Robin Abcarian: Think Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren aren't electable? Try talking to striking GM auto workers

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DETROIT -- Next to the picket line outside the Flint, Mich., GM assembly plant three days into the strike, American cars were whizzing by, drivers honking like crazy to signal their support.

Every entrance into the massive plant was blocked by strikers, furious that the sacrifices they made a decade ago to keep GM afloat are not being rewarded ...Read more

Timothy L. O'Brien: President Trump decides laws are for the little people

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There are a number of possible explanations for why the president of the United States is so reluctant to let the public see his tax returns and accounting records.

Because he's a quiet, humble man, maybe he doesn't want anyone to know just how massively successful and wealthy he really is. Or perhaps he's been giving away so much money to the ...Read more

Commentary: Trump's Ukraine whistleblower flap will make life difficult for future presidents

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Even with the benefit of investigative journalism, we still don't know for sure what "urgent concern" motivated someone in the intelligence community to complain about an action or actions by President Donald Trump.

But the fact that the House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) issued a subpoena in search of information that...Read more

Virginia Heffernan: What's behind Elizabeth Warren's rise? It's the logic, stupid

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When Elizabeth Warren addressed some 20,000 whooping fans in Manhattan on Monday night, she united two categories of voters that have unaccountably been pitted against each other: women and workers.

Gesturing at the former Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, which was visible from Washington Square Park, where Warren spoke, she reminded the audience ...Read more

Commentary: Trophy hunters and sport hunters are one and the same

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A wealthy American business owner who pays $400,000 to kill a rare black rhinoceros in Namibia and imports the animal's skin, skull and horns as a trophy. A Canadian couple who post a picture of themselves online snuggling and kissing over the corpse of a lion they've just gunned down. Walter Palmer, of Cecil the lion infamy. Uncle Joe, sitting ...Read more

Michael Hiltzik: Can Trump legally revoke California's clean air waiver? Probably not

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President Donald Trump's latest attempt to stick his thumb in California's eye -- the revocation of the state's treasured authority to set its own auto emissions rules -- rests on very shaky legal ground, experts say.

At the very least, the move to revoke the state's Clean Air Act waiver will lead to an intense legal battle that could delay the...Read more

Commentary: Trump's bad faith auto emissions mandate is another example of presidential power run amok

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President Donald Trump says he's canceling California's ability to enact tough vehicle emissions standards for several reasons, but none of them fit what Congress had in mind when it granted the state the ability to keep adopting clean-air rules in 1967.

This is just the latest example of the Trump administration abusing the discretion Congress...Read more

Editorial: Terrorists among us? American Airlines sabotage case raises suspicion

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There was a bombshell revelation in Miami federal court on Wednesday.

A chilling new scenario reveals there may be a more sinister motive after this month's arrest of an American Airlines mechanic, accused of sabotaging the navigational system on a Miami-to-Nassau flight about to take off in July.

The initial story after the arrest of Abdul-...Read more

Commentary: A small town in the heartland redesigned its school to prevent shootings. But architecture can't ensure kids' safety.

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FRUITPORT, Mich. -- Should the school your child attends be designed to thwart a mass shooter?

"Yes," people say in this west-central Michigan village, where the tallest structure -- a yellow water tower with a smiley face -- bespeaks small town innocence.

So a new and bigger version of the local high school is being equipped with features ...Read more

Editorial: What does good mental health care look like for a police force? As officers die by suicide, Chicago and other cities need to figure it out

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Chicago police Officer Paul Escamilla liked corny jokes. He had three children, coached his son's little league team and played golf. A former supervisor called him "the guy that everybody could work with." He earned more than 120 awards in 17 years of service, most recently in Rogers Park.

Earlier this week, Escamilla died by suicide in a ...Read more

Michael Hiltzik: In landmark session, California Legislature shows what progressive lawmaking looks like

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California is often identified as one of the most liberal states in the union -- perhaps the most liberal. In the session just ended, its Legislature showed its willingness to live up to that standard.

Among the measures passed in Sacramento were bills to enforce worker employment rights at "gig economy" firms such as Uber and Lyft; to require ...Read more

Commentary: Get rid of nuclear weapons

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Sept. 26 is International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, a day designated by the United Nations to draw attention to one of its oldest goals: achieving global nuclear disarmament. It is also the original founding mission of my organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Nuclear weapons make us less, not more, safe. ...Read more

Brian Dickerson: President Trump is bringing more chaos to the auto industry: Here's how

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Donald Trump's expertise -- or at least, his own estimation of that seemingly boundless realm -- grows ever more vast. He knows more about hurricanes than the National Weather Service, more about interest rates than the Federal Reserve and more about renewable energy "than any human being on Earth."

So no one should be surprised that the ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: The Democratic gaffe debate

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Gaffes, gaffes, everywhere gaffes. That's what we saw last week in a weird, confusing debate of Democratic presidential candidates: misinformation, proposals that were downright embarrassing, and no, it wasn't Joe Biden taking over. It was opponents proving they were just as gifted in this regard as the stumbling champion of the polls.

Consider...Read more

Commentary: Why breaking up Facebook would likely backfire

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Elizabeth Warren, prominent antitrust academics and even a Facebook founder have all called for an antitrust suit to break up Facebook. Now state attorneys general have announced an investigation.

But breakup advocates should be careful what they wish for because the real problems Facebook creates -- addicting people like a drug, promoting fake...Read more

Maria Panaritis: Justice follows revenge in Philadelphia Archdiocese clergy abuse case

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It is time for life to cut Mike McDonnell a break -- even if it's 39 years overdue.

That time, it seems, may be nearer than ever.

Mike was 12 and serving as altar boy at St. Titus in East Norriton, Pa., when the Rev. Francis Trauger sexually assaulted him. The parish at the time was a cesspool for priest predators in the Archdiocese of ...Read more

Diane Bell: 'I swallowed my engagement ring in my sleep,' says bride-to-be

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"So, in case you missed it, I swallowed my engagement ring in my sleep on Tuesday night."

That was how San Diegan Jenna Evans, 29, began her Sept. 12 Facebook post.

She proceeded to give details about a vivid dream involving a high-speed train, bad guys in pursuit, and her fiance urging her to swallow her diamond engagement ring to keep it ...Read more

Editorial: The case for Colin Kaepernick in the NFL

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First things first: We're football fans, not football experts. There may be solid, strategic reasons why Colin Kaepernick is not on a plane to Charlotte, N.C., right now to help the suddenly Cam Newton-less Carolina Panthers. Perhaps coaches think the learning curve to Norv Turner's offense is too steep for a new quarterback, or that Kaepernick'...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: Motherhood is the dumbest job you'll ever love. Why do we make it harder on ourselves?

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Last year the New York Times opinion page published a piece by writer Kimberly Harrington, called, "Job description for the dumbest job ever." What followed was a description of -- wait for it -- motherhood.

"You will be responsible for literally everything, including but not limited to keeping co-workers alive," the author joked. "This ...Read more

Christine M. Flowers: Remembering loved ones lost during Suicide Awareness Month

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I never met my great-grandfather, although I've seen pictures of him. The one I treasure most is a family photo, similar to those images on an Ancestry.com commercial where he is sitting with his wife and older daughters. (The sons would arrive later.) He's wearing a hat and a solemn expression, but you get the impression that he's content with ...Read more


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