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‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ screening to benefit Hospice Tuesday

ALPENA — The exclusive Alpena screening of “Jumanji: The Next Level” will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at AMC State Theater, days before the national release of the film on Friday, Dec. 13. The event is one of four screenings Hospice of Michigan is hosting around the state before the nationwide ...

Beware: Pence is not the nice, Midwestern uncle he claims

In January of this year, I met Vice President Mike Pence and behaved like the woman my mother would have wanted me to be. She was a lifelong, working-class Democrat, a Christian who was pro-choice and pro-LGBTQ when it wasn’t easy to be so in the Midwest. She’s been gone 20 years, but as ...

The numbers are in: Marriage and pregnancy reduce crime

There’s a general assumption in public policy discourse that economic policy and social policy are separate universes. When economic policy is the topic, we think about taxes, government spending, business, jobs, etc. When social policy is the topic, we think about marriage, family, ...

Democrats’ impeachment trickery

On Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., takes over as ringmaster for the ongoing impeachment show. He’s billing his opening act as an inquiry into the “historical and constitutional basis of impeachment” and “the framers’ intent.” Nadler claims he’ll ...

Nostalgia is the ace up Joe Biden’s sleeve for his 2020 bid

I like the word malarkey, consarn it. It’s the bee’s knees. Sure, the youngsters might say, “OK, Boomer” on hearing Joe Biden utter the word, but if you think he’s all wet for using it, you can take your phonus bolonus and tell it to Sweeney. Biden has never really been my cup of ...

An open letter to all privately disgusted Republicans out there

This is an open letter to all of you privately disgusted Republicans. It’s prompted by the fact that in the last few days, two of your colleagues have come forward to share with us your angst. One was actually an ex-colleague, former GOP Rep. Charlie Dent. He told CNN that you continue to ...

Elizabeth Warren’s problems go beyond health care policies

Elizabeth Warren had great momentum for a while. Then her poll numbers leveled and fell. The standard explanation is that the Democrat’s “Medicare for All” plan comes across as too radical — both the price and the part that would force over 150 million Americans off their employers’ ...

The real fraud in higher education is not the admissions scandal

This year’s education scandal saw parents shelling out megabucks to gain college admittance for their children. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people with participating in a scheme to get their children into colleges by cheating on entrance exams or bribing athletic coaches. ...

It’s clear that Democrats’ impeachment obsession is backfiring

This Thanksgiving, Trump supporters should have given thanks that Democrats’ impeachment obsession is backfiring. Indeed, it could prove to be the biggest political blunder in modern times. After two weeks of hearings, Democrats have utterly failed to make their case to the American people. ...

Democrats need to get real on health care

In listening to the Democratic presidential debates, we might conclude that “Medicare for All” is a legislative possibility. It is not, and any presidential candidate with a scintilla of self-respect must admit that fact. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that just 30% of ...

Elizabeth Warren is progressivism’s version of Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren was supposed to be the thinking person’s Bernie Sanders, impeccably progressive but with realistic arithmetic connecting aspirations to resources. Then came her explanation of how she would finance “Medicare for All.” Before Republicans wearied of ...

On distinguishing the good guys in politics from the bad ones

People often offer cynical interpretations of American support for Israel. It’s the malign influence of the Jewish lobby, or Israel is a colonial outpost of the American hegemon or Israel has brainwashed American policymakers. What these right-wing conspiracists, anti-Semites and committed ...

Celebrating Thanksgiving in America, our national festival

According to progressive websites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to arguing with your right-wing uncle. According to advertisements, it’s the day before Black Friday. In reality, it is a most American holiday. It dates from before the establishment of the American nation-state and harkens ...

Democrats would like to save the planet, but not our babies

Students stormed the football field at halftime at the Harvard-Yale game and held things up for about an hour, demanding that the schools divest holdings in fossil fuels investments. The disruptors were cheered on by presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren while actress Alyssa Milano decried ...

The zen of Thanksgiving: Accepting the present we’re given

EDITOR’s NOTE: The following is a revised version of a column first published in November 2002. Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. But there is something almost un-American about it. It is a day opposed to striving, to getting more. We stop adding up the numbers on the ...

What motivates someone to blow the whistle? It all depends

What do you think of when you hear the word “whistleblower”? Perhaps “tattletale” or “snitch” pop into your mind. Maybe the word conjures up the image of a person who, at great personal risk, comes forward to reveal illicit activity the public needs to know. Either way, as you have ...

Will Dems in 2020 again ‘fall in love’?

There are large historical differences between America’s two major political parties in how they choose their presidential nominees. Consider this: Since 1952, there have been 11 presidential elections where there wasn’t a Republican president running for reelection. In 10 of those 11, ...

Joel Stein gives us a sly examination of elitism in new book

“Elitist” is the most wounding epithet in an epoch when millions of Americans, having the courage of their egalitarian convictions, have placed in the presidency someone innocent of any intellectual, moral or other excellence that might remind them that some people have superior attributes. ...

Is Caitlin Flanagan right about the American abortion debate?

Caitlin Flanagan has written a searing piece for The Atlantic titled “The Dishonesty of the Abortion Debate: Why We Need to Face the Best Arguments From the Other Side.” Flanagan argues that neither the pro nor the anti side of the abortion debate reckons with the best arguments of the ...

President Donald Trump and outreach to black Americans

President Donald Trump recently launched his black-outreach operation — called Black Voices for Trump — in Atlanta. The objective, of course, is to move more African American voters to the Republican Party. There is good reason to believe Republicans can attract more than the 8% of the ...