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Martin Schram: Voting for America first

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There was a time when many of President Donald Trump’s top officials – including his Cabinet-level advisers on national and global security – thought the toughest decision they had to make was whether to tell you the truth about what they really thought about their boss.

Then, belatedly, but eventually, a surprising number of Trump’s ...Read more

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Doyle McManus: Joe Biden's empathy was his superpower in 2020. Can he find it again in 2024?

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Whatever happened to the empathetic Joe Biden who won the 2020 presidential election?

Some days it feels as if that kindly Uncle Joe has been replaced by a cranky old pol annoyed at voters who don't give him credit for a strong economy.

Last week, when the Labor Department reported that inflation had ticked up to 3.5%, probably delaying a cut ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: Donald Trump inspires yet another profile in cowardice

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A kerfuffle in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in recent days revealed a grim truth about America's institutions in these troubled times: Too many of them lack the courage to stand up to the threat to democracy that is Donald Trump, thereby contributing to the alarming staying power of the once and perhaps future president.

We already know about the ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: Never forget -- Nicole Brown Simpson's murder redefined our understanding of domestic violence

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Weeks before she was slashed to death outside her Brentwood condo in 1994, O.J. Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, had predicted her own death.

"She knew exactly what was going to happen to her," Nicole's friend Kris Jenner told "Dateline NBC" in a 20th anniversary special episode about the murders of Nicole and Ronald L. Goldman, a ...Read more

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Andreas Kluth: Biden must again prevent a wider Middle East war

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An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, as Mahatma Gandhi allegedly said. After Iran’s massive retaliation for the Israeli strike against Iran’s diplomatic compound in Damascus, it now falls to President Joe Biden to prevent subsequent rounds of escalation from blinding the entire Middle East, or even the world. Biden must punish ...Read more

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John M. Crisp: We have to blame someone for school shootings

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Perhaps you can imagine punishments more to be feared than a lengthy prison sentence, but in a country that proscribes cruel and unusual punishment—except the death penalty—the only thing I can think of that would be worse than confinement in prison is confinement as the result of a crime that I did not commit.

This is the situation in ...Read more

George Skelton: California's population is on the rise. So much for the claims of the state's demise

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It was bound to end. This is California, after all. Losing population defies our history. Now we're back growing again.

Yes, that's correct. California has resumed adding people after three years of shedding them.

Just last week, I reported that California residents were fleeing the state. They still are. But our numbers again are rising, ...Read more

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Commentary: Disinformation underlies bans on care for transgender adolescents

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In the past three years, 23 states have passed legislation that prohibits physicians and other health care providers from providing gender affirming health care to transgender minors. These laws constitute an extreme, unprecedented attack on transgender adolescents, their families and the medical providers who care for them.

Criminalizing ...Read more

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Cynthia M. Allen: Texas Gov. Abbott for Trump VP? Buzz has quieted, but here's why he's a good choice

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When Donald Trump visited the southern border in February, he told a Fox News host in an interview that Gov. Greg Abbott was among those being considered as his running mate.

It wasn’t much of a surprise. It was almost a courtesy.

Of course Trump would consider (or at least say he was considering) Abbott while visiting the state he governs, ...Read more

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Tyler Cowen: Lab-grown beef is red meat for the conservative base

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What do some Republicans have against lab-grown meat? Legislatures in Alabama, Arizona, Tennessee and Florida are all considering bans on the sale or import of so-called “cell-cultured food products.” In Florida a bill has reached Governor Ron DeSantis’s desk, and though he has not yet signed it, he has come out strongly in favor of meat. ...Read more

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Patricia Lopez: Ohio and Alabama are playing ballot games with Biden

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Call it political tit-for-tat. Election officials in Ohio and Alabama have warned President Joe Biden that he might be left off their ballots in November because the Democrats’ mid-August nominating convention is past their deadlines.

This is a new and dangerous level of partisan gamesmanship. The top election officials in both states happen...Read more

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Editorial: Please take the threat of a fiscal breakdown seriously

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The latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office repeat a warning made many times before: The trajectory of US government borrowing is unsustainable. Washington, fixated on this year’s elections, isn’t merely unwilling to act; it’s ignoring the issue altogether. Just how concerned should the country be about this dereliction of ...Read more


Editorial: Government incompetence is keeping kids out of college

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President Joe Biden’s botched rollout of a revamped financial aid form reveals a stunning lack of managerial competence. It has left colleges unable to tell millions of students how much they’ll have to pay, causing some to delay enrolling and others to drop the idea altogether. This easily avoidable failure threatens to deprive low-income ...Read more

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Trudy Rubin: No more US weapons to Israel until Palestinian civilians are protected

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When Israeli troops killed seven aid workers from chef José Andrés’ amazing World Central Kitchen operation in Gaza — six of them foreign-born — the White House and the Israeli government were finally forced to confront Gaza’s humanitarian disaster with more than words.

Almost overnight, under President Joe Biden’s belated threat to...Read more


Editorial: Financial literacy is important for teens to learn along with math and science

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Adulting is hard, and it’s gotten much harder even for mature adults. That’s especially true when it comes to personal finances.

We are subjected to more sophisticated and sometimes downright insidious online marketing that often uses influencers instead of ads. The investing world has grown more complicated, with investment apps, digital ...Read more

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Andreas Kluth: Even Republicans are now calling out Putin's lies

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As America’s support for Ukraine hangs in the balance, so does its commitment to truth over lies, and its resolve to resist Russian disinformation. The good news, after lots and lots of bad news, is that the pro-truth, pro-Ukraine resistance is now, at last, mobilizing even inside the Republican Party in Congress.

Troll and bot armies ...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: Biden is closing a sacred portal into American gun culture

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In issuing a new rule to close the gun show loophole for firearm sales, the Biden administration isn’t just narrowing one of the easier paths by which criminals obtain guns. It’s attempting to close a sacred portal into American gun culture.

The rule, which has been under public review since it was officially proposed last August, targets ...Read more


Jay Ambrose: Biden's unjustified betrayal of Israel

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Former President Donald Trump is a mix of confused, more or less populist ideas and you can never know what he might do in a second presidential term. President Joe Biden, on the other hand, is a left-wing, wannabe autocrat getting unbelievably old as he pulverizes policy through trickery, constitutional abridgment and a betrayal of Israel.

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Commentary: As a pregnant law professor in Arizona, I fear the abortion ban

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I am 19 weeks pregnant, a legal scholar and a resident of Arizona, whose highest court on Tuesday upheld a 160-year-old law banning nearly all abortions, even in the case of rape or incest. In doing so, the court held that Arizona’s 2022 law, which allowed abortion up through 15 weeks into pregnancy, was no longer valid after the Supreme Court...Read more

Commentary: How Rodney King helped OJ Simpson win a not-guilty verdict

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In 1994 and 1995, when lawyers for O.J. Simpson offered up the possibility that the former football star was being framed by the Los Angeles Police Department for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman, it should have seemed outlandish.

Consider the complications in such a frame. If officers planted a glove, say, only...Read more



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