Opinion

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The Silencer: With the Stakes Getting High, the President Tightens the Muzzle

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It isn't easy being Donald Trump these days: so many people to silence and so little time. Muzzling those who have damaging evidence on you can be exhausting in the best of circumstances, and keeping a lid on so much incriminating information springing from so many different sources would make anyone cranky. The president has had to block the disclosure of his tax returns, stonewall congressional subpoenas, fire a slew of inspectors general investigating corruption in his administration and launder $130,000 in hush money to buy the silence of a porn star with whom he was having an "alleged" affair four months after his third wife gave birth to their son. And that's just for starters. It is never a good sign when the United States Marine Band has to be pointedly reminded not to play "Hail to the One-Man Racketeering Enterprise" when the president appears.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I recently read the letter from A Better Man Today, who was concerned about people reading his personal diary, particularly about his "dark times."
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Polls Apart

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New York Times/Siena College has Democrat Joe Biden at 50% and Republican President Donald Trump at 36%; CNN has 36%; Fox News has Biden Biden at 54% and Trump at 50% and Trump at 38%. These recent national polls have left Democrats almost giddy with anticipation. But before Democrats put the champagne on ice, they would be wise to remember the prophetic words of an authentically wise Texan. Former Gov. Ann Richards said, on July 3, 1988, on CBS's "Face the Nation": "July does not a November election make."