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The QT: Donald Trump's political flirtations, Obama's Keystone indecision, and more

A veteran journalist, tongue firmly in cheek, riffs on the latest headlines

News Headline: "Trump's Iowa trip sparks speculation on presidential bid" You can be forgiven if you greet the news with disbelief. Then will come anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

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News Headline: "Supreme Court guts Voting Rights Act"And the court doesn't want to hear a lot of whining. Who do these would-be voters think they are, corporations?

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The Case for Zero Tolerance of Modern School Administrators: A primary school in Aveley, England, will ban parents from a children's sports day because the presence of onlookers might prove "stressful" for the children.

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News Headline: "Pelosi booed for defending NSA surveillance" Yet another overreaction to scare talk about a surveillance society. And do the people who booed realize how it will look in their dossiers?

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+ G.K., a Channahon, Ill., reader, regarding Kim Kardashian and Kanye West naming their baby girl North, writes: "Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt should name their next child Gravel." + Mike Oelrich, a Chicago reader, writes: "Should NeNe Leakes have named her son Wiki?" Stop it. Stop it now.

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News Headline: "Obama hints at Keystone approval"News Headline: "Obama hints that Keystone XL may be rejected" Say this about our president: Like him or not, you know where he stands.

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News Item: "Beijing police have recently started cracking down on a prohibition against 'large and vicious dogs' — a ban that includes breeds such as golden retrievers, Labradors, and Dalmatians." Not a surprise from a government that likes to keep 1.3 billion humans in a sit-stay.

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News Headline: "Man found running naked, screaming" As reasonable response as any to the news of the day.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language: Bob Crystal, a Rochester, N.Y., reader, regarding another reader's mention that Roman Catholic bishops often put a + in front of their names, writes: "Episcopalians also indicate ordination with a + added to the name, and we do it with women, too." QT has been talking with church officials. It comes down to this: Roman Catholics bishops may put a + in front of their names, while Episcopalians put a + after a name as a sign of ordination and a + in front of a name for bishops, while presiding bishops rate a ++ before their names. Q+T will take all this under advisement. There is always a "the" in front of Rev., as in the Rev. John Jones, by the way. Just as there is always a "the" in front of the Mahatma Gandhi. While we are at it.

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Write to QT at zaysmith.qt@gmail.com

QT appears Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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