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Bill Straub: President Trump hides in plain sight, while Mitch McConnell provides the cover he needs

WASHINGTON – It was left to Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott and a couple of senior members of the upper chamber to make the short trip down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House in August 1974 to tell the second-most corrupt president in the nation’s history – Richard Nixon – that the jig was up. Scott, a pipe-smoking, mustachioed, moderate from Pennsylvania, didn’t exactly blurt out...

Jamie Vaught: Watergate, ‘fake news’ and Hemingway among topics for your late summer reading list

This is the second of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books that you may enjoy this summer. • “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy” by Anne Lamott (Riverhead Books, $20) is an attempt to tell what we need to know about mercy. While using the kindness, wisdom and humor, Lamott explains that as we struggle to move through this complex world, mercy certainly points us in...

Jamie Vaught: Summer nonfiction reading include looks at Reagan, Nixon, Hillary … and the Cubs

This is the first of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books that you may enjoy during your free time this summer. ​​– “Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of An American Hero” by Dr. Rock Positano and John Positano (Simon & Schuster, $26) is the story of a complicated baseball celebrity who was very private — an intimate portrait of one of the nation’s...

Bill Straub: From dangerous windbag to beauty, Paul’s view of Trump has evolved since primary battle

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul is, as the famous line from Oliver Stone’s JFK put it, “a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma,’’ a man who now seems eager to ditch his vaunted reputation for independence to wrap his arms and plant a wet kiss on the cheek of a man he once condemned as “a delusional narcissist and an orange-faced windbag.’’ That man, of course, is President Donald...

Bill Straub: Frustrated Trump supporters weren’t simply angry — they wanted revenge

WASHINGTON – The first presidential election I participated in was 1972, shortly after those aged 18 to 21 were granted the franchise. Republican Richard Nixon, the incumbent, was running for re-election just as the Watergate scandal was beginning to gurgle, still attracting little attention from the public at large. Fifteen Democrats, ranging from former Vice President Hubert Humphrey to Hawaii...

Bill Straub: Despite Trump’s domination of the white vote, turnout doomed Clinton in the end

WASHINGTON – It might seem an odd time to cite Jesse Jackson at this moment, but I remember covering an address by the reverend back in the day, maybe during his 1988 presidential campaign, when he closed with this message, barely audible amid the applause and cascading amens: “We have come so far,’’ Jackson said, “and have such a short way to go.’’ Well, it seems the long journey Jackson...

Bill Straub: As bad as Trump has been, GOP is likely to survive and thrive even after potential debacle

WASHINGTON – Kentucky’s elected Republicans are showing why none of their members can expect to be included in any future addendum to John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage. With GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump tearing the party asunder with his misogyny, racism and bigotry, the commonwealth’s Republican representatives in Washington can do little but express...