Editorial: Trump's inflammatory rhetoric calls for a bipartisan rebuke

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The Sunday morning outrage from President Donald Trump's Twitter account ought to be enough to provoke Republican leaders from their blind support, or passive condoning, of his noxious behavior, particularly as it pertains to immigrants.

Yet, so far, the nation continues to wait for the kind of American leadership that celebrates the melting-...Read more

Editorial: Following the Billy Graham rule doesn't make you noble. It makes you a sexist dinosaur

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Robert Foster wants to be governor of Mississippi -- at least the male half of it. A Republican first-term state representative who's running for the state's top job, Foster doesn't seem to value women much beyond their bodies.

Last week, a female reporter at Mississippi Today, a nonprofit digital news company, wrote that her request for a ride...Read more

Editorial: Trump's racist tweets are loathsome. But on immigration, extremism is too common.

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President Donald Trump's use of Twitter on Sunday to tell four women minority members of the House of Representatives who have strongly criticized his immigration policies to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came" is textbook racism.

That three of the four progressive Democrats were born in the ...Read more

Editorial: After 114 forceful years, another evolution for the Chicago Defender

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Many Chicagoans have never held or even seen a print copy of the Chicago Defender, and soon, no one will. The South Side-based newspaper, which once called itself "The World's Greatest Weekly," has decided that the future lies online. The last print issue will come out Wednesday.

There are few institutions of which it can be said that the ...Read more

Heidi Stevens: Ignore Trump's racist tweets and stay where you are, congresswomen. You're making America great.

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CHICAGO -- Donald Trump got elected by criticizing America.

His campaign slogan told us over and over, in speech after speech, on hat after hat, we were no longer great.

His inaugural address referenced poverty, gangs, drugs, rusted-out factories, lousy schools and American carnage.

"For many decades, we've enriched foreign industry at the ...Read more

Editorial: Rebuking Trump for his naked bigotry is the least Washington can do

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The resolution House Democrats plan to pass condemning President Trump for his xenophobic, offensive tweets over the weekend is just that -- a resolution, without consequences or punishment. It's not a move toward impeachment, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said she opposes. It's not even an official "censure," which is a more ...Read more

Commentary: 50 years ago, thousands of everyday heroes made sure America won the race to the moon

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One of the marvels of the race to the moon in the 1960s were the Apollo spacesuits -- blazing, iconic white on the outside and composed of 21 layers of nested fabric. Imagine putting on that many T-shirts and trying to do anything.

Those 21 layers were tough enough to stop a micrometeorite, but flexible enough to allow the astronauts to romp ...Read more

Editorial: Keep tweeting, Mr. President, and showing us who you are

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Several news and political websites maintain running lists of President Donald Trump's most offensive tweets, from his skepticism of former President Barack Obama's birthplace to his attacks on the late U.S. Sen. John McCain to his sophomoric nicknames for fellow elected officials and world leaders.

The aggregators of those lists had yet ...Read more

Commentary: Trump's hostility toward immigrants isn't just Twitter trolling

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President Donald Trump's Twitter tantrum calling for four female Democratic members of Congress to "go back" to the "crime-infested places from which they came" was ugly and ill-founded. Only one of the four, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, was born outside the United States, in Somalia.

As an editorial in the Los Angeles Times noted, Trump wasn'...Read more

Robin Abcarian: Trump's autocratic ploys and racist outbursts endanger American democracy

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Since President Trump famously hates to read, it's unlikely that he has studied historical texts on how leaders with autocratic tendencies -- even duly elected ones -- have turned their countries into dictatorships.

And yet, it's absolutely uncanny how he is following those leaders, taking our country into uncharted, undemocratic waters.

In ...Read more

Trump again disregards the value of our democracy

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President Donald Trump says that U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, and three other freshman representatives, all women of color, should go back to where they're from.

President Trump, they're from America.

But, that Tlaib and U.S. Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachusetts, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, were all born in this country,...Read more

Christine M. Flowers: Lennon targeted in 1974; today another good man may be tossed out

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Forty-five years ago this week, on July 18, 1974, John Lennon was ordered deported from the United States, ostensibly because he had possessed and used a small amount of marijuana in violation of UK law. In actuality, it was because then-president Richard Nixon felt threatened by Lennon and his antiwar activism, so the White House pressured the ...Read more

Commentary: Trump is right about one thing: Citizenship is a big deal

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In backing down from his plan to include a question about U.S. citizenship on next year's census form, President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to the claims of critics that his administration had an ulterior -- and partisan -- motive in pressing for inclusion of the question.

During rambling remarks in the Rose Garden, the president ...Read more

Commentary: World Cup women show how far we've come, still have to go

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The inspiring victory of our Women's World Cup soccer team took me back to my days coaching girls' 13-16 softball in the late 1970s. I coached some tremendous athletes. However, the opportunity to maximize their talents was restricted by attitudes about females in sports and by limited resources.

My players got only T-shirts and caps for ...Read more

Editorial: Trump is truly America's Bigot-in-Chief

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President Donald Trump's Twitter feed is a repugnant place, and no one would want the thankless task of having to weed through all his bitter, bigoted ramblings to determine which are the most offensive. But a three-tweet thread early Sunday morning -- in which he wrote that the four progressive House Democrats who call themselves "The Squad" ...Read more

Commentary: Who enabled accused sexual predators R. Kelly and Jeffrey Epstein? We did

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It takes a village to protect an alleged high-profile predator.

That was the takeaway late last week when the indictments of two rich, powerful men, both charged with preying on underage girls, also swept up the men accused of enabling them.

Superstar singer R. Kelly and billionaire businessman Jeffrey Epstein openly enjoyed the spoils of ...Read more

John M. Crisp: Checking up on Colin Kaepernick

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All Americans have a stake in what becomes of a fellow citizen who encounters consequences for exercising our highly prized right to speak freely. So let's check on Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who chose to kneel during the national anthem before some National Football League games. Evidently it ...Read more

Editorial: Santa Anita horse deaths hang over Del Mar track as season begins

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Horse racing has been a staple of life on the North American continent for centuries. The first track was built in Long Island, New York, in 1665, and you can arguably say an 1824 race in Long Island between famous thoroughbreds American Eclipse and Sir Henry was America's first national sporting event. As reflected in TV viewership, social ...Read more

Editorial: California doesn't get to decide who runs for president

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After the deeply dismaying 2016 presidential election, the Democratic-controlled California Legislature dedicated itself to "the resistance," with leaders saying they would stand up to the new president to protect the state's values from his more onerous policies. Some of the resulting legislation, such as new laws to protect undocumented ...Read more

Editorial: Acosta was unfit to be a public servant

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It was never a matter of "if," but "when" Alex Acosta would step down in the days after sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein's arrest.

Acosta, the U.S. secretary of Labor did resign on Friday -- two days after he tried to make a logical case for the lenient deal he gave Epstein -- which he didn't; six days after Epstein's arrest in New Jersey; six ...Read more


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