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Trump can use the economy to change people’s minds about him

With the end of the Mueller probe and the news that the U.S. economy is performing far beyond expectations, President Donald Trump has reached an inflection point in his presidency. He has the chance to turn the political tides decisively in his favor, if he takes it. On Friday, we learned ...

The danger of dabbling in protectionism

A man who worked in a boxer’s corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: “Things just went sour gradually all at once.” It can be like that when government dabbles in protectionism. U.S. industrial ...

Why scorn matters

This week, the Met Gala took place in New York City. The event has always been a showpiece for celebrities seeking to make a splash, from Rihanna in her Pope costume to Katy Perry dressed as a chandelier. This year’s event was designed in homage to Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay, “Notes on ...

Trump invites constitutional crisis ahead

President Trump’s decision to claim executive privilege to shield himself from further investigation into his personal and business affairs assures a critical clash over the Constitution’s separation of powers among the three governing branches. He has directed present and former Trump ...

America’s middle class will storm the Bastille

Recent news is riddled with proof that America’s soi-disant elites are the most venal, self-absorbed, sybaritic and utterly tone-deaf group since the French nobility of the 18th century. And the comparison is not idly made. We start with the Met Gala, for which movie stars, musicians, ...

A solution to college debt

Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007 in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law. College graduates would be forgiven their student loans if they pursued a career in such professions. The Wall Street Journal ...

Skipping over Hillary and Obama fights

New York Times reporter Peter Baker offered new insights into how badly former President Barack Obama reacted to Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 election. It came in a new edition of his book “Obama: The Call to History.” But since Obama sounded whiny about how history unfolded, the news ...

Let staff ask the questions

There aren’t many advantages to being old — and at nearly 72, I qualify — but having actually lived through historic events gives one certain insights. From 1972 to 1974, I was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee. I was hired to the professional staff even though I did not ...

Personal mantras and racial realities

We’re in the last week of the semester here at Kent State, when graduating seniors have reached the zombie stage of stress, and everyone else, it seems, is somewhere else, even when they’re sitting right in front of you. As a teacher, it can be a challenge in these last days to find that ...

Will Joe Biden’s long career help or hurt?

Joe Biden has been around a long time. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, at age 29 (he reached the Constitution’s required age of 30 before taking office in January 1973). No one in the current Senate was there then; the current senior-most House member only arrived there after ...

Discrimination and disparities II

Last week’s column discussed Dr. Thomas Sowell’s newest book “Discrimination and Disparities,” which is an enlarged and revised edition of an earlier version. In this review, I am going to focus on one of his richest chapters titled “Social Visions and Human Consequences.” Sowell ...

Fighting Over the Body

Read about a lot of high-profile deaths and you find families fighting over the corpses. They’ve long since stopped arguing about issues; they just want control over the body, and maybe an inheritance. Both sides have a sense of grievance for some emotional wound. But the fight has escalated ...

Let Venezuela decide its own destiny

“Who would be free themselves must strike the blow... “By their right arms the conquest must be wrought.” So wrote Lord Byron of Greece’s war of independence against the Turks, though the famed British poet would ignore his own counsel and die just days after arriving in Greece to ...

America’s urgent need for baseball today

In America today and in its capital city of Washington, D.C., we see, sadly, that with enough money and influence, the fix can be put in. A widely used passenger plane model — whose safety standards were certified by the manufacturer — had to be grounded after separate crashes took 346 ...

A student inspired by Gandhi inspired me

I’m still thinking about what a middle school student said to me on Monday. I had the opportunity to judge at the National History Day state competition and evaluated projects middle schoolers spent the majority of the school year working on. One student did his project on Mahatma Gandhi, ...

Pork recipes

You can’t live in Iowa and not eat pork, so today I have some pork recipes as well as a roasted potato recipe. Pork Chips Supreme Pork chops (as many as you need) Salt & pepper, to taste Brown sugar Catsup 1/4 c. water Brown pork chops in a little oil and season to taste with ...

Battle for the Soul of the Country

“A battle for the soul of the country.” That is how Joe Biden described the 2020 election. And he’s right. If Donald Trump is reelected, it will say something profound about the American character. Voters in 2016 had to choose between two ethically challenged candidates: one we knew all ...

‘The first thing we do, let’s kill all the referees’

Admittedly, that is not quite how the famous line from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” goes. As you may recall, it was actually the lawyers whose demise was proposed. But though no one is known to have uttered the words above, they still neatly encompass the strategy conservatives have long ...

Trump loyalists will turn their backs on McGahn

So Don McGahn is in the president’s crosshairs. Whose side are you on? I ask because this is perhaps the perfect test for a special subgroup of Donald Trump supporters. Call them the “But Gorsuchers.” At the beginning of the Trump administration, when things got off to a rocky start, ...

Fashion forward and back

“What would you call this dress?” I asked the salesgirl. “I’d call it... ‘Little House on the Prairie’ chic.” “And that’s a thing?” I asked. “It’s most definitely a thing,” she replied. I don’t understand fashion. I would say I don’t understand fashion ...