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Heidi Stevens: What do you say to your Boy Scout after that speech?

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Now that President Donald Trump has had his fun with the Boy Scouts, it's up to their parents to clean up his mess.

Many critics of the president's campaign-rally-disguised-as-a-jamboree address called on the Boy Scouts to denounce the rhetoric.

(Trump encouraged booing of former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary ...Read more

Dahleen Glanton: Congressional investigations into Russian meddling are a joke

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Plenty of people have suspected all along that the congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election are nothing but a sham. Now there's proof.

No legitimate probe aimed at getting to the bottom of what really happened with the Russians would allow three proven liars to meet with Senate and House investigators...Read more

Walter Shapiro: Democrats take steps to making some needed change

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Under the bright sun in Berryville, Va., on Monday afternoon, the congressional Democrats demonstrated that they can change. Or, at least, they can paper over their differences.

At the beginning of an hourlong rollout of their 2018 economic agenda, "A Better Deal," Sen. Chuck Schumer labeled as a "false choice" the debate over "whether ...Read more

Andrew Malcolm: Trump is his own communications director but appoints another anyway

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President Donald Trump almost made it through an entire week driving a positive administration jobs message -- made in America.

Almost. Then Friday morning started.

Out came Trump with a major White House appointment that prompted Sean Spicer, the embattled PR face of an embattled administration, to resign. And that ignited yet another media ...Read more

Maintaining an independent judiciary is critical for democracy

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The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sunday, July 23:

With Republicans dominating the White House, Congress and state governments, it's no surprise that dominating the judiciary is the next goal. Efforts to control that independent branch of government have prompted debate on an obscure Senate rule called the "blue...Read more

In blaming saturated fats for all our heart ills, American Heart Association relies on bad science

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Last month, the American Heart Association once again went after butter, steak and especially coconut oil with this familiar warning: The saturated fats in these foods cause heart disease. The organization's "presidential advisory" was a fresh look at the science and came in response to a growing number of researchers, including myself, who have...Read more

China chill: After this pause in trade talks, time to try again

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The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday, July 23:

American-Chinese trade talks started under the rubric of an ambitious 100-day U.S. China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue launched by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago in April. They appear to have ended, for the time being, ...Read more

'Reset' to Russian realities

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The following editorial appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal on Tuesday, July 25:

Recall Donald Trump praising Vladimir Putin last December. The president-elect described the Russian president as "very smart" for choosing to take a pass on retaliatory measures in the wake of the Obama White House imposing sanctions against Russia for its cyber-...Read more

Democrats lack a game change

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The following editorial appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday, July 25:

Since Hillary Clinton's loss last November, Democrats have been unified mostly by one thing -- resisting Donald Trump. As unpopular as the nation's 45th president may be (the latest Gallup polls puts his average approval rating at 38.8 percent in the second quarter, the ...Read more

Were the raw materials in your iPhone mined by children in inhumane conditions?

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Last year, I visited the sprawling mines of Cerro Rico, the "rich hill" that looms over Potosi, Bolivia. Four centuries ago, it supplied the silver that bankrolled the Spanish empire. Today, miners who work in the same tunnels as 16th century conscripted Incan laborers are providing tin for Apple products like the iPhone. It's a powerful paradox...Read more

Asian-Americans fill more lawyer jobs, but not at the top ranks

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Two years ago, an unusual matter came before my court: a petition for posthumous bar admission brought by the descendants of Hong Yen Chang, a native of China. Chang came to America in 1872 at age 13. He graduated from the Phillips Academy, Yale College and Columbia Law School and passed the bar exam. But in 1890 my court denied him a law ...Read more

The president's dangerous endgame

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President Donald Trump is besieged. He is reportedly looking for ways to close down the Russia investigation by the Justice Department. He already tried at least once, when he fired FBI Director James Comey. He still has the power to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

President Nixon fired a special prosecutor, Archibald Cox. It did not go ...Read more

Punish Russia and limit Trump's power to ease sanctions

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The following editorial appeared in the Star Tribune on Tuesday, July 25:

Congressional leaders have reached agreement on sanctions that would at once punish Russia for its interference in the U.S. election and sharply cuff presidential power to suspend or end those sanctions.

Both are needed as this nation plunges into uncharted territory, ...Read more

A memorial to veterans of war on terror has merit

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The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, July 24:

Military veterans of the war on terrorism deserve a memorial. Let's hope they don't have to wait as long for it as World War II veterans did theirs.

Pittsburgher Andrew Brennan, an Army veteran who flew helicopters in Afghanistan, has been promoting the idea of...Read more

This trend won't end well

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Only 36 percent of Republicans, according to the Pew Research Center, believe colleges and universities have a positive effect on the way things are going in the country, versus 58 percent who say they have a negative effect. Among Democrats, those figures are 72 percent and 19 percent, respectively. That finding represents a crisis.

For it to ...Read more

Jonathan Allen: Democrats waste time with slogan; how about a winning plan for U.S.?

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Democrats are so lost they don't know how lost they are.

Instead of working feverishly on the substance of a contrast with the imploding Trump administration, they decided it was most important -- a year and a half out from the next election -- to publicly unveil a new slogan first.

Not a new plan for boosting the economy, mind you. Not a ...Read more

Doyle McManus: If President Trump fires Robert Mueller, we're headed for a constitutional crisis

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President Trump has openly declared war on Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the Russian saga. The president clearly wishes he could fire Mueller; his associates say he's mused about that for weeks. Now, by stepping up the pressure, he's moving toward a showdown, and a possible constitutional crisis.

There's plenty of other ...Read more

Dan K. Thomasson: We continually ask ourselves 'what kind of day was it?'

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WASHINGTON -- "What kind of a day was it?" Walter Cronkite used to ask on his early weekly television program, "You Were There," that reprised significant historic events with viewers serving as eye witnesses.

It is safe to say that if Cronkite were still hosting this show, he would find enough drama in the current White House to fill a year's ...Read more

John M. Crisp: Firearm fantasies in college classrooms

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Lisa Moore, Mia Carter and Jennifer Glass, professors at the University of Texas at Austin, had their day in court recently. They lost.

The professors had petitioned for an exemption from Texas' Senate Bill 11, which permits concealed carry license holders to bring firearms into most locations at public colleges and universities in Texas, ...Read more

It's still O.J.'s America. Nothing has changed

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The following editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee on Friday, July 21:

For nearly a quarter-century, O.J. Simpson has served as a referendum on some American flashpoint: race, class, domestic violence, justice, California, celebrity.

On Thursday, as a Nevada parole board granted him an October release after nine years in prison for a 2008 ...Read more

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