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Friday 05/17/2019
Defend unborn babies, and support mothers
icon Posted: 17 May 2019 [06:25 PM]

Special to The Washington Post Alabama’s Senate has voted to ban nearly all abortions of pregnancy, with exceptions only when life or health of the mother is seriously threatened and when the child has a fatal disease. The bill is…

Wednesday 05/15/2019
Trump can't admit he enacted a new tax with the tariffs
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:41 PM]

The Washington Post President Donald Trump cannot admit that the short-term effects of his tariff war hurt Americans. He had to stop insisting China pays the tariffs when his economic adviser Larry Kudlow contradicted him on Fox News. Trump then…

CT mosque fire feels like my own house burning
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:40 PM]

The Washington Post When we moved from New Haven, Connecticut, last year, we struggled to leave our family home, attached not only to the relationships we had built but also to the leafy green streets, the exceptional Yale University libraries…

Tuesday 05/14/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Time can make things better
icon Posted: 14 May 2019 [07:35 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, my 14-year old daughter told me she is 3 months pregnant. What should I do? Caitlin- A worried mom. Well, Caitlin, I understand that you’re worried about your daughter. I also understand that you are wrestling with a…

Friday 05/10/2019
Trump can't let Turkey's Erdogan get away election scheme
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:29 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a curious new plan for “strengthening our democracy”: Because the people of Istanbul had voted the wrong party into power, the city would be holding new elections. Alleging fraud and…

Improve the Affordable Care Act, don't ditch it
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:28 PM]

Special to The Washington Post As the Democratic presidential primary begins to take shape, I’m thrilled by the growing field of talented, capable contenders - any of whom would be a welcome breath of fresh air for the nation after…

Wednesday 05/08/2019
Liquid Death sells water to tech bros who are too cool for alcohol
icon Posted: 08 May 2019 [05:50 PM]

The Washington Post A 12-pack of Liquid Death 16.9-ounce tallboys is $21.99 on Amazon. What’s in the cans festooned with dripping golden skulls and the tagline “murder your thirst”? It’s 100% noncarbonated mountain water sourced and canned in the Alps.…

Barr has set up himself, Trump for embarrassment
icon Posted: 08 May 2019 [05:49 PM]

The Washington Post Attorney General William Barr refused to play it straight with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Instead of presenting the report objectively, he substituted his own view of the facts. Instead of adhering to the Office of Legal…

Tuesday 05/07/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Consequences teach life lessons
icon Posted: 07 May 2019 [08:21 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, my 13-year old son threw his iPhone 6 down the stairs so I’d have to buy him a new one? What should I do? Darlene- Angry mom You might not have to do a single thing, Darlene. Natural…

Friday 05/03/2019
Barr helps to cover up Trump's biggest crime of all
icon Posted: 03 May 2019 [06:13 PM]

The Washington Post As the political world struggles to digest the enormity of Attorney General William Barr’s profound corruption of his role on President Donald Trump’s behalf, it’s worth stepping back and surveying a distilled version of what we know,…

U.S. economic expansion may be nowhere near ending
icon Posted: 03 May 2019 [06:06 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion The current U.S. economic expansion that began in 2009 will celebrate its 10th anniversary in June. The following month, it will become the longest period of sustained U.S. growth on record, according to the National Bureau of Economic…

Wednesday 05/01/2019
Time to get tougher on anti-vaccine crowd
icon Posted: 01 May 2019 [05:15 PM]

Special To The Washington Post I love my children. And, if I’m in a gracious mood, I believe that parents who do not vaccinate their children love theirs as much as I love mine. But, I am quite confident in…

Biden leans on Obama, even without an endorsement
icon Posted: 01 May 2019 [05:13 PM]

The Washington Post Joe Biden's greatest asset may be his service as President Barack Obama's vice president. Not only does that give Biden the real-world experience closest to the job he's auditioning for, but it also gives him the stamp…

Tuesday 04/30/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Many roads lead to Roma, successful career
icon Posted: 30 April 2019 [07:43 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, why do high schools only focus on sending kids to college? Jesenia- mom of a high school student. Jesenia, that’s a good question. In the United States, high schools get ranked by how many kids they send to…

Friday 04/26/2019
Joe Biden is wrong about President Trump
icon Posted: 26 April 2019 [06:34 PM]

The Washington Post Joe Biden is running for president, and his announcement video certainly aims to soar. It’s full of “bulging” veins and “fangs of racism.” It features words such as “soul” and clips of the Rev. Martin Luther King…

Yet another North Korea humiliation for Trump
icon Posted: 26 April 2019 [06:33 PM]

The Washington Post Like other presidents before him, Donald Trump has failed to negotiate a deal to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. But unlike other presidents, he has done it in a particularly Trumpian fashion: through his own ignorance…

Thursday 04/25/2019
Biden could be the best bet to beat Trump, if he gets that far
icon Posted: 25 April 2019 [06:20 PM]

The Washington Post By launching his 2020 campaign with shameful images of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, 20 months ago, former vice president Joe Biden has put the focus on what should be the central question of the 2020 election.…

E.J. DIONNE: Judges willing to let Trump distort the census
icon Posted: 25 April 2019 [06:08 PM]

WASHINGTON - Our nation faces a constitutional conflagration, and President Trump is not the only actor willing to put personal and partisan interests above the preservation of our system of self-rule. Five conservative justices on the United States Supreme…

Wednesday 04/24/2019
The Sri Lanka bombings are part of an anti-Christian pattern
icon Posted: 24 April 2019 [07:30 PM]

Special To The Washington Post “It is shocking that people who gathered to celebrate Easter together were consciously targeted in this malicious attack,” read a statement from German Chancellor Angela Merkel in response to the bombing of three Christian churches…

Why don't voters care whether 2020 candidates are old?
icon Posted: 24 April 2019 [07:23 PM]

The Washington Post Age discrimination is a major issue in American society. According to some reports, a majority of people older than 50 will be involuntarily separated from their jobs at least once. But when it comes to our presidential…

Tuesday 04/23/2019
Sri Lanka's pain is going to spread through South Asia
icon Posted: 23 April 2019 [06:13 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion In Sri Lanka, memories of war and terrorism are very much alive. The decades-long civil war between the Sinhala-dominated government in Colombo and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was brutal by any standards, and it ended a…

E.J. DIONNE: Mueller's report is the beginning, not the end
icon Posted: 23 April 2019 [05:59 PM]

WASHINGTON - The report from special counsel Robert Mueller provides a devastating portrait of President Trump’s behavior that may invite the beginning of an impeachment inquiry and a constitutional confrontation. A collision of some kind between the president (along…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Worry less, be nice to everyone
icon Posted: 23 April 2019 [05:57 PM]

Granddaddy’s Secrets Dear Granddaddy, if you could go back, what would you be sure to do in high school? Brianna-mother of 8th grader. Well, Brianna, as you know, we are all different with different circumstances, needs, and goals, so my…

Monday 04/22/2019
How can Republicans tolerate Stephen Moore?
icon Posted: 22 April 2019 [07:14 PM]

By Matt O’Brien The Washington Post In the end, it doesn’t look like President Donald Trump is going to get the partisan cheerleader he wanted on the Federal Reserve. The one, that is, who didn’t have any relevant qualifications, who…

Grieving for Notre Dame? Turn to Nagasaki for comfort
icon Posted: 22 April 2019 [07:12 PM]

By Meghan Kruger The Washington Post How does one begin to dry the tears streaming down the ash-stained faces of Parisian Catholics? To be sure, Notre Dame Cathedral is a treasure for the world, for people of all nations and…

Sunday 04/21/2019
Farewell to filibusters? Maybe
icon Posted: 21 April 2019 [08:19 PM]

By Julian Zelizer Special To The Washington Post Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., this month called for a fundamental change to the rules of the Senate: She wants to eliminate the filibuster, the procedure that allows a minority…

Bernie is a threat to the Democratic Party
icon Posted: 21 April 2019 [08:18 PM]

By James Downie The Washington Post Last Monday was supposed to be a rough day for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. First, the Vermont senator and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination would finally release 10 years of tax returns after…

Putin's far right allies gear up for European elections
icon Posted: 21 April 2019 [08:16 PM]

By Vladimir Kara-Murza Special to The Washington Post Recently, leaders of far-right parties from several European Union countries assembled in Milan to announce the creation of a nationalist alliance for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The group, known as the European…

Friday 04/19/2019
Don't bet on a contested convention for the 2020 election
icon Posted: 19 April 2019 [06:35 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion With so many candidates running for the 2020 nomination, there’s growing speculation that the Democrats will wind up with a contested convention next summer. Pundits are pointing out that the way the party allocates delegates - by proportional…

America's great college boom is winding down
icon Posted: 19 April 2019 [06:34 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion The for-profit college industry is collapsing. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that during the past five years, more than 1,200 college campuses have been closed - an average of about 20 every month. Of those that shut,…

Thursday 04/18/2019
Republicans boldly explore new frontiers of voter suppression
icon Posted: 18 April 2019 [06:54 PM]

The Washington Post As we turn our attention toward the 2020 elections, Republican lawmakers across the country are asking: How can we keep people from voting? In Tennessee, which already has lower-than average rates of turnout, the legislature is on…

The Notre Dame Cathedral's path to renewal
icon Posted: 18 April 2019 [06:53 PM]

WASHINGTON - The burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, a monument to human creativity and divine inspiration, invites first a mournful silence and then a search for meaning. This often involves efforts to understand the inexplicable by reference to metaphor.…

Wednesday 04/17/2019
Sanders is a millionaire. What about President Trump?
icon Posted: 17 April 2019 [06:03 PM]

The Washington Post The 1 percent, whom Bernie Sanders has spent so much of his career railing against, have a message for the senator from Vermont: Welcome to the club. Sanders, currently the front-runner among declared Democratic presidential candidates, has…

How to get the unredacted Mueller report
icon Posted: 17 April 2019 [06:02 PM]

Special to The Washington Post The Justice Department has announced that it will deliver special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Congress and the public on Thursday morning, but with redactions of grand jury information (and other categories of information) that…

Tuesday 04/16/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: The numbers are in your favor
icon Posted: 16 April 2019 [08:26 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, why doesn’t my teacher like me? Jerry- likable high school kid. Jerry, sometimes we misread our teachers and their true intentions. And sometimes we think people don’t like us when they really do. However, the field of education…

Friday 04/12/2019
Recent Stephen Miller revelations require a tougher response
icon Posted: 12 April 2019 [06:40 PM]

Column When are Democrats going to try to summon Stephen Miller to Capitol Hill and grill him under oath about his direct role in so much of the chaos, incompetence and increasingly malevolent extremism gripping the Trump administration right now?…

E.J. DIONNE: Benjamin Netanyahu's ominous victory
icon Posted: 12 April 2019 [06:39 PM]

Column WASHINGTON - The last decade has been trying for liberals who support the existence of a democratic Jewish state and believe that Palestinians have a right to self-determination within a state of their own. Tuesday’s election in Israel made…

Wednesday 04/10/2019
Faith, not sexual orientation, is what makes Buttigieg interesting
icon Posted: 10 April 2019 [06:19 PM]

The Washington Post In a speech at an LGBTQ Victory Fund gathering over the weekend, Pete Buttigieg made headlines by talking about his coming out and his marriage. The South Bend, Ind., mayor spoke eloquently, but this wasn’t the most…

Trump plays a brutal game of musical chairs
icon Posted: 10 April 2019 [06:18 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Over the weekend, former White House counsel Don McGahn’s off-the-record musings about how President Donald Trump runs his show surfaced due to reporting from Jonathan Swan at Axios. McGahn was partaking in what’s become a ritual for certain…

Tuesday 04/09/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Fortnite is not an all-night thing
icon Posted: 09 April 2019 [07:12 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, why can’t I play Fortnite for eight hours a day? Lawrence - A middle school student. Lawrence, is Fortnite your job? Do you get paid to play Fortnite? The reason I’m asking you is that usually when…

Friday 04/05/2019
Campaign to abolish the electoral college is growing
icon Posted: 05 April 2019 [07:28 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - As a country, we have become Constitutionally lazy. And timid. Note the capitalization of “Constitutionally.” At various points in our history, we have been willing to reexamine flawed or out of date provisions in our founding document.…

President's climate change rhetoric doesn't fly with most Americans
icon Posted: 05 April 2019 [07:26 PM]

The Washington Post As with its obsession with abolishing the Affordable Care Act, the Republican Party’s insistence on clinging to climate change denial despite mounds of evidence to the contrary, even from within the Trump administration itself, puts it at…

Wednesday 04/03/2019
How Trump and the White House is casting aside Puerto Rico
icon Posted: 03 April 2019 [05:11 PM]

The Fix It’s tempting to view President Donald Trump’s many grievance-filled tweets as angry, indiscriminate lashing out against political opponents. It’s unhinged! It’s unpresidential! They’re “rage tweets!” Etc. Often, though, if you look closely, you’ll see some design. Behind the…

Do Dems hate Trump more than they love America?
icon Posted: 03 April 2019 [05:10 PM]

Columnist The most troubling thing about the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was the reaction of so many on the left when they learned that Donald Trump was not a Russian asset. They were, to put it mildly,…

Friday 03/29/2019
We shouldn't be doing more on college admissions
icon Posted: 29 March 2019 [06:02 PM]

The Washington Post The last week of March and the first week of April might as well be called the Heartbreak Fortnight, for it is during this brief spring window that young people across the United States are officially rejected…

E.J. DIONNE: Spin cycle can't wash away Trump's dirt
icon Posted: 29 March 2019 [05:59 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Fortunately for the republic, President Trump and his minions can’t even do an end-zone dance right. And their celebration, by the way, is wildly premature. You would think that in light of Attorney General William Barr’s letter…

Wednesday 03/27/2019
Michael Avenatti's downfall would be a great thing for Democrats
icon Posted: 27 March 2019 [05:30 PM]

Column On Monday, lawyer Michael Avenatti was indicted on charges in New York and Los Angeles of embezzlement, fraud and extortion involving a client, a bank and Nike. Avenatti has denied the charges, but if convicted, he could land in…

Trump courts disaster over health care act
icon Posted: 27 March 2019 [05:30 PM]

The Washington Post Apparently, President Donald Trump didn’t learn much from the first time he did it, because he is once again leading his party over a cliff on health care. The day after the Justice Department launched a surprise…

Tuesday 03/26/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: The value of a college education
icon Posted: 26 March 2019 [08:23 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, why do they send us off to study worthless stuff in college? Jon -A 12th grader. Well, Jon, let me begin with telling you that I have been an educator for more than two decades. I have…