Commentary: The House articles of impeachment could be history's takeaway on Donald Trump

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It's an all but foregone conclusion that the House of Representatives will impeach Donald Trump, and it is almost as certain that the Senate will not convict him. For those convinced of the president's venality, the latter prospect makes it imperative that the formal indictment in the House -- the articles of impeachment -- be detailed and all-...Read more

Commentary: Is Trump the next Houdini? We'll know sometime next year?

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Ever since my book, "The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini," came out, people have asked if I have tried any impossible escapes of my own. I'm going to try one here. I'm going to try and write about President Donald Trump without invoking politics. Wish me luck.

It is stunning how many people have read the book -- a story about the great ...Read more

Editorial: DACA should never have come to this: Supreme Court with future of 'dreamers' in its hand

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No matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the three consolidated immigration cases heard Tuesday, the fact that the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program came down to an up or down vote of six men and three women is itself a lesson in how Washington works -- which is to say, not well.

Only the most anti-immigrant extremist believes...Read more

Michael Hiltzik: In America, anyone can run for president, even the convicted coal baron Don Blankenship

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Ah, America, where any boy born in the hills of Kentucky and raised in a West Virginia home with an outhouse can run for president.

Even if he's served a prison term for his role in a mine explosion that took the lives of 29 men, after managing to retire from his coal company with a pension valued at $15.7 million.

We're talking about Don ...Read more

Commentary: Animal rights legislation reflects evolving attitudes

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One of the oldest complaints in the book is that "you can't fight city hall." And anyone who has ever tried to get a stop sign installed at their corner intersection or a speeding ticket dismissed can tell you that the mind-numbing bureaucracy still exists. But for animals exploited as "entertainment," real change is taking place -- at the local...Read more

David Zurawik: Don't expect TV impeachment hearings to oust Trump

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Here we go again investing all kinds of hope and hype in the public impeachment hearings scheduled to start Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee. You would think after the letdowns of the Brett Kavanaugh and Robert Mueller hearings, that we in the media would know better -- that TV hearings don't change the culture in a flash as ...Read more

Commentary: My parents put New Orleans and its racial hierarchy behind them. I went looking for it

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My niece got married last month in New Orleans. "Got married" is too tame a phrase to describe what happened: It was a celebration that was up on its feet almost immediately and didn't sit down for the night.

Moments after the exchange of vows, the venue's doors were thrown open and 150 guests spilled out onto Tchoupitoulas Street, where a New ...Read more

Editorial: Vaping sales are down? That's a good thing

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Maryland vape shop owners, much like their counterparts across the country, are distressed. They've seen the popularity of their products decline significantly this year. Their sales have fallen as much as a fourth to a half in the last six months alone.

The "why" of this isn't hard to discern: Once regarded as a safer alternative to smoking ...Read more

Tyler Cowen: Social Security isn't doomed for younger generations

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I have good news for younger generations worried that they won't be able to claim their Social Security benefits because we older generations have ripped them off and will be leaving nothing behind: Your fears are unfounded.

Don't just take my word for it. Consider the work of my colleague Charles Blahous at the Mercatus Center at George Mason ...Read more

Editorial: 2019 has given us yet more examples of the inherent injustice of capital punishment

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Since the beginning of the year, seven states have executed 19 men convicted of murder. That ranks among the lowest annual execution totals since the practice resumed in 1976 after a U.S. Supreme Court decision, according to statistics maintained by the Death Penalty Information Center. But it's only November, so there's still time for more. In ...Read more

Commentary: The more outrageous the lie, the better it is for Facebook's bottom line

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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, has an easy justification for his decision to run political ads on the platform no matter what lies they tell. He doesn't want to play censor, so it's up to the public to decide what's true and what's false.

Twitter took a different path. Rather than promote or police false claims in political ads, it decided to...Read more

Dahleen Glanton: Donald Trump might be delusional about lots of things, but it's crazy to think blacks will vote for him

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Donald Trump has embarked on a halfhearted campaign to recruit African American support in 2020. Even a president who shuns reality knows it's ridiculous for Republicans to spend a lot of energy on black voters.

And for Trump, it's worthless.

Perhaps that is why his "Black Voices for Trump" rally in Atlanta on Friday seemed so disingenuous. ...Read more

Patricia Murphy: How America's mayor became America's State Department

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With friends like Rudy Giuliani, who needs the State Department? Not Donald Trump. And as long as we're on the subject, who needs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee? Or the full Senate? Or any of the other pillars of the U.S. government that were created to both support and oversee the executive branch.

The Senate Foreign Relations panel ...Read more

Commentary: Ending DACA without a legislative solution is bad for Dreamers, bad for our nation and bad politics

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While impeachment inquiries rage on and the 2020 race heightens, we need not forget the policy battles we've been fighting for years that affect Americans, regardless of immigration status, each and every day.

Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program has shielded young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children ...Read more

Editorial: More than blue and red on the political map

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A cluster of suburban Philadelphia counties and a rural South Jersey legislative district became overnight sensations last week as national political pundits painted a blue tsunami centered in Delaware County and a red glare around Cape May, mostly in shades of Donald Trump. While political prognosticators were quick to cast portents for the ...Read more

Stuart Rothenberg: Progressives are going to have to pick: Sanders or Warren?

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Only a few months from now, populist Democratic progressives around the country hoping to elect one of their own to the White House will need to choose between Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Do they back the angry Democratic socialist, or the feisty, anti-corporate populist who wants to break up the ...Read more

Commentary: Adam Schiff is becoming the Kenneth Starr of the Trump impeachment inquiry

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Even before his ill-advised mockery of President Trump's request for "a favor" from new Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) was seen by Republicans as blinded by bias against Trump. And now that Schiff is leading the initial phase of the House impeachment inquiry, he has become ...Read more

Will Bunch: OK Bloomberg: What panicked billionaires don't get about a nation that made them so rich

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On a dark and drizzly autumn evening almost exactly eight years ago, Michael Bloomberg revealed his true colors to the world. It was Oct. 1, 2011, and the then-New York City mayor -- having used some of his $53 billion fortune to simply go around the law meant to bar his third term -- was down in Washington performing the role of enlightened ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: 20 years in, Temple's program in China teaches 'rule of law' amid tensions between Beijing and Washington

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BEIJING -- On every visit I've made to China, I've looked at issues connected with rule of law, a concept interpreted very differently here and in the USA.

On this trip, I decided to check out a joint program between Temple University and the law school at Tsinghua University, one of China's finest, a program that is celebrating its 20th ...Read more

Editorial: The impeachment stonewall

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As the House's impeachment inquiry enters a public phase this week, investigators have a problem. Potentially crucial witnesses, including acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security advisor John Bolton, have declined to testify. Mulvaney, who remains director of the Office of Management and Budget, failed to ...Read more


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