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Lynn Schmidt: The nation's health may well depend on people getting to know each other again

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Our country is in a very dark place at the moment. But I have hope, because the answers are all around us. They live around us. For thousands of years wise people have been extolling the virtues of loving your neighbor. Now is the perfect time to get out and do just that.

The word neighbor appears over a hundred times in the Bible. More ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: LA District Attorney Gascón survives a second recall campaign. Was he humbled by this near miss?

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The crash was horrific, no doubt about it.

But did the aftermath prove that Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón is soft on crime and should be recalled, as the crash victim urged?

On Aug. 6, 2021, on the southern end of Speedway, a well-traveled alleyway in Venice, a teenage driver going the wrong way plowed into a woman ...Read more

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Editorial: When it came to banana republic behavior, Trump wrote the book

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A new book about former President Donald Trump’s relationship with the Pentagon’s top military commanders offers a vivid glimpse into the way he misconstrued the military as just another asset in his political inventory, a tool to be used for whatever personal objective he sought. And he actually wondered out loud why his generals couldn’t...Read more

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Commentary: Why banning hikes to the world's tallest tree will never work

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The National Park Service is trying to preserve the world’s tallest tree by banning hikes to it. But this approach will never completely work since the location of the 380-foot redwood is an open secret. Instagrammers and the Guinness Book of World Records have made sure of that.

Still, the gargantuan tree — a coast redwood (Sequoia ...Read more

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Editorial: Wyoming Republicans affirm that principles no longer apply. Only Trump matters

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Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is hardly the only Republican to suffer at the polls for having placed principle over party, but she’s definitely the most high-profile one because of her leadership role on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. In Wyoming’s Republican primary Tuesday, voters decided it was ...Read more

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Editorial: Florida's bipartisan support for gun control

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So here’s something you might not have thought possible: In Florida, at least, Republicans and Democrats actually agree on a number of gun control measures that could significantly reduce the appalling death toll in our streets, schools and homes.

In a statewide survey done last month, large majorities in both parties told researchers they ...Read more

POINT: Who are the real heroes?

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Calling the young man who shot a mass shooter at a mall in Greenwood, Indiana, in July a “hero” has deadly consequences. It’s not that the young man didn’t act heroically. He did. He was also lucky. It’s that calling him a hero is dangerous. Giving massive publicity to a young shooter feeds our country’s horrific violent crime crisis...Read more

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Editorial: The 'soft' way to save lives: With a spoonful less sugar

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Much attention is given, perhaps rightly so, to the dramatic moments of 21st century life when people are rescued from certain death. A police officer nabs a shooter, a firefighter pulls a victim from a fire, a Coast Guard helicopter pulls up passengers from a capsized boat in stormy seas. They can be stirring scenes captured on video. And then ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: Is the U.S. a mighty power? Trump's fall is a decision point

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Last week the Biden administration announced what would be included in the 18th package of security aid from the U.S. to Ukraine. Worth $1 billion, it represents "the largest single drawdown of the U.S. arms and equipment to date," according to Colin Kahl, the undersecretary of Defense for policy. That brings the total to $8.5 billion since ...Read more

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Editorial: Teachers are in short supply in Florida. Meanwhile, state makes them the villains

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Florida should be rolling out the red carpet for public school teachers. It’s become increasingly hard to find people willing to endure low pay, the rising cost of living, lack of resources and the stress of running a classroom full of children — not to mention periodic active-shooter drills and the chance of actual school shootings.

There�...Read more

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Commentary: Think women ought to have abortion rights? Don't talk about it on Facebook

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The case of Facebook’s parent company, Meta, turning over private message data to Nebraska investigators, who then used it to prosecute a teenage girl who induced an abortion, is the latest proof that our sense of privacy is an illusion.

Celeste Burgess and her mother, Jessica Burgess, have been charged with one felony count of prohibited ...Read more

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Commentary: We aren't prepared for monkeypox

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Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials urged frequent testing to contain and monitor the virus’s spread. Yet numerous barriers, like the lack of tests and long turnaround times for results, made consistent, widespread testing extremely difficult.

It was only through public investment that communities across the country ...Read more

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Editorial: After a year under Taliban rule, Afghans feel the price of peace.

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Afghanistan today under Taliban rule virtually mirrors what the country was like before the American invasion in October 2001. Girls cannot attend secondary school. Once again, women no longer work as lawyers, judges or police officers. Men must wear beards and traditional Afghan garb.

As it was before, morality police scan streetscapes to make...Read more

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Jonathan Bernstein: Liz Cheney's defense of democracy needs a political strategy

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Two years ago, Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney was on her way to being a future speaker of the House. She was the third-ranking House Republican with a totally safe seat. She lost that position in the House Republican conference, and now has lost her seat entirely. All because she decided to stand with the Constitution and the republic, and ...Read more

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Commentary: One year after messy withdrawal, America shuns Afghanistan and its women

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America’s exit from Afghanistan was going to come eventually. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump both declared their intentions to extricate the U.S. from its “forever war.” The American public by and large ratified this position.

In the end, though, both former presidents balked when confronted by pushback from the Pentagon. Then, ...Read more

COUNTERPOINT: Elisjsha Dicken is a hero

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Is Elisjsha Dicken a hero? It depends on whom you ask. The police chief in Greenwood, Indiana, thinks he is, as does the mayor. Even the property management company that owns the Greenwood Park Mall where Dicken killed an active shooter in July called his actions “heroic,” although Dicken violated mall policy by having his concealed pistol ...Read more

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Bobby Ghosh: Rushdie attack shows the hard truths of Iran's soft power

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My Iranian friends take great pride in the enormous global influence of their cultural heritage. From the Taj Mahal in India to American greeting cards with quotations from Rumi, the markers of Persian civilization are ancient and modern, sublime and ridiculous — but above all, ubiquitous.

For the most part, this spread occurred organically: ...Read more

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Commentary: The deceptive marketing of the 'Inflation Reduction Act'

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The so-called Inflation Reduction Act is one of the greatest examples of deceptive marketing around today. Not only will the legislation fail to reduce inflation, it will further increase prices.

Inflation is fundamentally a problem of too much money chasing too few goods and services. It was hardly a surprise: In the last two years, the ...Read more

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Alexis Leondis: Why are only some tax breaks adjusted for inflation?

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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, one of the ways inflation reared its ugly head was through what’s known as bracket creep. Since the income cutoffs for different tax rates weren’t periodically adjusted for inflation, millions of Americans paid higher rates while their real incomes stayed the same.

Tax cuts initiated by President Ronald ...Read more

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Conor Sen: Future remote workers need to network more -- in college

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Tens of millions of workers had to adjust to working remotely at the onset of the pandemic, and over two years later we continue to debate the right balance between in-person and virtual work. Workers and their employers are still experimenting to see what works best, making the most of an environment where we're not likely to be physically ...Read more

 

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