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Repeal, replace; reveal disgrace

The House vote Thursday will tell us a lot about who we are as a society. Sixty times  over the past seven years the Republicans could afford to play games with their efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA), … Continue reading

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Trump budget: keeping his promises?

They say it’s DOA – that all Presidents’ budgets are dead on arrival. We might want to think this is just the opening gambit from the central player in The Art of the Deal,  in this era of obtuse and erratic … Continue reading

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Florida escape warm but no political respite

Twelve days in Florida were a therapeutic escape from grey snow and brutal cold in Massachusetts, but even in the Sunshine State one couldn’t escape the maladies of the political environment. A tour boat along the inland waterway near Palm Beach … Continue reading

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And the Oscar goes to Donald Trump?

Donald Trump read a teleprompter-guided speech to a joint session of Congress last night that was softer in tone than his usual dystopian rants. He didn’t froth with insults, sneer disdainfully, gesticulate wildly or drift off message into solipsistic indulgences. … Continue reading

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Immigration issue overwhelms

Immigration advocates called President Barack Obama the “Deporter in Chief.” His administration deported record numbers of immigrants while Republican critics insist he was soft on illegals. Now comes Trump, with his vastly expanded list of immigrants who could be subject to … Continue reading

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News media a bulwark nationally and locally

The news media aren’t perfect, to be sure, but now, as never before, they’re the living embodiment of Thomas Jefferson’s opinion that “were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren speaks truth to power

So, let me get this straight.  It’s okay if Senator Ted Cruz calls Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on the floor of the Senate. But it’s not okay if Senator Elizabeth Warren reads letters critical of Attorney General nominee … Continue reading

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