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Inauguration under a shadow

WASHINGTON — On the eve of Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th American president, there is nothing to stop it despite public dissent, such as Democratic Congressman John Lewis’s contention that Trump will be not be a “legitimate” president. Those many voters who cling to the ...

The Left can’t help overplaying its hand

This week, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., accused President-elect Donald Trump of being an illegitimate president. He said: “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. ... When you see something that is not right, not ...

Learning to be civil in a disagreeable society

Q: Every time I turn around, there’s another example in the news or on social media about people fighting over issues of race, politics, religion, moral beliefs, etc. I’m beginning to lose hope that there can ever be peace in our land. What are your thoughts? Jim: It’s clear that ...

Michelle Obama’s cult in the media

Michelle Obama made her last public speech as first lady. The networks lined up with a 21-handkerchief salute. Nothing will ever be the same. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell proclaimed that the speech was “one of hope and empowerment for the young people she has championed for eight years ... her ...

Conservatism is not racism

The confirmation hearings of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, provided plenty of drama that can help explain why racial tensions never seem to go away in America. This was particularly evident in the concluding panel of the hearings, which ...

A parting shot at personal freedom

On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency — America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus — to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their ...

Supporting citizenship in a digital world

Now that the holiday season has passed, many of us may have more technology in our household than we did beforehand, and much of it is in the form of a phone, tablet or computer of some type. In the Christmas lists I saw, such technological devices were quite common. When I think about it, it ...

The Intelligence Community, Russia and Trump

In his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump came out swinging — against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community. He had some legitimate reasons. One was CNN’s ...

A call for activists for journalism

Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third person as he described Vladimir Putin’s affection for him and attacked not one but two news ...

Ben Carson: Role model

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his brother ...

What Jim has learned today

I have learned that having a huge bowl of beans and rice for breakfast is a pleasure that will eventually be shared in a manner others may not appreciate. I have learned everything matters! Everything one says, one does, one thinks, it all matters. And sometimes it matters beyond the pedestrian ...

Sore Losers

If you caught Donald Trump’s press conference earlier this week, you saw a fascinating spectacle. The incoming President of the United States did not filibuster answers to run out the clock like Barack Obama does. Like a New Yorker, he gave short answers, direct answers, then moved on. He was ...

Dear Mr. President:

“Barack Obama is not Jesus.” Those were the first words of the first column I ever wrote about you - a poke in the eye to Democrats who were singing rhapsodic hosannas about a certain highly regarded young senator. “Yes,” I griped, “he has great potential. But is it asking too much ...

Dissolve the LLC?

Dear Dave, My wife and I are debt-free, plus she has a business giving music lessons. We formed an LLC last year when she had several students and was making over $3,000 a month, but that all changed when our first baby arrived. Now, she has only a few students, and they bring in around $700 ...

Trump’s Enemies See an Opening

“Fake news!” roared Donald Trump, the work of “sick people.” The president-elect was referring to a 35-page dossier of lurid details of his alleged sexual misconduct in Russia, worked up by a former British spy. A two-page summary of the 35 pages had been added to Trump’s briefing ...

Challenge Us; Don’t Coddle Us

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

Ars Gratia Politics

Meryl Streep made headlines last Sunday when she lambasted President-elect Donald Trump in her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. Contrary to Trump’s petulant tweet in response, Meryl Streep is legitimately one of the finest American ...

Low fat dessert options

If you’re like me, the new year’s resolution to diet has probably bit the dust. So, now it’s on to Plan B — let’s at least eat healthier. Whole-Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies 1-1/2 c. whole wheat flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 3/4 c. sugar substitute like ...

We are all accountable

Take a look at Page C4 in today’s T-R. The elected officials pictured there and above represent your interests in Washington, Des Moines, Marshall County and Marshalltown. We publish their contact information not because we want to inundate them with questions and complaints, but because ...

Switzerland, space, and even more chicken

Did you see what Trump said on Twitter last night? How about all the “secret information” being released by the paragon of journalistic integrity that is Buzzfeed? Or the Golden Globes? Won’t someone please talk to me for a few more hours about Meryl Streep’s speech at the only ...