Editorial: Caging immigrant children alongside their parents isn't much of a solution

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The nation should be thankful that President Donald Trump finally came to his senses and ended the inhumane and traumatizing practice of separating children from their immigrant parents who illegally enter the United States. Facing an extraordinary backlash not just from Democrats but from some Republicans, every living former first lady (and, ...Read more

Editorial: That's fine, U. of C., but ACT and SAT tests aren't just for colleges

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A quick pop quiz: The University of Chicago surprised the education world when it decided to A) no longer require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores; B) move to Indiana; C) stop admitting students from Canada; or D) issue each student a comfort pet.

Did you choose A? Good.

In an effort to lower barriers to admission, U. of C. has become ...Read more

Editorial: Trump helps the kids. Meanwhile, where is immigration reform?

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President Donald Trump did the right thing Wednesday by reversing course to address an immigration crisis. He issued an executive order to end his administration's inhumane practice of separating children from their parents at the southern border.

Nearly 2,000 children had been sent alone to shelters because of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ...Read more

Editorial: Illinois' ignorance about concealed carry shootings

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Since Illinois began issuing permits to carry concealed firearms in 2014, state government has generated considerable evidence of how its 265,000 permit holders use their weapons. There have been dozens of shootings by licensees. At least 11 people have been killed.

These episodes might confirm the value of armed citizens in stopping violent ...Read more

Dahleen Glanton: With Trump, U.S. has ceded the moral high ground on immigration

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It is time for America to address its own humanitarian crisis.

With more than 12,000 children being held in detention camps, our nation can no longer claim the moral high ground when it comes to refugee children.

We gave up our perch the moment we began locking up children who arrived at our doorstep fleeing violence and crime in Central ...Read more

Ann McFeatters: In November we must remember

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WASHINGTON – Donald Trump is an immoral, cruel man who is now the face of America.

When horrified Americans realized Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy meant separating migrant parents and their children, they chorused, "This is not who we are." Really?

Just as Trump alone can decide to praise North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who ...Read more

Commentary: Family relationships have long been part of the bedrock of U.S. immigration policy. Then came Trump

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Reports of young children ripped from their parents' arms at the U.S.-Mexico border are causing outrage, and rightly so. But this shocking practice is just the latest example of the Trump administration's systematic assault on bonds of love and kinship that American immigration law has long valued and protected.

"Family separation" is a tactic ...Read more

Editorial: The Supreme Court protects even the unruliest of government critics from retaliation

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Government officials who call the cops at public meetings to silence their critics can be held accountable -- even if an arrest might be justified on other grounds. That was the reassuring conclusion of a ruling by the Supreme Court this week.

Monday's 8-1 decision was a victory for Fane Lozman, the owner of a houseboat he kept at a marina ...Read more

CON: Injustice reigns as Trump's Justice Department attacks Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- The Department of Justice's decision to break with its duty to defend United States law and join in an ideological effort to continue dismantling the Affordable Care Act is simply wrong.

The legal argument calling the ACA unconstitutional is weak, the politics are tone-deaf and the results would take us back to the days when ...Read more

PRO: Obamacare's constitutionality ends when its tax ends

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WASHINGTON -- The constitutionality of Obamacare is an issue again.

Six years ago, a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld the statute in NFIB v. Sebelius, but the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 had an important effect -- whether or not intended -- on Obamacare's constitutionality.

Obamacare requires insurance companies to cover pre-...Read more

Trudy Rubin: US withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council reflects Trump hypocrisy

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How ironic that the White House chose to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday just as President Trump was manipulating the suffering of migrant children for his own political ends.

The Trump team quit the council on account of that body's fixation with Israel and inclusion of member states with wretched human rights ...Read more

Martin Schram: Watching democracy's errant watchdogs – and our enduring foundation

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Democracy's decline and fall seems aided, abetted and hastened when democracy's watchdogs fail to bark.

And sometimes they include my former colleagues in the White House press corps. Often, when President Donald Trump and his spokespeople persist in making claims that are flat-out false, our journalistic watchdogs don't seem to be up to the ...Read more

Commentary: How Russia has regressed since winning its World Cup bid

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With the World Cup underway in Russia, the host country is naturally enjoying a lot of international attention. Conspicuously absent from that coverage, however, are Moscow's many transgressions since it won the bid in 2010 to host. The Russia of 2018 probably wouldn't even get the chance.

Russia won the bid on June 8, 2010, three days before ...Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: How Democrats can defeat Trump on policy

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The family separation policy is bringing up once again a question for Democrats: How should they react to Republicans who break with President Donald Trump to some extent but fall short -- perhaps far short -- of actions they could take to defeat him?

Congressional Republicans have the capacity to defeat Trump on policy if they want to. As ...Read more

Editorial: Donald Trump's whiter America

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Of the many words Donald Trump has used in defense of his horrific policy to separate children and their parents at the border, one tweet should especially trouble Americans. It's not the tweet you think -- the repulsive one from Tuesday that said undocumented immigrants "infest our country." This one came a day before, as the heat began to ...Read more

Commentary: A roadmap for Democrats in 2018 and beyond

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Right now, in Washington and in states across the country, there is a battle over the future of America. Democrats are scrambling to find a path to victory in 2018.

Americans are looking to Democrats to stand up against the petulant, racist and phony populist rhetoric and policy coming from the White House and President Donald Trump's enablers ...Read more

Commentary: Still waiting for a gerrymander fix

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The Supreme Court once again passed up a historic opportunity to finally put some limits on partisan gerrymandering. In a pair of cases from Wisconsin and Maryland, the court declined to take on the big question: When does gerrymandering, the drawing of districts to benefit the political party in control, go so far as to be illegal?

The result ...Read more

Commentary: When it comes to food, what's in a name?

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Vegetarian interlopers are carving out a growing foothold in the meat and dairy sections of America's grocery stores, and the conventional food industry is not happy about it. Fearing substitute products that increasingly look and taste like the real thing, the beef and dairy industries recently asked the federal government to protect their once...Read more

Dan Rodricks: The bad economics of Trump's bad immigration policy

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The Trump-produced horror show at the U.S. border represents the rock-bottom of American responses to the challenge of immigration -- a cruel and immoral abuse of children for midterm political gain by a cynical president -- but it comes at the end of a long, tortured road.

For 30 years, since President Ronald Reagan's offer of amnesty and a ...Read more

Steve Lopez: They flee terrifying violence in Central America, and arrive in a country that barbarically rips children from parents

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Without warning, she dropped her head and began to cry.

Jessica, whose young son played nearby at a South Los Angeles health clinic, put her hands over her face to cover her tears.

When I asked what was wrong, she told me her husband had been ordered by Guatemalan gangsters to pay a protection tax or every member of his family would be killed....Read more

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