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Welfare reform comes again

When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didn't. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single ...

The left’s war on science

We’ve been told conservatives don’t believe in science and that there’s a “Republican war on science.” But John Tierney, who’s written about science for The New York Times for 25 years and now writes for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, told me in my latest online video, ...

Facebook wants regulation

Here’s a bet: Congress will end up “cracking down” on Facebook with “tough” regulations that Facebook will probably protest quite vigorously. And then Facebook profits will go up. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, withstood two days of questioning in Congress this ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Experiment to see what makes you feel more generous. What if you thought of your relative as your friend’s parent or child? Would there be more or less love? TAURUS (April 20-May 20). In the movie theater, people sit together in the dark to look on the bright side ...

Debt should be focus

Donald Trump achieved the presidency telling the American people he would “Make America Great Again.” Given that during eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency there was not a single year in which national satisfaction, as measured by Gallup, averaged above 30 percent, tapping into ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). While the big dogs seem to have a clear advantage today, the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower are also true: “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What is misery, other ...

He didn’t lie to farmers

Farmers keep asking why Donald Trump is hurting them on trade when they helped elect him. The better question is: Why did they help elect him? Candidate Trump promised a trade war, and he delivered. No hidden agenda here. Farmers and ranchers had a choice between trade-friendly Hillary ...

Hooked by the war party?

With his Sunday tweet that Bashar Assad, “Animal Assad,” ordered a gas attack on Syrian civilians, and Vladimir Putin was morally complicit in the atrocity, President Donald Trump just painted himself and us into a corner. “Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I am a 50-year-old woman. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. I am a recovering addict. My daughter chose to stay with me during all those painful years. Now, after many years alone, I finally met someone who loves me, and I love her, yes, “her.” My partner is a ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Tune your sensitive soul into the needs of those you love. It’s like you can audibly hear someone’s faint cry for help. It’s also of your ability to save the day. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). On the horizon you’ll catch a glimmer of what’s to come. Don’t ...

What should U.S. do?

On April 22, 1915, chlorine gas, wafted by favorable breezes, drifted from German lines toward enemy positions held by French troops near Ypres, Belgium. This was the first significant use of chemical weapons in a war in which 100,000 tons of chemical agents would be used by both sides to kill ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My elder brother, his girlfriend and I have always been very close. Let’s call them “Ryan” and “Beth.” We used to text and call one another often and even hang out a lot. But a few months ago, I introduced my friend “Donna” to Beth. And for the past few months, ...

Taking a look at ‘power’

It’s often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That’s an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to ...

To mock or to mentor?

There are few sympathetic characters in the landmark lawsuit between Marquette University and a suspended professor that’s heading later this month to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The professor, John McAdams, is suing the university for indefinitely suspending him without pay, allegedly in ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You want to be seen, not feared. You want to serve and be served, and not acquiesced to. Aim to hold your own and you’ll stay exactly where you want to be. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It is natural to want to bask in the indirect glory of a friend’s win, a ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I have a question of etiquette. Our adult sons (both, over 40), their wives and our grandchildren often visit over the weekends for family sit-down dinners. We do this almost every weekend because they live near and we enjoy a chance to keep up with our daughters-in-law and ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). One thing leads to another. If you want to change the “another” your best bet is to start with the “one thing.” And if you don’t know the source off the top of your head, this is a fine time to retrace your steps. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Working together ...

Iowa leading the way

Lawmakers and bureaucrats in official Washington often act as if their decisions lead the nation forward. News from Iowa this week, however, shows once again that the culture leads and politicians lag behind. Kim Reynolds became Iowa’s Governor last May when her predecessor (Terry Branstad) ...

The GOP and patriotism

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: “I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I am hoping that you can help me solve this problem. My son recently divorced the mother of his two children. My former daughter-in-law has decided to unfriend me on Facebook and talk negatively about me to others. I would like to still be able to show my friends pictures of my ...