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When I was young, there was a TV show called “The Millionaire.” It was the story of a rich man who dropped a million dollars on unexpected people and the joys and sorrows that resulted. Mostly the show had happy examples, but we have all seen how money can warp people. A few years ago, I wro…

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So I went back to grade school and attended the first day of class with my grandson. It was easy. There was no commuting or school bus. My grandson, a Chicago Public School student, started first grade this past week — remotely. He is holed up in our Michigan cottage in one of our bedrooms a…

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WASHINGTON — In his account last week of President Donald Trump’s relationship with the military, the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg described the commander in chief’s 2017 Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

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On Aug. 23, 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer. The original video, which only included the last moments of the incident, gave no context for the incident. But further video and police reports made clear what happened.

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It was the fall of 1964. I was a first-year law student at Northwestern University. We would have four courses that year, all four running both semesters. One was criminal law. That area of the law had more familiarity to the average student than some of the more arcane ones like torts and c…

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I heard once that the first half of our life is spent accumulating things, while the second half is getting rid of those very same things. In our case, time has been more heavily weighted to accumulation, while getting rid of them has been a more sudden and quicker event.

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In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden had this uninspiring assessment of America’s current predicament: “The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him: No miracle is coming.”

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Two Mondays ago, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden finally was forced to confront the left-wing violence that has been plaguing America’s major cities for months on end: riots in New York; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Chicago; Portland; and Seattle, among other cities. For a full w…

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We have now watched two weeks of political blustering, totally different approaches to being elected and enough untruths to embarrass the worst of politicians. I wonder what we would have to stomach if there were a real third party this year in a serious position.

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I’ve mentioned a passion for the Green Bay Packers before, going back to 1968. It’s not easy being a Packerbacker in Illinois, but there is an upside. There’s nothing like the satisfaction (and relief) when the Pack beats the Bears, seemingly a regular occurrence. I mention this as a segue t…

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President Donald Trump isn’t the first incumbent president to run for reelection facing a deficit in the late summer polls. At this stage of the election cycle in 1948, no one thought Democrat Harry Truman had a prayer of winning as he sank in the polls.

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WASHINGTON — Just before the election in 2012, Donald Trump scolded President Barack Obama for campaigning while victims of Hurricane Sandy were still reeling.

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Democrats keep attacking President Donald Trump’s idea of a payroll tax cut for 140 million American workers. At the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden said it would endanger Social Security. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York rejects the tax cut as “unworkable.” House S…

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At the time of this writing, the small hamlet of Kenosha Wis., population 101,000, is being torn apart by rioting and looting. Due to a scuffle by the police mediating a domestic dispute, Jacob Blake was shot while getting into his car, despite police orders to stand down. Mayor John Antaram…

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What should Americans expect from another four years of President Donald Trump? Exactly the same, only more so. But also, in some ways, the opposite. Or perhaps nothing at all.

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