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Andreas Kluth: Russia's mass abductions are genocide

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We can unearth the mass graves left in Ukraine by retreating Russian troops. We can talk to the Ukrainian survivors of rape and torture, the mothers of fallen soldiers, and the millions who live in constant fear of Russian bombing and terror. But we can’t contact the Ukrainian women and children whom the invaders have abducted and taken far ...Read more

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Martin Schram: Now we need political heroics

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Our news screens were erupting with breaking news of yet another mass shooting. But this time the news that began with a barrage of bullets also became something special — a tale of battlefield heroics on the homefront of a nightspot in Colorado Springs.

A brave military veteran, Richard Fierro, had rushed toward the first flashes of light as...Read more

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Commentary: One lesson from the Weinstein case is that men like me must speak out about abuse

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Last month, as a new sex crimes trial began for Harvey Weinstein in Los Angeles, defense attorney Mark Werksman insisted that Weinstein was falsely accused by women and was the victim of the #MeToo movement.

During opening arguments, Werksman attacked California first partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom as “just another bimbo who slept with Harvey...Read more

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Commentary: An end-of-war settlement in Ukraine seems unlikely, but don't discount any scenario

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Ukraine’s capture of Kherson two weeks ago, coming after months of grueling combat, was perhaps the most humiliating setback for Russian forces since the war began nine months ago. The successful Ukrainian counteroffensive occurred five weeks after Putin declared Kherson, as well as Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia, a part of Russian ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: Clarence Thomas' Jan. 6 conflicts of interest are showing again

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Amid all the attention recently to "Trumpty Dumpty's" do-over presidential candidacy, the midterm elections and Speaker Nancy Pelosi's semi-farewell, one bit of Washington news was overshadowed but shouldn't be. As with Donald Trump, we must not become inured to this other newsmaker's travesties.

I'm talking about Supreme Court Justice Clarence...Read more

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Editorial: How casinos broke their promises to the struggling downtowns of Illinois

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Back in 1992, William Weidner, then president of Hollywood Casino of Aurora Inc., set out to Springfield to kill then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s plans for a $2 billion “mega-casino” in downtown Chicago.

Weidner and other members of what was known as the “riverboat alliance” were worried that any such facility in Chicago would suck away ...Read more

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Editorial: Of pints and goals: Qatar's beer ban should remind us of the costs of alcohol

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Beer and futbol go together like dishonesty and Donald Trump, so surely it feels wrong that the taps are closed at packed World Cup stadiums. On the other hand, Qatar is a conservative Muslim country; what did FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, expect? Besides, those who’ve descended on Doha to cheer on their national team are still ...Read more

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Editorial: A good guy without a gun: How Richard Fierro became the hero of Colorado Springs' Club Q massacre

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In Colorado Springs on Saturday night, Richard Fierro, a U.S. Army vet who’d deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan, went to an LGBTQ nightclub with his wife to celebrate a friend’s birthday. There was dancing and a drag show.

In came a man with a head full of hate, wearing body armor and wielding an AR-15-style assault rifle,...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: On the fifth anniversary of the #MeToo movement, the reckoning continues

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What a bracing coincidence!

On the fifth anniversary of the #MeToo movement's explosion, disgraced movie mogul and convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein is on trial once again for rape, this time in Los Angeles.

And "She Said," a feature film about the New York Times reporters who exposed his decades of sexual assault, has just opened in theaters ...Read more

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Editorial: 10 years of limbo. DACA recipients need permanent relief now

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One of the few issues most Americans can agree on when it comes to the thorny topic of immigration is that longtime residents who were brought into the United States illegally as children should be granted permanent status. Congress should seize the opportunity during the lame-duck session to pass such legislation before the end of the year.

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Commentary: The practice of proclaiming virtue while amassing wealth and power is not new

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What do Elizabeth Holmes, Sam Bankman-Fried and Al Capone have in common? No, they are not all convicted felons. Capone did serve time for tax evasion, and Holmes was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison for defrauding the public through her blood-testing company Theranos. But Bankman-Fried, founder of the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency ...Read more

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Editorial: We're looking at you, Lauren Boebert. Stop the intolerance

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We are weary of writing versions of the same editorial over and over again.

Thoughts and prayers do not end gun violence. Words matter. Hateful, intolerant speech has no place in public discourse.

But here we are again, grieving the loss of young lives and aching for the families that must bury their children. Here we are again, wondering what...Read more

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Gene Collier: Trump, Musk, Twitter, you can't look away

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Whether you view it as a riotously over-covered platform that happens to be an obsession of politicos, journos and all manner of wackos, or if you just think of Twitter as the dagger in the back of a prone civilization as it bleeds out on a cold sidewalk, you have to acknowledge it’s probably never been more topical.

Any moment now, Donald J....Read more

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Commentary: Musk must preserve Twitter's most vital function

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For all the controversy surrounding his purchase of Twitter Inc., Elon Musk has at least one thing right: Twitter really is “like open-sourcing the news.”

The world’s richest man has long been an advocate for “citizen journalism,” but since his takeover of the social media site he’s been particularly talkative on the idea of ...Read more

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Commentary: End the romance of Thanksgiving, as a great Pequot scholar argued 2 centuries ago

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In November 1620 the Mayflower deposited about 100 Pilgrims at the Wampanoag community of Patuxet, which the newcomers renamed New Plymouth. A year later, the English and Wampanoags enjoyed a three-day feast. For generations, Americans have celebrated that meal as the first Thanksgiving.

As traditions go, Thanksgiving seems pretty secure, ...Read more

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Editorial: Turn 'em over, Donald: Congress has a right to see Trump's taxes

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When Richie Neal was mayor of Springfield, in Western Massachusetts, in the 1980s, Donald Trump was a lying Manhattan real estate promoter who routinely cheated those who were foolish enough to do business with him. God knows what Trump’s tax returns looked like, but those suspect documents were a matter only between Trump and the IRS.

Neal ...Read more

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Noah Feldman: New Trump special prosecutor isn't the Mueller sequel

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To no one’s surprise, Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special prosecutor, Jack Smith, to investigate former President Donald Trump. You might think that you’ve seen this movie before. But there’s little reason to think this will be a repeat of the Robert Mueller investigation that declined to bring charges against Trump. ...Read more

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Noah Feldman: New Trump special prosecutor isn't the Mueller sequel

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To no one’s surprise, Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special prosecutor, Jack Smith, to investigate former President Donald Trump. You might think that you’ve seen this movie before. But there’s little reason to think this will be a repeat of the Robert Mueller investigation that declined to bring charges against Trump. ...Read more

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Bobby Ghosh: Iran's regime is already a big loser at the World Cup

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There is a long tradition of authoritarian states using soccer’s World Cup to distract attention — domestic and foreign alike — from their tyranny. The Islamic Republic milked buckets of self-serving propaganda out of the national team’s participation in the quadrennial competition, never more than in 1998 when Iran beat the “Great ...Read more

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Commentary: Negotiations can't end the Russia-Ukraine war until one side has lost

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In recent days we see an increase in calls for a negotiated solution of the war in Ukraine. From the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, from progressive members of Congress and from leading international relations scholars, a growing number of voices urge the U.S. to invest in negotiations between Russia and Ukraine and to give peace a chance. ...Read more

 

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