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It seems to us: Trump’s new reality, civics is making a comeback and pressure’s on the NFL

So, which is it? The Donald was going to run for governor … or not? As News TV critic Alan Pergament reported, Donald Trump told a recent news conference in Pasadena, Calif., “No, I was never going to run for governor. I never wanted to run for governor.”

Fooled us. And Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy and the 2010 Republican nominee, Carl P. Paladino, who both worked hard trying to persuade the reality TV star to run. He finally announced in March 2014 that he would not get into the governor’s race.

The Donald is now dangling the possibility that he might run for president in 2016. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, well, you know. We’ll look for The Donald to stay on TV.

It’s hard to see why this one didn’t pass unanimously. In Arizona, students will have to pass the equivalent of the U.S. citizenship test in order to get a high school diploma. Legislators in the Republican-controlled state passed the bill – the first such requirement in the country – and Gov. Doug Ducey signed it last week. The bill won the support of all the legislature’s 53 Republicans, but just 10 of the 27 Democrats.

What could the objection possibly be? Civics classes were once the norm in American education, and without it, students are growing up with little knowledge of – and less appreciation for – the benefits of American life. Surely if it’s good enough for immigrants, it ought to be standard for those lucky enough to be born here.

With everything that’s happening in the world right now, it’s comforting to know that important news can still make its way into the public consciousness. We’re referring, of course, to the cheaters among the New England Patriots and the NFL scandal mindlessly called “deflategate.”

Eleven of 12 game balls used by the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC championship game were underinflated, making them potentially easier to handle. The Patriots crushed the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, to reach the Super Bowl.

The league is investigating, and if it finds coach Bill Belichick knew about it, it should get serious, even more serious than when it fined him $500,000 in 2007, the last time the Pats were caught cheating.

Now back to war, taxes and the 2016 presidential race.