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GOP faces possible “blowout,” Dems could gain

When Susan Collins was thinking about leaving the U.S. Senate and running for governor next year, she was warned that she would face right-wingers in a bruising Republican primary. She could win a general election easily, but winning the nomination would be tough. Whether that was a factor in her decision to stick with the […]

Free speech under attack from right, left

President Trump and some liberal college students have something important in common. They don’t like the statements made by others, whether professional football players or conservative writers, and they demand an end to such statements. The reason that Trump and the students oppose free speech, even to the point of preventing a person from speaking, […]

Korea: Too much saber rattling, too little talk

The public television series on the Vietnam War reveals lessons the U.S. failed to learn as it was engulfed by the struggle. Whatever its intent, the series suggests parallels with the current North Korea crisis.   A viewer comes away from the programs with impressions about what works and where to be careful. President Kennedy and […]

National debt to climb whoever wins budget-tax debate

Congress won’t ever block an increase in the debt ceiling. Threats to cap it are pure political grandstanding. Congress spends money without raising enough tax revenues to cover spending. The shortfall must be met by borrowing. If the debt ceiling increase were blocked, borrowing would be prevented. The U.S. government wouldn’t have the funds needed […]