Francis Wilkinson: Democrats need to start a real fight on guns

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Perhaps last week's gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, will turn the red tide. The kids seem to be taking matters in their own trembling hands, planning a gun-violence march and calling out the politicians, including Florida Governor Rick Scott and the president whose election benefited from $30 million in...Read more

Albert R. Hunt: Pennsylvania is now key to a Democratic House

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Democrats took a big step closer to their goal of winning control of the U.S. House this year, thanks to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. On Monday, the court, which had earlier ruled that the current congressional district lines in the state unfairly gave Republicans an overwhelming advantage, redrew the boundaries in a way that it said was more...Read more

Commentary: Do-nothing politicians on wrong side of gun reform battle

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As a statewide candidate for chief financial officer of Florida, I will be using much of my platform to call for sensible gun reform. I have a statewide voice and I plan on using it.

This one hit home. Marjory Stoneman Douglas is one mile from where I raise my children. I knew students and families effected by this senseless tragedy.

While ...Read more

Commentary: Will coffee come with a cancer warning?

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How do you like your cup of cancer in the morning? I take mine with fake sugar and skim milk. Lame, I know. But there's no accounting for taste in carcinogens. Or, in this case, coffee.

You've probably seen the bemused headlines: "Coffee in California may soon come with a spoonful of cancer warnings." There's wacky California, doing its ...Read more

Robin Abcarian: No good vibes in the Trump marriage

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America asks a lot of its first couples. Fairly or not, they become national marital role models. We don't really care if they have separate bedrooms, but we do expect them to demonstrate a certain amount of mutual respect and fondness for each other.

We like it when they seem to be in love, like George and Laura Bush, or Barack and Michelle ...Read more

Commentary: Americans are increasingly unwilling to listen to the 'elites' who know what they're talking about

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Americans increasingly deride experts, and reject expert advice because we equate expertise with elitism and snobbery. And yet we're lucky to live among them, even if we only tend to appreciate their advice when something goes wrong, at which point we have no choice but to depend on their knowledge.

The day after Christmas, I was standing in ...Read more

Commentary: Why we need a consoler in chief

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It used to be an American ritual, like the State of the Union address only grimmer and far more frequent. Shots would ring out: at a movie theater, a nightclub, a church, a school, a school, a school. Bodies would be counted. And then, not too long after, President Obama would speak. Sometimes, he would cry.

Although I served as a White House ...Read more

Editorial: Missouri's rural way of life threatened by more than wind power

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Missouri is stifling efforts to bring wind power sweeping down the plains from Kansas to Indiana and into the grid beyond. State Public Service Commission regulators have invoked a controversial court ruling that says wind transmission lines must be approved by each individual county along their path.

The ruling gives some of the state's least ...Read more

Editorial: New food stamp proposal a big box of nothing

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A budget proposal released by President Trump last week called for replacing part of federal food stamp spending with boxes of groceries to be delivered directly to participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The so-called U.S. Harvest Boxes would include canned and dried food like vegetables and pasta, and items like ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: T-shirts, f-bombs and responding to Trump in kind

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Of all the repugnant cultural phenomena "normalized" by our current political moment, our collective inability to speak to other people with whom we disagree with respect and civility -- and without flagrant use of the f-word -- has got to be one of the worst.

Andy Ternay would probably disagree.

He's the Garland, Texas, man who walked into a ...Read more

Editorial: UC San Diego debate over Woody Allen belongs on campus

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At a 2015 town hall in Des Moines, Iowa, President Barack Obama offered an impassioned defense of college as a place where open debate and free speech should be treasured. "Anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them," the former University of Chicago law professor said. "But you shouldn't ...Read more

Editorial: Ending opioid crisis requires as many solutions as it has victims

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Opioid addiction has reached into every community, every socioeconomic group, and innumerable families. Fatal opioid overdoses took more than 42,000 lives in 2016, a staggering number that grows faster than coroners can count the victims. Once the final figures are calculated for 2017, national and local body counts are expected to surge even ...Read more

Editorial: FBI let us down — and 17 are now dead

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The horrifying news broadened two days after Nikolas Cruz, armed with an AR-15 entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland and slaughtered 14 students and three teachers and injured several more.

In a stunning admission, the FBI announced Friday that a person close to Cruz contacted the department on Jan. 5 to report concerns about...Read more

Dave Hyde: Listen to the Douglas students — they offer America hope

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Just listen to them. They're so remarkable.

They're Ariana Ortega, at the funeral of her friend Alexander Schatcher, saying, "We're here to make change. We don't want another community going through this."

They're Christine Yared, writing an op-ed column in the New York Times under the headline, "Don't Let My Classmates' Deaths Be in Vain."

...Read more

Commentary: For Florida schoolchildren, a day of violence and fear; for Baltimore schoolchildren, a way of life

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BALTIMORE -- Listen to the kids from Parkland about gun violence, but listen to the kids in Baltimore, too.

Since the killing of 17 students, teachers and coaches at a Florida high school on Wednesday, many brave students who survived have spoken out about the need for change. As victims of the psychological and emotional damage that always ...Read more

Leonid Bershidsky: Mr. Trump, I'm Russian and I'm not laughing

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"They are laughing their asses off in Moscow," President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday as part of his damage control after 13 Russian Facebook trolls were indicted for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Really?

Some Russians -- including the man who runs the indicted troll factory -- are indeed laughing, but I'm one Russian who isn't....Read more

David Zurawik: Tech-empowered Parkland students are changing the rules of mass-shooting coverage for the better

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One of the major media stories from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week was the way students used technology to cover the story as it unfolded and are now using social media to play a major role in shaping the national conversation about it.

They are also showing the kind of moral leadership...Read more

Albert R. Hunt: Republican candidates face a dilemma on Trump

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Unlike this year's U.S. Senate races, which are mainly being fought in Trump-friendly states, many of the most contested House electoral battles are for Republican-held seats in more Democratic-leaning places.

That enhances the odds of Democrats winning control of the House and presents a dilemma for Republican incumbents: Do they strike some ...Read more

John M. Crisp: Another sanctimonious plan to patronize the poor

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Several words came to mind when I considered the budget that President Trump submitted to Congress recently. One of them was "sanctimony."

Sanctimony used to be synonymous with holiness, but in modern usage, it refers to "affected or hypocritical holiness." So sanctimony is to holiness as self-righteousness is to righteousness, that is, the ...Read more

George Skelton: No one becomes a mass shooter without a mass-shooting gun

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Look, it's really simple: Mass shootings will continue in this country until we finally ban mass-shooting weapons.

The more bullets a gun can fire rapidly, the more people will die.

Pretty basic stuff. We don't need to twist elementary logic into a contortion.

Anyone who doesn't understand this is probably a firearms ...Read more


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