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Mainstream media are trying to make President Joe Biden look good, according to conservative critics who want to make him look bad. Nothing new about that in our polarized times in which it is easier to find news that agrees with your views than to challenge them.

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When he was running for president in 2016, Donald Trump said he was going to build a 1,000-mile concrete wall, maybe 30 feet high, on the southern border, and that Mexico would pay for it. The idea, meant to halt gobs of illegal immigration, was outlandish, empty-headed and abandoned.

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West Virginia is unique among America’s 50 states. At a convention in Wheeling, Virginia, in 1861, delegates from Virginia’s northwest counties, which were loyal to the Union, voted to break away from that state over the issue of slavery and their refusal to be part of the Confederate states.

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

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When a politician promises to “tell the truth,” as President Joe Biden did in his nationally televised address last Thursday, you can add that statement to familiar ones lacking the ring of sincerity. They include: “The gun isn’t loaded;” “the microphone is off;” “if you like your doctor, yo…

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For centuries, one of the great pastimes of the English landed gentry was foxhunting. Part of that fun involved the occasional need to distract the hounds away from the scent they’d been following, which was accomplished by dragging a red herring — a real fish on a string — across the trail …

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He walked out on the stage and the crowd was cheering, the music was blasting “I’m proud to be an American,” and former President Donald Trump did look proud, very proud. This was despite a lost election he says he won, a Capitol riot he says he did not start and a furious but failed impeach…

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Former president Donald Trump emerged from 38 days of self-enforced silence for a lengthy speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, that was frequently interrupted with boisterous applause and chants from an adoring, mostly white and older crowd.

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President Joe Biden says he’s ready to resuscitate the Iran deal former President Barack Obama disastrously gave us if Iran quits its advanced uranium enrichment, the kind that could ultimately deliver nuclear bombs. Bullying Iran says in reply that it will do no such thing unless Biden firs…

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I wasn’t going to write a second column on the passing of Rush Limbaugh but given the reaction from hostile and snarky individuals — even from a few self-styled conservatives — explaining his influence is key to understanding him and more importantly the movement for which he was such a powe…

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Social workers empower people, comfort them, and help navigate life’s most difficult moments; yet as helpful as we are, our profession often remains misunderstood.

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Talking about race, I have long observed, is like talking about sex: We know it’s important, we like to think we know all about it, and yet we’re reluctant to talk about it in mixed company or in front of the children.

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Most Alabamians remember the “poop train” well. In 2018 it was revealed that 10 million pounds of human waste was being shipped from New York to a landfill in Adamsville. When Alabama residents became aware of this exploitation, they fought back. Within weeks, New York’s contract to send its…

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The problem with free money is that it leads to an addiction much like an addiction to drugs. In the case of the $1.9 trillion “relief” bill that has no Republican support, Congress is the supplier, while those on the receiving end become increasingly addicted to government and less self-reliant.

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President Joe Biden and his press secretary, Jen Psaki, have assured us he is a "devout Catholic" who "attends church regularly." The question is not new but should be asked again and a credible answer demanded. How can one be devout about one's faith and not comport with Scripture and the t…

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If you can’t be a king, goes an old nugget of political wisdom, be a kingmaker. Former President Donald Trump is taking that advice to heart, shifting his post-presidency to endorsements of some and condemnations of others.

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Conspiracy theories have always played a role in American politics. The Know Nothing Party of the 1850s was founded entirely on belief that si…

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The Dothan Eagle on whether Gov. Kay Ivey will seek re-election:

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There is no need to worry about billions that’s going overseas. I’m 82 years old and its been going on ever since I’ve been in the world.

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If you have never seen the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” now might be the right time. I think Aunt Nancy Pelosi has assumed the rol…

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It is understandable why every December the mail doesn’t come until 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. It is also understandable during the COVID crisis, the ma…

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