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Mass shootings are still happening, being ignored

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…

icon Posted: 16 October 2019 [01:49 PM]

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Wednesday 10/16/2019
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…

Thursday 09/19/2019
Israelis just saved their democracy
icon Posted: 19 September 2019 [01:29 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion It's tempting to say about an election in any country that this is the election that really matters, that this time, the results will determine the fabric of society for generations to come. In Israel, on the day…

Wednesday 09/18/2019
The Electoral College flips elections more than we thought
icon Posted: 18 September 2019 [02:14 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Advocates for reforming the Electoral College will doubtless get a boost by a new and important paper by University of Texas economists Michael Geruso, Dean Spears and Ishaana Talesara. They find that in close presidential elections, the probability…

Felicity Huffman's sentence is a good thing
icon Posted: 18 September 2019 [01:49 PM]

Special To The Washington Post On Friday, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani sentenced award-winning actress Felicity Huffman to two weeks in prison, a $30,000 fine and 250 hours of community service for her conviction for honest services fraud, specifically, paying…

Tuesday 09/17/2019
GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Staying on the right path
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [08:25 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, how do I keep my children on the right path? Daria. Well, Daria, that’s a very good question. First, I would say to make sure you’re spending a lot of time with every one of your children. Please,…

Friday 09/13/2019
Vaping finally has its 'Joe Cool' moment
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [02:16 PM]

The Washington Post Christopher Columbus had been in the New World only a few days when he watched from the deck of his flagship as a native paddled toward him in a canoe laden with “some dried leaves, which…

Thursday 09/12/2019
It's time for Congress to protect our oceans from offshore drilling
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:48 PM]

Special To The Washington Post In 2017, the “Vineyard Wind 1” project off the coast of Massachusetts was submitted for federal approval to become the nation’s first major offshore wind project. Its 84 turbines could replace an estimated 1.6 million…

Bolton learns that Trump's not a listener
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:47 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Before calling it quits Tuesday with his national security adviser, John Bolton, President Donald Trump reportedly spent months phoning Bolton’s predecessor, H.R. McMaster, seeking advice. During those calls, NBC News noted, Trump told McMaster “that he missed him.”…

Wednesday 09/11/2019
Did Trump's misconduct help trigger a risky Russian spy extraction?
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:36 PM]

The Washington Post CNN spent a good chunk of Monday touting its exclusive story by chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto: that the United States in 2017 had pulled out “one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government.”…

Trump should be worried about the economy
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:35 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Not so long ago, the economy was President Donald Trump’s greatest strength. Now it is becoming his greatest liability. At the end of spring, the data were mostly strong but with some ominous signs for the president: A…

Tuesday 09/10/2019
Democrats need a feisty fighter on climate change
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [02:03 PM]

Special To The Washington Post That CNN aired a seven-hour town hall last week on the climate crisis with 10 Democratic presidential candidates is a measure of the stunning sea change in the politics of climate change. In 2016, the…

On guns, Democrats know they have a winning issue
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [02:02 PM]

The Washington Post Democrats know they have a winning issue. When the entire country is convulsed by back-to-back massacres in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, and 90 percent or so of Americans favor an array of gun measures, they have…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: We need better education for boys
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [01:56 PM]

Granddaddy’s Secrets Dear Granddaddy, why have boys fallen behind girls in U.S. education? Macey. Well, Macey, I remember when I graduated from the University of Hartford in 1995. I was shocked by how outnumbered I was by the females. I…

Monday 09/09/2019
Gerrymandering is a cancer state courts can't cure
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:28 PM]

By Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion It’s great news that the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down partisan gerrymandering under its state constitution. The ability of states to read their own constitutions differently from the federal constitution is part of what…

What centuries of history tell us about childlessness today
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:26 PM]

By Rachel Chrastil Special To The Washington Post In the 21st century, millions of women around the world will reach the age of 45 without having given birth. Some will experience infertility, others will choose childlessness early in life, and…

Sunday 09/08/2019
We need good civics education in all schools
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:49 PM]

The Washington Post It’s back-to-school time. Hoorah! Or perhaps not . . . It’s a tough few days. As one of my friends says, it’s like playing Time Tetris. Parents are asked to think about all kinds of things: What’s…

Conspiratorial thinking is the province of the far right
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:49 PM]

The Washington Post Arthur Brooks writes a compelling column for The Washington Post identifying the prevalence of conspiracy thinking in our politics, in particular “the propagation of conspiracy theories by elites themselves.” Now, while populism exists on the right…

Friday 09/06/2019
We need backup plans for our backup plans
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:31 PM]

Special to The Washington Post What's your backup plan for when your backup plan is underwater? That's the question we're facing as Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the Eastern Seaboard. In its path are a string of military…

Four important things that U.S. workers need the most
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:29 PM]

Special To The Washington Post We are living through the most disruptive era since the Industrial Revolution. From lifesaving discoveries to green technologies to better ways to stay connected, the new economy's gains have been enormous. But, for too many…