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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Connie Schultz
Democrat

Good Golly, Ohio

There are 3,435 provisional ballots yet to be counted. If O’Connor and Balderson are less than half a percentage point apart, state law requires a recount.

August 9, 2018

Love For A Child Isn’t So Simple Anymore

“He’s been like that since I got him back,” his mother said. “He doesn’t want to talk to anyone.”

August 3, 2018
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The Real Reason Trump Hates Journalists So Deeply

“‘Thank you for your service, the First Amendment is so important right now.'”

July 26, 2018
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In Our Age Of Anxiety, A Restorative Pause

On Monday, the president of the United States sided with Vladimir Putin over the U.S. intelligence community. The world erupted. Here at home, prominent voices accused Trump of betrayal and even treason.

July 21, 2018
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Mr. Rogers And Parents At The Border

This is Donald Trump’s version of America, and we have yet to fully comprehend the impact of this trauma he has been willing to inflict on all of those innocent young children.

July 16, 2018
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After The Attack In Annapolis, The Anger Stage Of Grief

With dwindling resources and shrinking staffs, these journalists work harder than ever to reflect the depth and breadth of life unfolding around them.

July 5, 2018
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Let’s Not Confuse Civility With Surrender

Before I sat down to write this column about what it means to be civil in today’s political climate, I took my dog for a walk through our neighborhood.

July 1, 2018
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A Teenager’s Visit To The Border — And The Mile That Changed Her

If she wanted to, 17-year-old Mary Grace Geise could pretend that what is happening to migrants at our southern border has nothing to do with her lucky life.

June 21, 2018
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After Border Cruelty, No More Excuses For Trump

So no, I am not interested in listening to why Trump “isn’t all bad,” and for the life of me, I can’t imagine how anyone still says that out loud.

June 15, 2018

Round Up The Parents; Lose The Children

Salma Sabala, who works at the nursery with her mother and sister, told WNWO-TV that undercover officers initially misled employees by showing up in their break room with boxes from Dunkin’ Donuts.

June 8, 2018
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We Already Knew This About Roseanne Barr

So no, I did not like Roseanne Barr’s show, ever. In its original form, the series gave educated, well-off Americans an excuse to cling to their stereotypes of us.

June 1, 2018
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A Singular Mother

At the last minute, with an unfortunate combination of bad news and gratuitous drama, the divorced father was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding.

May 24, 2018

You, Too, Would Do This To Save The Life Of Your Child

Three decades later, Donald Trump nominated Sessions as U.S. attorney general, and the Republican Senate majority ushered him in.

May 12, 2018
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Well, Good For Michelle Wolf, Anyway

Things are happening at warp speed these days, and maybe you’ve already moved on from comedian Michelle Wolf’s performance at last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Alas, I haven’t. Not just yet. The annual dinner is that one night of the year when Washington journalists try to act as if it were perfectly normal […]

May 3, 2018
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Tapes Reveal NFL Owners’ Mixed Emotions About Trump And Race

Trump was most likely referring to Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the pregame national anthem. He did this to draw attention to racial oppression and inequality in the U.S., and he was soon joined by dozens of other players — most, but not all, of them black.

April 26, 2018
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Barbara Bush Was All That

I never thought Barbara Bush would remind me of my working-class mother, but there it is. When I read these two accounts, in the wake of Bush’s death this week at age 92, I thought of my mom and the way she openly marveled at how I, her college-educated firstborn, thrived in the throes of the feminist movement.

April 20, 2018
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits to meet India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured), before Modi speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber in Capitol Hill, Washington, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Paul Ryan’s Family Legacy

It is just as true that putting family first can mean doing everything one can to oppose the continued harm this president is inflicting on families across the country. This requires one to define family as something bigger than the number of people living under your roof. One must also be willing to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump in defense of other families.

April 14, 2018
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50 Years Of White What-ifs

King was the central force of the civil rights movement for black Americans, and as long as there are white Americans who think the color of one’s skin determines the boundaries of one’s community, none of us white people can lay claim to any part of King. Fortunately, he didn’t draw those kinds of lines when it came to his advocacy for fellow Americans.

April 6, 2018
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Wonder Woman + Me

The one with the ponytail kept looking around at the crowd of thousands, as if she couldn’t believe her eyes. The other girl marched face-forward, holding up a handmade sign: “I cannot stand by while innocent lives are lost. — Wonder Woman + Me” They had most likely seen Gal Gadot utter those very words as Wonder Woman in the 2017 film, and now they saw themselves in her. What a lift on such a somber day.

March 30, 2018
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A New Lesson Plan In West Virginia

On the brink of victory, the crowd of teachers gathered in the West Virginia Capitol started singing the state anthem. Seeing so many people, of such a mix of ages and colors, swaying together as they belt out John Denver’s 1971 hit “Take Me Home, Country Roads” can make you believe we really are making progress in this country.

March 9, 2018
A selection of handguns are seen for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in Parker, Colorado December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

After Another Massacre, A Change In Inventory

Interesting how some conservative pundits, gun zealots and other cynics have tried to dismiss the activism of the teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shootings. It’s just a pit stop for these kids, they argue, on the way to the rest of their lives. Even more interesting is just how wrong some pundits, gun zealots and other cynics can be.

March 2, 2018

And the Children Shall Lead Us

These and dozens more letters like them are part of the university’s “Kent State Shootings” digital archive. Reading them this week, in the wake of the shootings that killed 14 students and three staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is a potent reminder of what too often happens in this country when generations collide.

February 25, 2018

Tip Thievery, Codified — By Donald Trump

Fourteen years later, I could still write that column about tip jars in too many restaurants and party centers across the country. I know this because when I see a tip jar, I almost always ask an employee who gets to keep the money in it. I am long accustomed to that soft and often nervous response: Management either skims the tips or steals all of them.

February 9, 2018
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Greetings From This ‘Career Obsessed Banshee’ Feminist

Thanks to recent national coverage of Missouri Senate candidate Courtland Sykes and his self-declared expertise on “nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she devils,” we’re all getting a glimpse into the darker recesses of his mind. It’s as if he threw open the doors to his cranial cellar and yelled, “C’mon in, folks!” I’m here to lead […]

February 2, 2018
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A Few Divorce Tips For Steve Bannon

Barely a week has passed since the release of Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury,” which depicts the president as unhinged and unstable and Bannon as hellbent on alienating anyone who ever liked him even a little. Now Bannon is finding himself to be many formers: former presidential whisperer to Donald Trump, former executive chairman of Breitbart News, former Sirius XM talk show host.

January 12, 2018