Commentary: The Florida school shooting survivors are our children, finally calling us to account

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It's time to rethink "snowflake," to reclaim it as a pejorative. Since the 2016 election, the word has been adopted by the far right and supporters of the president to deride the supposed weakness of the left.

The source is widely considered to be Chuck Palahniuk's 1996 novel "Fight Club" – or the 1999 film adaption – which includes the ...Read more

Commentary: My party, tragically, is beholden to the NRA

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There was once a time when the Republican Party – my party – was identified with lower taxes, smaller government, strong national defense and respect for law enforcement. But 18 years into the 21st century, one issue defines the Republican Party, its office holders, candidates and party officials – guns. Yes, the Grand Old Party, ...Read more

Jerry Large: Lives depend on keeping up fight for gun control

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Over the past week, everything that can be said about gun violence has been said. It needs to be said again and again until this country no longer has a gun held to its head.

People die every day by firearms, about 33,000 a year. Gunshots aren't the biggest cause of death in our country, but they are one of the most preventable and senseless ...Read more

Christine M. Flowers: After Parkland shooting, mental health reform must be discussed

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I've been to a therapist twice in my life. The first time was 36 years ago when I was 20, and mourning the recent death of my father. The grief was heavy and unrelenting. It was the first time I'd experienced a loss of this nature, and I wasn't prepared for its weight. The psychiatrist literally saved my life with his pragmatic, grandfatherly ...Read more

Editorial: End partisan gerrymandering

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Drawing the boundary lines of legislative or congressional districts to provide an unfair advantage to one party is a practice with a long if not distinguished pedigree in American politics. The name for this process -- gerrymandering -- derives from Elbridge Gerry, a Massachusetts governor who in 1812 approved a redistricting plan that included...Read more

Ramesh Ponnuru: CNN turns the gun-control story into a crusade

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Supporters of gun rights are criticizing CNN over a "town hall" it held on gun control. By hosting it, CNN gave these conservatives a choice: Either stay away from the forum, and be attacked as a coward, or go, and be called a "murderer" to the applause of the crowd. Florida Governor Rick Scott chose the first option, National Rifle Association ...Read more

Commentary: As school shooter stalks, texts between a father and son

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It is 2:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. I am at work when I receive a text from my son, Noah, a ninth-grader at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

"Dad, I think there is a shooter at the school I'm in." "I think it's real."

"How do you know it's real?" I ask, not knowing whether now is really the time for discerning inquiry...Read more

Commentary: In Florida, the world is seeing the teens I know

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I'm used to it – the sympathetic look, the disbelieving head shake – when I tell someone I'm a high school teacher. "Teenagers!" a new acquaintance will say. "How do you stand them!"

Indeed, teenagers can be snarky. Surly. Mercurial. Short-sighted. Exasperating.

But they are also the very best people. Honest to a fault, generous-hearted ...Read more

Gina Barreca: Teachers bear burden to protect, educate

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Is this now what teachers must be in America: a thin chalk line separating students from violence and anarchy?

Like the thin blue line made by police officers and the thin red line made by firefighters, are teachers now meant to put their bodies and their lives on the line for those they serve, fully aware that they're also expected to protect ...Read more

Will Bunch: 50 years ago, Walter Cronkite told America the bitter truth. We need more Cronkites today

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In February 1968, CBS's Walter Cronkite -- popular anchorman on one of just three national nightly newscasts that came into America's living rooms for 30 minutes every night -- met a trio of young network reporters for dinner on a 10th-floor rooftop restaurant at the Caravelle Hotel in South Vietnam's embattled capital of Saigon. The veteran ...Read more

Mary C. Curtis: After Billy Graham, the deluge

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's difficult to ever imagine another faith leader being dubbed "America's Pastor." That's because of the person Billy Graham was and the current political, social and cultural divisions in our country. And there is also the question of whether pluralistic America wants, needs or should have a pastor -- now, then or ever.

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Scott Martelle: Televised meetings over school shootings are cathartic, but change nothing

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There were a couple of remarkable moments Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and later in Sunrise, Fla., a few miles from where 17 people were slaughtered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. The first was a televised meeting between President Donald Trump and survivors and relatives of children killed in school shootings. The second ...Read more

Editorial: How to fix gerrymandering in Pennsylvania? Let the voters decide

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In an attempt to tamp down partisan gerrymandering, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a new congressional district map far more fair than the current, partisan map. Of course, it set off another series of bar fights with more legal challenges.

All this partisan bickering should be Exhibit A in the case for voters to stand up for their ...Read more

Commentary: What liberals miss about the Second Amendment

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When it comes to guns, it often appears as though liberals and conservatives are speaking different languages. Liberals express their horror at each new mass shooting and demand government action, while conservatives call for "thoughts and prayers" and insist on respect for the Second Amendment.

The constitutional argument usually leaves ...Read more

Commentary: I interned for Marco Rubio. Now I'm begging him to act on guns.

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I wrote this letter to have my voice heard by Senator Marco Rubio, my elected official. I encourage anyone reading this to write a letter to your elected official, then post it to social media, tag your elected official, and use the hashtag #LetterToYourSenator. We will not be ignored any longer. (Facebook: @lettertoyoursenator; Instagram: @...Read more

Editorial: Facebook, Twitter failing to combat foreign meddling

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Last week's news shows Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies aren't doing nearly enough to combat foreign meddling in their platforms.

On Friday, special prosecutor Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three foreign companies with using social media to subvert the 2016 U.S. presidential election and support the Donald Trump ...Read more

Editorial: Attacking Obamacare, again

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Despite the Trump administration's best efforts to undermine Obamacare, it is not collapsing, as the president often claims. The state exchanges where insurers sell policies to Americans who don't get health benefits at work are stabilizing, and enrollment remained about the same last year even after administration actions drove up premiums, ...Read more

Editorial A fill-in-the-blanks massacre

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Clip this editorial and hang onto it for the next time someone shoots up a school or a workplace or a country-western music festival. We can fill in the blanks together as political leaders compose thoughts and prayers before doing nothing about gun violence:

Reaction to the latest massacre was swift. Lawmakers mouthed empty words of sympathy, ...Read more

Markos Kounalakis: Trump's ideal America: More Norwegians, less Norway

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Donald Trump admires "winners" and his favored immigrant group, the Norwegians, are winning so much at the Winter Olympics that they are probably getting tired of hauling around medals. If the president were to take a closer look at the Scandinavian nation, however, there is little else beyond athletic success he would personally find appealing....Read more

Mihir Sharma: Trump Jr. may be too much for scandal-weary India

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If you lived in one of India's largest cities, a startling sight would've greeted you when you picked up your morning newspaper last Monday: Whole front pages had been replaced by an artists' impression of a skyscraper. There was to be a Trump tower in your town, the ads declared -- something you might have already gleaned from the photograph of...Read more


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