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Policy dentistry to combat truth decay

January 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - It cannot be a sign of social health that the number of tweets per day worldwide exploded from 5,000 in 2007 to 500 million six years later. And this might be related, by a few degrees of separation, to the fact that whereas in...

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'Fake News' awards take big-flop prize

January 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm

BY THE time he got around to presenting his long-promised "2017 Fake News Awards," even President Donald Trump seemed to be losing interest in the hostile spirit of the event.After tweeting a link to his list of winning - or, if you prefer,...

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Tuesday's results define Senate battlegrounds

January 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

THE UPSET win by Democrat Patty Schachtner in what had been a Republican Senate stronghold not only gave Democrats new bragging rights. It also highlighted the November Senate elections that will determine party control of the Senate next s...

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The twisted path of immigration policy

January 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: "It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for ...

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Guest commentary Collusion investigation far from 'witch hunt'

January 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

By DAVID IGNATIUSWASHINGTON - "Does this concern you at all?" asks a tart email message from a Trump supporter who wonders why the mainstream media doesn't take a closer look at allegations that the Justice Department's investigation of Rus...

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Fight over local wheel taxes isn't over

January 17, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WHAT ONE senator calls local governments across Wisconsin - ranging from the Village of Tigerton (population 716) to Milwaukee County (population 957,735) - "rushing" to levy wheel taxes could still set off fireworks in the Legislature.The ...

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Capitol Report Some victims could get more compensation

January 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm

By WisPolitics.comIn an era of extreme partisanship, here's an example of bipartisanship at the Capitol: An Assembly committee has unanimously approved legislation that would boost compensation for people wrongfully imprisoned. The Committe...

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Merit-based college admissions became unfair

January 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON - During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so c...

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Guest commentary Thoughts on making Beloit schools better

January 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

I am worried about the future of the School District of Beloit. There are so many challenges and grim statistics.A scenario can be imagined where things get so bleak that outside forces take over: a reaction to poor student performance comb...

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Politics may ambush school fund panel

January 08, 2018 at 4:00 pm

MEMBERS of the Legislature's Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding may have drawn this year's Mission: Impossible assignment. The 16-member commission is made up of six Republican and three Democratic legislators, Green Bay and Grantsbur...

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