If 18 Grammy Awards are one measure of Aretha Franklin’s greatness, another is the unbridled esteem of her fans. Ray Charles said, “I don’t know anybody that can sing a song like Aretha Franklin. Nobody. Period.”
President Donald Trump has veered into perilous territory with his assault on the free press and the First Amendment. His references to journalists as the “enemy of the American people” are no less dangerous because they happen to be strategic.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has withstood challenges to her leadership from her own party. But with the calculus changed in Trump’s Washington, even a blue wave in November wouldn’t give her a sure thing.
Watch for the Democratic split to deepen and widen as the party’s 2020 presidential wannabes, likely an even larger field than the 17 contenders Republicans struggled with in 2016, begin their public maneuvering.
What does it cost to have a baby in the United States? American health care, with prices set in secret, can confuse the most aware consumers - even an Idaho Statesman health care reporter with good insurance.
Speaking in South Africa, former President Barack Obama gave those who care a peek into the evolution of America’s newest elder statesman. Like Trump, he doesn’t have a limited opinion of himself, nor is he shy.