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Commentary: My mother's love affair with Vin Scully

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On the night Vin Scully died, most of us who are lifelong Dodger fans found out immediately and together — the graphic of his familiar face and 1927-2022 flashed across the screen of the game in progress, Dodgers versus Giants. My mother was watching, missing his voice as she has done every game day since he retired in 2016.

We have talked ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: Alex Jones is no kind of 'theorist'

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I don't like using the phrase "conspiracy theorist" to describe people like Alex Jones, because people like Jones are not "theorists." They're snake oil salesmen.

Theorists would be more like scientists. Building on knowledge with hypotheses, perhaps even testing them with research and experiments with controls, collecting data. ... You know, ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: European racist antisemite strongman speaks to CPAC (Headline by Orban)

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Hate the headline?

Blame Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

He practically dictated it to me from the stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas on Thursday after slamming the "leftist media."

"I can already see tomorrow's headlines," Orban said after the right-wing crowd welcomed him with an ovation. "'Far-right ...Read more

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Noah Feldman: There's a lot of Harvard and Yale on the Supreme Court. And that's OK

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Eight of the nine Supreme Court justices went to Harvard or Yale law schools. So did nearly a fifth of the federal judiciary. This rankles some politicians, watchdog groups and others who see it as an outrageous manifestation of elitism that needs to be changed, given how much power this small group has over the lives of 329 million Americans. ...Read more

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Leonard Greene: Hey men, stop fighting your women's trivial battles

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It’s hard to say who’s worse, the woman who needs a man to come to her defense every time someone offends her, or the spineless sap who sprints to her side every time she rings the bell.

Now, Will Smith insisted last week that his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, had nothing to do with him slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars back in March.

But what...Read more

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Commentary: Russian opposition leader exhibits bravery while Cruz and Hawley offer profiles in cowardice

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The most courageous man in the world is locked up in a Moscow prison — his life in the balance.

The most cowardly men in the world cool their heels comfortably in Washington — their lives a guarantee of gilded privilege.

Alexei Anatolievich Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, was poisoned in Siberia with a nerve agent allegedly on ...Read more

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Commentary: Loosen strict COVID restrictions in nursing homes; residents deserve freedom of choice

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This summer brings with it a renewed sense of freedom as the country enjoys the widespread availability of vaccinations along with effective antiviral treatments that can prevent severe disease or hospitalization from COVID-19. Yet the emergence of new, highly contagious variants that spread and infect those who are vaccinated and boosted has ...Read more

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Commentary: What in the world are Washington and Beijing doing?

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Let’s be clear: Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan was not a great opportunity to show America’s support for the island; it did not chasten Beijing to exert greater restraint toward Taipei. To the contrary—countless China and foreign policy specialists predicted it would produce a major, likely sustained, coercive Chinese reaction that will ...Read more


Faye Flam: Pharma overpromised on antidepressants

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The most popular depression drugs taken by millions don’t work by fixing an “imbalance of the brain's neurotransmitters,” as many drug advertisements claim or imply. That’s because depression isn’t caused by a chemical imbalance, according to a new analysis published in Molecular Psychiatry. That doesn’t necessarily mean people ...Read more

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Commentary: The Jan. 6 committee should show, not tell, young voters the truth

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Before the first prime-time hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol nearly two months ago, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin asserted that the new revelations would “blow the roof off the house.” The committee established high expectations — and needed to deliver.

After more than a month of public ...Read more

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Commentary: Military escalation in the Taiwan Strait would be perilous

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China’s live-fire military exercises in the waters near Taiwan, which began Thursday, are a worrisome escalation from Beijing. The People’s Liberation Army has gradually ramped up its warplane incursions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, airspace around the island over which Beijing claims authority, but China hasn’t ...Read more

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Nicholas Goldberg: Who are you calling a 'fascist' -- and do you even know what it means?

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Americans know little history and what little they know they forget. Ask college students who won the Civil War or ask adults when the U.S. Constitution was ratified or whom the U.S. fought in World War II and shocking numbers will have no idea.

That's one reason we should be careful about throwing around historical allusions and parallels.

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Editorial: DeSantis' tyrannical suspension of state attorney, over words

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Gov. Ron DeSantis’ abrupt sacking of Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren was the deed of a tyrant drunk with power, inflamed with presidential ambition and accustomed to ruthlessness as the first resort rather than the last in having his way.

Charlie Crist, the congressman and former governor who’s competing for the Democratic ...Read more

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Editorial: Alex Jones soils free speech

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Alex Jones disgraces all that’s good about the First Amendment.

A Texas jury has ordered the conspiracy theorist to pay $49.3 million in total damages to the parents of a first grader killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. About time!

Jones finally admitted, when he was faced with bankruptcy, that the 2012 attack in ...Read more

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Commentary: Moving in with your parents could be good for America

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Over the past few years, many students have told me about their frustrations about possibly needing to move back to their hometowns and into their parents’ homes for financial reasons.

I have pointed out that living with one’s family is fairly typical in many places around the world and that even a few generations ago, this was the norm in ...Read more

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Commentary: Is Tunisia rolling back the revolution? It's not that simple

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TUNIS, Tunisia — One year after Tunisian President Kais Saied dissolved parliament, sacked the prime minister and monopolized all three branches of government, Tunisians headed to the polls in late July and voted on a new constitution that critics feared — and supporters acknowledged — would further enshrine a one-man rule.

Our North ...Read more

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Editorial: #Free Britney movement revives overdue conservatorship system reform

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A Los Angeles Times investigation in 2005 exposed deep flaws in California’s probate conservatorship system, which is meant to protect adults who cannot adequately see to their own needs or manage their money because of a disability, such as dementia or traumatic brain injury.

The “Guardians for profit” series outlined horrendous abuses ...Read more

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Editorial: Kansas' message to Florida on abortion

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Kansas voters surprised the nation and reframed the midterm elections by voting overwhelmingly against removing abortion rights from the state constitution. It was a sharp rebuke in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal in June of Roe v. Wade, the court’s landmark abortion decision, and while it’s premature to speculate on the ...Read more

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Commentary: The new climate bill's ripple effect on oceans

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The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), announced in late July by Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., includes $369 billion in tax incentives to boost wind, solar and other clean energy. Although a step in the right direction, the bill will not by itself be enough to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050. To make ...Read more


POINT: Sellout or statesman? Manchin charts a prominent path

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What more do the Democrats want from Joe Manchin?

The West Virginia senator has voted in favor of President Joe Biden’s policies more than 90 percent of the time. Among 52 key votes that help define a presidency, Manchin cast the decisive vote six times on important issues ranging from protecting voting rights to providing $1.9 trillion in ...Read more



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