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Editorial: NFL's anthem rule vs. the patriotism of protest

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The National Football League swaths itself in patriotic gestures. We've seen those pre-game moments when an unfurled American flag all but covers the field itself. We've watched solemn color guard ceremonies. We've witnessed the roaring fighter jet flyovers. To what extent these displays are heartfelt patriotism or shrewd marketing, we can't be ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: The very real threat of MS-13

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President Donald Trump recently referred to MS-13 members as "animals," but animals do not beat people to death with baseball bats. They do not cut off their heads with machetes. They do not torture a 15-year-old girl by slicing off her tattoo before stabbing her to death. So maybe Trump was wrong to refer to these people as animals. Let's just ...Read more

Editorial: How to get to talks with North Korea

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President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is, in itself, no cause for regret. Going ahead with a meeting that had little chance of success would have been a mistake, compounding errors the administration has already made on this issue. The cancellation is an opportunity to rethink, one the ...Read more

Editorial: How to get to talks with North Korea

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President Donald Trump's decision to cancel his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is, in itself, no cause for regret. Going ahead with a meeting that had little chance of success would have been a mistake, compounding errors the administration has already made on this issue. The cancellation is an opportunity to rethink, one the ...Read more

Commentary: Sleeping in public is taboo. Unless you're young, white and privileged

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When Yale graduate student Lolade Siyonbola dozed off in a common room of her dormitory during a late-night paper-writing session, she had no idea what her nap would lead to. Another student, perhaps assuming that Siyonbola was an intruder or disturbed at the sight of a black person sleeping in plain view (or both), turned on the lights and told...Read more

Editorial: The death of a Baltimore County police officer is terrible, but it's not reason to question the idea of the juvenile justice system

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There's plenty of reason to question the series of decisions by the justice system that allowed 16-year-old Dawnta Harris to be in Perry Hall Monday when police say he drove a stolen Jeep into Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio, fatally injuring her. We are still learning more details about his history, but it isn't merely the benefit of...Read more

Commentary: Trump is making trade less fair

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From the beginning of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, he has said he wants to make trade "fair." For too long, he argued, American companies and workers suffered as trading partners used tactics that stole jobs, damaged U.S. industry and widened deficits. The implication was that he'd work to strip away the remaining tariffs and other ...Read more

Commentary: What the yanny/laurel meme might teach us about our political and cultural divides

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I heard "yanny."

This is, I know now, objectively wrong. In 2007, actor Jay Aubrey Jones was recorded pronouncing the word "laurel" for vocabulary.com. Earlier this month, a high school student in Georgia named Katie Hetzel played that audio clip, but like me, she heard "yanny." So she posted it to social media to find out how it sounded to ...Read more

Editorial: The US-North Korea summit falls victim to bipolar rhetoric

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Seriously, is anyone really shocked that the much-ballyhooed Summit-of-the-Century between President Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong Un has been canceled?

From the start, this highly unusual meeting of the minds was undertaken in an unorthodox way, to put it mildly. Negotiated often by tweet and news communique rather than through ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: Ireland's pro-life experiment may be a road map for Texas

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Imagine a place where the unborn and their mothers have an equal right to life under the law.

Where maternal mortality rates are consistently low.

Where despite the dire claims of pro-choice proponents, women are not dying in the streets or being butchered in back-alleys to obtain the so-called "health care" available to ...Read more

Gina Barreca: Politicians and life's other inconsistencies

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Growing up, we had a big, bad orange cat named Min. He was the tough guy in the neighborhood. Despite being well-loved, zealously fed and fully neutered, Min's hobby was bullying other people's nicer pets.

When the weather was good, Min would camp out all night under the hydrangea next to the front stoop just to keep an eye on things. We ...Read more

Editorial: Alternative Fact of the Week: Spies in the Trump campaign

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President Donald Trump says a lot of outrageous stuff, like, for example, implying that NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem should be kicked out of the country. But the latest rabbit hole he's dived down is far more serious. The president has spent much of the last week egging on the feverish conspiracy theory that the FBI ...Read more

Commentary: Jack Johnson — pardoned by Trump — fought hard against racism

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On Oct. 17, 1912, a woman identified only as "Mrs. F. Cameron-Falconet" went to the Clark Street police station and, as the Tribune reported, asked the Chicago cops to rescue her daughter, 19 and white, "from the clutches of Jack Johnson, Negro heavyweight champion pugilist."

That opened a racial drama that landed Johnson behind bars and has ...Read more

Dahleen Glanton: Stacey Abrams shows the art of the possible in winning Democratic nomination for Georgia governor

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If you were born in the South, you will always be a Southerner.

The way you speak. The values you carry with you. The way you view relationships between the sexes and the races all are a part of your genetic core.

Though your views might evolve over time, there is no getting away from the fact that the mores of the Deep South helped to create ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: North Korea meeting canceled thanks to Trump team's bluster

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President Donald Trump had convinced himself earlier this month that he was en route to a Nobel Peace Prize for bringing peace to the Korean peninsula. That mirage has already dissipated.

On Thursday, the president announced he was cancelling his planned June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, blaming the North Korean leader's "tremendous...Read more

Editorial: How do fewer schools and jobs and more hunger help the Palestinians or the cause of peace?

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The Gaza Strip, where more than 100 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers during mass protests in recent weeks, is a dense and dismal sliver of land along the Mediterranean Coast between Egypt and Israel. More than 2 million people are packed tightly into a space the size of Portland, Ore. More than 40 percent of the population is ...Read more

Editorial: The NFL kneels before the altar of profits

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The owners of the 32 National Football League teams sent a wrongheaded and, frankly, un-American message to their players Wednesday: Expressing your opinion during the national anthem is no longer permitted.

"A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem," the ...Read more

Martin Schram: Intelligence role-playing – an interactive game for all ages

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Today, fellow spymasters, we must briefly interrupt our fascination with President Donald Trump's latest Twitter binge of victimization – his weeklong claims that he and his presidential campaign were innocent victims of a scandalous FBI spy caper.

To help us evaluate our president's self-pitying tweet week, we're going to play our first-ever...Read more

Commentary: Two steps to double tax reform's economic benefits

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Chances are, you're one of the 90 percent of Americans who have bigger paychecks due to the tax reform that Congress passed last year. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) cut taxes for individual Americans, lowered businesses taxes and made investment in the United States more attractive, which will combine to increase incomes even more. Last year,...Read more

Commentary: Going viral: The good, the bad, and the food for thought

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More than 25 million. That's how many people saw my joke on Twitter.

"I once taught an 8 a.m. college class. So many grandparents died that semester. I then moved my class to 3 p.m. No more deaths. And that, my friends, is how I save lives."

I expected a few likes from fellow professors on my sleepy Twitter account with barely 60 followers. ...Read more

 
 

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