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WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan, the spineless, now lame-duck, speaker of the House, says he wants to spend more time with his wife and three children in Wisconsin. Ryan is worried about them, the Republican indicated. OK. My late wife and I raised three children who produced 10 grandchildren in all. I am worried about their physical welfare. You should worry about your kids, to…

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WASHINGTON - A long time ago, a Republican sage from the upstate village of Alexander, Rep. Barber B. Conable, told me the "genius" of the founders of our republic was to create a government that made it difficult to do anything radical. Conable was of another day: A Marine veteran of the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, a legal scholar, reformer, who was able to lead…

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WASHINGTON  – It's become ever more hazardous to write anything positive about President Trump because every time he appears to do something constructive, Trump takes a step – or two – back. The president did something highly constructive when he announced well-merited taxes on imported steel and aluminum. The howls of protest from the Establishment were predictable, co…

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WASHINGTON — The phrase "rope-a-dope" comes to mind when watching President Trump deal with the youngsters' crusade against lethal firearms and the eternal controversy on DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The term was invented by a sportswriter about 40 years ago to explain how boxer Mohammed Ali defeated a bigger and stronger and seemingly tougher George…

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WASHINGTON — It is now a ritual, and uniquely American. Its predictability is almost like the Catholic Mass, and many of the old mainline Protestant services. First, the introit: Republican Gov. Rick Scott, in a meticulously starched shirt leading the press conference. Closely followed by Parkland, Florida's prevailing top cop, Sheriff Scott Israel in aviator sunglasses…

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WASHINGTON — Every year in the fall, my American Legion Post – Virginia 176 – takes part in a "bridge walk." Boy Scouts, local politicians and merchants join in. There are no weapons deployed, except for a ceremonial rifle or two; there are no tanks. Just real veterans, survivors of our terrible wars. Flags waving, they march across a small arterial bridge near I-95 to …

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WASHINGTON — The hours following the three-day shutdown of the federal government have revealed how much congressional Democrats, particularly in the Senate, have been pulled to the liberal left. The national media, too. Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Democratic minority leader, was bent on preventing the public from blaming his party for defunding the governm…

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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…