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'Absolute' power? Not in the United States

June 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

IF YOU live long enough, and I have, you come to comprehend what the old sayings mean: "The more things change, the more they stay the same," and, maybe, "What goes around, comes around" ... again and again.When I began my career as a newsp...

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State tribes study sports betting ruling

June 11, 2018 at 10:02 am

NATIVEW-American tribes that operate Wisconsin casinos are carefully reviewing the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision giving all states the option of legalizing and regulating sports betting.But doesn't the Wisconsin Constitution now prohib...

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Loose lips sank Colorado baker's case

June 06, 2018 at 9:34 am

WASHINGTON -- "Loose lips sink ships" was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as troop ships' sailing schedules. On Monday, the Supreme Court showed that loose lips can sink cases...

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Abrahamson's dominate-to-dissent court career

June 04, 2018 at 10:00 am

SUPREME Court Justice William Bablitch was mad. For years, he had started his Capitol work day by picking up one of the Court's copies of the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper and catching up on the news.But, without consulting her fellow j...

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Accidental president wore power lightly

June 04, 2018 at 10:00 am

WASHINGTON - Within 17 days in the autumn of 1975 - first in Sacramento, then in San Francisco - two separate handgun-wielding women attempted to assassinate the president. Had either succeeded, and each was close enough to have done so, th...

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Questions partying Democrats must answer

May 29, 2018 at 9:21 am

IT MAY overstate it to call this weekend's state Democratic Party convention put up or shut up time for the out-of-power party. But not by much.Democratic activists who gather in Oshkosh will vet the party's 10-plus candidates for governor,...

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Campus oppression of free expression

May 22, 2018 at 12:58 pm

WASHINGTON -- On election night 2016, Mark Schlissel, the University of Michigan's president, addressed more than 1,000 students, declaring that the 90 percent of them who had favored the losing candidate had rejected "hate." He thereby eff...

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Truth, and the America we live in today

May 07, 2018 at 9:34 am

WRITE IT off to my advanced age and general crankiness after more than four decades as a journalist, but I grow increasingly weary of real news people being painted with the same brush as the celebrity-obsessed, navel-gazing, bobbing-talkin...

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Guest commentary Power of innovation drives Wisconsin Idea

April 30, 2018 at 10:10 am

Last August, we stood in together in Rock County to commemorate breaking ground on the first building for SHINE Medical Technologies, a Janesville-based spinoff from technology developed at the UW-Madison College of Engineering.While it may...

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Striking blow against administrative state

April 25, 2018 at 7:58 am

WASHINGTON - Last week, one week after the first anniversary of Neil Gorsuch's ascension to the Supreme Court, he delivered an opinion that was excellent as it pertained to the case at issue and momentous in its implications pertaining to t...

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