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An Advantage for all?

A resurfaced Barack Obama has uttered those three little words: “Medicare for all.” Does that mean that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was a bad idea? Not at all. The ACA was a triumph in that it cut the number of uninsured Americans by 20 million. And it hardened the idea that ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I have been overweight my entire life. Because of a diabetes scare a couple of years ago, I lost 50 pounds, primarily through running and modifying my diet. My self-esteem has greatly improved because I now have more energy to keep up with my kids and can go for longer walks with ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). What happens in the world will influence you; however, it won’t control you unless you let it. Maintaining power over your experience will require creativity and determination to see it your way, not their way. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There’s good things for ...

The new cult of fragility

The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called “the leakage of reality from American life.” Colleges and universities are increasingly susceptible to ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My husband of over 30 years is a great person, successful and well-educated. I love him dearly except for one annoying thing. He draws on people’s photos in magazines and newspapers. Almost daily, right after breakfast or dinner, he’ll draw mustaches, knocked-out teeth, ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). It might be strange to think of competition as a social skill, but its purpose is key to our social structures. Today’s competitive interaction will help you decide how best to spend your time and who best to spend it with. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Talk can be ...

What they really hate

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the “Father of the Constitution”: “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and ...

Booker’s Spartacus moment

It was Day Three of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings when Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J,, launched his 2020 presidential bid as a Thracian gladiator. His eyes glimmering pools of earnestness, Booker girded his loins and told the chamber that he was going to do the unthinkable. He was going to put ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: “Lisa,” a friend with whom I went to high school, got rhinoplasty, aka a nose job, between high school and college. Don’t ask me why; I think she had a beautiful face beforehand, but that’s a tale for another letter. I’m writing to you about a disagreement that’s come ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). When loved ones struggle to find the right way to tell their story, your talent kicks in. You can help because you see things in people they don’t see themselves. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your eyes not only complete the smile, they can smile all their own if ...

Trump lacks real humor

Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain’s gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted that when ...

Kavanaugh faces hostility

Since Robert Bork’s “borking” 30 years ago, Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for a high court nominee by a Republican president have become predictable. Democrats, who favor a “living Constitution,” meaning whatever they think the founding document ought to say, are pitted ...

Kavanaugh could help

Some people are very angry about President Trump’s new Supreme Court pick. “Hell no, Kavanaugh! He is a dangerous man!” protesters shouted on the steps of the Supreme Court. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand yelled, “What is at stake is freedom for LGBTQ Americans, for equal rights, civil ...

Conservatives shut out

Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill this week, executives from Twitter and Facebook did little to assuage conservatives’ legitimate concern that they’re being unfairly censored on social media while liberal voices are given unfiltered access on the ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). A special friendship is gathering momentum. Not only is it bigger than the sum of its parts but it’s also as though the relationship is an entity with a life all its own. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What matters to you personally matters in the larger scheme, too. ...

The flawed look back

The passing of Senator John McCain was marked by a sea of eulogies mourning the end of an era of civility and compromise. What has happened, they ask, to those noble, bipartisan days of yesteryear, and how have we descended into today’s crude and primitive tribalism? I read this stuff ...

‘Norms’ is two-way street

Many of the current president’s critics on the left insist that they are standing up for norms of democratic conduct and for democracy itself. Some are sincere. Neal Katyal, for example, who served as principal deputy solicitor general in the Obama administration, endorsed Neil Gorsuch for ...

‘Socialism’ in spotlight

What’s with all this socialism business? A handful of lefty candidates are calling themselves socialists without a single radical socialistic item on their promise lists. They seem to have little idea of what socialism is. And most of the conservatives talking back to them don’t seem to ...

Todd undermines himself

Apparently, a weekly show on NBC and a nightly show on MSNBC weren’t large enough platforms for Chuck Todd to complain about troublesome conservatives, so he’s written an article for the liberal magazine The Atlantic titled “It’s Time for the Press to Stop Complaining — and to Start ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). What is it called when an emoji shows up one way on one device and another way on a different device? Maybe there’s no name for it, but it’s an echo of what happens with real emotions today. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Think of today’s challenge like a game, and ...