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Mark Gongloff: Wildfire smoke is coming for the US again. We're not ready

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Many Americans were surprised last year when smoke from wildfires hundreds of miles away turned their air toxic. There’s no excuse for anybody to be surprised when it happens again — possibly in just a couple of months.

Canada’s emergency preparedness minister has warned repeatedly that an unusually dry and warm winter, combined with ...Read more

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Commentary: Stop saying 'immigrants do jobs Americans don't want to do'

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The deaths of six immigrant workers in the collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge on March 26 sparked the kind of collective empathy that usually follows tragic events. President Joe Biden was among the many who offered his prayers. In news reports, the men have been called “kindhearted,” “humble” and “heroes.”

We should...Read more


Editorial: How to burn tax dollars and have little to show for it

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The progressive paradise of California has spent $24 billion over the past five years to attack homelessness. Not only has the problem gotten worse, state and local government officials haven’t bothered to track where the money went. Is anybody surprised?

This month, the state auditor released a long-awaited report on “Homelessness in ...Read more

Editorial: Google's hardball tactics against California news outlets show why it should be regulated

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Whatever happened to Google’s “Don’t be evil” motto?

That corporate maxim is apparently gone, and the Internet behemoth has decided to display its super villain side. The latest example is a campaign in California to demonstrate just how easily the company could crush news outlets if state lawmakers dare to pass a law requiring that ...Read more

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Editorial: Oh so now Eric Schmitt and Josh Hawley are concerned about impeachment, Constitution?

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Now we know: Sen. Eric Schmitt isn’t really a “half-a-loaf” guy.

The Missouri Republican on Tuesday scuttled any chance that Republicans would get to debate the articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — so Democrats went ahead and dismissed the charges outright.

Schmitt’s problem? Democrats ...Read more

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Max Hastings: Trump's Hitler fascination is an ominous echo of the 1930s

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Democracy is ailing. Around the world, strongmen seem all the rage. China’s Xi, Russia’s Putin, Hungary’s Orban, India’s Modi and a clutch of Latin Americans, together with the rise of the right in Western Europe, attest to peoples’ increasing willingness to embrace ruthless, mendacious leaders whom they credulously think can get ...Read more

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Southern discomfort: Governors should be wary to discourage unionization

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In an unusual joint statement, the Republican governors of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Tennessee assailed the United Auto Workers union as it proceeds with a unionization vote at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. In their missive, the state officials contend that the unionization effort would imperil jobs and ...Read more

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Martin Schram: Watching America's future and pastime intersect

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The first cup of black coffee had not quite done its job, as I was slowly paging through Wednesday morning’s New York Times. But page B11 sure did.

There, filling up the entire page, was my childhood. Two big headlines stretched across the top and the middle of page B11 evoked a rush of memories that were very special – yet quite different....Read more

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Editorial: Joe Biden should commit to presidential debates

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Joe Biden famously ran a basement campaign during his successful 2020 presidential bid. But he emerged to participate in two debates with his opponent, Donald Trump. Will he agree to share the stage this fall? He’d better.

Last week, five major TV networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox — sent a joint letter to Biden and Trump urging the ...Read more

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Commentary: Is Arizona's abortion ban a return to the 19th century? No, it's actually worse

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Arizona’s Supreme Court opened a new front in the war on women’s reproductive rights last week when it resurrected an obscure 1864 law that bans abortion in almost all cases. Critics of the ruling say the court has thrown Arizona back into the 19th century.

That isn’t entirely fair to the 19th century.

The irony of last week’s ...Read more

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Lynn Schmidt: The unintended consequences of 'defund the police'

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ST. LOUIS -- The closure of some St. Louis Walgreens stores is just one of the unintended consequences of the “defunding the police’’ rhetoric and policies as well as the culture of allowing crime without consequence. It also serves as an example that de-policing — or even the idea of de-policing — hurts the very people it is trying to...Read more

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Commentary: Marginalized communities need big environmental wins

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For too long, communities of color have borne the brunt of environmental degradation, suffering the consequences of pollution and toxic industries that too often find their place in our neighborhoods. That’s why, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its decision to limit tailpipe emissions and gas-powered cars, it was ...Read more

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Noah Feldman: Jan. 6 case will test the Supreme Court's hypocrisy

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared skeptical that prosecutors could use the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to go after Jan. 6 rioters. It’s a closely watched case in part because Special Counsel Jack Smith also cited this statute in his criminal charges against former President Donald Trump.

As a matter of statutory ...Read more

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Commentary: How can Africa shake its coup contagion?

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In a refreshing twist on what had been starting to look like a depressing U-turn to the days when coup d’etats were all too present in postcolonial Africa, 80 political parties and nongovernmental organizations in Mali joined forces this week to demand new elections after nearly four years of rule by a military junta.

Still, the “coup ...Read more

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Editorial: No debate about it: A fitting end to the ridiculous impeachment of Alejandro Mayorkas

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The 49 Senate Republicans spent Wednesday afternoon furiously sputtering that they weren’t allowed to debate if Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security, duly and formally impeached by the House, should be tried in the upper chamber.

It’s their own fault, having blocked a chance to engage in several hours of debate, so they ...Read more


Jackie Calmes: The hush money trial has only just begun, but it's not a good look for Candidate Trump

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The first criminal trial of a former U.S. president hadn't started this week, and already Donald Trump found himself behind bars. It wasn't a good look for Candidate Trump.

Whenever he enters or leaves the Manhattan courtroom in the case of People of New York State vs. Donald J. Trump, Defendant Trump makes a beeline for the cameras, to rant ...Read more

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Commentary: USC got it wrong in canceling valedictorian's speech. Here's what the school should do now

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USC’s decision to rescind valedictorian Asna Tabassum’s invitation to speak at its commencement no doubt resulted from a range of pressures from inside and outside the university, particularly the outcry over the student’s expressions of support for Palestinians. Provost Andrew T. Guzman wrote that he acted in the face of “substantial ...Read more

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Editorial: USC was wrong to silence its valedictorian

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Asna Tabassum has a GPA of at least 3.98, with a major in the challenging field of biomedical engineering, and a record sterling enough to be picked as USC’s valedictorian from about 100 qualified candidates. For that accomplishment, this is her “reward”: having the traditional valedictory speech canceled at the May 10 commencement over ...Read more

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Editorial: A commencement speech unspoken: USC valedictorian Asna Tabassum earned the right to speak

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In 2022, at the University of Southern California commencement, valedictorian Adam Karelin delivered a stirring poem against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In 2021, valedictorian Tianna Shaw Wakeman spoke of living in a world rife with racial injustice.

In 2020, valedictorian Isabella Hauptman spoke about COVID, which we seem to remember was a...Read more

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Commentary: Health care is not a top issue in 2024. COVID-19 explains why

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In a striking departure from recent voting and polling trends, health care has tumbled to the 16th most important problem facing Americans today, according to new Gallup data.

At first glance, this shift is bewildering, especially considering the central role health care played in the 2018, 2020 and 2022 election cycles.

Americans now list the...Read more



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