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Trudy Rubin: India's COVID-19 tragedy has lessons for global vaccinations. Hint: It's not by waiving vaccine patents

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As America beats back COVID-19 with vaccines, the catastrophe in India reminds us that much of the world’s population has yet to receive a shot.

Coping with a virulent second wave of the virus, desperate Indians plead for oxygen tanks for their loved ones. Mass cremations of victims barely cope with the rising death toll, but less than 4% of ...Read more

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Tony Norman: The Big Lie and the little politicians who make it possible

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"Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies. To be led by a tyrant is...Read more

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Commentary: Are we headed for another government shutdown?

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Actions have consequences. So do inactions. Take the defense budget, which the White House is turning into a poster child for procrastination — a practice that threatens the security of all Americans.

In fact, the Senate has decided it can’t wait any longer and tore up its schedule to focus on nominations this month, instead of budget ...Read more

Commentary: Laura Stargel to Ron DeSantis: Veto Florida's harmful ban on trans girls in sports

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Less than 48 hours from the end of session, previously dead legislation in Florida to ban transgender athletes from youth sport resurfaced as an amendment on a charter school bill, blindsiding many lawmakers and advocates, myself included.

As someone who studied sports politics and has grown up in the shadow of Florida’s legislative process, ...Read more

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David Zurawik: Media must not let us forget evils of the Trump era, no matter how unpleasant to revisit

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Just when it was starting to feel after 100 days that cable news and social media were properly focused on the potentially culture-changing actions of President Joe Biden, the past presidency of Donald Trump came roaring back on-screen.

There were images and endless analysis of law enforcement agents raiding the New York apartment of Rudy ...Read more

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Martin Schram: Liz Cheney -- the last GOP leader still standing tall

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Today we are taking a new look at Liz Cheney’s latest performance of “Profiles in Courage” leadership. In any political era we have ever known, pundits would be fast-typing flourishing predictions that we may have just witnessed Chapter One in a book titled: “The Making of America’s First Woman President.”

Except we all are too ...Read more

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Trudy Rubin: India's COVID-19 tragedy has lessons for global vaccinations. Hint: It's not by waiving vaccine patents

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As America beats back COVID-19 with vaccines, the catastrophe in India reminds us that much of the world’s population has yet to receive a shot.

Coping with a virulent second wave of the virus, desperate Indians plead for oxygen tanks for their loved ones. Mass cremations of victims barely cope with more than 300,000 deaths daily, but less ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: What's the GOP today? A party obsessed with 'woke supremacy,' cancel culture and voter suppression

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Every major U.S. city has that one station that catered to the Black community. In Detroit during the 1980s, that was 97.9 WJLB. The station’s morning show provided the soundtrack many of us listened to as we got ready for the day, and one classic in particular could usually be heard: “Wake Up Everybody” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes...Read more

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Commentary: A bear walked into a news conference. That should not have happened

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So, a Kodiak bear walked into a politician's campaign news conference in Sacramento on Tuesday, and I don't know whom to pity more — the bear or the politician. I'll go with the bear.

Tag, as the 9-year-old bear is called, had no choice but to be rented out for the kickoff of Republican John Cox's long-shot bid to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom ...Read more

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Mark Z. Barabak: A congressional shutout in Texas disappoints Democrats. Should they worry?

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Texas has broken more Democratic hearts than all the George Jones and Willie Nelson songs combined.

The party hasn’t won a statewide election in more than 20 years. Their last successful presidential candidate was Jimmy Carter, back in 1976 when conservative white Democrats still roamed the earth. (Like dinosaurs, they were a species destined...Read more

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Editorial: Secretive DeSantis signs flawed voting law that courts should reject

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What’s wrong with this picture? Everything.

Scene One: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came to West Palm Beach Thursday to sign a flawed and needless overhaul of state election laws. Not one county election supervisor was in favor of it. Republican and Democratic supervisors alike called the changes unnecessary and predict problems at the polls and...Read more

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Commentary: Tax the rich? Here's what Biden forgot

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President Joe Biden proposes to impose steep new taxes on high earnings and lucrative investments to help pay for expanded child care and other social programs. But if he’s serious about requiring wealthy Americans to pay more, he missed one of the most obvious places to start.

That would be by curtailing a gift to business owners granted by ...Read more

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Commentary: Telemedicine is a tool -- not a replacement for your doctor's touch

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Earlier in the pandemic it was vital to see doctors over platforms like Zoom or FaceTime when in-person appointments posed risks of coronavirus exposure. Insurers were forced — often for the first time — to reimburse for all sorts of virtual medical visits and generally at the same price as in-person consultations.

By April 2020, one ...Read more

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Commentary: Why ordering LA to shelter its homeless won't solve the homelessness crisis

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Anger and frustration rightfully jump out from each page of the recent federal court order creating a right to shelter for the 4,600 unhoused residents in downtown Los Angeles’ skid row neighborhood. The 110-page document powerfully critiques the decades-long history of counterproductive public policies that drove up housing costs, exacerbated...Read more

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Commentary: Population growth too slow? Maybe we should stop turning away immigrants

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The country’s population growth is slower than at any time since the Great Depression, and I’m of two minds about that.

On one hand, slower growth is good for a nation bristling with huge problems, starting with climate change and the pressure that more people and development put on our land and infrastructure — water, sewer, landfills, ...Read more

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George Skelton: Regardless of Newsom's motive, bid to end California oil production is a game changer

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — There are three ways to look at Gov. Gavin Newsom's recently announced phaseout of fracking and desire to end all California oil production.

The first two are both credible and the third is fact.

One, it's in Newsom's DNA to be the first to do things, such as issuing a statewide stay-at-home order at the start of the ...Read more

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Editorial: Facebook board right on Trump suspension, but now the hard part

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Facebook's Oversight Board made the right call Wednesday upholding the social media giant's suspension of Donald Trump's account.

The former president's potential to incite violence and his irresponsible spewing of misinformation justified his removal.

That said, the decision highlights how much work Facebook still has to do to fulfill its ...Read more

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Editorial: Liz Cheney isn't the only victim of the Republican Party's Trump cult

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For continuing to call out the Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming may soon lose her position as chair of the House Republican Conference, the No. 3 position in the party’s leadership.

It’s the latest proof that much of the party remains in the thrall of the former president, a bizarre ...Read more

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Editorial: Relax, Donald -- you don't need Facebook to reach your fans online

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Perhaps blind to the irony, former President Donald Trump took to the newly created news feed on his website Wednesday to blast Facebook, Twitter and Google for muzzling him.

"Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway," ...Read more

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Editorial: The Trump specter hangs over the Republican Party

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Much of America has moved on, but more than 100 days after he left the Oval Office, the specter of Donald Trump hasn't gone away. That was plain with two new developments on Wednesday.

In the first, Facebook's Oversight Board announced it supported Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to ban Trump from using Facebook and Instagram after the ...Read more

 

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