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Month: July 2016

A little perspective

As human beings, we tend to view the world through the narrow window of our own experience. It’s easy to believe that the world we see, and the one we have seen in our own lifetime, is all there is. Most people are not students of history and haven’t opened a history book since high school. As each year passes, we tend to remember only the most major of historical events. So, it’s easy to look at the events of today and think things have never been worse. We have terrorism, police being ambushed, black men being killed on the...

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Donald Trump: The candidate of the apocalypse

THESE ARE anxious times in America. Despite a steadily, if slowly, growing economy and the absence of a major war, people remain troubled by a sense of national underperformance and myriad social ills, most recently the surge in racially tinged fatal shootings committed by law enforcement officers and against them. A new Gallup poll reports that only 17 percent of Americans feel satisfied with the way things are going, the lowest percentage since October 2013 — and down 12 points in just the past month. For many, of course, a cause of concern is Donald Trump, who accepted the...

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How the Republican Party Turned Its Back On Me

I was 6 months too young to vote in the 1976 presidential election. I would have voted for Gerald Ford. I can’t articulate why, exactly, but I suspect it had something to do with being convinced as a 7th-grader that George McGovern was a communist. But what I did know? For months leading up to the ’76 election, I wondered why Jimmy Connors was running for president. (Watched too much tennis on TV, I guess.) Four years later, when I finally got my chance, I cast my vote for Ronald Reagan. I knew a little more about the world...

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Mike Pence used campaign funds to pay his mortgage — and it cost him an election

Campaign finance records from 1990 show that Pence, then 31, was using political donations to pay the mortgage on his house, his personal credit card bill, groceries, golf tournament fees and car payments for his wife. In 1988, a Pence campaign mailer depicted images of a razor blade, white powder and rolled-up cash, and declared: “There’s something Phil Sharp isn’t telling you about his record on drugs.” The brochure left readers hanging until a subsequent page: “It’s weak,” the ad read, using letters formed in powder. Read more....

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Trump has a problem with female voters. Pence could make it even worse.

Donald Trump has already had problems making inroads with female, gay and minority voters. His vice-presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, could make things even worse. Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana, has endorsed conservative legislation on abortion, gay rights and immigration both in his home state and while in Congress, where he was consistently ranked as one of the most right-leaning members of the House. He attempted to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, supported a measure that made English the nation’s official language and signed one of the nation’s strictest abortion laws earlier this year....

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