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Analysis: Donald Trump unlikely to avoid blame for health care loss

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It was a far cry from “The buck stops here.” President Donald Trump, dealt a stinging defeat with the failure of the Republican health care bill in the Senate, flipped the script from Harry Truman’s famous declaration of presidential responsibility and declared Tuesday, “I am not going to own it.”

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10 pieces of U.S. historical trivia to rain on any July 4 party

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Every party has a pooper, that’s why some people go to Fourth of July parties armed with trivia that casts doubt on conventional wisdom — especially in American history. When partygoers are lighting fireworks, exclaiming “Isn’t America beautiful?” these historical fact checkers rain the truth on their parade. Huffington Post offers 10 “truth firecrackers” to liven up (or put a quick end to) any Independence Day festivities: 1. Baseball, the “All-American” sport, likely came from England. John Thorn, official historian for…

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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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Steve Ryan: John Glenn, Senator and hero. Things the public didn’t always see.

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John Glenn is my hero and America’s hero, but he was also my boss. Sen. Glenn always acted with integrity: in his marriage to his sweetheart, in his devotion to his country, in his work with his colleagues. He was always a gentleman in the best sense. I had the good luck as a young child to have the measles during his February 1962 flight. We all marveled at his flight, and his coolness under pressure. Subsequently, we saw all…

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Sports play positive role in times of tragedy

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Immediately after a tragedy of monstrous proportion, such as the one perpetrated by the terrorist in Orlando, sports naturally become far less important. Caring about one team gaining a game in the standings pales in comparison to what all of us lose when monsters set out to attack our way of life. It is right to question whether sporting events should be halted to honor the dead. If so, for how long? In the wee hours of Sunday morning an…

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Today on Context Florida: School inequity, the working disabled, boss phishing and political posturing

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Today on Context Florida: Julie Delegal discusses school inequity in Florida, which is getting serious scrutiny on several fronts. Now is the time to take a good look at whether the changes we’ve endured — mass privatization, real-dollar funding decreases, high-stakes testing, and loss of local school board authority — gets us closer to carrying out our constitutional duty to our children. Meanwhile, the Legislature has all but completed its power-grab from local school districts with a new, inter-district, open-enrollment scheme,…

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Disorder at Donald Trump rallies: As American as cherry pie?

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Even before the presidential candidate arrived at the rally, the arena seethed. Fistfights broke out as the national anthem played. Supporters tore up demonstrators’ signs, beat them with sticks, pummeled them with folding chairs. The year was 1968; the candidate was Alabama Gov. George Wallace. If you’re struggling with feelings of deja vu, you’re not alone. The recent dark turn of the 2016 presidential campaign — the ugly scuffles and confrontations at Donald Trump‘s rallies — has brought back memories…

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