Doyle McManus: Who will be the Un-Bernie?

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WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Party establishment -- what's left of it, anyway -- is hoping someone can stop Bernie Sanders and his progressive horde from capturing the party's presidential nomination.

"I don't know how you win an election (at) 78 years old, screaming in a microphone about the revolution," said James Carville, a former aide to ...Read more

John M. Crisp: Where are we on the global catastrophe spectrum?

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Many a gloomy doomsayer has gone to his grave disappointed because, despite threatening signs to the contrary, the ever-resilient earth persists. The sun still comes up, the seasons change and human beings endure.

Sophisticated civilizations have come and gone, but you would have gone broke betting on catastrophe on a global scale, even during ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: Is Sanders worse than Trump?

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It's egregious excess time. Old norms have gone into hiding, common sense has taken a walk, wisdom is on vacation and fundamental principles have been shooed out of the room. The center does not hold and neither does anything else, least of all Donald Trump, who spends his energetic days slipping and falling and then getting up to play the fool ...Read more

Helen Ubinas: Trump insists no troops were injured in Iraq, but one vet's final words show the true cost of war

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It's been six weeks since Rosalind Williams' 30-year-old son, Army veteran Michael Corey Hadley, took his own life.

When grieving the death of a child, that's a moment. A blink of an eye, a flip of a calendar. Barely enough time for Williams to pick herself up and return to the Philadelphia high school where she teaches science.

And yet in ...Read more

Editorial: Amy Klobuchar will change the tone of national politics

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The United States needs a president who can heal the nation's deep political divide -- who can work with, and appeal to, members of both parties and independents.

Someone with a proven record of collaboration who can meaningfully address climate change, provide health care for all, achieve responsible gun control, resolve the bitterness over ...Read more

Editorial: Do active-shooter drills in schools hurt students more than they help?

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In 2015-16, more than three-fourths of the public schools around the country conducted drills to teach students how to react to a shooter on campus, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In the four years since then, many additional horrifying shootings -- especially the killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ...Read more

Francis Wilkinson: 2020 election is a choice between democracy and Putinism

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Some crimes take only minutes, even seconds, to execute. Now imagine how many seconds Donald Trump has between this moment and Election Day.

For Democrats, too, November is far away. But what Trump does in the months ahead will be at least as important to the presidential contest as what Democrats do. There are plenty of crimes to come.

The ...Read more

Editorial: Now we have Vexit?: Virginia secession talk is shocking, ludicrous

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First there was Brexit.

Now there's Vexit.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has teamed up with Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. to encourage Virginia counties unhappy with their state government to secede and become part of West Virginia.

Secession is not the answer. That's been tried in this country once before. We've come a long...Read more

Commentary: Did Pope Francis acquiesce to conservatives on married priests? Sure looks like it

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Conservative Catholics, including some critics of Pope Francis, are doing a victory lap because the pope has not, as expected, endorsed the ordination of married men as priests in the Amazon region of South America. At a Vatican synod it in October, two-thirds of bishops from that area had supported an exception to Western Catholicism's celibacy...Read more

Editorial: Attorney General William Barr's declaration of independence from Trump

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In Washington, cynicism often passes for wisdom, and there was plenty of the former going around after Attorney General William Barr publicly rebuked the president for poking his nose where it doesn't belong. Cynics can never be satisfied, but we take Barr's comments as not only fully justified but most likely sincere.

The background: On Monday...Read more

Commentary: The Saturday Night Massacre, honorable men and the right side of history

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Four principled prosecutors resigned from the Roger Stone case on Feb. 11. They did so rather than be complicit in Donald Trump's attempt to soften the sentence for Stone, his underling who was convicted of crimes in a case arising from the Mueller investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference.

Even more than the past resignations on ...Read more

Editorial: Parkland students started a revolution. Two years later, more of us must battle gun violence

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In South Florida, Valentine's Day tugs at the heart.

On Feb. 14, 2018, a mentally disturbed teen walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland and shot 34 students and staff, killing 17 and forever scarring a community.

The school's student survivors found passion in their grief, and two years later they have made a difference in the ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: Democratic candidates to pro-lifers: There's no room for disagreement on abortion

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- During an MSNBC town hall on abortion rights last weekend, Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders was asked if he thought there was room in his party for pro-lifers.

His response? No.

"Being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat," he said.

His comments were predictable, even banal for...Read more

Stuart Rothenberg: Bloomberg's counterattacks may just resonate with Democrats

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I was struck by a Mike Bloomberg tweet responding to President Donald Trump Thursday morning.

Trump tweeted: "Mini Mike is a 5'4" mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians. No boxes please. He hates crazy Bernie and will, with enough money, possibly stop him. Bernie's people will go nuts...Read more

Commentary: John Adams would have defended the detainees at Guantanamo Bay

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"So you ... defend terrorists?"

This is a question that my fellow military commissions defense attorneys and I are often asked. When friends and family members wonder about the work I do representing a detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, I usually offer something quippy about defending "constitutional values" or "the rule of law," and quickly move...Read more

Commentary: The trouble with California's early primaries

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California had the right idea when it moved its presidential primaries from June to March. The nation's most populous state needs to be relevant in the process of choosing the nominees for the two major political parties.

But California, unfortunately, didn't only switch its presidential primary. It also moved its state and congressional ...Read more

Editorial: Act in the public interest: Protect the integrity of the .org domain

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Nonprofits and organizations using a .org domain should have concerns over an impending sale that could threaten the stability of their digital operations.

The concerns are significant enough that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers should exercise its authority to intervene.

The Internet Society, or ISOC, a nonprofit group...Read more

Commentary: Trump keeps focusing on the economy, but what about the deficit?

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By now, many are aware that our federal government ended last year with a deficit that surpassed $1 trillion and a national debt of more than $23 trillion.

During his campaign for the presidency, President Donald Trump's inconsistent boasts about our fiscal affairs ranged all the way from asserting that he would "pay off the entire national ...Read more

Editorial: A free society cannot function without a vibrant professional press

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A free society cannot function without vibrant professional newspapers. In light of that truism, the latest dire news for the news business -- that McClatchy newspapers, publisher of The Kansas City Star and almost 30 other newspapers in 14 states across America, is filing for bankruptcy -- should worry every American who cares about our ...Read more

Editorial: ERA ratification likely dead on arrival in the Senate

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Lawmakers appeared to breathe new life into the 97-year-old Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday, when 227 House Democrats and five Republicans voted to remove a 1982 deadline for its passage.

The move opens the door for the issue to be taken up in the U.S. Senate, where Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of ...Read more


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