The enormous debt owed to slain Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter

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An editorial from the Baltimore Sun:

Our view: Shooting death of Baltimore homicide detective a tragic reminder of the enormous debt this city owes its brave police officers.

A veteran Baltimore police officer who suffered a gunshot wound to the head while on duty Wednesday in a notoriously dangerous neighborhood in West Baltimore just a block...Read more

Commentary: What the Republican tax plan will do to students should make every American parent ashamed

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As I read the Republican's tax proposals, I kept thinking, "Have you no shame?" After years of lamenting the size of the federal deficit, the House version of the tax plan would increase the deficit by more than $1.7 trillion over the next 10 years. The proposed overhaul of the tax system is an unabashed effort to help Republican friends and ...Read more

Editorial: Wall isn't a lifesaver, it's a boondoggle

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An editorial from the Baltimore Sun:

The first stage of President Donald Trump's controversial border wall project ended Thursday, while the prospects for any more wall construction -- and even what type of wall -- remain uncertain.

A border patrol agent was killed and his partner seriously wounded in the line of duty Sunday in West Texas. Few...Read more

Editorial: A stranger's in the house … to drop off your Amazon package

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An editorial from the Chicago Tribune:

You're waiting for an important package to be delivered. Or for the furnace repairman to arrive. Or the cable guy. Their companies can't tell you exactly when they'll be there. So you pace. And you peer out the window. And you hope you're not in the bathroom when someone rings the bell.

Because a ...Read more

Editorial: A bad cop's stain on Chicago must be wiped clean by real reforms

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An editorial from the Chicago Tribune:

In the annals of bad Chicago cops, crooked Sgt. Ronald Watts is one for the ages. His record of alleged shakedowns and setups stretched for years. He and a crew worked South Side housing projects, demanding protection money from residents and drug dealers, framing those who wouldn't cooperate on narcotics ...Read more

Commentary: The tale of two Targets, a Baltimore segregation story

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Like many patrons, I felt devastated and blindsided by Target's recent announcement that it would shutter its Mondawmin Mall location in February, apparently with little conversation or negotiation with their development partners or the city. While a closure anywhere would likely have a negative impact on a given community, removing access to ...Read more

Commentary: California county had a tool to get shooter into treatment. It just didn't use it, and the system failed

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A gunman on a rampage. A shootout with police. Multiple dead. A stunned and grief-stricken country. A community asking, how could this happen?

This has become an all-too-familiar occurrence.

However, in Tehama County, Calif., where tragedy struck last week, the warning signs were there: A person struggling with mental illness, described as "...Read more

Car buyers lose when government tells them what to buy

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DALLAS -- For a century carmakers built the cars and trucks their customers wanted. That's changing. Increasingly they're building cars and trucks the government wants their customers to have -- and that means electric vehicles (EVs).

CNN reports that China, France, Great Britain, India, Norway and Germany are considering banning the future ...Read more

US automakers are swept up in a global electric-vehicle rush

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- "General Motors believes in an all-electric future," GM product boss Mark Reuss announced recently.

"Although that future won't happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers' needs."

GM already offers one extended-range electric ...Read more

Ann McFeatters: Trump is making America work for himself

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WASHINGTON – Those who keep saying the Trump administration has done nothing for you, Real America, are so wrong!

Don't like skipping work to take your child to the doctor? Republicans have done away with the Children's Health Insurance Program, which protected 9 million children whose families' insurance policies don't cover them because of ...Read more

Editorial: A national moment of reckoning for abusers and creeps

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Movie producer Harvey Weinstein and comedian Louis C.K. are pariahs. Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama is under fire, and so is Democratic Sen. Al Franken. What a righteous moment of accountability for creepy men in power.

We don't know if this is the dawn of a new era when American society repudiates sexism and embraces equality...Read more

Editorial: Democrats must confront mistreatment of women

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An editorial from the Charlotte Observer:

Though Republicans have been on the political hot seat because of credible allegations about sexual assault, child predation and harassment hanging over Alabama's Roy Moore and the U.S. Senate seat he wants, only Democrats can turn what feels like a moment into a movement. For that to happen, they will ...Read more

Editorial: GOP tax plan sparks deja vu

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An editorial from the Charlotte Observer:

Thirteen Republicans voted against the House Republican tax reform plan last week. Twelve of them are from New York, New Jersey and California.

The lone Republican not from those states to oppose the bill? North Carolina's Walter Jones, who represents the 3rd District covering much of eastern North ...Read more

Editorial: Qualified or not, Trump's judges will have a profound impact on the law

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An editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:


Leonard Leo may be the most influential person Americans have never heard of. As executive vice president of the Federalist Society, Leo is guiding President Donald Trump's nominations of federal judges. U.S. News & World Report calls Leo the "judicial puppet master."

There are ...Read more

Commentary: Americans are supposed to share more than a meal on Thanksgiving. Here's how we can break the ice

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Thanksgiving: Time for family to gather, eat food, watch football, go shopping. And maybe, if we're lucky, tell a story or two.

I love stories. Growing up, though, I rarely had great Thanksgiving dinner conversation. My family gathered around a long table, pausing for a moment before we ate all the fixings of a splendid meal.

Sometimes my ...Read more

John M. Crisp: A good senator on the wrong side of a fine line

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Our president isn't a subtle man, so his tweeted glee over last week's sexual assault allegation against Sen. Al Franken isn't much of a surprise.

The irony, of course, is staggering. As far as we know, Franken never bragged about forcibly kissing and groping Leeann Tweeden during a 2006 USO tour and, unlike our president, he appears to have ...Read more

Doyle McManus: A middle-class tax cut? Hardly

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President Trump and his Republicans are still trying to sell their tax bill as a "middle class tax cut." The middle class isn't buying it -- but that won't stop Congress from passing some version of their plan.

The GOP's tax proposal was always going to be a hard sell. Its centerpiece is a deep reduction in corporate taxes when most Americans ...Read more

Dan K. Thomasson: It's always been our duty to report the truth. So why'd it take so long?

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WASHINGTON -- Back in the '70s I was attending an annual editors' meeting when I was asked in a confidential session what I was working on. At the time I was a managing editor for investigations for Scripps-Howard Newspapers.

I replied that I didn't feel comfortable with providing many details at that point but could only report that it was an ...Read more

Commentary: Robert Mueller is holding all the cards. He has the latitude to play them when he chooses

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We have now entered the second phase of the Russia probe. In the first, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team, starting from scratch, gathered sufficient evidence to file felony charges against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos.

Phase 1 has given Mueller leverage against higher-level targets, who must be wondering ...Read more

Commentary: As Poland's nationalists take the spotlight, notice the protesters

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More than 2,000 people turned out in Krakow and Warsaw last week for services in memory of Piotr Szczesny, a man who recently set himself on fire in protest of Poland's populist government.

His act has been overshadowed by the tens of thousands of demonstrators who marched in Warsaw recently to coincide with Poland's Independence Day, carrying ...Read more

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