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All ideas on getting out vaccines worth a listen

Give the Biden administration credit for not throwing out all of the babies with the bath water, as it looks to build on successes in getting the COVID-19 vaccines rolled out to as many Americans as possible. Last week, it launched a federal pharmacy program that had initially been announced by ...

I’d rather talk about Michael J. Fox

How do we acknowledge the death of someone who made a career of inflicting harm? Perhaps I should start with a story. I first met Michael J. Fox in 2006, not long after Rush Limbaugh had mocked his involuntary movements caused by Parkinson’s disease. Michael was in Ohio for a rally in ...

My friend, Rush Limbaugh

In December, I was sitting on my front porch when my phone lit up with a message from Rush Limbaugh. He and my wife have variants of the same type of lung cancer, though hers was caught very early, and her treatment has thus far contained it. Rush knew she had an older iPhone with touch-ID, ...

McConnell, Graham and dysfunction

If Mitch McConnell were just another Republican senator, I’d say he was the eighth bravest. The seven bravest are the ones who voted to convict Donald Trump. For weeks I’ve been saying that if you honestly believe the Constitution forbids the Senate from convicting a former president (who ...

As GOP disgraces itself, Biden focuses on national challenges

The Grand Old Party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and Reagan is in tatters in the wake of the odious obeisance of the Senate Republicans who closed their eyes to the iron-clad case House Democrats presented that Donald Trump incited the seditious riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The spectacle ...

McConnell’s project to shrink Trump’s influence

One of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s many admirable traits is that he is uninterested in being admired. He uses his demeanor to disguise the fact that he has normal feelings and so might welcome public approbation for his decisions. He does not, however, make public decisions for ...

Canceling Shakespeare is a comedy of errors

Just when you thought our so-called “cancel culture” couldn’t get any more ridiculous, the calibrators of literary justice have surpassed themselves recently by targeting The Bard himself as just another racist, genderist, homophobic fellow. Yes, even William Shakespeare, who provided ...

Biden rallies support for aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaving Donald Trump and his impeachment in the rearview mirror, Joe Biden is embarking on his first official trip as president to refocus Congress on coronavirus relief and to cement public support for his $1.9 trillion aid package. With his prime-time moment — a Tuesday ...

Texas energy pride wounded by cold

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Anger over Texas’ power grid failing in the face of a record winter freeze mounted Tuesday as millions of residents in the energy capital of the U.S. remained shivering with no assurances that their electricity and heat — out for 24 hours or longer in many homes — ...

Relief bill making way through Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic-led effort to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package has passed its latest challenge with House committees advancing measures that will soon be combined into a single bill expected to clear the full House by the end of February. Democrats beat back ...

Black franchise owner sues McDonald’s, cites bias

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Black owner of 14 McDonald’s franchises says the company has shown more favorable treatment to white owners and denied him the opportunity to buy restaurants in more affluent communities, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in ...

Ohio online vaccine scheduling tool still 2-3 weeks away

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The rollout of an online vaccine appointment scheduling tool is still two to three weeks away as the state recruits providers such as pharmacies, hospitals, health clinics and others to participate, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday. Once the tool is live, Ohioans can ...

Trump trial is bad drama

If the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump were a play it would close after one performance. The plot is known, the outcome is certain, and the drama is contrived. If it were a film, it might be called “Fifty Angry Senate Democrats” (apologies to “12 Angry Men”), or the 2003 film ...

Life span of the U.S. death penalty got shorter

The death penalty in the United States is on the verge of being snuffed out. The commonwealth of Virginia, which has executed more convicts than any other state in U.S. history, is now poised to abolish capital punishment. This is a big deal, as Virginia would become the first Southern state ...

A mind of winter

It was around 8 o’clock on a recent Monday night, and my husband was yelling at the neighbors. “Jackie! Kate! Jackie! Kate!” “Honey, they can’t hear you.” “The lights are on.” “Yes,” I agreed. “Because it’s only 8 o’clock, and they aren’t 90. But they’re ...

Shame and Sham

If Republicans found out President Joe Biden pardoned someone and his son Hunter concurrently received $1 million from that person in the last week of Biden’s presidency, we should not kid ourselves. The Republicans would move to impeach Biden and gladly conclude a trial even after Biden had ...

Impeachment trials aren’t about proving criminal behavior

After three presidential impeachments, I’ve seen enough to conclude that one of the worst things about them is the lawyers. Even among some of my favorite legal commentators the problem is the same. They say something like: “Of course impeachment trials aren’t criminal proceedings. ...

The depth of Donald Trump’s criminal rampage

As the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump unfolds, it’s impossible to overstate the damage this one thoroughly unqualified political outsider has wrought on this country, its most basic democratic principles and its ethical standards. The decision of President Joe Biden’s ...

Prosecutors: Convict Trump or risk danger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dire harm from Donald Trump’s false and violent incitements will vex American democracy long into the future unless the Senate convicts him of impeachment and bars him from future office, House prosecutors insisted Thursday as they concluded two days of emotional arguments ...

Student loan forgiveness gift to well off

One drama of Joe Biden’s infant presidency was foreshadowed 13 months ago in Iowa when a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, answered a question. Her “a program for every problem” repertoire included up to $50,000 of forgiveness for ...