Commentary: As school shooter stalks, texts between a father and son

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It is 2:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. I am at work when I receive a text from my son, Noah, a ninth-grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

"Dad, I think there is a shooter at the school I'm in." "I think it's real."

"How do you know it's real?" I ask, not knowing whether now is really the time for discerning inquiry...Read more

Commentary: In Florida, the world is seeing the teens I know

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I'm used to it – the sympathetic look, the disbelieving head shake – when I tell someone I'm a high school teacher. "Teenagers!" a new acquaintance will say. "How do you stand them!"

Indeed, teenagers can be snarky. Surly. Mercurial. Short-sighted. Exasperating.

But they are also the very best people. Honest to a fault, generous-hearted ...Read more

Gina Barreca: Teachers bear burden to protect, educate

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Is this now what teachers must be in America: a thin chalk line separating students from violence and anarchy?

Like the thin blue line made by police officers and the thin red line made by firefighters, are teachers now meant to put their bodies and their lives on the line for those they serve, fully aware that they're also expected to protect ...Read more

Will Bunch: 50 years ago, Walter Cronkite told America the bitter truth. We need more Cronkites today

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In February 1968, CBS's Walter Cronkite -- popular anchorman on one of just three national nightly newscasts that came into America's living rooms for 30 minutes every night -- met a trio of young network reporters for dinner on a 10th-floor rooftop restaurant at the Caravelle Hotel in South Vietnam's embattled capital of Saigon. The veteran ...Read more

Mary C. Curtis: After Billy Graham, the deluge

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's difficult to ever imagine another faith leader being dubbed "America's Pastor." That's because of the person Billy Graham was and the current political, social and cultural divisions in our country. And there is also the question of whether pluralistic America wants, needs or should have a pastor -- now, then or ever.

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Scott Martelle: Televised meetings over school shootings are cathartic, but change nothing

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There were a couple of remarkable moments Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and later in Sunrise, Fla., a few miles from where 17 people were slaughtered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. The first was a televised meeting between President Donald Trump and survivors and relatives of children killed in school shootings. The second ...Read more

Editorial: How to fix gerrymandering in Pennsylvania? Let the voters decide

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In an attempt to tamp down partisan gerrymandering, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a new congressional district map far more fair than the current, partisan map. Of course, it set off another series of bar fights with more legal challenges.

All this partisan bickering should be Exhibit A in the case for voters to stand up for their ...Read more

Commentary: What liberals miss about the Second Amendment

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When it comes to guns, it often appears as though liberals and conservatives are speaking different languages. Liberals express their horror at each new mass shooting and demand government action, while conservatives call for "thoughts and prayers" and insist on respect for the Second Amendment.

The constitutional argument usually leaves ...Read more

Commentary: I interned for Marco Rubio. Now I'm begging him to act on guns.

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I wrote this letter to have my voice heard by Senator Marco Rubio, my elected official. I encourage anyone reading this to write a letter to your elected official, then post it to social media, tag your elected official, and use the hashtag #LetterToYourSenator. We will not be ignored any longer. (Facebook: @lettertoyoursenator; Instagram: @...Read more

Editorial: Attacking Obamacare, again

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Despite the Trump administration's best efforts to undermine Obamacare, it is not collapsing, as the president often claims. The state exchanges where insurers sell policies to Americans who don't get health benefits at work are stabilizing, and enrollment remained about the same last year even after administration actions drove up premiums, ...Read more

Editorial A fill-in-the-blanks massacre

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Clip this editorial and hang onto it for the next time someone shoots up a school or a workplace or a country-western music festival. We can fill in the blanks together as political leaders compose thoughts and prayers before doing nothing about gun violence:

Reaction to the latest massacre was swift. Lawmakers mouthed empty words of sympathy, ...Read more

Markos Kounalakis: Trump's ideal America: More Norwegians, less Norway

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Donald Trump admires "winners" and his favored immigrant group, the Norwegians, are winning so much at the Winter Olympics that they are probably getting tired of hauling around medals. If the president were to take a closer look at the Scandinavian nation, however, there is little else beyond athletic success he would personally find appealing....Read more

Mihir Sharma: Trump Jr. may be too much for scandal-weary India

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If you lived in one of India's largest cities, a startling sight would've greeted you when you picked up your morning newspaper last Monday: Whole front pages had been replaced by an artists' impression of a skyscraper. There was to be a Trump tower in your town, the ads declared -- something you might have already gleaned from the photograph of...Read more

Editorial: Florida lawmakers school Marjory Stoneman Douglas students

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That was swift. As swift as Nikolas Cruz was when he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It took Florida legislators little time to teach some activist students a lesson by refusing to consider a gun law on Tuesday, even as students from Stoneman Douglas sat in the audience.

One student burst into tears in the gallery, ...Read more

Editorial: If there was no collusion why doesn't Trump confront Putin?

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"They are laughing their asses off in Moscow." That was one of President Trump's responses to the 16 indictments returned in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

He's right. Russian President Vladimir Putin likely is laughing – at Trump. The American president is so caught ...Read more

Martin Schram: From Parkland to Trumpland, we can finally identify and defeat our real enemy

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We are reporting today from the battle lines of a nation at war, besieged by attackers on multiple fronts – yet tragically unable to even identify its prime enemy.

So we must begin not by analyzing another round of fresh battle plans from our frayed commanders. Instead, we need to consult our nation's most sage philosopher, in the hopes that ...Read more

Commentary: US schools help spur a cash-less society

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Using cash at the store or to pay for your morning coffee is on the way out in Britain. A new report from British industry analysts estimates that just one in five purchases in the U.K. will be made with cash by 2026, down from approximately two out of three purchases in 2006. Similar trends are unfolding around the world.

In Kenya and some ...Read more

Ann McFeatters: It's time to start paying attention to Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- It's time to start paying serious attention to the Russia investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller clearly is on a trail of corruption, election meddling, possibly money laundering and obstruction of justice. We don't know whether it will lead to Donald Trump or not, but it already has ensnared his former associates.

In the ...Read more

Editorial: Billy Graham: A man who preached – and lived – a Christian life

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On a cool Tuesday night in October 1958, the Rev. Billy Graham walked onto a stage at the Charlotte Coliseum for the 26th sermon of a five-week Charlotte crusade. "Tonight," he began, "I want to talk on how to live the Christian life."

More than 13,000 people had jammed the arena to see the young North Carolina preacher just a decade into his ...Read more

Scott Martelle: The surest way for America's young adults to change gun laws is through the ballot box

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You have to admire the speed and resolve with which students who survived the mass killing at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week have moved to use their tragedy as a launching point for political activism over gun control laws.

It's a notoriously uphill fight. The 2012 slaughter of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook ...Read more


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