Editorial: Argentina's Milei must show he can govern

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Argentina’s new president-elect, Javier Milei, met officials from President Joe Biden’s administration in Washington last week. Having campaigned as a Trump-style scourge of the elite, who sees climate change as a “socialist lie,” he said closer alignment with the U.S. will shape his foreign policy and that he was “very comfortable” ...Read more


Commentary: Ukrainians won't submit to Russian rule. The horrors of the Holodomor help explain why

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The last Saturday in November this year marked Holodomor Memorial Day, the 90th anniversary of the Great Famine when Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s autocratic regime ruthlessly starved 4 million Ukrainians to death.

This horrific event is part of the historic backdrop shaping Ukraine’s response to Russia’s war. This experience is why, even ...Read more


Commentary: A Gen Zer offers advice to President Joe Biden as he gears up for his reelection bid

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If Joe Biden wins in 2024, he will make history by being the oldest person elected to the presidency. That month, he’ll turn 82. There is no shortage of people who doubt Biden’s ability to campaign. Polls and pundits are quick to connect Biden’s age with low approval numbers.

Even the former chief strategist for Barack Obama when he ran ...Read more


Tyler Cowen: The YIMBY movement needs to go commercial

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The YIMBY movement has so far focused on the deregulation of the residential housing market. In California, for instance, a variety of legal changes have made it easier to build more densely. In the commercial market, there is no real YIMBY movement — and not just because offices tend not to have backyards. What would “Yes in My Backyard” ...Read more

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Editorial: DeSantis team's cruel words about trans student athlete embarrass Florida

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It was with unnecessary and great cruelty that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration weighed in on the removal of five employees at a Broward County high school over a transgender female athlete’s participation in sports.

DeSantis has gone above and beyond to vilify LGBTQ+ people in the past two years, except this time the perceived enemy isn�...Read more

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Commentary: Just ask Taylor Swift: Data make the case for movie theaters versus streaming

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The rise of streaming platforms has forced Hollywood to question everything — and the uncertainty grows more urgent now that the strikes are over and film projects are resuming. Recent research points toward some answers.

We studied IMDb user review data from the two years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic and found that for 86% of major ...Read more


Commentary: How to break the cycle of aiding Gaza only to see it destroyed again

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I arrived in Palestine and Israel just months after Hamas’ election victory. It was July 2006, and Israel’s first Gaza war (with Hamas) and second Lebanon war (with Hezbollah) were just finishing. My wife and I were living in East Jerusalem, where our two kids would learn to walk and over the years form indelible memories in Israel and the ...Read more


Commentary: Universities' shifting policies toward speech are not only hypocritical but also illegal

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The acrimonious discourse around the Oct. 7 atrocities against Israelis and Israel’s response to the Hamas attack is causing havoc in higher education. Not only have universities, thus far, failed to punish student speech celebrating the killing of Israelis, but universities also have sought to render such speech costless for students by ...Read more

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Editorial: California Gov. Gavin Newsom trounced Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on his own turf

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Abraham Lincoln vs. Stephen Douglas it was not.

Thursday night’s debate between two of America’s best-known governors — Democrat Gavin Newsom of California and Florida Republican Ron DeSantis — was intended to be a prime-time look at the sharp red-blue political divide in this nation.

But host Sean Hannity and Fox News executives set ...Read more

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Martin Schram: Covering Kissinger's century

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President Richard Nixon was work-vacationing in his Western White House estate at San Clemente and not far away, the White House press corps was about to be briefed by the world’s most famous anonymous authority on all foreign policies.

Which is to say, another ritual Vietnam War policy/press corps kabuki was about to start.

It began the ...Read more

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Editorial: In debate with Newsom, how could DeSantis lose? Hannity pitched him nothing but softballs

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Fox News host Sean Hannity set Gavin Newsom up, and let Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis knock him down. The duo ganged up on California’s governor and, unfortunately, Newsom sometimes responded with weak defenses. But we give him credit: He was game for a fight Hannity and DeSantis were determined he wouldn’t win. He was articulate and quick-...Read more

Mark Z. Barabak: 'That's a lie!' 'You are just jabbering!' It was heat and not much light in Newsom-DeSantis debate

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The prodigiously hyped debate between Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis was never going to be more than a diversion, a brief sideshow running parallel to the main attraction — the actual campaign for the White House.

California's Democratic governor is not a candidate for president, as he has oft stated and reiterated several more times Thursday ...Read more

Robin Abcarian: How did Gov. Newsom fare against his Florida rival, Gov. DeSantis?

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What the hell was that?

Ostensibly, Thursday's debate between California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is not running for president, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is, was supposed to be an exploration of the ideological differences between the two chief executives.

After all, one is the embodiment of progressive, blue-state policies and a high-...Read more

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Mark Gongloff: Do 70,000 people really need to be at a climate confab?

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How many people do you think it takes to hammer out a global climate agreement? 500? 5,000? 50,000?

Apparently, the correct answer is 70,000. That’s about how many people are expected to turn up in Dubai over the next few weeks for COP28, the latest United Nations climate confab, which started on Thursday. This is up from 49,704 at COP27 ...Read more

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Commentary: What if Israel took a different route after 10/7 than the US did following 9/11?

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Sept. 11, the day in 2001 that terrorist attacks took the lives of 3,000 people and injured twice as many, is embedded in American memory. Like Dec. 7, 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, it is a day of infamy in this country. But what has disappeared from public consciousness, despite its having been momentous in its own right, is Sept. 12,...Read more

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Anita Chabria: Are immigrants better off in Texas or California? It's complicated

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America Ramirez Lomeli, named for the Mexican soccer team, did everything right as an immigrant.

Growing up in California's capital, she excelled in school. She volunteered, racking up more than 2,000 hours of extracurriculars by the time she graduated. She collected toys for the children's hospital that helped her brother after he fell from a ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: Is America cheating its children to subsidize old people? Refuting a common falsehood

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Whether it's because the current partisan environment has us fixated on age in America, or because everyone is seeking an explanation for Americans' discontent with a growing economy, or for some other reason, an old yarn about a generational war in the country has been making the rounds lately.

Over just the last four weeks, the idea that ...Read more

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Editorial: President's inflation rhetoric revives tired old standby

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As President Joe Biden founders in the polls, he’s decided to revive a hackneyed progressive standby: The rampant inflation Americans have experienced under his administration is actually the fault of evil corporations.

“Let me be clear,” Biden said Monday. “To any corporation that has not brought their prices back down — even as ...Read more

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Editorial: Another court decision weakens the Voting Rights Act. Will the Supreme Court right this wrong?

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A federal appeals court panel handed down a decision last week that would hobble enforcement of the Voting Rights Act by holding that only the U.S. attorney general, not aggrieved citizens, can file lawsuits to enforce one of the landmark civil rights law’s key protections. The Supreme Court, which has a checkered history when it comes to ...Read more

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Editorial: All over the map: India assassination plot against US citizen breaches international order

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In a federal indictment this week, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Damian Williams unveiled an indictment against Nikhil Gupta, an alleged Indian narcotics trafficker who prosecutors say had attempted to hire a hitman— who turned out to be an undercover federal agent — to assassinate Sikh separatist leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a U.S. citizen. ...Read more



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