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Wake up, America!

While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are battling in their final round in the Democratic primaries and Donald Trump is arguing that Clinton should be in prison for failing to safeguard state secrets while she was secretary of state, the same FBI that is diligently investigating her is ...

Neither candidate is getting the immigration issue right

No contemporary political issue has been more controversial, or has been subject to more dubious analyses, than immigration.Take Donald Trump's endlessly repeated promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. As I've pointed out, that is attacking a problem that no longer exists or that ...

Trump’s whining strategy

The day before the March presidential primary in Ohio, one of my journalism students at Kent State told me she was going to cover Donald Trump's rally that evening in Youngstown. She was excited. I was immediately concerned.Trump had already established a habit of working up crowds of ...

History not obliged to make you feel good

Dear Snoop Dogg:You could have been honest about it. If you had, I'd still think you wrong as two left shoes, but at least I could give you points for guts.As it is, I can only shake my head in appalled wonder at your entirely gutless Instagram attack on the remake of "Roots" that aired last ...

Hell in 140 characters or less

In January of 2007, I joined a new web service that had all sorts of technical problems. It was called Twitter. In 140 characters or less, I could share thoughts and eventually pictures about my day, the news or whatever struck my fancy. I could, in 140 characters, show how awful I could be ...

‘Clinton to Paint Trump as a Risk to World Order.’

Thus did page one of Thursday's New York Times tee up Hillary Clinton's big San Diego speech on foreign policy.Inside the Times, the headline was edited to underline the point:"Clinton to Portray Trump as Risk to the World."The Times promoted the speech as "scorching," a "sweeping and fearsome ...

Iron Rule of Politics

Having worked, as a younger man, in three losing presidential campaigns and having been lucky enough to cover the past 10 presidential campaigns as a journalist, I have been forced to learn a few semi-iron rules of politics that might even be helpful in trying to understand our bizarre ...

New evidence supporting school choice

A groundbreaking new study from the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas provides state of the art data showing the benefits of school choice.The bottom line: When parents have choice where to send their child to school, their children perform better in reading and math ...

Invest in Chandler

Dear Dave,I'm 19 years old, and I'm putting myself through college debt-free. I usually work part time during the semesters, but right now I'm working full time. I have about $2,000 in mutual funds, and I was wondering if I should add my full-time work income to that or save it all to help pay ...

Leave? Remain? Or just have a nice spot of tea?

On June 23 of this year every citizen of the United Kingdom, every subject of the Court of St. James, will cast their ballot on a referendum asking one question: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?And you thought the caucuses were bad.Britain, home of hot tea, warm ...

Lights, camera … I have a megaphone

Not long ago, in a horrible lapse of judgment, I was charged with being director for a series of "high profile" movies, or at least that's what I tell all the waitresses at Starbucks. Haha, just kidding; obviously Big Time directors like myself and Martin Scorsese (or "Marty the Scorz" as I ...

Rhubarb anyone?

'Tis the season for rhubarb. I love rhubarb but it does require lots of sugar so I have found a couple recipes that limit the sugar and one that doesn't - you choose.Rhubarb Cake1 c. rhubarb, diced fine2/3 c. sugar1 stick margarine, softened1 egg1 tsp. vanilla1 c. sour cream1 tsp. baking soda2 ...

Pork gets pricey

Meat lovers may soon be wishing that they had stocked up on Memorial Day pork specials, as hog prices exploded to a 20-month high this week.Demand for pork has been rising recently as the summer grilling season begins, which helped boost prices by over 6 percent this week, proving that pigs can ...

Socialism for the uninformed

Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.While throngs of young people are cheering ...

Suckers for Trump need to believe

Here is how Donald Trump suckers the little people. What follows is a telling of his methods, not commentary on his lack of scruples.The Question: Why didn't the trail of wreckage left by Trump's failed businesses deter students from forking over as much as $35,000 for a class at Trump ...

Hillary on the ropes

Late last week, the inspector general of the State Department completed a yearlong investigation into the use by Hillary Clinton of a private email server for all of her official government email as secretary of state. The investigation was launched when information technology officials at the ...

In a battle of odors, coffee wins!

Dear Heloise: Someone at my workplace stored a box of POWDERED DISHWASHING SOAP in a cupboard with dozens of plastic and paper cups, leaving the cups useless because they smelled so strongly of soap. I vaguely remembered that coffee grounds absorb odor, so I removed the soap box, put about 1/2 ...

The British will choose their destiny

LONDON - Sitting on the sun-dappled terrace of the House of Lords, watching the Thames flow, Lord Nigel Lawson explains that the June 23 referendum, which he hopes will withdraw Britain from the European Union, was never supposed to happen. It is, he says, the fulfillment of a promise Prime ...

Trustworthiness remains Hillary Clinton’s Achilles heel

WASHINGTON - The long-awaited State Department inspector general's report on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server produced no smoking gun. But it did unveil an even worse political vulnerability: her transparent dissembling.After months of stonewalling and insisting that she had done ...

Be positive when watching your children play sports

Q: My wife and I were both varsity athletes in college, and we're very competitive. Our 6-year-old twins want to start playing soccer this summer. We're all for it, but we want to make sure that we maintain a healthy family perspective about competition. Do you have any advice?Jim: I can relate ...