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Guest commentary How to protect against 'fake' facts

November 29, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Amid the slithering mess of problems that emerged in 2017, the one that bothers me most is that people don't seem to know what's true anymore. "Facts" this year got put in quotation marks. All the other political difficulties o...

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Another year to celebrate American hilarity

November 27, 2017 at 9:19 am

WASHINGTON - Tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, is unjustly blamed for what mere gluttony does, making Americans comatose every fourth Thursday in November. But upon awakening, give thanks for another year of American hilarity, including:...

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If Franken departs, he shouldn't be alone

November 27, 2017 at 9:19 am

ON THE same day that outraged critics were calling for Sen. Al Franken to resign, Alabama's Republican Party offered its unqualified support to Senate candidate Roy Moore.What's wrong with this picture?Franken came under fire over allegatio...

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Elections panel proves it needs three staffers

November 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm

THE MOST battle-tested officials in state government over the last seven years are those that work with the 1,853 local clerks to oversee elections.Consider what they have been through:A statewide 2011 Supreme Court vote recount. Recall pet...

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No playbook for 16-candidate Dem primary

November 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

YOU'RE a Democrat planning to run for governor? Take a number. The line forms on the left.Last week, 16 Democrats had registered with the state Elections Commission to challenge two-term Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the November 2018 gen...

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In Illinois, a looming battle over 'blue model'

November 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Not without thy wondrous story, Illinois, Illinois, Can be writ the nation's glory, Illinois, Illinois. - official state songSPRINGFIELD, Ill. - This state's story, which lately has been depressing, soon will acquire a riveting new chapter....

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Alabama rolls to a high-stakes skirmish

November 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - But for the bomb, the four would be in their 60s, probably grandmothers. Three were 14 and one was 11 in 1963 when the blast killed them in the 16th Street Baptist Church, which is four blocks from the law office of Doug ...

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GOP circles the wagons, against itself

November 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

A LOT OF people are surprised to see so many religiously conservative Alabamians still sticking with Roy Moore, despite the ugly allegations against him. I'm not. I'm old enough to remember George Wallace, a master of playing the victim as ...

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Trump driving higher turnout for Democrats

November 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

SHORTLY after Inauguration Day, I began to see a new headline pop up in my email feed: "Run For Something."At first I thought it was a cynical reader responding to one of my cranky assaults on the goofy habits and know-nothing babblings of ...

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Capitol Report Has state milked 'America's Dairyland' enough?

November 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

The outsider image of Wisconsin often comes down to cheese, milk, and bucolic dairy farms.Is being known as "America's Dairyland" a good thing for the Wisconsin economy?A debate is playing out in Madison on that very topic.IT STARTED on Oct...

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