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Noah Feldman: The strange thing about Trump's anti-Semitism order

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President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at combating anti-Semitism on college campuses. What could possibly be wrong with that? The answer is nothing -- provided the directive is applied in a way that doesn't infringe on the free speech rights of student groups that are critical of Israel. But the way the executive order is ...Read more

Editorial: Impeach President Donald Trump

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Since taking office as president in 2017, Donald Trump has used the unfiltered power of social media to broadcast his daily disdain and mockery of rivals, and to promote his version of the truth.

That he has continued this mockery to the impeachment process -- the most serious action Congress can initiate beyond a declaration of war -- is of ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: Lies can kill people and our presence in Afghanistan is an example

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It's no small thing when grotesque mistakes and lies about them cost 2,300 lives and a trillion dollars, but that's what we got from U.S. officials who have kept us at war in Afghanistan for 18 years. A chief culprit is the Pentagon, of course, but also presidents, Congress and the State Department. And the overall picture is powerfully ...Read more

Commentary: What's really at stake in the Chick-fil-A controversy

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The angry backlash against their belief that marriage is between a man and a woman started on social media. Soon activists called for a boycott. Then officials banned them from selling in a key market. Faced with mounting social, economic and legal attacks on their business, the company's leadership was faced with an impossible decision: ...Read more

Editorial: Trump's campus anti-Semitism order could undermine free speech

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Anti-Semitism is pernicious and dangerous wherever it appears, including on college campuses. It's appropriate for the federal government to investigate and if necessary penalize federally aided colleges and universities that fail to protect Jewish students from harassment or discrimination.

But an executive order signed by President Donald ...Read more

Commentary: Scientists suggest fertility control as a way to combat climate change. Now that's alarming

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Thousands of scientists around the world joined together last month to label climate change the "emergency" that it is. But one of the main points they make -- linking control of women's reproduction to environmental goals -- is problematic. Focusing on what women in poor nations with the highest birth rates can do to curb climate change ...Read more

Commentary: Elizabeth Warren's big bad idea: Taxing our way to prosperity

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Last week, a New York Times headline caught my eye. "Could tax increases speed up the economy? Democrats say yes." The story, written by Jim Tankersley, explained that Elizabeth Warren is "leading a liberal rebellion" against the "long-held economic view that large tax increases slow economic growth."

Given the miserable track record of ...Read more

Commentary: As Reform Jews, we must consider reparations for American slavery

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Americans in general and faith groups in particular increasingly find ourselves reckoning with our nation's bigoted history and struggling with how to dismantle the racist systems and structures that persist to this day. As the largest Jewish denomination in the United States, it's time for the Reform movement to join this conversation. It's ...Read more

Commentary: Economic inequity has gone bananas

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Three collectors recently took home some unconventional offerings from Art Basel, a famous art show held annually in Miami Beach. Each artwork consisted of a banana duct-taped to a wall. Two sold for $120,000, one for $150,000.

For a banana. And some tape.

Unfortunately, this fruity farce is just one small sign of the growing gap between the ...Read more

Commentary: What's worse than world leaders laughing at the US?

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That viral video of the leaders of Canada, France and the U.K. laughing about their U.S. counterpart at last week's NATO summit was vivid yet anecdotal evidence of what the rest of the world thinks of President Donald Trump. Now comes some hard data showing America's declining global reputation.

Not only is the perception of the U.S. as a top ...Read more

Commentary: Elizabeth Warren's big bad idea: Taxing our way to prosperity

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Last week, a New York Times headline caught my eye. "Could tax increases speed up the economy? Democrats say yes." The story, written by Jim Tankersley, explained that Elizabeth Warren is "leading a liberal rebellion" against the "long-held economic view that large tax increases slow economic growth."

Given the miserable track record of ...Read more

PRO: Second Amendment sanctuaries reflect the will of people who value the Constitution

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As leftist politicians continue to threaten the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, citizens are standing up for themselves.

Dozens of counties in California, Colorado, Illinois, Rhode Island, Texas and elsewhere have voted to become "Second Amendment sanctuaries," declaring that sheriffs in those counties will not enforce gun-...Read more

CON: Second Amendment sanctuaries are a legal fiction that jeopardize public safety

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There is no such thing as a "Second Amendment sanctuary." This concept is a legal fiction adopted by a small minority of local leaders to undermine normal democratic processes and override the will of a majority of a state's voters.

Any resolution enacted by a local governing body that attempts to pick and choose which state laws apply in a ...Read more

Gina Barreca: Losing a local news anchor is a lot like losing a friend

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We choose how we get our news, and over the past 20 years, our decisions have been increasingly based on our political partisanship. We're Fox watchers or MSNBC fans; we want Hannity or Maddow. Searching less for information than for affirmation of our own biases, we select our teams and root for their most valuable players. We feast on the ...Read more

Editorial: Trump's abuses of power are worthy of several articles of impeachment. But two are enough

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President Donald Trump's myriad abuses of power could easily provide the basis for several articles of impeachment. But on Tuesday House Democrats unveiled only two, both related to Trump's unconscionable attempt to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations that would benefit him politically.

Even if you think the bill of particulars should ...Read more

Ann McFeatters: Gifts for that hard-to-buy-for politician in your life

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WASHINGTON -- The annual mountain of catalogs is pouring into our mailboxes again.

With thoughts of impeachment swirling in our heads, we decided to curb our natural antagonisms and spread some cheer from said catalogs before they go into the recycling bin.

Jim Jordan, the overwrought Ohio Republican congressman who likes to shout observations...Read more

Editorial: Trump has his new NAFTA. But is it any better than the original?

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Here's one thing you can say for President Donald Trump's biggest trade pact so far: The new version of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is better than the one Trump originally negotiated a year ago. House Democrats and the Trump administration announced a number of changes Tuesday that will make the agreement more enforceable, likely assuring ...Read more

Doyle McManus: The FBI gets another black eye

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WASHINGTON -- The FBI owes Carter Page an apology.

That wasn't the headline after the Justice Department released a blistering internal review of the FBI's Russia investigation. The top news was that the FBI had solid grounds to investigate, and it wasn't a partisan hoax, as President Donald Trump angrily insists.

But Page's ordeal -- as a ...Read more

Commentary: How drug companies over-rely on China

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China has become the world's largest producer and exporter of "active pharmaceutical ingredients," the base components drug companies use to manufacture most of the medications we rely on. China's dominance puts both the health of Americans and our national security at risk.

According to the findings of a new report from the U.S.-China Economic...Read more

Editorial: Unlike other politicians, those in the Florida Keys know the perils of climate change

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Unlike most politicians in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., those in the Florida Keys don't mince words when talking about climate change.

How can they with two Key Largo neighborhoods having endured flooded streets for most of the past three months? The flooding arrived with autumn's king tides and didn't drain because the surrounding sea is ...Read more

 

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