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A respite from domestic turmoil

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s first presidential foreign trip has fortuitously given him a temporary respite from the firestorm generated by what he has called “that Russian thing,” and his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Much of the tenacious Washington press corps that has ...

Louse of a partner

Dear Annie: I am 44 years old and have been dating a 48-year-old man for 2 1/2 years. I met him three weeks after he got out of a 16-year relationship. There are some things I need help with. For most of the time we have been together, he has been talking to other women — sometimes his ...

Terrorists are ‘losers’

“Loser” is strange word. Literally and most plainly, it is simply someone who doesn’t win some specific contest or challenge: the loser of a race, boxing match, business deal, etc. Economists routinely talk about how this or that policy — on trade, taxes, whatever — creates ...

Pattern of abusive relationships

Dear Annie: My 35-year-old daughter can’t seem to meet a decent man to have a relationship with. She has never married but has had several long-term relationships. The men were very charming in the beginning but turned out to be physically and emotionally abusive. It’s hard for me to wrap ...

A ‘Groundhog Day’ scenario

The terrorism scenario is always the same. Events repeat themselves, like in the film “Groundhog Day.” First the video of screaming innocents, as in Manchester, England, where an Islamist detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert, killing at least 22 people, many of them ...

Trump got trolled

If President Donald Trump has acted as his own worst enemy in the Russia controversy, as everyone says, he’s been baited into it. Rush Limbaugh a couple of weeks ago said he was laughing over Trump’s “epic troll” of the Democrats by firing FBI Director James Comey (and meeting with ...

Texting and Driving

Dear Annie: Despite the passage of considerable time, sadly this topic is still one worthy of second thought and action. Fourteen years ago, my husband was killed in a senseless, tragic motor vehicle accident. A girl talking on her cellphone while driving lost control of her vehicle and was ...

Focusing on the victims

Familiar rituals followed the terrorist bombing at the arena in Manchester, England. Flowers piled up near the site of carnage. Reporters plumbed every line of the attacker’s profile, speculating on what may have inspired his vile act. Rallies called for solidarity and a rejection of ...

Trump abroad

What a difference a week makes. On May 19, President Donald Trump took off in Air Force One for the Middle East and Europe. He left behind a Washington and a nation buzzing about his firing of FBI Director James Comey, the multiple reasons he had given for doing so, the meeting he’d had with ...

A portentous election in the Peach State

ATLANTA — By the time Georgia’s 6th District votes in the June 20 special congressional election, $40 million — perhaps more than $130 per ballot — will have been spent to pick one-435th of one-half of one of the three branches of one of America’s governments. This is an expensive ...

Uncle is Dad

Dear Annie: I have known since I was a teenager that I am my uncle’s daughter. My mother and her brother-in-law, let’s call him “Simon,” had an affair while her husband, “Ed,” was away in the military. I spent many summers at Simon’s house in New York and never knew why. I ...

Fuel your activity right with carbohydrates!

As the weather gets warmer, many of us head out to take part in local running or biking races, or just to have some active fun on our own or with our families. To fuel up for these activities, it is important to eat foods that will help us do our best, whether for competition or just for fun. ...

Green baloney

The New York Times’ hostility to industry gets worse every day. Last week, the Times ran a big picture of a bay in Alaska with the headline “In Reversal, E.P.A. Eases Path for a Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay.” While this was just another of their stories about how Donald Trump will ...

Prosecuting criminal leaks

Who is the real threat to the national security? Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners? Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, and ...

Disowned but invited

Dear Annie: I am a widow with many children and stepchildren, who all are adults. Most of us get along and spend time with one another on a monthly basis. There is one stepson, “Joe,” who has decided to “disown” the family, feeling that he isn’t kept in the loop and that others ...

Trump’s welcome in Middle East

“We just got back from the Middle East,” President Trump said to the president of Israel after his flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to Tel Aviv, which is also in the Middle East. As Trumpisms go, this one is easy to forgive, particularly given how exhausted the president must have been ...

Federal power is ever-growing

WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal ...

Who let the dogs in?

Dear Annie: First, may I start off by saying I love animals, especially dogs. I have had several dogs and loved them, as they loved me, unconditionally. But when did it come to be that all dogs are service dogs? When did it start being OK to bring a dog into a grocery, a pharmacy and even a ...

Not on our soil

The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of “chutzpah,” if not necessarily the word. Ankara summoned the American ambassador to protest allegedly “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by the Washington, D.C., police. Their offense? Intervening after Turkish ...

Campus liberals are too easy to bait

“Rising to the bait” is a fishing term. Anglers lure fish hiding in the deep by positioning bait on or near the surface. Fish that rise to the bait usually end up on someone’s dinner plate. Conservative groups routinely try this technique on college liberals. Their lure is an ...