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Maybe liberty isn’t a lost cause in China

Here’s a crazy idea: Maybe the forces of liberty will win. Sadly, few people are rooting for liberty these days, and even among those who are, there’s a dismaying amount of pessimism about its prospects. Consider China. There’s a new bipartisan consensus these days: The “elites” ...

What Hong Kong means

The protests in Hong Kong are heartbreaking to witness. I recall the gloom that accompanied the handover of sovereignty ceremony in 1997. Prince Charles was there. So was Tony Blair. Only eight years had passed since the communist Chinese government had mowed down an estimated 10,000 democracy ...

Browns getting impatient with kickers

BEREA— Browns coach Freddie Kitchens isn’t quite ready to give his kickers the boot. Despite erratic performances — wide right, wide left, short, off the uprights — in training camp and exhibitions by incumbent Greg Joseph and rookie Austin Seibert, Kitchens said the team has no ...

Clemson tops poll first first time

Cross off another milestone for Clemson, college football’s newest superpower. For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank . The Tigers won the program’s second national title in three seasons ...

Parental nightmares in public schools

Public schools are reopening for business across America, meaning it’s time to get back to reading, writing, arithmetic ... and revolution. As usual in matters such as these, California is leading the way. On the first day of classes at Denair Middle School near Modesto, science teacher ...

Proposed changes would reduce water monitoring samples taken

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposed changes to Ohio’s water quality monitoring program would reduce the number of water samples taken from the state’s rivers and streams and the number of sampling areas while increasing the size of the areas surveyed. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ...

Dear Annie: Big Apple dreams

Dear Annie: I want to change my career path to pursue what I really want to do in life. I have two kids, a 2-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. Currently, I am a driver for Lyft and Uber, and I work more than 50 hours a week. I’m making a decent amount of money, but it’s not ...

Trump dismisses worries of recession, says economy is strong

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday the economy is “doing very well” and dismissed concerns of recession, offering an optimistic outlook after last week’s steep drop in the financial markets. “I don’t think we’re having a recession,” Trump told ...

Trump wields sanctions hammer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving ...

Islamic State claims bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul’s strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and ...