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Book Review: THE DEADLY DEEP by Iain Ballantyne

February 19, 2019 at 11:24 am

Subtitled “The Definitive History of Submarine Warfare,” the British author describes not only past events but predicts what future wars may be like.This is a long and well-documented story with notes, maps, photos, index and many anecdotes...

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Some old photos never die, or fade away

February 11, 2019 at 3:01 pm

I was hoping that word about this photo of me would never get out, because there’s no doubt that my career would be over if the public knew about it.But since embarrassing old photos are defining political careers these days, I thought it w...

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Becoming,’ by Michelle Obama

February 06, 2019 at 1:00 am

Michelle Robinson grew up in South Chicago; her father worked in the city water department, her mom was active in the school PTA. Both encourage Michelle and her brother Craig to do their best in school. Her older relatives could not work a...

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CHUCK MALLOY: In the game of politics, Moyle is a grand master

February 04, 2019 at 1:20 pm

House Majority Leader Mike Moyle of Star has been in his party’s leadership in the Legislature for almost as long as Tom Brady has been slinging touchdown passes for the New England Patriots.That’s a long time for anyone to be serving in a ...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Risch plans to use his new powers wisely

January 30, 2019 at 1:00 am

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, the new chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is in a unique position. He’s one of the few members of Congress who has Pres. Trump’s ear.Risch says the two get together frequently, sometimes over lunch, to talk ...

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CHUCK MALLOY: It’s honeymoon time; bring on the ‘happy’ dances

January 28, 2019 at 9:23 am

I’ve seen some political honeymoons over the years, and this one with Gov. Brad Little is among the better ones.Democrats typically use their first news conference of the legislative session to complain about all the things that the governo...

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Walking back Flint’s childhood blood lead crisis

January 22, 2019 at 1:08 pm

Because I took an active part in the public debate over childhood blood lead levels here in Shoshone County in the early 2000s — when the EPA proposed the expansion of the Box’s Superfund site to the entire Coeur d’Alene Basin — I had more ...

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Tetradome Run’ by Spencer Baum

January 16, 2019 at 1:00 am

What if President Nixon, in the 1970s, had signed a bill [he didn’t] — call it The Redemption Act — to fight the growing crime rate in America? It establishes the death penalty for first degree murder, and provides an escape clause. Those c...

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BOOK REVIEW: EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON, by S.C. Gwynne

January 14, 2019 at 12:53 pm

The Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History — The Comanche Indians had absolute power in the wide, high plains of North America, from what is now Kansas to northern Mexico. By the year 1800, the Mississippi River was the United State...

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CHUCK MALLOY: No ‘learning curve’ for this governor; he’s ready

January 14, 2019 at 3:01 pm

Governor Brad Little.That has a nice ring to it. Almost any change at the top looks good to me, whether it’s the presidency, or governor of Idaho — and Little’s rise to the state’s highest office is no exception.Our new governor is as down-...

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