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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 …

WASHINGTON – Thanks to congressional gutlessness, President Trump may not actually need a terrorist or other crisis to seize more power. Trump has committed an outrage a week – or is it an outrage a day? He’s getting away with it. The latest is Trump’s deployment of ground combat forces to the morass in Syria. The first combat boots on the ground in that endles…

WASHINGTON – There is a temptation to blame the many apparent flubs of the Donald Trump administration on the president’s supposed impetuousness, on the boyishness and inexperience of this 70-year-old mogul. As in the bawling out that Gen. George Patton got from a senior officer in the movie “Patton,” who said: “Remember, your worst enemy is your own big mouth…

“Elysium” is the way ancient Greeks described a piece of heaven. Let me explain: For you, it is like hearing guitarist Ana Vidovic play “Cavatina.” My Elysium was a bar hidden on Pearl Street in Buffalo, just behind what then was the Art Moderne W.T. Grant department store at Main and Huron streets. The place was called Jew Murphy’s Omega Steel Bar and Gril…

WASHINGTON – Where are the grown-ups? Part II. It’s way too early to draw tight parallels between the fall of France in 1940 and the opening moments of the era of Trump. But with President Trump’s election and widespread grief over Hillary Clinton’s Electoral College defeat, it is beneficial to keep in mind – somewhere at the back of the head – the factor…

WASHINGTON – Not so fast. Supporters of President-elect Donald J. Trump are boasting that their proposed nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court will change the political face of the high tribunal for more than a generation. They are claiming their set of jurists will be in the mold of the late, archconservative Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. The right wing thinks the …

WASHINGTON – This presidential campaign set new standards for being zany, bitterly ugly, dispiriting as well as the most expensive. And the disruptions might not end tonight, or this year. Yet there were other contests in the 20th century that had their wild moments: For example, the way President Harry S. Truman beat all the odds by outrunning the Republican ca…

WASHINGTON – The big job waiting for the next class of legislators, and the new president, is to clean up the colossal mess the U.S. Supreme Court, under Chief Justice John Roberts, has made of our government, our society and institutions. The calamity is created by three rulings of the Roberts court: One decision offers hope to Albany’s arch fixer, convicted for…

WASHINGTON – Are some of us expecting too much of our political candidates in the matter of virtue? Old-fashioned notions about honesty, truth-telling, financial responsibility and respect for others, for example? And decency? Hacked emails and old videotapes are showing us slices of these presidential nominees and their aides that voters might never have known about …

Taking a last bite into his cigarette, reporter Jimmy Desmond leaned toward then Assembly Speaker Tony Travia of Brooklyn and growled, “When you got bought last year, did you stay bought? Or is this a new arena?” Without blinking, the Democratic leader announced, “it’s a noo ye-ah, a noo bill and a noo arena.” In 1963, Desmond was Albany correspondent for t…