Columns

Cuts are coming — can Pelosi and McConnell make a deal?

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, Washington’s odd couple, have a limited set of mutual legislative interests in a capital beset by dysfunction and awash in presidential politics. But automatic spending cuts, the legacy of a budget ...

Sports can be a smart investment for high schools

We communicate on smart phones, drive smart cars, make purchases using smart cards and even drink smart water. But, really, how smart are we? Between college admission and internet privacy scandals, sexual misconduct investigations, stolen trade secrets and the growing concern about how we ...

Biden might offer a restful break for voters

WASHINGTON — Three days before Joe Biden dove back into the deep end of the political pool, a rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the terrorist who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, and everyone else in America’s prisons, should be allowed to vote, lest the “chipping away” of voting ...

AP-NORC Poll: Democrats more trusted on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are giving Democrats a clear edge on health care as the 2020 presidential race gears up, according to a new poll that also finds many Republicans backing one of their competitors’ top ideas: a government insurance plan people can buy into. But support for the ...

In defense of Kate Smith

The long arm of the PC police has reached back to the ‘30s and arrested, prosecuted and sentenced the late singer Kate Smith. Smith, who popularized Irving Berlin’s song “God Bless America” and was a female pioneer in early television, recorded songs that today in hindsight are viewed ...

NK sought $2M from US for captured student in coma

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea insisted the U.S. agree to pay $2 million in medical costs in 2017 before it released detained American college student Otto Warmbier while he was in a coma, a former U.S. official said Thursday. An envoy sent to North Korea to retrieve the 21-year-old student ...

Trump forms battle plan for post-Mueller probes: Just say no

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just say no. As House Democrats ramp up their post-Mueller investigations into President Donald Trump, his strategy for responding is simple: Resist on every legal front. The administration is straining to hold off congressional investigators, including their efforts to ...

Tension between Congress, 2020 Dems on impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some top Democrats vying for the White House in 2020 are clamoring for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but many of their congressional colleagues — who would have to manage such efforts — are far more wary. The same day House Speaker Nancy ...

Mueller report: ‘It is finished’

WASHINGTON — Good Friday provided the language for a week that began with the terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and ended with the long-awaited Mueller report: Jesus’ final words before perishing on the cross: “It is finished!” The fires have been extinguished and the great ...

High court to mull including citizenship question for census

WASHINGTON — The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial testiness that blew the case up to the nation’s highest tribunal. The case, which raises arcane questions of administrative law but could have widely radiating political ...

After two years of Russia probe drips, are you numb to it all?

WASHINGTON (AP) — For two years there’s been the drip-drip-drip of the Russia investigation and the tweet-tweet-tweet of President Donald Trump assailing it. Numb yet? The slowly rolling revelations may have worked in Trump’s favor by diluting the impact of a damaging report by ...

How Mueller made his no-call on Trump and obstruction

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a punt that will be examined for years, if not decades. Special counsel Robert Mueller found he couldn't exonerate President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, but he wouldn't recommend charging him, either. In explaining the decision to eschew a "traditional ...

Former counsel may have saved Trump from himself

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don McGahn was barely on speaking terms with President Donald Trump by the time he left the White House last fall. But special counsel Robert Mueller's report reveals the president may owe his former top lawyer a debt of gratitude. McGahn, who sat with Mueller for about 30 ...

Poll: Many want Congress to probe Trump-Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the nation awaited the release of the special counsel’s report today, a new poll finds that many Americans aren’t ready to clear President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation. Slightly more Americans want Congress to keep investigating than to set aside its ...

Harris, Booker miss most votes of senators running for president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have each missed more than one-fifth of the Senate’s votes so far this year as they campaign for president, according to an Associated Press analysis of congressional data. With 16 missed votes of the 77 that the Republican-controlled Senate ...

What won’t appear in Mueller report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel’s Trump-Russia report will be out on Thursday for all to see. But not all of it. The Democrats’ demands for a full, unredacted version of Robert Mueller’s report are likely to prompt a political and legal battle that could last for months, if not ...

Nessel pledges to not prosecute abortions if Roe is reversed

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general said Tuesday she will not enforce a state abortion ban if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. Democrat Dana Nessel, speaking at a Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan conference, told the crowd of abortion ...

The Julian Assange problem

WASHINGTON — They say that guests are like fish; after three days they become a bit whiffy. By this measure, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange smelled like an overladen fishing vessel adrift in the searing sun. Upon his arrest Thursday by British authorities, ending his nearly seven-year ...

In fashion brand case, justices avoid saying ‘the word at issue’

WASHINGTON (AP) — None of the Supreme Court’s justices wanted to say the four-letter word. The high court was discussing a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand “FUCT.” But the justices did some verbal gymnastics to get through about an hour of arguments ...

Democratic candidates a sweepstakes of frivolity

WASHINGTON — The Democrats’ presidential aspirants seem determined to prove their party’s 2016 achievement — the election of the current president — was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison d’etre is to frustrate Democrats, seems ...