Trudy Rubin: Will a Trump peace plan hasten the end of Israel as a Jewish state?

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The world continues to churn outside the impeachment trial in Washington, including some potentially game-changing events in Israel.

In advance of the March 2 elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival, Benny Gantz, have each vowed to annex one-third of the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu has also promised to ...Read more

PRO: Russia thanks you for opposing voter ID

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The overwhelming majority of Americans support voter ID requirements because they instill confidence in our elections. Showing an ID when you help pick the next president is just plain common sense.

But at a time when concerns about foreign interference in our elections are high, ID requirements also help protect the integrity of our electoral ...Read more

Editorial: Cloud of uncertainty: Getting a grip on vaping dangers

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The more federal authorities investigate dangers associated with vaping, the more we discover how much we do not know about the dangers of this suddenly popular habit.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revealed that its investigation into the serious lung conditions related to vaping that began emerging last year have been...Read more

Editorial: Parents who cheat for their children actually cheat, yes, their children

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As a freshman at the University of Southern California last year, Matteo Sloane surely never imagined making the 2 1/2-hour drive from Los Angeles up U.S. 101 to visit his father at the federal prison in Lompoc, Calif. Then FBI agents came to the family's house at 6:15 a.m. one day. Seems that Devin Sloane, guided by a scam artist to the stars, ...Read more

Commentary: School meal nutrition rollbacks are far from 'common sense'

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On Jan. 17, Michelle Obama's birthday, the Trump administration proposed rollbacks in nutrition standards in the school meal program. Under the proposal, legumes and potatoes will count as vegetables, fewer fruits will be served at breakfast and a la carte meals will allow students to select items high in fat.

The result will be increased ...Read more

Fabiola Santiago: Why a Michael Bloomberg candidacy is attractive to core Miami voters

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Miami just stirred things up in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. But the jury's still out on whether that's a good thing.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg could be an attractive presidential candidate for core Miami voters who are as #NeverBernie as they are #NeverTrump -- and are unimpressed by the rest of the ...Read more

CON: Why conservatives can't — and won't — quit voter ID laws

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It's another election year, which means that voter ID laws are back in the news.

Already, Kentucky Republican legislators introduced a new bill requiring voters to present a limited form of ID when they show up to the polls before casting a ballot. If passed, the voter ID law, which is supported by Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams, ...Read more

Stuart Rothenberg: It's still difficult to see Trump losing Iowa in November

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Iowa gave Barack Obama a resounding 9.5-point victory over John McCain in 2008. Four years later, Obama's margin shrunk to 5.8 points against Mitt Romney. But in 2016, something odd happened.

Donald Trump carried Iowa by 9.4 points -- a dramatic change in the state's recent voting behavior and close to the same winning margin as Obama's eight ...Read more

Martin Schram: Unbolting Bolton

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Today we are focusing, for once, on a ray of good news in the midst of this very ugly time.

As the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump root-canals its way into our living rooms, one of the most tortuous dilemmas that the deciders are arguing about is whether or not former national security adviser John Bolton will be summoned to ...Read more

Commentary: Supreme Court should finally erase state laws that hinder religious freedom and school choice

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court took up a case that is poised to have far-reaching effects on religious liberty. At issue are the state laws known as Blaine Amendments, which prohibit the use of government funding to benefit religious schools and other organizations.

These laws have pernicious anti-immigrant origins. The "brown" people ...Read more

Ann McFeatters: Is this how democracy dies?

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WASHINGTON -- If you were a juror in a trial and the judge said there would be no evidence and no witnesses because the defendant didn't want them, you would be nonplussed.

Well, you aren't one of the Senate's 53 Republicans, who voted six times against demanding White House documents and witnesses that could prove whether or not the president ...Read more

Editorial: Trump is no 'prophet' on climate change

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President Donald Trump rightly touted "America's extraordinary prosperity" in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. But his history of overlooking the global component of that success is wrongheaded, especially because transnational threats can reverse the uninterrupted U.S. economic growth that began during ...Read more

Dahleen Glanton: Democrats at Trump's impeachment trial should listen to the chief justice. No more 'pettifogging'

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As Democrats and Republicans went after each other on the opening day of Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts admonished them -- and schooled most of us -- with a reference to the word "pettifogging."

For those who had never heard the word, it was easy to figure out it has something to do with being petty.

We've come to...Read more

David Winston: When it comes to Trump's future, 'the people' would rather decide it themselves

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Abraham Lincoln closed the Gettysburg Address on a hopeful note, promising a "new birth of freedom" so that "government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Today, as the Democrats push their partisan impeachment forward in the Senate chamber, the sentiments expressed so eloquently by a beleaguered ...Read more

David Zurawik: Impeachment trial: History and the future of democracy or cable TV smackdown?

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One side is primarily playing to history, while the other is playing to right-wing cable TV and President Donald Trump's base. That's the media story within the televised impeachment trial of Trump in the Senate this week. And it's much more engaging than I expected.

The big battle, of course, is whether or not the Senate will find Trump guilty...Read more

Editorial: The jury is out on whether Republican senators will take their impeachment oath seriously

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By definition, the impeachment trial of President Trump that began in earnest Tuesday was a historic occasion, only the third such proceeding since the adoption of the Constitution. What remains unclear is whether the Republicans in the Senate will allow a fair and full trial, one that would enable them, if they chose, to seriously consider the ...Read more

Commentary: Hunter Biden for John Bolton is an impeachment trade too good to pass up

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Ever since Republicans began clamoring for Hunter Biden to testify in President Trump's impeachment hearings, I've wondered why Democrats didn't just say yes.

And now, according to the Washington Post, a few Senate Democrats are trying to make it happen, offering to support calling former Vice President Joe Biden's son to testify in the Senate ...Read more

Doyle McManus: Impeachment primer: If you have the law, pound the law. If you don't, pound the table

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WASHINGTON -- Trial lawyers have an adage: If the facts are on your side, pound the facts. If the law is on your side, pound the law.

If neither is on your side, pound the table.

In the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the House Democrats -- the prosecution -- are mostly pounding the facts. The heart of their brief is a well-told ...Read more

Noah Feldman: Trump shreds the last of the Justice Department's independence

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President Donald Trump's legal defense is putting a lot of weight on a brand-new memo from the Office of Legal Counsel. In fact, the memo appears to have been written specifically as part of the president's defense strategy. That's noteworthy because the OLC is part of the Department of Justice: It's supposed to be legally independent, not ...Read more

Francis Wilkinson: Trump's impeachment trial isn't his biggest legal risk

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President Donald Trump's sprawling corruption may never be brought under lawful control, especially with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acting as inside man in Trump's impeachment trial. But if Trump is ever to be punished for his many abuses of power, it just might be for his disregard of the nation's ineffectual and much-maligned body ...Read more


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