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Editorial: Pitted against Kamala Harris, can Trump tone down the racism and misogyny?

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Vice President Kamala Harris is the highest-ranking female in U.S. political history and the first Black woman and Asian American to hold her post. The 59-year-old lawyer is a former U.S. senator and served as California attorney general and San Francisco’s district attorney.

Yet when former President Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: Making America sane again

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American politics these days almost makes you want to hide out in your basement, avoiding, for instance, a televised debate in which President Joe Biden took on former President Donald Trump with an indecipherable jumble of words making just one point, namely that he had no idea what he was talking about.

Soon enough, a mighty gang of fellow ...Read more

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Editorial: After Joe -- Biden's withdrawal decision shifts the election again

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President Joe Biden has withdrawn from the 2024 presidential election, stepping aside in the race to best Donald Trump in a contest over the basic identity of this country.

Whatever one might think of the decision — whether you believe Biden was railroaded out by skittish Dems or stepped aside for the good of the country or something in ...Read more

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Commentary: When our politics turns apocalyptic, we all lose

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The assassination attempt on Donald Trump was terrible and a stain on our republic. In our government, “we the people” are responsible for choosing our leaders. No individual has the right to take that away.

But as wrong as the assassination attempt was (and it was wrong), it is essential to keep perspective. Trump’s vision for America ...Read more

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Mary McNamara: In memes and money, Kamala Harris' note-perfect political instincts are paying off

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Never has an NCAA Sports Day been so widely and breathlessly covered as it was on Monday.

And never has it been clearer that Vice President Kamala Harris, now the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, did not just fall out of a coconut tree.

With President Joe Biden recovering from COVID-19, the task of honoring top college athletes ...Read more

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Nir Kaissar: Vance's rise debunks myth of trickle-down economics

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With Donald Trump’s selection of JD Vance as his running mate, the Republican Party has cemented its turn toward American workers. Speaking at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Vance pledged a commitment to safeguarding jobs and wages, echoing a Democratic Party that has leaned left in recent years.

How is it that large swaths...Read more

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Commentary: Biden should still run, as Harris' VP

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Now that Joe Biden has exited the race for president, the best strategy for the Democratic Party, is the simplest. Switch Kamala Harris and Biden on the ticket. Harris for president and Biden for vice president. Why not?

Voters, pundits and pollsters were concerned about the president’s capacity, his ability to execute the awesome ...Read more

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Noah Feldman: Why Yale Law is so good at producing reactionaries like JD Vance

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JD Vance’s Yale Law School pedigree came up at least a dozen times at the Republican National Convention. His degree from the institution gives the inexperienced Vance more legitimacy and validates his Horatio Alger story.

The use of elite educational credentials by populist critics of elite education isn’t new. Florida Governor Ron ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden's selfless act alters the arc of history

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Joe Biden has been as good a president as any and better than most. Based on his record, he has earned a second term. Yet he stood down from his re-election campaign to allow someone younger and more the picture of vigorous health to finish the work of keeping the nation, and the world, safe from Donald Trump.

This is the most unselfish act by ...Read more

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Commentary: Looking at the good, the bad and the ugly of last school year

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This is the part of summer break when I check my blood pressure at the community center and find out it has dropped enough so the machine no longer recommends that I consult my doctor Immediately. I have space and time to reflect. This last school year has provided me with three things to consider: the good, the bad and the ugly.

The good: My ...Read more

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F.D. Flam: Guns aren't as good for self-defense as America thinks

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A couple of hours before a young man shot an AR-15 rifle at former President Donald Trump, killing one bystander and wounding others, I had been finishing a column about gun violence as a public health threat. It was an eerie coincidence but not an unlikely one: More than 100 people die from gunshots on an average day in the United States.

In ...Read more

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Commentary: Trump assassination attempt will fuel political extremism

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President Joe Biden’s initial response to the attack on Donald Trump, calling it “sick” and reaching out to his stricken adversary to express support, was commendable. Statements from other prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as notable Republicans like former President ...Read more

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Editorial: Better terms -- Supreme Court ethics rules and term limits are good for democracy

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President Joe Biden is reportedly pondering support for a legislative package that would enact ethics rules with the force of law on the Supreme Court, as well as some sort of term limits.

He should throw his weight behind such a proposal, which would be broadly popular with the American public and take aim at an out-of-control top court. ...Read more

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Patricia Murphy: Biden does the right thing and leaves the stage

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It was the right thing to do, even if it may have been too late to do it. On Sunday afternoon, President Joe Biden announced that he won’t be the Democratic nominee for president after all, even though he won all 50 Democratic primaries earlier this year.

“I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down...Read more

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Editorial: Musk and the GOP like to trash California. But they couldn't get by without us

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Elon Musk’s threat Tuesday to move the headquarters of Hawthorne-based SpaceX and X, the social media platform based in San Francisco, to Texas is just the latest example of the rich and powerful trying to score political points by bashing the Golden State.

Musk blamed the move on the law signed the day before by Gov. Gavin Newsom protecting ...Read more

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Lisa Jarvis: Biden has COVID and the summer surge is officially here

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Last week the White House announced that President Joe Biden had tested positive for COVID, making him the most prominent example of this summer’s mini-surge.

Each summer, COVID seems to catch people in the U.S. off guard by defying our assumptions about how viruses ought to behave in warm weather. The flu, for example, typically goes ...Read more

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Commentary: A presidential assassination attempt offers a time to reflect

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In the wake of an assassination attempt on an American presidential candidate, we are right to take a moment to reflect on the current trajectory of our politics, as we reject violence as an acceptable path and look for ways to cool the kinds of political rhetoric that might radicalize Americans to the point of normalizing brute force in our ...Read more

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Mark Gongloff: Musk is supporting a MAGA ticket that will just hurt Tesla

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Imagine you’re one of the world’s wealthiest people and the chief executive officer of one of the world’s biggest electric-car makers. It’s an election year, and the presidential nominee and running mate of one of your nation’s two main political parties routinely express deep hostility to electric cars (and boats, but also sharks?) ...Read more

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Editorial: On the RNC floor in Milwaukee, Trump is the protector and Appalachia is in ascendancy

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Our predecessors on the Tribune Editorial Board would not recognize the Republican Party we found Thursday as we took to the floor of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

There were a few cursory nods to the old party of Ronald Reagan in the form of grainy video. But bankers and besuited businesspeople, the old-school Republicans ...Read more

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Tyler Cowen: Some of Trump's tax cuts worked, but at what cost?

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Donald Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was the biggest corporate tax cut in U.S. history. How did it affect the economy? The question has taken on increased importance now that the former president has said that, if he defeats President Joe Biden, he’d like to reduce corporate taxes even further.

Some background: Most economists have ...Read more



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