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This time, media must take celebrity presidential contenders seriously

On Sunday, Jonathan Karl interviewed Stormy Daniels’s lawyer Michael Avenatti on ABC’s “This Week” about the latter’s professed desire to run for president. Avenatti has never held office, has no foreign policy expertise and has had his share of financial controversies, but hey, he says only he can beat President Donald Trump. (Compared with the third-tier Democratic candidates, he can give a good speech, apparently.)

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Trump’s trust-free White House

With the news that former celebrity White House staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman apparently taped Donald Trump during his presidency, anti-Trump Republican campaign professional Liz Mair wants to know why people close to Trump keep taping him.


Beauty, check. Grandeur, check. For tourism dollars, just add water.

I have been thinking about this. First, I am as Kentuckian as you can get with grandparents and their grandparents and beyond from all over the state, east to west. Second, I like Larry Webster, personally, and in addition to being a good lawyer, I think he is colorful, a good historian and a heck of a musician.

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How Trump’s revoking of security clearances is like his travel ban

President Donald Trump’s decision, announced Wednesday, to revoke the security clearance held by former CIA Director John Brennan demonstrates that the president has learned the lesson of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the travel ban case, Trump v. Hawaii: He can get away with violating core constitutional principles if he clothes his action in a simulacrum of “executive power.”

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It’s a dog-eat-dog White House

No sooner had I ordered the 2011 book “Less Than Human” for a late-summer read than President Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” and a “lowlife.” Those two slurs fit nicely into author David Livingstone Smith’s philosophical study of man’s capacity to inflict cruelty by first dehumanizing the “other.”

Mayoral candidate Ronnie Bastin: Opioids, school safety are priorities

Ronnie Bastin, a candidate for Lexington mayor, reveals his focus and qualifications for the job.