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Francis Wilkinson: The grinding persistence of America's police problem

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You will not believe the video that was released Friday night showing Memphis police officers beating – ultimately to death — a young Black man.

I don’t really mean that, of course. If you live in the U.S., and participate in society, you likely have no difficulty believing that a gang of violent police officers fatally pummeled Tyre ...Read more

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Faye Flam: Evidence is mounting that COVID is bad for the brain

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The possibility that a COVID infection could damage your brain is terrifying. Scientists have established that long COVID often manifests itself with neurological changes — brain fog, memory problems, fatigue. And some researchers have found changes in the brain after even mild cases of the virus. Every time I go on Twitter I see another ...Read more


Editorial: Western tanks give Ukraine a fighting chance

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After weeks of diplomatic hand-wringing, the U.S. and Germany have decided to send battle tanks to Ukraine, a critical step toward helping the country take back territory seized by Russian forces during last year’s invasion. While President Joe Biden and Europe’s leaders deserve credit for maintaining solidarity with Ukraine, they should ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: Will 19 dead in California alter the balance between your right to a gun and my right to live?

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Individualism has been a defining and admirable American trait throughout this nation's history on a vast, varied continent. But so has its opposite: communitarianism, collectivism — a focus on the common good, even if that means curbing some individuals' liberty.

The two impulses aren't mutually exclusive; they coexist, if in tension. In ...Read more

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Editorial: Free nonalcoholic booze from egregious regulation

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People observing “Dry January” voluntarily abstain from alcohol during the first month of the year. The practice has grown in popularity, and we suspect more than a few participants are counting down the days until February begins and the calendar becomes clear for resumed tippling.

Alas, the latest reports from the Party-Pooper File ...Read more


Trudy Rubin: Netanyahu's radical cabinet ministers ignore history and pursue one undemocratic state

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One of the advantages of growing older is that you accumulate something called "historic memory," which basically means you've been around long enough to recall more than younger folks.

My historic memory clicks on like an endlessly streaming TV series as I read these days about the new Israeli government led by Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, the ...Read more

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Martin Schram: Crimea -- a peace prize or a head fake?

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Negotiating a true peace in the middle of a horrendous war is sometimes a task for only the feint-hearted.

This moment in Ukraine’s war to repel Russia’s invaders may be one of those times.

And Crimea, where no combat is happening, may become the key prize that can make a Ukraine-Russia peace happen. We’ll see.

It all just began this ...Read more

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Commentary: When a 6-year-old is accused of shooting his teacher, it's time for a paradigm shift

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Six-year-old children should be learning to read, identify new words by matching letters to sounds, count to 100, and do basic addition and subtraction. But now we have a 6-year-old who allegedly shot his teacher in Newport News, Virginia.

Unfortunately, school shootings are not uncommon. There have been more than 1,300 school shootings in the ...Read more

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George Skelton: Where have Republicans been during California's mass shootings? They're busy appeasing the gun worshiping cult

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom has spoken more eloquently than anyone else about the three California mass shootings that occurred in rapid sequence, killing at least 24.

"What the hell is going on?" the longtime gun control advocate asked simply Tuesday in Half Moon Bay, where a 66-year-old farmworker was accused of fatally shooting ...Read more

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Commentary: Older mass shooters are rare. Here's how they differ from young assailants

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The killing of 18 people in California just two days apart — 11 in Monterey Park and seven in Half Moon Bay — are the latest horrors in America’s long history of gun violence. But there is a factor in these mass shootings, and with the suspects, that stands out.

The median age of mass shooters in the United States is 32. Yet the man who ...Read more

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Editorial: If Kevin McCarthy is serious about protecting the economy, he'd raise the debt ceiling

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After he was elected speaker on the 15th ballot, Kevin McCarthy promised that the U.S. House under Republican leadership would protect the national economy, saying that the party was committed to “stop wasteful Washington spending, to lower the price of groceries, gas, cars, housing, and stop the rising national debt.”

But there is more to ...Read more

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Editorial: Tanking Putin's plans: Sending tanks to help Ukraine fight back was long overdue

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After much back-and-forth and strenuous behind the scenes hand-wringing, Germany has cleared the way for its Leopard 2 tanks to join the fight for democracy in Ukraine, pledging this week to send an initial company of 14 tanks and clearing the way for other European countries to do the same. This week, the U.S. joined in with President Joe Biden...Read more

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Joe Battenfeld: Donald Trump is the boorish house guest who refuses to leave

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They’ve tried humiliating him, disgracing him and financially and ethically ruining him, but Donald Trump is still standing – like the boorish house guest that wouldn’t leave.

As the former president heads to New Hampshire again this weekend, a new poll puts him atop President Joe Biden and pummeling his nearest GOP opponent, Gov. Ron ...Read more

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Commentary: Why the Wagner Group's influence in West Africa is growing

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France has waged a counterterrorism campaign in the small West African country of Burkina Faso since 2018. But on Jan. 20, hundreds of protesters in the capital city of Ouagadougou waved Russian flags and demanded the French army’s ouster. Days later, the country’s military government told the French to leave within a month.

Burkina Faso is...Read more

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Editorial: Colleges should stop hiding how much they cost

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Whether President Joe Biden’s misguided plan to forgive some $400 billion in federal student-loan debt goes forward will ultimately be up to the Supreme Court. For now, there’s more the federal government should be doing to rein in the costs of higher education — and thus reduce how much students borrow in the first place.

In particular: ...Read more

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Commentary: I grew up in the era of mass shootings. Fear of violence grips my generation

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The first mass shooting I remember is Sandy Hook in 2012. I was in middle school then, and I could tell something was wrong when I walked downstairs and saw my parents watching the news while it was still light out.

During my first year of high school, I remember my math teacher telling us what to do if there was a gunman in the building. If ...Read more

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Noah Feldman: Abortion pill lawsuit won't get a fair shake in post-Roe America

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The first significant stage of post-Roe abortion litigation is underway and focuses heavily on abortion pills. GenBioPro, a pharmaceutical company that makes the drug mifepristone, has asked a federal court to declare that West Virginia’s anti-abortion law is inconsistent with the Federal Drug Administration’s determination that the pill is ...Read more

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Trudy Rubin: Biden's birthday present to Zelenskyy: M1 Abrams and German Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine

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"Tanks but no tanks" and "Free the Leopards" were the clever headlines earlier this week about Ukraine.

They referred to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's frustrating refusal to send badly needed Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine to help Kyiv break the current military stalemate with Russia. Scholz kept insisting the U.S. must first send M1 Abrams tanks...Read more

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Commentary: When the chief justice himself was the Supreme Court leak

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Six months of investigation, interviews with 97 employees, and meticulous forensic examination of computers and cellphones have failed to identify the person who, in May 2022, leaked a draft opinion in a Supreme Court case that would ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade and a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.

At the time, Chief Justice ...Read more

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Editorial: Kansas politicians want to take abortion fight to the city and county level. Just stop

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In Kansas, a woman’s right to reproductive freedom is enshrined in the state constitution. The issue should be settled — especially after voters preemptively and decisively smacked down lawmakers’ last overreach to gut abortion rights. Apparently, according to Kansas Republicans, it isn’t.

GOP leaders in Kansas have made it known that ...Read more



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