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02/22/2017 - 8:00pm

    We buried one of my heroes on Friday. She was my mother-in-law.

    In the case of Helen Boyle, hero might be a form of understatement. Rather than begin with gushing words and bloated adjectives, permit me to recite just a few facts about her 85 years on this earth.

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02/22/2017 - 8:00am

    There’s a bright side to everything. It’s true that Donald Trump could turn out to be the worst U.S. president ever. But think how happy that’s going to make James Buchanan fans.

    Buchanan’s been on the bottom for 150 years,...

02/21/2017 - 7:00pm

    Under President Trump, American foreign policy is returning, many commentators say, to the isolationism that preceded World War II. This line of interpretation (and often attack) emerged during the election: While Hillary Clinton warned that her opponent would "tear up our alliances," an array...

02/21/2017 - 5:00pm

    The tea party wave of 2010 cost the Democrats the House, and then Republicans gerrymandered congressional districts to remain in power. But drawing districts with the intention of helping your party is an act of statistical modeling, and all models have assumptions, biases and flaws. A midterm election...

02/21/2017 - 3:00pm

    In the fall of 2007, Steven Fabre appeared in my courtroom. He was a 29-year-old New York native there to plead guilty to a single count of possession with intent to distribute crack. Fabre was a typical, fungible street dealer who found business by approaching cars or pedestrians. He used the proceeds...

02/21/2017 - 1:00pm

    Donald Trump's first solo White House news conference as president Thursday, launched with little advance notice, was a bold and aggressive strategy to co-opt one of the news media's prime information vehicles.

    He filibustered for more than...

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