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Socialism’s false promise

WASHINGTON - Given its track record, one wonders why socialism is gaining in popularity in the U.S. and what appeal it has to a generation that, apparently, knows little about it.A recent survey from Harvard University has found that 51 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 do ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Monday, May 9, the 130th day of 2016. There are 236 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On May 9, 1961, in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton N. Minow decried the majority of ...

Money down a hole

NEW YORK - The Republican and Democratic presidential nominees have been chosen. Ignore the deluded supporters of Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz. It's over. The odds at ElectionBettingOdds.com make it clear: It will be Donald vs. Hillary.A closer contest would be: Who will bankrupt America first, ...

Whom to blame for the rise of Trump?

WASHINGTON - Dr. Frankenstein created the monster that bore his name and if Dr. Jekyll had not conducted those experiments in his laboratory, Mr. Hyde would never have emerged to terrorize London.In literature, we know whom to blame for the monsters, but who is to blame for the rise of Donald ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Saturday, May 7, the 128th day of 2016. There are 238 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On May 7, 1945, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims (rams), France, ending its role in World War II.On this date:In ...

No pander bear

WASHINGTON - At the tricky art of pandering - a candidate's seeking the support of a specific group of voters by telling them what the candidate calculates that group wants to hear - nobody in 2016 has been more blatant than Sen. Ted Cruz's recently named running mate, former Hewlett-Packard ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Friday, May 6, the 127th day of 2016. There are 239 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On May 6, 1891, electrician Irwin "Ike" H. Hoover began installing the first electrical wiring in the White House during the administration of President ...

Trump and women

FLINT - Donald Trump's new image consultant stepped into his office at Trump Tower."What is it now, Johnson?" growled Trump."Mr. Trump, before we get to the convention, I think it's time to address your biggest weakness, image-wise.""My hair?" replied The Donald. "I already told you, it's all ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Thursday, May 5, the 126th day of 2016. There are 240 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On May 5, 1866, the town of Waterloo, New York, observed a day honoring the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. (Although a proclamation signed by President ...

Random Thoughts

WASHINGTON - Random thoughts on the passing scene:One of the problems with being a pessimist is that you can never celebrate when you are proven right.If what you want from politicians are quick and easy answers, someone is sure to supply them, regardless of which party you follow. History can ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Wednesday, May 4, the 125th day of 2016. There are 241 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On May 4, 1916, Germany, responding to an ultimatum from President Woodrow Wilson, agreed to limit its submarine warfare. (However, Germany resumed ...

Anti-establishment politics endgame

BERKELEY - Will Bernie Sanders' supporters rally behind Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination? Likewise, if Donald Trump is denied the Republican nomination, will his supporters back whoever gets the Republican nod?If 2008 is any guide, the answer is unambiguously yes to both. About 90 ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 564, Criminalize selling aborted fetuses or body parts: Passed 26 to 10 in the SenateTo make it a crime to receive a financial benefit or any type of compensation for transferring or selling an embryo, fetus or neonate, including organs, tissues or cells, if this was obtained as the ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Tuesday, May 3, the 124th day of 2016. There are 242 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On May 3, 1791, the Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania adopted a constitution.On this date:In 1515, Pope Leo X promulgated the bull "Inter sollicitudines" ...

In case of Trump nomination, break glass

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump's damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party's history. These collaborationists will render themselves ...

God and politics

LOUISVILLE - Religion and politics are again at the forefront of this year's presidential race. Yet, in this campaign, self-described evangelicals don't seem as concerned as they once were about a candidate's personal faith. Otherwise, more of them might support the openly Christian candidate, ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Monday, May 2, the 123rd day of 2016. There are 243 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On May 2, 1946, violence erupted during a foiled escape attempt at the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay; the "Battle of Alcatraz" claimed the ...

Hospitals and bad service: Part 2

NEW YORK - Last week's column on my lung surgery struck a nerve. Many of you wished me well. Others said I deserve to die."He likes free markets?" sneered one Internet commenter. "In a truly free market, society wouldn't subsidize the cost of his smoking. In a truly free market, he'd be ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Saturday, April 30, the 121st day of 2016. There are 245 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath of office in New York as the first president of the United States.On this date:In 1803, the United ...

Sanders makes history

WASHINGTON - Before ever running for the White House, our typical presidential candidate has already won and held high public office, having served as a governor, mayor or member of Congress. These candidates have almost always known previous political success before nearly every one of them ...