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When I was dating my wife (and still pretending to be charming), I once suggested we grab an old blanket, purchase a generous supply of processed lunchmeat and go on a picnic.
Is it possible to pluck one newsworthy moment from June 26’s cacophonous 10-contestant Democratic quiz show? You bet.
“The customer is always right.” Not any more he isn’t. See if this sounds familiar. I get an email from someone who works for a title company about signing papers for a closing on a house. The only part of the email that matters here is the end: “If you have any questions, please call or email.”
It is often said our nation’s capital is filled with wealthy college-educated elites operating in a company town where everything is transactional.
The last time my family made the five-hour road trip to Galveston Island (a.k.a. The Playground of the South), we didn’t get much playtime.
Last week, Elham Pourtaher, an Iranian graduate student at the State University of New York in Albany, wrote about how U.S. policies cause suffering and trauma far beyond U.S. borders.
Social Security is at the forefront of keeping your online data secure, but you play a vital role in safeguarding your personal information, too.
Many teens take a significant step toward adulthood when they get behind the wheel (and stereo volume controls) of their own vehicles.
What’s the correlation between hallucinogens and a proposed pay raise for members of Congress? I think we all know the answer to that, but let’s review.
An unprecedented event took place when President Donald Trump gave Attorney General William Barr authority to declassify millions of pages of sensitive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court material, investigative documents and related material to assist with the investigation into the genesis of the Trump-Russia investigation.
I've been thinking about the concept of universal child care ever since a chance encounter with a mother I'll refer to as Suzy and her youngster whom I'll call Blake.
When the school year draws to a close, parents begin looking forward to the slower pace of summer – with a less regimented schedule, relaxing family vacations, and a long list of menial household chores to inflict upon the children anytime they mention being bored.
Whether you’re Republican, Democrat or Independent, can we agree on one thing? Out of simple fairness, can we agree that the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote in November – across all 50 states and the District of Columbia - should be guaranteed the presidency?
For the first time in our history, Americans now have to consider elections as a national security target.
Justin Amash, a rare Republican congressman who refuses to genuflect at Donald Trump’s feet, has been taking heat lately for daring to speak his mind. But bless his heart, he couldn’t care less.
Ask someone over the age of 40 what made George Washington so outstanding and you’ll likely get back an answer having something to do with leadership.
To you and me, the meaning of the word “temporary” is generally clear.
Members of the Arizona State Legislature can do their part to vanquish big money in politics and create a level playing field for all who want a say in government.
Spring in East Texas always announces its arrival with an annual tree-pollen allergy apocalypse, followed by our own version of monsoon season, when most residents consider trading in their pickups for four-wheel drive dinghies.
With the $7,500 tax credit for electric car buyers already in the phase out period for the two biggest manufacturers – Tesla and GM – it’s no surprise that many Democrats in Congress are clamoring to lift the cap and keep the subsidies flowing.
But the difference between those athletes and the current crop of social justice warriors/players is that the heroes from the past broke social barriers and worked toward a more perfect justice by being the best they could be in their fields.
Joe Biden did Donald Trump a huge favor when he announced his presidential run with a campaign ad that featured the tragedy of Charlottesville as a central theme. I don’t think he meant to, because the obvious intention was to paint the current occupant of the White House as a racist who thinks some neo-Nazis are good people.
Galveston, Texas, affectionately known as “Galvatraz” by some of its residents and visitors, really gets a bad rap. Maybe it’s because this coastal resort city on the Gulf of Mexico features sand and water that often resemble the aftermath of a 24-hour stomach virus, only less inviting.
After (falsely) claiming total exoneration from the release of a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, President Trump has dug in his heels even further, telling reporters that the White House was fighting “all the subpoenas” from Democrats in the House of Representatives.
If you happen to watch “Veep,” you’re surely familiar with Jonah
I don’t have any student debt and it isn’t because I was born into a wealthy family.
It’s not entirely clear what went wrong with Musk’s rocket company SpaceX’s recent test of its Crew Dragon launch vehicle, but something did. The smoke sent billowing upwards into Florida’s warm spring air earlier this week suggests the problem was something major.
Life with daughters is full of important questions.
The boys of summer will be boys and it’s high time Major League Baseball did something about it.
The dust has settled, the votes have been counted, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been reelected to serve Israel for a record-setting fifth term.
President Trump and the media have an interesting relationship. Each is the object of the other’s obsession, though neither seems willing to admit it.
It’s been just a week since Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to resign from her post. While her departure was long overdue, it is also a sobering reminder of two critical facts in the age of Trump.
I don’t care about President Trump’s tax returns.
To those cheering for the downfall of Joe Biden or who’ve already predicted the end of his political career, take a deep breath and consider objectively whether the former vice president is the best hope for defeating President Trump next year.
It's time for another installment of "Things you should do before all you have to look forward to is your weekly sponge bath from Nurse Brickbat. "
What is the simplest and quickest thing that Americans can do to lower their utility bills and fight the pollution causing climate change?
I know it comes as a terrible shock that there are those among us who attempt to breach the sanctity of “emotional support animal” appropriateness but, alas, we have arrived.
Attorneys general from California and other liberal states - many of which already ban payday loans - sent a nasty letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger last week opposing her proposal to relax the Obama-era rules that would severely restrict the availability of payday, vehicle title, and other small-dollar loans.
In a recent column on the mating dance between Big Government and Big Tech, I noted that “Big Tech wants to be regulated by Big Governments because regulation makes it more difficult and expensive for new competitors to enter the market.”
Every American voter, no matter where they live, should be politically relevant in every presidential election.
I’ll begin by getting the familiar disclaimers out of the way. Reporters aren’t robots.
Ah, springtime, when trees begin to bud, robins start nesting and daylight savings time launches its soul-crushing intrusion into the lives of the American people.
On Wednesday, President Trump surprised the gaggle of White House reporters waiting to see him depart for Ohio.
It isn’t Facebook’s fault that a gunman went on a murderous rampage and killed 50 people at two New Zealand mosques.
As a social experiment I once asked random people on the street what they would do if they won $10 million.
Apologies are like diamonds: When they’re authentic, their value is incalculable.
Bribing your way into college. Who would have thought?
You’re more likely to see a unicorn walking down Michigan Avenue than roving bands of street thugs wearing “Make America Great Again” hats in Democratic-dominated Chicago. Still, there weren’t many reporters who considered that fact, or the many other holes in actor Justin Smollett’s made-up hate crime, before running with the story.
After several years of driving with a clean record, most of it while I was awake, the unthinkable happened. On a recent drive, after turning up the radio while singing along with the high parts of Boston’s “More than a Feeling,” I looked into my rearview mirror and saw something we all dread.
Just days ago, President Donald Trump finally signed a bipartisan bill to keep the U.S. government open and functioning for longer than a stopgap amount of time. He also declared a national emergency in order to do what the funding bill didn’t: reallocate money for his border wall.
It’s a terrible story. Unconscionable. Justin “Jussie” Smollett, a black, gay actor, told police that he was attacked by two racist Trump supporters on a Chicago street Jan. 29.
According to NBC News, we are in the early stages of mood forecasting technology that could help stop bad moods even before they strike.
Now that the inevitable moment of truth has finally arrived - with Donald Trump in banana republic mode, concocting a phony national emergency, flouting the will of Congress and trampling its constitutional spending power - we will soon learn whether he has fatally infuriated the Fellowship of the Furrowed Brow.
We are seeing, in real time, what happens when you get your medical advice from YouTube.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), about half of Americans are currently trying to lose weight, many of them employing strategies like switching from peanut M&M’s to the plain variety, or drinking more Cherry Coke to increase their intake of fruit.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao did the right thing when she put the brakes on the Obama administration’s regulatory mandate that would have forced an expensive technology called dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) in all new cars and trucks sold in America.
There are people, particularly in areas like Philadelphia where progressives tend to congregate, who cannot understand why anyone would have voted for Donald Trump
Just when I was convinced that Republicans and Democrats in Congress couldn’t order a pizza without a six-month debate, there’s this.
Another government shutdown is looming. Rather than quietly admitting defeat on his border wall stand, President Trump has punted the issue to a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
Early in Peter Jackson’s film “The Fellowship of the Ring,” Frodo Baggins discovers that he possesses the One Ring – forged thousands of years earlier by the Dark Lord Sauron, and lost when he was defeated in a great battle with elves and men.
When the holidays have ended and I’ve digested enough homemade snack mix to construct an imposing and delicious wall of heavily seasoned Chex cereal along the entire U. S.-Mexico border, retailers throughout the country often place deep discounts on exciting big-ticket items like televisions, luxury furniture, and septic tanks.
Owners of the Giants baseball team have never struck me as stupid – greedy, perhaps, since they shamelessly sell a bottle of Bud for eight times what it’s worth, but not stupid.
That seemed obvious when a newsroom colleague said it to me some 20 years ago. We had received information – which turned out to be unfounded – regarding some salacious stories about a local politician.
At the tail end of last week, the Department of Defense released an overdue report on the effects of climate change on military bases in the United States.
My last column’s reference to a report of a Dutch airliner that was diverted due to a passenger’s flagrant flatulence at 30,000 feet received such a resounding response (at least from my big brother) that I’ve decided to devote this entire piece to other newsworthy incidents of a gastrointestinal character.
I never thought I would have to apologize for this but here goes. Yes, I have, indeed, asked my wife to make a salad. And not just any salad. This was a salad that fed a large family.
Nobody has yet figured out the opportunity costs associated with keeping failing companies afloat.
True news: Donald Trump storms out of a White House meeting after he doesn’t get what he wants (billions of dollars for a fake crisis), and tells off congressional Democratic leaders by tweeting, “bye bye.” His cultists duly applaud.
Facing an unruly band of newly-installed members of the House clamoring for impeachment proceedings against President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been a voice of moderation, urging caution while warning that a move to drive the president from office in the absence of clear, irrefutable evidence of wrongdoing does not enjoy majority support in the country and will backfire on her party.
Americans are justifiably angry that we pay the highest prescription drugs prices in the world, an anger President Trump tapped into on the campaign trail.
With the smells of the holidays (among other things) still hanging in the air, it’s time for another one of those annoying “Year in Review” segments that make you want to drown yourself in leftover Rotel dip.
Wondering if things will change for the better in the New Year? Here’s a handy clip ‘n’ save Precap of news certain to occur during 2019.
Is President Trump’s own Department of Justice (DOJ) poised to undermine his commitment to drain the swamp?
There are milestones you celebrate: a kid’s first step, a round-numbered birthday, a marriage anniversary. And then there are the milestones you dread: Reaching $22 trillion in national debt is one of them. We’re slated to reach that number next month, yet nobody seems to care.
Christmas is here and homes are festooned with twinkling lights, decorated trees, and culturally inaccurate Nativity sets populated by what appear to be Scandinavian fashion models, my thoughts always turn to hedgehogs.
We’re nearing the midpoint of Donald Trump’s first-term tenure – assuming he makes it to the finish line – yet we in the media still haven’t decided whether it’s wise or wasteful to award air time to Kellyanne Conway.
“First, do no harm.” That’s the most basic and sacrosanct principle in all of medicine, and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar should take serious note of it before going ahead with a poorly drawn, “race to the bottom” plan to index Medicare Part B drug prices to countries with socialized health care, where government bureaucrats undervalue and tightly ration access to lifesaving drugs and treatments developed here in the United States.
The Satanists have their statue. You might have heard that a Satanic sculpture was recently installed in the Illinois statehouse.
Some things look worse over time – bread, milk, my hairline. Other things get better – wine, cheese, Tom Brady.
In the emergency room and on the battlefield it’s easy to appreciate the wisdom of a triage system: those with the greatest need are helped first. But few of us, particularly the wealthy, apply that same type of thinking when it comes to making donations to charities.
I feared this day might come, but I wasn’t really prepared for it when it did.
We all woke up Saturday morning to the news that President George H. W. Bush had died, the man many of us called “Papa Bush” to differentiate him from his son.
President Trump recently tweeted that he wanted to end subsidies for General Motors “including for electric cars.”
I was one of the first to speak out against Twitter. In fact, I was one of the first to speak out against a lot of things - spaghetti sauce from a jar, shirtless men mowing their lawns, and the all-Christmas music radio format prior to Dec. 1.
Every good politician or political consultant, when they go to the media, goes with a set of “talking points” to put the best spin on a story coherently.
Thanks to technology, innovation, and deregulation, the American energy sector is thriving.
We’ve been taught a lesson which we would do well to commit to memory. It’s a lesson about love, respect and what is possible when, as one of my academic colleagues said, we see those on the opposite side as rivals rather than enemies.
With the result of the midterm elections coming into clearer focus, it is now clear that Democrats will hold a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives come January.
Stuck in a hotel room watching CNN the other day, I happened to catch live coverage of Donald Trump's short speech about the "First Step Act," concerning criminal justice reforms. I was bowled over.
Today, too many Americans consider Thanksgiving as a mere speed bump on the way to Christmas, a chance to fuel up for Black Friday, when they’ll need their energy to cage-fight each other for an Instant Pot shaped like R2-D2 or a television the size of Guam.
In 1981, I spent my junior year in Paris.
With the result of the midterm elections coming into clearer focus, it is now clear that Democrats will hold a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives come January.
President Trump has hundreds of unfilled presidentially-appointed positions because Democrats have stalled the nominations process out as much as their diminished power in the post-nuclear Senate has allowed.
That’s over with. And not a moment too soon. It’s usually at this point when I start reviewing what I’ve seen and heard over the past several months and try to make some sense of it, not unlike what a psychologist might do with a particularly vivid and disturbing nightmare.
Charles Dickens wrote this about the French Revolution: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair … ” There’s no better way to describe America on the morning after the midterms.
One evening, my senior year in college, there was a knock at my door.
To all of my friends who happen to be Democrats – and I do have many – I offer the following: If you’re enjoying the presidential stylings of Donald J. Trump, keep doing exactly what you’re doing. And if you want to help cement the GOP majority in the Senate, don’t change a thing.
Autumn in East Texas is usually ushered in by a yearly “cold snap,” meaning we have a few days in late September or early October when the daytime temperature drops below 90 and we don’t have to handle our seatbelt buckles with fireplace tongs.
It pays to be friends with Jared Kushner. You can get away with murder. Or so thinks Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
It was an inspiring lecture. One of my finest. And then, I brought up D-Day. Spend enough time in the classroom and you learn to read students’ faces. They say so much.
With school back in full swing, I’d like to say a few words about teachers, without whom none of us would know what in the heck to do with the word “whom.”
Regardless of your political persuasion, it’s always refreshing to hear honesty from an elected representative, no matter the agenda or party.
In the spring of 2011, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination, ending months of excitement among conservatives around his possible run. His family’s reservations under the spotlight far outweighed any political pressure he may have been feeling, and he gracefully bowed out.
Hurricane Florence tearing up the south Atlantic coast is nothing compared to the hypocrisies tearing up our country over Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Brett Kavanaugh tried to pull off her clothes at an alcohol-fueled house party when they were teenage minors.
Yes, it’s that time of year again!
Months ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed, discussed, and passed bipartisan legislation that would protect Special Counsel Mueller from a politically-motivated firing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, refuses to let the legislation come up for a vote in the full Senate.
Donald Trump may scream that we are less, and he is wrong. Colin Kaepernick may silently condemn us for being unjust, and he is wrong. They are the same, in their shameful displays of ingratitude.
You remember the truth. At the moment it’s gasping for air beneath a heap of political agendas.
Congressional Republicans continue to abet and excuse Donald Trump’s relentless assaults on democratic norms and the rule of law. But if we were to focus on one particular guy who best embodies that spinelessness, someone who is a veritable metaphor for a party in moral eclipse, I strongly nominate Ben Sasse.
As you enjoy the pleasant weather of late summer and early autumn, you are likely to encounter local wildlife. No, I don’t mean the neighbors’ children, but actual non-humanoid, indigenous animals.
On the cusp of the autumn general elections, grassroots Democrats have sharpened their message that diversity will make America great again.
A grateful nation mourns John McCain now, but was able to reach out before his death through social media and salute him.
Obama’s astonishing takeover of the automobile industry was accomplished through a process even more corrupt than his takeover of the health care sector.While both involved backroom deals, the auto takeover was sealed in a backroom from which both the American people and our elected officials were completely shut out.
The first case of what I call “#MeTwoFaced”is Asia Argento, the Italian actress most recently known as the girlfriend of Anthony Bourdain.
On August 2, we boarded the Southwest Chief here in Kingman. Our final destination was Bar Harbor, ME so we needed to take 3 different trains. Of the 3 trains that we traveled on, the Southwest Chief was the best. Nice compartments, decent food and good service.
When I watched someone who I thought was little more than a pompous, know-nothing goofball descend from his gaudy golden escalator to kick off his campaign, I thought he’d be nothing more than a laughingstock and a sideshow.
White Supremacists were supposed to descend upon Washington, D.C. this past weekend for a demonstration commemorating the anniversary of last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. One problem. Next to no one showed up.
Welcome to another installment of ‘Things You Should Do Before A Wild Saturday Night Consists Of Cruising the Aisles at Walgreen’s for Prune Juice and Denture Adhesive’!
In the interest of accuracy and representation, here is a timeline of recent events as I was involved in them: Multiple members of the public have voiced concern about the location of the Kingman Farmers Market, for varying reasons from the heat to the flag potentially being perceived by some as unwelcoming.
As you know, several weeks back there was a spoof done here in Kingman in front of a small crowd of Kingman residents by Sacha Baron Cohen, apparently a fairly well-known spoof reporter, wherein he proposed that Kingman was about to become the recipient of the largest mosque in the world outside of Mecca. I did not learn about this until Tuesday.
The lies rain down on us so relentlessly that we’re often benumbed. Shortly after Donald Trump tweeted last week that the Russians would help the Democrats win the midterms, we learned that the Russians have tried to hack the 2018 campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill - a Democrat.
This year, in my family’s ongoing quest to turn ourselves into an enormous package of extra-salty beef jerky, we decided to take a family road trip to South Padre Island, Texas, for the third summer in a row.
“90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving.”
Two House Republicans have chosen to capitulate on major agenda items on the liberal left – and are learning a familiar lesson the hard way.
Every time Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens his mouth he somehow manages to stick his foot in it. It’s not so much what he says that is harmful to both himself and his company, it’s how he says it.
In 1949, President Harry Truman led the way in forming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known today as NATO. For more than 60 years, this alliance, founded on the idea that “an attack on one is an attack on all,” has stood as a cornerstone of the interconnected world that Truman worked to build – one of allies who share common interests and common values working together for the greater good.
Other than Dallas Cowboys fans living in Philadelphia, no collection of individuals is subject to as much vitriol and opprobrium as those in public life – politics, entertainment, business, media or professional athletics.
Earlier this week, a producer from a Philadelphia television station called to inquire if I would like to come on and defend the separation of parents and children at the border.
Though it’s cliche, Memorial Day reminds us that freedom isn’t free. It costs us, sometimes dearly. This is especially true when we find ourselves unprepared for a conflict we probably should have expected to be drawn into.
What is astounding is the level of protest on the left and the right.
“There’s a great future in plastics. Think about it? Will you think about it?”
It’s been a rough week in Washington for Jared Kushner. Kushner – a senior advisor to his father-in-law, President Trump - has been formally downgraded from his Top Secret security clearance. As of the time of writing, he appears to be staying in the White House, ostensibly continuing work on his massive portfolio via a temporary clearance of a lesser level.
With wages rising and the economy strengthening, the most important priority for Congress in 2018 should be to lock in these historic accomplishments.
Chaos theory has been called the study of predicting “inherently unpredictable” systems.
President Trump’s dismissal of nations and continents peopled by those who don’t share his skin tone is frightening.
With healthcare reform in abeyance, tax reform done, and the White House starting to pivot toward immigration, is there still room for the trade agenda?
At the outset of 2018, the unemployment rate is 4.1 per cent (de facto full employment); economic growth is slightly above three per cent (well ahead of that of recent years); new jobs are being created at more than 200,000 a month; consumer spending and confidence has risen above last year’s levels, and the stock market breaks records daily (it’s now closing in on 25,000).
The words we choose are always important – especially when it comes to crafting government policy.
The chain builds stores where folks are down on their luck, where 20 percent of customers receive government assistance, and where even Walmart won’t bother doing business
The tax plan the president and Republicans have sold the public is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme of epic proportion
Democratic party apparatchiks and sympathizers in the media who cling to the Clintons like barnacles to the hull of a garbage scow, spring into action at the first hint of accusations
The only news that isn’t “fake news” for the president is that which airs on Fox News
Last week, Texas Republican Kevin Brady introduced another of what’s known as a “manager’s amendment” to the tax reform bill
We are supposed to believe that Russia bought the American presidential election last year with $100,000 in Facebook ads and some other digital activity.
Susan Stamper Brown isn't impressed by the mainstream media's inattention
Natural disasters are no laughing matter, but you’d never know that recently watching God-denier Bill Maher and his “Real Time” show audience.
Global business practices are now under scrutiny like never before thanks to President Trump’s pledge to pull the U.S. out of bad trade deals.
The media, the entire left-wing political establishment and three renegade Republican senators – John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – once again demonstrated why it is virtually impossible to get rid of entitlement programs.