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  1. | Posted: Feb 18 2016 - 1:30am

    I consider the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue an annual nuisance that, like a swarm of fruit flies, manages to survive without serving much purpose.

  2. | Posted: Feb 16 2016 - 1:31am

    When Antonin Scalia was nominated to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1986, his Senate confirmation was as placid as a church social. Democrats were too occupied with the simultaneous nomination of Justice William Rehnquist to be chief justice to pay much attention to the other guy. The Judiciary Committee hearings on Scalia were largely pro forma, and the Senate approved him by a vote of 98-0 — while 33 members voted against Rehnquist.

  3. | Posted: Feb 16 2016 - 1:31am

    CAMDEN, S.C. — Out on the hustings, people often ask me: “Can you explain South Carolina?”

  4. | Posted: Feb 9 2016 - 1:30am

    We were startled but not surprised when an email from the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget hit our inbox.

  5. | Posted: Feb 8 2016 - 1:31am

    PALM BEACH, Fla. — As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton’s allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump’s $1.5 million.

  6. | Posted: Feb 8 2016 - 1:31am

    When there’s the political will, there tends to be a political way to accomplish the impossible. It appears this finally may be the case with the nation’s long-ignored epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid addiction.

  7. | Posted: Feb 3 2016 - 9:25am

    Had we taken at face value the Iowa poll released “just hours before caucusing” began, according to CNN, we just might have been persuaded that Donald Trump actually was ahead of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and that Bernie Sanders actually enjoyed a “very narrow edge” over Hillary Clinton.

  8. | Posted: Feb 2 2016 - 1:31am

    “Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology announced Wednesday that they have found new evidence of a giant icy planet lurking in the darkness of our solar system far beyond the orbit of Pluto. They are calling it Planet Nine.”

  9. | Posted: Feb 2 2016 - 1:31am

    “Political correctness” may be the most intriguing issue to emerge in the current presidential election cycle, especially for Republicans. Yet it also may be the most under-discussed, perhaps out of fear that it would not be politically correct to do so.

  10. | Posted: Feb 1 2016 - 10:54am

    WASHINGTON — Woodrow Wilson, who enjoyed moralizing about the mundane, called paying taxes a “glorious privilege.” In 1865, when there was a Civil War income tax, one taxpayer shared this sensibility, sort of. Mark Twain said that his tax bill of $36.82 (including a $3.12 fine for filing late) made him feel “important” because the government was paying attention to him. Today, Rep. Kevin Brady wants to change the way government pays attention to taxpayers.

  11. | Posted: Feb 1 2016 - 10:40am

    “You must be so happy.”

  12. | Posted: Feb 1 2016 - 1:30am

    I read it in West Hawaii Today a few times now. The Jan. 2 edition reported the notable effort of Dr. Clifford Kopp by walking 240 miles around the Big Island, from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1, in order to draw attention to the homeless people here in the Big Island. He sacrificed the comfort of his bed and time to be with family and/or friends during Christmas in order to do it.

  13. | Posted: Feb 1 2016 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — If you ask Donald Trump fans what they like about him, there’s an excellent chance they’ll say, “Because he’s not politically correct.”

  14. | Posted: Jan 26 2016 - 1:30am

    WASHINGTON — Of all Donald Trump’s political skills, perhaps the most impressive is his ability to persuade people to support him by suspending their deepest, lifelong beliefs.

  15. | Posted: Jan 25 2016 - 11:03am

    A wind advisory is in effect for the Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea summits through 6 p.m. Monday.