Editorial: Attacking Obamacare, again

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Despite the Trump administration's best efforts to undermine Obamacare, it is not collapsing, as the president often claims. The state exchanges where insurers sell policies to Americans who don't get health benefits at work are stabilizing, and enrollment remained about the same last year even after administration actions drove up premiums, ...Read more

Editorial A fill-in-the-blanks massacre

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Clip this editorial and hang onto it for the next time someone shoots up a school or a workplace or a country-western music festival. We can fill in the blanks together as political leaders compose thoughts and prayers before doing nothing about gun violence:

Reaction to the latest massacre was swift. Lawmakers mouthed empty words of sympathy, ...Read more

Markos Kounalakis: Trump's ideal America: More Norwegians, less Norway

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Donald Trump admires "winners" and his favored immigrant group, the Norwegians, are winning so much at the Winter Olympics that they are probably getting tired of hauling around medals. If the president were to take a closer look at the Scandinavian nation, however, there is little else beyond athletic success he would personally find appealing....Read more

Mihir Sharma: Trump Jr. may be too much for scandal-weary India

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If you lived in one of India's largest cities, a startling sight would've greeted you when you picked up your morning newspaper last Monday: Whole front pages had been replaced by an artists' impression of a skyscraper. There was to be a Trump tower in your town, the ads declared -- something you might have already gleaned from the photograph of...Read more

Editorial: Florida lawmakers school Marjory Stoneman Douglas students

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That was swift. As swift as Nikolas Cruz was when he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It took Florida legislators little time to teach some activist students a lesson by refusing to consider a gun law on Tuesday, even as students from Stoneman Douglas sat in the audience.

One student burst into tears in the gallery, ...Read more

Editorial: If there was no collusion why doesn't Trump confront Putin?

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"They are laughing their asses off in Moscow." That was one of President Trump's responses to the 16 indictments returned in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

He's right. Russian President Vladimir Putin likely is laughing – at Trump. The American president is so caught ...Read more

Martin Schram: From Parkland to Trumpland, we can finally identify and defeat our real enemy

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We are reporting today from the battle lines of a nation at war, besieged by attackers on multiple fronts – yet tragically unable to even identify its prime enemy.

So we must begin not by analyzing another round of fresh battle plans from our frayed commanders. Instead, we need to consult our nation's most sage philosopher, in the hopes that ...Read more

Commentary: US schools help spur a cash-less society

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Using cash at the store or to pay for your morning coffee is on the way out in Britain. A new report from British industry analysts estimates that just one in five purchases in the U.K. will be made with cash by 2026, down from approximately two out of three purchases in 2006. Similar trends are unfolding around the world.

In Kenya and some ...Read more

Ann McFeatters: It's time to start paying attention to Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- It's time to start paying serious attention to the Russia investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller clearly is on a trail of corruption, election meddling, possibly money laundering and obstruction of justice. We don't know whether it will lead to Donald Trump or not, but it already has ensnared his former associates.

In the ...Read more

Editorial: Billy Graham: A man who preached – and lived – a Christian life

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On a cool Tuesday night in October 1958, the Rev. Billy Graham walked onto a stage at the Charlotte Coliseum for the 26th sermon of a five-week Charlotte crusade. "Tonight," he began, "I want to talk on how to live the Christian life."

More than 13,000 people had jammed the arena to see the young North Carolina preacher just a decade into his ...Read more

Scott Martelle: The surest way for America's young adults to change gun laws is through the ballot box

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You have to admire the speed and resolve with which students who survived the mass killing at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week have moved to use their tragedy as a launching point for political activism over gun control laws.

It's a notoriously uphill fight. The 2012 slaughter of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook ...Read more

Eli Lake: Mueller ends era of impunity for foreign lobbyists

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Washington's unregistered foreign agents, who in the past have tread the gray areas between legal and illegal with impunity, should be nervous about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Most Americans focus on the former FBI director's probe into possible collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Russians in 2016...Read more

Andrew Malcolm: Try enforcing existing gun laws before launching new ones

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Here we go again with yet another "national conversation" about guns that is neither a conversation nor national. And not productive.

Understandably, as with the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre in 2012, the agonized outcries and visceral fears after the outrageous Broward high school deaths on Feb. 14 erupt from parents who entrust ...Read more

Editorial: California officials on water storage: What, me worry?

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A defining quality of California's state government is sluggishness. It's common for audits of state agencies to note that problems identified in previous audits remain unresolved.

Now Californians are witnessing an especially egregious example of this state trait. Forty months after state voters reacted to a brutal drought by lopsidedly ...Read more

Editorial: Grocery bags and takeout containers aren't enough. It's time to phase out all single-use plastic

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Faced with an unholy tonnage of chip bags, soda bottles, takeout containers and other disposable plastic items flowing into our landfills and our waters, winding up in wildlife, drinking water and food, policymakers in California have tried reining in plastic waste bit by bit. For example, more than 100 cities have adopted restrictions on ...Read more

Daniel Moss: Australia's turn in the muck of political tribalism

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Australians who thought the disruptions that have led many to view North Atlantic politics with disdain wouldn't reach their corner of the world can no longer ignore reality. The urban-rural divide that drove Brexit and the election of Donald Trump is now reverberating closer to home, and it's not a good look.

It's one way of explaining the ...Read more

Editorial: Jail took perverse pleasure in keeping Kansas chemist Syed Jamal from seeing his family

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People around the world have been worrying about what's to become of Syed Ahmed Jamal, the Bangladesh-born chemistry instructor arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in front of his distraught family in Lawrence, Kansas, last month. His wife was not permitted to tell him goodbye.

That was unnecessarily rough treatment of a ...Read more

Ramesh Ponnuru: A case for small steps to fix a big gun problem

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In the effort to reduce gun violence, or gun massacres, should we go big or go small? Should we concentrate on steps that have a consensus behind them, at the risk of not making much difference? Or should we seek to transform American law and culture, even if success looks pitifully unlikely?

The movement to regulate gun ownership has pursued ...Read more

CON: NAFTA a good deal for corporations, a bad deal for the country

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WASHINGTON -- Like most recent trade deals, NAFTA was negotiated quite explicitly to help businesses improve their profitability.

Essentially the George H.W. Bush administration, which negotiated most of the pact, sat down with major business groups and asked them what they would want in a trade deal with Mexico. This was the agenda they sought...Read more


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