is projecting…

Monday 04/09/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Overworked teacher feels underappreciated
icon Posted: 09 April 2018 [08:52 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, I have worked very hard to become a teacher. And my students don’t seem to care about how much I know. Ben G. – frustrated and overworked teacher. Ben, what you went through to become a teacher would…

Sunday 04/08/2018
Roseanne is raising the Barr
icon Posted: 08 April 2018 [06:41 PM]

Columnist Roseanne Barr has risen from the dead. After a lengthy absence from television, Roseanne and the rest of her fictional Conner family are once again gracing our living rooms. And now, as then, she’s not limiting herself to…