National Opinions

National Opinions

Dan K. Thomasson: Watergate history says Trump's latest troubles won't soon disappear

It's beginning to feel like Watergate around here. A more and more polluted atmosphere with the smell and texture of potential political scandal of historic proportions; a special prosecutor; nervousness growing among Republicans on Capitol Hill; a president who maintains his enemies have trumped it all up (pun intended) and can't keep his mouth shut; stories and explanations that change rapidly in the wake of new leaks; tapes of conversations that may or may not exist or hold the key to the crises following the Saturday Night Massacre-like exit of FBI director James Comey.

Living

Style at Home: Breakfast with a princess in the garden at Innisfree

What is there about having a granddaughter that makes life suddenly seem so magical, inviting your own inner child to come out and play? When Maeve entered our life, Dan and I were transfixed by her. The only grandchild in our family, she has gotten all the bright white light of grandparent love to herself.

National

Stephen Carter: Can special counsel uncover the truth? Dream on

The appointment of a special counsel is always a tragedy, in the sense that going under the surgeon's knife is always a tragedy. Like the human body, the government should function smoothly without the need to slice and cut. The Justice Department brings in an outsider only when the public does not trust the executive branch to investigate itself. Even when, as now, there may be good reason for the mistrust, the moment is hardly one for celebration. Even when we know surgery is necessary, we do not throw parties.

Videos

Battle's family relieved that trial is over

Rev. James "Tripp" Battle's family happy that trial is over and justice has been served.
Jessica De Leon Bradenton Herald
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Battle's family relieved that trial is over

Prosecutors disappointed Andres Avalos Jr. sentenced to life not death 0:51

Prosecutors disappointed Andres Avalos Jr. sentenced to life not death

Bradenton woman joined Iraq mission team 2:08

Bradenton woman joined Iraq mission team

Defense asks jury to sentence Andres Avalos Jr. to life in prison. 0:56

Defense asks jury to sentence Andres Avalos Jr. to life in prison.