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Zillow made a big announcement last week that could have far reaching effects on how houses are bought and sold in the future. The Seattle based company announced that it would start making instant offers on houses, buy them, and place them on the market for resale. In other words, Zillow is…

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Presidents can tap a fount of information unlike any in the world. A corps of foreign service officers, multiple intelligence agencies and thousands of federal bureaucrats exist to learn all they can about crucial matters and convey it upward. The White House can call on professors, think ta…

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The announcement of an additional $1.213 billion in hazardous mitigation grant funds for Louisiana in the form of a Community Development Block Grant from the federal Department of Housing and Development comes s great news not only for Livingston Parish, but other areas across the state tha…

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is just about halfway done with his term as Louisiana’s newest governor. And his most significant accomplishment thus far may be that his job ratings look as strong as ever.

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Mitch McConnell thinks the tax bill passed by Congress will put a strong wind into his party’s sails. “If we can’t sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work,” the Senate majority leader said Wednesday. Afterward, I’m guessing, he was swamped with messages fro…

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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.