Editorial: Jail took perverse pleasure in keeping Kansas chemist Syed Jamal from seeing his family

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People around the world have been worrying about what's to become of Syed Ahmed Jamal, the Bangladesh-born chemistry instructor arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his distraught family in Lawrence, Kansas, last month. His wife was not permitted to tell him goodbye.

That was unnecessarily rough treatment of a ...Read more

Ramesh Ponnuru: A case for small steps to fix a big gun problem

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In the effort to reduce gun violence, or gun massacres, should we go big or go small? Should we concentrate on steps that have a consensus behind them, at the risk of not making much difference? Or should we seek to transform American law and culture, even if success looks pitifully unlikely?

The movement to regulate gun ownership has pursued ...Read more

CON: NAFTA a good deal for corporations, a bad deal for the country

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WASHINGTON -- Like most recent trade deals, NAFTA was negotiated quite explicitly to help businesses improve their profitability.

Essentially the George H.W. Bush administration, which negotiated most of the pact, sat down with major business groups and asked them what they would want in a trade deal with Mexico. This was the agenda they sought...Read more

PRO: North American energy trade boosts our economic and energy security

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WASHINGTON -- The job-creating, economy-boosting resurgence in U.S. natural gas and oil production shows no signs of slowing down.

The latest projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show domestic oil production is expected to reach a new high of 10.6 million barrels per day this year, on its way to nearly 12 million barrels ...Read more

Francis Wilkinson: Democrats need to start a real fight on guns

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Perhaps last week's gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will turn the red tide. The kids seem to be taking matters in their own trembling hands, planning a gun-violence march and calling out the politicians, including Florida Governor Rick Scott and the president whose election benefited from $30 million in...Read more

Albert R. Hunt: Pennsylvania is now key to a Democratic House

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Democrats took a big step closer to their goal of winning control of the U.S. House this year, thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. On Monday, the court, which had earlier ruled that the current congressional district lines in the state unfairly gave Republicans an overwhelming advantage, redrew the boundaries in a way that it said was more...Read more

Commentary: Do-nothing politicians on wrong side of gun reform battle

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As a statewide candidate for chief financial officer of Florida, I will be using much of my platform to call for sensible gun reform. I have a statewide voice and I plan on using it.

This one hit home. Marjory Stoneman Douglas is one mile from where I raise my children. I knew students and families effected by this senseless tragedy.

While ...Read more

Commentary: John Kelly — politically incorrect, and proud of it

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Who doesn't like slagging off political correctness?

PC is uptight. It's priggish, uncool. It's the ideological version of panic over which fork to use at luncheon. Can't we say African American anymore? Is it "black" -- or even "Black" -- now? Who can keep up?

America was practically founded on the rejection of mincing European forms and ...Read more

Commentary: A campaign to destabilize the U.S.

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We can expect a series of aftershocks and collateral revelations from Friday's indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations for meddling in the 2016 election. But let's first take in the epicenter: We now know without a doubt that Russians conducted a multimillion-dollar, highly sophisticated campaign to destabilize the ...Read more

Commentary: We won't be great, America, until we realize we're not

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Please don't read this if you think reality sucks. You won't enjoy it.

Our history books teach us America was once the best in the world at virtually everything. True or not, we have always clung to a belief in "American exceptionalism" – that we're different, better, smarter, because God wants it to be that way. It's blatant national ...Read more

Commentary: The U.S. Department of Venture Capital?

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The Trump administration released its infrastructure plan this month, hoping to jumpstart more than $1.5 trillion in new investment. Digging into the details, however, it seems that's not the only thing the administration hopes to spark.

Buried within the 55-page document is an outline for a new $20 billion federal "Transformative Projects" ...Read more

Danny Westneat: Nearly 2 decades after Columbine, troubled teens buying assault rifles still is perfectly legal

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SEATTLE -- The other day in a Snohomish County, Wash., courtroom, there was a moment that exposed our gun laws for what they are: a moral and practical fraud.

Prosecutors were ringing up Joshua O'Connor, an 18-year-old high-school kid, on charges of attempted murder for allegedly planning a school shooting in Everett. His case made national ...Read more

Commentary: Don't blame the 2nd Amendment. Blame our politics

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Seventeen young people were killed and many more wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday in Parkland, Fla. "No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school," tweeted President Trump, a sentiment we can surely all share. But it also rings hollow. It's a safe bet that Congress will again fail ...Read more

Commentary: Will coffee come with a cancer warning?

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How do you like your cup of cancer in the morning? I take mine with fake sugar and skim milk. Lame, I know. But there's no accounting for taste in carcinogens. Or, in this case, coffee.

You've probably seen the bemused headlines: "Coffee in California may soon come with a spoonful of cancer warnings." There's wacky California, doing its ...Read more

Robin Abcarian: No good vibes in the Trump marriage

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America asks a lot of its first couples. Fairly or not, they become national marital role models. We don't really care if they have separate bedrooms, but we do expect them to demonstrate a certain amount of mutual respect and fondness for each other.

We like it when they seem to be in love, like George and Laura Bush, or Barack and Michelle ...Read more

Commentary: Americans are increasingly unwilling to listen to the 'elites' who know what they're talking about

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Americans increasingly deride experts, and reject expert advice because we equate expertise with elitism and snobbery. And yet we're lucky to live among them, even if we only tend to appreciate their advice when something goes wrong, at which point we have no choice but to depend on their knowledge.

The day after Christmas, I was standing in ...Read more

Commentary: Why we need a consoler in chief

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It used to be an American ritual, like the State of the Union address only grimmer and far more frequent. Shots would ring out: at a movie theater, a nightclub, a church, a school, a school, a school. Bodies would be counted. And then, not too long after, President Obama would speak. Sometimes, he would cry.

Although I served as a White House ...Read more

Editorial: Missouri's rural way of life threatened by more than wind power

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Missouri is stifling efforts to bring wind power sweeping down the plains from Kansas to Indiana and into the grid beyond. State Public Service Commission regulators have invoked a controversial court ruling that says wind transmission lines must be approved by each individual county along their path.

The ruling gives some of the state's least ...Read more

Editorial: New food stamp proposal a big box of nothing

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A budget proposal released by President Trump last week called for replacing part of federal food stamp spending with boxes of groceries to be delivered directly to participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The so-called U.S. Harvest Boxes would include canned and dried food like vegetables and pasta, and items like ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: T-shirts, f-bombs and responding to Trump in kind

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Of all the repugnant cultural phenomena "normalized" by our current political moment, our collective inability to speak to other people with whom we disagree with respect and civility -- and without flagrant use of the f-word -- has got to be one of the worst.

Andy Ternay would probably disagree.

He's the Garland, Texas, man who walked into a ...Read more


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