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America’s predictable crisis with pensions

February 25, 2017 at 10:00 am

WASHINGTON — Some American disasters come as bolts from the blue — the stock market crash of October 1929, Pearl Harbor, the designated hitter, 9/11. Others are predictable because they arise from arithmetic that is neither hi...

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Trump’s ‘reality TV’ needs to get real

February 22, 2017 at 12:10 pm

WHY IS President Donald Trump still trying to turn the media into the bad guys of his reality TV show, er, I mean presidency?If media bashing is the last refuge of scoundrels, as I often say, Trump had better save some for a rainy day. He&#...

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Advisory votes have meant little in past

February 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WISCONSIN legislators are talking about gauging public opinion in a way that hasn’t been used since 2006: Advisory referendums on legalizing marijuana and making Daylight Savings Time permanent.But, although non-binding referendums c...

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An adult voice amid the childishness

February 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, includ...

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Flynn, cover-up in search of a crime

February 18, 2017 at 10:00 am

WASHINGTON — It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime. Being covered up were the Dec. 2...

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Trump sides with sheriffs on their racket

February 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

WASHINGTON — The technique has been called (by this columnist) “immunity through profusion.” By keeping the molten lava of falsehoods flowing, the volcano that is Donald Trump can inundate the public and overwhelm his a...

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Chicago still eager to hear from Trump

February 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

AS ONE who loves Chicago, I hope President Donald Trump is not toying with my affections.So far, the native New Yorker had been treating Chicago like the weather; he can’t stop talking about it, but is there really much he can do abo...

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Travel moratorium is a hopeless disaster

February 13, 2017 at 5:03 pm

WASHINGTON — Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes ...

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Legislators sharpen shears for Walker budget

February 13, 2017 at 5:03 pm

NO WISCONSIN legislator campaigned last year on using $16 million of the state’s $42-million settlement from the national VW emission-cheating scandal to buy new state government vehicles.But buying $16 million worth of cars, trucks ...

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Drawing the red line for North Korea

February 11, 2017 at 10:00 am

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Cold War was waged and won in many places, including this beach city, home to the RAND Corp. Created in 1948 to think about research and development as it effects military planning and procurement, RAND pio...

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