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Editorial: After Buffalo, we all must resist the mainstreaming of hate

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Ten people were murdered at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday by an alleged white supremacist who believed in the "great replacement theory," an absurd racist ideology that claims there is a plot to replace white Americans with people of color.

It is yet another massacre fueled by a formerly fringe belief that has found a mainstream foothold ...Read more

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Editorial: The stars, our destination

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Humanity’s understanding of the universe expanded dramatically last week. On May 9, NASA released the infrared test images of the Large Magellanic Cloud, taken after the final alignment of the James Webb space telescope’s golden mirror segments.

By way of comparison, NASA also released images of galaxies in the Large Magellanic Cloud taken ...Read more

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Editorial: Alleged Buffalo shooter spoke the language of 'replacement.' The GOP is fluent in it

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Once again, the truism that hate speech fosters violence has been tragically reconfirmed, this time in Buffalo, New York. A white supremacist’s rampage Saturday that killed 10 was fueled by so-called replacement theory, the far-right fantasy that white Americans are being intentionally “replaced” by invaders of color to steer politics ...Read more

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Commentary: Caught in a draft

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Many Americans, most notably Chief Justice John Roberts, were aghast at the leak of Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Roberts ordered an investigation into the “appalling” breach of etiquette and said he hoped “one bad apple” would not spoil the public’s trust in the Supreme Court, an ...Read more

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Commentary: California's math education needs an update, but not the one proposed

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California students’ math scores have lagged for years and only gotten worse during the pandemic.

The California State Board of Education has the job of adopting K-12 curriculum frameworks in accordance with state education code, which calls for “broad minimum standards and guidelines for educational programs.” The last math curriculum ...Read more

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Editorial: What's the vaccine for hate?

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Charleston, 2015. Nine Black churchgoers killed.

Pittsburgh, 2018. Eleven Jewish worshippers killed.

El Paso, 2019. Twenty-three Latino shoppers killed.

Buffalo, 2022. Ten people killed, eight of them Black.

To these American atrocities, let us add two more that have served as models and inspirations from around the world.

Oslo, Norway, ...Read more

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George Skelton: I covered the first $3 billion budget in 1963. Now Newsom could crack $300 billion

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The two most striking things about Gov. Gavin Newsom's revised state budget proposal are the immense size and mad money.

He's seeking the first state budget to crack $300 billion — $300.6 billion to be exact. Billion with a "B."

It's striking to me, at least, because I covered passage of the first $3 billion budget in ...Read more

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Commentary: Organizing to reduce workplace dangers

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Jordan Romero, 28, was struck by a vehicle and died in a trench at a Boston construction site in February 2021. Romero was the father of two young children. They will grow up without him.

Robert Woods, 42, was murdered in 2018 during a robbery at the St. Louis Dollar General store where he worked, leaving behind a grieving daughter. Despite ...Read more

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Commentary: One monkey's story

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I want to tell you a story. It’s about a prisoner—a prisoner who has endured horrors the likes of which we can scarcely imagine.

For nearly two decades, the needles and scalpels of the prisoner’s captors have been piercing and cutting his flesh while he endures pain, confusion and abject terror. He has spent years caged in solitary ...Read more

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Tony Norman: Comrades in death

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There's a temptation to think the details no longer matter when it comes to mass shootings. The faces of the victims blur into one another in an endless carousel of pain.

There are so many of them. They are Black parishioners praying with a stranger after a Bible study. They are Jews gathering for shabbat services in a quiet neighborhood. They ...Read more

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Commentary: Hearing threat to Roe vs. Wade, I thought of my gay marriage -- and Jim Obergefell's fight

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I've thought about Jim Obergefell often since we first spoke nine years ago, after his historic marriage to his husband on an airport tarmac outside Baltimore.

He's come to mind mostly during big moments in my own life as a gay man in America.

I thought of Jim and his late husband, John Arthur, when I first considered proposing to my husband, ...Read more

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Nicholas Goldberg: A decade ago, California adopted a strange top-two primary system. How's it working out?

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It's no secret that we're living in a moment of extraordinary political polarization and government dysfunction. Growing rancor, distrust and partisan disagreement among elected officials have led to an unwillingness to compromise or forge solutions to pressing policy challenges.

California, to its credit, recognized this way back in the early ...Read more

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Erika D. Smith: Buffalo shooting is an ugly culmination of California's 'great replacement' theory

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It started in California and it hasn't stopped yet.

On Saturday, a heavily armed 18-year-old white man rolled up to a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. He had on military fatigues and body armor, and a camera strapped to his head in hopes of livestreaming his every move.

He parked his vehicle and then ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: How the stench of corruption from Trump's administration persists to the present day

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The Trump administration may be gone from Washington, but the acrid stench of corruption lives on.

Case in point: An allegation that former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt pressured agency personnel to approve a controversial Arizona housing development in return for political donations to then-President Trump by the builder and his ...Read more

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Dan Rodricks: In one America, a righteous stand against racism. In another, racist violence and death

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On Saturday, at the very hour that the people of Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, gathered to remember the Black man lynched there by a white mob in 1892, police say a white teenager fueled by racist hatred started shooting people at a supermarket in a Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.

He is accused of shooting 13 people in ...Read more

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Editorial: Needless yearbook censorship fight reveals anguish to come

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Gov. Ron DeSantis and like-minded ideologues in the Legislature are drawing Florida into a culture war. Their battlegrounds of choice are public schools as they target racial and sexual minorities, people who defy DeSantis’ dictates and books challenging far-right dogma. Worst of all, they’ll shove local officials, taxpayers and most of all,...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: Would 'menstrual leave' create a backlash against women in the workplace?

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Last week, Spain signaled it may become one of a handful of countries offering workers a benefit called “menstrual leave” for people whose periods are accompanied by debilitating pain.

The country is also considering abolishing the “tampon tax,” something California did, at least temporarily, in 2020 and the United Kingdom did last year...Read more

Mark Z. Barabak: Fight or find common ground? Oregon race a referendum on the direction of Democrats

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Kurt Schrader, a seven-term congressman from central Oregon, has belittled Nancy Pelosi, defended Donald Trump and voted against many of the Democratic Party's top priorities.

Still, he insists he is "a solid Democrat" and the very sort who can not only help the party retain its thin-ice majority in the House in November but also end the ...Read more

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Commentary: Reversing Roe will make American democracy harder to fix

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If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, as the recently leaked draft opinion suggests, arguments over how to regulate abortion will move from the courts to the legislatures, in Washington and 50 state capitals. Many critics of the decision, and even some of its defenders — I find myself in both camps — say this is where the debate ...Read more

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Editorial: Senator's goofy bill against Disney is just another daffy populist stunt

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Once upon a time, it was the activist left that wanted to rip private property from private entities, and it was conservatives who sought to prevent such attacks on free enterprise. But that was when conservatives still believed in their own stated principles. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has once again demonstrated how much he doesn’t. His ...Read more

 

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