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The surprising pro-life message from ‘The Strain’

The last time I wrote about the FX vampire series, "The Strain," I commented on the repulsive amorality of its teen protagonist (antagonist?) Zach Goodweather, who decided to detonate a nuclear bomb, killing untold numbers of people in New York City, because he was mad at daddy. The ...

President Trump didn’t even remember his name

His name was La David T. Johnson. His wife's name is Myeshia Johnson. The congresswoman from Florida is Frederica Wilson. You would know none of this from Donald Trump's public statement Wednesday: "I had a very nice conversation with the woman, with the wife, who sounded like a ...

How to buy the last house you’ll ever buy

My husband and I bought what we thought was a starter home 20 years ago. Now we think of it as our “forever” home, where we plan to retire and live out the rest of our days. We got lucky, because most of the features that make our place good for “aging in place” — the ...

Winter-blooming plants help bees over winter in your yard

Winter and early spring are lean times for honeybees as they emerge from their hives, where food supplies are dwindling, to forage. Adding clusters of winter-blooming plants around the yard will give them much needed nourishment. Bees take in carbohydrates from floral nectar and protein ...

When making people uncomfortable is the point

It "makes some people uncomfortable." That was the explanation Kenny Holloway, a school board official in Biloxi, Mississippi, gave the Sun Herald newspaper last week, for the board's decision to remove from its eighth-grade curriculum a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, Harper Lee's ...

How do I get my student loans back on course?

“Ask Brianna” is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to ...

Trump unbound meets the press in the Rose Garden

WASHINGTON —Amid his continuing war against the press, President Trump met the alleged enemy at length Monday in the Rose Garden. In a remarkably wide-ranging sparring exchange with reporters, he cast as much light on his contradictions as on his convictions. With Senate Majority Leader ...

Overwhelmed at the flea market? Designers give shopping tips

Arriving at a sprawling flea market on a crisp Saturday morning can be exciting. So many potential treasures might be hidden among the dusty piles of cast-off, second-hand goods. Yet often it’s overwhelming, even for experts. With acres of furniture, art, accessories and more stretching ...

Trump’s long history of holding health care hostage

The story of Donald Trump and health coverage rightly starts with the story of Donald Trump and William Trump. William was born in 1999, fighting for his life. He suffered seizures, and his breathing stopped twice. William's medical bills were enormous. That's when Donald tried to remove ...

A death of virtue and the death of hypocrisy

WASHINGTON — Hypocrisy, one of the most damnable sins, has been rendered obsolete. When everybody's a skunk, nobody smells the stench. Or, more to the point, when everyone's slurping from the same trough, who's a pig? Today, hypocrisy is the smirk on Harvey Weinstein's face as he pursues ...

Russian attempts at American mind control continue

It is high time we accept the fact that the Russian government is engaged in a massive propaganda campaign aimed at getting Americans to fight with one another. It's been going on for a long time. You might have thought the Russians would back off their social-media misinformation campaign ...

Those who will not be the 2020 presidential nominee

In 1963, the legendary Russell Baker, writing in The New York Times, explained how we in the press, years before the nation’s next presidential campaign, are miraculously able to agree upon who qualify — and, perhaps more importantly, who do not qualify — as plausible White House ...

President Trump is turning and turning in a widening gyre

WASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump’s poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump’s adolescent bidding with last Sunday’s pre-planned virtue ...

Some Americans more equal than others

“We will support you today, tomorrow and the day after,” President Donald Trump promised those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. “When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. When we see neighbors in need, we rush to their aid. We don’t ask their names or where they’re from. We help ...

Why NFL players go broke, and what you can learn

Terrell Owens originally was famous for his many National Football League records and over-the-top touchdown celebrations. But he’s also famous for running through most of the $80 million he made during his 15-year career, thanks in part to bad investments and business deals. “Having a ...

The gun control debate is not about guns

Every time a horrific event like the Las Vegas massacre takes place, it is followed by a frustrating and futile debate about the merits of gun control. People on both sides of the debate trot out talking points and talk right past each other without listening. Much of the frustration comes ...

This dark legacy of Harvey Weinstein is far from over

Here we are again, America, forced to face ourselves and wincing at our reflection. We now know, through reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker, that Harvey Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and a big-time Democratic donor — bullied, demeaned and sexually ...

Weinstein revelations should help drain the Hollywood swamp

The spectacular (and scummy) fall of uber-producer Harvey Weinstein is front-page news across the U.S. Given that new accounts of his disgusting behavior come out daily, it must be hard for journalists to keep the story up-to-date. In a statement that Weinstein issued earlier this week, his ...

RIGHT AT HOME: Halloween themes include creepy carnivals

Films , TV shows and stories, including the current hits “It” and “American Horror Story,” have long imagined a dark side to circuses and side shows. No surprise then that they’re a theme for Halloween decorations. Vintage imagery of clowns, beasts, scary rides and carnival ...

Smartweed is a weed even if it quite pretty up close

I paused my shoveling of horse manure the other day to rest my eyes on a most attractive plant growing at the edge of the pile. This semi-vining plant had swollen, slightly reddish joints — almost like knees — to which were clasped lush, lance-shaped leaves. Individually, the flowers ...