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Column: The Obama legacy

If you had set out to assess President Barack Obama’s legacy four years ago, when he won re-election convincingly over Mitt Romney, the assessment might have gone like this. On foreign policy, reasonably high marks: Osama bin Laden dead,...

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Column: What happened to the honeymoon?

WASHINGTON — The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the...

Column: The Trump and pony show
I’m going to follow the advice an old journalism hand gave me when I started out at City Hall: pay more attention to what a politician does than to what he says.
Column: Trump, sex and lots of whining
Column: Trump, sex and lots of whining

Finally, Donald Trump held a press conference. I know you want to hear the sex-in-Russia part.

The world learned this week about memos from a retired British intelligence officer on relations between the Trump campaign and the Russians. They...

Editorial cartoon: Fake news
Editorial cartoon: Fake news

Editorial cartoon: 10 years of iPhone
Editorial cartoon: 10 years of iPhone

Editorial cartoon: Trump tweets
Editorial cartoon: Trump tweets

Column: Cold War relic, present-day threat

WASHINGTON — You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching...

Column: Online and scared

And so it came to pass that in the winter of 2016 the world hit a tipping point that was revealed by the most unlikely collection of actors: Vladimir Putin, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg and the Macy’s department store. Who’d...

Southern Exposure: Seaside City Council to continue in former Mayor Larson’s tradition
Southern Exposure: Seaside City Council to continue in former Mayor Larson’s tradition
Larson's guidance shaped Seaside poliitics
Water Under the Bridge: Jan. 11, 2017
Water Under the Bridge: Jan. 11, 2017
From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers
Editorial cartoon: The Devil Wears Prada
Editorial cartoon: The Devil Wears Prada

Column: Erasing Obama

For a soon-to-be nowhere man, he’s everywhere. Sensing “time’s winged chariot hurrying near,” as the poet had it, President Barack Obama is using every hour left in his presidency to ensure that Donald Trump will not erase...

Column: Deficits matter again

Not long ago prominent Republicans like Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, liked to warn in apocalyptic terms about the dangers of budget deficits, declaring that a Greek-style crisis was just around the corner. But now, suddenly, those very same...

Editorial cartoon: Airport
Editorial cartoon: Airport

Column: Climbing toward lofty goals
Column: Climbing toward lofty goals

Envision a place where all kids have high-quality education, where their social and emotional needs are met, where they have access to healthy food and medical care. What if there were a way to improve the 70 percent graduation rate in Clatsop County?...

Editorial cartoon: Health care
Editorial cartoon: Health care

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Column: Reality politics, starring Donald Trump
Column: Reality politics, starring Donald Trump

Two big political events this week. A new Congress started work and “The New Celebrity Apprentice” arrived on TV.

“Celebrity Apprentice” is now hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former action movie star who became a...

Editorial cartoon: Ethics
Editorial cartoon: Ethics

Editorial cartoon: String theory
Editorial cartoon: String theory

Editorial cartoon: Ethics
Editorial cartoon: Ethics

Column: Trump’s disastrous example

Donald Trump rightly reprimanded House Republicans on Tuesday for their move to disembowel the Office of Congressional Ethics, but let’s not be duped or dumb. This was like a crackhead dad fuming at his kids for smoking a little...

Column: From hands to heads to hearts
Add it all up and you quickly realize that Donald Trump’s election isn’t the only thing disrupting society today.
Water Under the Bridge: Jan. 4, 2017
Water Under the Bridge: Jan. 4, 2017
From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers
Editorial cartoon: Polar plunge
Editorial cartoon: Polar plunge

Column: A month without sugar
Column: A month without sugar

It is in chicken stock, sliced cheese, bacon and smoked salmon, in mustard and salad dressing, in crackers and nearly every single brand of sandwich bread. It is all around us — in obvious ways and hidden ones — and it is utterly...

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