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WASHINGTON – Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger tried to get himself thrown out of the Army by dressing in women’s clothes instead of his uniform in the television series “M*A*S*H.”Klinger was a welcome character in America’s living rooms because he was only pretending to be unhinged. He just wanted to get out of the bloody Korean War.Last Thursday, Republican presidential …

WASHINGTON – It is settled history that William Randolph Hearst, the mega publisher portrayed in the film “Citizen Kane,” helped start the Spanish-American War of 1898.Half a century later, Ambassador Joseph Kennedy plied Washington columnist Arthur Krock with hospitality, whiskey and more to suborn him to help lay a path for son John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s successfu…

WASHINGTON – What was it all about, Bernie? It can be set to the Burt Bacharach/Hal David tune made famous by Dionne Warwick, who sang: “What’s it All About, Alfie.”One line in the song offered “Something even non-believers can believe in.”The platform proposed by democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders served up generous slices of “Something … (to) belie…

WASHINGTON – Even some former FBI agents are perplexed by FBI Director Jim Comey’s decision to recommend that no criminal charges be brought against Hillary Clinton after a yearlong investigation into some of the issues surrounding her decision to use a personal email server and several other vulnerable private email links.In a letter to 13,000 alumni, Larry Langberg, …

WASHINGTON – Our Declaration of Independence, 240 years old today, makes liberal use of the Almighty’s name to justify rebellion against Great Britain.Incantations such as “endowed by their Creator” and “God’s” natural law and “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world” are sprinkled through this beautiful document to inspire the 13 colonies to face cer…

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton has made the quick pivot from fending off Sen. Bernie Sanders to stomping on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.An underlying cause is that hitting Trump is much easier than wrestling with Sanders, his issues and the 12 million who voted for him in the primaries. Clinton’s phalanx of media pals are pretending that the Sander…

WASHINGTON – It’s five months before Election Day, but one prediction is safer than any other – Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is going to become majority leader of the U.S. Senate next year. In addition to all other elements, Donald Trump is making that possible, virtually inevitable.Last year, Schumer was designated by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid to succeed Reid as top kic…

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…