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Fake news hurts U.S.

Left-wing media stalwarts such as Newsweek, Huffington Post and Salon launched a barrage of fake news after I appeared on “Fox and Friends” recently to discuss new Agriculture Department rules tightening work requirement on food stamps. Unfortunately, the now all-too-common disinformation ...

Some ideological recycling

It’s fitting that the Green New Deal pushed by many but popularized by Democratic phenom Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who had her “60 Minutes” debut on Sunday, is a triumph of recycling. Not of plastic bags or soda cans, but of ideas. Specifically, Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I am writing to ask your opinion about the change in my sister’s behavior toward me. I have two sisters, and the one I am speaking of is my elder sister, “Ruth.” Ruth has always been envious of my younger sister and me and resented the close relationship I had with our ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Only a fool goes looking for trouble. However, when trouble comes, dive right in. Use your emotional/spiritual facilities like faith. Unused, they’ll diminish. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). In the past, there were vast stretches of unspoiled, unknown land to explore. ...

Media plays it soft with Dems

The media have spent the last two years arrogantly proclaiming that they are the urgently needed public servants who would boldly challenge power and ask the tough questions. But does that boldness continue when the Democrats win some power back? It doesn’t look like it. Democrats can say the ...

Trump creates a focus

U.S. President Donald Trump has shown that he’s willing to shut down the government to get funding to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Regardless of whether you agree that a wall would solve America’s immigration problems, what’s notable is that Trump is the first president to ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: At the family gatherings on my spouse’s side, my brother-in-law “Albert” wants to loudly dominate any conversation by either talking about his life or showing his “great” knowledge and opinions on other subjects. He rarely inquires about anyone else or shows any interest ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). People like to pretend that they make decisions out of logic, judiciousness and authority, when it is more often the case that they make decisions out of emotion and the justify those decisions by standards of reason. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). While you believe ...

Party offering Rorschach test

Armin-Paulus Hampel, a former journalist and commentator who now is a member of the Bundestag, is ebullient, affable, opinionated, voluble and excellent company at lunch. But because his party is Alternative for Germany, one wonders whether he is representative of it, and whether he is as ...

Taking apart a hoax

The U.S. Department of Labor jobs report, released Friday, shows eye-popping gains, concluding a year that has been great for workers. Hourly wages shot up after 10 years of stagnation and real household income topped its highest level in history. Basically anyone who wants a job can get ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I’ve played basketball with an informal team of women for well over 10 years. We’ve now celebrated most of our 40th birthdays together, and though some in the group of 20 or so have come and gone, we’ve been a pretty close and supportive cluster of friends. We play b-ball ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). When you want to know something, you ask. Many are afraid to admit what they don’t know. They’d rather continue to be ignorant than risk appearing foolish. To be a good teacher, provide more information than is asked for. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are ...

Millennial Socialism 101

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called Green New Deal makes the obligatory nod to the original New Deal, but FDR’s handiwork is much too modest an antecedent. The Green New Deal calls for a top-down revolution in the operation of American society so sweeping that it would be disturbing if ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Without trying to sound arrogant, I am smarter than the average bear. Not quite a genius but certainly up there. I won all kinds of academic awards in school and hold three degrees. But my problem is this: I am now 48, the mother of two children with special needs. I have spent ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It seems backward, but more practice and preparation won’t lead to a better performance now. Doing well is all about mindset and attitude more than anything. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). At your core you are a wise, powerful, beautiful being. You don’t always ...

The climate change cult

The Irish government is proposing rebates to a carbon tax it recently imposed to households that comply with what it considers “low-carbon lifestyles.” The rebate, according to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, might be in the form of a check, an increase in welfare benefits or a tax credit for ...

State aims to shift tides

Tom Mullikin is that guy — you know, the one who finishes Christmas dinner, then takes off to scale Mount Everest, conducting business by satellite phone to check progress on his plan to build an ocean reef upon his return. Yes, a reef. But first, Everest. If Mullikin succeeds in ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I am a published author and have been struggling to write my next book. I’ve written a handful of adult-oriented fictional books. My most recent published book came out almost five years ago. I’ve tried several times to start the next book, but I haven’t been able to get any ...

Sweden isn’t socialist

For years, I’ve heard American leftists say Sweden is proof that socialism works, that it doesn’t have to turn out as badly as the Soviet Union or Cuba or Venezuela did. But that’s not what Swedish historian Johan Norberg says in a new documentary and Stossel TV video. “Sweden is ...

But not a drop for a wall?

This is not our first partial government shutdown. Somehow, someway, from 1976 through 2017, the nation has survived 18 shutdowns, the longest lasting 21 days. In this case, President Donald Trump insists that the next budget deal contain $5 billion to construct a wall on part of our southern ...