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PRO: Space Force, done right, will move US ahead

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WASHINGTON -- There is an honest debate to be had over whether the United States needs a separate armed service that's focused on space. But President Donald Trump's critics are having none of it.

Instead, they have responded to the very notion of a Space Force with dismissive ridicule, suggesting that he wants a corps of ray-gun equipped Buzz ...Read more

CON: It's another Trump idea that belongs on a Hollywood launch pad

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WASHINGTON -- Throughout the history of the republic, American presidents have come up with some rather cockamamie ideas and programs.

Gerald Ford's "WIN" buttons – "Whip Inflation Now" – comes to mind. And there was Richard Nixon's outfitting Secret Service guards at the White House in Prussian-style ceremonial uniforms. That silliness did...Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: Republicans' nomination woes keep on coming

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Another round of primaries on Tuesday, along with the resolution of one from last week, gave us a new trend for 2018: Republicans are still having a lot of trouble nominating good general-election candidates. Democrats, meanwhile, continue to mostly choose seemingly electable candidates in contested elections, even if they are nominating some ...Read more

Editorial: Why was a Trump staffer able to make a secret recording inside the Situation Room?

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For a place that most of us will never see firsthand, the White House Situation Room conjures vivid mental images: gleaming high-tech military coordination, late-night strategy meetings with global implications and, most of all, security. It was the place from which top officials directed the 2011 operation against al-Qaida leader Osama Bin ...Read more

Editorial: President Trump, we are not the nation's enemy

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We are not the enemy.

It's shocking that in this country, built on the foundation of a free press, we would ever have to say that. But we live in shocking times. And we are under attack – from our president.

He has called us "the enemy of the American people." He disparages our work as "fake news."

At his rallies, he verbally abuses us. Not...Read more

Editorial: Huh? Commission created due to gun violence won't address gun violence

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After a teen gunman massacred 17 people at a Florida high school on Feb. 14, the Trump administration set up the Federal Commission on School Safety. It was an appropriate response to a deeply concerning issue: the increasing number of terrifying shootings at schools across America.

Unfortunately -- and incredibly -- the commission established ...Read more

Editorial: News media won't back down under pressure from president

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Last week, The Baltimore Sun's editorial board, like many editorial boards across the country, received a message from The Boston Globe asking us to join with them and "publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the (Trump) administration's assault on the press."

"This dirty war on the free press must end," the message read, calling "...Read more

Editorial: President Trump, we're not 'enemies of the people.' End your war on the free press

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No American president, or any city council member, for that matter, has ever unreservedly delighted in the way he or she was presented in the press. "I so appreciate the accuracy of their reporting on my perceived flaws!" said no official ever. "And good for them for holding me accountable."

But President Donald Trump has veered into unfamiliar...Read more

Editorial: President Trump, the press isn't the 'enemy' — it's America's watchdog

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President Donald Trump uses this nation's highest office to attack one of our country's core principles, and it has to stop.

A free press, empowered by the First Amendment, serves as a watchdog over every level of American government, from City Hall to the White House.

By labeling news reports he disagrees with as "fake news," the president is...Read more

Ann McFeatters: The doggone truth on Trump

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WASHINGTON – Remember how we speculated about what kind of dog Donald Trump would get when he moved into the White House? He never did get one. And now we know why. He hates dogs!

The last president not to have had a dog was William McKinley, who died of gangrene in office after a year following an assassination attempt.

Instead of having ...Read more

Editorial: Trump and the press

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You may have read that, this week, scores of U.S. newspapers are responding in independently written editorials to President Trump's many attacks on journalists as enemies -- his word -- of the American people.

As this became a national news story, we at the Tribune Editorial Board had two choices: We could stay silent and leave you wondering ...Read more

Mike Newall: If the grand jury report doesn't force a reckoning for the Catholic Church, it's time to walk away

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PHILADELPHIA -- Three years ago, when Pope Francis visited our city and stood at Lincoln's lectern on Independence Mall, he posed a deceptively simple question: "What are we going to do?"

He was asking what we were going to do for the marginalized in our society -- the immigrant, the homeless, the hungry, the uneducated -- and he spoke of how "...Read more

Ramesh Ponnuru: 3 things working against Kasich if he takes on Trump again

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Ohio Governor John Kasich and President Donald Trump celebrated a fellow Republican's electoral victory by resuming their feud. Both of them backed Troy Balderson, who appears to have won a nail-biter last week in a special election for the U.S. House. Trump claimed, on Twitter naturally, that the race was close because Kasich is so unpopular. (...Read more

Commentary: The high price of high tariffs

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August marks one year since the Trump administration began its trade war with China. And yet, despite months of tit-for-tat with Beijing in the name of seeking freer trade, Americans are not experiencing an increased ability to buy from and sell to the Chinese.

In fact, the White House has harmed relations with its closest allies in the process...Read more

Commentary: The high price of high tariffs

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August marks one year since the Trump administration began its trade war with China. And yet, despite months of tit-for-tat with Beijing in the name of seeking freer trade, Americans are not experiencing an increased ability to buy from and sell to the Chinese.

In fact, the White House has harmed relations with its closest allies in the process...Read more

Jay Ambrose: Can Trump save himself from the gotcha crowd?

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Given his braggadocio, his ignorance, his twisted tweets and more, President Donald Trump is his own worst enemy, except, of course, for Chuck Schumer, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, a past buddy of two, Stormy Daniels, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and Robert Mueller. Let's focus on Mueller.

He's the kingpin of the get-Trump movement, and no, I...Read more

Editorial: LAPD's new chief played by the rules and got $1.27 million. The rules need to change

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An experienced LAPD officer retires, collects his accumulated pension benefits, takes a few weeks of vacation and then returns to work and his $299,000-a-year job as if nothing happened -- except for the fact that he's now richer to the tune of, say, $1.27 million.

That's how much new Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore collected ...Read more

Editorial: Marijuana is not really legal in California if residents don't have a reasonable way to buy it

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California law allows adults to buy marijuana. It allows licensed businesses to deliver marijuana to customers, and it says specifically that cities and counties cannot prevent delivery services from traveling on public roads. Yet even though cities can't stop deliveries traveling through their jurisdiction, many cities currently ban deliveries ...Read more

John Baer: Questions for Catholics (and the Church) in the wake of the grand jury report

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It is as advertised.

The statewide grand jury report on sexual abuse by Pennsylvania clergy in six Catholic dioceses over decades is both sweeping and sickening.

It is bound to lead to change. In law. And, hopefully, in hearts.

It's also bound to raise questions. Some, concrete and specific, about the grand jury process, and balancing rights ...Read more

 

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