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Los Angeles Times: We've seen enough. Trump should be impeached

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The House of Representatives' inquiry into President Donald Trump's actions on Ukraine is not yet complete, but the evidence produced over the last two months is more than sufficient to persuade us that he should be impeached. Witness after witness testified that the president held up desperately needed, congressionally approved aid to Ukraine ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Trump's most dangerous behavior on Ukraine may not be an impeachable offense

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When the House of Representatives draws up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the list might not include one of his most dangerous abuses of power: the president's promotion of fraudulent conspiracy theories giving White House credence to crackpot claims once confined to fringe websites.

In the impeachment case, the ...Read more

Dan Rodricks: The right's response to record income inequality: Cut food stamps

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Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren keep pointing to the record level of income inequality in the United States, the highest it has been since the Census Bureau started measuring it 50 years ago, and, in reaction, defenders of the plutocracy throw penalty flags.

When Sanders and Warren talk about taxing the ...Read more

Opinion: The GOP's defense of Trump actually makes him look worse

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Republicans have gotten used to defending President Trump's statements or tweets by saying he meant something else. He was speaking in a form of verbal shorthand. There's an important backstory. If you saw the big picture, you'd get it.

Trump's now-infamous July 25 call with new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has presented the ultimate...Read more

Editorial: It's not us vs. them: Attorney General Barr should not threaten communities that question police conduct

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Attorney General William Barr showed a bad grasp of history and modern thinking with his veiled warning to communities not to criticize the police. His comments Tuesday at an event in Washington, D.C., show a tin ear to the committed efforts by law enforcement agencies across the nation to improve relations with the communities they serve. They ...Read more

Fabiola Santiago: George Zimmerman is still not done being a scumbag

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George Zimmerman is still not done being a scumbag.

Even for an acquitted killer with a trail of sick behavior, painting himself as a victim worthy of collecting damages is a new low.

Is there anything more outrageous than the man who killed an unarmed teenager walking home filing a lawsuit against the boy's forever grieving family?

But that'...Read more

Commentary: Nuclear weapons violate human rights

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Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day, when we honor the incredible work of human rights advocates around the world. It is also a time when we should demand the abolition of nuclear weapons.

When people think of human rights, nuclear weapons might not immediately come to mind. But these weapons violate our human rights by threatening our health and even ...Read more

Commentary: 'The L Word' changed TV for queer women. Sequel 'Generation Q' doesn't need to

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In 2004, "The L Word" introduced television audiences to a group of close-knit queer women and their vibrant, messy, melodramatic slice of West Hollywood life. For many of us, it was love at first sight.

The first series focused primarily on the stories of lesbian and bisexual women. "The L Word" flaunted its sharp and sexy characters, ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: The Three Stooges take on Alec Baldwin

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In the minds of some, President Donald Trump has been well summed up by Alec Baldwin's satirical portrayals of him on "Saturday Night Live." But watch out because, during a congressional hearing this past Wednesday, we had the Three Stooges summing up the Democratic henchmen trying to impeach him. Maybe it was unintended, but there were these ...Read more

Martin Schram: Did Democrats miss an impeachment gift?

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Our leaders have gotten us entrapped in the most topsy-turvy impeachment case in American presidential history.

Most of us are quite sure about what President Donald Trump really did -- or didn't do -- that has landed him in the middle of this impeachment crisis. And you don't even need a spoiler alert to know how it is going to come out: Trump...Read more

Christine M. Flowers: Lisa Page owes an apology — to Peter Strzok's wife

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This week, Lisa Page, the former FBI lawyer who became a frequent target of President Trump after criticizing him in text messages during his candidacy in 2016, poured her heart out to the Daily Beast's Molly Jong-Fast. It was a master class in narcissism, because Page made the story all about her, sounding just like the man she despises.

Since...Read more

Will Bunch: What Pete Buttigieg doesn't get about how college has ripped America in two

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There was one moment around Wednesday's marathon House Judiciary Committee hearing on President Donald Trump's impeachment that spoke volumes about the great political chasm in America as the 2010s come to an end -- and it has nothing to do with Ukraine, quid pro quos, a "perfect" phone call or even the unmentionable name of a presidential ...Read more

Editorial: Alternative Fact of the Week: Worldview of Trump unchanged; that's the problem

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For those who may have been too distracted by impeachment proceedings to follow campaign politics, let us catch you up: Former Vice President Joe Biden released a video this week deriding the president as a global laughingstock. To this we must rise to Trump's defense and say, "alternative facts."

Biden's campaign would have the American people...Read more

Commentary: NATO at 70: Cracks in alliance are significant

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There are really only three ways NATO could end:

-- The United States, NATO's most powerful member, could walk away.

-- Europe, led by one of the continent's larger and more ambitious nations, could break off to try and fend for itself.

-- Or an outlying member could throw a wrench in the alliance's decision-making process, which requires ...Read more

Virginia Heffernan: Trump's impeachment should be the simplest in American history

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"Now, on the investigation, you know ..."

So began the fateful White House conversation that revealed the "smoking gun" in President Nixon's hand in the Watergate scandal.

Like Trump in summer 2019, Nixon in summer 1972 was obsessed with investigations.

Nixon schemed with his chief of staff to stop investigations into his guilty henchmen and ...Read more

Brian Dickerson: ICE weaponizes the American dream to purge foreign students from Michigan

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If you've been keeping one eye on the news in this holiday season, you may have heard about the federal agency that built a fake university to trap and deport foreigners plotting to further their education on American soil.

As my Free Press colleague Niraj Warikoo reported, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently revealed that it has ...Read more

Commentary: A Florida death row case indicts the entire capital punishment system

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The American criminal justice system has never been as good about ferreting out truth and justice as most people would like to think. The system relies on the memories and judgments of human beings, which makes it fallible and, worse, subject to manipulation.

A new in-depth look at the career of a single jailhouse informant brings the system's ...Read more

Editorial: Your medical information should be yours to control

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Few things are more private than a person's medical history. Yet without the consent of patients or their doctors, America's second-largest health care system and Google are cooperating to share personally identifiable medical information on 50 million patients. Regardless of the intentions to improve health care, this is a violation of privacy ...Read more

Editorial: Devin Nunes and his blind allegiance to Trump is the real danger to the republic

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"There are no words to describe how dangerous a slope this is for our republic."

So said Rep. Devin Nunes Wednesday on Ray Appleton's radio talk show in Fresno, Calif. Nunes spoke about the impeachment proceedings now occurring in the House of Representatives that are focused on President Trump. Nunes, the Republican from Tulare, Calif., spent ...Read more

Dahleen Glanton: In the aftermath of Donald Trump, a black woman like Kamala Harris never had a chance at the presidency

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Sen. Kamala Harris would have been an excellent president. But it was never going to happen. The elephant in the room was just too big.

She is a woman and she is black. And in the aftermath of Donald Trump, she never had a chance at gaining the kind of broad support needed to keep her campaign financially viable. That's why she abruptly ...Read more

 

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