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Martin Schram: A muddle in the huddle

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Nikki didn’t know. The Donald didn’t care. And Coach Tuberville had no game plan.

Indeed, all over America, all the famous-name Republicans and even the rookie-wannabes began last campaign week as always, determined to be smart, stick-to-the-script, don’t-screw-up. Just head to the campaign trail – and hit the ground running.

But none ...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: NRA's LaPierre has to pay. Too bad it's not for all the deaths

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When a New York jury delivered a verdict Friday evening against the National Rifle Association and its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, my first thoughts were oddly not about the NRA or all the lives destroyed by the gunplay that the organization did so much to foster. I didn’t think of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who died by ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: The Republican Party promised to give new meaning to 'pro-life' after Dobbs. How's that working?

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It's not yet spring, but think ahead to June. Kids will be out of school, and we'll mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Dobbs decision, which ended guaranteed access to abortion nationwide.

Those two facts — kids on vacation and post-Dobbs realities — may seem unconnected. But there is a link, and it's a sorry one. Let me ...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: NRA's LaPierre has to pay. Too bad it's not for all the deaths

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When a New York jury delivered a verdict Friday evening against the National Rifle Association and its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, my first thoughts were oddly not about the NRA or all the lives destroyed by the gunplay that the organization did so much to foster. I didn’t think of the hundreds of thousands of Americans who died by ...Read more

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Robin Abcarian: MAGA Republicans pushing to impeach President Biden don't seem to notice the egg on their faces

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Now we know what a real Russia hoax looks like: very much like House Republicans' stumbling effort to impeach President Joe Biden.

The current GOP misadventure — which was always doomed — was seriously undercut in federal court last month.

Republicans thought they had a smoking gun, a claim by a longtime, reliable FBI informant that Biden ...Read more

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Doyle McManus: Trumponomics? He would impose the equivalent of a huge tax hike

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If Donald Trump becomes president again, one of his first moves will take money out of your pocket just as a tax hike would.

Trump hasn't outlined much of an economic program, but he has promised to impose a massive increase in tariffs on imports from almost all foreign countries — everything from bananas and baby formula to computer chips ...Read more

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George Skelton: California's top-two primary creates twists and turns in Senate race

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Next week's primary election will determine whether California voters choose a new U.S. senator now, essentially, or continue the competition until November.

That's because of California's abnormal "top two" open primary system. The top two candidates who win the most votes, regardless of their party, will advance to the November election.

If ...Read more

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Editorial: Shame on FEMA for trying to stiff LA for millions spent on pandemic homeless program

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When the pandemic began in early 2020, no one seemed more vulnerable than people without permanent shelter. At the time, public health experts warned that thousands of homeless people in California could be hospitalized or killed by the highly contagious novel coronavirus.

Project Roomkey was launched by state officials in April 2020 to protect...Read more

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Commentary: The college tuition system is broken. FAFSA headaches are the latest proof

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Thanks to delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process, millions of potential college students and their families will have to wait longer than usual to learn what their financial aid packages will look like.

Filling out the FAFSA is how potential college students prove their financial eligibility for aid that will help them ...Read more

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John M. Crisp: The complicated case against bullfighting

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The case against bullfighting seems straightforward. What justification could there be for the obviously painful and bloody public execution of an animal in front of a cheering multitude?

In fact, the industry in the world’s principal bullfighting nations—Spain and Mexico—is increasingly threatened by animal rights groups that demand its ...Read more

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Commentary: When my son stopped piano, I took over his lessons. Here's how that went

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In the early 1980s, my father got a Baldwin upright electric piano. My dad had played piano as a child and in college. He’d performed live, improvising soundtracks to silent movies at an art-house cinema in Connecticut.

I wanted to learn how to play because I wanted to be like him. My father put stickers on the keys and hand wrote the notes�...Read more

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Commentary: Safety is a system, and reducing crime is just one part of it

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In the United States, despite significant recent public conversations around how to prioritize public safety budgets in cities and towns across the country, political rhetoric and media coverage are frequently reduced to a rather simplistic debate: defund police departments or increase their budgets. Either you’re against the police or you’...Read more

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Conor Sen: Boy, this economy is hard to read. Mea culpa

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Slower inflation was supposed to be a sign that the economy was cooling, all part of the Federal Reserve’s plan for higher interest rates to restore balance to the economy. For a while, things looked on track. But since the middle of January there’s an argument that economic activity is picking up again, despite monetary policy being tighter...Read more

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Commentary: Here's how Joe Biden could revamp the State of the Union address

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President Harry Truman did something bold in 1947 — he allowed his annual State of the Union address to be broadcast on the new medium of television. Since then, not much has changed in the way presidents give their annual message to Congress. Like Truman, chief executives from Dwight Eisenhower to Joe Biden have walked onto the floor of the ...Read more

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Commentary: The US doesn't care about protecting workers

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The United States doesn’t think much of its blue-collar workers. Sure, politicians praise them and solicit their votes. But the true measure of the nation’s commitment to the people who staff our factories, mines and warehouses — the legal protections we offer against illness, injury and death — shows that we really don’t care.

The U....Read more

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Commentary: How the planet could survive another Trump term

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A second Donald Trump presidency would be a nightmare for Earth’s climate (among other things). But in the same way your immune system builds up defenses after exposure to a virus, efforts to fight global warming are stronger now than the first time Trump attacked them. But he could still do significant damage from the White House.

In his ...Read more

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Commentary: Investing in kids pays, even if Mom is on drugs

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For too many American children, the future is already written. Their parents’ income broadly predicts what their earnings will be in adulthood. For those in poverty, the chances of breaking out are dwindling — resulting in a less prosperous, increasingly ossified society.

If today’s presidential candidates wanted to rewrite that future, ...Read more

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Stephen Mihm: Biden should be like Ike to curb Israel

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As Israel’s Gaza offensive has grown ever more deadly and destructive, President Joe Biden has equivocated: condemning the civilian death toll while simultaneously sending more arms to Israel. This position, though perhaps politically expedient at the outset of the conflict, has become untenable.

Now, as the war threatens to destabilize the ...Read more

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Stephen L. Carter: Really, Texas? Don't punish Black students for their hair

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After Ronald Reagan’s 1984 reelection landslide, his inaugural committee advertised for “attractive, clean-cut, all-American” performers to dance and sing at various celebratory events. The description ignited a firestorm on any number of grounds, not the least of which was race: Activists feared that the committee wanted no Black ...Read more

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Editorial: Propping up failing schools doesn't help students

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Four years since the COVID pandemic began, many US school districts are hurtling toward a fiscal crisis. An exodus of students and the pending expiration of federal relief money is forcing officials to weigh the need to close schools. Although that’s certain to cause some disruption, propping up failing schools will only worsen America’s ...Read more

 

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