Stuart Rothenberg: Will Trump go negative? Just kidding …

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There is no need to speculate about President Donald Trump's strategy for reelection. He plans to -- and needs to -- destroy his general election opponent.

That's the only way an incumbent president with a job approval rating in the low 40s and sitting at 40% in hypothetical ballot tests can possibly win.

Trump loves the combat and the name-...Read more

Editorial: Instead of just saying no to supervised injection sites, there are positive actions lawmakers can take

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Despite a federal court ruling that a Philadelphia nonprofit's plan to open a supervised injection site does not violate federal law, the issue remains controversial and subject to confusion. A plan by State Sens. Anthony Williams and Christine Tartaglione to introduce legislation prohibiting supervised injection sites is not likely to add ...Read more

Editorial: Protect democracy against social media manipulation

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The United States may not be the only target of Vladimir Putin's social media warfare, but many Americans do seem particularly vulnerable to Russian agents' tricks.

Consider Russian operatives' malicious use of social media platforms to upend our democracy and influence the 2016 election, outlined in a Senate Intelligence Committee report ...Read more

Commentary: Your tax dollars are subsidizing white supremacy

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What's the difference between UCLA and the KKK? Or a neo-Nazi and a Girl Scout? These are not setups for jokes. They are questions the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee recently spent 21/2 hours trying to answer. This is because many white supremacist groups enjoy the same tax-exempt status as public universities, churches and other ...Read more

Editorial: Will Facebook be Trump's silent partner in 2020 election?

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The 2016 presidential campaign showcased the worst of Facebook. Remember the headline "Pope Francis shocks world, endorses Donald Trump for president"? That story had nearly 1 million Facebook impressions by Election Day, prompting the pope to call such fake news a "sin" and a "sickness."

That wasn't the worst. There was much to dislike, ...Read more

Commentary: Trump puts housing crash foxes in henhouse

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The 2008 housing crash wiped out the savings of millions of people and sent America's homeownership rate crashing to its lowest level in 50 years. But a few tycoons made out like bandits -- and some of them are now guiding economic policy in the Trump administration.

This shocking and underreported history is laid out by award-winning ...Read more

Commentary: Providing for farmers so they can continue to provide for us

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We owe much to our farm families, particularly for dedicating their lives to ensuring we have access to safe, secure, affordable and nutritious food, while at the same time protecting the environment and our precious natural resources.

But producing the harvest we enjoy is extremely challenging. Roadblocks that farmers face in order to get ...Read more

Commentary: It's time for Bernie and his bros to get behind Elizabeth Warren

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You know, I do love me some Bernie Sanders. But he should stand down and fully support the strongest Democratic candidate with an agenda closest to his: Elizabeth Warren.

A heart attack at age 78? Not disqualifying for him. But as soon as a middle-aged woman has so much as the flu, she's swept aside by the bigwigs from any plum office ...Read more

Commentary: Higher education discriminates against conservatives

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Higher education prides itself on two overarching values: supporting the marketplace of ideas and academic freedom. But there has been an increasing and unremitting effort to eliminate conservatives and conservative thought in the humanities and social sciences in the American academy.

Channeling the late civil rights advocate President John F....Read more

Editorial: California needs a new model for how power is delivered

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Gov. Gavin Newsom ripped Pacific Gas & Electric on Thursday, calling the power shutdown that affected hundreds of thousands of Californians unacceptable.

"This is not a climate change story as much as a story about greed and mismanagement over the course of decades," he said. "Neglect, a desire to advance not public safety but profits."

We ...Read more

Dahleen Glanton: Under Ellen DeGeneres' formula for friendship, Donald Trump could become your bestie. No thanks

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Does Donald Trump ever wonder what Americans will think of him years from now? Is it possible that somewhere down the road, long after he can no longer harm our nation, a former first lady will embrace him or a celebrity will call him a friend?

The best that Trump can hope for is that Americans are as forgiving of him as they have been for ...Read more

Will Bunch: How Rudy Giuliani's epic slide, from crime buster to conspirator, reveals America's broken windows

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It's been 27 long years now, but I can still vividly remember where I was on Sept. 16, 1992 -- at my preinternet computer terminal in the New York Newsday newsroom, working on an innocuous story -- when news started filtering back from breathless colleagues rising up from the No. 6 subway, that something wild was happening in lower Manhattan.

...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Trump's Syria debacle is cause for impeachment

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If there ever was a Trump crime worthy of impeachment, it was just committed in Syria.

In one feckless phone call President Trump abandoned our loyal Kurdish allies, green-lit Turkish war crimes, spurred the revival of ISIS, helped the Kremlin and Iran and sapped U.S. military morale. And then he went golfing.

Leading GOP senators are furious ...Read more

John M. Crisp: Most Americans would love a mulligan on 2016

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Last week White House counsel Pat Cipollone notified leaders in the House of Representatives that the Trump administration will not "participate" in an impeachment investigation in any way. If you are looking for the most prominent indicator of the outrageous nature of Cipollone's letter, you have a lot to choose from. I would probably choose ...Read more

Noah Feldman: Giuliani is a sideshow. Trump's abuse of power is the main event

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The news that two associates of Rudy Giuliani have been charged with funneling illegal campaign contributions from Ukraine to the United States is inevitably intriguing to Democrats leading an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump. But it's important to avoid going down a rabbit hole of Ukraine-Trump connections. That could distract the ...Read more

Doyle McManus: It's beginning to smell a lot like Watergate

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Give Richard M. Nixon credit: When he set out to sabotage his opponents in a U.S. presidential campaign, at least he hired Americans for the job.

President Donald Trump outsourced his dirty tricks overseas, asking Ukraine to help destroy former Vice President Joe Biden.

It has landed Trump in a Watergate-size world of trouble.

The 37th ...Read more

Commentary: Why Iran and the US are at an impasse and how to reduce Mideast tensions in spite of that

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A lot of effort went in to trying to arrange a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and President Trump last month when they were in New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly. President Emmanuel Macron of France, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan ...Read more

Commentary: No one should be fired for loving who they love

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More than a decade ago, as a sophomore at the University of Maryland, College Park, I had my first piece of writing published. It was an opinion column in the student newspaper, in which I identified myself as a gay student and argued for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

The column simultaneously launched me out of the closet and launched...Read more

Editorial: Devin Nunes needs an intervention to stop his unhealthy lawsuit habit

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Just like everyone else, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has the right to sue anyone he believes has done him harm. But lately the Central Valley congressman has been exercising that right to settle what appear to be political scores. It seems he has developed a skin so thin it's a wonder he ever threw over dairy farming for the rough-and-tumble ...Read more

Commentary: My fantasy game of 'Cancer Jeopardy'

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In my fantasy game of "Jeopardy," I choose "Diseases No One Wants" for $200. The clue reads, "Cancer." I buzz in immediately. "What is the disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells?" Alex Trebek knowingly nods his head as he replies "Correct." I move onto "Side Effects" for $400. The clue pops up: "Nausea, Fatigue and Anxiety....Read more


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