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Commentary: Human ingenuity will prevent climate catastrophe

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Most of the dire forecasts of the effects of rising carbon emissions and global warming assume no significant human response. Rising sea levels will flood the coastal cities to which people have increasingly moved. Crops will wither due to too much summer heat. Perhaps the dinosaurs died out because they couldn’t adapt to climate change, but ...Read more

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Will Bunch: 3 words America forgot that explain gun insanity, vaccine denial, student debt and more

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In the middle of a crazy week signaling another long American winter of discontent, former Montana Gov. Steve Bullock — that rare Democrat who could win an election in a blood-red rural state — published an op-ed in The New York Times. Bullock urged his party, which has seen its rural support plummet toward zero, to get out more and tell ...Read more

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Editorial: Oxford should welcome all probes into shooting

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There may never be satisfactory answers to what led to the senseless tragedy last week at Oxford High School that cost four teens their lives and injured seven others. But every effort should be taken to figure out why it happened and how to prevent future violence.

All reviews of the deadly shooting should be welcomed.

Yet Oxford ...Read more

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Editorial: Fix Justice Department oversight to protect democracy

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In the post-Watergate era, Congress shored up the integrity and transparency of the executive branch by creating inspector general offices and charging them to ferret out misconduct and abuse and report it to the public. The offices were correctly deemed an essential supplement to the traditional checks and balances engrafted by the founders ...Read more

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Editorial: Messy messaging: Despite its proliferation among political types, 'Latinx' is not effective with Hispanic voters

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Democrats have recently lost electoral ground with Hispanic voters for a variety of reasons, chief among them the belief that voters with dozens of distinct ethnic and cultural backgrounds are a monolith that will pull the lever for their party with little effort and no specifically tailored messaging.

The least they could do is not shoot ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: Texas gerrymandering is all about keeping a grip on white power

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Whenever I find myself thinking, "I can't believe Texas would do that," I remember that former Gov. Rick Perry used to invite lawmakers to his family's hunting camp. A place fondly known by some locals as "N—head." According to The Washington Post, the name was painted "in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated ...Read more

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Commentary: College athletes are cashing in, and it's going better than many feared

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We didn’t quite see this coming. Before the NCAA began to allow endorsement deals this summer, many people in the industry assumed that high-profile male athletes from major programs would be the prime beneficiaries, but the impact has been much broader.

Maxim Bets offered a deal to every female student-athlete in Colorado over the age of 21....Read more

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Commentary: The powerful message behind charging the parents in the Michigan school shooting

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The latest school shooting tragedy, in Michigan on Nov. 30, shares many common traits with those that came before it. The suspect was a young male student at the school in the midst of a noticeable crisis. He had communicated intent to do harm. He got a firearm from a family member who had failed to store it securely.

But one crucial thing is ...Read more

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Editorial: Sentencing Aung San Suu Kyi to prison is just one more turn on Myanmar's spiral downward

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In the last decade, Aung San Suu Kyi has gone from being one of the most prominent symbols of democracy in the world to being one of the most rebuked.

Her father, the founder of Myanmar’s military, became a politician and activist who devoted himself to the effort to win independence from Britain but was assassinated before he could see that ...Read more

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POINT: Change the Bill of Rights? Don't be so sure

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We live in a time of division and uncertainty. Some people say that the only path forward is to fundamentally “update” our government, including such basic documents as the Bill of Rights.

At first glance, it might seem like a good idea. After all, the Bill of Rights changed the original Constitution by adding 10 amendments. And now the ...Read more

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Mark Z. Barabak: So you think Kamala Harris has it rough. Remember Dan Quayle?

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Kamala Harris can't catch a break.

When she's not being ignored — which is much of the time — the vice president is portrayed as inept, impossible to work for or depicted as an anchor weighing down the listing Biden administration.

Sometimes all three.

She goes to Paris on a well-executed goodwill tour and critics jump all over Harris for...Read more

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Tony Norman: Bad parenting + guns = another American tragedy

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There's bad parenting, and then there's whatever James and Jennifer Crumbley were doing while raising Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old suspect in the Oxford High School shooting.

Unless he changes his not guilty plea to guilty, Ethan will stand trial as an adult for allegedly murdering four of his classmates at school last week in what is ...Read more

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COUNTERPOINT: The Bill of Rights needed to be updated -- and it was

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Most Americans know the Bill of Rights. But too few Americans know that the way we enjoy those crucial rights today is inextricably linked to the way our Constitution was transformed after the Civil War.

The first 10 amendments to the Constitution mark 10 early steps America took along what we at Constitutional Accountability Center call “the...Read more

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Editorial: Will responsible gun owners please stand up -- and speak out?

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Last week’s school shooting in Oxford, Michigan, that left four students dead was, sadly, not terribly surprising. There were six U.S. school shootings in the month of November alone. Some school shootings, like the horrific one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February of 2018, which left 17 dead, get ...Read more

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Editorial: De Blasio's new ultimatum: Questions about about his NYC private employer vaccine mandate

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Whenever a new policy is announced, there are categories of questions that can be raised about it. One is legality: Is the policy on sound statutory footing? Another is practical: Is it enforceable? Then there are questions of purpose: What problem is this intended to solve, and will it work?

To date, most COVID-19 vaccine mandates — imposed ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: Sinclair Lewis' fiery 1935 novel about a fascist coup is disturbingly prophetic

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Many notable works of literature have a strong strain of prophecy about them. Few American classics illustrate that as well as Sinclair Lewis' 1935 bestseller, "It Can't Happen Here."

In writing this chronicle of a fascist coup in the United States, Lewis was disturbingly prescient about what it would take to jeopardize more than 100 years of ...Read more

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Commentary: Yes, consumers can change Facebook's polarizing behavior

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The oft-recited close of T.S. Eliot’s celebrated 20th century poem “The Hollow Men” captures a truth about the fall of Rome and other tragic losses: “not with a bang but a whimper.” Meaning that in human affairs, catastrophe seldom arrives via a meteor strike but rather by a slow rollout of flaws that are part of who we are.

The 21st ...Read more

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Commentary: Arresting reporters in LA sends a dangerous message to repressive governments

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In the United States, and around the world, protests are vital forms of political expression. The ability of protesters to deliver their message depends on the presence of journalists, who not only inform the public but also hold the police accountable when they engage in violence or abuse.

But this fundamental right is being undermined by ...Read more

Tyler Cowen: The only two pieces of advice you'll ever need

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As a writer, podcaster and economist — not necessarily in that order — I receive numerous emails asking for advice. People ask for my opinion not only on economic questions, but also about what kind of job they should get, if they should return to school, whether they should marry a given person, how to plan a wedding, which books they ...Read more

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Commentary: With Pearl Harbor memories still raw, Hollywood told the story through an unexpected lens

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For many years as I was growing up, my mother’s companion was a man named Bob Kulicke. He was 16 when Pearl Harbor was bombed 80 years ago, on Dec. 7, 1941, and he and his buddies were disappointed to be too young to join up. They were sure that this war would be over by the time they could.

No such luck. On his 18th birthday he got a ...Read more

 

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