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Editorial: Virginia-Tennessee lawsuit could bring needed change to college sports

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Could a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Virginia and Tennessee further erode, or even end, the NCAA’s regulatory role in college athletics? If so, it would be a victory for the students whose sweat on the field and the court earns the NCAA and its member schools billions each year.

The NCAA’s end seems closer than ever after a ...Read more

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Editorial: Navalny's funeral says Russian thirst for freedom still alive

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Attending funerals generally is an act of compassion. On Friday in Moscow, attending the funeral of Aleksei A. Navalny, the Russian dissident widely assumed by international governments to have been murdered at the direction of Vladimir Putin, was an act of extraordinary courage.

Most of us have sacrificed a half-day of work to pay our respects...Read more

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Editorial: McConnell leaves his mark on the federal courts

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Mitch McConnell announced last week that he would step down as the GOP leader in the Senate, and many Trump Republicans are eager for the door to whack his rear on the way out. They should be careful what they wish for and ponder what the minority leader’s decision might portend for November.

McConnell, from Kentucky, has served for nearly 40...Read more

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LZ Granderson: Past victories to protect queer kids at school didn't save Nex Benedict

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The name Pat Logue may not be familiar to many of us, but her work is.

From establishing the right of same-sex parents to adopt children to challenging the merits of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, it's not an exaggeration to say Logue's accomplishments as a lawyer for Lambda Legal were instrumental in changing the way society ...Read more

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Commentary: Beware efforts to snatch the people's presidential vote

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When Americans vote for a presidential candidate, they are actually voting for a slate of people to represent their state in the Electoral College. What few Americans realize is that their state legislature could legally exercise the power to select the electors without holding a popular vote – or it could even ignore the people’s choice. ...Read more

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Editorial: A right to IVF or abortion will never be protected if fetuses and embryos are declared people

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The Alabama Supreme Court decision last month determining that frozen embryos have the same rights as children brought the personhood debate to a surreal level that should terrify anyone who supports the right to terminate a pregnancy or start one in a lab through in vitro fertilization.

It was a preposterous ruling — three couples whose ...Read more

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Commentary: For the second time in days, the Supreme Court helped make another Trump presidency possible

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The Supreme Court held Monday that a single state such as Colorado can’t prohibit Donald Trump from running for president as an insurrectionist under the 14th Amendment. It was the second time in less than a week that the court provided a crucial boost to the former president’s campaign to return to the White House.

The court’s strong ...Read more

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Trudy Rubin: 4 ways the US should help Ukraine right now

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Donald Trump is helping Vladimir Putin defeat Ukraine. Right now, as you read this.

To stop that from happening, President Joe Biden must do an end run around Congress — where Trump and his MAGA clique have cowed House Speaker Mike Johnson into blocking a vote on vital military aid for Ukraine.

Biden still has the power to get some critical ...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: Arizona Republicans want to give citizens license to shoot migrants

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Arizona Republicans produced legislation last week that would legalize shooting and killing trespassers on private land. Essentially, they took an existing law that allows someone to shoot a home invader and extended it outside to the property line — even if the property extends for hundreds of acres.

The bill, which passed the House and ...Read more

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Leonard Greene: Surge pricing for burgers leaves a bad taste in our mouths

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After the Five Guys franchise went viral the other day over a $12 burger, the joke making its way around the internet was that customers would have to start going to Four Guys just to save a little money.

But it turns out that Five Guys wasn’t the worst offender when it came to putting price gouging on the menu.

That distinction went to ...Read more

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Commentary: Maintaining a democracy is not a spectator sport

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Martin Niemoller, a German Lutheran pastor, composed a post-World War II confessional titled “First they came ...” The four-line composition explains, in straight-forward language, how the Nazis rose to power by methodically silencing German intellectuals and clergy.

The best known version of the prose is housed in the U.S. Holocaust ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: How the Alabama IVF ruling unmasks the hypocrisy of antiabortion zealots

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We don't know whether former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, had any leftover embryos after they availed themselves of the advanced reproductive technology known as in vitro fertilization to become the parents of their three children, who are now adults.

In November 2022, after the Supreme Court overturned the federal right to ...Read more

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Editorial: Ruth Gottesman's genius gift: The end of tuition at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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The name Einstein has long been synonymous with genius, but it goes back to a man and his equation, E = mc². In his lifetime, Albert Einstein was the world’s most famous man and most famous Jew and most famous refugee (the last two being connected, as he had to flee his native Germany when the Nazis took power in 1933). Time magazine selected...Read more

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Editorial: The 'Party of Lincoln' is becoming a haven for America's racist subculture

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There’s something fitting about the fact that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the very embodiment of the old Republican establishment, announced he will exit party leadership just as the GOP’s current descent into post-establishment extremism was highlighted by the slithering of neo-Nazis at the conservative movement’s most visible...Read more

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Noah Feldman: Supreme Court buries the fantasy of keeping Trump off the ballot

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The Supreme Court has unanimously concluded that Colorado can’t keep Donald Trump off the ballot. Section 3 of the 14th amendment, which says that a former officeholder who becomes an insurrectionist can’t hold federal office, won’t save us from a potential second Trump presidency. The court correctly rejected what I would call the ...Read more

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Martin Schram: A Marxist revelation along the Rio Grande

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Luckily, the next time a pollster calls to ask about our dueling, aged presidents, we can start by recalling what we just saw with our own eyes – and heard with our own ears.

We were gifted with a remarkable split-screen poli-sci lesson that made us instantly wiser, on Leap Year Day.

And all of us who truly want to make America great again ...Read more

Doyle McManus: Biden should hope he gets heckled at his State of the Union speech

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden should hope he gets heckled by Republicans when he gives his State of the Union address on Thursday, just as he was last year.

Here's why.

Biden's campaign for a second term is in trouble. His job approval rating, normally a reliable indicator of an incumbent's chances, is mired below 40%.

So the stakes for...Read more

George Skelton: Stop the nonsense. Moving up the California primary was a dumb idea. Push it back

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's early primary election needs to change. March 5 is too late to influence presidential races — and way too soon for non-presidential contests.

In fact, the whole presidential nominating process begins far too early with a hyped caucus and primary in pipsqueak states — Iowa and New Hampshire — that this ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: We can't count on the courts to hold Trump accountable before November. It's up to us

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Well, my fellow Americans, it's up to us to hold Donald Trump accountable at the ballot box. We can't count on the courts before election day.

This was supposed to be the opening week of Trump's Jan. 6 trial, the first ever of a former president facing criminal charges, for his unprecedented attempt to overturn a U.S. election and remain in ...Read more

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Commentary: How the GOP fixation on abortion could help Democrats retake the House

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Republicans are the gift that keeps on giving — to Democrats.

The GOP has a democracy problem, thanks to Donald Trump, and a competence problem, thanks to a tiny, shrinking House majority that repeatedly chooses Trump and failure over reality and governing. Now, thanks to their ascendant theological wing, Republicans have a rapidly ...Read more

 

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