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Commentary: Will the 49th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade be the last one? Abortion rights are under assault

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Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade that guaranteed the right to an abortion. Will it be the last?

Since 1973, when the court ruled that there was a right to abortion, derived from the Constitution, up to the point of viability of the fetus outside the womb, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed its ...Read more

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Commentary: Will the 49th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade be the last one? Abortion rights are under assault

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Saturday marks the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade that guaranteed the right to an abortion. Will it be the last?

Since 1973, when the court ruled that there was a right to abortion, derived from the Constitution, up to the point of viability of the fetus outside the womb, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed its ...Read more

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Commentary: Roe Day's message for Election Day

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This week marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Will it make it to 50? That’s the question women are asking with increasing urgency — and fierce determination.

Opponents of abortion believe this is their moment. Their support played an outsize role in the election of Donald Trump, and he rewarded them with three Supreme Court justices ...Read more

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Jonathan Bernstein: Don't panic, Joe Biden. Be like Reagan

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The New York Times reports that President Joe Biden: “Will retreat from the tangle of day-to-day negotiations with members of his own party that have made him seem powerless to advance key priorities, according to senior White House advisers. The change is part of an intentional reset in how he spends his time, aimed at emphasizing his power ...Read more

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Editorial: Voting rights fails, but fight goes on

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Voting rights suffered a major and unfortunate blow late Wednesday when needed legislation failed in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans succeeded in blocking the legislation.

But that doesn't mean the fight is over. Establishing a floor that protects the basic voting rights of American citizens is too important to let it become the victim of a ...Read more

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Editorial: Much as Trump tries to obstruct Jan. 6 inquiry, Supreme Court won't play along

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During his single presidential term, Donald Trump had a penchant for referring to federal judges and Supreme Court justices as though they ruled based on loyalty to the presidents who nominated them. Thus, Trump suggested, there were “Obama judges” and Trump judges. In 2018, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a stern rebuke: “We do not have...Read more

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Editorial: Lifetime bans a fitting punishment for 'Pharma Bro' and his ilk

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The infamous Martin Shkreli is “Pharma Bro” no more. On Jan. 10, Shkreli received a lifetime ban from the pharmaceutical industry.

You may recall that Shkreli exploited lax enforcement to corner the market on a lifesaving drug (Daraprim) and then jacked up the list price more than fortyfold. This went on for years, with Shkreli directing ...Read more

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Dan Rodricks: The only part of Congress that seems to work are the staffers who return your calls

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Congress is broken. You’ve heard that before, but the condition is more acute than ever.

When they’re in power, Republicans stand for nothing but cutting taxes for the wealthy; when they’re not, they thwart everything that comes from Democrats, even if the initiatives would benefit Republican constituents in the transformative way ...Read more

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Editorial: Not being Donald Trump will not be enough for Biden in his second year

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One year into Joe Biden’s first term as president, it’s safe to say that the Democrat’s performance has not met lofty expectations. His average approval rating, at 49% according to Gallup, is better than Republican Donald Trump’s was at this point, but that’s not saying much. Trump’s 38% was the lowest first-year approval rating of ...Read more

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Commentary: The gaslighting of the COVID hyper-cautious during the omicron surge

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California recorded a million new cases of COVID-19 last week, hospitals are overtaxed, and it feels like everybody has omicron — or knows somebody who does — as sickness, ennui and burnout already are defining the new year. Could this last part explain why the current pandemic peak is being met with a collective shrug?

As an arts writer ...Read more

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Trudy Rubin: A look into the authoritarian world Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin hope to create

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I intended this column to focus on Elizabeth Economy’s important new book, "The World According to China," which describes Xi Jinping’s vision for China’s future dominance in the world.

This book is important because it illuminates the ways in which Xi’s China aims to shape a “radically transformed” international order — by force ...Read more

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Commentary: My city's new gun control laws will help more than waiting on Congress to do something

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A gunman holding four people hostage at a Colleyville, Texas, synagogue last weekend provides another reminder of the daily threat of gun violence to our local communities. San Jose, where I am mayor, is hardly immune: Our 1 million residents have endured three mass shootings in three years, along with hundreds of gun-inflicted killings, ...Read more

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Commentary: Roe v. Wade has never been enough to ensure abortion access

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Last month, the Supreme Court declined to block Texas’ restrictive 6-week abortion ban. And later this year, the same nine justices will decide whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the U.S. exactly 49 years ago as of Jan. 22.

While the legal right to an abortion is vital, the truth is Roe has never been enough. We at ...Read more

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Commentary: Superbugs are coming. The US needs to spur the development of new antimicrobials

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Chicago is one of a handful of American cities where a deadly fungal infection, Candida auris, has been spreading rapidly.

It was first detected five years ago. By 2019, researchers were noting the emergence of a strain of the infection that is resistant to antifungal medications.

C. auris is a “superbug” — an antimicrobial-resistant (...Read more

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Editorial: Biden earned a solid D in first year

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Rarely has a president faced more crises upon taking office than did Joe Biden, or so assiduously ignored most of them. He has earned a solid D for his first year performance, and is slipping.

Biden was unconcerned when inflation emerged in the spring; he was unprepared when the withdrawal from Afghanistan turned chaotic; unequipped to manage a...Read more

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Jean Guerrero: Alex Padilla isn't scared to push through a pro-immigrant agenda

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Alex Padilla believes in the power of his story: a son of two Mexican immigrants — a short-order cook and a house cleaner — who became California's first Latino U.S. senator.

He believes in the power of his story not only to inspire other Latinos but also to convince some Republicans that "Latinos are just as American." He goes at politics ...Read more

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Nicholas Goldberg: Here's what happens next for unsolved 'cold case' killings from the civil rights era

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An aging ex-Klansman once said something to me that I found very disturbing, that colored my view of history forever after.

I was working on a story in Philadelphia, Miss., that dealt in part with the deaths many years earlier of three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner. I knocked on the door of Cecil Price,...Read more

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Nolan Finley: After year of Biden, still don't miss Trump

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The more critical I become of Joe Biden's bumbling presidency, the more often I get the question of whether I regret not supporting Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Let me check.

Nope. No regrets. I'm still not missing Trump. Still think his extreme lack of honor and his low-rent character made him unsuitable to serve as president of the ...Read more

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Commentary: Why is the Dalai Lama so quiet on China?

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At 86, the Dalai Lama is beloved around the globe for his promotion of world peace, religious harmony and the need for climate action. But while the Western world protests China’s human rights abuses, the Dalai Lama is eerily quiet. The spiritual leader of Tibet remains hopeful for a better future for Tibet with China.

International concerns ...Read more

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Editorial: Florida's death row executions need more sunshine, less secrecy

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The state rarely assumes a more serious task than executing a death row inmate. For that reason, transparency is paramount. But a bill moving through the state Legislature would make it harder to find information about the lethal cocktail used in executions. Hiding that information hardly inspires confidence and sets the stage for obscuring or ...Read more

 

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