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I was eating boiled crawfish last Friday night with my wife and children in Baton Rouge — Crawfish season! Finally! — when I received a text message. The digital missive was from a longtime Capitol player, someone who knows the House and the Senate and all of the illuminated and darkened cor…

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Twenty or 50 years from now, the uproar over the House Intelligence Committee memo will be no more than a footnote to history, and many Americans living then will have fading memories, if any, of the Trump administration. But they will be sure to feel the consequence of other policies, littl…

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As we learned heading into last weekend, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has decided to vote in favor of Kyle Duncan, the president’s 5th Circuit nominee, whenever the next opportunity arises. This follows weeks of speculation, some of it in national media coverage, about why Kennedy was withholding …

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The list of men credibly accused of sexual assault or harassment has grown to the length of a Charles Dickens novel, and like a Dickens novel, it offers spectacularly instructive episodes. We are all learning more than we care to know about the nature of human beings and the functions of morality.

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Some take for granted the rapid changes in media over the last 25 years, but many Americans born before the age of technology probably imagine how it would have come into play during one of the most difficult periods in American history.

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Thoughts this time of year often focus on reasons for which we should feel thankful -- family, shelter and wellbeing, among others. Residents in south Louisiana may need to add another item to that list.

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Harvard and Yale are among the premier educational institutions in the world. They have spent centuries at the task of strengthening and elevating young minds. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, they will join together in a ritual guaranteed to damage young brains: the Harvard-Yale football game.

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The U.S. economy is humming like a bee in clover. Gross domestic product is growing at a solid clip; inflation has stayed down; and unemployment is at its lowest level in 17 years. So Republicans have soberly assessed the economic conditions, carefully considered all the options and selected…

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Amajor goal of this Asia trip, said National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, is to rally allies to achieve the “complete, verifiable and permanent denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

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The Nov. 18 election will bring voters to the polls to make the final decision in runoffs for the races for state treasurer and – for Denham Springs – the remainder of an unexpired term on the City Council. While both are important issues, the other items on the ballot are perhaps more a lon…

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The war on drugs has been going on since 1971, and we have a winner: marijuana. Back then, possession of pot carried heavy penalties in many states -- even life imprisonment. Today, 29 states sanction medical use of cannabis, and eight allow recreational use. Legal weed has become about as c…

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Federal government operates at a notoriously sluggish pace, which is nothing new. But in the case of residents and businesses who hope to recoup what they lost in the post-food rebuilding process, it could pose a long-term threat to our area.

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The war on drugs has been going on since 1971, and we have a winner: marijuana. Back then, possession of pot carried heavy penalties in many states -- even life imprisonment. Today, 29 states sanction medical use of cannabis, and eight allow recreational use. Legal weed has become about as c…

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In terms of voting trends in the Pelican State, things are going to get worse before they get better. That’s a prediction, of course — one hopefully destined to be proven wrong.

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The vigil for domestic violence on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Denham Springs Police Department provided a sobering reminder of the grim statistics across Louisiana, along with the need for greater attention to what is a silent epidemic.