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Editorial: Trump ally Ted Budd is avoiding Jan. 6 and the election lies he once helped spread

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It should be impossible to avoid the Jan. 6 committee hearings — especially if you’re a politician asking people to vote for you in November.

But it seems U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, the Republican nominee for North Carolina’s open U.S. Senate seat, wants to do just that.

Since the first hearing, which occurred on June 9, Budd has tweeted plenty...Read more

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Commentary: US must take lead on press freedom

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Last month, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Shireen Abu Akleh, an American-Palestinian journalist, while she was reporting for Al Jazeera on an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin. She was wearing a helmet and vest clearly marked “PRESS.”

Following Abu Akleh’s death, Israeli officials — after changing their ...Read more

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Commentary: Forget history. Forget safety. The Supreme Court prizes unfettered gun rights above all else

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After the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, and so many other places, it is deeply distressing that the Supreme Court on Thursday dramatically expanded gun rights and limited the ability of the government to prevent gun violence.

In a 6-3 decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the court declared ...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: Should we raise unemployment to fight inflation? No, we need to protect jobs no matter what

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If economic history teaches us anything, it's that when times get tough, working men and women get targets painted on their back.

Current events give us a perfect illustration. The U.S. is at or close to full employment with an unemployment rate of a historically low 3.6%, but inflation has been rising. So the argument that the remedy to higher...Read more

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Commentary: Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney understand the stakes of democracy

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There’s been deserved praise for the House Jan. 6 committee’s production values, yet the two leading players in these hearings are just as riveting: one descended from enslaved Black people, the other from a Puritan property owner in 1640 Massachusetts. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., each have centuries of wildly...Read more

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Editorial: The Supreme Court radically expands gun rights, a decision that will cost lives in NYC and elsewhere

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Using a garbled reading of history as a crutch, the U.S. Supreme Court’s supposed textualist conservatives have just managed to codify a cartoon cutout version of the Second Amendment, obliterating New York State’s concealed carry firearm permitting system. We will mince no words: This will cost the lives of civilians and police officers, as...Read more

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Mark Z. Barabak: California flushed $200 million down the toilet. Why won't it fix the recall process?

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Last fall, after state and local governments flushed more than $200 million down the toilet for a failed effort to chase Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, there was all sorts of talk about reforming California's recall process.

Lawmakers held forth, hearings took place, academics weighed in and the state's independent oversight commission gave the...Read more

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Noah Feldman: Supreme Court just made New York's mean streets meaner

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In a stunningly broad and transformative decision, the Supreme Court has struck down the New York law that says you can only carry a concealed handgun outside your home if you can show you have “proper cause” to do so.

For New Yorkers and residents of six other states including California and Massachusetts, this means concealed carry is now...Read more

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Jay Ambrose: Abortion poses major risks for Black Americans

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In the loud, raucous Roe v. Wade debate, we’ve heard a lot about the overreaching sacrifices women can face when having unwanted babies and about their rights to control their own bodies through abortions. Sympathy is widespread, while other, less-discussed issues need equal attention, such as the especially high rate of abortions afflicting ...Read more

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Editorial: Donald Trump's lies put election workers through hell. That makes voting less secure

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Of all the stunning revelations emerging from hearings of the House Select Committee on Jan. 6, 2021, the testimony from those facing physical threats is the most disturbing.

Tuesday, a Georgia election worker named Shaye Moss told the committee, and the nation, that her life has been changed forever because of the vicious attacks she faced ...Read more


Editorial: Mandate or not, wearing a mask is the right thing to do with COVID-19 on the rise in Idaho

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Just when we had gotten used to that feeling of not having a mask on our face, the debate over whether to mask in public has resurfaced with a resurgence of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month determined that Idaho's Ada, Elmore, Valley and Lewis counties are at high community risk, because of an increase in new ...Read more

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Commentary: Why Trump may really be in criminal jeopardy now

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The country saw and heard chilling testimony Tuesday from ordinary people whose lives Donald Trump’s lies turned upside down. Georgia election workers Shaye Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, testified during Tuesday’s hearing of the Jan. 6 House Select Committee hearings.

This former federal prosecutor noticed something that Attorney ...Read more

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John M. Crisp: Is Biden a good president? The question is irrelevant

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In response to the Jan. 6 House committee hearings, Republicans are embracing an adage that has served dependably for millennia in sports and war: “The best defense is a good offense.”

And the less defensible your position, the more attractive is this ancient maxim.

Thus, when former President Donald Trump produced a 12-page response to ...Read more


PRO: Hearings reveal Trump's vast plan to overturn Americans' votes

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Riveting bipartisan congressional hearings have brought the events on and leading up to the Jan. 6 insurrection to prime time. Compelling evidence shows that then-President Donald Trump carried out a widescale conspiracy to overturn the will of American voters and illegitimately hold onto power. Trump, and his supporters, betrayed the nation ...Read more


CON: Committee's hearings are simply show trials

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From the outset, the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol has been marred by political motives and malfeasance, making it unlikely that the vast majority of Americans will have confidence in the committee’s ultimate findings.

In fact, before the hearings even began, the committee was tinged by ...Read more

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George Skelton: California has long been a voice for abortion rights. But there's a political ring to it

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — People often ask me how things have changed at California’s Capitol over the last 60 years. One answer: Politics today is a lot more knee-jerk partisan.

A striking example is abortion.

That’s true of many issues. More legislators used to think for themselves and not be so subservient to party dogma.

Now, abortion is...Read more

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Commentary: My wife's abortion was a painful choice. Now as a father, I worry my daughter won't get to choose

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In 1997, my wife Janie and I welcomed our first child, a healthy daughter born after an uncomplicated pregnancy. The baby thrived and became the light of our lives.

A year later, we tried for another child, but Janie suffered a first-trimester miscarriage. Two more first-trimester miscarriages followed. We wanted more children but wondered ...Read more

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Melinda Henneberger: MAGA secessionists versus the Republicans who really did save our country after 2020

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MAGA was always supposed to be about “taking our country back.” But do Donald Trump’s most ardent soldiers even want to be part of the United States of America?

Texas Republicans not only want to secede but also imagine that after backing out of our country, they would live in an Eden of their own creation where there are no state or ...Read more

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Commentary: Why is it so hard to get health care as a trans cancer patient?

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Nobody can know what it is like to be a cancer patient without actually having cancer. Before I was diagnosed, I had proximity to cancer patients and experiences in health care that I thought gave me insight. In some ways they did. Yet although I had previously experienced discrimination for being transgender, nothing could have prepared me for ...Read more


Commentary: Overhyped Alzheimer's treatments betrayed patients' hopes. Here's how science should change

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America’s science policies are changing. America’s scientists need to change with them. The recent controversies over the Food and Drug Administration’s accelerated approval of an Alzheimer’s treatment are a lesson in the costs of failing to do so.

A year ago, the FDA fast-tracked Biogen’s aducanumab — the first new Alzheimer’s ...Read more



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