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Commentary: Emmys for everyone (who can climb stairs)

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This year, for the first time ever, I was eager to watch the Emmy Awards ceremony. I didn’t know or care who was nominated or who won. But I was interested because James LeBrecht, a guy who uses a wheelchair, gave the event’s producers a real hard time for not making the stage truly wheelchair accessible. LeBrecht co-directed the film "Crip ...Read more

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Doyle McManus: The US-China face-off is looking like the Cold War

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden hosted a summit meeting Friday that could turn out to be a watershed — but if you weren’t watching, you might have missed it.

The meeting brought together the leaders of a deliberately low-key group called “the Quad”: the United States, Japan, India and Australia.

U.S. officials downplayed the session...Read more

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Commentary: In defense of a do-almost-nothing Congress

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No idea is more dearly held by political activists than the notion that voters will reward elected officials who enact an ambitious policy agenda. But it’s entirely possible that what voters really want, especially in a time of political and social insecurity, is competence and stability.

Two of the most popular governors in America are Larry...Read more

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Editorial: Ignore Senate parliamentarian on immigration reform

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Senate Democrats face a stark choice on immigration: improve the lives of millions of immigrants by giving them a path to legal residency — a move that would also prove a boon to the nation's economy — or hide behind a procedural recommendation and expose their rhetoric as empty promises.

It shouldn't be hard to make the right call.

The ...Read more

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Editorial: Texas situation puts spotlight on immigration. Issue's complexity must not be ignored

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The gut-wrenching images of thousands of migrants, many from Haiti, camped under an international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, and their treatment by federal agents on horseback has renewed Donald Trump-era rhetoric about the dangers of immigration and outrage over the Border Patrol's history of migrant brutality. It's also rekindled a conversation...Read more

John M. Crisp: We call them 'woolly' mammoths for a reason

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Ben Lamm and George Church are thinking big. Their new bioscience and genetics startup is called Colossal, and Colossal’s first project is mammoth. Literally.

Lamm, an entrepreneur, and Church, a renowned Harvard geneticist, are planning to “de-extinct” the woolly mammoth, the massive, tusked beast that roamed the cold northern steppes ...Read more

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Commentary: My breakthrough infection underscores how fortunate I am to be vaccinated. It could have been much worse

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Imagine my surprise when I opened the door to the dental clinic and saw that no one was wearing a mask. Not the two patients in the waiting room and not the three staffers behind the counter.

“We don’t have to wear masks?” I asked the receptionist.

She shook her head.

I was overdue for a cleaning because I’d been absent since the ...Read more

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Commentary: Unraveling the harmful myths that perpetuated slavery

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Much has been written about how hard it was to be enslaved in America, but comparatively little has been said about the demands of enslaving others. No one writes about how physically and mentally exhausting owning people could be — all the energy devoted to self-delusion; all the psychological tap dancing and intellectual gymnastics needed to...Read more

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Editorial: Feeling blue in a red state: Democrats must be relevant again

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The old expression, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging,” could be the official motto of the Florida Democratic Party.

Democrats in Florida are in exceedingly dire straits, largely of the party’s own making. The need to reconnect with voters and start winning elections has never been more urgent because this state is in deep ...Read more

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Commentary: An idea whose time has come: the four-day workweek

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The four-day workweek’s moment has arrived. With California Congressman Mark Takano’s introduction of legislation to reduce the standard workweek from 40 to 32 hours, awareness of a shorter workweek — and enthusiasm for it — is gaining. And so is the skepticism around it.

Initial skepticism is a reasonable response to a paradigm shift ...Read more

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Commentary: Emmys for everyone (who can climb stairs)

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This year, for the first time ever, I was eager to watch the Emmy Awards ceremony. I didn’t know or care who was nominated or who won. But I was interested because James LeBrecht, a guy who uses a wheelchair, gave the event’s producers a real hard time for not making the stage truly wheelchair accessible. LeBrecht co-directed the film "Crip ...Read more

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Cynthia M. Allen: With rising obesity rates, kids are paying the price for short-sighted COVID policies

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FORT WORTH, Texas — When the story of the COVID-19 pandemic is written, it will need to include several chapters — perhaps several volumes — about the unintended consequences of our actions taken in response.

From how closing schools to stem viral spread has resulted in significant and serious learning loss, particularly for the most ...Read more

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Commentary: I chair the Senate Judiciary Committee. US Olympic gymnasts illuminated the ugly truth about sexual assault. We must take action

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Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney sat at a witness table in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room. All eyes were on her, but not for the reasons we were used to. As her teammates and the FBI director looked on, she recounted how, six years earlier, she had detailed her childhood abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to the nation’s ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: As Florida remains pandemic hot spot, DeSantis places a 'COVID crank' in charge of its response

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis yields to no one in positioning himself as promoter of the most ghoulishly irresponsible pandemic policies in the nation.

But now he's outdone himself.

On Tuesday, DeSantis introduced as Florida's new surgeon general Joseph Ladapo. A medical doctor, Ladapo has what looks superficially like a sterling pedigree — a ...Read more

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Max Nisen: Liars may get COVID boosters before those in need

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Now that the top U.S. health regulators have delivered their verdict on COVID-19 booster shots, who exactly is in line to get one in the coming weeks? Sadly, too many of the wrong people and too few of the right ones, adding more messiness to a rollout process that’s been far from smooth.

The Biden administration already jumped the gun on ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: Only Republicans want to keep this silly charade over the debt limit

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For all the nation's problems — resurgent COVID-19, tragic weather extremes and the economic tolls of both — you'd think political leaders wouldn't crash us into an easily avoidable crisis as well. Yet here we are, facing the catastrophic threat of defaulting on the federal debt.

It's a recurring political game, a favorite of Republicans. ...Read more

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Fabiola Santiago: With his latest school rules, Florida's Gov. DeSantis is writing the book on COVID quackery

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Welcome to Florida’s weekly show of COVID-19 quackery, with Gov. Ron DeSantis taking center stage.

We’ve got a lot to unpack since the ambitious DeSantis is completely out of the closet now, shamelessly peddling disinformation debunked by leading infectious-disease experts and those pesky know-it-all “disease detectives,” the ...Read more

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Editorial: The fear is real -- of Florida's reckless new surgeon general

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Florida’s new surgeon general says the state “will completely reject fear” when it comes to COVID-19.

Apparently Florida will embrace ignorance and recklessness instead. In fact, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new surgeon general, Joseph Ladapo, is a trifecta of recklessness when it comes to the pandemic.

He questions the value of vaccines and ...Read more

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Editorial: Bickering over spending packages makes Democrats in Congress look inept

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With their domestic priorities facing do-or-die votes in the coming days, congressional Democrats are coalescing behind their all-too-common strategy: Ready, fire, aim. Not content with capitalizing on their majorities in Congress, Democratic centrists and progressives are bickering over two spending bills, threatening both pieces of legislation...Read more

 

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