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A president shapes the public character; disappointed in Trump

The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down.

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Critical of Trump, Mitt Romney attacked from left and right

Mitt Romney’s declaration of independence from Donald Trump as he takes his seat in the U.S. Senate has been illuminating — more for the responses than the op-ed itself. Professional speculators are asking whether it’s the opening gambit of a 2020 primary challenge (his denials notwithstanding) or mere virtue signaling.

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Forget trinkets; these gifts can change lives

’Tis the season when we inflict on one another neckties and perfumes that no one really wants, plus more than $1 billion in gift cards that are never even redeemed. Hence my annual column with suggestions for “gifts with meaning” that are warmer than any scarf. If you insist on a gift certificate, how about one for GlobalGiving? The recipient can support a tribal child in India in school for a year, or street children in Ecuador, or LGBT rights in central Africa.

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The Trump administration got worse under Kelly

Not even his departure went well. President Donald Trump reportedly was to announce on Monday White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s departure but blabbed to the press on Saturday; on Sunday, Kelly’s expected replacement, Nick Ayers, announced he would not be taking the job. A final, fitting spasm of chaos for Kelly.

Keldon Johnson steps up in Reid Travis’ absence

UK freshman Keldon Johnson grabbed 17 rebounds in the Cats' 80-53 victory over Auburn in Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon. Kentucky was missing Reid Travis, who is out with an injury.