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Trump takes another step toward the abyss

What Donald Trump did Wednesday isn't supposed to happen in a democracy. A president who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution just carried out a personal political vendetta against a career intelligence officer. In revoking the security clearance of former. . .

Trump's failure to condemn the bigots tars his presidency

How can a president as successful as Donald Trump be so unpopular? Fueled by his historic tax reform and an unprecedented regulatory rollback, the economy grew by 4.1 percent in the second quarter. The unemployment rate is just 3.9 percent — near the lowest it. . .

Kavanaugh selection made to protect Trump

When they say that confirming a U.S. Supreme Court justice is about the Constitution they mean it's about politics. It's always about politics, at least in the modern era. Whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmable depends altogether on whether he meets the. . .

Football season stirs memories

For me, back-to-school season means it's time for football. I've always preferred college and high school football over the NFL variety, mainly because the prep and college kids aren't making millions of dollars to show up for work. The high school and college. . .

Enough's enough

During the weekend of Aug. 4-5 (and the preceding Friday night), 12 Chicagoans were shot dead, and 62 others were shot and wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported. Before last week's mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been shot since the beginning of the year, and 306 had. . .

Do we really want the president to turn off the news?

Here's the thing about polls: They never tell you everything, but they often tell you something. Such is the case with a recent Ipsos poll where 85 percent agreed that "Freedom of the press is essential for American democracy." At the same time, 29 percent, and. . .

Enemy of the people? We're quite the opposite

Today is the day when dozens of newspapers across the country pontificate on their editorial pages in defense of the press, responding to frequent attacks our president has made that the press is the enemy of the people. Is it? We can talk firsthand about the. . .

Taking apart ACA one bit at a time

Republicans have long wanted to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, since it was passed in 2010. They're doing so in incremental ways. In Arkansas, the Private Option, created by then-Gov. Mike Beebe, expanded Medicaid to include those. . .