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Commentary: Trump's hush money trial will go to the jury soon. What's the most likely verdict?

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After 20 days, 22 witnesses and intermittent courtroom fireworks, the evidence in Donald Trump’s New York hush money trial is all in. The case will soon be in the hands of the jury.

Who holds the advantage at this critical juncture? My assessment, after attending much of the trial in person, is that it’s the prosecution’s case to lose.

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Commentary: Houston storm shows downside of forced electrification

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We live in a world with more and more devices that require charging, and nothing shows the downside of that better than the recent storm that hit Houston, where thousands of residents still lack power.

Houstonians with electric stoves can’t cook, those with electric water heaters lack hot water – and those with electric cars can’t charge ...Read more

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Commentary: The Olympics encourage democratic reflection

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The Olympics, those weeks-long extravaganzas of athletic competition that happen every four years, have long been more than just games. The Olympics, in their essence, are a stage for showcasing the best human values – like fair play, respect and the courage to strive for excellence. These ideas are not just important, they are the very fabric...Read more

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Editorial: International court wallows in moral relativism

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The International Criminal Court has taken the dangerous concept of moral relativism to new depths.

On Monday, the prosecutor for the ICC announced he will pursue criminal charges against top Israeli leaders for the Jewish state’s response to the Oct. 7 Hamas terror rampage. Karim Khan also said he would seek charges against Hamas officials ...Read more

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Column: Wegovy should be treating more than obesity

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A new analysis found that the profound benefits of Novo Nordisk’s obesity drug Wegovy for people at risk of heart attacks or strokes don’t depend on the number of the scale—cardiovascular health improves whether people lose a lot or even very little weight.

That message adds needed nuance to our understanding of the health effects of the ...Read more

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Editorial: The Libertarian Party's peculiar invitation to Donald Trump

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Former President Donald Trump is set to speak at the Libertarian Party’s National Convention on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

It’s in some sense both a big win and loss for the party. For a former president to address the party is a symbolic victory. But, on the other hand, it is a bizarre thing for the party to do given that Trump is ...Read more

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George Skelton: News business needs help in California. Is government the answer?

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Newspapers are dying. That’s old news. What’s new is that in California, they may get some state government life support.

There’s state legislation brewing that would force the largest internet platforms — like Google — to kick in money to help save journalism. These platforms are the principal villains, after ...Read more

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Commentary: An Iranian hard-liner passes from the scene. What happens next?

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On Sunday, Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s ultraconservative president, was flying home after participating in the opening of a new dam near the Iran-Azerbaijan border. But shortly after takeoff, Raisi’s helicopter went down in a mountainous area of the Iranian countryside. Once rescue teams were able to reach the crash site, it was clear that Raisi ...Read more

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Lara Williams: Flying is getting more turbulent. Airlines better buckle up

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Tens of thousands of flights take off and land without incident every day, all around the world. So when something tragic does happen, the world’s eyes become glued to the story — especially if it reveals the deadly side of an extremely common flight experience.

One man was killed and many others injured when a Singapore Airlines Ltd. ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: This is what it took to expose Sean 'Diddy' Combs' abuse of his girlfriend

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Thank God for hotel security cameras.

Last week, CNN obtained and broadcast footage of music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs brutally assaulting a young woman in the hallway of a posh Los Angeles hotel in 2016.

As the video begins, a barefoot young woman is seen fleeing down a corridor toward elevators, stopping to hurriedly put on her shoes. ...Read more

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Commentary: World community needs to put 2-state facts on the ground and give Palestinians hope

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Seven months into the man-made disaster in Gaza, very little is being done to deal with the sense of helplessness and fury that Palestinians are feeling.

International efforts to end the war in Gaza, and to ensure a hostage-prisoner exchange, continue to be blocked primarily by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The lead prosecutor of ...Read more

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Commentary: Wait times go down. Patient satisfaction goes up. What's the matter with letting apps and AI run the ER?

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My resident describes our next emergency room patient — a 32-year-old female with severe, crampy mid-abdominal pain, vomiting and occasional loose stools. The symptoms have been present for nearly a week, and there is tenderness to both sides of the upper abdomen. It could be a gallbladder problem, the resident says, hepatitis, pancreatitis, ...Read more

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Editorial: Israeli and Palestinian leaders once shared a peace prize. Now they may share war crimes charges

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It is somehow fitting that the International Criminal Court prosecutor is seeking arrest warrants against leaders of both Hamas and Israel in connection with mass slaughters carried out since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack and Israel’s response.

ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan is seeking arrest warrants for Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and ...Read more

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POINT: A call for civil rights: End colonialism in Puerto Rico

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For 107 years, Puerto Ricans have lived as second-class U.S. citizens.

Just last month, the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights’ Puerto Rico Advisory Committee released a memorandum highlighting the subjugation of Puerto Rico and revealing continuing disparities faced by its 3.2 million U.S. citizens. The memo exposed a sad yet undeniable ...Read more

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COUNTERPOINT: Puerto Rico as 51st state would pile on the debt for US, tip balance of power

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Every so often, whether Puerto Rico should be granted statehood becomes a hot topic, especially inside D.C.'s Beltway. Historically, the people of Puerto Rico have generally voted against becoming the 51st state. However, that has not stopped many from advocating for Puerto Rican statehood, which would assuredly result in two more Democratic ...Read more

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Editorial: The GOP's porny pilgrimage to a Manhattan courthouse

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Like pilgrims they came, many dressed in the requisite attire of their newfound religion — blue jacket, red tie — to prostrate themselves before the MAGA altar in and around a Manhattan courthouse.

There was House Speaker Mike Johnson, third in the line for the presidency, first in line to confirm his party’s slavish obedience to a ...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: It isn't a crime if MAGA does it

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Three years after he resigned in disgrace, Richard Nixon justified his crimes in office by declaring in an interview with David Frost, “It’s not a crime if the president does it.” The comment was widely mocked at the time. It seems less comical now. Indeed, Nixon’s words became newly relevant when Donald Trump asked the US Supreme Court ...Read more

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Will Iran ever change? The death of President Ebrahim Raisi and the terror regime continues

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When more than 100 Iranians were murdered and hundreds of others were injured by suicide terrorists in January, President Ebrahim Raisi said: “We tell the criminal America and Zionist regime that you will pay a very high price for the crimes you have committed and will regret it.” But neither the U.S. nor Israel (the aforementioned Zionist ...Read more

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Adriana E. Ramírez: Donald Trump can't and won't ever admit he's wrong

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Former President Donald Trump cannot admit that he lost the 2020 election. He cannot, will not and has no reason to ever admit the truth, because to admit defeat would be to become a loser. And men like Mr. Trump cannot stand to lose.

Last Friday, at a rally in Minnesota, Mr. Trump claimed a previous electoral victory in the Gopher State, ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: Israel's Gaza war is horrific, but that doesn't mean Hamas is innocent of sexual violence

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Rape is a well-documented tool of war.

So it’s hard for me to understand the raging controversy over whether Hamas terrorists who killed more than 1,100 Israelis on Oct. 7 also inflicted rape and other sexual crimes on their victims as a “practice.”

If soldiers are depraved enough to tie families together and burn them, to behead corpses...Read more

 

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