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Updated at 10:44 AM

“The U.S. knows it could not ask for a better friend and ally than the United Kingdom.”That was how U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described the strong ties between the two nations, deeply rooted in blood and history. The terrible challenge of World War II is worth keeping in mind as pundits and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic crowd the airwaves, the Internet and old-time newspapers with instant commentaries, often overdone and overwrought.

Updated Jun 28, 2016 at 11:33 AM

I hate pro-life legislation.Simple logic leads me to be pro life. If nothing happens to that fertilized egg cell, it becomes a child.

Updated Jun 27, 2016 at 1:26 PM

According to Washington’s political pundits Donald Trump’s rise is a history making event that will change American politics and the Republican Party. To his backers he is the answer to “politics as usual,” that has failed the middle class and the...

Updated Jun 25, 2016 at 12:22 AM

News headlines rarely offend me. I’ve gotten over that. If an article attacks my political, social or ethical viewpoint, meh, big deal. Everyone has the right to an opinion. But I do have a hot button and the Washington Post pushed...

Updated Jun 25, 2016 at 12:21 AM

This summer, statehouse discussions have resumed on plans to enhance security at the state Capitol. One idea would use the nearby Transportation Department building as a screening site for visitors to enter the statehouse through a...

Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 10:14 AM

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the exclusionary rule does not apply when an officer makes an illegal stop and finds out the “suspect” has a warrant for his arrest and searches the suspect as a result.

Updated Jun 23, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Disputes and confrontations over portions of the Pacific Ocean continue to grow. Indonesia’s government seized a Chinese fishing vessel on June 17 off the Natuna Islands, administered by Jakarta. That nation’s Vice President, Jusuf Kalla,...

Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 10:55 PM

One hundred and thirty years ago, someone came up with the idea of putting toothpaste in a collapsible metal tube, and it took two more generations for someone to stumble onto the idea of the Band-Aid, someone to invest in the pop-up toaster and...

Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 10:54 PM

Sometimes the best gift is something you never wanted. When my oldest child was 12, he came home from school one day with a “proposal.” The boy was sharp, but “proposal” was a big word. It got my...

Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 10:20 AM

After the killing of 49 innocent people dancing in an Orlando, Florida nightclub, my heart shrunk with despair. The familiarity of mass murder is paralyzing because hate cannot be legislated away when such a killer believes his murderous rage is...

Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 12:23 PM

As soon as the picture of the man behind the massacre at Pulse, my friend barked at the TV.“Don’t show his face!” he said. “That’s half the problem. The killers just want to get on TV. Show the victims’ faces instead.”

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