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Not worth $735 million

On election night 2016, Mark Schlissel, the University of Michigan’s president, addressed more than 1,000 students, declaring that the 90 percent of them who had favored the losing candidate had rejected “hate.” He thereby effectively made those who disagreed with him and with the campus ...

Can’t resist temptation

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, uttered a forlorn sentiment at a Center for American Progress conference. She said Democrats can’t spend all their time bemoaning President Donald Trump’s existence, and that her voters care more about soybean exports than Russian ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Last fall, my friend “Olive” and her boyfriend of five years, “John,” broke up. Of course, I wasn’t happy to see her going through the tough emotions that come with any breakup, but man, I sure was happy to see that guy out of the picture. He was a jerk. He cheated on her ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Turf becomes increasingly important to those who don’t have enough of their own to feel comfortable. A territorial struggle ends happily by reapportionment. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What’s very important to one person is extremely petty to the next. The ...

From Russia with love

Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump and the Russians colluded to rig the 2016 presidential election so far has borne little fruit. The Democrats and their media allies would love to find some Russian collusion and interference. I can help them discover some, but ...

Dems no friend to Israel

Do Democrats truly stand for democracy, LGBT and women’s rights, or even freedom? Perhaps those values are merely talking points used to garner votes, because if progressives truly cared about human rights they claim to espouse, they wouldn’t have boycotted the U.S. delegation in Israel ...

Republicans failing fear test

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” he could not have foreseen today’s Republican Party. A bill authored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that would require the federal government to balance the budget each year was soundly ...

Divide still clear

American voters tend to view national political leaders more positively after they have exited center stage than they did when they were in office. For example, George W. Bush, whom voters viewed unfavorably by a 2-1 margin in his last year in the White House, reversed his numbers and ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I’ve never written to one of these columns before, but I do read them. My family recently bought a home in a large development in the South. We don’t own a dog at this time but have in the past. The neighborhood is full of dog owners who walk their dogs and let them do their ...

Amazon fighting back

Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it’s going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that’s not how the politicians describe their plan, but that’s probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle’s city council want all big ...

Race hustlers ‘colluded’

President Donald Trump rejects the narrative that Russia wanted him to win. USA Today examined each of the 3,517 Facebook ads bought by the Russian-based Internet Research Agency, the company that employed 12 of the 13 Russians indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for interfering with the ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). When action meets opportunity, things take off. But without truth, those things can go as fast and far as they want and they will not make a lick of difference. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re game for whatever way the adventure is delivered, and so you’re ...

Trump and Israel test

I was privileged to attend the dedication of the new American embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018 — an event of enormous import that will remain with me forever. I am deeply grateful to Ambassador David Friedman and his wife, Tammy, for inviting me to this historic event. The United ...

Right must reckon with gap

The conventional image of baby boomer political rebellion features a young left-wing activist organizing, protesting or otherwise agitating, ideally with Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” playing in the background: “There’s something happening here / What it is ain’t ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Preferences don’t really make a thing superior or inferior. A better fit doesn’t mean a thing is objectively a better item; it’s just a better item for the person it fits. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Stories have big power, but only if they’re believed and ...

Prosperity exacts price

It’s the craziest thing. Factory towns that bled both jobs and people still have a fine housing stock, cheap for lack of demand. Booming tech centers, meanwhile, attract battalions of newcomers despite their soaring housing costs and growing congestion. Can’t something be worked out ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I’m in a relationship with someone whom I thought would care about and love me. I met this man almost 10 years ago. My adult son, “Barry,” lives with us, though he will be moving out soon. My partner gets home from work and complains to me about little things Barry does. ...

Containment: the only way?

The path to today's problems with Iran passed through the University of Chicago squash court where on Dec. 2, 1942, for 4.5 minutes physicist Enrico Fermi, making calculations on a slide rule, achieved the controlled release of energy from an atomic nucleus. Historian Richard Rhodes says that ...

Kayne and the Democrats

In the aftermath of the Kanye West dust-up, my heart goes out to the white people who control the Democratic Party. My pity stems from the hip-hop megastar's November announcement to his packed concert audience that he did not vote in the presidential election but if he had, he would have voted ...

Horse slaughter is horror

When Donald Trump said, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters," it's a good thing he didn't say horses. The stampede would have been swift and ugly. I should know. In a previous column published on the hooves of the Kentucky Derby, I ...