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Even the publication location of an important new research paper on chronic wasting disease, CWD, is a public service.

Our collective shock in the aftermath of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, is starting to wear off. It always does.

More than two-plus years since his election, I still sometimes wake up in a cold sweat at night wondering how Donald Trump became our president.

President Donald Trump’s use of Twitter on Sunday to tell four women minority members of the House of Representatives who have strongly criticized his immigration policies to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came” is textbook racism.

The most controversial problems also are the most difficult to solve. Otherwise they wouldn’t be controversial.

Recently, the Eau Claire Waterways & Parks Commission rejected adopting the name Veterans Tribute Park. Many said they wanted to see more discussion between the Veterans Foundation and those involved with the community gardens.

Regarding “horse race” coverage of presidential primaries, the current Democratic contest quite resembles the Kentucky Derby. Coming out of the starting gate, there are at least twice as many entries as there ought to be. The majority have no realistic chance.

Our society is sharply polarized for a bunch of reasons, but one that sticks out in my mind is the prevailing sense of righteousness. You see it all the time in online debates — the other side isn’t just mistaken, it’s deficient, or venal, or immoral, or even evil.

Several decades ago, as I was making my transition from covering sports to city government at The Janesville Gazette, I got some sage advice about covering public budgets from the fellow I was replacing.

It’s no surprise the GOP legislators scrapped Medicaid expansion, medical pot and an increased minimum wage in Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget; why wouldn’t they?

Ever since attending “An Evening with Chris Botti” at the Pablo Center at the Confluence last month to kick off the Eau Claire Jazz Festival, I’ve been struggling to describe what I and about 800 others witnessed.

One of the first things aspiring reporters learn in journalism class is to answer the “five W’s and an H” in every story they write. That stands for “who, what, when, where, why and how.” It’s a handy formula that applies to everything from traffic accidents to government meetings to sportin…

I was visiting my snowbird father near Tampa, Fla., about four years ago when we took a side trip while driving near his residence.

If you didn’t know Joe Biden was of Irish descent, you might think he was French, or Italian. The man exudes personal warmth. He touches people, leans in close, pats their shoulders, whispers in their ears and plants unsolicited kisses. Upon women, that is.

Here come two Democrats vying for the Oval Office: Joe Biden, who has been getting headlines for the kind tradition of hugging women; and Sen. Kamala Harris, who has been getting relatively few, smaller headlines for ruining lives. Biden, kind of a centrist, could be in deep trouble while Ha…

The Trump administration is right about one thing: The U.S. immigration system is broken, and the surge of desperate migrant families from Central America arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border threatens to overwhelm the resources the government has deployed there.

Every child knows if he is attacked by a bully in a schoolyard it helps to have buddies alongside him. All the more so for nation states: Military allies make attacks less likely and alliances of democracies strengthen their hands against despots.

Between his exclamations of “total exoneration,” President Trump has spent much time recently stirring the pot about Obamacare. Here, for example, is a recent tweet: “The Republican Party will become the Party of Great Health care! ObamaCare is a disaster, far too expensive and deductibility…

Not long ago, we were talking about living to 120. Remember? Science and medicine were advancing so rapidly, we figured to double the life expectancy of our grandparents. What would we do with all those extra years?

“Money isn’t everything,” a friend once told me, “but it beats the heck out of whatever is in second place.”

Some new faces are coming to the Leader-Telegram, and some familiar ones are making a return.

WASHINGTON — Fortunately for the republic, President Trump and his minions can’t even do an end-zone dance right. And their celebration, by the way, is wildly premature.

Many Trump opponents were shocked and disappointed by Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusion that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Some appa…

If it’s news to you that social climbers see buying their children’s way into fancy, name-brand colleges as the functional equivalent of wearing Rolex watches or driving Maseratis, then I don’t know where to start.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Whatever anyone says about Beto O’Rourke in the coming months, no one will ever accuse him of lacking enthusiasm.

No child’s first choice of a Christmas present would be “1001 SAT Words” and underwear. But that’s what I got the year I was 10. My parents came to the U.S. as Korean War refugees, and the gifts represented what they considered most important: education and primary needs.

A long-standing principle of Anglo-American law is that a defendant shouldn’t be held criminally responsible for his behavior if mental illness made it impossible for him to tell right from wrong. Yet the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hold that the Constitution requires that defendants …

The U.S. National Security Agency has reportedly mothballed a domestic spying program the NSA and its allies in Congress fought vigorously to retain just a few years ago.

My alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, has an unseemly connection to the recent admissions scandal. A tennis coach was fired after he allegedly accepted $100,000 to facilitate the admission of a non-tennis-playing but well-connected student. The coach is pleading not guilty.

He said he wasn’t running for president, no way, forget it, and now he is, meaning that Beto O’Rourke can probably change his mind on issues too. That would be good because he wants 15 judges on the Supreme Court for the sake of diversity — or maybe just to be on the goofy side of history.

There’s a famous scene in “Casablanca” where the corrupt police chief played by Claude Rains shuts down Humphrey Bogart’s casino.

When I receive my property tax bill each December, I focus first on how much the bottom line increased from the previous year. Next, I look at the percentage increase in each of the taxing jurisdictions and compare that to the increase in the cost of living.

The Republican Party that can’t get out of it’s own way is alive and unwell. The party that threw away winnable Senate seats by nominating people such as Todd Akin (Missouri, 2012) and Christine O’Donnell (Delaware, 2010) and couldn’t prevent the nomination of a reality television star for t…

WASHINGTON — In April 2018, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged Senate leaders to pass her bipartisan Congressional Harassment Reform Act. “Congress has a sexual harassment problem — and isn’t taking it seriously,” Gillibrand wrote in Fortune magazine. “If we can’t clean up our own act, how can an…

WASHINGTON — Please, Tom Steyer, stop spending all that money on impeachment ads. If you want to run spots against President Trump, target his shameful 2020 budget.

Why do Republicans stick with Donald Trump? It’s a question I’m asked again and again by Democrats, “Never Trumpers” and journalists.

The rhetoric of American exceptionalism usually makes me a little uncomfortable. Bragging is unseemly, and generally boasters have trouble getting along with others. President Ronald Reagan called America a “shining city upon a hill,” but a cynic might note that there are other cities on oth…

The headline of Mark Zuckerberg’s 3,200-word blog post Wednesday — “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking” — might lead you to believe that the Facebook chief executive had decided to stop making bank off the reams of personal information extracted from the social media network’s users.

The numbers are sobering. The federal government reported Tuesday that immigration agents apprehended 76,000 people — most of them families or unaccompanied minors — at the U.S.-Mexico border in February, twice the level of the previous year and the highest for February in 11 years. The incr…