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His portfolio of editorial cartoons in hand, Burris Jenkins Jr. arrived for a job interview at The New York American one day in 1931 and mistakenly got off the elevator at the wrong floor. He found himself in the sports department of the rival Evening ...

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How well do you know the Democratic candidates for president? They are an eclectic bunch, with personal stories that differ more than their policies. For instance, here's a factoid about former Rep. Joe Sestak, who recently entered the race: He wal...

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Silly me. I thought one advantage of having a 76-year-old Democrat running for president is that his campaign would be refreshingly old school: a few lawn signs, a bus trip across Iowa and an occasional postcard to supporters through the U.S. Mail. ...

I've been thinking about the concept of universal child care ever since a chance encounter with a mother I'll refer to as Suzy and her youngster whom I'll call Blake. A quote from Sen. Elizabeth Warren lingers in my mind. "Not just the children of ...

I read an essay the other day that caught me totally unprepared. It was written by a teacher in Charlotte, N.C., who stated that at a meeting about how to deal with an armed intruder, someone suggested giving teachers marbles to scatter in hallways to ...

I wrote a column recently about lawmakers in East Tennessee voting to make Blount County a "Second Amendment Sanctuary." They established a haven for gun owners seeking asylum from bothersome restrictions on firearms. These folks are on to somethin...

The 2020 election will be profoundly affected by what's known as AVR. If you live in one of 15 states where it's been implemented you're undoubtedly aware how simple and significant it is. Automatic voter registration has boosted the number of elig...

Of all the important issues in the 2020 campaign, how much money each of the Democrats has should not be on any list. But now that Bernie Sanders has released his tax returns he is being singled out for the sin of having too much dough. Not more mo...

Nancy Pelosi, the only Democrat Donald Trump seems to truly fear, is a branch of reason in our thickly overgrown political forest. Even before Robert Mueller finished his report it was House Speaker Pelosi who cautioned that impeachment was not the...

Voters and pundits might struggle with Democrats' policy positions in the 2020 campaign, but it's remarkable how swiftly they lock in the names. Bernie is always "Bernie," not "Sanders," yet Warren is "Warren," not "Liz." Pete is "Pete," never "But...