Week of January 29 — February 4, 2023Stargazers might remember Comet NEOWISE, which helped us survive the summer of our pandemic year. Astronomers just call it Comet ZTF. Occasionally a comet becomes noteworthy enough to make the news, and that's just what's happened with ZTF. Comet ZTF is what's known as a long-period comet, and it hasn't journeyed our way for 500 centuries, but it will pass only 26 million miles from our planet on Feb. 2. Comet ZTF is what's known as a long-period comet, and it hasn't journeyed our way for 500 centuries, but it will pass only 26 million miles from our planet on Feb. 2.
Proving that there's a sucker born every minute may be the guiding principle of former President Donald Trump's political career. But he has also convinced a remarkable number of people who should know better that he was the blameless victim of what he derides as the "Russia Russia Russia hoax" — a sinister conspiracy perpetrated by his enemies in the Democratic Party, aided by shadowy figures in our law enforcement and intelligence agencies, that had to be investigated and punished. And we can be certain because after months of costly probes and prosecutions, a jury decisively rejected Trump's conspiracy claims this week — for the second time. Trump's "hoax" lies about Russia, which damaged U.S. relations with Ukraine during his presidency, were always designed to conceal his very dubious relationship with Putin. The investigation of "Russia Russia Russia" revealed a grave threat to U.S. and world security — and that threat has not receded an inch.3 months ago Creators Syndicate
The latest: Her horror that her time as a suitcase girl on "Deal or No Deal" was all about how she looked. Liz needs her biological parents as she tries to figure out what "awful" thing she did in the past and why. That is how it goes in soaps — from front burner to back burner to no burner. The actors have chemistry; they are beautiful and they are allowed to have differences and still love being together — sort of like life. To find out more about Lynda Hirsch and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.3 months ago Creators Syndicate
Gavin Newsom survived his 2021 recall election by 24 points, the same margin by which he won election in 2018. Third, as for my denial of "the existence of systemic anti-black racism," the Times offers no examples of today's alleged anti-black systemic racism that it suggests should be acknowledged. I discussed a study by a left-wing female University of Pennsylvania professor who found that of 25 questions about politics asked of women and men, women knew more than men in only one question. I invited Branson-Potts on my TV show to defend her "Elder was the perfect foil" analysis of my defeat. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an "Elderado," visit www.LarryElder.com.3 months ago Creators Syndicate
Former Chinese president Hu Jintao's peculiar exit from the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) congress meeting on Oct. 22 has ignited global discussion and intense speculation. And given current president Xi Jinping's war-waging aims, well it should. The CCP face police treated Wuhan's conscientious doctors as criminals and suppressed their warnings about COVID-19. Before the world Xi staged a face assassination of Hu's reputation. With Hu's face assassination, Xi is effectively China's emperor.3 months ago Creators Syndicate
Turn on MSNBC or open The Washington Post these days and you'll find pundits declaring the pending end of American democracy. Some of those Democrat-funded election deniers will win in just over a week. Despite this belief, Democrats spent upwards of $46 million, ensuring such candidates won Republican nominations for office. Unfortunately for Democrats, voters cannot fill up their cars with gas. Democrats chose to talk about the issues they care about and funded the very election deniers they claim are a threat to democracy.3 months ago Creators Syndicate
What issues are the candidates and the parties not talking about? I don't remember any candidates talking about Islamic terrorism in the midterm elections of 1998 or about the risk of investing in mortgage-backed securities in 2006. Now, as in 1966 and 1998, voters and candidates are leaving menacing foreign policy challenges to officeholders and credentialed experts, professional diplomats and military leaders. Something else that isn't being talked about in the campaign is what political scientists used to say politics was all about: economic redistribution. Democrats from the New Deal forward advocated, and Republicans resisted, progressive taxes and welfare programs to take from the rich and give to the poor.3 months ago Creators Syndicate
In East Asia the invasion and Russian president Vladimir Putin's threats to attack his enemies nuclear weapons has led South Korea and Japan to seriously consider acquiring nuclear weapons. On Jan. 4 South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol said forcefully South Korea may deploy tactical nuclear weapons "or possess its own nuclear capabilities" if North Korean threats intensify. South Korea, lacking nuclear weapons, can identify. For years defense analysts have speculated on how long it would take Japan and South Korea to manufacture a nuclear device. China also knows Japanese and South Korean nuclear weapons would work.11 hours ago Creators Syndicate