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Dan Rodricks: Still tethered to Trump, Republicans have no claim to law and order

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Anybody heard a Republican member of Congress say that the prosecution of Brian Twilley will further divide the nation? Anyone heard a former FBI director calling for Joe Biden, once inaugurated, to pardon Ronald Repass so that the country might heal? And has anyone heard a prominent minister decry those who helped federal prosecutors bring ...Read more

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Commentary: The final COVID lie

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At a virtual press conference on Jan. 12, Operation Warp Speed officials made an announcement that cheered U.S. governors.

The federal government had been holding back millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to ensure sufficient second doses for the people innoculated in the initial rollout. Now, officials said, the entire reserve would be released ...Read more

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Martin Schram: GOP hid truth from terrorist 'true believers'

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Joe Biden is standing in front of his official blue backdrop Thursday, framed by those white lettered reminders that he’s in his “Office of the President-Elect” – right where he constitutionally belongs.

“Out of all the peril of this moment, I want you to know … I remain so optimistic about America, as optimistic as I’ve ever been...Read more

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Commentary: Treaty seeks end to nuclear madness

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On Jan. 22, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force. The treaty bans the development, production, possession, deployment, testing, use and just about anything else you can imagine related to nuclear weapons.

Approved at the United Nations by 122 countries in 2017, and subsequently signed by 86 and ratified by 51 ...Read more

Commentary: What Martin Luther King Jr. taught us about embracing our enemies

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This year’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day comes less than two weeks after a violent white mob, inspired by entrenched racism and dressed up in Christian symbolism, attacked American democracy, leaving five people dead.

As a Black Christian minister leading a nonviolent movement for civil rights, Martin Luther King Jr. came to know...Read more

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Editorial: Due process still matters, even for rioters who stormed the Capitol

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Failure to wear masks can do more than spread COVID-19, as some of the intruders who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week are finding. It also reveals faces to security cameras, government investigators and online private eyes, who've used those bare visages and other telling clues to identify many of the miscreants. As a result, not only have ...Read more

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Commentary: Will the world still look to America as a champion of democracy?

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“What’s going on over there?” The question from a former NATO colleague in Europe was among the many texts and WhatsApp messages that lit up my phone Jan. 6 as I watched on live television the astonishing and frightening events unfolding at the U.S. Capitol.

The level of incredulity and concern, followed by revulsion and anger, expressed ...Read more

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Editorial: It's 'every man/woman for themselves' to get vaccinated in Florida's assisted-living facilities

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You can’t blame the roughly 112,000 residents of Florida’s assisted-living facilities, and their families, for being angry.

When Gov. Ron DeSantis first announced his plans for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine, he said Floridians in long-term care facilities would get top priority. Along with nursing home residents, those in assisted ...Read more

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Trudy Rubin: The violence and conspiracy theories Trump fueled will threaten America long after he leaves

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The insurrectionist violence Donald Trump incited won’t end when he leaves the White House.

The pro-Trump groups that sacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 pose such a threat to the inauguration on Jan. 20 that 20,000 heavily armed U.S. soldiers are now protecting the building and surroundings, more than twice the total in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria....Read more

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Will Bunch: Congress must expel its coup plotters, then somehow find truth and reconciliation, or US is doomed

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If tradition holds (and who knows about that anymore), on a cold night this February Joe Biden will motorcade from his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. up Capitol Hill, and a new House sergeant-at-arms will proclaim, "Madame Speaker, the president of the United States!" In front of that so-familiar flag, the 46th president will ask a joint ...Read more

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Commentary: Can a new spymaster turn around the embattled CIA?

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Abused, insulted and threatened for four years by Donald Trump, who once compared the intelligence community to "Nazi Germany," the Central Intelligence Agency is the institutional version of a battered child.

William Burns, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be the next CIA director, will take over an agency with an unfocused mission, low ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: Yes, they're actually blaming Black people for the violent insurrection by the pro-Trump mob

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If you're a fan of "The Lord of the Rings" movies, you know one of the best battle scenes in the final part of the trilogy. Our protagonist, Aragorn, the rightful king of Gondor, recruits the Army of the Dead and with their help storms the battlefield and goes on to defeat the evil forces of Sauron. Later, Aragorn takes his place as ruler and is...Read more

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Dan Rodricks: The death of Dr. Amanda Cook Zivic from COVID-19: A loss for family and friends, for psychiatry, in some way for us all

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One year has passed since the first U.S. case of the novel coronavirus arrived in Snohomish County, Washington, while the rest of us, 328 million of us, went about our business, the scope of sickness and death in the coming months unimaginable.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the positive test of a 35-year-old man who ...Read more

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Editorial: An unavoidable impeachment requires prompt resolution

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There is no joy in impeaching a sitting president for a second time, or at least there shouldn’t be. There likely is not much personal or political gain for those who made that historic choice, especially for the stalwart 10 House Republican members who Wednesday voted to impeach Donald Trump. Yet one by one, most of the Republican members on ...Read more

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Editorial: Climate change remains the greatest crisis of our crisis-filled era

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As the nation deals with the tragic drama of President Donald Trump’s final days in office, and the world reels under a now-yearlong assault by a virus, the Earth continues to evolve into a dangerously inhospitable environment. And it is our collective fault.

This past year was, in essence, in a statistical tie with 2016 for the hottest on ...Read more

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Commentary: More excessive partisanship will make wound from Capitol siege even worse

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My father, a Navy veteran of World War II, just celebrated his 94th birthday. He is one of the estimated 300,000 living veterans of that war and he is healthy, mobile and active, with a wicked sense of humor. His memories are sharp, his voice raspy, and he offers colorful reflections on almost a century of American life.

Last weekend, I asked ...Read more

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Heidi Stevens: Who cares that Nancy Pelosi wore the same suit to both of Donald Trump's impeachments? I do

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Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as speaker of the House, made more history Wednesday — presiding over the first impeachment of a U.S. president who had already been impeached once before.

She wore the same dress for both impeachments.

Careful observers recognized the black, high-neck, two-piece suit Pelosi wore when the House voted to...Read more

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Commentary: 'Polarized' doesn't describe us accurately, because there's a third force to reckon with

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The disgraceful storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6 led House Democrats to introduce an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday for inciting the mob, and polling shows most Americans want him removed before his time expires next week. But the vast majority of Republicans oppose impeachment, and many still believe Trump's...Read more

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Editorial: Trump social media bans, and broader reform, overdue

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Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms were right to at least temporarily ban President Donald Trump.

The danger of Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and outright lies about election fraud was abundantly clear last week, after he goaded a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol and interrupted the peaceful transition of power.

This does not ...Read more

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Editorial: Turn the page

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President Donald Trump leaves office in less than a week. What we need in those days, and beyond, is not more drama.

We don’t need more drama from the president.

And we don’t need more drama from House Democrats and their leader.

That’s all a second impeachment accomplishes — more drama centering around Trump.

The House has the right...Read more

 

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