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In construction and beyond, Trump economy roars

Think the U.S. economy is slowing down? Think again. According to the International Monetary Fund, economic growth is expected to hover around three percent this year, and surpass 2.5 percent in 2019. America's stock market, meanwhile, has outperformed the rest of the world. The ...

Public pension funding: No easy task

H.L. Mencken, the late journalist and critic of American culture and politics, once noted: "For every complex problem, there's a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong." Followers of the ongoing debate over public pension funding might take that observation to heart. Some recent ...

No, Trump is not diminished

Midterm losses typically humble a sitting president of the United States, but Donald Trump is beyond humbling. He is the most unbowed president ever to lose a house of Congress. Anyone who thought Trump would be taken down a notch, even by a more stinging electoral rebuke, doesn’t know ...

What’s wrong with Florida elections?

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had the best line when it comes to the latest Florida election in which contests for governor and the U.S. Senate are still undecided. Rubio tweeted: “Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit timely ...

The AG Sessions’ firing displays Trump’s strange definition of loyalty

The day after the midterm elections, President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, replacing him at least temporarily with a more pliable loyalist. When Sessions got the news, he asked if he could finish the week. Nope. Close of business today was the answer. Now, as a matter of law, ...

Kavanaugh debacle cost Dems Senate

WASHINGTON — Brett Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder. It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control ...

NBC’s Saturday Night sickness

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is taking on a very sour look. Alec Baldwin didn’t appear with his tired Trump impression on the Saturday before the midterms, perhaps because he reportedly punched a man in the face in New York’s Greenwich Village in a parking spot dispute. “SNL” ...

Split election = polarized politics until 2020

The Republican president, considered a lightweight and an ignoramus by many in Washington, suffered a setback in the offyear elections, losing several seats and effective control in the House, while maintaining and perhaps strengthening his party in the Senate. His leverage on domestic ...

The election’s over — now what?

It was almost unsettling to wake up the morning after the election and realize it turned out pretty much as expected. There were, of course, some surprises, but nothing on the seismic shock scale of 2016. For months, it had been expected that Democrats would win a modest House majority, and ...

What will Dems do with new House?

The Democratic Party has won control of the House of Representatives. Its members effectively will be able to block all legislation that the Senate passes and the president wants. They also will be able to unleash their subpoena power mercilessly on the executive branch. Will the members ...

Will trade pact with Canada help dairy farmers?

Without any reservations, the last four years of low milk prices paid to dairy farmers have been in all probability, the worst years the dairy farmers have experienced in all my life. The low prices have caused Pennsylvania dairy farmers to be underpaid by at least 500 million dollars for ...

Say No to Nanny Bloomberg

No matter how politically fractured the nation may seem, I believe that liberty-loving citizens of all ideologies can unite and agree: Billionaire Nanny Michael Bloomberg — the soda-taxing, gun-grabbing, snack-attacking control freak — should keep his nose out of our lives and out of the ...

Ending birthright citizenship

In 2004, nearly 80 percent of Irish voters decided to end birthright citizenship. In its coverage the BBC said, “The government said change was needed because foreign women were travelling to Ireland to give birth in order to get an EU passport for their babies.” In 1986, The Australian ...

Midterms: A split decision

Elections have consequences. But sometimes those consequences are neither clear nor obvious. Tuesday was such an election. As widely anticipated, state Democrats played a pivotal role in national results helping win control of the federal House of Representatives. Statewide, Democrats ...

The triumph of bigotry

The mark of Cain is stamped upon our foreheads. Across the centuries, our brother Abel was lain in blood which we drew, and shed tears we caused by forgetting Thy love. Forgive us, Lord, for the curse we falsely attributed to their name as Jews. Forgive us for crucifying Thee a second time in ...

The short-term memory of the outrage machine

WASHINGTON — When the president announced that he was sending the U.S. military to help secure our southern border, he received bipartisan praise from members of Congress. The Washington Post reported that the move was seen as “smart politics.” The year was 2011, and the president ...

Will the moment seize Dems?

We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington. Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander to their ...

The ‘Racist Ad’ and news judgment

During the last weekend before the midterms, the media decided an ad by President Trump was “racist” and therefore refused to air it. CNN, NBC, Facebook and even Fox News took that position. The “star” of this commercial is Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican citizen who has repeatedly ...

We survived Nixon; We’ll survive Trump

WASHINGTON — This week marked the 50th anniversary of the election of President Richard Nixon. It is a chance for some perspective. While many seem convinced the United States will never recover from the Donald Trump presidency, the truth is conservatism, the Republican Party and our nation ...