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Editorial: Americans are worried about immigration. Is Congress?

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A new Gallup poll says 23% of Americans believe immigration is the most important problem facing the nation. That number's been rising and is now at the highest level since Gallup began recording mentions of the issue in 1993.

It's not hard to analyze the nation's interest. A record number of people from Central America have been trying to ...Read more

Editorial: The only consistent thing about Trump's immigration policy is his animus toward migrants

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President Donald Trump announced last week that he would be deporting "millions" of people living in the U.S. illegally, a promise that just happened to precede the formal launch in Orlando, Fla., of his re-election campaign. Anyone who knows anything about the immigration system saw that threat for what it was: a nonsensical bit of bluster that...Read more

Editorial: How about preventing next refinery explosion, instead of just responding?

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A series of explosions in the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery shook South West Philadelphia early Friday morning. The refinery is the largest and oldest on the East Coast and has a long troubled history with fire and explosions dating back to a 1975 explosion that killed eight firefighters.

This time, five people were injured.

If ...Read more

Robin Abcarian: Another woman accuses Trump of rape. Give her benefit of doubt

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Can we all agree that sexual abuse has nothing do with politics or partisanship, and everything to do with male privilege, sexism, a historical discounting of women's lives and the failure of our justice system -- until recently -- to take rape very seriously at all?

And can we also finally agree -- whatever our political persuasion -- that we ...Read more

Editorial: Keep pressing China on human rights

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President Donald Trump tweeted that he'll have an "extended meeting" with China President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Japan this week.

Resolving the nations' trade dispute, and getting China to abide by international trade rules, is the top priority. Also on the agenda is North Korea, which Xi visited en route to Japan.

But a long meeting...Read more

Editorial: Philly has had enough 'bad apples' excuses; time to bring real change to police

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When do "a few bad apples" finally become a worm-infested bushel? The 72 police removed from the streets by Police Commissioner Richard Ross last week for their racist and offensive social media posts is well more than a few. And the research project that originally discovered the social media posts found hundreds of offensive posts originating ...Read more

Editorial: Philly has had enough 'bad apples' excuses; time to bring real change to police

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When do "a few bad apples" finally become a worm-infested bushel? The 72 police removed from the streets by Police Commissioner Richard Ross last week for their racist and offensive social media posts is well more than a few. And the research project that originally discovered the social media posts found hundreds of offensive posts originating ...Read more

Commentary: Gay men need to be feminists too

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Even in the all-male environments that I've frequented, from golf courses to gay bars to locker rooms, I never encountered the kind of brutish sexism that Donald Trump broadcast as he campaigned for office. And yet I know his continuing insults against women are not singular; attacks are festering from a wide cast of misogynists, from the Leslie...Read more

Eli Lake: Egypt's gulag helped to kill its only elected president

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When Egypt's first and only elected president, Mohamed Mursi, dropped dead in a courtroom last week, official Washington barely noticed.

President Donald Trump was focused on the crisis in Iran. His administration has made clear that autocratic allies like Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will not be shamed and cajoled for how they treat...Read more

Commentary: Mexico is not the enemy

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On a daily basis, President Donald Trump hurls threats at Mexico – close the border, levy new tariffs, arrest millions. But history shows it's smarter to recognize our neighbor as a natural ally.

During World War II, Mexico joined the United States in declaring war on the Axis, even though Germany was well-ensconced in Latin American markets....Read more

Commentary: After 30 dead horses, thank heavens Santa Anita's lethal season is finally over

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The grisly winter racing season at Santa Anita finally, mercifully, came to a close Sunday, with 30 horses dead from racing or training. The latest death was just two days ago. And, although racing has closed at the park until late September, training will continue until July 11. A good number of those 30 deaths occurred during training. It's ...Read more

Commentary: A trade deal with China could put national security at risk

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President Donald Trump's planned meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit, June 28-29, has created optimism that a deal to restore normal commercial relations may be possible. However, without extensive changes in Chinese policy and law -- and tough enforcement provisions -- any deal will prove a hollow victory and put our ...Read more

Dahleen Glanton: Six ways Democrats could help reelect Donald Trump in 2020.

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It is difficult for most Democrats to imagine that Donald Trump might be reelected. They are convinced that America is a wiser, more cautious nation than it was in 2016 -- and that the people are anxious to fix this mistake.

They point to polls showing that nearly any Democrat who opposes Trump in 2020 would win. But with Trump, as we learned ...Read more

Commentary: Spending money on family planning works. So why is it only 1% of our foreign aid budget?

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In the late 1960s, for a brief moment, population growth commanded the kind of political, popular and academic focus that climate change does now. But today, even as the population crisis grows more severe, it has largely fallen off the agenda.

Paul Ehrlich's seminal book on the subject, "The Population Bomb," was published in 1968, when there ...Read more

Editorial: The high cost of clinging to coal

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For a long time, the threat of climate change caused by carbon dioxide emissions was distant and abstract. But the evidence suggests it's now an immediate reality. Globally, the last five years have been the hottest five on record.

Melting ice sheets, rising sea levels, severe droughts and hurricanes -- all provide a picture of what a warmer ...Read more

Commentary: Fallen journalists memorial?a needed reminder

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This week marks the first anniversary of the deadliest assault against journalists in U.S. history. On June 28, 2018, a gunman opened fire at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, killing five and injuring two.

We will always remember Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith, as well as ...Read more

Editorial: Getting to truth, finally, of Kim Foxx and Jussie Smollett

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Five months after actor Jussie Smollett's alleged staging of a hate crime in Chicago, unanswered questions surrounding the prosecution of his case finally will be answered. It's about time.

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin's Friday ruling ordering a special prosecutor to investigate why the office of State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped 16 charges...Read more

Editorial: San Francisco's e-cigarette ban isn't just bad policy, it's bad for public health

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Anyone over 21, and with an ID to prove it, can purchase cigarettes, booze and even marijuana in retail establishments across San Francisco. But as soon as next month, one age-restricted product won't be available for purchase, not even online. That's because San Francisco officials, in a misguided attempt to curb teen vaping, are moving to ban ...Read more

Timothy L. O'Brien: Trump suffers a triple fail on Iran, Mexico and immigration

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"I have an organization but it's largely myself," Donald Trump confided to the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in early 2016, acknowledging that his bare-bones presidential campaign was essentially a one-man show.

Trump has always described his eponymous business as an "organization" too, even though it was a disorganized, bankruptcy-...Read more

Patricia Murphy: Working with the enemy? Biden was just doing his job

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There's a name for working with someone you can't stand. It's called "legislating."

It used to happen all the time in Washington, and it still does, occasionally. But former Vice President Joe Biden became engulfed by progressive rage when he pointed to the late Sens. James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, two avowed segregationists, to describe ...Read more

 

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