Dahleen Glanton: The real job description to work for Trump: Blind loyalty

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Due to reasons beyond any rational person's control, several high-ranking jobs recently have become available in Washington.

In just 15 months, a steady procession of high-profile government employees has gone out the door of the White House.

Steve Bannon, Omarosa Manigault and Anthony Scaramucci -- people Donald Trump used to actually like --...Read more

Albert R. Hunt: There's a blamer-in-chief in the Oval Office

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President Donald Trump knows little history. But he can read a short take, so someone should slip him a copy of Dwight Eisenhower's brief note of June 5, 1944, on the eve of the largest seaborne assault in history, D-Day, with World War II at stake.

"The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do," the ...Read more

John M. Crisp: Arming classroom teachers: A personal perspective

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I had been thinking about the idea of arming classroom teachers well before President Trump suggested the measure as a response to the terrible murders of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.

In fact, last fall it became personal. My home state, Texas, legalized concealed handgun carry on all public ...Read more

Dan K. Thomasson: Land of beauty threatened by oil and gas leases

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WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who oversees a whole lot of parkland around the nation, recently did the right thing by listening to some Native American leaders about how a Trump administration proposal might damage one of the most sacred cultural sites in the U.S.

Zinke postponed the sale of gas and oil leases in Chaco Canyon, ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Trump's weak response to Moscow attacks boosts Putin

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Imagine if the Kremlin had authorized a murder of a prominent Russian exile in Boston -- using a rare nerve gas manufactured by its military to attack NATO troops.

Presumably, our country would be in an uproar. Yet President Trump's response to such a murder in Britain last week -- for which our NATO ally blames Russia -- has been woefully ...Read more

Trump's State Department, CIA picks deserve scrutiny

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For a secretary of state who brought only private-sector experience to the job, Rex Tillerson got a lot right. He urged negotiations with North Korea and advocated upholding the Iran nuclear deal, despite President Donald Trump's persistent criticism of the multinational pact. He supported the Paris climate-change agreement. And he backed the ...Read more

Editorial: A new chapter in the never-ending toy story

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Toy stores are wondrous places for 8-year-olds and for the inner 8-year-old running amok in almost all of us.

In some warehouse stores -- like Toys R Us -- shelves burst with shiny new baubles that overwhelm the eye, and often the credit card.

The magic has faded for Toys R Us, which is planning to sell or close all its 735 U.S. stores. ...Read more

Editorial: US House must support child-pornography victim restitution

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Victims of child pornography are entitled to restitution from those who victimize them, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2014. But the means for doing so are incredibly burdensome, and Congress should change that.

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill to do just that in January, but it has not made any progress in the House.

Co-sponsored by...Read more

Commentary: A new movement to speak truth to identity politics is our best hope against regressive thinking

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Just below the surface of the roiling debates about how and why our country got into its current predicament, a radical movement is afoot. Sometimes called "the intellectual dark web," it lives largely on the internet, but it isn't the dark web of anonymous cybercrooks you've probably heard of. I actually see it not so much as a web but a nest ...Read more

Commentary: Liberals say immigration enforcement is racist, but the group most likely to benefit from it is black men

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Donald Trump's election victory over Hillary Clinton seemed to herald a new era for border security and immigration enforcement. But his polarizing and occasionally ignorant comments about immigrants have handed his adversaries a convenient pretext for stymying compromise on immigration reform: racism.

Left-leaning advocacy groups and a host of...Read more

Editorial: Execution is inhumane, no matter what method states use

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In the fall of 1607, a blacksmith named James Read was sentenced to hang for striking a representative of King James I in the Jamestown colony in Virginia. But at the top of the ladder that led to the gallows, he offered up details about a supposed mutiny in the making. Shortly thereafter, he was back at work and George Kendall, the putative ...Read more

Commentary: Jail for Shkreli won't lower drug prices

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Before sentencing the notorious pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to seven years in prison, the federal judge presiding over his criminal trial ordered him to turn over "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," the Wu-Tang Clan album of which only a single copy exists. Shkreli paid $2 million for the album, an extravagance he could afford after ...Read more

Commentary: Oprah's rise in America

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It's time to take another look at Oprah Winfrey. Her rise to power and maintenance of it are instructive in what it means to be an American and what it means to succeed and survive here.

When she retired from her phenomenally successful talk show seven years ago, I doubt anyone thought that would be the last time we would see her. How could a ...Read more

Opinion: Building a water workforce for America's future

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WASHINGTON -- America faces a tough reality when it comes to our drinking water infrastructure. Eighty-six percent of U.S. households today depend on public water, and the EPA has estimated that nearly $400 billion will be needed in the coming decades just to keep those systems in working order.

Unfortunately, underground pipes and pumps aren't...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Tillerson held the brake on Trump's worst instincts. Now what?

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Rex Tillerson's biggest mistake was that he didn't retire with dignity on his own terms before his boss unceremoniously sacked him and named CIA chief Mike Pompeo as his successor.

The crude way it was done – Tillerson only learned of his firing via a presidential tweet – confirms that President Trump loves to reprise his role as star of "...Read more

Commentary: SNAP benefits vital to low-income communities

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President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget request has me worried for the future health and well-being of our nation's low-income communities. Under this proposal, there is to be an immediate $17 billion reduction to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, followed by a $213.5 billion reduction ...Read more

Francis Wilkinson: Fear and loathing and money in Pennsylvania

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The special election in the 18th congressional district of Pennsylvania this week will have mirror opposite effects on the two parties.

Democrats, enthused by victory in a district that voted for Donald Trump by almost 20 points in 2016, will contribute more money and time to Democratic candidates. Republicans, alarmed by a potentially ...Read more

Commentary: It's OK to not know what to say to a grieving friend, showing up is enough

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Young adults overdosing from heroin is not a new phenomenon; it has existed for decades. The recent influx of fentanyl-laced heroin, however, has been leading to a massive increase in the frequency of overdoses. The last two years of my life have been riddled with the deaths of friends.

In January of 2017, my boyfriend's best friend passed away...Read more

Ramesh Ponnuru: Republicans are mostly wrong about Conor Lamb

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Before voters in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district cast their ballots, Republicans cast the Democratic candidate, Conor Lamb, as a liberal. A Republican PAC ran an ad calling him a "liberal sheep" who would spend his term "voting the straight liberal party line for Pelosi's extreme agenda."

Once the votes were cast, Republicans changed...Read more

Editorial: Cutting off the public's beach access to appease a billionaire would be unconscionable

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We get it that tech billionaire Vinod Khosla is annoyed that local authorities and the Coastal Commission demanded that he allow public access through his 89-acre beachfront property in northern California, continuing a nearly century-long practice of the previous owners. He has battled officials and advocacy groups on this issue for almost a ...Read more


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