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John M. Crisp: WTF? Are we wearing out the F-word?

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On one of my regular browsing excursions through Barnes & Noble, I came across a book display entitled: "Path to Personal Growth."

Prominent, of course, was “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie’s famous self-help book, which has sold over 15 million copies since its publication in 1936.

Arrayed around this classic ...Read more

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Doyle McManus: India has become a US partner in countering China -- a limited partner, that is

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For more than two decades, American presidents have invested high hopes in a deepening U.S. relationship with India, the world's largest democracy — as they almost invariably mention.

And at first glance, India looks like a natural U.S. ally, not only an electoral democracy but a rapidly growing economy that fears the expanding power of China...Read more

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Editorial: Mapping a fair election: The new congressional and state Senate districts enhance democracy

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We thought that the draft maps published last Monday for New York’s congressional and state Senate districts drawn by Carnegie Mellon’s Jonathan Cervas for Acting Steuben County state Supreme Court Justice Patrick McAllister were excellent, but late Friday night the final maps became even better.

Cervas was paid $90,000. His services were ...Read more

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Editorial: 'Nobody delivered.' Lawmakers shamelessly failed to help condo owners after Surfside

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The announcement in the Surfside condo collapse litigation this month came as a surprise: Less than a year after the June 24 tragedy that killed 98 people and shook condo residents across Florida, relatives of the victims and survivors had reached a settlement that will pay them nearly $1 billion.

The settlement is far from perfect, like the $...Read more

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Editorial: First abortion, next birth control -- women understand the stakes

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Over the past few weeks, Americans have come to understand just how deeply Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established women’s rights to control their reproductive health care, is ingrained in the nation’s legal foundation. The leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion has put the nation on notice that federal ...Read more

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Commentary: Governments should stop trying to make gasoline cheaper

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The oil market is screaming at consumers to rein in their use of fuel. Governments are doing everything they can to have us to buy, buy, buy. But there can only be one winner in this battle, and it won’t be our elected representatives — or us.

In March, just after the U.K. government announced a yearlong cut in fuel duty, Javier Blas ...Read more

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Commentary: Can we learn how to understand each other while we disagree over pandemic issues?

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I recently spoke with a colleague in another city about how we would adjust our personal behaviors as COVID-19 cases rise once again. I have great respect for this physician, and both of us are well versed in the medical literature concerning COVID-19 and dedicated to the health of our patients and community and have cared for patients ...Read more

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Anita Chabria: How can we protect our kids from racism? Author Ibram X. Kendi has this advice

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When an advance copy of Ibram X. Kendi's new book, "How to Raise an Antiracist," arrived in my mailbox, the massacre in Buffalo hadn't yet happened.

Nor had the shooting in Laguna Woods, where another gun-toting man is accused of killing out of hatred.

So much sorrow in a single weekend. Few of us were shocked, but for me, the mother of two ...Read more

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Cynthia M. Allen: The upshot of baby formula crisis? Moms need more breastfeeding resources and support

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FORT WORTH, Texas — It was probably inevitable that the baby formula shortage would devolve into a noxious quarrel between the breastfeeding and formula-feeding camps.

Within days of the (now weeks-long) crisis finally hitting the mainstream news cycle, social media feeds were filling up with all kinds of thoughtless commentary.

Some ...Read more

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Commentary: We've expanded the Supreme Court before. It's time to do so again

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With the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade generating shockwaves across the country, Supreme Court expansion is once again emerging as a serious proposal in response to the extreme partisanship overtaking our nation’s highest court. Throughout our nation’s history, federal lawmakers have expanded and ...Read more

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Jonathan Bernstein: Republican judges don't care for restraint

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If you had any doubt that Republican objections to judicial activism would melt away if conservative judges gained the upper hand, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and some of the judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in Texas, should put it to rest.

The two relevant data points are the leaked draft of an opinion by Alito...Read more

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Sandy Banks: The Buffalo shooting brings back a lifelong question: Why do they hate us so much?

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My reaction to news of the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, was more than emotional; my heart raced and my stomach churned. My hands are shaking as I write this nearly a week later.

My first thought, in the moment after I heard about the attack, was the same as it always is after every mass shooting: Dear God, please don't let the shooter be...Read more

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Editorial: The shame of America's baby-formula shortage

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When the sudden COVID-19 shutdown caused people to hoard toilet paper, the nation was half amused by the inability to find a roll on any retail shelf.

There’s nothing funny, though, about the baby-formula shortage that has reached a peak in recent weeks. Many babies need formula to survive and thrive. It contains all the nutrients, in the ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: Buffalo, Laguna Woods and the Supreme Court's radical revision of US history

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Talk about a sad coincidence.

On Saturday I spent the afternoon with a book on the history of the 2nd Amendment, then turned on cable news: While I'd been reading, millions of Americans were grocery-shopping; in Buffalo, New York, 10 of them, all Black people, were massacred, allegedly by an 18-year-old white supremacist with an assault rifle. ...Read more

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Amanda Little: US should follow the EU model for baby formula

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Startup Bobbie introduced its infant formula product in January 2021, the first new brand to be approved for sale in nearly a decade. It was a small operator representing a tiny fraction of the $4 billion U.S. formula market, but when shortages began roiling the industry in recent months, Bobbie offered at least one more option for rattled ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: Big business musters more lies to smear a Biden nominee because she would do her job

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Riding high after killing off President Biden's nomination of a pro-labor regulator for a key post at the Department of Labor, big business has been sharpening its knives for a noted consumer advocate nominated to join the Federal Communications Commission.

The target this time is Gigi Sohn, whose credentials as a critic of the monopoly power ...Read more

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Tony Norman: Onward Christian Nationalists, marching off to war ...

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In my heart of hearts, I don't believe newly minted Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano has a snowball's chance in a burning hell of being elected Pennsylvania's next governor.

Simply put: State Sen. Doug Mastriano, R- Franklin, is a theocrat, and an unapologetic one at that.

According to the New Oxford Dictionary, a theocrat...Read more

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Commentary: Noble gases are suffering from Putin's war in Ukraine

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Now that Ukraine has evacuated its fighters from Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russian forces, we can begin to sort the consequences. One has so far gone largely unexplored — the effect on the production of noble gases.

Azovstal, the besieged steel plant in Mariupol, is one of only a handful of facilities in the world capable of ...Read more

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Fabiola Santiago: Biden abandons Florida Dems in tough races to run a fool's errand in Cuba, Venezuela

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Who benefits from President Joe Biden’s sudden U.S. opening to repressive communist Cuba? Not American democracy — and not Florida, where the move almost feels like a betrayal by Biden and his administration.

The president, who lost Florida to Donald Trump, underestimates the stakes.

The political calculus is that Biden didn’t have those...Read more

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Editorial: Joining the club: Welcoming Sweden and Finland to NATO

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On Feb. 24, when Putin (like other would-be conquerors we’ll be mentioning today, he only needs one name) invaded Ukraine, the Russian despot wanted to change history. That he did: Rather than divide and weaken NATO, he united and strengthened the Atlantic Alliance that has kept the peace in its part of Europe since 1949.

Now NATO is growing,...Read more



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