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WASHINGTON — It was the late senator from Hell's Kitchen, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who cautioned his fellow Democrats: "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." Moynihan was referring to his party's love of spending other people's borrowed money. The saying might apply better these days to the Republicans' loose- lipped president, Donald Trump, whose mouth repeate…

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WASHINGTON – Looking to the midterm House and Senate elections, the Democratic congressional leaders, Sen. Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, seem ready to let the processes already in motion work themselves out. Neither of them is joining the small chorus of itchy Democrats who are calling for impeachment of President Trump. Schumer and Pelosi h…

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WASHINGTON – The prosperous Republicans who in past years flocked to fundraisers on Buffalo’s Middlesex Road and Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Lancaster are looking at a drastically changed Republican Party today. President Trump has totally flipped it in the last 11 months. The GOP’s traditional concern for a balanced budget and keeping the national debt under control…

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WASHINGTON – Wish good luck to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council, representing Native Americans and Canadians along the New York/Canadian border. They have asked President Trump for an apology. They want this president of the United States to stop exploiting indigenous people, using them as props. The Mohawks were among those who protested Trump’s inviting a group of …

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WASHINGTON – Think of the tax revision bill that just passed the House as “The Son of Citizens United v. F.E.C. Tax Bill.” The title refers to the infamous 2010 Supreme Court ruling that unleashed the torrent of secret, and unlimited, corporate and union campaign cash on this town. It changed politics and governance in America by moving both behind the curtains, perhaps fo…

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WASHINGTON – The savage whipping the Republicans suffered on Election Day has excited Democrats’ hunger for an impeachment of President Trump. The interest comes mainly from Democratic back benchers like Reps. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Al Green of Texas and Pramila Jayapal of Washington State. Ever hear of them? Wiser heads, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of…

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WASHINGTON – No one lost their heads 11 years ago when a select Brown University committee revealed that many of its 18th century board members, including a man whose family lent its name to the place, had been deeply involved in the slave trade. The university’s modern leadership, then headed by Ruth Simmons, Brown’s first woman and first African-American president, is…

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WASHINGTON – Sometimes the most important news is what is not happening. Just a month after the wanton slaughter of 58 souls by makeshift machine guns in Las Vegas, Nev., the event has slipped from the news cycle. There’s been no significant reaction from Congress other than an outburst from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and a Facebook post by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-B…

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WASHINGTON – In September 2000, a brash Long Island congressman named Rick Lazio aggressively invaded Hillary Clinton’s space during a debate in Buffalo for the U.S. Senate and sent her on her way politically. Or so it seemed. Supported by an immense back shop, unlimited money and a strong sense of entitlement, Clinton was unstoppable. Her destiny was to become the firs…

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WASHINGTON – “Phenomenon” is a big word. Too big probably. What else can capture the radical transition from the presidency of Barack Obama to Donald Trump and the emergence, right in the open, of the alt-right, Nazis and what is known as antifa? Antifa is like mercury, like quicksilver. It stands for anti-fascist. It has no headquarters, it has no agreed national leade…

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WASHINGTON – “Sacred heart of Jefferson Davis!” the Southern matriarch of the fictitious Burnside family exclaimed in the 1950s hit film, “Auntie Mame.” That line about the president of the Confederacy was sort of funny then, when Jim Crow was firmly in place in the Democratic Party and the statues of the generals of the traitorous Confederate States sat defiantly on their…

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WASHINGTON – North Korea is not Switzerland, or Belgium. Over the course of several generations, North Korea has become a hereditary, disciplined aggressor culture – meaning its people. It is led by an increasingly warlike leader, who has solidified his power by murdering his rivals, including his relatives, in cold blood. From 1950 onward, and even before, the regim…

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WASHINGTON – One byproduct of the late unlamented Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare is a strong Democratic push for universal health care in the 2018 House and Senate races for control of Congress. Fueling this new interest are the astonishing support Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scored in his seeming solo campaign for president, and the botched GOP attempt to repea…

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WASHINGTON – Two words lately lost on many Republicans in Congress are disinterest and generosity, particularly in the way their behavior impacts health care policy. “Disinterest” is an old-fashioned word, meaning impartiality. It can also mean “stewardship,” a 19th century Revivalist term, meaning the responsibility of the more fortunate to provide for the less lucky. …

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WASHINGTON – To paraphrase English author Charles Dickens, we are on the brink of “the worst of times” in our national government. Dickens wrote about France’s Reign of Terror in the 18th century when the regime was beheading its supposed enemies at will. The FBI and the federal prosecution team in Manhattan – once headed by James Comey and Preet Bharara, respectivel…