Doyle McManus: Is the 'deep state' out to get Trump? We're not there yet

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The scariest new catchphrase of the Trump era -- and we're only one month in -- is the "deep state," a term borrowed from countries like Turkey and Egypt, where networks of military officers and intelligence operatives control much of the government.

Last week, President Trump complained that "illegal leaks" from the FBI and other intelligence ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Trump has homework to do on one state vs. two states

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Courtesy of President Trump, the "one-state solution" to the Israel-Palestine conflict is now officially on the table, even though it presents a mortal danger to Israel.

At a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump blundered into the thankless thicket of Mideast peacemaking with characteristic bravado. He ...Read more

John M. Crisp: Trump's mental disposition should concern the nation

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On Saturday morning, I invested 77 minutes in another look at President Trump's news conference of last Thursday. It was a remarkably strange event that rewards a second viewing.

Some in the media and on the left quickly called Trump's performance "unhinged" and "bizarre." But on the right, Sean Hannity called it "a historic beat down of the ...Read more

Trump confronts NATO's free riders

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The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Saturday, Feb. 18:

NATO is a 28-nation alliance built on the premise that an attack on one member is an attack on every member. That's a healthy dose of reassurance in a world where terrorism and Russia pose menacing threats. Yet 23 of those countries don't pay their fair share for that...Read more

Good, bad and fake news on vaccines

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The following editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee on Friday, Feb. 17:

Childhood deaths have been falling worldwide since 1990. In their foundation's annual letter last week, Bill and Melinda Gates estimated that science had saved 122 million children in the last quarter-century.

That's a population larger than three Californias. What ...Read more

Erin Arvedlund: Tax tips for boomers taking required minimum IRA distributions

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President Trump turned 70 last year. If he, like some of his fellow Americans, has an individual retirement account, he must take the first required minimum distribution from his IRA by April 1.

This year, the oldest U.S. baby boomers -- born starting in mid-1946, like Trump (June 14) -- will start taking mandatory IRA and 401(k) withdrawals, ...Read more

Dreamers need protection, not mere words

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The following editorial appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune on Saturday, Feb. 18:

President Trump and his top aides don't seem to be on the same page when it comes to his promised immigration crackdown. To wit, Trump's now-suspended travel ban on incoming residents of seven majority Muslim nations appears to have been implemented, as CNN ...Read more

Kremlingate deserves a hearing

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Michael Flynn's departure as national security advisor highlights the troubling and mysterious ties between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

We know that Trump is the most pro-Russia president in American history. He regularly praises Putin and dismisses well-founded charges that the Russian strongman kills innocent people....Read more

Dan K. Thomasson: For nation's sake, Trump and intelligence community must get along

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WASHINGTON -- The White House disarray we've witnessed of late can't be good for national security. Having a president kept out of the intelligence loop can only invite disaster.

Having fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser for a lack of trust born of bizarre dealings with Russians and subsequent lies, Donald Trump quickly ...Read more

What's really new at the border?

Politics / Op Eds /

Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement are setting up interior check-points. Customs and Border Protection guards, emboldened by President Trump, have begun asking foreign visitors for their social-media usernames. That's one version of the news, anyway. The truth is that there were no checkpoints; and the social-media nonsense started ...Read more

Rex Huppke: Confused by Trump-speak? Sad. Pathetic.

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If you watched President Donald Trump's most recent news conference, you may have reached a point midway through when you thought: "That's strange, I don't recall buying a one-way ticket to Crazytown."

Don't be alarmed. That's a perfectly normal reaction, as most Americans are what I call "Trump-illiterate." They hear words coming out of the ...Read more

James Phillips: Terror threat hangs over Trump-Netanyahu meeting

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Counterterrorism was a key issue underlying Wednesday's meeting between President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The White House press conference focused primarily on Iran and Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, both of which are inextricably linked to terrorist threats. Iran remains the world's foremost state ...Read more

Christine Flowers: Time for closing our eyes to incompetence, venality over

Politics / Op Eds /

I don't believe in a binary world. It's rarely "either/or," black or white, good or evil. People who live without ambiguity are probably happy, but I'm betting that they're also undesirable dinner guests or life partners.

I wanted to pull my hair out every time someone would tell me in the run-up to the election "you have to vote for Trump" or ...Read more

The surprising way Trump, IRS have made Obamacare worse

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The following editorial appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday, Feb. 16:

Last year's promises by President Trump and Republican congressional leaders to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act -- which the Obama administration said provided health coverage to 20 million previously uninsured residents -- are on hold for now for ...Read more

Israelis and Palestinians: One state or two?

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The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, Feb. 17:

Americans who tuned out years of on-again, off-again peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians may now want to tune in again.

Something significant could be happening.

No, not a final deal. That's as far off as ever. But President Donald Trump just chopped ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: Will the Trump era create a conundrum for Catholics?

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Just a week ago, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to give the go-ahead for President Trump's executive order temporarily blocking refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

Both the ruling, as some legal experts have warned, and the order itself are wrought with dangerous precedents, but the ...Read more

The flawed logic of the Calexiters

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"Thursday night the streets were filled with excited crowds. No one talks of anything but the necessity for prompt action. ... It is hardly prudent for any man to express his opinion adverse to immediate secession, so heated are the public passions, so intolerant of restraint is the popular will."

You would probably assume that this report came...Read more

Democrats shouldn't oppose supremely qualified Gorsuch

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When he was nominated for a federal judgeship in 2006, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by voice vote in the Senate and there was not a single objection to an obviously qualified nominee. Though no one is expecting as smooth a ride for Gorsuch as President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, his qualifications are just as undeniable. The position of...Read more

Trump just casually demolished the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Feb. 16:

President Trump on Wednesday casually demolished a pillar of U.S. foreign policy under both Democratic and Republican administrations: the belief that the way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is for Israel to live side by side in peace with an independent...Read more

Trump aides' contacts with Russia, not leaks, threaten America's security

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The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday, Feb. 16:

It's not about the leaks.

No matter how President Donald Trump and some congressional Republicans tried to spin it on Wednesday, the scandal behind Michael T. Flynn's resignation as national security adviser is this: According to The New York Times, key ...Read more


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