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Gina Barreca: 8 things to know about sexual harassment

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No. 1 Looking back, it feels like sexual harassment. As I remember it, many desks in the schools I attended had a picture of a penis drawn or carved into them. Maybe it was smudged because somebody tried to clean it off or paint it over, but it was there. It had been there for generations. There were penises etched into school cafeteria tables ...Read more

Christine M. Flowers: Roy Moore the theologist

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It's funny how you can spend your whole life thinking you're an expert in something and then-bam!-find out you're wrong.

For example, I'm a Catholic born and bred, and can recite most prayers backward, forward and in Latin, but I had no idea until this past week that the Virgin Mary met St. Joseph in a mall in Nazareth and they started dating ...Read more

Martin Schram: A no-labels look at Obamacare's mandate

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If the No-Labels folks were running Washington, our policy-making and politics would be running smoothly, civilly, and effectively.

Really. And to prove that's true, we will violate (just this once!) the clickbait commandment that religiously rules our news biz these days. We're targeting today's column as must-reading for just 52 people – ...Read more

Markos Kounalakis: American companies are funding the Kremlin's info war against us

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Consumers have power. Companies know it. Just look at how quickly Keurig pulled its ads from Sean Hannity's Fox News show over his coverage of Roy Moore's alleged child molestation. Indeed, strategically spent big media money can take down talk show hosts, cut into the bank accounts of pro athletes and even elect an American president.

Imagine ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: Uranium One was one bad deal

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It's here again. The Uranium One scandal is in our faces again as President Donald Trump and not a few other Republicans are calling for a special counsel to investigate it. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems to be saying, hmmm, probably not, and a good part of the press says the whole thing is bosh. It is not bosh. It is corruption writ large...Read more

Editorial: 'Lock her up,' revisited

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An editorial by the Los Angeles Times:

We live in a country of laws and no one should be above them. That includes the president. And it also includes Hillary Clinton, his former campaign opponent. Where there is reason to believe that laws have been violated, there should be an investigation and if necessary a prosecution.

But the calls by ...Read more

Scary thought: Trump now gets to pick the country's top consumer watchdog

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After this week naming a former drug industry executive to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, President Trump now will be able to appoint his own pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Maybe someone from the payday lending business?

How about the former head of Wells Fargo? Or Equifax?

If I sound cynical, it's ...Read more

Scary thought: Trump now gets to pick the country's top consumer watchdog

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After this week naming a former drug industry executive to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, President Trump now will be able to appoint his own pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Maybe someone from the payday lending business?

How about the former head of Wells Fargo? Or Equifax?

If I sound cynical, it's ...Read more

How big a tax cut for Trump?

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A Los Angeles Times editorial:

At President Donald Trump's insistence, congressional Republicans are proposing something unprecedented: a special, lower tax bracket for partnerships, contractors and other "pass-through" businesses. And they're doing so with only the vaguest of ideas how the proposal will affect the country's most famous pass-...Read more

Commentary: Could the Senate keep Moore out if he were elected?

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Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the vacant Senate seat left by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, has been accused of sexual misconduct with several teenagers. So far, he has stridently maintained that he will not withdraw from the race, leading to speculation about whether the Senate could refuse to seat him or expel him if he were to win the ...Read more

Editorial: Let Sandy Hook parents sue

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An editorial from the Hartford Courant:

Parents of schoolchildren murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School are trying to persuade the state Supreme Court to let them sue the manufacturer of the military-style weapon used in the 2012 slaughter, as well as the gun distributor and the now-closed store where it was bought. We hope they prevail.

...Read more

Michael Hiltzik: Suddenly, the GOP tax bill has morphed into an attack on your health care

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The line going around Washington these days is that the Republicans previously tried to hide a tax cut for the rich in their Obamacare repeal measures; and now they're hiding an Obamacare repeal inside their tax cut bill.

That's correct. The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday slipped a provision into its tax cut bill that would effectively ...Read more

Michael Hiltzik: Suddenly, the GOP tax bill has morphed into an attack on your health care

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The line going around Washington these days is that the Republicans previously tried to hide a tax cut for the rich in their Obamacare repeal measures; and now they're hiding an Obamacare repeal inside their tax cut bill.

That's correct. The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday slipped a provision into its tax cut bill that would effectively ...Read more

Doyle McManus: Is there anything stopping Trump from launching a nuclear strike? Nope

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Here, in a nutshell, are the laws and procedures that limit President Donald Trump's power to launch a nuclear strike against North Korea anytime he likes:

There aren't any.

If the president wakes up one morning, turns on Fox News and decides that Kim Jong Un has ignored his warnings of "fire and fury" -- by announcing, for example, that he ...Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: McConnell's Jekyll-and-Hyde act wears thin

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Mitch McConnell probably thinks he's done all he can in recent years to keep Roy Moore and candidates like him from entering the United States Senate. He's right -- and he's also dead wrong. When it come to his relationship with the Republican Party, McConnell has a Jekyll-and-Hyde act going on. It's wearing awful thin right now.

Most recently,...Read more

Ann McFeatters: Here's what 'not' to talk about this Thanksgiving

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WASHINGTON -- We are at that interesting time of year when we gather together at Thanksgiving feasts with friends and family members we may not see all that often.

Around many tables there is a great probability that turkey legs will be thrown, gravy bowls overturned, monkey bread flung in all directions and pie smeared on the walls.

Here are ...Read more

Editorial: Trump's trade phobia hurts the Midwest

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A Chicago Tribune editorial:

President Donald Trump went to Asia for nearly two weeks, an unusually long time away from Washington for an American leader. Was it worth the effort and aviation fuel? No, especially for us in the Midwest. He returns to the White House with the United States in weaker economic and diplomatic positions in the ...Read more

Rekha Basu: Christian leaders' hypocrisy has victims

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The Alabama state auditor's website says this about its current occupant: "Jim Zeigler was led to Christ and baptized by pastor William K. Weaver." I'm not sure how the state auditor's religious affiliation is relevant to his role as a public official, but clearly it's something the Republican Zeigler believes his constituents care about.

...Read more

Commentary: Stories of harassment that we're not hearing

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With each new allegation that yet another powerful man harassed or abused his colleagues, I find myself thinking about the women we're not hearing from. I don't mean the third or eighth or 20th actress who declines -- for whatever reason -- to add her voice to the chorus against a predatory producer or creepy comedian. I mean women who aren't ...Read more

 

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