The Republicans have failed to make headway reforming Obamacare, but their effort isn’t over. And there will continue to be lots of politics in the “fix vs. repeal/replace” debate.
There’s no shortage of threats to our democracy.
I think I know who I am, after living in this skin for over 50 years now. But, recent developments have given me some pause, and shook my feeling of certainty, which has led to further questions.
Are you packing up your car and hitting the road this summer? You’re not alone. According to a survey conducted by AAA, road trips are the most popular type of vacation for families in the U.S. in 2017.
It’s a Chicken or Egg Thing!
Not that wall. The wall I am talking about is much closer to home, and more imaginary than brick and mortar.

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Many parents face the same difficult question when raising a child. Should one of you stay at home while the other works? It’s not a question to take lightly. The decision can have emotional and financial consequences and may have a long-term impact on the stay-at-home parent’s career opportunities...
I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I’m a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don’t think it’s a coincidence that even while confidence in the media drops to new lows and Time magazine feels moved to wonder “Is Truth Dead?” on its cover, huge numbers of Americans...
Season ticket holder or first timer, watching your team take the field or visiting new teams in a different venue, gripping your seat tightly during the finger-biting last minutes of a close game or cheering on a decisive win—sports can certainly be some of the best entertainment possible. Whether...
Back when I was in Congress, I got a call from a constituent one day. I’d recently voted to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and the man was more than irate. “Don’t you understand that we’ve got a serious spending and debt problem in this country?” he asked. “Why did you cast this idiotic vote?”...
It is that time of year once again, July Jubilee is happening this weekend. The weekend provides a time for citizens to not only step out of their routines, but have a little fun. While it provides a welcome respite from the summer doldrums to people living in the community, the weekend also is...
Cash flow issues are one of the big reasons small businesses fail. And these types of problems are directly related to an owner not staying on top of the numbers and having poor accounting practices. The good news is you don’t need a crystal ball to forecast what lies ahead for your company. By...
If you are anything like me, and my family, you find that you have a lot of “stuff,” when you take a moment to inventory the possessions in your home. I guess I have always known that, but it was really driven home this past year, as we have been cleaning out “stuff” from two houses, representing...
Many have been decrying the lack of political discourse over the past few years, and how uncivil we have become as a society. That was evident, for sure, in the past Presidential election, when rhetoric on both sides escalated to a disgusting level. It has also been evident in the actions of...
The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber-rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S. forces in 10 or more countries—all of this suggests a growing comfort with the...
I’ve spent my life in many places, with one of the longest tenures being Edina, Minnesota. We have a bold, talented, and intrepidly liberal Senator named Al Franken. Until recently, he was best known as a comedy writer, comedian, and social commentator. While I’m solidly in the “conservative”...

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