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Your arms now hold the person who once held you. Your hands now lift the person who once helped to raise you up. Your legs now steady the person who taught you to walk. You now dry the tears and comfort the one whom once comforted you. You now feed the person who once fed you. You now ...

The siren call of trying to solve the Middle East

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to ...

SENATE MINORITY LEADER Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves the chamber Friday after the confirmation vote for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems: Trump’s tax secrecy complicates legislative overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns is going to make this year’s promised overhaul of the tax code “much harder.” Sen. Chuck Schumer says Trump is opening himself to second guessing about his ...

AP Fact Check: Trump and lawmakers on Syria, jobs, court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base, President Donald Trump accused his predecessor of doing nothing when Syria’s government used chemical weapons against its population in 2013. Trump is right that President Barack Obama issued what amounted to an empty threat ...

Experience America at the time of the Great War

“War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.” — Randolph Bourne ...

Trump’s Syria action unnerves GOP libertarians, Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s military strike against Syria drew strong pushback from an odd mix of libertarian Republicans, Democrats and the far-right conservatives who have long insisted on Congress’ constitutional authority for acts of war. Trump burnished an ...

Dems in Trump states pressed from both sides

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a rare and momentous decision — one by one, seated at desks centuries old, senators will stand and cast their votes for a Supreme Court nominee. It’s a difficult political call in the modern era, especially for the 10 Democrats facing tough re-election next year ...

The obfuscation game

WASHINGTON — If there is one operative rule in this city’s left-right paradigm, it is to shift the focus of any conversation that seems at risk of revealing something approximating truth — a game at which the current administration and its media surrogates happen to excel. Thus, the ...

Phone addiction has unleashed a deadly toll

It was a horrific scene. The pickup truck had smashed head-on into a bus taking elderly church members on an outing. Thirteen died. The 20-year-old truck driver said he had been texting when he swerved across the center line in Texas Hill Country. Moments before, a good citizen following the ...

Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his predecessor’s national security adviser might have committed a crime when she asked government analysts to disclose the names of Trump associates documented in intelligence reports. Trump made the accusation in an interview ...

Poll: Young people say US should provide health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most young Americans want any health care overhaul under President Donald Trump to look a lot like the Affordable Care Act signed into law by his predecessor, President Barack Obama. But there’s one big exception: A majority of young Americans dislike “Obamacare’s” ...

IRS to use private debt collectors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is resuming the use of private debt collectors amid a wave of telephone scams in which fake government agents tell innocent taxpayers to pay up or face jail, the tax agency announced Tuesday. The IRS stopped using private debt collectors in 2009 after the agency ...

Don’t look for Congress to quickly pass tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — After their loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won’t be an overhaul of the tax code. Overhauling the tax code could prove harder to accomplish than repealing and replacing Barack Obama’s health law. ...

Baseball numbers aren’t hard, but this quiz might be

Sportswriter: “You hit only two home runs all last year and already you’ve hit seven this year (1969). What’s the difference?” Reds outfielder Alex Johnson: “Five.” WASHINGTON — See? Baseball numbers aren’t difficult. But be precise: As players say after a close play, ...

AP Fact Check: GOP’s selective history on Supreme Court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the Republican talking point of the Sunday talk shows: If Democrats delay Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court this week, Republicans said, it would be an affront to history — the first time a nominee to the high court had been filibustered. True? ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP speaks Wednesday in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Poll: Most disapprove of Trump, except on economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into Donald Trump’s presidency, Americans mostly disapprove of his overall performance. But they’re more upbeat about at least one critical area: his handling of the economy. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of Trump’s overall performance, and about the ...

WH aide sent out after pro-Trump groups MIA on health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is so troubled by the failure of outside groups to promote the health care plan backed by President Donald Trump that a senior aide is being dispatched to rectify the situation. Katie Walsh, a longtime top lieutenant to chief of staff Reince Priebus, is ...

Poll: Little love for GOP’s, Trump’s health care plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don’t like your approach to overhauling America’s health care. If you’re hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different. Sixty-two percent of Americans turned thumbs down on ...

Climate science session mostly name calling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate science and politics too often reverts into name calling and bullying, which can get in the way of real work. That was the only thing House Science Committee members, three scientists who often clash with mainstream science and a prominent climate scientist could ...

Personality and policy

In the aftermath of the debacle over the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump can learn a valuable lesson that will serve him well in the next battle over tax reform and other issues. The president was elected largely on the force of his strong personality and ...