Politics

The Cummington Story | Richie Davis

The little red house in the hill town of Cummington, Mass. (pop. 800) sits not far along Main Street from the town’s historical museum, which… Continue reading

WEA insists ‘the money is there’ | The Petri Dish

Teacher salaries are soaring as the Washington Education Association predicted they would. Leaders of the statewide teacher union declared in March that a surge in… Continue reading

While Rome (and Most Everywhere Else) Burns | Mel Gurtov

By now we’re accustomed to learning that every year brings record high temperatures around the world. Extreme weather, says Prof. Michael Mannof Pennsylvania State University,… Continue reading

The Trump Show Returns to Pennsylvania | John L. Micek

WILKES-BARRE TWP, Pa. - In a test of his election year clout, President Donald Trump returned a familiar electoral battleground this week to try to… Continue reading

Donald Trump and ‘The Death of Truth’ | Dick Polman

The lies rain down on us so relentlessly that we’re often benumbed. Shortly after Donald Trump tweeted last week that the Russians would help the… Continue reading

Devin Nunes: From Dairyman to Disgrace | Blair Bess

After railing against the FBI, the intelligence community, and the Department of Justice, the character of Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), Chair of the House… Continue reading

A More Perfect Union | Lee H. Hamilton

You know these words, but how often do you stop to think about them? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form… Continue reading

Trump’s 79th week in office | In cartoons

Our cartoon chronicle of the 45th president continues with a look back at Donald J. Trump’s 79th week in office. This week’s contributing artists are:… Continue reading

A World Designed by Playground Bullies | Robert C. Koehler

As the week’s news slaps against my consciousness like road slush, some fragments sting more than others. For instance: “According to the DOJ’s court filing,… Continue reading

News By the Numbers | Peter Funt

“90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving.” No need to check the math in President… Continue reading

Bainbridge native wraps up internship in nation’s capital

Anisa Ashabi just completed an internship with U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) in Washington, D.C. The 19-year-old student spent nine weeks working in the nation’s… Continue reading

Lots of Tips on How to Live Sanely in Trumplandia | Dick Polman

The pollsters at Pew recently reported that 68 percent of Americans are suffering from news exhaustion, and that jibes with what I witness on an… Continue reading

New Polling Shows More Trouble for Republicans | John L. Micek

In case national Republicans needed another reminder of the power of women at the ballot box, pollsters at Quinnipiac University just handed it to them.… Continue reading

Facebook’s Off the Mark Zuckerberg | Blair Bess

Every time Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens his mouth he somehow manages to stick his foot in it. It’s not so much what he says… Continue reading

Trump’s 78th week in office | In cartoons

Worst. Week. Ever. Week 78 in the presidency for Donald J. Trump has come to a close, with many people saying it was the worst… Continue reading

The Mind Reels | Winslow Myers

“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a… Continue reading

Some Dare Call It Treason | Mel Gurtov

Is Donald Trump not merely gullible, uninformed, and indifferent but actually treasonous when it comes to Russia? More and more high-profile people are saying so.… Continue reading

Mixing Guns and Racism | Robert C. Koehler

In Illinois, as in all the rest of the states, it’s legal to carry a concealed handgun, unless you’re at a ballgame or in the… Continue reading

Trump’s 27 Loaded Questions | Peter Funt

Question 1: “Do you believe that the media purposely tries to divide Republicans in order to help elect Democrats?” Question 2: When did you stop… Continue reading

Jeffrey Lord, Off CNN, Still Defending Trump | John L. Micek

EAST PENNSBORO, Pa. - The rest of official Washington might be in free-fall over President Donald Trump’s Bizzaro-World press conference in Helsinki with Russian strongman… Continue reading