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Comey and the art of the shiv

Testifying to the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey shredded President Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama had wiretapped him before the election. And that wasn’t Comey’s only refutal.

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Trump’s budget: Death by a thousand cuts

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which includes massive cuts to spending in the arts, sciences and diplomacy — mostly in the interest of increasing military spending by $54 billion and subsidizing that blasted wall — was designed by asking: Can we ask the single mother in Detroit to pay for this?

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MDHS works hard to stop fraud

The Mississippi Department of Human Services has pursued every opportunity to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse to ensure those truly in need have access to the temporary and supplemental benefits in their quest for self-reliance.

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Last-minute Obama ruling could cost Gulf Coast good jobs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration passed a rule to impose stringent limits on worker exposure to a chemical element known as beryllium. The Obama administration ruling affects those in the abrasive blasting industry and jeopardizes Gulf Coast region jobs, but will not improve anyone’s health or protect workers from actual harm.

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The Democrats’ immigration problem

Democrats are either unwilling to see the truth or unable to acknowledge it: They cannot win back the presidency without attracting people who disagree with some of their views. And when it comes to immigration, Democrats need to ask themselves some hard questions.

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Before cutting NOAA budget, remember how it protects us

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is just one of many federal agencies marked for drastic funding reductions to enable a big boost in military spending. But the cuts proposed for America’s center of weather and climate research reveal alarming pitfalls in President Donald Trump’s approach to budgeting: a reluctance to invest in the future, a disregard for science and a willingness to damage a well-functioning government operation for a minimal pay-off.

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Don’t gamble on government-owned broadband

Biloxi and other Coast cities are evaluating whether to build public broadband networks to supply internet service to residents, businesses and government offices. The National Taxpayers Union maintains that municipal broadband is a gamble cities would almost certainly lose.

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Trump fails to take his wiretap story seriously

Nothing that President Donald Trump’s own administration has said or done so far indicates that it takes serious the accusation that the Obama administration had tapped wires in Trump Tower before the election. For example, Trump explicitly accused his predecessor of misconduct on the level of “Watergate,” and then moved on to tweeting about his feud with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Concentrated power is waxing in Mississippi Legislature

The Mississippi Constitution intends for the House and Senate to be deliberative bodies wherein the elected members discuss and debate the diverse views of their constituents as they formulate policy and law, not fiefdoms ruled by powerful lieutenant governors and speakers. However, rank-and-file legislators are ceding power to their leaders, such as Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn.

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Rush to judgment on Sessions is unfair

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is at the center of Washington’s scandal-du-jour. The allegation: Sessions lied to Congress about contacts with Russia, which feeds into worries that the Trump campaign was somehow in bed with Vladimir Putin, and may even have had something to do with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.

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You may want to marry my husband

I have been trying to write this for a while, but the morphine and lack of juicy cheeseburgers (what has it been now, five weeks without real food?) have drained my energy and interfered with whatever prose prowess remains. Additionally, the intermittent micronaps that keep whisking me away midsentence are clearly not propelling my work forward as quickly as I would like. But they are, admittedly, a bit of trippy fun.

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Keep On Smilin'

Jimmy Hall and Yellowhammer perform at the Rock U 2 Foundation Rock the Block Concert at the IP Casino Resort on Thursday. March 23, 2017.
Jeff Clark jclark@sunherald.com
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Keep On Smilin'

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After father’s death, former Ole Miss coach changes priorities

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Pinkston Music last notes are sweet ones

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Watch a rock sink in quicksand at Round Island