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Minimum wage laws a bad idea

Democrats in Congress have again brought the minimum wage to the national political stage. Legislation moving forward in the House, H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, would increase the national minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour in increments spanning the next five ...

Paul Ryan once again cast as a pariah

Paul Ryan once again cast as a pariahPaul Ryan is getting the hate treatment — again. The former GOP House speaker and 2012 vice presidential candidate is a unifying figure these days. Liberals have long despised him — unfairly in my mind. Anti-Trump conservatives are infuriated by his ...

News cycle without Trump’s tweets

Let’s pretend President Trump didn’t tweet. Let’s live in a universe where the president of the United States didn’t see fit to insert himself into every controversy, to comment on every passing event, to blast out his inner monologue before tens of millions of Americans each morning ...

KOVELS: ANTIQUES AND COLLECTING

Many small porcelain figures were made in France, Germany and England in the 18th century, and many were made to resemble the work of the German Meissen factory. Realistic figures dressed in the robes of an unfamiliar country or vases with scenes and additional raised floral decoration were ...

25 years later, ‘The Lion King’ roars again

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was just a few months ago that director Jon Favreau was sitting in a scoring session with composer Hans Zimmer for “The Lion King,” his ambitious and technology-driven reimagining of the 1994 animated classic, and he and everyone else in the room were getting a ...

Brosnahan, Chlumsky, Shalhoub react to their Emmy noms

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stars react to Tuesday’s 71st Primetime Emmy Award nominations: “I was watching it live on my phone. I was in a restaurant with some of my friends from high school. My manager and my mom were on the way. We were having breakfast together. ... It was a big mistake ...

Dear Annie: Hopping off the merry-go-round

Dear Annie: I finally realized that I cannot change people or their behaviors. I can only change mine. Now, how I react? I am working on that. The situation: My 52-year-old life partner, “Ed,” assists his 80-year-old mother, “Laurie,” with everything. Ed is not in the greatest shape; ...

The moon landing was a giant leap for movies, too

NEW YORK — In 1964, Stanley Kubrick, on the recommendation of the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, bought a telescope. “He got this Questar and he attached one of his cameras to it,” remembers Katharina Kubrick, the filmmaker’s stepdaughter. “On a night where there was a ...

Mueller’s testimony poses risk for Trump, but also Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he’s even saying it at all. For Democrats, the special counsel’s appearance Wednesday creates a moment many have been waiting for: Mueller finally speaking out, piercing the ...

US putting troops back in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (AP) — With Iranian military threats in mind, the United States is sending American forces, including fighter aircraft, air defense missiles and likely more than 500 troops, to a Saudi air base that became a hub of American air power in the Middle East in the 1990s but was ...