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Wednesday, July 07, 2021
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The Democratic Party’s No. 1 priority is to pass a voting “reform” bill that would federalize elections under rules favorable to Democratic candidates. It’s more important than infrastructure, or massive new social spending, or anything else, which is why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senat…

Monday, April 26, 2021
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One of my favorite jokes involves an election in a mythical town in which there are 1,000 Christian voters and 250 Jewish voters. There is an election for mayor featuring a Christian candidate and a Jewish candidate, who get, respectively, 1,000 votes and 250 votes.

Thursday, April 08, 2021
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Thirty years ago, I made indelible memories from what turned out to be a several-month, surprise stay in Saudi Arabia, compliments of Uncle Sam.

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It started as one of those ridiculous controversies of the Trump era. In May and June 2017, then-President Donald Trump blocked a few Twitter trolls who were criticizing his tweets. The next month, those trolls, backed by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, sued the presi…

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Thirty years ago, I made indelible memories from what turned out to be a several-month, surprise stay in Saudi Arabia, compliments of Uncle Sam.

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It started as one of those ridiculous controversies of the Trump era. In May and June 2017, then-President Donald Trump blocked a few Twitter trolls who were criticizing his tweets. The next month, those trolls, backed by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, sued the presi…

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
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One day a colleague, whose intellect I had admired up to that point, confessed that she had some conservative instincts when it came to politics.

Tuesday, March 09, 2021
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We’re about to have our first weekly bridge game after a year-long hiatus, and I admit to some trepidation.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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There are many dangers ahead for that great survivor of American politics, Joe Biden. There is a deadly virus that is rampaging across the land even as it is mutating, economic challenges, a wealth and privilege gap that is widening, potential troubles with Iran, allies wary of America’s com…

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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I noticed in a couple of recent news reports that Indiana has been made safe again for the bald eagle, which is a simple piece of good news worth celebrating in this era riven by an angry partisan divide and political revenge disguised as a plea for unity.

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Indiana is one of the unhealthiest states in the country on most any measure. It ranks among the states with the highest prevalence of lung and other cancers, obesity, diabetes, and most chronic diseases. Our state’s infant mortality rate is eighth highest, and our 13.5 percent maternal smok…

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President Trump is now former President Trump. With Joe Biden now President Biden, Democrats control the White House, the House and the Senate. An ambitious agenda lies ahead for the new Democratic administration. And yet there are signs that some Democrats’ obsession with Donald Trump – the…

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After Republicans lost the White House and both chambers of Congress last November, you might think they’d be asking themselves: How can we attract more voters in the next election?

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will vote to create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. There’s no doubt there needs to be an extensive investigation of the events surrounding the riot. But what is striking is that, even as Pelosi calls for an in…

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When I read about the senseless killing of Daunte Wright by a Minnesota police officer, I thought of my friends Isaac Cudjoe and Kevin Isabelle-Peete. Several years ago, while living and working in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., they got pulled over for a phony traffic violation. …

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When Ann Jarvis died on May 9, 1905, her daughter, Anna Reeves Jarvis, began a campaign to honor her mother as a way of celebrating all moms as a group.

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I’m basically a lazy person, so I’m not opposed to the government paying me to do something I might otherwise be inclined to forgo.

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When I was in my late 20s – at an age when I knew Utopia was just around the corner if only we could complete the task of perfecting the human race – I discovered Robert Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

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Thank you, Simone Biles, for pulling me out of the funk I’d talked myself into over sports.

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On CBS-TV’s Sunday Morning this week, a former Army sergeant who left parts of both arms and legs in Afghanistan came on and tried to say something positive in the face of our ugly retreat from that country.

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The Local Journalism Sustainability Act (LJSA) was recently introduced in the House and has now been introduced in the Senate – and will benefit every member of this community! Unlike many issues in Washington, this legislation has bipartisan support and is focused on delivering benefits to …

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On CBS-TV’s Sunday Morning this week, a former Army sergeant who left parts of both arms and legs in Afghanistan came on and tried to say something positive in the face of our ugly retreat from that country.

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Can you tell from the following three summaries which groups of Americans are being described?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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My most memorable New Year’s Day took place five years ago on a cold, clear morning in another life. We awoke to find a 30-acre lake where there had been pasture the night before. The Arkansas River had been rising ominously for days, and when it got high enough, it always backed up the bayo…

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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Time magazine, demonstrating the legacy media’s continued decline into irrelevance, has deemed 2020 “the worst year ever.”

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Indiana state lawmakers recently kicked off the 2021 legislative session at the Statehouse, and I am eager to get to work serving our community in the General Assembly. This session, I am co-authoring legislation that would support many health care workers in underserved areas through a heal…

Wednesday, December 09, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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Here in the capital of indecision – where even before the polling stations closed Nov. 3 it seemed possible, even likely, that agitation would mix with litigation – the way forward for America is, as it is everywhere else, muddled. Only here it is more so.

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As a physician and former state public health official, I’m troubled. I never imagined that political pressure would ever drastically influence the decisions of the Federal Food and Drug Administration or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These agencies are traditionally very i…

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The COVID recession played havoc with America’s labor markets as well as the official statistics that we use to describe them. This generated plenty of misunderstanding about the state of the economy. With the passage of time and supplemental surveys of workers, a clearer explanation is now …

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Every day, some new poll is published showing Democratic challenger Joe Biden with a big lead over President Donald Trump. Some Trump supporters ignore the news because some of the polls were wrong in 2016. They shouldn’t. The polls are real, and there is no doubt Trump is facing a serious c…

Thursday, October 08, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
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By Saturday, we’ll know who President Trump wants to be the next Supreme Court justice, according to recent announcements. Republicans will praise her qualifications, her intellect, her judicial temperament. Democrats will oppose. There will be an opportunity for a real debate: Should the pr…

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
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Donald Trump’s almost erotic relationship with the Whirlpool Corp. continued last week when he traveled to Whirlpool’s factory in Clyde, Ohio, where he boasted to workers that he re-imposed tariffs on Canadian aluminum. Why this pleased them is mysterious.

Saturday, July 11, 2020
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As the country struggles to vanquish coronavirus, Americans are witnessing a bizarre phenomenon in which some authorities tolerate and even praise highly politicized mass gatherings while at the same time suppress small activities – like taking children to a playground – that are important t…

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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WASHINGTON -- "White power!" shouted the elderly man, raising his fist as he drove his golf cart past a group of demonstrators advocating racial justice.  President Trump offered an amen.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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“To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.” – From the nine principles set out in Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel…

Thursday, June 18, 2020
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The email message had one statement and one question, “So you won’t be having a high school graduation this year. How do you feel about that?” In the spring courses I taught online, there were 16 high school students taking them as credits in escrow. I aimed the email at just that one focus …

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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Watching Boss Trump’s authoritarian street theater in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., I had three related thoughts: first, that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.