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WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s plunge into political suicide did not begin with his invented controversy over a “Mexican” federal judge, or with a lawsuit filed by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman three years ago against Trump “University.”Trump’s respect for law comes into question when it is realized that his tangle over this fake university began 11 l…

At noon today, members and friends of Buffalo’s West Side Rowing Club will gather – for the 70th time – at the club’s flagpole to honor its war dead. This time, as in so many times, there will be something special involved.The club will have its revered Gold Star banner safely returned, after an odd and contentious journey spanning decades.Until the clubhouse burne…

WASHINGTON – “Rub raw the sores of discontent,” a community organizer from Chicago named Saul Alinsky defiantly urged years ago.He also worked in Buffalo in the 1970s, and helped get black workers into the mob-run, segregated construction trades unions.Lately, the tactics of agitation have gone national. And while they have done some good, they have also produced mus…

WASHINGTON – The American people, with forgettable exceptions, have great faith in the FBI and its leadership.We believe in the integrity of its top brass, its processes and most certainly in the average FBI special agent. The FBI is perhaps the only federal agency in which the public does still believe.That trust is being put to a test, however, because of the handling …

WASHINGTON – Politically, the week ended in puzzlement, ended even in misery for some.Donald Trump’s sudden triumph over all his rivals was quickly spoiled when House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., rained on Trump’s parade. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., scored a massive upset in Indiana that got little notice by the mainstream media.Meanwhile, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who i…

WASHINGTON – In a touching postscript to last Tuesday’s presidential primaries in New York, The Buffalo News published some anxious reflections on politics voiced by high school students studying in Erie County.Written by NeXt correspondent Allison Rapp of Kenmore West High School, the report ended with her observation that the Nov. 8 presidential election is not “so…

WASHINGTON – On the eve of what he hopes will be a pivotal victory – New York’s Republican primary election – Donald Trump is behaving like the Washington Irving character who woke up from a long sleep.Trump thinks it’s 1968 again. He thinks – hopes? – there will be a riot at the Republican National Convention if he isn’t nominated. Trump has used his own t…

WASHINGTON – Who would remember where they were on June 1, 1976, even if they were of a cognizant age? Maybe planning to attend some event connected with the nation’s bicentennial.On that day, then Gov. Hugh L. Carey, a Democrat, pounded a large rusty iron spike deeply into democracy. Like the sparrow or a tree falling in the woods, no one heard the hammer. Carey proba…

WASHINGTON – The passenger train dispatchers in today’s railroad stations are all said to be descended from one in Albany, N.Y. He wore a navy blue blouse with gold buttons, and a smart blue cap with a gold band around the brow. This one official – I never learned his name – would call out arrivals and departures through a megaphone.“The Stuyvesant, Number one-fo…

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court treated this nation to a shameful exercise last Wednesday. It heard arguments, forced by the Obama administration, that Christian organizations, notably, the Little Sisters of the Poor, had to provide health insurance to pay for sterilizations, abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives.All of which are repugnant to the sisters’ vows, one…

WASHINGTON – As vulgar and repulsive as he is, businessman Donald Trump has successfully hit on an issue that has helped capture the attention and support of the middle class, voters who are predominantly white and male. It’s known as foreign trade.The steady loss of American manufacturing jobs and the shipping of factories to Mexico and the Far East is a problem the p…

WASHINGTON – Pope Francis managed to say the obvious in comments during a trip to Bolivia last July. Eight months later, the Obama administration is still struggling to give it a name.“Today we are dismayed to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus,” Francis s…

WASHINGTON – An estimated four out of five people who could vote in this week’s Super Tuesday primaries will sit out those elections. That 20 percent, or fewer, who do take part in Republican primaries in 13 states will decide whether a man with the manners and platform of a motorcycle gang leader will continue his march toward the White House. (New York’s primaries …

WASHINGTON – If only we had an all-seeing judge like the jurist Morgan Freeman played in the 1990 film, “The Bonfire of the Vanities.”“What is justice?” “Judge” Freeman asked the riotous courtroom, set in New York City. Crooked prosecutors and quarrelling neighborhood spectators had torn up the place.“Justice is the law,” he went on. “And the law is man…

WASHINGTON – Too often, the Democratic primary campaign for the presidential nomination leaves us where it began months ago: Yesterday.The debate in Milwaukee Thursday night featured a stooped, white-haired man in his mid-70s, branded as a Ben & Jerry’s soft “socialist,” and a former senator from New York who is always looking over her shoulder.Hillary Rodham Clint…