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Want to win World Cup? Ditch the shoes

Why didn't the American men's soccer team qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup? Simple: Kids in America grow up playing soccer in shoes. Oh, that's not the whole answer, of course. But after decades of coaching youth soccer, Carlo. . .

Travel abroad spurs openness and learning

Every time I travel it simply reinforces my long-held belief: travel is an education. Especially when you travel to places where the way of life is so different from that to which you are accustomed, you learn so much. You gain...

The Kavanaugh confirmation Kabuki

Theater, much like Japan's Kabuki -- that's all the Supreme Court confirmation process is. Donald Trump's presentations of his two nominees, Judge Neil Gorsuch last year and Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, were. . .

Abortion and the constitution

As we enter into what surely will be another contentious confirmation process for a new Supreme Court justice, let's consider underlying realities that deeply divide us and make it so hard to agree about how our Constitution. . .

Kavanaugh will face a partisan firestorm

STARKVILLE -- After much prime time buildup, Trump announced Monday night his nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court to succeed the retiring Presiding Justice Anthony...

Is Europe awakening to the threat?

Much of Europe was asleep, or in denial, when the Nazis took power and began rebuilding their military in violation of the Versailles Treaty that brought World War I to an end. Now, after years of virtually unlimited migration. . .

Is a Trump court in the making?

If Mitch McConnell's Senate can confirm his new nominee for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump may have completed the capture of all three branches of the U.S. government for the Republican Party. Not bad for a rookie. And. . .

State can increase taxes without tax increase

OXFORD -- Close your eyes. Imagine being a politician in a cash-strapped state. Imagine your people -- those who voted for you based on your firm stance against tax increases -- are going to be hit up for another $100 million...

How helicopter parents get that way

When you pick up a copy of Parents magazine, you expect to read information that is useful, not just crazy-making. But recently, a piece appeared on the magazine's website promising to tell readers how to lower their children's. . .

Trump supporters compared to cultists

Bob Corker, the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee, recently compared supporters of President Trump to members of a cult. The Washington Post quoted Corker as saying: "It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it? It's not a. . .

Bryant appointments could shape future

JACKSON -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant readily acknowledges he's in office today partly because he got a hand up from his mentor, Republican former Gov. Kirk Fordice. Now, Bryant could be shaping the state's political future by. . .