Republican friends, what happened to you?

Hi, Republican friends! It’s been a while since I’ve seen many of you in person. And how you’ve changed! You used to be all about standing tall with our allies, free trade, balanced budgets, morality and family values. And I was pretty sure you thought truth and honesty had some

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News from 2041: Baron Trump takes oath of office

Dateline January 21, 2041 — As America gets set for the inauguration of President Baron Trump after his landslide victory over token opposition, it’s a good time to look back and retrace our steps toward this historic moment. The Democrats were widely believed to have an open path to the

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Taking a Constitutional (part 2)

The U.S. Constitution has been under steady attack for almost nine years. Conservative Republicans in the Senate and on the Supreme Court have sabotaged the voice of the majority of citizens and inflicted what may be lasting damage to the foundations of this nation. Here's a look at some of

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Taking a Constitutional (part 1)

A casual walk through the U.S. Constitution looks at the historical context in which it was written. Did the Founding Fathers intend for the document to be followed exactly as worded? Or did they envision it being amended as the future evolved? [This is the first of two parts.] The

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Relief for me, but none for thee

Tragically, the famous movie line “Houston, we have a problem” needs to be changed to “Houston: We have a problem.” We haven’t even begun to assess the ultimate cost of Hurricane Harvey, and our hearts go out to its many victims. But on the plus side, if the history of

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Making hash out of health care

A couple of months ago, I had bloodwork done at the local government facility. Paid about $95 for it up front. A couple of days later, out of the clear blue sky, a $600 lab bill arrived. My wife and I were appalled on two counts. First, why were we

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Cooking up a link between cocktails and ruin

Why is it that some conservatives, who are the first to loudly shout “Freedom!,” are also dead set on depriving others of freedoms when it suits their own preferences? Today’s case in point is Sunday alcohol sales, and we start with this news bulletin, fresh from the headlines of December

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Separate facilities for wage deniers

If we get our way, one day Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis will fight their way out of their Washington office suites, tunneling through mountains of waste and scuzz, and visit the inviting and picturesque Outer Banks. Here, they will enjoy a plate of undercooked, unshelled, sand-vein-still-in shrimp before

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