Thursday, March 11, 2021
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When the most recent COVID-19 stimulus package passed in the Senate on Saturday, it did so without even one Republican vote. It seemed all but certain the same would be true when the House of Representatives took up the measure on Wednesday. “It was still stuffed full of non-COVID related sp…

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
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I got my first COVID-19 vaccination today at the College Hills Church of Christ parking lot, and I cannot say enough in praise and gratitude for the police, National Guard, doctors, nurses and the volunteers for their patience, dedication to duty, and courtesy and consideration. The stood ou…

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It's interesting to see the procedure used to clear the snow from the roads in Wilson County. What determines the importance of the roads that are cleared, and the ones that aren't even touched? It doesn't seem to matter how many families live on a road. If the so called, "main roads" are th…

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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“WWTLD.” What would Ted Lasso do ... with Neera Tanden’s nomination to become director of the Office of Management and Budget? Apple TV Plus’s first big hit has attracted fans because of a rare (in these times) combination of earnest, aw-shucks dialogue and relentless good cheer. No spoilers…

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Despite Donald Trump being acquitted in his second impeachment trial, his ignominious departure from the White House has left the future of the Republican Party uncertain. Trump’s seditious conduct has not ended his chokehold over the GOP, with 59% of Republican respondents in a recent Polit…

Wednesday, February 03, 2021
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Ten Republicans on Sunday sketched out a $600 billion counteroffer to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. While the GOP proposal contains money for coronavirus testing and vaccination as well as for small businesses and some direct payments to individuals (albeit a smaller amo…

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Of all the accomplishments of the Trump administration, the one that seemed least likely to fall under President Joe Biden and a Democratic-majority Congress were the Abraham Accords. No longer. With the announcement last week that the new administration will review a sale of a batch of figh…

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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The storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was a real lowlight for Congress. At least during the sacking of Washington in the war of 1812, the White House burned alongside the Capitol. But on January 6, 2021 the head of the executive branch urged his followers to interfere with the operat…

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If Joe Biden is going to make a success of his promise to be a president for “all Americans,” he would do well to study how mayors of politically mixed cities manage the competing interests of Democrats and Republicans. Like the city where I’m the mayor: Troy, Mich., a community of 90,000 pe…

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On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order titled, “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.” The media did not pay much attention to this, given that it did not directly or exclusively focus on fighting th…

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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The U.S. has had an attack on its Capitol, and may see more protests in the weeks to come. This upheaval is doing more than raising tempers and causing anxiety; it’s threatening the financial and economic foundations of the country. If political instability causes Treasury bonds to become ri…

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will remain majority leader until noon Wednesday, with the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. At that moment, McConnell will then become the equal in influence of any minority leader in Senate history. No doubt he is already planning how to wield that pow…

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“The Trump administration never had a federal or comprehensive strategy” for getting coronavirus vaccines into Americans’ arms, Jeff Zients, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to coordinate the federal covid-19 response, told a small group of journalists Saturday. He, along with Biden’s pick f…

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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All but six senators supporting objections to the counting of Arizona’s electoral college votes slunk away when it came time to cast final votes. Consider those who remained the Dirty Half Dozen: Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Tex.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), John Neely Kenned…

Wednesday, January 06, 2021
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In its most recent exercise of liberal democracy, the state senate of Massachusetts voted 32-8 to override Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of what is called the Roe Act.

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Like the little boy haunted by ghosts in the horror movie “The Sixth Sense,” President Donald Trump sees dead people everywhere. He thinks at least 5,000 of them voted in Georgia during the presidential election and were part of a broader conspiracy that deprived him of a victory in the state.

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In a world in which lawmakers honored their oaths, Republicans would have voted to impeach President Donald Trump for his conduct detailed in the Mueller report or for attempting to extort Ukraine to help his reelection. They would have forced him to resign or induced him not to run in 2020.…

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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The U.S. economy runs on immigration. Immigrants support crucial industries, pay huge amounts in taxes, take care of children and the elderly, sustain American innovation and — perhaps most importantly — make the country a more attractive destination for multinational investment.

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As if an attempted coup, insulting the “totally incompetent and weak” Supreme Court (including three appointees who supposedly were his big gift to conservatives), and refusing even to comment on the covid-19 surge did not make it clear, President Donald Trump’s recent actions should show he…

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One of the highest compliments I ever received came at the end of a speaking engagement when an old gentleman walked up to me and said, “Son, listening to you is like a dose of good medicine.”

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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Pastor Tony Spell is a man who takes his texts seriously. He believes in the plain truth of the Bible and the First Amendment. And that’s why Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, La. will be having Christmas services as usual this year.

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There was never a question of who would quit. As a preschool teacher in Cedar Rapids, Samantha Roy made less than one-fifth of her husband’s salary. Now, Roy, 37, is managing virtual learning for their four kids and feels like she’s falling apart. She represents a phenomenon that sociologist…

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes various gatherings and holiday celebrations with family and friends. It is no recent news that this year is very different from last year, especially when it comes to planning holiday celebrations. Despite the declaration of a countywide mas…

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A spate of surveys shows a significant majority of Americans (maybe 60%, a couple of polls report) thinks President-elect Joe Biden won the election. (This is akin to “What color is George Washington’s white horse?”) That means 40% or so of Americans are utterly deluded. And with a new appre…

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It’s my fervent hope the two Georgia Senate runoff elections are the last time conservatives will be forced to vote for Republicans because no conservative alternatives exist. For over 30 years conservatives have been told by the rich who run the Republican Party that we have no choice but t…

Wednesday, December 09, 2020
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He came in by ambulance short of breath. Already started on oxygen by the paramedics. Still, he was clearly laboring just to breathe. He looked sick. Uncomfortable. Scared. As we got him over to the gurney and wrestled his shirt off to switch to a hospital gown, there was one thing that we a…

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As the country stared into the abyss of a once-in-a-generation health and economic crisis earlier this year, Congress responded by passing five bills totaling approximately $3 trillion in relief to stave off disaster. Most economists agree that this prompt action kept millions out of poverty…

Wednesday, December 02, 2020
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In politics, conventional wisdom embodies a narrative created by like-minded individuals who promote it relentlessly until it achieves credibility and acceptance by a broader audience.

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The global Internet no longer exists. There are already two Internets: the borderless and largely free Internet that you and I use every day; and the Chinese-style Internet walled off from the rest of the world and heavily surveilled by state authorities. Increasingly, other countries are st…

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The definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result — is an apt description of the post-election punditry. After yet another election in which polling proved wildly misleading in multiple ways (e.g., the popular-vote margin for president, th…

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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With the Pentagon’s announcement that U.S. forces in Afghanistan will be cut in half — to 2,500 — by inauguration day, after 19 years, it appears the end to America’s longest war may be in sight.

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When the final chapter is written on the impact Donald Trump’s presidency has had on government, it will tell the story of an administration that has undermined its capabilities in ways that are both well-known and under the radar. At best, this administration has sabotaged its own success. …

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Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and other members of President Donald Trump’s legal team, in spouting their bizarre, incoherent conspiracy theories about voter fraud, have made clear they want to overturn the election in large part by excluding ballots from Black voters. Without Wayne County, M…

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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ABC’s “This Week” made the poor journalistic choice on Sunday to air interviews with Trump voters who made irrational, fact-free claims — or simply revealed their inability to cope with reality. Sorry, but a Trump voter declaring he simply cannot believe President-elect Joe Biden got 78 mill…