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Froma Harrop: Why Barbara Bush is so high up in George H.W.'s obituaries

Posted 12/8/2018 in National Columns

Rarely has a president been identified so closely with his wife. That Barbara Bush never pursued a big-league career made her high profile even more remarkable. Nor did she fashion herself into an icon of elegance and glamour. She rose to prominence for simply being the partner-in-life of George H.W. Bush.

 

Froma Harrop: Bringing the future back into American politics

Posted 12/6/2018 in National Columns

An ad on ABC's "Live with Kelly and Ryan" shows a little girl dragging a teddy bear to her mom at an elegant dinner table. The mother hugs her again and again. Then up pop the words: "You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation."

 

Froma Harrop: He who primaries can be primaried

Posted 11/28/2018 in National Columns

Republicans and Democrats both battle over party doctrine and control. The difference with the Democrats is that their discontents often don't stop fighting after the results are in.

 

Froma Harrop: America's wealth floods into already wealthy cities

Posted 11/24/2018 in National Columns

When Amazon chose a Queens neighborhood across from Manhattan for one of its new headquarters, James Corden remarked on "The Late Late Show," "I gotta say, I really think this could be the thing that finally puts New York on the map."

 

Froma Harrop: Is the economy headed to Crazytown?

Posted 11/23/2018 in National Columns

The recent election suggested - and subsequent polls showed - that a public happy with the economy under Donald Trump is nevertheless very unhappy with the man himself.

 

Froma Harrop: Democrats, listen to Bustos and keep Pelosi

Posted 11/21/2018 in National Columns

Nancy Pelosi will probably return as speaker of the House and should. A proven master at running the legislature, she's plug-and-play ready and able to steer Democrats through these chaotic times.

 

Froma Harrop: Democrats need an immigration policy fast

Posted 11/8/2018 in National Columns

In recent months, the political leadership of two neighboring countries with large immigration programs issued very different messages. They would be the United States and Canada.

 

Froma Harrop: Funny how the stock market tweets come and go

Posted 11/1/2018 in National Columns

After a long absence, another "Stock Market up" tweet was issued Wednesday by Donald Trump.

 

Froma Harrop: So now it's real explosive devices

Posted 10/25/2018 in National Columns

What Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, CNN and George Soros have in common is that each looms large in the right wing's pantheon of liberal demons. And each has been sent a pipe bomb.

 

Froma Harrop: Will you stop obsessing over Trump insults?

Posted 10/24/2018 in National Columns

It's getting harder by the day to tune in to MSNBC. My chief complaint isn't the leftish slant. It's the news channel's obsession with the latest idiocy to emerge from the Trumpian yap.

 

Froma Harrop: On Wall Street, Us R Toys

Posted 10/16/2018 in National Columns

As America emerged from World War II, the public generally agreed that the ordinary people who had endured the sacrifice should share in the good times ahead. A golden age for the American worker commenced as business, labor and government stood together on the stage.

 

Froma Harrop: Even birth control is under attack

Posted 10/11/2018 in National Columns

There was a time when Republicans and Democrats generally agreed that access to birth control was a public good. Most saw preventing unwanted pregnancies as key to making abortions rare.

 

Froma Harrop: Here's to people who work with their hands

Posted 10/1/2018 in National Columns

After leaving high school, my father worked in factories and drove trucks. College was never in the cards for him. Though a good thinker -- the Navy put him in a program dominated by college grads -- he never excelled academically. And in any case, he had parents and young brothers to support.

 

Froma Harrop: Are low prices always a good thing?

Posted 9/27/2018 in National Columns

If you like exploring the great outdoors, as I do, you probably enjoy shopping (or at least looking) in those high-end stores serving campers, hikers and the like.

 

Froma Harrop: How about Medicare Advantage for all?

Posted 9/14/2018 in National Columns

A resurfaced Barack Obama has uttered those three little words: "Medicare for all."

 

Froma Harrop: On climate threat, states refuse to surrender

Posted 9/12/2018 in National Columns

As large parts of America burn or drown under weird weather conditions made more extreme by global warming, California and other states are doggedly pursuing solutions.

 

Froma Harrop: The silly debate about socialism

Posted 9/6/2018 in National Columns

What's with all this socialism business? A handful of lefty candidates are calling themselves socialists without a single radical socialistic item on their promise lists.

 

Froma Harrop: 'Colleges defend free speech' should not be a headline

Posted 8/29/2018 in National Columns

As the academic year starts, we can expect to hear new tales of censorship at colleges and persecution of faculty who go astray from prescribed views.

 

Froma Harrop: Mothers who do too much

Posted 8/23/2018 in National Columns

Here's a true story about a fine woman with an advanced degree whom I will not name for obvious reasons.

 

Froma Harrop: Environmental malpractice washes onto the beach

Posted 8/20/2018 in Local Columns

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency over an environmental disaster that he insists has nothing to do with him.

 

 

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