Commentary: Oprah's rise in America

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It's time to take another look at Oprah Winfrey. Her rise to power and maintenance of it are instructive in what it means to be an American and what it means to succeed and survive here.

When she retired from her phenomenally successful talk show seven years ago, I doubt anyone thought that would be the last time we would see her. How could a ...Read more

Opinion: Building a water workforce for America's future

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WASHINGTON -- America faces a tough reality when it comes to our drinking water infrastructure. Eighty-six percent of U.S. households today depend on public water, and the EPA has estimated that nearly $400 billion will be needed in the coming decades just to keep those systems in working order.

Unfortunately, underground pipes and pumps aren't...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Tillerson held the brake on Trump's worst instincts. Now what?

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Rex Tillerson's biggest mistake was that he didn't retire with dignity on his own terms before his boss unceremoniously sacked him and named CIA chief Mike Pompeo as his successor.

The crude way it was done – Tillerson only learned of his firing via a presidential tweet – confirms that President Trump loves to reprise his role as star of "...Read more

Commentary: SNAP benefits vital to low-income communities

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President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget request has me worried for the future health and well-being of our nation's low-income communities. Under this proposal, there is to be an immediate $17 billion reduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, followed by a $213.5 billion reduction ...Read more

Francis Wilkinson: Fear and loathing and money in Pennsylvania

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The special election in the 18th congressional district of Pennsylvania this week will have mirror opposite effects on the two parties.

Democrats, enthused by victory in a district that voted for Donald Trump by almost 20 points in 2016, will contribute more money and time to Democratic candidates. Republicans, alarmed by a potentially ...Read more

Commentary: It's OK to not know what to say to a grieving friend, showing up is enough

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Young adults overdosing from heroin is not a new phenomenon; it has existed for decades. The recent influx of fentanyl-laced heroin, however, has been leading to a massive increase in the frequency of overdoses. The last two years of my life have been riddled with the deaths of friends.

In January of 2017, my boyfriend's best friend passed away...Read more

Ramesh Ponnuru: Republicans are mostly wrong about Conor Lamb

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Before voters in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district cast their ballots, Republicans cast the Democratic candidate, Conor Lamb, as a liberal. A Republican PAC ran an ad calling him a "liberal sheep" who would spend his term "voting the straight liberal party line for Pelosi's extreme agenda."

Once the votes were cast, Republicans changed...Read more

Editorial: Cutting off the public's beach access to appease a billionaire would be unconscionable

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We get it that tech billionaire Vinod Khosla is annoyed that local authorities and the Coastal Commission demanded that he allow public access through his 89-acre beachfront property in northern California, continuing a nearly century-long practice of the previous owners. He has battled officials and advocacy groups on this issue for almost a ...Read more

Editorial: Student march another step in growing movement for gun control

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One month ago, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students ran outside with arms up after surviving a shooting that killed 17 people and injured 17 others.

On Wednesday, the Parkland survivors marched out of school again -- this time with students nationwide showing their support by doing the same thing.

The students marched out in memory of...Read more

Editorial: Gina Haspel's appointment to run the CIA revives America's dark history of torture

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Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's choice to take over the CIA, is a well-respected figure within the intelligence community, by most accounts. But she is inextricably tied to two very dark elements of the spy agency's past: She ran a secret, post-Sept. 11 overseas "black site" where detainees were subjected to torture, and she participated ...Read more

Gina Barreca: Keep an eye out for life-changing words

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When was the last time you came across a word that changed your perception of the world? I'm not talking about words you swipe out of the medical, scientific or anachronism bin to win at "Scrabble" or ones you employ only to beat your rivals when playing "Words With Friends" on the computer.

I'm talking about discovering a word that opened a ...Read more

Editorial: Trump's booming economy has neglected wage growth

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In a discussion at Boeing-St. Louis headquarters with executives from 10 Missouri businesses, President Donald Trump on Wednesday extolled the benefits of the tax-cut bill he signed in December. The bill is contributing to a wave of good economic news for the nation.

It has mostly benefited Wall Street and doesn't seem to be doing much for ...Read more

Editorial: United's bulldog blunder

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Last April, United Airlines obliterated its customer service reputation by having a passenger dragged off an overbooked flight at O'Hare. As part of its mea culpa, here's what CEO Oscar Munoz pledged to flyers: Every customer deserves to be treated with the highest levels of service and the deepest sense of dignity and respect.

In the 11 months...Read more

Christine M. Flowers: RIP Toys R US: Remembering brand new Barbies and green plastic soldiers in the age of e-commerce

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When I was about 4 or 5, I discovered the Sears Wish Book. I'd sit at the kitchen table and page through all of the amazing toys that Mom Mom and Pop Pop could be snookered into buying for me, since my parents were a bit more impervious to my dimples. That book was the blueprint for many joyful birthdays, where happiness was found at the end of ...Read more

Editorial: University of Kansas fraternities should cancel the party and clean up their act

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Some members of University of Kansas fraternities are crying foul about the decision to temporarily halt boozy parties and many other Greek social activities.

The Interfraternity Council wisely pressed pause on partying in an effort to take a hard look at what KU Chancellor Douglas A. Girod called "systemic problems related to student conduct" ...Read more

Joe Nocera: Conservatives hate Ex-Im bank. Trump should love it

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Rex Tillerson isn't the only administration official whose departure was announced on Tuesday. So was Scott Schloegel's. Schloegel's title is first vice president, vice chairman of the board, and agency head (acting) for the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

To put it more bluntly, he was the last man standing.

The Ex-Im bank hasn't had...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Unless Trump backs Britain on poison case, Putin will think he's free to murder at will

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In 2005, I interviewed a foreign leader who believed he had been poisoned by the Kremlin.

The newly elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko -- hero of the Orange Revolution that defeated a candidate backed by Russia -- nearly died after drinking soup laced with dioxin. His once-handsome face was discolored and pockmarked by the poison. ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: In the era of Trump, the polls can be intimidating

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Something was different.

I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but my friend noticed it, too.

The morning after our recent primary election she texted me.

"You vote yesterday? For the first time ever, I felt uncomfortable voting in the (GOP) primary."

Yes. That was it.

Glad I'm not the only one, I thought.

But really, ...Read more

Editorial: Reject Sinclair's mega-merger

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In 2004, Congress delivered what seemed to be an unmistakable message about ownership limits in the TV broadcasting industry. It ordered the Federal Communications Commission to institute a new cap: No company could own stations that collectively broadcast into more than 39 percent of U.S. homes.

So why hasn't the FCC summarily rejected ...Read more

Commentary: Obstructing federal immigration enforcement is wrong

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Is history repeating itself? Consider two states and two issues, almost two centuries apart.

The first is South Carolina. It opposed the high tariffs that the federal government enacted in 1832 so strongly that it declared them unconstitutional and unenforceable within its borders. A political compromise defused the crisis at the time, but it ...Read more


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