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Good news for the incoming House Democratic majority! They have something President Trump really, really wants: money to build a border wall. Trump is desperate for this money. Mexico won't give it to him. Only congressional Democrats can. Without their consent, he can't deliver on one of the key campaign promises he made during the 2016 election.

When we go on vacation, I spend some time aboard cruise ships in the casino. On occasion, I may step into the Ho-Chunk facility in Wisconsin Dells when passing through the area. I enjoy the atmosphere. I also feel the “tug” of emotion telling me this could be my big day.

Disposing of wipes and grease down the drain can cause sewage to backup into your home. One of the biggest contributors to sewer backups is wipes that have been flushed down the drain. The packaging on these products is misleading. It is true that they are flushable, but when they are flushe…

A tourist in Florentine museums is like a skipping stone above unfathomable depths. Here a Botticelli. There a Donatello. A single room at the Uffizi that would reward a lifetime of study gets five hurried minutes before lunch.

For people who support the humane treatment of animals, including those that end up on America's dinner plates, the farm bill's passage last week was a gift befitting the season -- and a grand bipartisan gesture to close out the year.

Millions of anxious fans are now watching their fortunes rise or fall in the annual fantasy football playoffs. Although fantasy competition is based on actual performances in the NFL, it operates in a way that is fundamentally different from real life. In fantasy sports, allegiance to teams …

Google Chief executive Sundar Pichai’s appearance before Congress on Tuesday augured an era of increased scrutiny for technology companies. The hearing was also a swan song for a Republican majority that has chosen to prioritize political posturing over more pressing issues about how powerfu…

I just read the article, "Did lunch rush play role in crash?", about Janesville high school students speeding and driving recklessly on their lunch breaks. I heard a number of solutions offered to help ameliorate this problem. The one simple solution I didn't see offered was to require stude…

Respected news sources have described those 16 televised minutes of shouting between Donald Trump and “Chuck and Nancy” as an “altercation” and a “lurid” exchange. To New York ears, it was just a discussion.

A proposed Federal Communications Commission rule would give cable companies more authority over how much they pay municipalities in franchise fees, and that can mean only one thing. If this rule passes, cable companies will be paying less.

Very often these days, we hear about the wonderful richness of the international community. Americans are chastised for failing to go along with the international community on climate change; failing to follow the consensus of the international community on health care; failing to mirror the…

In case you’re wondering why you should care about a scandal-ridden House race in North Carolina—the last race on the midterm calendar that has yet to be decided—I’ll simply quote congressional expert Molly Reynolds from the Brookings think tank in Washington: “Fundamentally, all Americans h…

Recent revelations about billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's sweetheart deal with government prosecutors -- thanks to a cadre of all-star defense attorneys who basically treated underage accusers like throwaways -- are the tip of the iceberg in a scandal of money, power, sex, corruption and boys' club criminality.

The late President Bush will be remembered as the president whose passion was that we become “a kinder and gentler nation.” Thankfully, in many ways, his life of service illustrated that. And oh, how we need that now! But at least during the few days of mourning over Bush’s death, perhaps we…

It often starts off easy. For me it did. An elderly friend needed some help with food shopping and dealing with the cable company. He has no family to speak of, and his close friends have died. Pushing 90, his thinking had obviously slowed, but he could still shave, bathe and dress.

With regard to November elections, the term “October surprise” is so commonplace as to have become a bit clichéd: A revelation or accusation about a candidate in the final month before the election—whether unearthed by the candidate’s opponent or brought to light by journalists—that challeng…

As you know, the Legislature took action last week to protect the strong conservative accomplishments that I have been a part of over the last eight years. Early actions by the incoming administration have shown an intent to weaken these reforms without including the Legislature in the proce…

In the emergency room and on the battlefield it’s easy to appreciate the wisdom of a triage system: Those with the greatest need are helped first. But few of us, particularly the wealthy, apply that same type of thinking when it comes to making donations to charities.

As painful as it is for 14,000 employees and the five communities affected by the plant closings, GM CEO Mary Bara was correct when she said the moves were made to ensure any kind of future for GM.