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Death penalty to make a comeback

States don’t execute very many people these days, so the Trump Administration intends to take up the slack by reviving the death penalty on the federal level for the first time in nearly two decades.

Given the president’s love for things as they used to be, it’s not surprising.

An old song about going back to where you came from

When President Trump ordered four members of Congress to go back where they came from—be it Cincinnati, Detroit, the Bronx or Somalia—I was reminded of a long forgotten song on the subject and quickly found it online:

 

“If you don’t like your Uncle Sammy,

Then go back to your home o’er the sea,

To the land from where you came,

Whatever be its name,

But don’t be ungrateful to me!”

 

What should UConn do with its football team?

The current consternation over the future of the University of Connecticut’s football program has exploded some myths about the way big time college sports are and are not paid for at UConn.

Nobody knows the troubles Trump’s seen

‘We accomplished more in the first two and a half years of a presidency and under circumstances that no president has had to deal with before.”

These words were actually spoken by Donald Trump before a cheering throng of believers as he officially opened his reelection campaign in Florida on June 18.

“Under circumstances that no president has had to deal with before?”  Really?

Nobody knows the troubles Trump’s seen

‘We accomplished more in the first two and a half years of a presidency and under circumstances that no president has had to deal with before.”

These words were actually spoken by Donald Trump before a cheering throng of believers as he officially opened his reelection campaign in Florida on June 18.

“Under circumstances that no president has had to deal with before?”  Really?

A correction about national politics, 18 years in the making

Members of four generations, ages 37 to 77, are currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. The list includes two from a generation whose political obituary I wrote in this newspaper 18 years ago.

A correction, 18 years in the making

Members of four generations, ages 37 to 77, are currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. The list includes two from a generation whose political obituary I wrote in this newspaper 18 years ago.

Andrew Johnson’s impeachment killed the idea for a century

We have had 2.5 presidential impeachments in our history. The first occurred 151 years ago and the other one and a half came along in the past 45 years. 

Most recent was the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1999 when a Republican Senate couldn’t come close to getting the two thirds majority needed to find him guilty of perjury or obstruction of justice.  

He’s a Yankee Doodle Donald

I see that our president is proposing some modest changes in Washington’s traditional Independence Day celebration — changes that just might make the day more about him.

There will still be fireworks — the traditional kind, moved from the Mall to the Potomac, and the nontraditional kind in the form of an address from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by our pyrotechnist-in-chief, Donald J. Trump.  

A baseball comedy routine, a singer and a song

In the 1940s, my father’s cousin would occasionally get us tickets to the broadcasts of the Kate Smith radio program, which General Foods sponsored. Those excursions across the Hudson to Manhattan’s Radio City and dinner at Tofenetti’s Times Square restaurant were major events for our young family.