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Doyle McManus: Biden should hope he gets heckled at his State of the Union speech

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden should hope he gets heckled by Republicans when he gives his State of the Union address on Thursday, just as he was last year.

Here's why.

Biden's campaign for a second term is in trouble. His job approval rating, normally a reliable indicator of an incumbent's chances, is mired below 40%.

So the stakes for...Read more

George Skelton: Stop the nonsense. Moving up the California primary was a dumb idea. Push it back

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's early primary election needs to change. March 5 is too late to influence presidential races — and way too soon for non-presidential contests.

In fact, the whole presidential nominating process begins far too early with a hyped caucus and primary in pipsqueak states — Iowa and New Hampshire — that this ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: We can't count on the courts to hold Trump accountable before November. It's up to us

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Well, my fellow Americans, it's up to us to hold Donald Trump accountable at the ballot box. We can't count on the courts before election day.

This was supposed to be the opening week of Trump's Jan. 6 trial, the first ever of a former president facing criminal charges, for his unprecedented attempt to overturn a U.S. election and remain in ...Read more

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Commentary: How the GOP fixation on abortion could help Democrats retake the House

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Republicans are the gift that keeps on giving — to Democrats.

The GOP has a democracy problem, thanks to Donald Trump, and a competence problem, thanks to a tiny, shrinking House majority that repeatedly chooses Trump and failure over reality and governing. Now, thanks to their ascendant theological wing, Republicans have a rapidly ...Read more

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Commentary: Ronald Reagan would not be welcomed in today's GOP

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How did Ronald Reagan’s party become Donald Trump’s party? That is a question asked by many of the GOP faithful. Although Reagan was the first MAGA president (recall that in 1980 he ran on the slogan “Let’s Make America Great Again”) I don’t believe that he would be welcomed in today’s Republican Party.

Moreover, given the GOP’...Read more

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Commentary: What will Gen Z voters say in 2024 at polls?

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Two years ago, America saw its youngest voters turn out for the midterm elections at rates not seen since 2018, when there was a historic high.

Nearly 25% of Gen Z voters went to the polls in 2022, according to data from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. That is a sizable increase from 2014, when only 13%...Read more

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Commentary: Remembering when pro athletes lived next door

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A friend of mine who lives in Cleveland recently told me a story that calls to mind a time before sports were fundamentally altered by sky-high salaries, exorbitant ticket prices, broadcast rights, team sponsorships, stadium deals, greedy owners and gambling.

My friend, his parents long gone, was unpacking boxes from his childhood home when the...Read more

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Commentary: We need protection from harmful surveillance technologies

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In December 2023, the Chicago Police Department quietly entered into a free six-month pilot for a database called CrimeTracer by SoundThinking, the company behind the controversial ShotSpotter technology. CrimeTracer is a police database and search engine, repackaging and sharing large pools of data across different agencies. The approval ...Read more

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Commentary: Don't wait to stop another genocide

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I’ve been losing sleep, feeling helpless in the face of present-day atrocities that are much like the ones committed against my ancestors.

I was born and raised in Israel to a father who survived the Holocaust and a mother who survived the Nazi blitz of London, both of them as children. Like many others of my generation, I’m named after a ...Read more

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Commentary: John Bruton's Ireland demonstrated how government can promote peace and prosperity

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You probably didn’t get up really early on Feb. 10 to watch the livestream from Ireland of John Bruton’s funeral. You may not even know about Bruton, who served as Ireland’s prime minister from 1994 to 1997. That’s understandable. There’s a lot going in the world right now, Ireland is a small place and the 1990s were a long time ago.

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Editorial: McConnell's wins, America's losses: A Senate partisan departs

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What is Mitch McConnell’s legacy as leader of Senate Republicans? A lot of procedurally astute but brazenly hypocritical moves to strengthen the power of his party in the chamber.

He twisted the rules to set a pernicious, disrespectful, anti-democratic precedent that in an election year, a president’s Supreme Court nominee would be ...Read more

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Noah Feldman: Think Trump's case is moving too slowly? Don't blame the Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court has come under fire for what critics see as an unnecessary delay in the case of former President Donald Trump’s immunity claim. The justices announced yesterday that it would be late April before they considered whether Trump should be immune from being prosecuted for crimes committed while in office, his defense against...Read more

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Commentary: Donald Trump is ruthlessly transactional to the detriment of our nation

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President Joe Biden may be old and forgetful of some dates and details. But about some really big and critical issues facing America and the world, he has been sharp as a tack and consistently focused and engaged.

He has been a most consequential president in pushing significant money to tackle the mounting threat of climate disruption. ...Read more

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Commentary: Is Biden about to close the border in the name of election year politics?

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Multiple news sources report that President Joe Biden is considering implementing executive action to try to close the U.S.-Mexico border, including to asylum seekers. It would be an extreme move, and a violation of the Refugee Act of 1980 and the country’s international obligation to protect those fleeing persecution. Only one other president...Read more

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Editorial: In defense of 'career politicians.' Experience shouldn't be a liability for candidates

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Over the last several months, the Times editorial board conducted interviews with more than 100 people running for local and federal offices on the March 5 ballot. Again and again, we heard a similar refrain from the politically inexperienced candidates: “I’m not a career politician” and “We need to stop electing career politicians.”

...Read more

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Cynthia M. Allen: When we develop technology without morality, we get the Alabama in-vitro ruling

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I have spent several days reading coverage of the recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that recognized extrauterine embyros as children.

Then I read the court’s actual decision and found that the two — the coverage and the ruling — have almost nothing in common.

Headlines decry how the court has effectively “ended in-vitro fertilization...Read more

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Editorial: Embrace, don't restrict, use of IVF

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Opinion editor's note: Editorials represent the opinions of the Star Tribune Editorial Board, which operates independently from the newsroom.

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A child's hug at the end of a long workday is a happy moment for any parent. But it's extra emotional for Liz McLoone Dybvig of St. Paul, Minnesota, because her path to motherhood wasn't an ...Read more

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Editorial: A better border battle: Biden, not Trump, has real immigration solutions

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In dueling visits to the Texas-Mexico border, President Joe Biden and Donald Trump each tried to make the case that they’re the person best positioned to handle immigration amid polls showing voters trust the latter more despite his chaotic and sadistic tenure presiding over the nation’s enforcement infrastructure.

Biden should use this as ...Read more

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Mark Z. Barabak: Sore losers are trying to recall Newsom, again. They're robbing voters of their voice

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Gavin Newsom is hardly beyond reproach.

California faces a massive budget deficit, which may be worse than the governor acknowledges. There's been voluminous amounts of talk about but no end to the state's housing and homelessness crises.

The time and energy Newsom devotes to boosting his national profile — traipsing around the country, ...Read more

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Editorial: Californians knead answers. Did Panera Bread get an exemption from $20 minimum wage law?

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Even before Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the landmark law in September that would increase the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $20 per hour starting in April, there were some eyebrows raised over the so-called Panera exemption.

The law was designed to boost pay and improve working conditions for employees of fast-food chain restaurants, but ...Read more

 

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