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Commentary: Washington's lack of diversity is hurting democracy

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A recent wave of media attention has pointed to a toxic workplace culture in much of the Washington, D.C., political ecosystem. From the viral “Dear White Staffers” on Capitol Hill, to growing worker dissatisfaction at liberal nonprofits, it’s become clear that the policy field doesn’t always practice what it preaches when it comes to ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden right to resist court-packing calls

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Over the weekend, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that President Joe Biden remains opposed to the idea of court-packing following the United States Supreme Court’s controversial ruling on abortion.

“So, I know I’ve … I was asked this question yesterday, and I’ve been asked it before — and I think the ...Read more

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Commentary: On the idea's 30th anniversary, could our governors stop corporate giveaways?

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Thirty years ago this summer, two former governors—Michigan’s John Engler and Illinois’ Jim Edgar—arrived at the National Governors Association meeting with a radical idea: that states band together and stop handing taxpayer-funded subsidies to private businesses. The idea fizzled, and we’ve since seen ever-increasing corporate ...Read more

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Commentary: The Supreme Court is not accountable to the people. So what can check its power?

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If Supreme Court justices had to run for reelection, a number of them would be in big trouble. Last week the court issued radical decisions that boldly defied American opinion on both abortion and guns. It overturned Roe v. Wade and about 20 other cases that had protected the right to abortion for a half-century. And in the wake of some of the ...Read more

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Tony Norman: An iron fist on the scales of justice

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For decades, Justice Clarence Thomas sat mostly silent on the Supreme Court bench, content to let others debate the controversies of the day. Because Thomas would not argue in public, court watchers had no idea of how he processed arguments beyond his written dissents and concurrences.

Thomas did not spar like Justice Antonin Scalia, the ...Read more

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Noah Feldman: Supreme Court is eroding the wall between church and state

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In another bombshell opinion, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority has upended the way it understands and applies the clause of the Constitution that prohibits the establishment of religion. Completing the revolution begun in last week’s decisions expanding gun rights and overturning abortion law, the court said in Kennedy v. Bremerton ...Read more

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Erika D. Smith: Is California ready for more Black people to legally carry guns in public?

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Nathan W. Jones leads the Bay Area chapter of the Black Gun Owners Association. But until a few years ago, he wasn't even into guns.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. And George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police, sending racial justice protesters into the streets. And white supremacists trashed the U.S. Capitol in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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Commentary: A notebook with family recipes reminds me of Ukraine's strength

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“Sew the necks up on one side. Mix flour, fried onions and chicken fat and stuff the necks.”

This is a line from a notebook in which my grandmother wrote out family recipes for me by hand, a few years before she passed. It contains instructions for dishes that sustained my ancestors in Ukrainian and modern-day Belarusian towns and cities ...Read more

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Editorial: With climate change, we must resist the quick fix on oil supplies

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Why is it that climate-change deniers are so quick to speak up when the weather is cold and icy, but become as mute as a mime when America is suffering from record heat?

The first three weeks of June saw record highs — not only throughout the southern U.S. but in Minneapolis and Milwaukee, where roads buckled when the temperature reached 100 ...Read more

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Commentary: The Supreme Court demolishes another precedent separating church and state

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The Supreme Court on Monday took a significant step toward allowing prayer back in public schools. As with a decision last week that required the state of Maine to subsidize religious schools, the court rejected any notion of a wall separating church and state. Indeed, the conservative justices have again overruled a half-century-old precedent ...Read more

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Joe Battenfeld: Elizabeth Warren pins Roe reversal on rescuing her from political irrelevance

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is banking on using the backlash from the Roe v. Wade reversal to rescue her from political irrelevance and reignite her White House hopes.

The Massachusetts Democrat has become a lead crusader against the Supreme Court since its ruling last week that there is no constitutional right to an abortion, using strident, ...Read more

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Jean Guerrero: Unending deaths of migrants, driven by desperation and US border policies

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It's one of the deadliest mass-casualty events connected to border militarization in years. The number of migrants found dead in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio Monday rose to more than 50 on Tuesday. Another 16 people, including four children, were transported to hospitals with heat-related illnesses.

Across Latin America, the terrified ...Read more

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Editorial: High voter turnout is a symptom of polarization, not a cure

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Conventional wisdom holds that America’s democratic norms are withering. It also asserts that high voter turnout signifies a healthy democracy. So does a record high voter turnout for this May’s midterm primary election mean American democracy is in better shape than it seems?

Probably not. High turnout does not always express hope, and low...Read more

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Editorial: Missouri's abortion ban is wrong. But voters, not prosecutors, must change it

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Last week’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade has left officials like St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell with a dilemma: His job is to prosecute violations of the law. But as of last Friday, Missouri law criminalizes abortion services from the moment of conception, even for victims of rape or incest. We agree with ...Read more

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Commentary: The day Roe went away, one to remember

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We will remember June 24, 2022. It will stand as one of the most consequential days in Supreme Court history. Americans will remember this day as when the court overruled Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

But we should remember much more than merely the outcome. Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion shows how terribly wrong the court has ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: Banning abortion is the first step. Brace yourselves for the end of many hard-fought rights

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Goodbye, legal right to abortion.

Goodbye, separation of church and state.

Goodbye, commonsense gun laws.

Goodbye, Miranda rights.

And that's just the beginning.

With a fundamentalist, conservative Supreme Court majority in charge, brace yourselves for the possibility of the end of so many civil rights we take for granted: privacy, ...Read more

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Editorial: The Republicans who said no to Trump and paid for it

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Some of the most harrowing testimony in the congressional Jan. 6 hearings has come from Republican officials in battleground states who endured tremendous pressure from Donald Trump and his allies to help overturn the 2020 election.

And not the normal kind of pressure politicians apply to each other.

Many of Trump’s followers went far beyond...Read more

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Editorial: Greitens claims his violent campaign video is humorous. No, it's dangerous

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Did you hear the one about the Republican Senate candidate who suggested killing any Republican who isn’t deemed conservative enough? It’s a real knee-slapper. Especially with recent horrendous mass shootings, public officials getting death threats and the country watching a forensic review of how a former president’s violent rhetoric ...Read more

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Commentary: Fire up the grill, not the planet: Eat vegan

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This July 4, try eating green when you celebrate the red, white and blue. Environmental scientists say that phasing out animal agriculture and eating vegan is “our best and most immediate chance to reverse the trajectory of climate change.” So, I’m asking you, my fellow Americans, to go vegan to give our country and our planet a fighting ...Read more

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Commentary: My high school classmates were massacred in 2018. How are we still in the exact same place?

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In my first journalism job, I wrote two obituaries and edited 17. They were about the classmates and teachers who died in the mass shooting at my school.

In my first journalism job, I hid from an active shooter inside the newspaper room's photo closet.

In my first journalism job, I returned to that room every single day to write about the ...Read more



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