Editorial: Cigarettes. Drunken driving. Next: Guns?

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One of the greatest public health triumphs of the last century impressively still gains momentum: Millions of Americans have quit smoking -- and more will follow.

Smoking among adults hit a record low in 2017 -- to about 14 percent from nearly 16 percent a year earlier. The smoking rate has dropped for so long that we've come to expect it every...Read more

Editorial: Trump tacitly admits lie about splitting families

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It was a lie all along.

For over a month, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the law required him to separate children from parents arrested at the border. He said that Democrats were to blame.

But there was no such law. On Wednesday, facing national outcry, Trump issued an executive order to keep the families together. It was a tacit...Read more

Editorial: Judge hands Kobach's voter fraud claims a stinging defeat

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who led the short-lived national embarrassment that was President Donald Trump's Commission on Election Integrity, suffered his own dual major embarrassment this week: A federal judge threw out a 2013 Kansas law championed by Kobach that requires voters to prove citizenship before casting a ballot. Judge ...Read more

Nancy Kaffer: Melania Trump's jacket is the Trump administration

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When I read reports that first lady Melania Trump, en route to visit immigrant kids detained at the border, wore a jacket that read "I REALLY DON'T CARE DO U" I thought it was, like, an implication. Not, you know, literal.

Turns out the first lady is just tone deaf enough to wear a jacket with those exact words in giant letters on the back, ...Read more

Editorial: C'mon, everyone knew this internet tax loophole was unfair

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Buying stuff online is an easy option that sometimes comes with an extra discount: no sales tax. That unfair advantage for web retailers was called out Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court in a decision that should help level the playing field between bricks-and-mortar and internet-based sellers.

If you enjoyed the illicit thrill of avoiding the ...Read more

Editorial: The Supreme Court didn't raise your online tax bill. It just helped make sure you actually pay it

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The Supreme Court struck an important blow for fairness Thursday when it ruled that a state could require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if they had no offices or employees within its borders. But before you can understand what the ruling did, you have to understand what it did not do.

The divided court's opinion in South Dakota ...Read more

Editorial: Mortality, fertility research: When dry numbers have stark implications

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Dry-sounding studies based on academics sifting through U.S. health statistics may not sound like headline news. But that's not the case for a new study released by the Applied Population Lab. Researchers found that in more than half of the 50 states, more whites died than were born in 2016.

This finding has at least three huge takeaways.

The ...Read more

Commentary: What the dismantling of the Berlin Wall can teach us as Trump tries to build his wall

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VENICE, Italy -- In 1962, two men from East Berlin attempted a daring escape to the West. Peter Fechter and Helmut Kulbeik were young -- all of 18. On Aug. 17, the pair slipped away from their construction jobs during their lunch break and made their way to the border, hiding in an old factory near the Checkpoint Charlie crossing of the Berlin ...Read more

Albert R. Hunt: Mondale to Democrats: Win back the House or else

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Walter Mondale has some advice for his fellow Democrats: Focus all your energy on this fall's congressional contests, not the 2020 presidential race, because if you don't retake the House of Representatives first, you'll probably be dead two years later.

"The November elections are fateful," the former vice president and U.S. senator said when ...Read more

Heidi Stevens: Before summer playdates, ask if there are unlocked guns, pediatricians recommend

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Before your child goes into a friend's house this summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants you to ask whether any unlocked guns are present.

The group of 66,000 pediatric specialists designated Thursday as ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day, in an attempt to curb gun injuries and deaths, which happen at an alarming rate in the United States. ...Read more

Christine M. Flowers: People think they know what I believe because I'm a conservative columnist. They're wrong

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PHILADELPHIA -- Earlier this week, a producer from a local television station called to inquire if I would like to come on and defend the separation of parents and children at the border. I politely replied, "No, thank you."

I couldn't figure out how, after everything that I had written on the topic, they could ask me to publicly advocate for a...Read more

Commentary: Trump's order to end his family separation policy was purely political — not a change of heart

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The heart-rending sound of children crying for their mothers and the disturbing sight of little kids confined in wire cages are more powerful than any president.

No national policy is worth ripping weeping toddlers from their parents' arms and placing them in custody, and most people instinctively understand that -- even ...Read more

Commentary: Why imprison immigrants at all?

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The Trump administration, shamed by the national outcry over separating children from their asylum-seeking parents at the border, has capitulated. The president Wednesday signed an executive order to end that brutal practice -- and instead could imprison children alongside their parents indefinitely.

The question Americans need to ask ...Read more

Commentary: A vote for three Californias is a vote for endless water wars

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Californians will vote this fall on a radical proposal to split the state into three: Northern California, Southern California and just plain California.

The plan obviously raises a myriad of policy issues. But anyone inclined to vote for the initiative should be particularly concerned with the implications for the state's most critical ...Read more

Commentary: Scott Pruitt spent $2,700 on 'tactical' pants and polos

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If it wasn't so serious, this stuff would be laughable.

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is up to his neck in ethics investigations and has been criticized even by some Republicans (though they don't seem too upset) over his, shall we say, profligate ways.

Now the Intercept reports, based on records released under...Read more

Gina Barreca: Smart people can tell courage from brutality

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Do you think life would be easier if you were stupider? Or put it this way: If you could take a pill that'd make you uninterruptedly happy, do you think it would automatically make you dumber?

At 61, if my insurance carrier covered it, I'm not sure I wouldn't sign up for that prescription. It's not that I think I'm so smart, either: I still ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: We defend the rights of children on the border, we ignore them at home

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- It's a truth universally acknowledged that children need their parents -- to thrive, feel secure, and know who they are.

Which is why the Trump administration's now rescinded policy to separate and detain children and parents illegally crossing the southern border has been especially cruel.

While it was crudely defended by...Read more

Editorial: Caging immigrant children alongside their parents isn't much of a solution

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The nation should be thankful that President Donald Trump finally came to his senses and ended the inhumane and traumatizing practice of separating children from their immigrant parents who illegally enter the United States. Facing an extraordinary backlash not just from Democrats but from some Republicans, every living former first lady (and, ...Read more

Editorial: That's fine, U. of C., but ACT and SAT tests aren't just for colleges

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A quick pop quiz: The University of Chicago surprised the education world when it decided to A) no longer require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores; B) move to Indiana; C) stop admitting students from Canada; or D) issue each student a comfort pet.

Did you choose A? Good.

In an effort to lower barriers to admission, U. of C. has become ...Read more

Editorial: Trump helps the kids. Meanwhile, where is immigration reform?

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President Donald Trump did the right thing Wednesday by reversing course to address an immigration crisis. He issued an executive order to end his administration's inhumane practice of separating children from their parents at the southern border.

Nearly 2,000 children had been sent alone to shelters because of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ...Read more


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