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Editorial: Why is Florida hell-bent on stripping children of health insurance?

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To appreciate just how little the state of Florida cares for its children, look no further than the state’s arguments for kicking more kids off KidCare, a low-cost health insurance program.

The count was already at 22,500 when a federal judge last month dismissed Florida’s suit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and ...Read more

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Commentary: What it means to serve on a jury

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The conviction of Donald Trump on 34 counts of falsifying public records is the latest news in a series of historic events over the course of an extraordinary election year. With this verdict and the reality of a former president campaigning while facing dozens of additional felony counts, there is a lot of news coverage of America’s courts. ...Read more

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Editorial: Hamas continues to put its own people in harm's way

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Terrorist sympathizers reacted predictably to Israel’s daring rescue of four hostages on Saturday, blaming the Jewish state for harming civilians during the raid. This addled logic misses a significant point: Hamas intentionally stashed innocent captives among its own people and then fired on rescuers in a populated area.

Israeli commandos ...Read more

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Joe Battenfeld: Trump's short list for VP uninspired, problematic

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Donald Trump’s uninspired list of vice presidential prospects includes several men who have been critical of Trump, which could present problems for the ticket.

The former president – who has reportedly winnowed down his VP list to just a handful – needs somebody who can step into the Oval Office right away and be acceptable to the MAGA ...Read more

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Francis Wilkinson: Mitch McConnell misses on the real threat to democracy

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Joe Biden made back-to-back defenses of democracy last week, but one of their rallying cries simply underscored democracy’s peril. On Thursday, the anniversary of D-Day, McConnell published a call to preserve democracy by increasing military spending and defeating isolationism. In a speech ...Read more

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Editorial: Electing democracy: To undermine elections is not normal

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For the first time since the end of apartheid in South Africa, the African National Congress party has lost its majority of the nation’s parliament. Yet instead of trying to cast doubt on the results themselves or take aim at the country’s electoral system, its leaders are now discussing a unity government.

In India, the world’s largest ...Read more

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Editorial: Thirst for violence: Trump's Jan. 6 'warriors' comment is call to arms

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This weekend, the always rambling Donald Trump appeared to ad lib a new term for the Jan. 6 insurrectionists: “they were warriors,” the former president said of the rabble that invaded the Capitol and attempted to end the American system of representative government.

You might not think there’s much of a difference between his previous ...Read more

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Andreas Kluth: Biden's Gaza pier is no more than pathetic symbolism

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The superpower’s engineers and soldiers waded into the waves lapping at the Mediterranean shoreline and tethered their pontoons to form a sort of pier, eventually to become a bridge. But a storm wrecked the pier and delayed the superpower’s plans. Those ultimately turned out to be doomed anyway.

You’re probably recognizing the start of ...Read more

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LZ Granderson: Praising the Jim Crow era? That's a red flag

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Jim Crow was not the problem.

Jim Crow was meant to be the solution.

The problem was Rutherford B. Hayes winning the electoral college but losing the popular vote in 1876. To get over the hump — there was a filibuster contesting the results — Hayes agreed to remove federal troops from former Confederate states.

In short: The ...Read more

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Editorial: What Cuban 'justice' reveals about Rubio

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Maybe Marco Rubio doesn’t know any better.

But ignorance isn’t the only reason why Florida’s senior senator would indignantly compare Donald Trump’s criminal conviction to a show trial in Cuba. It’s merely the kindest.

This University of Miami School of Law graduate must surely have missed classes explaining that in an American court...Read more


Commentary: Interracial marriage went from criminal to commonplace. Could it go back?

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American love stories have a default race: white. If the love story is “interracial,” one person is white, and the other person is not. In a standard American rom-com, the only nonwhite characters are the white lead’s helpful best friends or underwritten colleagues.

Quincy, a Black man, and I, a South Asian woman, are none of these things...Read more

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Michael Hiltzik: How a blunder by a respected medical journal is fueling an anti-vaccine lie

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The paper published by the respected British Medical Journal earlier this month was eye-opening, to say the least. It questioned why excess deaths in Western countries remained unusually elevated during the COVID-19 pandemic even after vaccines were introduced in 2021.

The implication seemed clear: Rather than reducing cases and deaths, the ...Read more

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Editorial: An early summer weekend of gun deaths in Chicago shows how far we have to go

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As Chicago headed back to work this week, the city was coming off one of the most beautiful weather weekends in recent memory, characterized by temperatures in the mid-70s and refreshing breezes.

But in too many parts of the city, the picture-perfect conditions belied harrowing periods of violence and fear.

Ten people were shot and killed over...Read more

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Commentary: Election officials are heroes. Support them by becoming poll workers

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Elections are the primary mechanism for Americans to communicate their ideas, priorities and values. As someone who closely studies civic engagement and elections, I’ve seen firsthand the crucial work that election administrators and poll workers do to make it possible for people to have a say in our system of self-governance. They are the ...Read more

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Editorial: LA, we've got to talk about your meth problem

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Los Angeles has recently seen a series of knife attacks and other crimes in which suspects exhibit not just violent but bizarre behavior often attributed by the public to mental illness, but which professionals say have the hallmarks of something else entirely:


Methamphetamine use is no secret. The addictive stimulant is a fixture in ...Read more

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Commentary: Justice Alito doesn't understand the history of white power

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The recent Supreme Court decision written by Justice Samuel Alito in Alexander v. South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is astonishing. Alito, who prides himself on his knowledge of judicial history, has deliberately ignored the actual racist history of voting in South Carolina.

Amongst the many areas of criticism this decision warrants,...Read more


Max Hastings: EU populists are blind to the real threat to the bloc

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The weekend’s European elections, with just over half of the 373 million eligible voters across 27 countries casting ballots, have rocked the continent. The result reduced the leaders of the bloc’s biggest nations, Germany and France, to lame ducks. And though the center-right will continue to dominate parliament, the surge in support for ...Read more


Trudy Rubin: I am in Ukraine to see if the war vs. Russia is still winnable

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ODESA, Ukraine — On my way to Europe on Thursday, I watched a video of an emotional exchange between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and a 99-year-old World War II veteran in a wheelchair during ceremonies for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy, France.

The vet whipped off his hat, embraced the Ukrainian leader in a...Read more

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Martin Schram: How Reagan-Biden made history at Normandy

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D-Day remembrances come and go. And U.S. presidents come to Normandy and take their turns at making their moments memorable – and then they go.

No president will ever be as inspirationally memorable and genuinely presidential as Ronald Reagan was when he came to Normandy on June 6, 1984. Reagan saluted several dozen elderly Normandy landing ...Read more



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