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Ramesh Ponnuru: The gun debate needs to break old patterns

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The mass murder of children in Uvalde, Texas, coming just 10 days after the mass murder of shoppers in Buffalo, New York, moved former Sen. Bill Frist — who was the majority leader of a Republican Senate when President George W. Bush was in the White House — to issue a statement on guns: “We can find ways to preserve the Second Amendment ...Read more

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Editorial: Burden of proof is on gun law resistance

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To put yourself in the proper frame of mind to weigh what we ask you to consider today, imagine that you were one of the parents waiting into the night Tuesday outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, knowing what had happened inside hours before — to put it bluntly, a barrage of handgun and semi-automatic-weapon fire shredding small ...Read more

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Editorial: Bad year for crabs can still be a good year for Chesapeake Bay

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Summer approaches, and it’s traditionally a time when a Marylander’s fancy turns to a dozen Number One Jimmies steamed. The bad news is that Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are running especially scarce this year, a combination of a cool spring that reduces crab movement (and thus prevents watermen from catching them) following a bad year for ...Read more

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Editorial: Trump's failure to take revenge on responsible Republican officials is encouraging

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Former President Donald Trump chalked up some victories in Tuesday’s primaries, but he suffered a trio of defeats where it most mattered: Georgia, epicenter of Trump’s efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. Three Republicans on whom Trump had declared war for refusing to do his vote-fixing dirty work — Gov. Brian Kemp, ...Read more

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Commentary: University of Maryland's Collins Plaza a reminder that tolerance is not enough; we must embrace one another

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Five years ago on Friday, Lt. Richard Collins III, a young Black man, was killed at a bus stop on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland. His murderer was a man with white supremacist ties, who demanded Richard step aside and then stabbed him to death when Richard refused.

Lt. Collins was the best of America. He was a leader and ...Read more

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Editorial: National suicide plays out one murderous mass shooting at a time

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Perhaps this is how it all ends — self-government, self-defense, self-control, liberty, unity, family. Perhaps the fate of the nation is to watch its soul die along with the at least 19 students and two adults shot to death Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. This is us, the American people, on both sides of that gun — and ...Read more

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Commentary: We're asking the wrong question on Roe

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s projected decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has, understandably, unleashed a wave of emotion. The story has prompted people across the political spectrum to offer their perspectives. The ensuing dialogue, however, has become polarized into a problematic binary.

The question should not be whether one is for or against ...Read more

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Commentary: No matter how the Heard/Depp trial ends, defamation lawsuits against accusers are here to stay

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After weeks of testimony in a Virginia courtroom, the much-watched defamation trial of Johnny Depp’s claim against Amber Heard is nearing its end. At the heart of the case is Depp’s contention that his reputation was damaged to the tune of $50 million by a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which Heard described herself as a “public figure ...Read more

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Commentary: Why The Onion's take on the Uvalde shooting captures every parent's worst nightmare

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It’s the yellow caution tape that gets to me when I look at the pictures tweeted by the satirical website The Onion in the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, yesterday. Emblazoned with the words “Sheriff’s Line Do Not Cross,” the yellow tape is draped around the schoolyard after an 18-year-old man gunned ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: A Texas teen put his country first -- and the 'Big Lie' Republicans to shame

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I can barely keep count of the people I know who have had a falling out with family members or friends over Donald Trump, his corrosive racism, COVID denialism or his undying, narcissistic insistence that he won the 2020 presidential election.

Some have simply stopped talking to each other, some have resolved to avoid politics when they find ...Read more


Editorial: Bad news, Tallahassee: Florida students are already awake

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History. Sociology. Geography. Civics. Political Science. Economics. Anthropology. These disciplines — often grouped together under the heading of “social studies” — were developed to foster a deeper understanding of the world we all inhabit. The best educators work hard to take their students outside of boundaries on a map, lists of ...Read more

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Toriano Porter: As my kid enjoyed cupcakes, Texas parents started planning funerals

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This column was intended to be sarcastic.

After attending my youngest daughter’s fifth-grade graduation ceremony Tuesday afternoon, I would pretend to be outraged.

How dare this school teach my child about the dangers of alcohol and drugs, I would write. As a parent, that’s my job.

Books are being banned and a sanitized version of ...Read more

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Mary McNamara: 'What are we doing?' After the Texas school shooting, Sen. Chris Murphy speaks for us all

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"What are we doing?"

That's what Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., asked after 21 people, including 19 children, were killed during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday, a little more than a week after what authorities have called the racially motivated murder of 10 people in a Buffalo, New York, supermarket.

"There've ...Read more

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Mark Z. Barabak: Texas school shooting was 'incomprehensible'? No, it's just another day in America

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Just another day in America.

Mass shootings have become so common — along with the reflexive partisan response — we now assign them to specific subcategories: The ones that targeted Blacks, Latinos, Jews or people of Asian descent. The ones on college campuses. The ones in office buildings.

It helps us more easily sort the carnage and show...Read more


POINT: Trump withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal was a disaster

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Four years after President Donald Trump undermined U.S. national security by withdrawing unilaterally from the Iran nuclear deal for political gain, the United States is still experiencing the consequences.

The deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, blocked Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb, de-escalating a critical ...Read more


COUNTERPOINT: Appeasing Iran would be a mistake

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The ayatollahs of Iran do not respect or pity weakness. They exploit it. Since the moment Joe Biden entered the Oval Office, he has made one concession to Iran after another. As a result, today we face a regime that is more aggressive and assertive. Further accommodating the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism would be a disastrous ...Read more

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Steve Lopez: Don't look away from the Texas school shooting. Don't wait in silence until the next massacre

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Think about those innocent children in Texas, and don't let them out of your mind.

Think about their shock and fear as the gunman opened fire.

Think about their suffering, their little bodies on the floor of the elementary school, the sirens, the screams.

Think about their parents, hoping, praying, waiting in agony.

Think about the brothers ...Read more

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Patricia Murphy: How Brian Kemp cracked the Trump code for Republicans and won

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ATLANTA — Pay attention, Republican elected officials, both local and national. And open your ears, GOP voters wondering where your party has been since 2016. Also, right-of-center family members with that crazy uncle who keeps coming to Thanksgiving, this one's for you.

You need to get out your pencil to diagram the feat Brian Kemp ...Read more

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Commentary: Shootings show that an armed society is nothing more than a fearful society

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For decades, lies about gun violence have sustained policies that get many people killed. Tops Fresh Market in Buffalo, New York, and Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, now enter America’s list of mass shootings. It is a list of intense sorrow and shame. And it is a list we too quickly forget.

We are a patriotic nation but profoundly ...Read more

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Commentary: How the Fed has set our economy up for disaster

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For over a year, the Federal Reserve ignored myriad warning signs and continued injecting money into the economy. The result was the appearance of robust economic growth and a surge in demand, especially in the labor market, which ushered in decades-high inflation. But as the Fed belatedly raises rates, the veil is falling, and financial markets...Read more



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