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E.J. Dionne: Are social media companies just anti-social?

Columnist WASHINGTON - In 1964, the novelist Eugene Burdick published “The 480.” The best-selling book described, as Burdick wrote in his preface, “people who work with slide rules and calculating machines and computers which can retain an almost infinite number…

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Friday 03/23/2018
Connecticut needs to straighten out its liquor laws once and for all
icon Posted: 23 March 2018 [07:16 PM]

The Connecticut Post Prohibition ended in 1933, but Connecticut is still clinging to some vestiges of it - to the detriment of consumers. For far too long, the state has meddled in the pricing of alcohol by package stores, artificially…

Let us now praise the great President Trump
icon Posted: 23 March 2018 [07:12 PM]

Columnist “As great as this president is, he’s occasionally wrong.” So spoke Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican, by way of explaining his opposition to President Donald Trump’s tariffs. He’s not the only one to preface his disagreements with…

Let's page doctors, not executioners, in opioid crisis
icon Posted: 23 March 2018 [07:06 PM]

The opioid crisis is a complicated problem, for which President Donald Trump offered his usual simplistic approach Monday. His comments emphasized force and punishment, including, as expected, the death penalty for drug traffickers - as well as an attempt…

Monday 03/19/2018
Granddaddy's Secrets: We can't live in fear of school violence
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [08:03 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, I’m worried over these school shootings that we have been seeing in the news. Breanna S. – Mom of three school-age children. Breanna, I, too, am saddened over this senseless violence taking place in some of…

McCabe's firing wasn't political, Trump made it so
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [08:02 PM]

Columnist By Eli Lake Donald Trump has a gift for self-sabotage. His candor in an interview last year with NBC, after firing FBI director James Comey, is what got him the special counsel that haunts his presidency. His…

What if Trump's really serious about arming teachers?
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [07:58 PM]

It’s hard to know if President Donald Trump’s plan to arm teachers is a real proposal or just noise to obscure his hapless response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. The idea of…

Thursday 03/15/2018
Stephen Hawking taught us it was right to be wrong
icon Posted: 15 March 2018 [07:19 PM]

Columnist By Adam Minter In 2002, the future Nobel Prize-winner Peter Higgs joined several fellow physicists at a dinner in Edinburgh, Scotland. Drinks flowed, and professional invective followed. The physicists were frustrated by, and perhaps a little jealous of, Stephen…

I'm a college hoops fan who will root -- and regret
icon Posted: 15 March 2018 [07:19 PM]

Columnist I’m a college basketball fanatic. That means I’ll be joining millions of Americans this month in a quest to muffle the economic boom by devoting our energies to filling out and following March Madness brackets. My alma mater, Wake…

Monday 03/12/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Yes, reading is still fundamental
icon Posted: 12 March 2018 [08:26 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, my teen son is not a big fan of reading. Maria G. - A concerned mom. To be honest with you, Maria, when I was your son’s age, I wasn’t a big fan of reading either.…

Monday 03/05/2018
GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Don't be in a rush to find a job
icon Posted: 05 March 2018 [08:59 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, I can’t find a job. Damian G. - Broke high school kid. Damian, it certainly is much tougher these days for high school students to find a job than it was for my generation. I think…

Sunday 03/04/2018
Chris Powell: Schools shouldn't condone walkouts
icon Posted: 04 March 2018 [07:49 PM]

Columnist Nearly anything that gets their noses out of their cellphones and video games and into the wider world may be welcome, but there is a big problem with the high school walkouts being planned by students around the country…

Trump's economic gamble might make sense
icon Posted: 04 March 2018 [07:49 PM]

Columnist President Donald Trump is conducting a risky experiment on the U.S. economy: He’s allowing the government to run large budget deficits -- some of the largest ever outside wartime or recession -- in the hopes that this will somehow…

Jim Hightower: A food stamp indignity worthy of Charles Dickens
icon Posted: 04 March 2018 [07:47 PM]

Columnist Even Charles Dickens, England’s masterful satirist of the Victorian upper class, couldn’t have imagined elite rulers using a box of food as a gratuitous way to slap poor people. But Donald Trump and two of his slap-happy cabinet officials…

Friday 03/02/2018
E.J. Dionne: Using courts to destroy unions has political side
icon Posted: 02 March 2018 [07:02 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Many conservatives believe in the untrammeled rights of employers. Consequently, they despise unions. They also can’t stand it that organized labor usually backs Democrats and they especially detest public employee unions which, by their very nature, advocate…

A long list of people who quit the White House
icon Posted: 02 March 2018 [07:01 PM]

Columnist We were just speculating as to why President Donald Trump seemed particularly agitated over the past 24 hours, reaffirming his reelection plans and then lashing out at his attorney general. Now we learn (coincidence?) from a New York Times…

Imposing new U.S. tariffs could backfire on Americans
icon Posted: 02 March 2018 [06:58 PM]

President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports Thursday, following the recent recommendations of his secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross. Actually, Trump went a bit further, saying he would hit steel with a 25 percent levy, rounded…

Is Kushner using White House as his personal boardroom?
icon Posted: 02 March 2018 [06:56 PM]

Columnist By Aaron Blake WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s decision to put his assets into a not-so-blind trust led to myriad concerns about possible conflicts of interest. The biggest early flash points in the debate over using the…

Monday 02/26/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: How many sports teams is too many?
icon Posted: 26 February 2018 [10:20 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, my wife wants our daughter to play only one sport year-round so she can keep up with her teammates, and I want her to play multiple sports. Dave B. – An old-fashion father. Dave, this is your,…

Sunday 02/25/2018
Chris Powell: A question of press freedom at UConn
icon Posted: 25 February 2018 [08:54 PM]

Columnist Did the University of Connecticut try to punish WTIC-AM1080 for its political programming as a condition of extending the radio station’s longstanding contract to broadcast the games of the university’s basketball, football, and hockey teams? That’s what a station…

A Point to Ponder: A celebration of God's grace everyone was OK
icon Posted: 25 February 2018 [08:53 PM]

Columnist On Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, Steve Scalise, the Republican House Minority Whip, came back to the people’s house using double canes to help him walk through the doors and to allow him to hobble to the speaker’s rostrum. U.S.…

Sunday 02/18/2018
This is why Jared Kushner's very large debt matters
icon Posted: 18 February 2018 [07:44 PM]

Columnist “Jared Kushner, a White House aide and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, appears to have drawn more money out of three separate lines of credit in the months after he joined the White House last year, a newly released…

Education State of the Union is mixed
icon Posted: 18 February 2018 [07:42 PM]

Columnist When President Trump gave his State of the Union speech, one of the topics that was conspicuously, but not surprisingly, absent, was education. But just because the issue is not at the top of the president’s agenda does not…

Jim Hightower: Pamphlet catches Trump's lies, attacks on working people
icon Posted: 18 February 2018 [07:42 PM]

Columnist Have you noticed that Donald Trump constantly prefaces his outlandish lies with such phrases as: “To be honest with you,” “To tell the truth,” and “Believe me”? Why? Because like a snake-oil salesman, he constantly needs to convince himself…

Monday 02/12/2018
GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Good parenting is a tough job
icon Posted: 12 February 2018 [09:35 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, I didn’t let my teenage daughter sleep over a coed birthday party, and now she is mad at me because her girlfriends’ moms let them sleep over. Sandra M. a torn mom. Bravo Sandra M.! You were successful…

Sunday 02/11/2018
Pelosi is incredibly underrated
icon Posted: 11 February 2018 [08:01 PM]

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor for eight hours Wednesday, giving the longest speech in that chamber in at least a century. She did so to pressure Speaker Paul Ryan to permit a vote on protecting the…

There's still a way to break Trump's will on immigration
icon Posted: 11 February 2018 [07:58 PM]

It looks as though there may be only one remaining way to get President Donald Trump to agree to a reasonable deal protecting the “dreamers.” It’s this: Demonstrate to him convincingly that he cannot get what he is demanding in…

Sunday 02/04/2018
Kathleen Parker: Can Trump sustain newfound aura of gravitas?
icon Posted: 04 February 2018 [08:58 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - It was a good speech. Calm down. I said good. Despite talking for an hour and 20 minutes, the longest speech since Bill Clinton’s much-mocked 2000 stem-winder, Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address did exactly…

Building for the future of America
icon Posted: 04 February 2018 [08:55 PM]

The White House has been talking for months about pumping money into the country’s roads and rails, using this alluring pitch: The federal government could use hundreds of billions in tax dollars to leverage $1 trillion or more in total…

Wednesday 01/31/2018
Monday 01/29/2018
GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Being popular is overrated
icon Posted: 29 January 2018 [09:59 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, my girlfriend just broke up with me, and now everyone thinks I’m a loser. Eric V. – Teen Loser. Eric, my heart aches for you, but, not entirely because of the break up… It aches because you don’t…

Sunday 01/21/2018
A Point to Ponder: What do you think? Consider this about immigration
icon Posted: 21 January 2018 [08:17 PM]

Columnist The media had an absolute meltdown when it was reported by a Democratic senator that the president, in a closed meeting, asked the group he was meeting with: Why were they always requesting citizenship for immigrants from the poorest…

The details of Wolff's time in the White House are damning
icon Posted: 21 January 2018 [08:15 PM]

One of the biggest questions surrounding Michael Wolff’s provocative-yet-sloppy book about the Trump administration is: How did he get so much access? Wolff, by his own account, seemed to inhabit the West Wing for an extended period of time while…

Remove the punch bowl before the markets get crazier
icon Posted: 21 January 2018 [08:14 PM]

Everyone knows that when the shoeshine boy gives you stock tips, it is time to grab the canned goods and head for the hills. It happened to me in 2000 at the height of the dot-com bubble. A San Francisco…

Wednesday 01/17/2018
Sunday 01/14/2018
Jim Hightower: The rise and fall of America's middle class
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [08:44 PM]

Columnist Ever since 1776, the “common yeoman” - America’s middle class - has been hailed as the virtuous heart and backbone of our nation. How ironic, since it took 150 years before we actually created a broad middle class. Before…

Will Trump seize a presidential moment?
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [08:42 PM]

This week, two incredible events unfolded before our eyes: American television viewers were invited into the White House Cabinet Room, where for nearly an hour they watched as President Donald Trump effectively led a bipartisan meeting in which he and…

Freedom Caucus in the spotlight as shutdown looms
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [08:41 PM]

Bloomberg View The House Freedom Caucus styles itself as the principled champion of limited government and the rule of law. More often, its members are partisan gunslingers, attack dogs during President Barack Obama’s administration and lap dogs for President Donald…

Thursday 01/11/2018
Trump says an interview with Mueller is 'unlikely'; that's wrong
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [09:00 PM]

At his news conference Wednesday, President Donald Trump pointedly declined to say whether he would agree to answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller - but then suggested that such a session wouldn’t be warranted in any event. “When…

No other president has ignored such a threat
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [08:57 PM]

For the better part of 20 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has engaged in a relentless assault against democratic institutions abroad, universal values and the rule of law. He has carried out these attacks with an asymmetric arsenal: cyberattacks; disinformation;…

There's no reason to wait: Rep. Farenthold has got to go
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [08:56 PM]

“I want to be clear that I didn’t do anything wrong, but I also don’t want the taxpayers to be on the hook for this.” That is what embattled Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, said last month when he promised to…

Wednesday 01/10/2018
Stop paying attention to Wolff's sloppy book
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [08:07 PM]

Michael Wolff’s book has become the acid test for whether people believe in the truth or are simply interested in taking down President Donald Trump at whatever cost. And it has now proven that the same nihilistic attitude toward facts…

A new self-inflicted wound from the Trump administration
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [08:05 PM]

The Washington Post Striking a blow for making America small again - plus petty, callous and self-defeating - the Trump administration on Monday stripped about 200,000 Salvadorans of their work authorizations and protection from deportation, effective 20 months…

Monday 01/08/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Parents, keep talking to your children
icon Posted: 08 January 2018 [07:36 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, how do I get my boy to listen to me? Yarelis S. – frustrated mom. I’m listening to you, Yarelis. I hear you loud and clear, but, unlike your boy, I’m a grown man. I’m pretty sure,…

Sunday 01/07/2018
E.J. Dionne: Michael Wolff and the end of denial
icon Posted: 07 January 2018 [10:16 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - The most astonishing aspect of the response to Michael Wolff’s book is that anyone is surprised. President Trump’s unfitness for office was obvious long before he was elected. Once he moved into the White House, the destructive…

Why Trump may have flip-flopped on investigating Clinton
icon Posted: 07 January 2018 [10:15 PM]

The Washington Post On Nov. 22, 2016 - a few weeks after winning the presidency - Donald Trump announced a stunning reversal. After months of “lock her up,” Trump said he opposed further investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton…