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Posterity Will Be Kind to Him

At the beginning of his long and well-lived life, George Herbert Walker Bush, who in politics was always prosaic, acquired, by way of a grandfather, the name of a British poet and priest (George Herbert, 1593-1633). He acquired much else from family inheritance. The future 41st president was ...

Mueller Doesn’t Need Protection

Mitch McConnell did our constitutional order an enormous favor by burying the so-called Robert Mueller protection bill. There’s been much harumphing about how Republicans are in the tank for President Trump by not getting on board the bipartisan bill, but it is a singularly misbegotten ...

Looking for Definition of ‘Gentleman’? Try George Bush

I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., area and was just ...

Pearl Harbor Sailors’ Remains Come Home, 77 Years Later

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed ...

Bush Funeral Train First Of Its Kind in Almost 50 Years

SPRING, Texas (AP) — The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies. “I might have left Air Force One behind,” Bush quipped during the ...

High Court Seems Likely To Keep Double Jeopardy Exception

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed likely Thursday to preserve a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime. Several justices expressed concern about upsetting the long-standing rule that provides an exception to the ...

Tony-Winning Actor Bosco Dies at 88

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Philip Bosco, the Tony Award-winning actor known for his roles in films “Working Girl” and “The Savages,” has died. He was 88. The actor’s daughter, Celia Bosco, said her father died Monday night at his home in Haworth, New Jersey. She says her father had ...

Paying Price for Paris Pact

In Katowice, Poland, all the signers of the 2015 Paris climate accord are gathered to assess how the world’s nations are meeting their goals to cut carbon emissions. Certainly, the communications strategy in the run-up was impressive. In October came that apocalyptic U.N. report warning ...

‘Medicare-for-All’ Claim Flawed

Last week, congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted out a letter from Spectrum Health to one Hedda Elizabeth Martin. The letter described the clinic’s rejection of a heart transplant for Martin based on lack of a “more secure financial plan for immunosuppressive ...

Leaders in Europe Losing Popularity Due to Errors, Too

In the wake of the off-year elections, conservative analyst Yuval Levin saw no winners. “It is the weakness of all sides, and the strength of none, that shapes this moment.” You can see what he means. Donald Trump hasn’t gotten everything he wanted — not even the wall! — from the ...

Historic Delta Queen Riverboat Can Cruise Again

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long riverboat immortalized in poems and songs to cruise again along the Mississippi and several other ...

Officials Meet With GM Chief In Effort To Save Ohio Plant

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Ohio congressmen met with the head of General Motors Wednesday in Washington in their bid to keep an assembly plant from closing, urging her to give auto workers a chance at a new line of electric vehicles soon headed into production. GM announced last week it will ...

More Details Emerge About Former CBS Chief

NEW YORK (AP) — An internal investigation of former CBS chief Les Moonves has turned up more evidence of sexual misconduct, as well as lying and destruction of evidence, throwing into jeopardy his $120 million severance package, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Lawyers hired by the ...

Van Morrison’s Latest Finds Him in Relaxed, Swinging Groove

(AP) - Van Morrison, “The Prophet Speaks” (Caroline International) The first thing longtime listeners to Van Morrison will notice is the lack of angst — his 40th studio album is missing the usual complaints about the greed and cynicism of the music business. The next and most remarkable ...

Rejecting Identity Politics Is Fundamental American Ideal

I’ve spent much of the last year promoting, debating and — let’s just be honest — hawking my latest book, “Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy.” An interesting pattern has developed. Of the ...

Chinese 5G Threatens Our Security

An epic battle is brewing over the future of wireless technology, and the future of 5G technology. On one side is China, which is stopping at nothing to make sure it dominates global telecommunications in the 21st century, by any means fair or foul. On the other is the United States, which ...

Trump Strategy Constitutional, Could Ease Immigration Woes

President Donald Trump is putting the economic screws to Mexico to control the flood of Central American migrants storming our southern border. Unlike prior presidents, Trump is driving a hard bargain. Exports are Mexico’s economic lifeblood. A staggering 81 percent of those exports go to the ...

Arrests Increase at Mexican Border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol arrests on the Mexican border jumped 78 percent in November from a year earlier to the highest level in Donald Trump’s presidency, with families and children accounting for a majority for a third straight month. The numbers are the latest sign that ...

U.S. Coal Use at Lowest Level Since ‘79

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are consuming less coal in 2018 than at any time since Jimmy Carter’s presidency, a federal report said Tuesday, as cheap natural gas and other rival sources of energy frustrate the Trump administration’s pledges to revive the U.S. coal industry. A report by ...

Mueller Recommends No Prison For Flynn, Citing Cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel’s Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn’t do any prison time, according to a court filing Tuesday that describes Michael Flynn’s cooperation ...