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Fabiola Santiago: Trump's biggest accomplishment has been terrorizing immigrant families

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"The wall will get built, folks!"

That's President Donald Trump fielding media questions Tuesday in his typically sophomoric vocabulary as the clock ticks on his first 100 days in office.

"The wall gets built 100 percent. ... The wall is very, very important."

People laugh when I tell them that President Trump forced me to give up caffeine. ...Read more

Christine Flowers: No room for pro-lifers in Democratic Party

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Tom Perez just said pro-life Americans are not welcome in the Democratic Party. He suggested they should surrender their U.S. passports, because they don't belong in this country, either. Of course, he didn't put it in exactly those terms. Politicians never speak clearly, out of the fear that someone might actually understand them. But the ...Read more

Staying good neighbors: Trade spats with Canada can't derail strong ties

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The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 27:

There is no good reason for President Donald Trump or any other senior American official to ping Canada.

It is certainly true that there are areas of sensitivity, particularly when it comes to trade items between the two countries, where one side feels that ...Read more

Silicon Valley is public's best hope in fight over net neutrality

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The following editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee on Thursday, April 27:

Remember during the presidential campaign when Facebook had millions of Americans locked into echo chambers by limiting their access to news of a different partisan bent? Remember the damage it did to our democracy?

If Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit ...Read more

Leave the national monuments alone

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The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, April 27:

More than a century ago, to prevent the degradation of open natural spaces and the pillaging of ruins and prehistoric sites, Congress adopted the Antiquities Act, which gives the president the authority and flexibility to unilaterally protect historically or ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: Improve your faith? A college degree might help your religiosity

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When President Obama made his now infamous 2008 remark that working-class voters frustrated by their economic circumstances "cling to guns or religion," his subtext was clear: Religion is a crutch for the poor and uneducated.

In fairness, the former president was articulating, however inartfully, what has been the conventional wisdom about ...Read more

What you should know about school vouchers

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President Donald Trump has proposed cutting afterschool programs for young children as well as grants and federal work-study programs for college students. But his most significant attack on public education may be his pledge to spend $20 billion on market-based school choice, including charter schools and vouchers.

Conventional voucher ...Read more

How to fix airline travel without overspending

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Jokes about airports practically date back to the days of the Wright brothers. But the problems with our nation's centers of air travel seem to have become particularly acute lately and, in light of the recent United Airlines passenger-dragging debacle, are no laughing matter.

Sure, President Donald Trump is overstating the matter when he calls...Read more

Trump's costly tax cut plan

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The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, April 27:

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin laid out the Trump administration's blueprint for tax cuts Wednesday, and like much of what the administration has done thus far, it was long on promises but short on detail and realism. We'd welcome White House leadership on a ...Read more

Gina Barreca: Jot it down: Don't let good ideas get away

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"Where do you get the ideas for your columns?"

Every time I give a talk, do an event, or speak at a writers' conference, this is one of the first questions. It's right up there with, "Do you think a talented person can make a living as a writer?" (No) and "Do you write every day?" (Yes, but sometimes it's just a note saying "NEED KITTY LITTER")...Read more

Dick Meyer: Early 21st century discontents

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The great civic project in the West at this moment in the early 21st century is trying to explain and defang a spreading crop of perilous political movements that seem to be all of a kind.

Different descriptors are used in different countries: economic nationalism, ethnic nationalism, anti-globalization, populist, conservative populist and ...Read more

Trump's immigration moves run roughshod over Constitution

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The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News on Friday, April 28:

Much to his chagrin, President Trump has discovered that there are three branches of government in the United States, each given power to check and balance one another's actions.

This wasn't accidental. The founding fathers created the executive, legislative ...Read more

Will Bunch: Obama's big Wall Street pay day is sleazy

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President Barack Obama got a big laugh a year ago, when he did his comedy shtick at the White House Correspondents Dinner for the final time. "If this material works well," he told the roomful of reporters and mostly B-list celebrities, "I'm going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year."

The room went wild at what was perceived as a shot at the ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: French voters who are suffering may look for scapegoats

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The final vote for the next French president, on May 7, will not only be critical for all of Europe but will have a major impact on the United States.

Despite their country's political and cultural differences from America, the French are going through an election upheaval that is amazingly similar to the convulsion that produced Donald Trump. ...Read more

Racing industry should release NFL-styled injury report for Kentucky Derby

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As the Kentucky Derby approaches, Las Vegas gambling venues and the racing industry should take a lesson from the National Football League.

Horse racing, the only sport that comes with whippings and a daily death toll, is spiraling into oblivion. Most people in America have never been to a track and will never go. Derby day brings the only hour...Read more

Trump's tax plan: A shiny object of distraction

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The following editorial appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Thursday, April 27:

It would be unfair of us to criticize President Donald Trump's tax plan as a gold-plated give-away to businessman Donald Trump. We do not in fact know that his proposal to slash tax rates more than in half for corporations and business entities like the one he and his ...Read more

Ann McFeatters: 100 down, way too many to go

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WASHINGTON -- So what all has he done for us? Let's count the ways.

If you have been a huge fan of building a big, beautiful wall on our southern border, you are disappointed. There may be a virtual one, more border agents and tons of drones. But there won't be a physical wall. It is too costly, too difficult, too impractical and too immoral. ...Read more

Trump's first 100 days mostly have been a big yawn

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The following editorial appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday, April 26:

In Gettysburg, Pa., in October, candidate Donald Trump promised his first 100 days in office would produce "the kind of change that only arrives once in a lifetime." That hasn't happened. Instead, Americans have learned during Trump's first 100 days that he ...Read more

Let 'so-called judges' work in peace

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It was bad enough when candidate Donald Trump questioned the impartiality of the federal judge hearing the Trump University lawsuit. (Trump said that the judge's ethnic heritage would make him biased.)

It was even worse when President Trump accused the federal judges temporarily halting his travel bans of purely political motivations and ...Read more

Trump's management by crisis creates needless instability

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The following editorial appeared in the Star Tribune on Thursday, April 27:

Reaching agreement on an interim bill to fund the federal government shouldn't be hard when one party has run the table. But in an example of the chaotic careening that is becoming an early mark of the Trump presidency, Washington has just come through another ...Read more

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