Commentary: What should Democrats do now? Two columnists slug it out

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It seems as though we’re at a hinge point in our country’s history.

Or, at the least, living through some very strange and scary times.

A former president who talks about suspending the Constitution and criminally prosecuting his foes is again knocking at the White House door. The current occupant is facing unprecedented calls within his ...Read more

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Mary Ellen Klas: Jill Biden has some explaining to do

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As President Joe Biden continues to be almost as scarce on the campaign trail as his rival, attention is turning to the increasingly prominent role his wife is playing. First Lady Jill Biden has gone beyond the role of protector-in-chief. She’d better get used to the scrutiny and be prepared to answer some questions.

Jill Biden, 73, has long ...Read more

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Lionel Laurent: Who will lead France out of this mess? Nobody

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The author Stefan Zweig once wrote that European politics has for centuries been a struggle between two schools of leadership: The common good espoused by humanist Erasmus, and a more self-interested pursuit of power promoted by Machiavelli. It’s the former that France desperately needs to embrace if it’s going to break the gridlock of a ...Read more

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Commentary: US immigration court ruling on statelessness could have wide impact

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I feel like I have been born again, after a U.S. immigration court made a remarkable ruling in my “statelessness” case in June. I hope that my case will have significant, broader implications for other stateless people in America.

Being stateless means no country will claim you as a citizen. We don't belong anywhere. Stateless people are ...Read more

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Editorial: One candidate is patently unfit for the White House. It's not Biden

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Democrats are in crisis at the moment, divided over whether President Joe Biden should stay in the race after his disastrous debate last month or clear the way for another, younger candidate.

Biden’s shaky performance raised concerns about whether he can win in November, and prompted calls from prominent Democrats, columnists and others for ...Read more

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Commentary: Lego was my son's world. It took me decades to see why -- and to join him there

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Six decades after the age when most people do, I’ve become obsessed with Lego. My gateway drug was a set reminiscent of an ice cream truck. Like many parents, I was trying something new as a way to connect with one of my kids. Unlike many parents, in my case the kid in question was an adult, and I was building a set that he had designed.

My ...Read more


Commentary: It's not just hype. AI could revolutionize diagnosis in medicine

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The history of medical diagnosis is a march through painstaking observation. Ancient Egyptian physicians first diagnosed urinary tract infections by observing patterns in patients’ urine. To diagnose diseases of the heart and lungs, medieval doctors added core elements of the physical examination: pulse, palpation and percussion. The 20th ...Read more

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Mary McNamara: If the Democrats want Biden to drop out, they should follow Pelosi's lead, not Clooney's

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I love George Clooney. As an actor. As a director. As an activist, tequila producer and Nespresso spokesman. I would consider him a friend, if I knew him, and I believe in him. He has a place on Lake Como and a private island in the Thames, for heaven's sake. Clearly, he's doing something right.

That does not, however, extend to his opinion ...Read more

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Steve Lopez: These doctors believe Biden has a neurological disorder. So what now?

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President Joe Biden keeps pushing back.

He's not going anywhere, he defiantly insists, and claims he feels just fine.

But I've been hearing from doctors who saw Biden muddle through the June 27 debate and think he's anything but fine. One of them told me he's certain Biden is suffering from a movement disorder for which there is no cure.

A ...Read more

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Steve Lopez: 'Retire and go back under a rock': Biden loyalists push back on my call for Joe to get tested

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Just like the man they stand behind, backers of President Joe Biden can be a feisty bunch.

Even as more prominent supporters jump ship — Hollywood high rollers George Clooney and Rob Reiner say it's time for Biden to step aside, and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped short of saying she wants Biden to stay in the race — true ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: Step aside, Joe. It's time

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If Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee this fall against Donald Trump, my vote for him would be the easiest I've ever cast.

And yet, I've now joined those who believe Biden should end his bid for reelection. I wish he'd take a well-deserved bow, and help unite his party at its convention next month around a younger, more vibrant nominee who ...Read more

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Commentary: Will Trump's conviction survive the Supreme Court's immunity ruling? It's complicated

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It was only hours after the Supreme Court issued its staggering term-ending opinion on presidential immunity when Donald Trump invoked it in an attempt to set aside his criminal conviction in New York.

On the surface, the effort would seem ill-fated and even brazen.

The opinion made a top-line distinction between “official actions” — ...Read more

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Commentary: California will finally have indoor heat standards for workplaces -- with a cruel exception

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A state board recently voted unanimously to create long-awaited indoor heat standards for California workers. After a final legal review, that will mean protections for millions of people with jobs in warehouses, kitchens and other workplaces that are getting dangerously hot as the climate warms.

The board made one glaring exception, however �...Read more


Editorial: Europe can't afford the far right's fiscal idiocy

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The European Union faces a daunting challenge over the next five years: Get public finances in order while mustering the investment needed to confront a growing array of common challenges, not least the clean energy transition.

The task will require a level of discipline and cooperation that is anathema to the hard-right populists who, after a ...Read more


Commentary: Feeling the financial pinch? Here's why

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If you’re facing a cost-of-living crisis, you’re not alone. Three-quarters of Americans agree with you, saying they don’t feel financially secure today, according to a new report. The prices of necessities like housing, food and transportation have exploded so much over the last three and a half years that a family needs an annual income ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: Anthony Fauci's memoir strikes a crucial blow against the disinformation agents who imperil our health

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Just after Thanksgiving 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci visited a high school in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. His goal was to promote the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in a primarily Black community, where vaccine rates were lower than in the rest of the capital.

Fauci was joined by Barack Obama — the fifth of the seven presidents he ...Read more

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Trudy Rubin: Ukraine's 'Birdie,' freed from captivity, recalls the horrors Russia inflicted on female POWs

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KYIV, Ukraine — It was almost impossible to associate the red-haired young woman I met in a café with her experiences in the innermost circle of Russian hell. But the memories of deaths, torture, beatings, and sexual violence, witnessed and experienced, clearly haunted her even as she spoke calmly and occasionally laughed.

Kateryna ...Read more


COUNTERPOINT: The economy, threats to democracy are top issues

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Recent polls show that the economy is still chosen by more voters than any other issue as the most important issue in this election. A Washington Post/Schar School survey shows this to be true also for the swing voters in the swing states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — the people who are the most likely to...Read more

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POINT: Military readiness is a crucial election issue

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As the 2024 presidential election approaches, a critical issue remains largely unaddressed: the alarming deficiencies in the U.S. military.

Political debates about the extent of our engagement in foreign conflicts — whether in support of Ukraine, Israel or the defense of Taiwan — assume that the United States has the necessary hard power. ...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: The Supreme Court has stacked the deck for MAGA

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It’s wrong to view the Supreme Court’s ruling in the aptly titled Trump v. United States, its Constitution-torching invitation to authoritarian rule, as a decision without precedent. It’s just that Supreme Court precedents don’t necessarily roll quite like they used to.

The ruling, which establishes that a president can’t be ...Read more



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