Trudy Rubin: North Korea meeting canceled thanks to Trump team's bluster

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President Donald Trump had convinced himself earlier this month that he was en route to a Nobel Peace Prize for bringing peace to the Korean peninsula. That mirage has already dissipated.

On Thursday, the president announced he was cancelling his planned June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, blaming the North Korean leader's "tremendous...Read more

Editorial: How do fewer schools and jobs and more hunger help the Palestinians or the cause of peace?

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The Gaza Strip, where more than 100 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers during mass protests in recent weeks, is a dense and dismal sliver of land along the Mediterranean Coast between Egypt and Israel. More than 2 million people are packed tightly into a space the size of Portland, Ore. More than 40 percent of the population is ...Read more

Editorial: The NFL kneels before the altar of profits

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The owners of the 32 National Football League teams sent a wrongheaded and, frankly, un-American message to their players Wednesday: Expressing your opinion during the national anthem is no longer permitted.

"A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem," the ...Read more

Martin Schram: Intelligence role-playing – an interactive game for all ages

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Today, fellow spymasters, we must briefly interrupt our fascination with President Donald Trump's latest Twitter binge of victimization – his weeklong claims that he and his presidential campaign were innocent victims of a scandalous FBI spy caper.

To help us evaluate our president's self-pitying tweet week, we're going to play our first-ever...Read more

Commentary: Two steps to double tax reform's economic benefits

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Chances are, you're one of the 90 percent of Americans who have bigger paychecks due to the tax reform that Congress passed last year. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) cut taxes for individual Americans, lowered businesses taxes and made investment in the United States more attractive, which will combine to increase incomes even more. Last year,...Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: Women continue their march to the midterms

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One more primary night, and once again the results fell into a pretty firm pattern.

Democratic women are doing extremely well. The highlights Tuesday were Stacey Abrams, nominated for governor in Georgia; Lupe Valdez, nominated for governor in Texas; and Amy McGrath, who won her U.S. House nomination in Kentucky.

Republican women? Not so much....Read more

Editorial: Searching your smartphone at the border

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Smartphones are so ubiquitous that we take them for granted. But their capabilities would have staggered the imaginations of people who lived just a few decades ago. The wealth of information they offer to users is matched by the immense trove of information they compile about users -- where they went, whom they called or texted, what websites ...Read more

Editorial: Gun owners must lock up and unload at home

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New research from the University of Washington shows gun owners in this state must do a much better job of securing their weapons at home.

The research based on telephone health surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found just over a third of Washington gun owners reported their weapons were locked properly and ...Read more

Commentary: State law can reform police practices, in the face of federal and Supreme Court inaction.

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Excessive force by police officers is a national problem, but the solution will need to come from state and local governments. The federal courts and federal government are showing themselves unwilling to deal with the problem, but meaningful action at the state and local levels is possible and, indeed, essential.

On March 18, Stephon Clark was...Read more

Editorial: In its latest pro-business ruling, the Roberts court undermines workers' rights

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Since John G. Roberts Jr. became chief justice in 2005, the Supreme Court has repeatedly issued rulings favoring corporate rights over those of individuals. Monday saw another such ruling.

In a 5-4 decision written by first-term Justice Neil Gorsuch, the court ruled that workers can't band together to challenge labor arbitration agreements ...Read more

Editorial: Don't hold your breath expecting gun law changes after Texas school shooting

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Quiet. Hear that? Not if you're listening for the sound of gun laws being changed so children will not be shot to death in America's schools.

School massacres have become so frequent that there was a noticeable absence of the strong reactions expected after 10 students and adults were killed by a 17-year-old shooter last week in Santa Fe, Texas...Read more

Editorial: Time for USC's Nikias to go

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In the wake of two appalling scandals that have badly marred the reputation of the University of Southern California, it is time for President C.L. Max Nikias to step aside or be ousted.

Almost a year after the shocking revelation that the dean of the medical school was doing drugs and partying with young criminals and addicts -- and a week ...Read more

Mary Schmich: Woman's poem on Meghan Markle's mom — and all single moms — goes viral

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On the morning that Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, Lesle Honore sat in bed in front of her TV on Chicago's South Side, 4,000 miles from the royal spectacle at Windsor Castle, and wrote a poem on her phone.

It was inspired by the sight of Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, dressed in wedding finery and riding together in a Rolls-Royce.

...Read more

Commentary: Here's a worthy ethnic studies requirement: Make students pick grapes to graduate

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It's high school graduation season, which means seniors are making big plans, like what their great Instagram hashtags will be and how they'll sneak in vape puffs during the commencement ceremony. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Sacramento are debating Assembly Bill 2772, which would mandate that all high schoolers complete at least one course in ethnic...Read more

Commentary: The US can save Venezuela from anarchy

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Watching the current eruptions and flowing lava in Hawaii is strangely similar to observing the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.

In both cases, the situations are fiery, unpredictable and very, very dangerous. And both seem to be moving in slow motion, but manage to convey a sense of a true disaster looming ahead.

Over the past weekend, incumbent ...Read more

CON: 'Preponderance of evidence' clause should remain in force on college campuses

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been at the forefront of trying to roll back the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in schools that receive public funds.

Known as Title IX of the Federal Education Act, the law includes a "preponderance of evidence" clause that allows colleges and universities to convene ...Read more

PRO: Let's restore constitutional protections on US college campuses

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- For the radicals inhabiting the bureaucracy of American higher education, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a threat.

For years, these "educrats" have built echo-chambers where speech codes, "safe spaces" and inquisitions have replaced free speech and academic freedom.

DeVos aims to change this. To the dismay of her...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Will Trump's deal-making backfire and embroil US in new wars?

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"More than anything else, I think deal-making is an ability you're born with," wrote Donald J. Trump in The Art of the Deal. "It's in the genes. Mostly it's about instincts."

Presumably, that firm conviction explains President Trump's resistance to detailed briefings on prior, failed deals with North Korea. And his insistence that he can ...Read more

Ann McFeatters: Lack of evidence doesn't bother Trump

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WASHINGTON – It was only a matter of time. Now we have "spygate."

Or, so declares Donald Trump, who is outraged, really outraged, that after the FBI was told by the Australian ambassador that a Trump campaign official was boasting about his contacts with Russia, a "human source" was asked to find out what was going on.

The FBI says that this...Read more

Another small-town VFW raffle tops $1 million as games grow in popularity, prizes

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The McHenry, Ill., VFW post's Queen of Hearts raffle has reached $1 million in bets and is attracting thousands of players, a few new members -- and at least one critic.

Hundreds of people crammed into the bingo hall for the weekly drawing Tuesday evening. Bettors have been lining up out the door and into the parking lot to buy the tickets, and...Read more


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