Commentary: The art of Melania Trump's green jacket

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Melania Trump just gave the world a lesson in the ambiguity of clothing as a language -- even when it contains literal words.

On Thursday, the first lady boarded a plane wearing an olive-green Zara jacket with graffiti-style writing on the back that read "I really don't care do U?" The former fashion model understands the substance of style, ...Read more

Michael Hiltzik: The truth about 'zero tolerance': It doesn't work and always leads to disaster

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The policy of "zero tolerance" has been prominent in the news lately, and not in a good way.

Imposed by the Trump administration on immigrant crossings, it is the root cause of the humanitarian disaster unfolding on our southern border, where children are being ripped away from their families and lost in a bureaucratic chaos.

To scholars of ...Read more

Commentary: I was separated from my parents 50 years ago. The trauma has marked the rest of my life

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Over 50 years ago, when I was a 14-month-old toddler, I was involuntarily separated from my parents. I was so young that I have no memories of those 11 days in a children's hospital. Deep down, however, I carry the ineradicable sadness of that experience to this day.

The part of that small child still inside me wants to bear witness. Despite ...Read more

Melinda Henneberger: Doctor-assisted suicide is contagious, too. Why aren't we sounding the alarm?

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For decades, we've known that suicide is contagious and that how we talk about it matters. Now, we're at least starting to see how crucial it is to honor the lives of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain without perseverating ghoulishly on how they died.

Though it's no easy thing, we've got to find a way to destigmatize without normalizing and to ...Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: Donald Trump's reputation has nothing to lose

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Presidents -- normal presidents -- care deeply about their professional reputations. Donald Trump showed again this week that he's different, and it's quite possible it was costly to him on policies he seems to care about.

I'm not really talking here about the communications fiasco surrounding the administration's family separation policy. A ...Read more

Editorial: Supreme Court and online sales taxes: Common sense wins out

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The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to allow states to impose sales taxes on online purchases by their residents is a triumph of common sense.

Factions didn't break along the usual ideological divide. It was striking to see both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas -- arguably the court's most liberal and conservative members, respectively...Read more

Heidi Stevens: But if you really do care … writer uses Melania Trump's jacket to raise funds for immigrants

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While the world debates the meaning of first lady Melania Trump's "I really don't care, do u?" jacket, Chicago writer Parker Molloy is seizing on the uproar to raise money for groups that help immigrant families detained at the southern border.

"Since Melania Trump's jacket said 'I really don't care' ... I set up http://ireallydocare.com," ...Read more

Editorial: Cigarettes. Drunken driving. Next: Guns?

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One of the greatest public health triumphs of the last century impressively still gains momentum: Millions of Americans have quit smoking -- and more will follow.

Smoking among adults hit a record low in 2017 -- to about 14 percent from nearly 16 percent a year earlier. The smoking rate has dropped for so long that we've come to expect it every...Read more

Editorial: Trump tacitly admits lie about splitting families

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It was a lie all along.

For over a month, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that the law required him to separate children from parents arrested at the border. He said that Democrats were to blame.

But there was no such law. On Wednesday, facing national outcry, Trump issued an executive order to keep the families together. It was a tacit...Read more

Editorial: Judge hands Kobach's voter fraud claims a stinging defeat

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who led the short-lived national embarrassment that was President Donald Trump's Commission on Election Integrity, suffered his own dual major embarrassment this week: A federal judge threw out a 2013 Kansas law championed by Kobach that requires voters to prove citizenship before casting a ballot. Judge ...Read more

Nancy Kaffer: Melania Trump's jacket is the Trump administration

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When I read reports that first lady Melania Trump, en route to visit immigrant kids detained at the border, wore a jacket that read "I REALLY DON'T CARE DO U" I thought it was, like, an implication. Not, you know, literal.

Turns out the first lady is just tone deaf enough to wear a jacket with those exact words in giant letters on the back, ...Read more

Editorial: C'mon, everyone knew this internet tax loophole was unfair

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Buying stuff online is an easy option that sometimes comes with an extra discount: no sales tax. That unfair advantage for web retailers was called out Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court in a decision that should help level the playing field between bricks-and-mortar and internet-based sellers.

If you enjoyed the illicit thrill of avoiding the ...Read more

Editorial: The Supreme Court didn't raise your online tax bill. It just helped make sure you actually pay it

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The Supreme Court struck an important blow for fairness Thursday when it ruled that a state could require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if they had no offices or employees within its borders. But before you can understand what the ruling did, you have to understand what it did not do.

The divided court's opinion in South Dakota ...Read more

Editorial: Mortality, fertility research: When dry numbers have stark implications

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Dry-sounding studies based on academics sifting through U.S. health statistics may not sound like headline news. But that's not the case for a new study released by the Applied Population Lab. Researchers found that in more than half of the 50 states, more whites died than were born in 2016.

This finding has at least three huge takeaways.

The ...Read more

Commentary: What the dismantling of the Berlin Wall can teach us as Trump tries to build his wall

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VENICE, Italy -- In 1962, two men from East Berlin attempted a daring escape to the West. Peter Fechter and Helmut Kulbeik were young -- all of 18. On Aug. 17, the pair slipped away from their construction jobs during their lunch break and made their way to the border, hiding in an old factory near the Checkpoint Charlie crossing of the Berlin ...Read more

Albert R. Hunt: Mondale to Democrats: Win back the House or else

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Walter Mondale has some advice for his fellow Democrats: Focus all your energy on this fall's congressional contests, not the 2020 presidential race, because if you don't retake the House of Representatives first, you'll probably be dead two years later.

"The November elections are fateful," the former vice president and U.S. senator said when ...Read more

Heidi Stevens: Before summer playdates, ask if there are unlocked guns, pediatricians recommend

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Before your child goes into a friend's house this summer, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants you to ask whether any unlocked guns are present.

The group of 66,000 pediatric specialists designated Thursday as ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day, in an attempt to curb gun injuries and deaths, which happen at an alarming rate in the United States. ...Read more

Christine M. Flowers: People think they know what I believe because I'm a conservative columnist. They're wrong

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PHILADELPHIA -- Earlier this week, a producer from a local television station called to inquire if I would like to come on and defend the separation of parents and children at the border. I politely replied, "No, thank you."

I couldn't figure out how, after everything that I had written on the topic, they could ask me to publicly advocate for a...Read more

Commentary: Trump's order to end his family separation policy was purely political — not a change of heart

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The heart-rending sound of children crying for their mothers and the disturbing sight of little kids confined in wire cages are more powerful than any president.

No national policy is worth ripping weeping toddlers from their parents' arms and placing them in custody, and most people instinctively understand that -- even ...Read more

Commentary: Why imprison immigrants at all?

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The Trump administration, shamed by the national outcry over separating children from their asylum-seeking parents at the border, has capitulated. The president Wednesday signed an executive order to end that brutal practice -- and instead could imprison children alongside their parents indefinitely.

The question Americans need to ask ...Read more


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