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Jul 12, 2017 4:00 AM

Loony left as bad as Trumpist right 2

The Trumpist right, with its conspiracy theories, racist demagoguery and blatant lies, should embarrass honest conservatives and responsible Republicans. There also is a loony left, which though less pervasive and powerful, needs to be condemned by liberals.

By Albert R. Hunt Bloomberg View (tns)
Jul 12, 2017 4:00 AM

How to get Chinato rein in Kim

Even when President Donald Trump has a good idea, he doesn't stick with it long enough. Like pushing China on North Korea. Of North Korea, said candidate Trump: "We should put pressure on China to solve the problem." As president, he initially placed the issue front and center in the U.S.

By Doug Bandow Los Angeles Times
Jul 12, 2017 4:00 AM

Leave concealed carry laws to states

A few years ago, Illinois lost a notable -- some would say notorious -- attribute. It was the last state that banned any carrying of concealed firearms in public.

Chicago Tribune (tns)
Jul 11, 2017 4:00 AM

Fixing Obamacare makes more sense 1

There's no denying the extreme unpopularity of congressional Republicans' proposed replacements for the Affordable Care Act -- both the House version and the Senate version. There's also no denying that while Obamacare may be working for millions, it isn't in many states. In one-third of all U.S.

The San Diego Union-tribune (tns)
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Jul 11, 2017 4:00 AM

Will GOP accept a 'hair cut'?

As a candidate for president, Donald Trump rejected hardline conservative orthodoxy on taxes, embracing a more populist view that had hedge fund managers taking a "hair cut" on so-called "carried interest," the lower income tax rate provided to investment managers (23.

The Baltimore Sun (tns)
Jul 11, 2017 4:00 AM

George Washington vs. Donald Trump

Americans are fond of rankings. We even rank our presidents. An internet search reveals dozens of presidential rankings by historians and news organizations.

By John M. Crisp Tribune News Service (tns)
Jul 11, 2017 4:00 AM

Trump's press-bashing historically undignified

WASHINGTON -- Lyndon Johnson could be vulgar to the extreme, giving interviews while sitting on the toilet with the door open, pulling up dogs by their ears, exposing his stomach to show a scar from an operation.

By Dan K. Thomasson Tribune News Service
Jul 10, 2017 4:00 AM

Improving relations with Putin critical

President Donald Trump flew off for his first meeting with Vladimir Putin -- with instructions from our foreign policy elite that he get into the Russian president's face over his hacking in the election of 2016. Hopefully, Trump will ignore these people.

Jul 10, 2017 4:00 AM

IRS abusing 'structuring' law

The Internal Revenue Service has seized millions of dollars from people who came by their money legally, just because of how they deposited it in banks. That's not the worst finding of a recent government report on how the IRS used a structuring law to seize money.

Pittsburgh Post-gazette (tns)
Jul 10, 2017 4:00 AM

We can't abandon Western values

At a speech in Poland Thursday, President Donald Trump returned to his apocalyptic mode, describing the struggle against what he calls "radical Islamic terrorism" as an existential one for the West. "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive," he said.

The Baltimore Sun (tns)
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Jul 10, 2017 4:00 AM

Obesity shouldn't be our new normal 1

Population growth has taken on a whole new meaning: A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that nearly a third of the world's population is overweight and that about 10 percent is obese.

By Heather Moore
WW vet from Kent going strong at age 99
Jul 9, 2017 4:00 AM

WW vet from Kent going strong at age 99

Our new neighbor, Harry George, celebrated his 99th birthday the July Fourth weekend in a special way.

Jul 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Crushing extremism is the key step to peace

Anyone who thinks the United States should get deeply involved in the Syrian civil war ought to have his head examined. But there are no easy answers for this quagmire. If there were, the strongmen in Tehran and Moscow wouldn't stand by and let responsible nations implement them.

By James Jay Carafano Tribune News Service
Jul 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Diplomacy is what's needed, not more troops

The administration of President Donald Trump needs to get its act together lest we dig ourselves deeper into the Syrian quagmire without truly intending to.

By John B. Quigley Tribune News Service
Jul 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Tweet critics just bitter at Trump's success 1

As President Donald Trump maneuvers through fast-paced meetings with fellow world leaders in Europe, the most urgent matter before him is how to address a growing threat from a nuclear North Korea.

By Mark Davis The Dallas Morning News
Jul 9, 2017 4:00 AM

US can't go it alone against N. Korea

Barack Obama drew criticism for the perception that while he was president, the United States in some ways abandoned its traditional role of global leadership in favor of an approach that an Obama aide memorably described as "leading from behind." But even as the U.S.

The San Diego Union-tribune (tns)
Jul 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Christie's beach bash symptom of larger issue

My first reaction to Chris Christie's infamous beach pictures was probably the same as everyone else's -- Christie gets a beach house as governor of New Jersey? No wonder they can't pass a budget.

By Patricia Murphy Cq-roll Call (tns)
Jul 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Payday lenders still harming consumers

In its latest callous display of disregard for Ohio consumers, the predatory payday loan industry again has snubbed its nose at reforms and has stonewalled the political process toward that much-needed end.

By The Associated Press
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Why Dems voted against protecting Americans
Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

Why Dems voted against protecting Americans 4

Only in Washington, D.C. will you find politicians so wrapped up in themselves, their party, crazed ideology, or something -- that they will not come together to pass legislation for the sake and safety of the American people.

Jul 7, 2017 4:00 AM

Trump, China, videos and N. Korea

President Donald Trump said back in January it would never happen, but it did. North Korea successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, meaning it could maybe someday hit the West Coast with a nuclear weapon.

By Jay Ambrose Tribune News Service (tns)