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Doyle McManus: Kabul's fall was a debacle, but long-term impact hasn't been as catastrophic as feared

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WASHINGTON — One year ago, as President Joe Biden was withdrawing the last American troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban swept into Kabul and abruptly brought a 20-year, $2.3 trillion U.S. war to an ignominious end.

It was Biden’s worst foreign policy failure, and prompted warnings that more catastrophes would follow: not only the tragedy ...Read more

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Commentary: A Kansas-like abortion vote in SC? Republicans won't do it, and Democrats shouldn't

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South Carolina Republicans didn’t need Kansas to tell them that most people, even in blood-red states, support legalized abortion.

The failed Kansas referendum to constitutionally ban abortion showed Palmetto State Republicans that they need to keep doing what they’re already doing: Ignoring reality, making life worse for a chunk of South ...Read more

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Commentary: What international rankings leave out

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When attempting to make sense of the news, comparing different countries can inform how we think about political problems and possible solutions. Yet international comparisons can be quite misleading.

The World Happiness Report, an annual survey that asks people across the world how happy they are, is an illustrative case in point. The 2022 ...Read more

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Commentary: Politicians have failed to deal with gun violence. Give medical officials a chance

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The past three months have seen mass shootings of schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas, and July Fourth celebrants in Highland Park, Illinois. Cries for greater gun control to stop such avoidable, premature deaths grow after each event. President Joe Biden recently signed a gun control measure into law, but overall, little substantive change has ...Read more

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Commentary: What can cities do when bad gun laws are hurting the economy?

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Bad gun laws have claimed yet another victim, but not the kind you might be thinking of. This year’s Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta was recently canceled because the organizers believed Georgia law did not allow them to prohibit firearms at the event. The cancellation might have saved lives, but it cost the local economy an estimated $50 ...Read more

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John M. Crisp: First, let's stop calling it a raid

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If you search the internet for the term “raid,” two results precede all others: The second one refers to the popular bug-killing product Raid, which has been almost synonymous with the term “insecticide” since 1956.

The first is the execution last week of an FBI search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s seaside mansion Mar-a-...Read more

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Commentary: Sunshine in the heartland

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On Aug. 2, staid, conservative Kansas gave the United States one of the biggest jolts in an election season in which Democratic disaster and Republican ascension had been such an accepted fact that left-wing media’s denial of inevitability sounded more like prayer. President Joe Biden’s approval rating was lower than Donald Trump’s, ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: The Mar-a-Lago raid points to larger issues than itself

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One day, when he wasn’t around, a couple of the only FBI agents who were friends with former President Donald Trump raided Attorney General Merrick Garland’s office to produce evidence that he knew some of his actions had been unconstitutional, or so goes a made-up tale of mine. Hey, you can’t do that, screeched other FBI and Secret ...Read more

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Matthew Yglesias: Democrats are pulling ahead of Republicans, just in time for midterms

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When Democrats pulled ahead of Republicans recently in broad averages on the generic ballot, I didn’t believe it. We’ve seen many large polling errors in Democrats’ favor in recent years, a 50-50 House vote would defy the historical trend toward the incumbent president’s party facing backlash in the midterms, and Joe Biden’s low ...Read more

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Editorial: Trump's antics made us so numb, we learned to ignore almost anything. But not this time

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This is different.

We’ve become so numb, so accustomed to the sliding scale of right and wrong practiced by Donald Trump that it can be hard to see where the line is anymore.

But the news coming out of Mar-a-Lago after the FBI search is appalling. Our ex-president, according to the documents released Friday, is being investigated for ...Read more

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Editorial: A cowardly attack on Salman Rushdie and free speech

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New York’s Chautauqua Institution describes itself as “a community of artists, educators, thinkers, faith leaders and friends dedicated to exploring the best in humanity.”

On Friday morning, the worst in humanity came calling on Chautauqua, New York, when an assailant rushed the stage and attacked the great author Salman Rushdie, stabbing...Read more

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Helen Ubiñas: Grief over gun violence is weighing down Philly students

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PHILADELPHIA — In a couple of weeks, Jessica Blair’s three sons will walk into their Philadelphia schools with fresh haircuts, new backpacks, and crisp outfits.

But they will also carry with them something else: the grim and invisible burden of having witnessed Blair’s partner and the father of her two younger boys fight for his life ...Read more

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Bobby Ghosh: Bolton plot should be a warning on Iran nuclear talks

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The Iranian regime has a long, dishonorable history of assassination plots against dissidents and detractors abroad, but commissioning a hit against a former U.S. national security adviser represents a raising of the bar in brazenness. The revelation that a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps attempted to have John Bolton murdered �...Read more

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Commentary: In Kenya, cautious optimism for the country's presidential election

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Kenyans went to the polls on Tuesday to vote in a highly anticipated presidential election, as well as dozens of contests for governors, senators, and other positions across the country. The outcome won’t just matter to Kenyans either. The fraught East African region looks to Kenya as a source of stability, so its neighbors are eager to see ...Read more

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Editorial: A pro-police reform official gets fired. Is City Hall truly committed to fixing CPD?

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Reforming this city’s police force within the framework of the federally mandated consent decree should never become a second tier priority. A recent personnel move at the department suggests it already has.

Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown recently fired Robert Boik, CPD’s executive director of constitutional policing ...Read more

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Trudy Rubin: Ukraine's civilian volunteers work to give aid and rebuild, even as Russia continues to bomb them

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KHARKIV, Ukraine — Here is a critical reason why Vladimir Putin has failed to crush Ukraine: Its civilians are fighting back with an army of volunteers.

All across the country, groups of ordinary Ukrainians are helping to feed or house refugees displaced from the Donbas, raising funds to buy flak jackets or drones for military units without ...Read more

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Editorial: Conservation alone won't solve California's water crisis. We need more infrastructure.

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The question persists even though it shouldn't: Can California conserve its way out of this drought?

The answer is clearly no. But then again, if water policy in California were as clear as water itself, Jake Gittes would never have been told to "forget it."

Oh, conservation can help. That's why Gov. Gavin Newsom has called on Californians ...Read more

Martin Schram: Defund the no-longer law-and-order party!

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Suddenly, news screens throughout our land are flooding us with new fears. Once again, it feels like we may be trapped in a reoccurring national nightmare that threatens to divide us and shatter our democracy.

It all seems frightening, yet familiar – like a melding of the shocking violence of Jan. 6 and the looping lunacy of Groundhog Day.

...Read more

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Driverless trucks can be safe and efficient

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Long-haul trucking has always been a tough job that keeps drivers away from their families for days and sometimes weeks. It’s no wonder there’s a perennial shortage of them. The pool of available drivers is aging — the median age is about 46 and climbing — and the industry is struggling to attract younger people to get behind the wheel ...Read more

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Editorial: Gov. DeSantis' missed opportunity on the Mar-a-Lago raid

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“The raid against MAL (Mar-a-Lago) is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.” — Gov. Ron DeSantis in a recent tweet ...Read more

 

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