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Manufactured claims of a ‘manufactured crisis’

Democrats must think voters have short memories, particularly when it comes to their role in the spiraling immigration crisis at the southern border. Dozens of high-ranking Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and presidential hopefuls have told ...

The debates’ biggest losers? American taxpayers

Sen. Kamala Harris of California may have been the breakout winner of this week’s Democratic presidential debates, but there was one clear loser: the American taxpayer. These were the most expensive presidential debates in American history. Never have so many candidates proposed to spend so ...

Freedom from consequences isn’t freedom

On Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., desperate to revive his flagging campaign, proposed a far-reaching plan to wipe out all student debt. That plan falls hard on plans by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., his chief far-left rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, to make college ...

An uncertain hand steers the ship of state

President Trump’s 11th-hour halt to planned military action against Iran has sent shivers through the American national security apparatus, suddenly exposed to the whims and judgment of a feckless commander-in-chief, His decision to abort, apparently reached without wide discussion with his ...

Stay safe on playgrounds

It finally feels like summer is here. The opportunities for fresh air while playing outside are increasing each day. Free play at the city park or in the backyard promotes exercise, fine and large motor development, and is great for overall mental health. But, it does come with its own set of ...

Bribing the Palestinians won’t work

The Trump administration thinks appealing to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un by dangling promises of prosperity in front of him if he agrees to change his ways is the path to peace on the Korean Peninsula. So far there have been no agreements to build a Trump resort and Kim has made no effort ...

The media’s speeding ticket on tagging Trump with rape

On June 21, New York Magazine published a shocking cover story, an excerpt from the new book by author and advice columnist E. Jean Carroll titled “What Do We Need Men For?” Carroll described suffering sexual assault in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room. The alleged assailant is named Donald ...

What a border crisis looks like

News flash: There’s a crisis at the border. This was discovered again over the past few days when immigration attorneys talked to reporters about appalling conditions at a Border Patrol facility detaining migrant minors in Clint, Texas. According to the lawyers, many of the kids had to ...

‘He never called me boy…’

In 1956, during the Montgomery bus boycott led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mississippi’s senior U.S. Senator James O. Eastland spoke at a pro-segregation rally. Robert Caro, in his book “Master of the Senate,” describes Eastland’s racist rant to the crowd: “In every stage of ...

The moral cowards of Twitter

Here’s a thought experiment for you: Your government, the one your tax dollars fund, is systematically rounding up African Americans and placing them into forced labor. The government is reenslaving a people against their will and in violation of the 13th Amendment. Just hypothetically, ...

Reparations for slavery

Several Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling for Americans to make reparations for slavery. On June 19, the House judiciary subcommittee on the constitution, civil rights and civil liberties held a hearing. Its stated purpose was “to examine, through open and constructive discourse, ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Dietitian, I am 60 years old, and I’ve always been health conscious. I eat right and exercise three times a week. Recently, I’ve read that too much calcium may increase your risk of heart attack. Is this true? Also, how much is too much? Mary Dear Mary, How many times did ...

Lies the liar tells

When politicians talk in private, they regularly use a cruel shorthand. For example, a candidate who is uninformed, unreflective and uncurious is often branded a “lightweight,” as in, “He is so lightweight he could tap-dance on a souffle.” Conversely, a “heavyweight” would be a ...

Will Joe repudiate his Segregationist friends?

“Apologize for what? Cory should apologize. He knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body.” Thus did a stung Joe Biden answer rival Cory Booker’s demand he apologize for telling contributors, in a southern drawl, “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland, He never called me ...

Wings still flying over Haiti

Jonathan Nash Glynn — artist, pilot and philanthropist — never envisioned himself as a missionary, but, absent religion, that’s what he has become in recent years. “I’m a secular Jew from Jersey,” he laughs, as we catch up by phone on the past eight years. “You don’t see many ...

Chicken recipes

You can never have too many chicken recipes, so today I have some to add to your collection. Rotel Chicken Spaghetti 3 c. chicken; cooked, cubed Half of a7 oz. package spaghetti 1 large bell pepper; chopped 1 lb. onions, chopped 1 celery stalk, chopped 1/2 c. mushrooms, ...

President Trump is delivering

According to news stories, the Trump campaign fired pollsters who allegedly leaked polling results that show President Trump performing poorly against Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in battleground states. Regardless of the accuracy of the story, what can polling really tell us now? At this ...

Trump’s personality is his biggest re-election obstacle

“What’s your pitch to the swing voter on the fence?” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked President Trump in an interview that aired Sunday. Questions of this sort are gifts to politicians, but interviewers ask them for a couple of reasons. One, they’re civic-minded. Politicians deserve ...

Lingering in lingerie

The only lingerie I own is from leftover costumes I’ve kept from my high school theater performances. I’ve never worn it off-stage, but it has hung in my closet for 20 years, somehow making the to-pack box as I’ve moved to and from countries and from one coast to the next. I guess I ...

Fifty ways to leave your loser

Paul Simon came up with “50 ways to leave your lover.” I wish I could say the same when it comes to leaving your loser of a job. Unfortunately, there are only seven ways to leave a job. If you don’t like it, don’t blame Paul Simon. Blame Harvard. The distinguished Harvard Business ...