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Darryl Paulson: In defense of politics

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Some readers may be incapable of getting beyond the title of this article. How in the world can anyone defend politicians and politics? It’s easy and, I would argue, necessary. One recent study found that Americans rank politicians lower than cockroaches. I hope Americans are expressing their frustration with politicians, but not their actual sentiments. Would you really prefer a houseful of cockroaches to a few politicians? For 35 years I would introduce my students to politics by claiming politics…

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Donald Trump embraces legacy of Andrew Jackson

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It was an ugly, highly personal presidential election. An unvarnished celebrity outsider who pledged to represent the forgotten laborer took on an intellectual member of the Washington establishment looking to extend a political dynasty in the White House. Andrew Jackson‘s triumph in 1828 over President John Quincy Adams bears striking similarities to Donald Trump‘s victory over Hillary Clinton last year, and some of those most eager to point that out are in the Trump White House. Trump’s team has seized…

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Americans say Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton most admired in 2016

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President Barack Obama is the man most admired by Americans 2016. In a new Gallup Poll, 22 percent of respondents mentioned Obama in response to the open-ended question. Coming in second was President-elect Donald Trump at 15 percent. This marks Obama’s ninth consecutive time at the top of the most-admired list, but with a margin of only seven percentage points, it was his narrowest victory yet. Often, incumbent presidents are ranked highest — in the 70 times Gallup asked the…

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Beat the press: Donald Trump’s contempt for media is calculated

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Donald Trump‘s favorite nickname for the news media is the “dishonest press.” He swaps in “disgusting press” from time to time. And sometimes, he puts it all together: “disgusting, dishonest human beings.” The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has a whole menu of takedowns for individual reporters and news organizations. In recent weeks, he’s used his microphone and his tweets to label them “third-rate,” ”not nice,” ”disgraceful,” ”phony,” ”low-life,” ”very unprofessional” and “bad people.” Or, for extra emphasis in a tweet,…

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Tom Jackson: With Donald Trump, GOP faces expensive overhaul

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Surveying the conundrum confronting the Republican Party in the age of Donald Trump, an antique TV ad touting Fram oil filters comes to mind. If you bought the Beatles’ White Album the day it was released and remember Muhammad Ali in his prime, you know the spot: A mechanic in the midst of an overhaul pauses to point out the car’s owner could have avoided this wallet-crushing repair if only he’d been punctual about changing the oil. “You can pay…

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Mary Jo Melone: A day for forgetting

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The coals in the backyard grill are cold, and the beer cans have been recycled. The patriotic songs are over, and the hyper-inflated political speeches are done. Memorial Day has passed. There is no more contradictory day on the calendar, no day when so much oratorical fiction replaces those disturbances called facts. Here’s what we say:  Memorial Day is for remembrance, for the living and dead, who served and did what they were called upon to do, no matter the…

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Hillary Clinton picked as most-admired woman for 20th time

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Hillary Clinton is the most-admired woman in the world for the 20th time, according to a recent Gallup poll. Clinton was mentioned as the most-admired woman by 13 percent of respondents. The figure may seem low, but Clinton’s closest rival was Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen world renowned for her advocacy for childhood education. Yousafzai is also the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She earned just 5 percent of mentions in the Gallup poll. Talk show star Oprah…

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