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Chuck Todd sneers at Trump’s ‘playbook’

Over Memorial Day weekend, NBC’s Chuck Todd opened his show “Meet the Press” by angrily lecturing his viewers about a so-called Trump “tactical playbook” on how to spin the Robert Mueller probe and the FBI informant in his presidential campaign. Here’s Todd’s list of Trump ...

Ireland makes its decision on abortion

The scientific, moral and theological battle between life as an “endowed unalienable” right and the evolutionary view that we are just material and energy shaped by pure chance in a random universe with no author of life, no purpose for living and no destination after we die has been won in ...

Spying on Trump a departure from norms

“F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims,” read the headline on a lengthy New York Times story May 18. “The Justice Department used a suspected informant to probe whether Trump campaign aides were making improper contacts with Russia in ...

A singular mother

At the last minute, with an unfortunate combination of bad news and gratuitous drama, the divorced father was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding. Who hasn’t heard a version of that story? It’s always something with these broken families, as we love to call them. As if every intact ...

‘I was wrong’ — the three hardest words

They might be the three hardest words in the English language: “I was wrong.” Three simple syllables, but many of us find them unpronounceable. As in a Twitter critic who referred to me as “her” the other day. “Her?” tweeted I. Whereupon, she launched into this tortured ...

A conspiracy of idiocy

Many people love to concoct grand, elaborate conspiracies to explain the world around them. Instead of realizing they made bad decisions, it must have been some malevolent force out to get them. Instead of recognizing they are surrounded by incompetence, there must be some mysterious force ...

NFL stands up for America

The NFL is standing for America. It finally displayed leadership Wednesday, announcing that it has banned players from kneeling on the field while our national anthem is played. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, “This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show ...

Family-loved recipes

The Quick and Easy Roast recipe is one my mother made often because it was a family favorite. The other two recipes are ones that I have made for family and are also ranked as very good. Quick and Easy Roast 1 2-4 lb. beef roast 1 envelope dry onion soup mix Use large enough piece of ...

North Korea tensions rocket higher

On Thursday, President Trump announced that he was canceling the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This withdrawal was a response to North Korean complaints and threats, which President Trump met with a strong and measured response, “You talk about your nuclear ...

Trump is proving the most pro-life president in history

President Trump’s critics were apoplectic last week when the president referred to MS-13 gang members as “animals.” Of course, no one should be dehumanized. Yet many of the same people expressing outrage that Trump would dehumanize vicious gang members have no problem dehumanizing ...

Trump’s trade wars would avenge only mythical casualties

America’s government declares “war” promiscuously — on poverty, on drugs, on cancer, etc. — except when actually going to war, which the nation has done often since it last declared war (on June 5, 1942, on Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary). But the incipient war du jour is being ...

Capitalism vs. socialism

Several recent polls, plus the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders, demonstrate that young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism. That, I believe, is a result of their ignorance and indoctrination during their school years, from kindergarten through college. For the most part, neither ...

How the Russia investigation helps Trump

This week, for the first time in months, a generic ballot poll showed Republicans beating Democrats in the midterm elections. According to Reuters, Republicans are now leading by six points. And while that poll is obviously an outlier, the movement of the generic ballot in the direction of ...

Should we rewrite the 2nd Amendment?

Here we go again. Yet another school shooting has triggered a new round of prayer meetings, hand-wringing by public officials and standard NRA defenses of the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rushed to the ...

‘I’m sorry’ still two of the hardest words to say

Q: Why do so many people have trouble apologizing when they say or do something rude or even offensive? It seems to me like we’ve lost the ability to extend this common courtesy; at least, I’ve certainly seen it in my own extended family. Jim: “I’m sorry” could be two of the ...

Gambling on sports is a bad bet

“I am shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here.” — Captain Renault, “Casablanca” Human nature being what it is it should come as no shock that the next level of approved gambling in America is sports betting. States already have casinos, the lottery and other ...

So they were spying on trump’s campaign

Months ago, the Old Media proclaimed that President Donald Trump was more than a bit nutty in insisting his campaign was the subject of surveillance by the Obama administration. Now it’s emerging that this wasn’t the slightest bit nutty. The New York Times reported — in a tone much like ...

Trump breaks bread, glasses and party at lunch

POTUS coming to Tuesday lunch. Translated, the president of the United States is joining 50 Republican senators in the Capitol to crash their private Tuesday lunch. Nobody is glad to hear this on the Senate side. We love the constitutional separation of powers. The Senate is the last citadel ...

Amazon fights back

Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it’s going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that’s not how the politicians describe their plan, but that’s probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle’s city council want all big ...

State of the midterms

Last December, the midterm outlook looked bleak for Republicans. With the Democrats enjoying a 13-point lead on the Generic Ballot, pundits talked of a “big blue wave.” The question was not whether the Democrats would win the two dozen seats needed to gain control of the House, but whether ...