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Stephen L. Carter: Pay Americans $1,000 each to get vaccinated

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I’m a strong supporter of getting a vaccination for COVID-19. (I’ve had two plus my booster.) And I agree that getting shots into the arms of most of the 70 to 75 million U.S. adults who remain unvaccinated is a matter of public urgency. But the libertarian in me believes that means are as important as ends. The sudden turn to punishment —...Read more

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Editorial: As infections spike, Europeans are set to block US travelers again

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Added to the growing list of damage the anti-vaccination/anti-mask crowd is doing to America is the recommendation of renewed travel bans in the European Union against U.S. visitors, due to spiking coronavirus cases here. Congratulations to all those anti-science “patriots” out there for turning America into a global leper.

Thankfully, the ...Read more

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Commentary: Is the mu variant more dangerous than delta?

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The highly infectious delta variant has sparked a new wave of COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide in recent months, hampering reopenings and slowing the economic recovery. Now comes word of a new variant, mu, which has taken hold in some countries. Sam Fazeli, a Bloomberg Opinion contributor who covers the pharmaceutical industry for Bloomberg ...Read more

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Editorial: Republicans must heed the message from California and consign Trump to the past

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The name Donald J. Trump is toxic for Republicans. It doesn’t matter if they’re Illinois Republicans, Indiana Republicans or members of the Grand Old Party on Mars.

That’s the clear message for the GOP from the California recall debacle.

Despite very real misgivings about California Gov. Gavin Newsom among moderates and swing voters, all...Read more

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Commentary: In Haiti, the battle for leadership is really a battle for loot

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Another Haitian chief executive may be about to take a fall. In recent days, Ariel Henry, de facto leader of Haiti since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7, has been through a grinding and spewing political mill focused on the probe of the killing and whether he had a role in it.

It’s all part of an intense battle among ...Read more

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Commentary: Facebook is too secretive. Its oversight board should change that

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Boards are notorious for group think and spinelessness. In Facebook’s case, a board could make a difference.

Documents reported by The Wall Street Journal earlier this week revealed a secret system at Facebook to coddle the posts of politicians and celebrities, as well as internal stats on the full extent of psychological harm that Instagram ...Read more

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Trudy Rubin: Liberty Medal shines a needed light on embattled dissidents abroad, as US influence wanes

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Many people ask me how the United States can claim to promote human rights after its abandonment of Afghan women — and its inability to move China on rights violations in Xinjiang or Hong Kong.

Indeed, as autocrats seize power or grow bolder, those who believe in freedom of speech and peaceful dissent are increasingly silenced. The United ...Read more

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Gene Collier: Maybe we've underestimated George W. Bush. Maybe

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George W. Bush's best moments as president came nine days after his worst, nine days to wade through the horror and toxic disbelief, nine days to sort out the origins, meaning and terrifying implications of a nearly unimaginable morning that went into history as its own numerical shorthand, 9/11.

On 9/20/2001, Bush spoke to a joint session of ...Read more

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Editorial: Insurrectionist Sen. Josh Hawley's call for Joe Biden to resign is pure theatrics

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Missouri’s best-known insurrectionist, Sen. Josh Hawley, is still trying to accomplish what he could not pull off with his power-to-the-rioters raised fist on Jan 6.

You’re not going to believe this, but in a Senate floor speech, he called on President Joe Biden to resign.

It’s a difficult speech to watch, shamelessly exploiting as it ...Read more

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Will Bunch: A broken America should build a monument to Joe Manchin's massive ego

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As the summer of 2021 comes to an ignominious end, millions of Americans will remember these blazing hot months as a time of dashed hopes on ending our life-altering pandemic and growing alarm about the floods and fires fueled by climate change. But in Washington, D.C. — the place where solving these problems needs to start in the U.S. — ...Read more

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Gen. Milley did the wrong thing for honorable reasons. We need new rules for starting nuclear war

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A new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa contains a singularly startling allegation. In the waning weeks of the Trump administration, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, twice called his counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng, of the People’s Liberation Army, offering assurances that the United States was not about ...Read more

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Jackie Calmes: Gen. Mark Milley deserves commendation in the face of Deranged Trump Syndrome

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MAGA disciples talk of Trump Derangement Syndrome to dismiss the former president’s critics — the majority of Americans — as simply unhinged.

What we actually suffer from is Deranged Trump Syndrome — the sense that Donald Trump was and is capable of just about any noxious act.

Few would have more reason to be afflicted than the nation�...Read more

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Editorial: California's recall process needs to be fixed to prevent a repeat fiasco

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There’s nothing inherently wrong with a system under which a majority of voters can recall their governor and pick a new one. That’s democracy, and as much as our friends and neighbors from other states scoff at California’s recall system and our other direct democracy features, the principle is sound and provides a valuable check against ...Read more

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Commentary: The emerging Biden Doctrine seeks a new way to promote democracy

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It is not a defect of a refrigerator that it does not make toast. And it is not a defect of your approach to foreign policy if the autocratic state you invaded is not a democratic state when you withdraw, if your primary goal was not to transform the autocratic state into a democratic state.

President Joe Biden says he is not a Wilsonian ...Read more

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George Skelton: After Newsom's recall triumph, Republicans need to do the math: Stop wasting time and money

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Any way it's sliced, the recall election wound up being a big boost for Gov. Gavin Newsom's political future. And it was another self-inflicted, bruising bust for California Republicans.

Larry Elder was rudely awakened from his dreams of becoming California's governor. Newsom's landslide victory proved what most of us already knew: No Trumpian ...Read more

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Commentary: We shouldn't return to welfare as we knew it

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has all eyes on him. Again. This time it’s because he’s questioning his party’s line on whether work matters for people receiving welfare.

He recently revealed his reservations with the Biden tax credit, which was transformed into unconditional cash grants: "There's no work requirements whatsoever. There's no ...Read more

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Commentary: Gun lobby pulls trigger on nominee

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In a case that shows the enduring corrupt power of the U.S. gun lobby, on Sept. 9 President Joe Biden was forced to withdraw his nomination of David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Chipman was well-qualified for the job. He served 25 years as an ATF special agent, and received a prestigious ...Read more

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Jean Guerrero: QAnon conspiracy theory: The border variant

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It was after dark at the border, and a U.S. Border Patrol agent used his body to shield a migrant father and child in his custody from Anthony Agüero, a Jan. 6 Capitol rioter who was trying to film them to spread QAnon-style propaganda about child sex trafficking at the border.

"Step back," the agent, whose face is blurred in Agüero's video ...Read more

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Editorial: Newsom victory calls for bold steps to fight COVID-19

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For months, Gov. Gavin Newsom has been tempering his response on a wide range of issues because of the Republican recall effort.

Now that Newsom has scored a convincing victory, it is time for him to take bold steps to alleviate California's biggest challenge — COVID-19.

Republicans have been sharply critical of the governor's handling of ...Read more

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Commentary: Climate change will force people to move. We need to find out where they'll go

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As the risk of severe climate change rises, and efforts to reduce carbon emissions ramp up, serious thought must also be given to the movement of people that climate change stands to provoke. This migration looks to be disruptive, but it may also significantly affect the long-term economic consequences of climate change — and not necessarily ...Read more

 

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