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Monday 12/10/2018
Saying 'You're fired' too often is bad for a presidency
icon Posted: 10 December 2018 [08:51 PM]

By Kara Alaimo President Donald Trump said Saturday that his chief of staff, John Kelly, would step down by the end of the year. Kelly’s departure will add to records the Trump administration has already set for…

John Kelly and the myth of the 'adult in the room'
icon Posted: 10 December 2018 [08:49 PM]

President Donald Trump always seemed like he was collecting generals the way some children collect Barbie dolls - not necessarily because he liked interacting with them but because he liked having them, all lined up in their best outfits, ready…

Sunday 12/09/2018
Critics miss Christmas specials' points
icon Posted: 09 December 2018 [07:16 PM]

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review With everything in everyday American life politicized, count on someone, somewhere, being offended by something, anything - even classic Christmas TV specials. A recent Huffington Post tweet promoting a video about a holiday classic says “’Rudolph the…

Here's more proof that President Trump's crime wave is a fake
icon Posted: 09 December 2018 [07:11 PM]

The Washington Post Since he began his campaign in 2015, Donald Trump has insisted - and based a good deal of his agenda - on the notion that illegal immigrants are causing a massive crime wave. When he first came…

The Republicans' tax on religion is a nightmare for many
icon Posted: 09 December 2018 [07:09 PM]

Opinion “Republicans tax churches to help pay for big corporate giveaway.” You would be forgiven for thinking that this is a headline from The Onion or the fantasy of some left-wing website. But it’s exactly what happened in the big…

Tuesday 12/04/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Should students get more gym time?
icon Posted: 04 December 2018 [08:51 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, I don’t like the fact that my high school only has gym twice a week. Dakota- A student Dakota, I wholeheartedly agree with you. I’m a big believer in the Old World Greek values of mind…

Monday 12/03/2018
ERIN STEWART: New Britain has seen many positive changes
icon Posted: 03 December 2018 [05:56 PM]

Opinion Time flies. I just marked five years serving as your mayor. When I reflect on the past, I feel gratitude for the positive changes that have come to our community. Those changes couldn’t have happened without you. Since the…

Charitable giving makes a difference in communities
icon Posted: 03 December 2018 [05:52 PM]

Opinion You might think that wealthy people who can tax deduct their charitable contributions are the most generous Americans, and many are. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett deserve praise for the billions they have personally given to charity.…

GM says layoffs will boost its bottom line, it is more complicated
icon Posted: 03 December 2018 [05:50 PM]

Opinion This week, General Motors announced plans to halt production at several of its plants. The move could see over 14,000 jobs lost, 8,000 of which are in North America. GM chief executive Mary Barra told reporters that while the…

Sunday 12/02/2018
We're missing the forest for Melania Trump's red holiday trees
icon Posted: 02 December 2018 [07:28 PM]

The Washington Post It isn’t easy to make Christmas decorations pop. American Christmas --the pagan spectacle of capitalism as opposed to the religious holiday - is about excess, about competing with the neighbor’s bigger budget or lower taste threshold when…

Small groups of vaccine refusers can make people sick
icon Posted: 02 December 2018 [07:26 PM]

Infectious diseases such as chickenpox and measles - once a rite of passage for American children - have been made uncommon because of vaccines. However, in recent years, an increasing number of parents are refusing vaccines, resulting in outbreaks. The…

Monday 11/26/2018
The rhetoric of reaction to the planet's climate change
icon Posted: 26 November 2018 [08:19 PM]

I hope you and yours had a good Thanksgiving break. Everyone needs some time to pay attention to family, friends, turkey-induced naps, holiday sales and whatnot. One cannot spend every day focused on current events, lest one go mad with…

In Ukraine, leaders don't want all-out war
icon Posted: 26 November 2018 [08:15 PM]

Sunday’s dramatic events in the Kerch Strait, where Russian troops seized three Ukrainian navy vessels, highlight the Kremlin’s resolve to hold on to the spoils of its aggression against Ukraine and flout its international obligations. They also show the lengths…

U.S. elections are still a wreck, and there's no easy solution
icon Posted: 26 November 2018 [08:13 PM]

After more than two centuries of democracy, America is still having difficulty counting votes - in certain places, anyway. Many precincts managed the Nov. 6 election smoothly. Orange County, California, for instance, home to a handful of tightly contested congressional…

Sunday 11/25/2018
You think things are bad now? Take a look back at 1978
icon Posted: 25 November 2018 [08:05 PM]

The Washington Post In more robust times for the metropolitan newspaper business, the Kansas City Star ran a column devoted to nourishing civic memory. The feature recalled events and personalities from 40 years past - roughly half a lifetime -…

A break from the political grind, one album at a time
icon Posted: 25 November 2018 [08:03 PM]

A friend who works in campaigns recently joked that there ought to be a mandatory, two-week respite from any kind of political talk immediately after Election Day. Fighting a bad cold and exhausted from what had turned out to be…

White House needs to change press policies
icon Posted: 25 November 2018 [08:01 PM]

After a week of sound and fury, the Trump administration decided to drop its effort to ban CNN reporter Jim Acosta, giving one small victory to an individual White House correspondent, but threatening a big setback for the free press.…

Friday 11/23/2018
CHRIS POWELL: War contracting devours liberalism
icon Posted: 23 November 2018 [08:05 PM]

Columnist Control of the U.S. House of Representatives by a new Democratic majority is expected to yield a military contracting bonanza for Connecticut, whose House delegation, like its Senate delegation, is entirely Democratic and has much seniority. The 1st District’s…

E.J. DIONNE: The supreme test of Nancy Pelosi's wizardry
icon Posted: 23 November 2018 [08:03 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Without Nancy Pelosi’s toughness, focus and legislative skill, there would probably be no Affordable Care Act. Her speakership during the Obama presidency left a legacy of achievement in other areas as well, including a far-reaching reform of…

Trump appears to be unraveling; it will get worse from here
icon Posted: 23 November 2018 [08:01 PM]

By Jennifer Rubin Post-midterm election, President Donald Trump’s tenure seems rockier than ever. Consider:  His much-criticized deployment of troops to handle the nonexistent border crisis proved to be as unnecessary and politically motivated as critics claimed. With the…

Thursday 11/22/2018
DeVos is protecting civil liberties on campus
icon Posted: 22 November 2018 [04:08 PM]

Due process and free speech are not the first causes one associates with the Donald Trump administration. The president has joked that the police should not “be too nice” to “thugs” and suggested that libel laws should be changed to…

The Republican Party isn't 'grand' and it's old ideas are making it irrelevant
icon Posted: 22 November 2018 [04:04 PM]

The Washington Post The Republican Party’s back-to-the-future outlook - complete with know-nothing economics, disdain for women in power and race-baiting - does not allow for new ideas to surface. Indeed, to prevent even the possibility of policy innovation and creativity,…

Wednesday 11/21/2018
Ivanka's email scandal has a familiar moral
icon Posted: 21 November 2018 [06:19 PM]

Ivanka Trump used her personal email account last year to handle as many as 100 discussions of official White House matters. If that doesn’t strike you as a rather ironic turn of events, then fine-tune your antennae by looking up…

MBS has a toxic record of recklessness; Trump doesn't need him
icon Posted: 21 November 2018 [06:17 PM]

A common theme has emerged in the Trump administration’s rhetoric about Saudi Arabia’s murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The president and his top aides keep saying they intend to get to the bottom of the case and to hold all…

Many candidates are flawed human beings
icon Posted: 21 November 2018 [06:15 PM]

The question raised by the 1972 movie “The Candidate,” starring Robert Redford, is whether winning a political campaign is worth compromising or even sacrificing your values. That is the sort of question traditionally ignored in American politics, but it seems…

Tuesday 11/20/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Not everyone can be a leader
icon Posted: 20 November 2018 [08:13 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, why do we protect bad leaders? Emma- A student Well, Emma, I’m not exactly sure. Your question is a good question and a very complex one, too. I’m guessing that when you mentioned leadership, you’re probably…

MICHAEL REAGAN: We have to escape the politics of anger
icon Posted: 20 November 2018 [08:12 PM]

Columnist I realize the Democrats took over the House, which is not new news. But I’m tired of hearing Nancy Pelosi and other liberals in Congress say that now we need to start working together. Now we need bipartisanship. Really?…

Pelosi served America well, but it's time for a change
icon Posted: 20 November 2018 [08:10 PM]

How did Democrats win back the House majority? We did it with exceptional candidates - including a record number of women, as well as a wave of veterans and people of color. We did it in the face of serious…

Monday 11/19/2018
In with the new? Not on Thanksgiving
icon Posted: 19 November 2018 [07:48 PM]

The Post Thanksgiving comes early this year, which means there was barely time to empty the Halloween candy bowl before the barrage of advice began about the fabulous new things you can do to liven up Thanksgiving. Toss out boring…

The time has passed to protect the special council, says McConnell
icon Posted: 19 November 2018 [07:47 PM]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says special counsel Robert Mueller III is in no danger, so the Senate does not have to pass a bill that would protect him from premature firing. The majority leader repeated this messageWednesday…

Zuckerberg should step down as Facebook chairman
icon Posted: 19 November 2018 [07:46 PM]

The Washington Post Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg once set out a bit of digital-world wisdom that became his company’s informal motto: “Move fast and break things.” After the past week’s developments, the 34-year-old should declare mission accomplished - and find…

Sunday 11/18/2018
Without Stan Lee, Hollywood as we know it might not exist
icon Posted: 18 November 2018 [06:26 PM] Next time you go to the movies and see a post-credits scene teasing a sequel that is still years away, or a winking reference to some obscure bit of franchise lore, or a cameo appearance by the star of…

Will the GOP keep dancing with autocracy?
icon Posted: 18 November 2018 [06:24 PM]

Washington Post WASHINGTON -- When a national leader urges that votes be ignored or that an election result he doesn’t like might best be set aside, we label him an autocrat or an authoritarian. When it’s President Trump, we shrug.…

Thursday 11/15/2018
If you 're really leaving, just go
icon Posted: 15 November 2018 [08:01 PM]

Columnist Anyone who got a penny for each time he heard someone threaten to leave Connecticut because of its corrupt and ineffectual state government would be rich. Anyone who got a dollar for every such person he heard who fulfilled…

White House is in the middle of a meltdown
icon Posted: 15 November 2018 [08:00 PM]

Every White House experiences tension and turnover; it’s a stressful environment where punishingly long hours are the norm, everyone has his or her own ambitions, and the stakes are extremely high. A certain amount of controlled chaos is inevitable. But…

U.S. must end all military support of the Saudi coalition
icon Posted: 15 November 2018 [07:58 PM]

By The Washington Post Two weeks ago, the Trump administration took a first step toward reining in the reckless Saudi regime under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calling for a cease-fire in the war Saudi Arabia has been…

Monday 11/12/2018
Trump shows contempt for men and women in uniform
icon Posted: 12 November 2018 [08:40 PM]

It seems that soldiers who were captured aren’t the only ones that President Donald Trump doesn’t like. He also apparently doesn’t care much for the ones who died for their country. On Saturday afternoon, the president was scheduled to attend…

Saturday Night Live apologized, move on
icon Posted: 12 November 2018 [08:37 PM]

“Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson got reamed for making a tasteless joke a week ago Saturday about Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost his eye in combat in Afghanistan. Days later, Texans elected Crenshaw, a Republican, to…

Whitaker, the acting attorney general, is unfit for the job
icon Posted: 12 November 2018 [08:35 PM]

Is Matthew Whitaker the legitimate acting attorney general? From approximately the second President Donald Trump oustedAttorney General Jeff Sessions and tapped Whitaker to temporarily exercise the office’s vast authority, legal experts have sparred over whether Trump can unilaterally elevate someone…

Sunday 11/11/2018
CNN's Acosta should sue Trump
icon Posted: 11 November 2018 [06:41 PM]

The White House revoked the press pass of and defamed CNN’s Jim Acosta, falsely accusing him of putting his hands on an intern. Press secretary Sarah Sanders accused Acosta of “placing his hands” on the intern. In fact, video shows…

President Trump should learn from Richard Nixon's mistakes
icon Posted: 11 November 2018 [06:39 PM]

President Donald Trump pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign on Wednesday. Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, who has expressed hostility to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry, will step in as acting attorney general and, according to reports, take…

MICHAEL REAGAN: Birthright citizenship is wrong for America
icon Posted: 11 November 2018 [06:36 PM]

The president rolled another flash grenade onto our political stage and it sent the Trump Hate Media into a predictable tizzy. Trump was called a racist - for the umpteenth time - because he said he plans to use…

Tuesday 11/06/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Cell phones, they are everywhere
icon Posted: 06 November 2018 [10:04 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, why do the adults always have to give me a hard time about my phone? Iliana- A student Well, Iliana, I can remember when I was your age and we didn’t have phones or any of the…

Monday 11/05/2018
ERIN E. STEWART: Chief Wardwell will be missed
icon Posted: 05 November 2018 [08:42 PM]

Mayor of New Britain All around us, there are unsung heroes contributing to the wellbeing of our community. Their long hours, hard work, and acts often go unnoticed, but their impact is tremendous and far reaching. In just a few…

Since Parkland, we've been demanding action
icon Posted: 05 November 2018 [08:39 PM]

and Emma González On Feb. 14, 2018, our lives were forever changed by a gunman who killed 17 of our classmates and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In just 11 minutes, our childhood ended.…

Don't expect robots to take away everyone's job
icon Posted: 05 November 2018 [08:38 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion How many jobs are vulnerable to automation? Plenty of people ask that question, and plenty of people try to give numerical answers. A recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said that about 46 percent…

Wednesday 10/31/2018
What Jon Stewart gets right about Trump and the media
icon Posted: 31 October 2018 [07:41 PM]

Liberal complaints about the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump increase with every day he hasn’t been impeached and thrown out of office. The media allegedly let this happen with its 2016 campaign coverage, and now it’s allegedly failing the…