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Editorial: Devin Nunes' Ukraine lies are a betrayal. Voters in his district deserve better

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Kiev, Ukraine, is nearly 6,200 miles from Tulare, Calif. That's a long way from home for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who now faces explosive allegations that he and his staff contacted shadowy Ukrainian figures in an effort to betray American democracy.

Text messages released by the House Intelligence Committee last week reveal that a top Nunes...Read more

Robin Abcarian: If you vape THC, are you risking your life? That may depend on where you got it

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Starting last summer, very sick patients began showing up in emergency rooms all over the country with similar symptoms -- mainly, they couldn't breathe.

The outbreak peaked in September and has since slowed considerably. By mid-December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, a total of 2,506 patients in all 50 states had ...Read more

Editorial: How Trump's immigration policies could yield new era in border politics

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The announcement last week that President Donald Trump and the White House were considering shifting billions of dollars more in military funding in addition to the $6 billion already taken from the Pentagon's budget to build Trump's "big, beautiful wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border triggered the usual responses from Democrats who said it would...Read more

Editorial: New WNBA agreement is an equity milestone

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The landmark contract tentatively reached by the WNBA owners and its players association represents a new frontier for professional athletics. If approved by league governors and players, it should be modeled by sports leagues everywhere as a baseline for equity.

Veteran Seattle Storm star Sue Bird labeled the deal "historic" for the league ...Read more

Commentary: Trump's weak trade deal with China completely ignores the big picture

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By many counts, the trade deal President Trump signed on Jan. 15 with China lacks heft. It doesn't remove all the tariffs, it doesn't impose any major penalties on intellectual property theft, and it punts completely on issues including China's state subsidies to prop up its own companies in international markets.

Yet on one matter, the ...Read more

Editorial: Second Amendment sanctuaries are acts of faithlessness in government

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Nearly two years ago, the governing board of Effingham County, Ill., passed a resolution declaring itself a "sanctuary county" and barring "employees from enforcing the unconstitutional actions of the state government." Those actions? Gun control laws, which are resoundingly unpopular in the rural county some 215 miles south of Chicago.

Since ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: How to dislodge Trump

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It could almost have been "Saturday Night Live," satire intended for giggles instead of what was hypocritically intended. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave a speech about impeaching President Trump and cited a Longfellow poem, saying, "Listen my children and you will hear/ Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere."

Revere, we know, was aiming to alert...Read more

Editorial: Cheating the game: Baseball has work to do to restore integrity

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There's a fine line between gamesmanship and outright cheating in sports.

Members of the Houston Astros not only crossed that line; they practically obliterated it by using video technology to steal signs and gain an unfair advantage on their way to a World Series victory.

Major League Baseball found in 2017 and 2018 Astros players and coaches...Read more

Editorial: Second Amendment sanctuaries are acts of faithlessness in government

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Nearly two years ago, the governing board of Effingham County, Ill., passed a resolution declaring itself a "sanctuary county" and barring "employees from enforcing the unconstitutional actions of the state government." Those actions? Gun control laws, which are resoundingly unpopular in the rural county some 215 miles south of Chicago.

Since ...Read more

Commentary: Harry and Meghan are out. Why couldn't the palace make this work?

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The message from Buckingham Palace to Queen Elizabeth's grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, was clear: You're in or you're out. There is no part-time work for royals. Harry and Meghan chose out.

That's kind of sad. And surprising. What -- they couldn't all work this out?

I get it that, barely two years into a marriage that was...Read more

Commentary: Senators at Trump's impeachment trial aren't impartial 'jurors.' But they shouldn't be partisan hacks either

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Reporters who cover Congress are rightly protesting restrictions on press coverage of President Trump's Senate impeachment trial. In a letter to Senate leaders, my Los Angeles Times colleague Sarah D. Wire, who chairs the Standing Committee of Correspondents, objected among other things to a proposal that reporters be confined to "pens" ...Read more

Will Bunch: Pomp and censorship: Trump impeachment trial already reveals a broken America

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For a nation forged in bloody revolution against an unjust monarchy, America sure loves the pomp and circumstance of ancient royalty. That was driven home for the umpteenth time on Saturday when I flipped on CNN and they were covering the news that The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will no longer be called "royal ...Read more

Dahleen Glanton: The Founding Fathers' hard work is lost on Donald Trump's impeachment

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It was impossible to watch the opening of Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate last week without feeling a sense of patriotism.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, the ceremonial ritual was impressive. The pomp and circumstance was deliberate and anticipatory, every movement perfectly choreographed and steeped in tradition.

...Read more

Doyle McManus: The world according to Bernie

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WASHINGTON -- For most of his 29 years in Congress, Bernie Sanders was mainly a left-wing gadfly, a relentless critic of the bipartisan Cold War consensus and a defender of regimes that resisted U.S. power.

When he ran for president four years ago, the senator from Vermont barely mentioned world affairs; his campaign website didn't even have a ...Read more

John M. Crisp: Senate trial needs deliberation, not speed

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Did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi overplay her hand by delaying the articles of impeachment for a month before submitting them to the Senate on Jan. 16?

At least two guests on the Jan. 12 edition of "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" think so. The Washington Post's Rachel Bade said that Pelosi failed to get what she had hoped from the delay, ...Read more

Commentary: An unhealthy trend: Fewer Americans have a primary care doctor

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"It's going to be like breaking up with everyone you know."

That's what a colleague predicted three years ago when I took a new job in Chicago and would leave hundreds of my primary care patients in Boston.

She was right. Six months of serial breakups.

I had spent a good part of the prior 15 years developing deep relationships with my ...Read more

Editorial: California, Texas history textbooks suggest we're living in two Americas

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When former New York senator and scholar Daniel Patrick Moynihan died in 2003, he was celebrated for his hugely productive careers in both politics and academia, and admired for his wit. His aphorism -- "You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts." -- was often cited.

But as the 21st century careens along, ...Read more

Editorial: 988 emergency number would provide a stronger suicide lifeline

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Extreme stress scrambles the brain, but it's second nature to dial 911 to summon help in a crisis. Now a welcome sequel is coming, one that should allow mental health crises to be addressed more adeptly.

Pending federal legislation would establish 988 as the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is currently 800-273-TALK, ...Read more

Editorial: Trump's 'religious freedom' initiative is mostly a rehash of current law — yet still finds a way to be troubling

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Not for the first time, President Donald Trump is trying to score political points with his evangelical supporters by unveiling a "religious freedom" initiative that suggests, cynically, that Christianity in America is under sustained attack and that the federal government must come to its rescue. Needless to say, that is not the case.

The ...Read more

David Zurawik: 'Finding Your Roots' is the perfect PBS show to counter the rancor, polarization of America today

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Henry Louis Gates Jr., the host of "Finding Your Roots," had just asked Queen Latifah to turn to the next page on the book of her ancestors he presented her on the PBS show.

"I'm starting to get scared to turn these pages," she said in the wake of having just found such ancestral surprises as a white great-great-grandmother.

Gates directed her...Read more

 

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