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The dogs of war are howling

WASHINGTON -- As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump's words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind:

"I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity," he said. "Without a major event where people pull together, that's hard to do. But I would like to do it ...Read more

The downing of a president

WASHINGTON -- We've seen this movie before.

It would seem but a matter of time before the president of the United States is asked a question under oath and gives a false answer. A lie, in other words. In the prequel, starring Bill Clinton, impeachment followed.

When the FBI, after a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, raided the ...Read more

To mock or mentor, that is the question at Marquette University

WASHINGTON -- There are few sympathetic characters in the landmark lawsuit between Marquette University and a suspended professor that's heading later this month to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The professor, John McAdams, is suing the university for indefinitely suspending him without pay, allegedly in violation of a contractually binding ...Read more

Breaking: Fake news vs. "Fake news"

WASHINGTON -- When fake news blasts traditional media for being "fake news," how does one respond?

Do you shout, I'm not fake, you are? Do you ignore the charge? If you don't fight back, are you affirming the fool? If you do, doth thou protest too much?

The risk of doing nothing, of course, is to go crazy, too.

Call me crazy, but when ...Read more

Timber titan appeals to Supreme Court over Moonlight Fire

WASHINGTON -- When the country's second-largest lumber producer tries to take the U.S. Justice Department to the Supreme Court over a forest fire that started under the distracted gaze of a watchtower forester -- who at the time was reportedly peeing on his own bare feet -- you can expect a few sparks to fly.

You also might want to sit down, ...Read more

The shame of it all

WASHINGTON -- "Shaming," the modern if tedious trend of shaming the shamer for criticizing anyone, has rendered us incapable of making rational judgments or speaking freely.

If this seems too strong an indictment, consider that "the porn star and the president," a pairing made necessary by current events, is no more shocking a phrase than, say,...Read more

The dukes-out of hazard

WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden gave Donald Trump a gift last week when he engaged the president of the United States in a verbal slugfest, saying that if the two men were in high school, he'd take Trump out back and teach him a lesson.

Biden was clearly kidding, speaking off-the-cuff about Trump's alleged mistreatment of women.

But Trump, never one ...Read more

Women to the swamp

WASHINGTON -- How many times have we heard that this is the year of the woman?

Let's just say, several. Each decade for the past century or so seems to have presented a fresh feature to justify yet another proclamation of historic import.

From suffrage (1920) to the pill (1960) and to legalized abortion (1973) to Gloria Steinem and Ms. ...Read more

Trump's believe it or not

WASHINGTON -- In a rare expression of self-awareness, President Trump admitted -- nay, boasted -- that he just makes stuff up.

Recounting a recent meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump says Trudeau told him that the U.S. has no trade deficit with Canada, whereupon Trump essentially said, Yes, we do, whereupon Trudeau...Read more

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