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Commentary: Why I'm voting for Biden and other Republicans should, too

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It’s disappointing to watch an increasing number of Republicans fall in line behind former president Donald Trump. This includes some of his fiercest detractors, such as U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, who raised eyebrows during a recent interview by ...Read more

Editorial: The courthouse parade of GOP officials courting defendant Trump is a disgrace

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The procession of Republican Party standard-bearers through a New York City courtroom to pay fealty to and express outrage on behalf of Donald Trump hasn’t been surprising. But it has been depressing.

On Tuesday, it was Mike Johnson’s turn. Yes, the speaker of the House, second in line to the presidency, saw fit to take time out of his ...Read more

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Commentary: Pathway for an imperial presidency

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The recent surrealistic Supreme Court arguments around Donald Trump’s specific claim that he cannot be prosecuted for his self-coup and insurrection, which tried to prevent the hallowed peaceful transfer of power in the American republic, demonstrated that the ever-expanding imperial presidency could now reach its logical endpoint — ...Read more

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Commentary: Vladimir Putin has much to celebrate. But not the Russian people

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, the man who plunged Russia into a war that has proved far costlier than he anticipated, is riding high at the moment.

Last week, Putin formally took office for a fifth term after a presidential election that the United States, Europe and international monitors widely regarded as illegitimate. The inauguration ...Read more

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Editorial: Surveys reveal more bad news for the Biden White House

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Democrats calm themselves over President Joe Biden’s miserable poll numbers by noting that the election remains months away, an eternity in politics. Yet as the clock ticks, the weeks run by and the balloting draws closer, Biden remains foundering in survey quicksand.

The latest bad news for the White House arrived Monday courtesy of The New ...Read more

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Commentary: Don't shut down debate about Israel and antisemitism

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I was a professor for 20 years at New York University, which has campuses around the world. I taught at NYU’s Shanghai; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Accra, Ghana; and Tel Aviv, Israel, campuses.

Guess which one student protesters want to shut down?

The Tel Aviv campus, of course. The war in Gaza has reinvigorated demands to shutter the site, on the ...Read more

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Commentary: Liberal education under attack

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Of all the institutions that have plummeted in the eyes of America’s polarized society, none has fallen further than colleges and universities. According to a recent Gallup poll, confidence in higher education is at an historic low, dropping 20 percent in the last eight years alone. Today, only one in three Americans believe in the benefits of...Read more

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Editorial: SoCal air quality officials haven't acted to cut port pollution. They escaped to a desert resort instead

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Next time you take in Southern California’s notoriously hazy skies and dirty air, remember that smog regulators still aren’t using their power to crack down on one of the region’s biggest polluters.

Year after year the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s governing board has chosen to delay and waste time in fruitless talks ...Read more

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Commentary: Struggling to find meaning and happiness at work? Here's where you may have gone wrong

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Once upon a time, work was work: We endured it so that we could eat. But today too many of us have made the mistake of anointing work as our main source of meaning.

Seventy percent of employees say their jobs define their sense of purpose. Meanwhile, my research shows a scant 12.5% of us are “totally and utterly engaged” at work, echoing ...Read more

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Editorial: The IRS gets back on its feet. Time to crack down on wealthy cheaters

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Abraham Kiswani headed a thriving security firm in the Chicago suburbs when he had the bright idea to stop issuing himself payroll checks and instead issue checks that were falsely labeled “subcontracted services.” He then proceeded to underreport nearly $10 million in income, shortchanging Uncle Sam and the state by about $3.7 million in ...Read more

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Commentary: Put women in the rooms where it happens

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Before I became the president of Pivotal Ventures, I spent most of my career in national security. In my roles at the United Nations, the White House and the State Department, I had the chance to work on big, audacious challenges with teams I deeply respected and admired. But as much as I valued my colleagues, I was also conscious of who was ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: The NCAA's dilemma about trans athletes shouldn't be that hard of a call

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association is under pressure to draft an impossible piece of policy: a stance on transgender athletes that makes progressives and conservatives happy. The best it's come up with so far is to say late last month that its rules are "under review," after a smaller student-athlete association effectively banned ...Read more

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Editorial: Air quality alerts are a climate change alarm

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The sky over Minnesota was the subject of fascination and frustration over the weekend.

Awe over solar-storm triggered northern lights turned to "Aw, not again!" over an air quality alert sparked by smoke drifting from wildfires in western Canada.

The red alert — a condition considered unhealthy for all — issued by the Minnesota Pollution ...Read more

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Mark Gongloff: Trump and Big Oil are a match made in climate hell

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If you are still uncertain about Donald Trump’s stance on climate change, then the fact that fossil-fuel companies are helping to pay his legal bills should clear it up.

To be fair, the amount of oil money going to keep the once and possibly future president out of jail is kind of a pittance — somewhat less than $128,000 so far this year, ...Read more

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Editorial: Teens can't make lifelong commitments. Missouri must ban marriage under age 18

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Missouri doesn’t have a stellar record when it comes to protecting young people — young women, especially — from the harms of marrying far too young.

Less than a decade ago, the Show-Me State was known as a “destination wedding spot for 15-year-old child brides.” That’s because it was issuing marriage licenses to people who had ...Read more

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Editorial: Democrats are nervous about the city and its mayor. Will the DNC really be 'live from Chicago'?

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Chicago and the Democratic Party do not have identical agendas when it comes to the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Chicago’s agenda as host city is to reap economic benefits from all the media attention and look like a desirable place in which to live, vacation and do business. The Democratic Party’s agenda is to ensure the ...Read more

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Commentary: Californians love the state's parks. We just don't know they're state parks

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When Dos Rios Ranch opens to visitors next month in the San Joaquin Valley, California will have 280 state parks — making it one of the nation’s largest systems, as well as one of its most popular, with about 70 million visitors a year.

Who knew?

The short answer is: hardly anyone.

Over the past 20 years I’ve asked several thousand ...Read more

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Commentary: The commencement USC students, and their parents, should have had

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Last weekend as a parent, and 36 years ago as a student, I went to Michigan Stadium to be among tens of thousands for the annual graduation ceremony of the University of Michigan.

On Saturday morning, I walked with my wife and daughter — and 87-year-old Grandma Nora — the mile from campus to the Big House, waited in a long security line and...Read more

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Commentary: Why L.A. County's 'Jane Fonda Day' declaration was so astoundingly insensitive

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As a proud member of the Vietnamese American community and the California Assembly, I was deeply disappointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ designation of April 30 as “Jane Fonda Day." This decision on a day that holds sacred significance for much of the Vietnamese community was insensitive and hurtful.

April 30 is widely ...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: Let's be honest about who's spreading election disinformation

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How do you conduct a nonpartisan discussion about the integrity of election administration when one party is waging war on democratic legitimacy and the other party seeks to uphold it?

If the event I attended in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday night is any indication, you do it by never uttering the words “Democrat” or “Republican,�...Read more

 

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