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Why we politicize everything

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The following editorial appeared in The Gazette on Wednesday, Sept. 20:

The divisive political infestation of sports and entertainment prompts a collective gag reflex, as the glitterati whine about a country that made them famous and rich. Politics on the field and stage just doesn't feel right.

Sunday night's Emmy awards was politicized from ...Read more

How Congress ducks responsibility for wars

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The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Thursday, Sept. 21:

Back in April, President Donald Trump ordered a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian military airfield, punishing the regime for a chemical weapons attack. Bashar Assad has no friends on Capitol Hill, but some lawmakers, from both parties, objected to Trump's decision to ...Read more

Doyle McManus: Will Trump's 'Rocket Man' speech lead us to war?

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The ostensible purpose of President Donald Trump's speech at the United Nations on Tuesday was to explain to the world why "America First" is an idea other countries should embrace. It was to be "a deeply philosophical address," a White House official promised. Instead, the speech will inevitably be remembered for just two words: "Rocket Man," ...Read more

Norway's nuance: How a prosperous nation keeps it together

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The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday, Sept. 20:

What happens when Norway -- a Scandinavian country whose government provides its citizens a lifestyle that includes the world's highest measures of quality in health care, education, labor standards and wages -- holds elections?

The answer is, something of ...Read more

Sean Spicer tells critics to lighten up, but democracy isn't a joke

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The following editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday, Sept. 19:

Here is a fact: On Sunday night, at a signature Hollywood event with a television audience of millions, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer rolled out onto the stage and joked about lying to Americans.

"This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys,...Read more

Martin Schram: Vietnam: The war's untold truths

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There are two good ways America's post-Vietnam War generations can learn the lessons we must never forget about how the world's greatest superpower could send 58,000 of its own to die in a war that was not going to be won.

The best way is to watch all of Ken Burns' and Lynn Novick's compelling, comprehensive 10-part documentary series now ...Read more

Walter Shapiro: Fatal flaw for Republicans in health care bill

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The Republicans' latest drive to repeal Obamacare is reminiscent of a poetry fragment from Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade": "Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why."

Whatever happens with the bill likely slated to reach the Senate floor next week, it is hard to escape the feeling that this wild charge will end badly for...Read more

Rekha Basu: These women went from marching on Washington to running for office

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The journey for Karin Derry, a lawyer, and Rhonda Martin, a landscape architect, began when they crammed into Martin's old van with three other Iowans and headed for the nation's capital to take part in the Women's March on Washington.

Although it meant pulling through toll booths with a non-functional driver's-side window, they were committed ...Read more

Ending DACA poses threat to public schools

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Years ago, in Camden, N.J., I taught a class on contemporary politics. One day, a distressed student approached me after class. She was undocumented, she told me, and worried about applying to college.

The student asked if I thought filing an application for federal financial aid could put her family in danger of deportation. She was just 3 ...Read more

Yes: Time to end kangaroo court tribunals

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An achievement of the modern feminist movement has been making society and policymakers more aware of such injustices as domestic violence and sexual assault.

This was especially needed in higher education because colleges improperly resisted acknowledging sexual crimes for far too long.

But reform movements can sometimes go awry, which ...Read more

No: Don't set back the fight against sexual assaults on campus

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Earlier this month, Betsy DeVos announced her Education Department would review Title IX guidance on sexual assault issued by the Obama administration, parroting men's rights groups' complaints about false accusations and kangaroo courts.

That is a shame for the one in five college-age women and substantial numbers of men subjected to sexual ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: For better health, run from Bernie

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The socialist threat best known as Sen. Bernie Sanders wants a single-payer health care system, and here is what that means: adding monstrously to our unbelievable entitlement debt, endangering the economy, doing away with our freedom to choose our own health care plan and helping to make our future a flop.

It is all very simple, you see, ...Read more

Motormouth Trump warns 'rocket man' Kim

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The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, Sept. 20:

Many a world leader has come to the United Nations to give a mealy-mouthed speech or issue a vague declaration. Delegates understood they could remain awake at their discretion.

The action was different, and riveting, Tuesday at the U.N. when President Donald Trump...Read more

Don't risk Graham-Cassidy vote without Congressional Budget Office score

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The following editorial appeared in the Star Tribune on Wednesday, Sept. 20:

U.S. Sen. John McCain's late-night vote in late July to derail Republican health care reform merited the nation's thanks. Not only did the Arizona Republican deal a mortal blow to a deficient bill, but he sent a pointed message about hewing to the Senate's time-tested ...Read more

How many women run major companies? Not enough

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The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, Sept. 19:

Ilene Gordon announced her retirement Monday as one of the most important CEOs you've never heard of: Her company, Ingredion, makes ingredients for other food companies, so if you like your pop to taste sweet or your baked tortilla chips to be crunchy, you can thank ...Read more

Sanders health bill is about society, not individual rights

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Sen. Bernie Sanders recently unveiled his Medicare for All bill, proclaiming in a New York Times op-ed that health care is a "human right." In a video on his website, he further frames access to medical care as "a right, not a privilege."

The senator is correct. However, he may have trouble convincing skeptics because this language falls right ...Read more

Want your local economy to grow? Start embracing immigrants

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All eyes are on Washington as the fate of nearly 800,000 undocumented young people brought here as children dominates the debate over America's broken immigration system. But while many focus attention on the nation's capital, important discussion is happening this week in New York. As the UN General Assembly meets, mayors from around the United...Read more

Who's the madman, Kim or Trump?

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The following editorial appeared in The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday, Sept. 20:

President Donald Trump has hurled plenty of harsh words at North Korea before, but nothing approaches his promise at the United Nations today that if forced to defend itself or its allies, the United States would "totally destroy" the country. He did not promise a ...Read more

Last-ditch Graham-Cassidy health care bill is the worst one yet

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The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, Sept. 20:

Under cover of a fog of news, Senate Republicans have been trying to round up enough votes for yet another bid to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill they have in mind is in many ways worse than any of the three bills that failed this summer...Read more

Patricia Murphy: Strange times for McConnell in Alabama Senate race

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When President Donald Trump tapped Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general last year, the last thing on anyone's mind was what would happen to the Alabama Senate seat that Sessions would leave behind. With a Republican governor in a reliably Republican state, the assumption was that the governor would appoint a safe placeholder for the ...Read more

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