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Rep. White Supremacist

In May 2012, at a town hall, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs. “You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet. ... We got the vigor from the planet to come to ...

Addressing cyberbullying

Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016. Dear Annie: The other day, my teenage daughter came to me because her good friend is being bullied on social media. Her friend is a sweetheart, a pretty quiet kid but very polite. So ...

The conservative case for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The new Hollywood biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” starring Felicity Jones, depicts U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s journey from being one of just a handful of women at Harvard Law School to arguing the gender equality case that launched her ...

You gonna need change?

Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016. Dear Annie: I have gotten to the point that I no longer like to go out to eat, especially if it is a restaurant that my wife and I have not gone to before. Here’s why. You have a ...

Procter & Gamble’s toxic sanctimony

One of the world’s most successful brands committed ideological hara-kiri this week. Recognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a massive consumer base at the altar of ...

When depression strikes

Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016. Dear Annie: I want people to know that depression can happen to someone even if her life appears wonderful. I know from experience. A few years ago, I had just married a wonderful man ...

Nurturing womanly ambition

A few days before my mother died, at age 62, she sat tethered to oxygen in her crowded hospital room and expressed two regrets about her life. “If I had it to do over, I’d dye my hair red,” she said, “and I would own cats.” Some of us laughed nervously. Her voice was ...

Holiday spending

Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016. Dear Annie: Christmas used to be a time that I enjoyed. I have always enjoyed spending time with siblings and cousins who live in other cities and catching up with them. Over the ...

Foreigners shape up Americans

The kids are bratty, the parents fighting, the homes a mess. It’s remarkable how American domestic life can breed so much dissatisfaction amid so much plenty. Foreigners have made an industry of observing this paradox and offering Americans fixes. Restoring tranquility and, frankly, ...

Should opposites attract?

Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016. Dear Annie: I am a soon-to-be divorced man who has suffered a great deal of pain after the collapse of my lengthy marriage. After enduring the dissolution of multiple post-separation ...

We’ve all seen this movie before

Haven’t we seen this movie before? Certainly, there is a sense of deja vu all over again as one watches the right wing hyperventilate over a certain freshman congresswoman from New York. The attacks on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been frequent and furious, but also petty, silly and (in ...

Cold shoulder after divorce

Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016. Dear Annie: I recently went on vacation with my mom, stepdad and siblings. We went to the river where my stepdad has been going for about 30 years. Everyone else in the community has ...

New friend is overwhelming

Editor’s Note: Annie Lane is off this week. The following column was originally published in October 2016. Dear Annie: My husband, “Bob,” and I have been married for over 30 years. I work full time; Bob is retired. Over the past year, Bob has befriended a man in his early 40s, ...

The border wall or bust

President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address this week was a total bust. His visit to the border fared no better. Trump predicted that his words and actions wouldn’t “change a damn thing” when he spoke to news anchors before the speech. He’s right — but not for the reasons he ...

Sister’s communication has changed

Dear Annie: I am writing to ask your opinion about the change in my sister’s behavior toward me. I have two sisters, and the one I am speaking of is my elder sister, “Ruth.” Ruth has always been envious of my younger sister and me and resented the close relationship I had with our ...

Dealing with identity theft during the shutdown

WASHINGTON — I’m betraying no secrets by observing that the government shutdown provides a window of opportunity for identity and electronic theft. Trust me, the crooks already know this. And, unfortunately, so do I. Short story: I decided to start collecting Social Security (even ...

Family member makes it all about him

Dear Annie: At the family gatherings on my spouse’s side, my brother-in-law “Albert” wants to loudly dominate any conversation by either talking about his life or showing his “great” knowledge and opinions on other subjects. He rarely inquires about how anyone else is or shows much ...

Loudmouthed newcomer

Dear Annie: I’ve played basketball with an informal team of women for well over 10 years. We’ve now celebrated most of our 40th birthdays together, and though some in the group of 20 or so have come and gone, we’ve been a pretty close and supportive cluster of friends. We play b-ball ...

Can the president alone build a border wall?

When Donald Trump was looking for a catchy phrase during his 2016 presidential campaign to address the issue of immigrants entering the United States unlawfully — a line that would resonate with his supporters — he came up with the phrase “build the wall.” The reference, of course, is ...