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Polman: Trump buys survival insurance from Brett Kavanaugh

Feel free to tell yourself that Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court because the guy went to Yale (Trump reportedly loves Ivy League creds), or because the guy has been thoroughly vetted by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society (the right-wing groups that have long been funneling conservative judges to the bench).

Shannon: In China, ‘Sharp Eyes’ and cicadas

Recently, business reporter Harrison Jacobs accurately described China as a “techno-authoritarian” state.

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Wiederaenders: High Court nomination a ‘Paper Chase’?

I remember fondly “The Paper Chase,” that 1973 movie about a first-year law student.

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Piacenza: The ‘Prescott Effect’

I was remarking to my husband the other day about how much I’ve enjoyed knowing, at least in passing, a number of people who play significant roles in the Prescott area.

Haupt Jr.: Finding time to enjoy the weather

Having moved around as much as I have in the past 10 years has given me the opportunity to experience a wide range of climates, including the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Central Oregon Coast, Sierra Nevada in Northern California, North Shore of Lake Tahoe, and High Desert of Arizona.

Micek: Congress too weak to stop trade war

You may not have noticed it amid the White House’s bluster on NATO this week, but Congress utterly face-planted in its effort to rein in President Donald Trump’s ever-escalating global trade war.

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Friday Catchall: Not all dogs created equal; bring on water conservation

Each week in The Daily Courier we post photographs of pets that need “forever homes,” as the Yavapai Humane Society says it, but some people cringe at certain breeds.

Stossel: Dads needed

Warren Farrell was once considered a feminist leader. He hung around with Gloria Steinem and wrote about why men and women should break out of rigid old gender roles.

Purcell: Summertime dinner calls long overdue

Maybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner.

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Wiederaenders: We’re here to answer your website access questions

We’ve been receiving calls and questions concerning our website becoming subscription-based access on Tuesday, July 17.

Cantlon: A balanced solution to asylum, and we get played again

There’s an article on immigration that is informative and gives solid steps that could improve things in a balanced way.

Funt: Vacation checklist

If you’re getting ready for summer vacation, here’s a handy checklist of things you won’t need. A map. Remember those? I’m referring to the kind you got for free at the gas station.

Talk of the Town: Commission must adopt Judicial Code of Conduct to restore integrity

Arizona’s founders created the Corporation Commission to address concerns about the influence of public utilities, to ensure protection for consumers, provide a fair return on operational costs and infrastructure investment for telecommunications, pipelines, and railways, and guarantee reliable energy and water.

Shannon: Time for conservatives to go on strike

Retiring Rep. Paul Ryan, R-NeverTrump, has revealed what he hopes will be his lasting political legacy; he intends to be the last Republican Speaker of the House. Ever.

Barnes: Some thoughts about harmony

Harmony! My, how you have changed!

Haupt Jr.: Not a bad way to spend the day in Prescott

A desire to continue to reduce the amount of stuff I’ve been lugging around the western United States for the past 10 years has led me to a number of thrift stores, all of which have graciously accepted everything I have donated.

Micek: Journalists aren’t so different from their readers

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If you stay in the news business long enough, you’re inevitably going to run into a reader who has a grievance – sometimes legitimate, sometimes not – against their hometown newspaper.

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Friday Catchall: Not to drone on, non-fire works and mining

The Fourth of July in northern Arizona was without fireworks, with Prescott Valley and Chino Valley making it unanimous earlier this week.

Stossel: One nation, many individuals

We celebrate the Fourth of July because that’s the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, 242 years ago.

Williams: Whose food are you eating, anyway?

This column has tackled some pretty daunting topics over the years. For example, who else had the courage to investigate and report about goat heads and gophers and to reveal the tragedy of advertising spokes pigs appearing on your television screen without pants, where the Popsicle came from and the lowdown on the platypus?

Polman: Hey, Democrats, it’s the Supreme Court, stupid

My advice to Democrats - which I’ve offered for free since the dawn of this century - is that they pound this mantra into their thick skulls: “It’s the Supreme Court, stupid.”

Purcell: Illuminating Independence

Burgers on the grill, great discounts at retail stores and amazing fireworks — that’s why I love the Fourth of July!

Reagan: The crying kids game

I understand why the national media is so obsessed over the story of children of illegal immigrants being separated from their parents at the Mexican border. It’s a heartbreaking sight to see photos of innocent little kids traumatized and crying — even when they were taken in the Obama era. It’s also great TV. I also get why the Democrats can’t stop using the crying border kids as a political weapon.

Funt: The Maryland muddle

When rational thinking fails or is simply ignored, conflation often takes over. It is, by definition, the merging of two or more different sets of information or opinion into one.

Talk of the Town: Remembering the Hotshots with the Learning and Tribute Center

As 24-year Prescott residents, my wife and I consider Prescott to be our home, and the folks who live here to be like family. Just over five years ago, on June 30, 2013, our entire family was devastated by the news that 19 young men lost their lives battling the Yarnell Hill fire.

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