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Puerto Rico governor could end political crisis with two words: I resign

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello could end the island's political crisis with two little words: I resign.

He should have already done so, but he's rejecting growing calls for him to step down, announcing merely that he will not seek re-election.

He's unlikely to survive any more mismanagement of a U.S. commonwealth that has been in a ...Read more

Puerto Rico governor could end political crisis with two words: I resign

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello could end the island's political crisis with two little words: I resign.

He should have already done so, but he's rejecting growing calls for him to step down, announcing merely that he will not seek re-election.

He's unlikely to survive any more mismanagement of a U.S. commonwealth that has been in a ...Read more

Why do billionaires think they have what it takes to lead nation?

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The United States is a democracy. So let's stipulate at the outset that anyone who wants to run for president and meets the constitutional requirements should be allowed to take a stab at it. If you can get on the ballot, you have a right to be heard.

Let's also stipulate that nearly 250 years after the founding of the country, Americans still ...Read more

Police shouldn't be coerced into enforcing immigration laws

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After a series of victories in their fight against the Trump administration's draconian war on immigration, Los Angeles and other so-called sanctuary cities lost a battle last week: An appellate court ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice may give preference in awarding grants to police departments that agree to help the federal government ...Read more

Trump's attacks on workers continue

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No advocates for workers' rights or labor were especially surprised last week when President Trump nominated Eugene Scalia for secretary of Labor, succeeding the utterly discredited Alex Acosta.

Scalia -- son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia -- had made his reputation in Washington as a lawyer for big corporations resisting ...Read more

Effort must be made to preserve slave ship and its history

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The wreck of the Clotilda, the last ship to transport enslaved Africans to the United States, sits entombed in mud at the bottom of the Mobile River in Alabama. It is the only ship from the American slave trade ever found. In fact, out of more than 20,000 vessels that participated in the global slave trade, only 13, counting the Clotilda, have ...Read more

Test your beliefs by seeking out other viewpoints

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The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard famously observed that if everyone is a Lutheran then no one is a Lutheran. What he meant is that if you're born into a culture in which everybody has a similar worldview, you don't have an opportunity to develop genuine belief because your convictions are not subject to scrutiny.

Put another way, if you...Read more

Trump's cheering supporters bring back uneasy feeling

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In September 2016 I wrote a column titled "Here's Why Trump Could Win." The column was by no means a prediction, nor do I claim any special prescience regarding the American electorate. In fact, on Nov. 8, 2016, I was as surprised as anyone else.

But the September column was the expression of a nagging, uneasy feeling that the polls, pundits ...Read more

Democrats lurch too far left in response to Trump on immigration

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President Trump is running for re-election the same way he won in 2016, dividing the country into hostile camps and telling white voters he's their only protection against black and brown immigrants.

So he has targeted Ilhan Omar, a naturalized American from Somalia elected to Congress in November, and suggested that she and other minority ...Read more

Editorial: A decisive epilogue to the Laquan McDonald case: Yes, Chicago will punish police misconduct.

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The 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was not, in the end, covered up or forgotten. The police dashcam video of the incident, when finally released, showed irrefutable evidence of wrongdoing.

As for how officers initially portrayed McDonald's death, well, choose your descriptor: lies, evasions, an ...Read more

From the left: What should lawmakers ask Mueller? It's easy

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When congressional lawmakers question former special counsel Robert Mueller on July 24, they won't need to dig far to tease out compelling testimony.

It's all there, in the report. All they need to do is ask Mueller to detail his findings -- which are shocking enough.

Few people in the country have read the full report (it is a daunting 448 ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: A free press can never be taken for granted, even under democratic rule

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Earlier this month, President Trump addressed a group of so-called "digital leaders" invited to a social media summit at the White House.

The guests included far right social media activists linked to white nationalists who spew out racist and anti-Muslim messages. They included individuals who produce fake videos, use hoaxes to smear ...Read more

Editorial: Rep. Davis is right: U.S. military families must not go hungry

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Rep. Susan Davis is right to spotlight the sad fact that low-paid members of the military struggle to buy food for their families in areas where shelter is expensive. The housing allowances these families receive count as income in determining eligibility for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as food stamps.

"(...Read more

Melinda Henneberger: Pete Buttigieg has a point: Republicans will call any Democratic nominee a socialist

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If we ever stop talking about President Donald Trump's latest racial stylings -- and since he's correct that "a lot of people love it," he'll try to delay that day -- we will eventually get back to arguing about whether Democrats would have a better chance of replacing him next year with the kind of moderate nominee who might...Read more

Commentary: What I didn't understand about my transgender child

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Our bungalow was still dark when my cellphone rang at 5 a.m. My husband and I had escaped for a much-needed yoga retreat on the remote island of Koh Phangan, Thailand, when I got the phone call no parent ever expects to get -- a call that four years of medical school, three years of pediatric residency training and 15 years of practicing ...Read more

Editorial: Trump should have responded to 'send her back' chant as McCain did to taunt of Obama

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American politics took a turn for the worse in 2015 when Donald Trump's announcement that he was running for president included a shot at Mexico for sending "rapists" to the U.S. The downward trajectory accelerated Wednesday at a campaign event in Greenville, North Carolina, when the president's denunciation of Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somalia-born ...Read more

Aisha Sultan: Going back to where you came from

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A few years ago I went back to visit the country from where my parents had immigrated to America.

It's in an important part of the world that fascinates me with its complexities. I still have relatives in Pakistan. I can understand the language. The food is delicious. The art is stunning, and the people have legendary hospitality. It's also ...Read more

Jenice Armstrong:Lead reporter on Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse story left home at 16 and knows how hard it is for girls living on their own

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Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown -- a.k.a. Jeffrey Epstein's worst nightmare -- knows what it is like to be broke and vulnerable.

Brown was just 16 when she left her Bucks County, Pa., home for good. She survived the next four years by sleeping on friends' couches and holding down a series of low-paying jobs delivering flowers...Read more

Commentary: Abandoning our nuclear arms treaties with Russia is a bad idea

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For more than 50 years, the United States and Russia have agreed that their own security required negotiating agreements limiting their nuclear weapons deployments and capabilities. In that time, the two countries have successfully concluded seven major agreements to reduce their nuclear arsenals. The last of these, the New Strategic Arms ...Read more

Robin Abcarian: Enticed by promises they could start cannabis companies, people of color are still waiting

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LOS ANGELES -- Marcy Lyles, a single mother of three boys, has been trying to break into the cannabis business for a while now.

She is black, low-income and a resident of the Crenshaw area, which makes her a perfect candidate for the city's cannabis social equity program, designed to give the people and places most affected by the misbegotten ...Read more

 

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