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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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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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