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A disconcerting raid on university endowments

November 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Such is the federal government's sprawl, and its power to establish new governing precedents, mere Washington twitches can jeopardize venerable principles and institutions. This is illustrated by a seemingly small but actually ...

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Guest commentary Both parties morally, intellectually exhausted

November 08, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Political commentators are supposed to be somewhat objective and analytical when it comes to tracking trends. In that spirit, I find the polling snapshot of President Trump at one year since his election to be interesting - if ...

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Your Right to Know Good government is everybody's business

November 06, 2017 at 4:00 pm

After 35 years of reporting on government, I'm not sure how much I've learned, but I do have some observations.First, most politicians, government officials and staff want to do a good job and faithfully represent their constituents' intere...

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Guest commentary Trump's Russia projects desire decades old

November 06, 2017 at 4:00 pm

MOSCOW - An ice-blue 14-story office tower called Ducat Place III is the building that President Trump might have constructed here. But like so many other Trump adventures in Russia, this one proved a tantalizing but futile dead end.Trump i...

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Featured letter 'Why I stand for the flag and the anthem'

November 03, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Is the United States a country free from social injustice, intolerance and criminal acts?Of course not, from the very beginning of our country we have failed to live up to our own Declaration of Independence. Yet at the core of our country ...

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On tax reform, Republicans define victory down

November 03, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - Needing a victory to validate their majorities, congressional Republicans have chosen not to emulate Shakespeare's Henry V before Agincourt. He advocated stiffening the sinews, summoning up the blood and lending the eye a terri...

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Capitol Report Food stamp bills promote healthier eating

November 01, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Two GOP food stamp bills with the shared goal of promoting healthier eating are getting mixed reviews.One bill was liked by minority Democrats at a recent Assembly committee hearing. AB 501 would create a healthy eating incentive pilot prog...

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Don't let Russian trolls stir racial chaos

November 01, 2017 at 4:00 pm

AS IF we Americans were not doing a good enough job of hating each other on our own, recent news reports tell us Russian trolls are using social media to divide us even more along racial and political lines.Thanks, folks, but we don't need ...

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Guest commentary Is Xi Jinping's star burning too bright?

October 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - President Xi Jinping's command at this month's Communist Party gathering was so complete that President Trump likened him to a "king." But some China analysts are wondering whether Xi has overreached. Xi dominated the stage, li...

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The radiating mischief of corporate welfare

October 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive ourselves into believing that corporate welfare can be seemly. Consider the caper, both amusing and depressing, that began when mighty Boeing sought protection behin...

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