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She had it all: A great personal story as a first-generation American, a likable personality, a solid political record, an uncommon ability to hit the ground running with ease and competence, and a golden opportunity that made her a household name and earned her an international reputation.

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If you are paying attention to the Washington circus that is the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s handling of the much maligned Ukraine call, this is what real collusion looks like: a media largely committed to advancing the goal of Democrats to severely damage or remove him…

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As far as I can tell from a reading of history, while some presidents were friends of clergy, who sometimes advised them, to my knowledge, none hired them as staff members. Until the presidency of Richard Nixon. It was during Nixon's administration that Charles Colson began mobilizing the ev…

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Dear Dave: I’ve gotten out of debt before following your plan, but I always seem to fall right back in. I find myself spending more than I mean to whenever I go out shopping or running errands. I’m tired of all this, and I want to stop busting my budget and get control of my money once and f…

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Before he brought “Law and Order” into our living rooms by playing a district attorney on TV, actor Fred Thompson was a real-life Republican senator from Tennessee. And before that, when Fred and I first got to know each other in 1973, he was just a 30-year-old attorney, freshly hired by Sen…

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When Mitt Romney was elected as a U.S. senator in Utah, I naively said to myself he will try to build a strong relationship with President Donald Trump in order to make more of a listener out of him. At the same time, he will try to build understandings with both Democrats and Republicans in…

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WASHINGTON — Why would President Donald Trump’s hard-core defenders think the best way to defend a floundering leader is to hurl repulsive dual loyalty charges at a decorated Army combat veteran who feels an obligation to tell the truth to Congress?

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Only extreme partisans intent on denying President Donald Trump any credit for any success would be critical of the operation he ordered that resulted in the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Dear Dave: I’m 26 and single, and I have about $35,000 in credit card and student loan debt. I’m only making $20,000 a year right now, but I expect to be making almost $30,000 soon. Under the circumstances, can I get by with $500 in my emergency fund, or do I need to have $1,000 set aside li…

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WASHINGTON — There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better. Moments, that is, when a society's per capita quantity of conspicuous stupidity is so high and public manners are so low that a critical mass of people are jolted into saying "enough, already." Looking…

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Depending on the polls you read and how you read them, nearly half of those surveyed want the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump to continue. That is not the same as wanting him impeached, much less convicted by the Senate and removed from office, but it represents a momentum the p…

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Dear Dave: What’s the best way to talk to a parent, and tell them their career or financial choices aren’t working out? My mom and dad divorced a few years ago, and now my mom is having money problems. She bought some rental properties after the divorce with the idea becoming a landlord and …

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WASHINGTON — "I am a classically trained engineer," says Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, "and I firmly believe in regression to the mean." Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today's politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the regression of …

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Last week White House counsel Pat Cipollone notified leaders in the House of Representatives that the Trump administration will not “participate” in an impeachment investigation in any way. If you are looking for the most prominent indicator of the outrageous nature of Cipollone’s letter, yo…

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Dear Dave: My husband lost his job last week. The good news is we’re completely debt-free, and we have a six-month emergency fund saved up. I work part-time, since we have young children, and I’ve been bringing home about $800 a month. Should we cut our budget down to bare bones now, or do y…

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A 1961 “Twilight Zone” episode starred Peter Falk as a Central American revolutionary whose paranoia eventually leads to his destruction. The dictator he has deposed tells him about a mirror given to him by “an old woman,” a mirror that will show him who’s plotting to assassinate him. The re…

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Usually on the second weekend of June each year, Shoals ATV Riders have their annual St. Jude Ride to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Rese…

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Recently, an article appeared in your paper concerning aquatic plants on Wheeler Lake. You need to check out this problem on Pickwick Lake, es…

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Am I the only one that’s upset about the slow-running water in east Florence? Something has got to be done.

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I’m just replying to the guy who called in and said Democrats are risking their own political futures to rein in this rogue president. Let me …

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I’ve always heard an elephant never forgets, but clearly that’s not true. Republicans can’t remember they were the ones who changed the rules …

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