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Karl W. Smith: Billionaires aren't the problem

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Bernie Sanders can't decide what socialism is. At times he frames it as nothing more than New Deal-style capitalism, not so different from the Scandinavian economies of Norway, Sweden or Denmark. Other times he defines it in the language of class struggle, vowing to smash "the oligarchy" and "restore power to the many, not the few."

In a speech...Read more

Editorial: Double trouble: The Supreme Court approves dual prosecutions

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that if you are convicted in a state court of a criminal offense, the federal government can put you on trial again for essentially the same crime, and if you're convicted, your new sentence can be added to your old one. In our view, that's a violation of the Constitution's prohibition against double ...Read more

Walter Shapiro: Running for re-election the Trump way — with half the country against you

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When Donald Trump declares his candidacy for a second term Tuesday night in Orlando, the line of supporters fighting to get in will stretch from Disney World to the Everglades.

Many people are already saying that Trump is such a favorite for re-election that all 23 Democrats will withdraw after they make fools of themselves criticizing the ...Read more

Eli Lake: Don't blame Trump for Iran's aggression

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As President Donald Trump mulls a comprehensive response to what he says was an Iranian attack on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf last week, his smarter critics are not questioning Iran's likely culpability. Instead, they are asking, "What did you expect?"

So Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence ...Read more

Addam Schwartz: Blame Canada for the new war on dodgeball

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Oh, Canada.

You've given us so much, from Justin Trudeau to Justin Bieber to, probably, some other things not named Justin. And now you've given us the War On Dodgeball.

You remember dodgeball. It's a classic schoolyard game in which, basically, a bunch of people throw a large rubber ball at you. If it misses you, you keep playing. If it hits ...Read more

Robin Abcarian: Duncan Hunter, your wife admitted conspiring with you to steal campaign funds. You don't belong in Congress

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This understanding allowed the Hunters to spend Campaign funds on certain personal matters they wished to conceal from the other. For example, Defendant hid from Hunter certain purchases she made with campaign funds for items like children's school lunches. At the same time, Hunter concealed from Defendant his use of campaign funds to facilitate...Read more

Editorial: Giving voice to missing and murdered indigenous women

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High school track star Rosalie Fish is a class act. At the recent Class 1B meet at Eastern Washington University, she ran not only to win but to share a message about the unacceptable violence that Native American women face every day.

In a special report to The Seattle Times, Dave Trimmer shared Fish's story. She is a member of the Cowlitz ...Read more

Editorial: Pros and cons of 'blind justice'

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San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon's plan to remove any considerations of race from his prosecutors' initial decisions about what charges to file in criminal cases reinvigorates an old debate: Is justice best served when it is all-seeing and all-knowing? Or when it is blind?

Gascon last week announced his plans to use a tool, ...Read more

Editorial: San Diego measles warning shows why Gov. Newsom should back tighter vaccine rules

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A new study by researchers for The Lancet medical journal identifies San Diego County as the 25th-most likely county in the U.S. to have a measles outbreak this year. This concern is reinforced by a state report that showed just 92.5% of San Diego County kindergartners received recommended vaccinations during the 2018-19 school year, ...Read more

Commentary: Making America happy again

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To make America happy again, society has to figure out how to make our country whole. Understanding what divides Americans -- and what gives them hope -- could be critical to improving their well-being and the nation's.

By tracking patterns in well-being, and creating programs based on the results, we can take steps toward tackling the malaise ...Read more

Commentary: Why should I continue to support the Catholic Church?

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I have become an angry Catholic. While I have been a faithful, life-long member of my church, and a long-time parishioner within the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I don't think I could get any more cynical about my church's leadership.

Like a lot of Catholics, I've been waiting for church leaders to do something meaningful in response to the sexual...Read more

Commentary: Who deserves to be an American?

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My father's gravestone is lined on three sides with Chinese characters, most of which I, as an ABC (American-born Chinese), cannot read. The words I can make out say that Wilbur Kuotung Woo was born in Guangdong province in a village called Ngow Mo Leng, or Cow's Hair Ridge.

I wish I knew what inspired such a rustic name; I should have asked ...Read more

Commentary: Stop building in floodplains

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In early June, Diane Mueller fled her flooded home near St. Louis, for the second time in two years. She hopes it won't happen again.

When Mueller saw the water bubbling up through grates in the floor, she knew it was time to go. She and her husband, Stan, bundled the pets into the family truck and headed for dry land. Now they sit on the floor...Read more

Commentary: Children's books offer life lessons

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James Holzhauer recently took "Jeopardy" by storm, setting a single-game record of more than $131,000 won and taking home more than $2.4 million in total. Mr. Holzhauer shared his strategy to prep for the show: He read children's books he got from the public library.

His 32-game winning streak ended June 3. Perhaps fittingly, he lost to ...Read more

Virginia Heffernan: All the president's lying ladies

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The Trump White House is a bit like Shakespeare summer camp: not enough substantial parts for the girls. The female roles at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are for craven ladies-in-waiting who are allotted very little moral agency, let alone opportunities for heroics. They subvert their ambitions to their overlord's; they lie, in short.

Yes, there's a ...Read more

Editorial: The US can protect tankers from Iran, with help from allies

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It was known as the "tanker war." In 1987, Iran wreaked havoc on global energy supplies moving through the Strait of Hormuz, using mines to attack Kuwaiti oil tankers and eventually triggering direct conflict between U.S. naval forces and Iranian vessels. The U.S. estimated that Iran had attacked more than 160 ships in its campaign to disrupt ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Campaign help from Russia? Trump says it's no problem

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What do Queen Elizabeth II and Vladimir Putin have in common?

Well, according to President Donald Trump, there is no difference between having a chat with Britain's queen and accepting dirt about a political opponent from the Kremlin.

When asked, in an astonishing interview with ABC News, whether he would welcome campaign help from an ...Read more

Editorial: Rep. Hunter should accept responsibility and resign, then plan to rebuild his life

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A 47-page indictment released last August by the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego laid out how Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and wife Margaret had spent more than $250,000 in campaign donations from 2010 to 2017 for their personal benefit and the benefit of their family. The 60-count indictment quoted messages in which the couple discussed ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Campaign help from Russia? Trump says it's no problem

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What do Queen Elizabeth II and Vladimir Putin have in common?

Well, according to President Donald Trump, there is no difference between having a chat with Britain's queen and accepting dirt about a political opponent from the Kremlin.

When asked, in an astonishing interview with ABC News, whether he would welcome campaign help from an ...Read more

Commentary: We were wrong, graduates, about Donald Trump

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With young men and women marching across stages last week, I thought it would be funny to put together a graduation speech for them consisting solely of tweets from Donald Trump.

It wasn't funny. It was sobering. I quit halfway through.

I've wondered since, though, about the lessons this president is giving to this generation -- including one ...Read more

 

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