Editorial: Trump public charge rule undermines the American Dream

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Donald Trump has spent his time in the White House systematically undermining many of the principles and values we hold most dear. Now he wants to use his new "public charge" rule to gut the treasured principle the Statue of Liberty symbolizes: America as a nation that embodies hope and opportunity for those seeking a better life.

This must not...Read more

Editorial: Roar back at Trump's attack on the popular Endangered Species Act

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Chicago notched a win for an endangered species this summer as Great Lakes piping plovers Monty and Rose nested at Montrose Beach and successfully launched two offspring, with the help of many watchful volunteers and one canceled music festival. Elsewhere, news was dire for struggling species and their habitats.

July was equal to or warmer than...Read more

Editorial: Ignoring America's migrant legacy, administration yanks away the welcome mat

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No government in the world has America's proud history of having openly welcomed the poor and downtrodden to its shores. Inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, the most prominent symbol of immigration's contribution to American greatness, are the very words of poet Emma Lazarus that advertise this safe haven:

"Give me your tired, your ...Read more

Commentary: The most dangerous predator in the water

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Following reports of shark sightings and encounters up and down the East Coast this summer -- not to mention a viral video showing a great white shark leaping out of the water to snatch a fish off a boy's line -- some beachgoers are having second thoughts about going for a swim.

But it's important to know that the most dangerous predator in the...Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: Republicans, step right up to run against Trump

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If I were a political adviser to a conservative Republican senator or governor with presidential ambitions, I'd be giving one message right now: Challenge Donald Trump for the nomination.

Not because Trump is particularly vulnerable. He appears to be close to a lock for renomination right now, and that would most likely be true even if he ...Read more

Editorial: The federal government should not bring back executions

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The Trump administration's decision to start executing federal death row prisoners after a 16-year lull is a bad idea that reeks of politics rather than a sound decision based on the effectiveness of capital punishment as a crime fighting tool.

If the administration truly supports criminal justice reform, as it claimed back in December when it ...Read more

Commentary: The sexist demand on female superheroes: Save the world and look hot

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"Mom, look," said my daughter Mika. She was sitting on her bed, poring over the "Marvel Encyclopedia," a door-stopper catalog of superheroes recently borrowed from the public library. "The men here look so big and strong," she said as she pointed to the glossy pages, "but the women all look like this" -- she sucked in her stomach to indicate a ...Read more

Commentary: An easy fix for Social Security

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Eighty-four years ago Wednesday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law. He advised future generations to continue building on the program's foundation, which he explained "represents a cornerstone in a structure which is being built but is by no means complete."

Recognizing Social Security's importance to the economic ...Read more

Commentary: Make gun owners buy insurance

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America has just surpassed a grim milestone, with more than 250 mass shootings blasting the nation in only 216 days, at a rate of more than one act of gun carnage per day in 2019.

In recent days, mass shootings in Brownsville, Brooklyn; Gilroy, California; Southhaven, Mississippi, El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio have killed more than three ...Read more

Commentary: The sexist demand on female superheroes: Save the world and look hot

Politics / Op Eds /

"Mom, look," said my daughter Mika. She was sitting on her bed, poring over the "Marvel Encyclopedia," a door-stopper catalog of superheroes recently borrowed from the public library. "The men here look so big and strong," she said as she pointed to the glossy pages, "but the women all look like this" -- she sucked in her stomach to indicate a ...Read more

Editorial: Violence by white nationalists can be combated without a new federal law

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After the shooting rampage in El Paso, allegedly by a man who railed against the "Hispanic invasion of Texas," even President Donald Trump felt obliged to acknowledge that racism, bigotry and white supremacy are "sinister ideologies" that "must be defeated." Regardless of what you think of the messenger, Trump was only confirming what law ...Read more

Commentary: What happened to the right to choose your health care?

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From atop the lecterns at the Democratic presidential debates and the White House, a common trope is dismantling and rejiggering how health care is delivered in America.

For the left, the emphasis is on expanding who can access government-backed health insurance programs while cutting off the role of the private sector. On the right, President ...Read more

Ann McFeatters: History seems to be repeating in Russia, China

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WASHINGTON – It's beginning to feel like 1980s news tape showing America's despotic enemies running amok.

In Russia, a mysterious fatal explosion a few days ago in one of the country's 10 secret cities where nuclear research takes place has caused an uptick in radiation and raised alarm around the world.

It also raises memories of the 1986 ...Read more

Commentary: How a trade war's fallout spreads

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The trade spat between the U.S. and China over the last two weeks now seems headed toward a new phase, which could prove to be far more dangerous for the global economy.

The recent shifts roiling global markets began with President Trump tweeting on Aug. 1 that the U.S. would impose an additional 10% tariff on $300 billion in Chinese exports, ...Read more

Commentary: Treating health care as a right would be wrong

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Terming health care a "basic human right" may make an advocate feel more politically virtuous and caring. Nevertheless, such phrasing only oversimplifies and stunts the necessary debate remaining over how our health care system should and could operate better. The rights-based approach to health care reform remains wrong as a matter of U.S. law,...Read more

Martin Schram: Trump rule makes immigration classy

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The little boy was warned: SSHHH! He, his sisters and his parents were hiding from the guys with badges. They were stowing away in a train car, sneaking across the U.S. border – hoping to begin living their new American dream.

Luckily, they made it. They got across the U.S. border undetected. They had little money and just the few possessions...Read more

Virginia Heffernan: Trump's empathy deficit, explained

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"My beautiful 4-year-old daughter, Dayla ... "

Almost as soon as the woman started to speak, Andrew Yang flinched. He inhaled sharply.

Along with other Democratic candidates, Yang was speaking at a gun safety forum in Des Moines on Saturday. He seemed to sense what was coming. His right fist rose to cover his mouth, a cross-cultural reflex of ...Read more

Commentary: The Green New Deal: Less about climate, more about control

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If someone asked you to describe the Green New Deal, what would you say?

According to Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., it's a "bold idea" that would "create millions of good-paying jobs" and help "rebuild communities in rural America that have been devastated."

Oh, you thought the Green New Deal was all about fighting climate change? Well, think ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: Democrats at war with peace

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Heaven help us, because politics surely isn't.

Now we have two Democratic presidential candidates saying that a white policeman was committing murder when he shot and killed an innocent black man in Ferguson, Mo. In fact, a tediously careful federal investigation cleared the officer of anything criminal, just the defense of his own life, but ...Read more

Editorial: Trump's rollback of endangered species rules is reckless

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The Trump administration's announcement that it would break with convention in how it interpreted the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to include an evaluation of the economic effects of proposed mitigation efforts was widely -- and appropriately -- decried by environmental groups. They noted that with climate change, more species were facing ...Read more


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