Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even worse.

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This Monday, legislators in Des Moines were sworn in, marking the beginning of the 88th General Assembly of the Iowa House of Representatives.

President Donald Trump met several times with Russian President Vladimir Putin while no other American was privy to the communication except for a State Department interpreter.

President Trump evoked the Wounded Knee massacre in a recent tweet reacting to an Instagram video Sen. Elizabeth Warren posted on New Year’s Eve, the day after she announced she was forming an exploratory committee for a possible presidential run.

What if a simple policy could save tens of thousands of people every year from a deeply unpleasant treatment followed by early death? A policy that would disproportionately help the most disadvantaged? While actually saving taxpayer money?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s so-called Green New Deal makes the obligatory nod to the original New Deal, but FDR’s handiwork is much too modest an antecedent.

Ours is an uneasy age. Social mores are changing so fast that people in their early 30s have started muttering about the "kids these days." Formerly safe corners of the economy are being swept bare, so that even people with good, steady jobs are anxious about how long they'll be able to keep…

It’s a wonder that Democrats haven’t staked out a negotiating position demanding the destruction of already-existing barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In discussions about the so-called “digital divide” between the haves and the have nots, the common wisdom is that we need to get more computers and internet access into the hands of minority and rural children.

THE CONVERSATION — Many of us will start out the New Year by making a list of resolutions – changes we want to make to be happier such as eating better, volunteering more often, being a more attentive spouse and so on. But, as we know, we will often fail. After a few failures we will typical…

Nearly four decades have passed since Darrell Siggers basted a turkey on Christmas Eve. The 54-year-old Detroiter was released from prison in August, after serving 34 years for a murder he didn't commit.

Never before has a former FBI director boasted about taking advantage of an administration’s disorganization for his own ends.

Periodically, YWCA members, staff and volunteers are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they’re a part of. This month, YWCA Clinton member Tom Whalen shares why he feels the YWCA pool is a necessary community resource.


Periodically, YWCA members, staff and volunteers are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they’re a part of. This month, long-time YWCA aquatic instructor Martha Truax discusses how the YWCA pool has benefitted her and why it is a necessary community resource.

A kinder, gentler snow is falling over Main Street in Litchfield, Connecticut, as we step out of the restaurant. The flakes are tiny dancers swirling in the air, a thousand points of light.

Shakespeare famously wrote of the “sceptered isle” of Britain acting as a moat “against the envy of less happier lands.”

‘Twas the month after the election, when all through the house


Editor's Note: Periodically, YWCA members, staff and volunteers are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they’re a part of. This month, YWCA member and former YWCA Board of Directors member Tami Leavens discusses why the YWCA pool is a necessary community resource.

It’s roughly the three-week anniversary of CNN reporter Jim Acosta repeatedly telling President Donald Trump at a press conference that the migrant caravan is “hundreds and hundreds of miles away” and “not an invasion,” and objecting to a campaign ad that showed migrants climbing border wall…

Happy Thanksgiving – the day to be grateful for all that we have while celebrating with family and friends.

Joe Biden is a gaffe-prone 75-year-old Washington veteran – who is exactly what Democrats need.

The midterms suggest that President Donald Trump needs to double down on populism, just not the sort that’s been his signature to this point.

This month, following an election season that intensified discord even among family and friends, my colleagues and I in the Clinton Ministerial Association watch and work for signs of hope, reconciliation, and gratitude – in the community we cherish and in the wider world.

It appears journalists are headed for a defining moment with President Donald Trump over the right of the press to ask him tough questions in a manner the president considers rude and hostile.

In the overtime of the 2018 elections, the left can’t decide whether it opposes casting doubt on election results or insists on it.


Midterm losses typically humble a sitting president of the United States, but Donald Trump is beyond humbling.


The midterm elections are finally over, and we can finally get on to ... no, not Thanksgiving and Christmas. We can get on to what we’ve all been waiting for — the 2020 presidential election campaign!

On Veterans Day, Americans drape the Stars and Stripes around their neighborhoods, businesses promote U.S. flags alongside their holiday discounts, and public officials display them on government buildings.

It’s appropriate that the U.N. special rapporteur devoted to adequate housing has visited encampments in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Mumbai – and San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.

We only really have one question for you as you read today’s editorial:


If a “blue wave” – which history, polls, Democratic fervor and piles of money tell us should sweep the land in Tuesday’s mid-term elections – turns into no more than a ripple, it’s likely that Democratic leaders, and their many media enablers, will have only themselves to blame.

All of a sudden, we’re all originalists and believers in the sagacity and inviolate handiwork of long-ago white males.

The Linear Accelerator Campaign at Mercy Clinton is nearing its goal to raise funds for replacing the present outdated machine with a new one. At this time, Clinton is limited to the types of treatments that can be done here with this machine.

A caravan of ragtag would-be immigrants is making its way through the nations of Honduras (per capita income $4,630), El Salvador (per capita income $7,540), and Guatemala (per capita income $8,000) to Mexico.

Grammarians appalled by President Donald Trump’s mangling of the English language in his tweets got a jolt even they didn’t expect.

Washington, D.C., has become too partisan and there is no better example of that than the topic of health care – a deeply personal, complex issue that affects every single one of us and one-sixth of the American economy. No one believes that the Affordable Care Act is perfect, including us, …

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