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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, r…

WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was on point when he rebuked President Trump’s fishing expedition for seeking detailed information on 50 states’ voting records. Cuomo said it is nothing more than an effort to validate the president’s lurid claim that millions voted illegally in last year’s presidential election. Trump has repeatedly claimed that the alleged …

WASHINGTON – When delegates were feverishly searching for compromise on a Declaration of Independence 231 years ago, economics – business – was their main concern. The document was primarily about taxes and trade restrictions imposed by Britain’s mad King George III. It was chiefly about how to lawfully get money and keep it. However, the declaration is larded w…

WASHINGTON – Many thoughtful observers say this is not the time to become ensnared in the politics of gun control while the life of one of the top leaders of the House Republican majority hangs in the balance. Everyone’s prayers should be with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his family, and all victims of the horrendous near-massacre at a baseball field in Ale…

WASHINGTON – How long will this go on? House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offered some bad news on this score immediately after the long-awaited appearance of former FBI Director James Comey before a Senate Committee last week. Indicating that the House Republican majority is solidly behind President Trump, Ryan said the clumsy things the president said to Comey, which …

WASHINGTON – This holiday is now by custom preserved for family gatherings. And sport; and for those lucky enough to live near glorious Lakes Erie and Ontario, all kinds of water sports. But for a shrinking number of Americans, it is still a day for mourning this nation’s hundreds of thousands of war dead. Memorial Day could be a day for us to persistently demand an…

WASHINGTON – It will be like this. Just as in 1974 when GOP leaders shambled into President Richard Nixon’s office, a squad of Republican sachems will settle into soft chairs in the Oval Office and tell President Donald J. Trump that it’s over. The main difference between the 1974 visitors and today’s is that the earlier Republicans, who were in the minority, kn…

WASHINGTON – Will they glow in the dark? That is, Republican Congressmen Chris Collins of Clarence and Tom Reed of Corning? Their two votes put across a health care bill that might well have been written by insurance industry lobbyists at the Trump University School of Medicine. At the close of Thursday’s razor-thin vote, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pe…

WASHINGTON – To paraphrase a line from an old debate, “I knew Jack Kemp. Jack was a friend of mine. And Donald Trump, you’re no Jack Kemp.” Partisans of President Trump’s tax cut plan – they call it the biggest tax cut plan in the history of the whole world – are comparing it with the 1981 tax bill co-sponsored by the late, revered Rep. Jack Kemp, a Republ…

WASHINGTON – Like the lost “armada” led by the aircraft carrier USS Vinson, President Trump’s grand economic plan is almost all sizzle and no beef. Trump’s firebrand pledges to, in effect, make China eat dirt for “stealing American jobs,” a vow that wowed 2016 rallies in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, are now ashes in his mouth. There are two reasons …

WASHINGTON – That religious bigotry is again on the march is no surprise. Actually, it’s hatred of the other person’s creed, or spleen against any creed. The malady can take any form, even bigotry in the name of tolerance. At the University of Notre Dame, for example. Notre Dame is a Catholic university, one of a handful of large, traditional schools remaining. …

WASHINGTON – The world and the American people are waiting for answers to three questions prompted by President Trump’s attack on Syria. What did it prove? What did it change? What now? First, some background: According to international agencies such as the United Nations, and our own Congressional Research Service, there have been at least 60 chemical weapons at…

WASHINGTON – President Trump, so-called, had his silly “drain the swamp” slogan slapped back at him by one of the Republican congressmen who refused to vote for his jerry-built scheme to replace Obamacare. “It didn’t take long for the swamp to drain Donald Trump,” tweeted Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., after the president threatened to defeat in next year’s e…

WASHINGTON – Pleadings for “states rights” are usually associated with the segregationist presidential candidates George C. Wallace and Strom Thurmond. Now this lame, discredited slogan is being sold by President Trump to justify the savage, disabling financial and staffing cuts in programs that are restoring the Great Lakes. Trump’s budget will undo nearly a…

WASHINGTON – President Trump has troubles with judges in Canada, too. However, former President Barack Obama did not appoint these jurists, and none are “Mexicans” or “haters.” Canada’s high court,  the Court of Appeal, has ruled in favor of two who felt willfully defrauded, cheated in their investments in the Trump organization’s 66-story Trump Tower in …