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Is Trump’s Russia Policy Being Hijacked?

In crafting the platform in Cleveland on which Donald Trump would run, America Firsters inflicted a major defeat on the War Party. The platform committee rejected a plank to pull us deeper into Ukraine, by successfully opposing new U.S. arms transfers to Kiev. Improved relations with ...

Americans microchipped in the land of the free

Just a short time ago, some of us born in the land of the free and the home of the brave were horrified by a sci-fi nightmare that we were told would never, ever happen: That someday, Americans would eagerly allow their wise corporate masters — and eventually their government overlords — ...

Authentic Republican Wisdom

American campaigns were not always, I can testify from personal witness, about the politics of personal destruction. Your political adversary was your opponent, not your enemy. Just 10 years ago, at the funeral of a former Republican president, the eulogy, at the personal request of the ...

First, get a real job

Dear Dave, I currently have student loans in deferment from earning a degree in hospitality management. My career goal is to own a mobile food vending company, so I’m putting most of the money I make from eBay and ride-hailing services — around $1,000 a month — aside in savings for ...

Coming together

Flying into St. Petersburg last Friday night, I wasn’t sure as to what to expect. I was in Florida to attend my sister’s wedding and the first order of business was to meet my soon-to-be brother-in-law’s family at the rehearsal dinner. As the last one to arrive, I was already behind in ...

Learning to come closer to the truth

II learned it was 1970 when the Johnny Cash song "What is Truth" reached the No. 3 spot on the Billboard charts. It came over the radio at a time when America's collective consciousness was fragmented, almost schizophrenic. Then, as today, we were fighting a war among ourselves for the ...

Please don’t tread on me!

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‘Dunkirk’ Is a Morality Story for Shared Blessings of Peace

he movie “Dunkirk” recounts an astounding story of courage and self-sacrifice, without which Hitler might have won World War II. One can draw a straight line from Britain’s heroic solidarity in the war to the welfare state that emerged in peacetime. Set in 1940, the movie features two ...

Another general called to Trump’s rescue

­­ Donald Trump, a bully who admires strong-willed military men, got fed up with his ineffective White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus. So he chose former four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly — already a member of the Cabinet as secretary of homeland security — to replace him. A few ...

Our diminished trust in government can be traced to the bungles in Vietnam

As Vietnam’s 1968 Tet holiday approached, Gen. William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces there, cabled the Joint Chiefs in Washington that he had a plan. He would serenade, perhaps into dissolution, the communist forces that he was certain would concentrate on attacking U.S. forces based ...

Work on Health Care Must Go On

NBC’s Chuck Todd started his “Meet the Press” interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price with an important question. Shouldn’t we accept, Todd suggested, that it’s “not Obamacare anymore, it’s our national health care system. ...(Do) you accept that the ...

A ‘Ms.’-stake?

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about the use of “Ms.” in place of “Miss” or “Mrs.”: “Dear Heloise: One thing that irks me is that so many pieces of mail are addressed to ‘Ms.’ instead of ‘Mrs.’ They don’t know me. I could be ‘Miss,’ ‘Mrs.’ or ...

‘Manliness’ means making sacrifices for your family

Q: I’m a newlywed soon-to-be dad. I never knew my own father, so when I think about teaching my son to be “manly,” I’m intimidated. What does “manliness” really look like? Jim: I think a common misperception is that “manliness” equates to brute power and strength. But when it ...

What if Some Spies Are Bad Guys?

What if the federal government captures in real time the contents of every telephone call, email and text message and all the fiber-optic data generated by every person and entity in the United States 24/7/365? What if this mass surveillance was never authorized by any federal law? What if ...

Missing Case for Republican Health Care

At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...

Democrats and Trump: Both Behaving Irrationally

What is it about Russia — some vestige of all those Cold War spy films, perhaps — that makes so many people, on all political sides, behave so irrationally when it’s mentioned? Consider the behavior of the Democrats, who are seeking to prove that Donald Trump and/or his campaign ...

A Jamboree of Teachable Moments

Every time I share my concerns about Donald Trump’s impact on America’s children, a certain percentage of readers assure me that no child is paying attention to what our president says. I hope we can now all agree to put that magical thinking to rest in the wake of Trump’s spectacle of ...

Creeping Totalitarianism

­­ Polling from YouGov this week shows 45 percent of Republicans support letting courts shut down “news media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased or inaccurate.” Only 18 percent of Democrats favor this. Worse, only 33 percent of Republicans recognize that ...

The president is not the enemy

The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily — make that hourly, even minute by ...

A bad method at this stage

Dear Dave, I want to build an 18-unit apartment complex, but I don’t have enough cash to do it on my own. My net worth is around $400,000, and I have $100,000 I can put toward this project. It is estimated to cost $1.2 million. Would lining up investors, who will take a percentage of the ...