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Martin Schram: Seven days in May -- saving America from within

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“Seven Days in May,” the epic 1960s novel and a film starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Ava Gardner, was a fictional tale about right-wing Pentagon generals who tried to topple the U.S. government.

Seven Days in May, 2022, the epic tragedy starring us all, is the reality news that is now dominating news screens everywhere. You and I ...Read more

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Martin Schram: Seven days in May -- saving America from within

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“Seven Days in May,” the epic 1960s novel and a film starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Ava Gardner, was a fictional tale about right-wing Pentagon generals who tried to topple the U.S. government.

Seven Days in May, 2022, the epic tragedy starring us all, is the reality news that is now dominating news screens everywhere. You and I ...Read more

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Commentary: The US needs paid sick leave. Here's how to get it right

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Paid leave has emerged from the pandemic as a popular policy, frequently invoked as one route to move America forward from COVID-19 and its brutal impact on workforces nationwide.

The U.S. is the only wealthy nation in the world that does not guarantee workers paid time off when they are sick. Instead, we have a patchwork of state and local ...Read more

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Editorial: The Southern Baptist blasphemy

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While the Catholic Church has spent much of the last three decades wrestling with deeply painful revelations of priestly sexual abuse and the bishops’ callous disregard for the people in their care, many American Protestant denominations self-righteously wagged fingers at the Catholic hierarchy for tolerating pedophile priests when they knew ...Read more

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Commentary: Can any American parent honestly say school massacres are 'unimaginable'?

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“Unimaginable” is a word that’s been thrown around a lot after 19 students, mostly fourth graders, and two teachers were slaughtered Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas.

Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Texas — all Republicans who have pushed to eliminate sensible gun regulations — use the word ...Read more

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Commentary: White replacement theory is fascism's new name

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Since Anders Breivik killed 77 people in Norway in 2011, mass murders in the name of white replacement theory (WRT) have become prevalent. Many of these killers, including Breivik; Brenton Tarrant, the Christchurch shooter; and Payton Gendron, the suspect in the massacre in Buffalo, New York, are self-identified as fascists.

And yet, it’s ...Read more

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Editorial: Biden's clarity on Taiwan is risky

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"Strategic ambiguity" is what U.S. diplomats call America's policy on Taiwan and China. The strategy is to keep the peace by maintaining ambiguity over the degree the U.S. would go to defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion.

To date, that intentional vagueness has met its objective of keeping Taiwan from declaring formal independence, which would...Read more

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Editorial: Trump mused about hanging Pence. Voters mustn't let GOP candidates ignore that

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Reports that then-President Donald Trump reacted favorably as the Capitol mob chanted “Hang Mike Pence” on Jan. 6, 2021, is a fresh reminder that Trump is, at his core, an aspiring anti-democracy strongman — one who still has a realistic prospect of winning the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. For years now, Republican politicians who ...Read more

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Commentary: A trip revealed how serious Peru is taking the pandemic. My return to Chicago led to infection

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When the plane touched down in Chicago, I sighed with relief. After meticulous planning, we were returning from a two-week trip to Lima, Peru. We hadn’t seen my partner’s sister — soon to turn 91 years old — for five years and felt that with thorough precautions, we could keep ourselves and our loved ones safe while in Peru during the ...Read more

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Commentary: Russia's nuclear threat endangers us all

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has made us all more acutely aware of the dangers of nuclear conflict than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Now, with Russia losing ground against an entrenched Ukrainian resistance, the stakes are only going to get higher.

Avril Haines, the Director of National Intelligence for the Biden administration...Read more

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Jonathan Bernstein: Dysfunctional Republicans bail out on gun violence

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I don’t have the expertise on guns and violence that some of my Bloomberg Opinion colleagues or many academic experts have. So I really don’t know which of the gun-control policies Democrats have proposed would be helpful, which would make little difference and which would create new risks.

What I do know is that that Democrats are a ...Read more

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George Skelton: America's gun violence problem won't be solved until firearm owners finally understand it must be

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — I've owned guns since age 13 and for many years was an avid hunter. I get the attraction and why they're enjoyed. But there's something I've never gotten.

I've never gotten why they're worshiped like pagan idols by so many.

Guns are so revered that many gun owners are obsessed with the fear that their weapons will be ...Read more

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Gustavo Arellano: A Latino-on-Latino mass shooting. What now?

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When I heard that a gunman had killed multiple schoolchildren in a predominantly Latino town in Texas, I immediately thought: white supremacist.

How could I not?

Just this month, a white man allegedly murdered 10 Black people in Buffalo, New York, while railing against Latino "replacers" in an online manifesto.

In 2019, another white man ...Read more

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Editorial: The problem with college debt is that we never fix the causes

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President Joe Biden has wisely resisted pressure to issue blanket forgiveness for graduates’ college debt of up to $50,000 per borrower. Instead, the president has chosen more targeted — and fair — approaches.

Those have included allowing debtors to stop paying on their loans during the pandemic without owing any additional interest on ...Read more

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Julianna Goldman: Why America doesn't know how to stop school shootings

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As of right now, in the entire country, there is just a single federally funded study on preventing gun violence in America’s schools. It started in September.

And in the days since 19 children and two teachers were gunned down in their classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, members of the research team of about a dozen ...Read more

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Editorial: Most Americans want stricter gun laws. Senate Republicans don't seem to care

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Gun-control opponents like to say that guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

Yet strict gun control will be in effect at Friday’s National Rifle Association conference in Houston during a speech by former President Donald Trump.

That’s right. At the gathering of the most ardent opponents of gun control, in the state where ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: Black votes count, even if results for Black voters seem scarce

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There has never been a Black speaker of the House.

I've been thinking about that piece of trivia a lot since the day George Floyd was murdered in May 2020. When put to a vote, the country twice elected a Black person to be president before white liberals in Congress could once elect a Black person to be third in line. In our entire history, ...Read more

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Commentary: Time to turn the page on children's books as graduation gifts

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As a writer for children and young adults, I can’t help but celebrate the genius of Dr. Seuss. But as an educator of anxious college graduates who often receive multiple copies of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” as graduation gifts, I believe it’s time we diversify our books-for-grads, choosing texts whose challenges are less abstract than...Read more

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Editorial: If gun control won't work, at least take away gun makers' liability protection

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With more than 300 million firearms in Americans’ hands — enough for every man, woman and child to have one — it does no good anymore to rant and rave about gun control. The National Rifle Association owns enough members of Congress to block meaningful measures and is no doubt working this very minute to block any new legislation in ...Read more

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Ramesh Ponnuru: The gun debate needs to break old patterns

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The mass murder of children in Uvalde, Texas, coming just 10 days after the mass murder of shoppers in Buffalo, New York, moved former Sen. Bill Frist — who was the majority leader of a Republican Senate when President George W. Bush was in the White House — to issue a statement on guns: “We can find ways to preserve the Second Amendment ...Read more

 

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