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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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1918’s influenza epidemic, here: Part 2 — The forgotten scourge

January 10, 2019 at 7:16 am

Historical studies of the U.S.’s great influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 often note its relative historical unrememberedness. Even as it was occurring Americans arguably downplayed the epidemic’s harrowing cost in human suffering and deaths. ...

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Mayor brings small-town flavor to big city

January 03, 2019 at 5:38 pm

Mayor Tammy de Weerd of Meridian describes herself modestly as a mother and grandmother, a wife and a former business person who has a passion for her city.Meridian is not just any city. Nineteen years ago, it was a peaceful little town of ...

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CHUCK MALLOY: Idaho is mostly GOP red, but Dems rule in Boise

December 26, 2018 at 1:34 pm

Sen. Fred Martin of Boise is ready for the nickname that goes with winning a razor-close election, and the good-natured ribbing that goes with it.“Just call me Landslide Freddie,” said Martin, laughing.Martin ended up winning re-election to...

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CHUCK MALLOY: The end is near for Trump … or not

December 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

Have you heard the latest about President Trump?You can’t avoid hearing it — unless you live in a cave, or are lying on some warm sunny beach that is far away from any modern form of communication. The networks, cable channels and talking h...

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KAREN CURRIE: Benefits of Medicaid expansion for behavioral health population

December 18, 2018 at 11:23 am

Idahoans have a long-standing belief and tradition of being there to help our neighbors when they need it. Not because we want the credit or because we feel obligated, but because that’s who we are. When a fellow Idahoan needs a helping han...

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Long Walk’ by Slavomir Rawicz

December 14, 2018 at 12:55 pm

It’s hard to believe that this a true story, yet hard to believe that it is not. The writer has describes in vivid detail how he led a group of political prisoners who escape from a Russian prisoners camp in northern Siberia. They must walk...

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CHUCK MALLOY — Breaking news: Bipartisanship lives in Washington

December 14, 2018 at 12:56 pm

If you think there’s political gridlock in Washington, wait until next year when Democrats take control of the House. Better yet, wait another week or two if President Trump makes good on his threat to shut down the government if Congress d...

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