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“And suddenly you know it’s time to start something new and trust in new beginnings.” — Meister Eckhart 1260-1328.

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Contemplating what to write about this week, I realized this is my last On My Mind before Christmas. Not really being into the season this year has apparently let much of it slip by without much notice.

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President-elect Joe Biden calls climate change an existential threat to America’s environment, health, national security and economy, and has promised a clean energy revolution to counter it. Biden has pledged that on his first day in office he will bring the U.S. back into the Paris Climate…

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The Trump campaign’s top lawyers - Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Jenna Ellis - went into last weekend on the offensive. On Thursday, they held a news conference vowing to prove the existence of a far-ranging conspiracy to defeat the president. They were pressing a case alleging unfair voting…

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“He preached as a dying man to dying men.” Rev. John Burns’ congregation in Lawrence, Massachusetts, knew he was suffering from a fatal kidney disease and was in his last days on earth. “As the taper of life grew shorter, he preached the gospel with all the grace of novelty.”

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I have supported the Trump campaign’s right to count every lawful vote, request state recounts and pursue lawsuits regarding election fraud or other irregularities.

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Remember the debate over the meaning of the phrase “defund the police”? Repeated over and over on the progressive left, it seemed pretty clear — it meant that cities should no longer fund, and thus effectively abolish, their police forces. But some Democrats worried that embracing such a rad…

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Our constitutional democracy has prevailed, and time has come for President Trump to stand down. Hopefully, President Trump will stop his temper tantrum and allow the United States democratic process to proceed forward. The citizens have voted, and we will have new leadership at the helm of …

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F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

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I was walking along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg on the Saturday afternoon that we, and the world, learned that Joe Biden had bested Donald Trump to become the president-elect of the United States.

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If Joe Biden survives recounts and several lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign into what Trump says has been widespread vote-counting fraud (we await proof), do not expect him to be hounded over his and Hunter Biden’s business ties to China and Ukraine as President Trump has been over “Russ…

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The morning after Election Day, the Supreme Court heard a case on foster care and adoption that puts a heck of a lot in perspective. I listened with some frustration and bewilderment as a few of the justices talked with some hostility about the idea that Catholic Social Services in Philadelp…

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The pollsters got it wrong again. Some claimed going into Tuesday’s election that Joe Biden had an unbeatable margin of 17 points in some states. Pundits claimed Republicans would lose between five and 15 seats in the House. It appears they’ve picked up a few. And because final results will …

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Telling kids on Christmas Eve that they have to be patient to find out what gifts they might receive doesn’t make them happy. The same idea hasn’t made many adults happy on election night 2020, either. For 100 years, media of many kinds tried to be the first with the most results.

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Of all the Twitter attacks on President Trump -- and there are thousands every day -- one stood out on election eve. It was a photo of a woman sitting with the president in the Oval Office. It read: "Trump leaned in and said, 'You know it's I who released you, don't you? I succeeded and Obam…

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Where is the hope for the Middle East? No matter how hard we try, it is hard to find grounds for optimism about the future of this troubled region.

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"Blessed is the righteous judge." Someone had painted this on the side of a building in lower Manhattan. It wasn't the first of my encounters with memorials to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I passed this one, though, the night after the Girl Scouts were pressured into taking back their congratulation…

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The three “Cornellians” were billionaire tech investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen and Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the U.S., who has become a household name since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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Since President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) program in 2014, our office has been working with leaders around the state to encourage cities to invest in all students, particularly young men of color, who we know are so often locked out of opportunities.

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Whatever happens today, we know that there’s important, hard work to be done in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Americans will also need to take a step back and take stock of a larger question ... I’m talking about the role of trust in our institutions.

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Most people living in the Mahoning Valley believe what we do for work is more than just how we make money. Our jobs can give us purpose and build our communities. For decades, that’s what good union manufacturing jobs did for people of all races and backgrounds who made their lives in the Valley.

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The pandemic has introduced several unusual challenges — from remote learning and NBA “bubbles” to virtual graduations and socially distanced Real Housewives reunions.

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At the height of the Second World War, 39 percent of all jobs in America were manufacturing based. Today, manufacturing jobs account for just nine percent. From 2000-2016 alone, America lost nearly five million manufacturing jobs due to a combination of automation and global trade.

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The school year is underway across our state, and over and over I hear the same thing from parents, students, teachers, and community leaders: people feel like they’ve been abandoned. And they’re right.

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History was made on August 19 when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) accepted the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nomination. She is the first major party, national ticket nominee to support reparations for black Americans to compensate for the historical injustices of slavery and segregation. …

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Last month marked a momentous breakthrough in our efforts to safeguard our public lands when President Trump signed into law my Restore Our Parks Act — bipartisan legislation that will protect and conserve our national parks for generations to come. I have worked for years to get this import…

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Where do cowboys come from? In my family’s case, they came from a farm in Ohio. My cousins Del and Dana were raised on that farm but had an itch to go to rodeo school out in Texas. And in due time they became cowboys, the real kind, cowpokes who fix fences, brand cattle, and sleep soundly in…

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When I started to write this perspective, I was not sure which adjective to use; Unproductive or Nonproductive. After some research, I’m electing to use Non-productive as it better reflects the ‘noise’ we encounter daily via the televised news media.

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Facing a fierce public outcry, the U.S. Postal Service is “suspending” its sudden cost-cutting moves — tossing out high-speed sorting machines, uprooting collection boxes, reducing Post Office hours and eliminating carrier overtime — that have slowed mail delivery and threatened the on-time …

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Over 40 years, my family grew a small butcher shop into a leading food manufacturer in America, specializing in culinary kettle cooked product that provides jobs and services to Ohioans and people across the country. Now, as a small business owner, I know firsthand the ups and downs that com…