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Dems have clear path to Senate majority in 2018

Until recently, it looked like Republicans were almost certain to retain control of the U.S. Senate following the 2018 mid-term elections. Many commentators noted that Nancy Pelosi’s team might have a shot at winning control of the House. But the Senate was different. Only a third of the ...

Remember what it was like being a teenager

Like so many women in recent days, I've discovered a renewed interest in who and what I was at age 14. My freshman portrait in my high school yearbook is smaller than most "forever" postage stamps. What a skinny, wide-eyed scaredy-cat I was back then. You could fit everything I knew about ...

The poor are not poor because the rich are rich

A new study released by the left-leaning Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., headlines what they see as shocking news that in America some people are much wealthier than others. Some findings of the study, entitled "Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us," ...

Holiday tips and gifts for your survivalist

NEW YORK (AP) — There are survivalists ready to keep themselves alive for months with nothing more than a plastic fork (perhaps an exaggeration), then there’s a greater universe of preppers who might need some help with bug-out gear come the end of the world. While you may think Uncle ...

Hosting Thanksgiving? Some like to rehearse

Before theater professionals perform a play for an audience, they run a dress rehearsal to look for kinks that need fixing before the show opens. Traditional Thanksgiving dinner is a big production that can benefit from rehearsal, too, say some veteran hosts. Cortney McLellan grew up ...

ABA and Democrats smear court picks

Democrats and the liberal media are slamming President Trump for packing federal courts with "unfit" judges. Nonsense. Trump's nominees have impressive credentials. What's the left's real gripe? These judges will decide cases based on what the U.S. Constitution says, instead of rewriting law ...

Larger houses on smaller lots lead to scaled-down plants

Urbanization is transforming landscape design in many places: Larger houses and smaller lots are driving the development of scaled-down plants. Plant breeders are introducing plants — everything from shrubs and trees to flowering perennials — that remain compact when placed in the ...

As if you’re not worried enough … enter Brett Talley

You are not worried enough. Granted, that may seem a nonsensical claim. Assuming you don't belong to the tinfoil hat brigades who consider Donald Trump the greatest thing to hit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Abraham Lincoln left for the theater, you've spent the last year worrying as much ...

Oil has a large price. Wildlife? Priceless

The Bible tells how Esau sold his birthright for a "mess of pottage." It is a lesson on the foolishness of choosing immediate gratification over something of far more value but in the future. Esau, in sum, traded his right to be recognized as the firstborn son — with all the advantages his ...

Patriotism, taxes, medical care and Trump

Selling the Donald Trump/Republican tax plan should be awkward for an administration that has made patriotism its central theme. That's because patriotism isn't mostly about saluting the flag and standing during the national anthem. It's about taking a fair share of the burden of keeping ...

Too many teachers are skipping class

Students aren’t the only ones skipping class, according to a new report. Many teachers are, too. That poses problems for obvious reasons. As Michigan looks to improve its standing in education, this is something the state simply must solve. The report, “Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and ...

Looking back one year ago to election day

WASHINGTON — 'Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016. Donald Trump's victory places last year as one of the most significant in modern American history. Not only did he change how politics is played, but he probably destroyed the Republican Party ...

Sex allegations may be knockout punch for Senate candidate Roy Moore

WASHINGTON — The sexual behavior of American politicians and celebrities has been a staple of news stories from the beginning of the Republic. But it seems to have approached a peak this year with the case of Judge Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, and other such ...

First ‘pre-mortem’ of the 2018 mid-term elections

American voters, almost invariably dissatisfied with the political status quo, generally endorse change. In 2016, Donald Trump was certainly the candidate of change, and Hillary Clinton, seeking a third consecutive Democratic term in the White House, represented continuity. Voters’ ...

Repeal and replace tax code with something purposeful

WASHINGTON — The Republicans’ tax bill would somewhat improve the existing revenue system that once caused Mitch Daniels (former head of the Office of Management and Budget, former Indiana governor) to say: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tax code that looked as though it had been designed ...

‘Doing the right thing’

BLACK RIVER —Like many volunteer firefighters Chad Kamischke doesn’t consider himself a hero but a volunteer who wants to do the right thing for his community. Kamischke is the deputy chief of the Alcona Township Fire Department and puts in a lot of time training and volunteering with ...

Will Trump become 4th straight president to lose Congress?

Tuesday’s election results suggest that Democrats have a reasonable chance of winning control of the House in 2018. If that happens, Donald Trump would become the fourth consecutive president to enter the White House with his party in control of Congress and then lose Congress during his ...

She took on the bully, and she won

Last January, John Carman returned from Donald Trump’s inauguration apparently so puffed up that he decided to make fun of the much larger crowd at the Women’s March the next day. This, in itself, is not news. There are plenty of men in America who would rather mock women than try to ...

How Rep. Steve Cohen keeps his Tennessee district poor

Last week, I testified before the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, on HR 490, also known as the Heartbeat Bill. The bill, introduced by Iowa Republican congressman Steve King, prohibits abortion of an unborn child once the child’s heartbeat is ...

2016 is looking like the new normal for US elections

If you wanted to predict the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, you would have been wise to ignore the flurry of polls and campaign events. You would have paid no heed to the conventional wisdom that Republican Ed Gillespie had a solid chance to beat ...