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Nicholas Goldberg: Tuesday's presidential debate will test Trump's assertions about Biden's mental state

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President Donald Trump's attacks on Joe Biden's mental state are cruel, unsubstantiated and detestable.

But they're also effective. With the president pounding the dementia message into voters' heads steadily for months, it's no surprise that many Democrats and independents are now secretly worried about what will happen when the two ...Read more

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Cynthia M. Allen: Attacks on possible Trump court pick Barrett's Catholicism smack of bigotry, ignorance

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In this era of heightened sensitivity to most forms of bigotry, it should be extraordinary, if not unthinkable, that a person's faith be cause for their pillory.

But it appears that some of the loudest voices in woke America will make exceptions, for Christians specifically and Catholics in particular.

Nowhere is this more obvious than the ...Read more

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Commentary: If Amy Coney Barrett is nominated and confirmed, it will be a shame for the Supreme Court and the country

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Get ready for the profound changes an even more conservative Supreme Court will make in the law and in American life.

President Donald Trump's short list of candidates to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat - his third Supreme Court selection in four years - are all judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals: 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 11th ...Read more

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Commentary: I saw what happened in Portland this summer; it could happen anywhere

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When I was 4 years old in 2001, my family and I marched in a peaceful demonstration in my hometown of Wallingford, Connecticut, in response to a white supremacist speaking at the public library.

This is one of my earliest memories. I distinctly recall images of police in riot gear confronting black-clad protesters from out of town who were ...Read more

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Virginia Heffernan: The United States is OBE — overcome by events. Democrats must take a stand

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At the start, liberals were clear: This means war. "I live on this hill, folks," Elie Mystal of the Nation tweeted Sunday night. "I'm more than happy to die on it."

The legendary Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died. Within hours, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hastened to reassure the grieving nation that he had ...Read more

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George Skelton: It's time for California to retrofit buildings for wildfires as it does for earthquakes

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California should put the same effort into preparing buildings to survive wildfires that it has retrofitting for earthquakes.

That's the view of University of California Merced fire scientist Crystal Kolden, a former firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service.

She makes sense.

California needs "policies that support individuals and communities ...Read more

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Commentary: Trump may be losing his grip on farm country

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Is the relationship between President Donald Trump and farm country starting to go bad?

At first glance, things have never been better. According to recent data, net farm income will hit $103 billion this year, a whopping 23% increase over 2019. The problem is that most of that bounty isn't due to anything produced down on the farm. Instead, ...Read more

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Editorial: Face it: Wear a mask when you vote and let's talk about it. Now

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It's what Broward Supervisor of Elections Pete Antonacci didn't say that stirred up so much dust this week.

In the long run-up to the 2020 election, Antonacci sought to project confidence and a sense of calm, in contrast to the jittery sense of impending doom before past elections. The lawyer from Tallahassee, Florida, hired and trained ...Read more

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Commentary: Wildfires endanger those with chronic illnesses

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While I was out on a late-night walk with my dog during the record heat wave in Los Angeles that helped fuel the West Coast fires, a neighbor pointed to the sky and asked if I'd seen the moon. I glanced upward, looking for a white globular shape.

Instead, I saw what looked like Mars. The moon was red.

Five days later, I was reading my media ...Read more

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Editorial: The president vs. democracy: By refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, Trump threatens the very foundation of the American republic

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The president, convinced his reelection was doomed as the country teetered on the edge, with Americans violently split amid racial animosity and charges that he had badly mismanaged an unprecedented national calamity that had claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands, wrote the following and had his Cabinet sign it sight unseen, bonding their ...Read more

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Eli Lake: A 'color revolution'? Democrats are not planning one

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Donald Trump is the first American president to threaten not to abide by the results of an election. That's what he did on Wednesday, when he declined to say whether he would commit to the peaceful transition of power no matter the outcome at the ballot, and what he did in 2016, during a debate with Hillary Clinton.

Every American should be ...Read more

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Commentary: Breonna Taylor decision: Disappointing, but no surprise

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The message sent by the decision in the Breonna Taylor case: Property, an inanimate object, is more important than a Black life.

A Jefferson County, Kentucky, grand jury indicted Brett Hankison - one of the officers who busted down Taylor's door and allegedly shot her dead during a police raid of her apartment in March - on three counts of "...Read more

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Commentary: Adam Schiff: Why my colleagues and I are introducing the first major democracy reforms since Watergate

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Having wrested hard-won independence from a monarch, the founders of our nation sought to form a new union where executive power was constrained by other branches of government. They did so knowing that men are not angels, and believing that through a system of checks and balances that set "ambition against ambition," a fledgling democracy could...Read more

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Commentary: My brother Austin asked me to go to Syria with him. Four months later, he was taken

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I was at the beach with my family when my brother Austin called. His schedule at Georgetown Law School had prevented him from joining us. I slipped into an empty room at the little house we were renting and listened, astonished, as he told me he was planning a trip to Syria that summer of 2012, and he was asking me to come with him.

To this day...Read more

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Editorial: Goodbye and good riddance to gas-powered cars

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California has made it official: This is the beginning of the end of the gasoline-powered car. For the health of the state and the planet, the demise of the tailpipe can't come soon enough.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday requiring that all new cars and light pickup trucks sold in California in 2035 be zero-emission ...Read more

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Editorial: Another step toward Middle East peace

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The status between Israel and Bahrain is no longer ambiguous. Less than a month after the United Arab Emirates forged a peace agreement with the Jewish state, the Kingdom of Bahrain followed suit. Representatives from all three countries were on hand at a White House ceremony on Sept. 15 to celebrate the new Abraham Accords Declaration.

In a ...Read more

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Trudy Rubin: Trump's use of 'the big lie' with COVID-19 echoes autocrats past and present

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In the 1920s Adolf Hitler coined the term "the big lie," meaning the use of a falsehood so huge no one would believe a leader could dare promote it were it not true.

From then on the phrase "the big lie" became a standard description of the prime propaganda technique used by strongmen in undemocratic regimes.

Last week, Donald Trump's mastery ...Read more

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Editorial: The University of California admissions disgrace

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First things first: Now that we know it was University of California Regent Richard Blum, a wealthy San Francisco financier and husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who improperly helped the child of friends get admitted to Berkeley, when will an explanation - or resignation - be forthcoming?

The number of students wrongfully admitted ...Read more

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Faye Flam: Is COVID-19 airborne? The CDC can't say yet

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On Monday, the CDC posted and then retracted a statement about COVID-19 being an "airborne" disease. While switch generated tons of attention from the press, infectious disease experts say it's not clear it would have made much difference if the word had remained. The term might just confuse the public even more.

The more serious problem is ...Read more

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Dahleen Glanton: Justice in Breonna Taylor's death fell victim to 'law and order' politics

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There will be no justice for Breonna Taylor. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron made sure of that.

He failed to make the case that Taylor's life mattered. So a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, did what panels in the police shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York did - give killer cops a pass.

It ...Read more



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