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July 16, 2019

STEVENS: Ignore Trump’s tweets, congresswomen. You’re making America great.
On Sunday, the president wrote a string of tweets aimed at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and her fellow representatives in the House: Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan," says columnist Heidi Stevens. "The tweets are racist and nativist. ... The tweets are also an insult to our intelligence."
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July 16, 2019

BOONE: World Cup women show how far we’ve come, still have to go
"The increased success of women’s professional sports hinges on changed attitudes and on the chicken-egg factors of greater female youth sports participation and increased economic power for female professional sports. For these things to happen, the right messages must be sent to young boys and girls about female athletics. Women’s professional sports will gain economic clout when millions of young girls want to worship, watch and wear the jerseys of their female heroes. They deserve those heroes as much as boys do," says columnist Ron Boone.
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July 16, 2019

CARTER: A brief history of presidents making racist remarks
"President Donald Trump’s vicious verbal assaults on four women of color who are members of Congress have sparked an avalanche of well-earned criticism, including from some of his supporters. As regular readers know, I’m fascinated by history, so I’ve been wondering where Trump’s tweeted comments rank among the most racist ones made by presidents (or successful presidential candidates) during my lifetime," says columnist Stephen L. Carter.
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July 8, 2019

COMMENTARY: President’s tactics seal a deal on migration — but at a cost
"President Donald Trump’s latest trade-related pyrotechnics, threatening escalatory tariff threats on all of Mexico’s exports if the country does not take new action to stymie the flow of illegal immigration, appear to have induced new action on border security by Mexico. Yet Trump’s tactics, particularly if continued, are likely to have long-term consequences for the U.S.-Mexico relationship," say columnists Ryan C. Berg and Andres Martinez-Fernandez. "The aggressive tariff threats corrode a vital economic and security partnership. This tactic and Trump’s myopic focus on illegal immigration sideline a host of critical U.S. priorities in the bilateral relationship, such as countering China’s influence in the hemisphere and combating drug trafficking and corruption."
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July 8, 2019

RUBIN: Despite DMZ photo, Trump has made no progress eliminating on Korean nukes
"If Donald Trump’s embrace of Kim Jong Un could persuade this killer to give up his nuclear weapons, the president would indeed deserve a Nobel Peace Prize. After Trump’s first meeting with Kim, last year in Singapore, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bragged that Kim was committed to “denuclearization” and would completely eliminate his arsenal by January 2021," says columnist Trudy Rubin. "Yet in the year since the Singapore summit, there has been zero progress toward that goal. Kim’s arsenal of 30 to 60 nuclear warheads remains and more fissile material is being produced daily."
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July 8, 2019

STEIN: Alabama case shows how bad it can get
"A pregnant woman is shot in the stomach and miscarries. Can the baby’s mother be charged with the fetus’s death? This sounds like a law exam question I might have posed to my students to encourage critical thinking about law, politics, ethics and morality," says columnist Bobbie Stein. "But when I read the story of Marshae Jones, a young woman of color in Alabama, being charged with manslaughter after losing her pregnancy when another woman shot her in the stomach, all my critical thinking went out the window and was replaced with outrage."
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July 6, 2019

ZORN: Say it was so, Joe! Biden was right to oppose busing in the ‘70s
"Racists did oppose busing. The worst of the worst bigots, segregationists and white supremacists in public and private life aligned squarely against the practice," says columnist Eric Zorn. "But so did a lot of liberals, including African American liberals, who saw two-way busing as disruptive, divisive and particularly unfair to children who had to get up early and come home late in order to remedy historical wrongs they had no part in creating."
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July 6, 2019

SANTIAGO: There’s no place in Border Patrol for such inhumanity
Where’s the United Nation’s Human Rights Council? It’s clear that the international rights watch group is needed in this country, says columnist Fabiola Santiago.
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July 6, 2019

BUNCH: How the first U.S. city with no daily newspaper will help Trump in 2020
Ever since the rise of the internet sped up declines in print newspaper circulation and blew up that business model in the 2000s, media pundits have speculated when and where a significant American city will no longer have a daily newspaper, and now we know the answer: Youngstown, Ohio, in 2019. It’s hard to imagine a worse place or a worse time.
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June 28, 2019

BOYLE: Democrats need a candidate kids’ table
"It took Marianne Williamson wading into bizarre references about New Zealand, the moon and the power of love for me to realize something: The GOP made the right decision in their own overpopulated primary on the road to 2016. Not in whom they chose, of course, but in how they chose," says columnist Brian Boyle.
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June 28, 2019

MCFEATTERS: So this is the kind of nation we are
"For a year we have been telling ourselves we are not the kind of country that separates children from parents and relatives and locks them up without proper adult supervision, adequate food or even soap and toothbrushes. Apparently, we are that kind of country," says columnist Ann McFeatters.
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June 28, 2019

BERNSTEIN: Kamala Harris just taught a debate clinic. You’re welcome.
"It’s a fool’s game to predict how voters will react to nomination debate performances – or, for that matter, how the media will construct the story of any debate. So I won’t play that game. What I will say is that Senator Kamala Harris of California put on a clinic Thursday night in how to do these events," says columnist Jonathan Bernstein.
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June 24, 2019

FLOWERS: Democrats disrespect Joe Biden by not appreciating his past
"As former Vice President Joe Biden has embarked on his latest campaign for the presidency, I’ve been reminded about why I left the Democratic Party three years ago, after having been a member since 1980," says columnist Christine M. Flowers. "I’ve been reminded of this as his presidential campaign has faced backlash again and again — and it only officially began a month ago!"
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June 24, 2019

MCFARLING: Science fiction prescriptions for dying coral reefs
"The Great Barrier Reef is bleached and dying. Because oceans are heating so quickly, nearly all of the world’s corals are projected to be dead by 2050," says columnist Usha Lee McFarling. "Now, however, a handful of entrepreneurial scientists, many of whom have spent their careers studying the reefs that are dying before their eyes, are devising extreme measures to try to save them."
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June 24, 2019

LEUBSDORF: What to watch when Dems debate
"The Democratic National Committee assigned the 20 presidential candidates for next week’s debates to the two nights by lot in hopes of avoiding the 2016 Republican bias towards candidates leading the polls. They didn’t totally succeed," says columnist Carl P. Leubsdorf. "As a result, viewers will see an under-card next Wednesday night that includes only one of the current five top contenders — Sen. Elizabeth Warren — and a main event Thursday with the other four. Still, the two televised sessions could provide a major turning point in separating the contenders from the pretenders — and from one another. Here are some things to watch."
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June 20, 2019

"Even as children are dying at the U.S.-Mexico border, congressional Democrats are hiding from a bill to resupply devoured resources to relieve the misery of thousands of immigrants, and what we have is proof of something important. Democrats can be inhumane, uncaring and a national disgrace," columnist Jay Ambrose says. "The party’s warriors have their excuses, of course, but sadly, very sadly, those excuses will do nothing to supply the thousands of beds needed to serve unaccompanied children who might otherwise have to sleep on cement."
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June 20, 2019

"If there’s one thing less popular than Congress right now, it’s giving Congress a pay raise. Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy found that out the hard way last week when, despite a bipartisan agreement to quietly give a 2.6% cost-of-living adjustment to House members, the entire agreement blew up when House freshmen from both parties balked at voting to raise their own salaries," columnist Patricia Murphy says.
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June 20, 2019

O'BRIEN: Trump’s Orlando rally shows he’s running out of new tricks
"Four years ago, Donald Trump glided down an escalator into the lobby of Trump Tower, a building he regards as his signature accomplishment, for a marketing event," says columnist Timothy L. O’Brien. "On Tuesday evening, Trump took to the stage in Orlando, Florida, for what, by all appearances and a dearth of concrete policy proposals, was also nothing much more than a marketing opportunity."
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June 19, 2019

RALPH: Why should I continue to support the Catholic Church?
"I have become an angry Catholic. While I have been a faithful, life-long member of my church, and a long-time parishioner within the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I don’t think I could get any more cynical about my church’s leadership," says columnist John A. Ralph. "Like a lot of Catholics, I’ve been waiting for church leaders to do something meaningful in response to the sexual abuse crisis. I had high hopes for the Vatican summit earlier this year, which I thought might result in real reforms to address the culture of abuse that has infected the priesthood over the past several decades. Unfortunately this summit offered nothing — not a single concrete step to address this massive problem."
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June 19, 2019

GRAHAM: Making America happy again
"To make America happy again, society has to figure out how to make our country whole. Understanding what divides Americans — and what gives them hope — could be critical to improving their well-being and the nation’s," says columnist Carol Graham. "By tracking patterns in well-being, and creating programs based on the results, we can take steps toward tackling the malaise that afflicts many of us, including the physically and mentally stressed, the jobless, the aging and those struggling with drug use."
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June 19, 2019

HEFFERNAN: All the president’s lying ladies
"The Trump White House is a bit like Shakespeare summer camp: not enough substantial parts for the girls. The female roles at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are for craven ladies-in-waiting who are allotted very little moral agency, let alone opportunities for heroics. They subvert their ambitions to their overlord’s; they lie, in short," says columnist Virginia Heffernan. "Yes, there’s a Lady Macbeth, portrayed in Trumpworld as a waxen blonde sleepwalker, a ghostly daughter-wife whose veins are certifiably free of the milk of human kindness. (Ivanka’s understudy, the creepy Melania, has skipped so many rehearsals she’s been written off.) A shrewd, unholy trinity has settled for lesser roles: the liar-handmaidens Hope Hicks, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway."
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June 16, 2019

"A plan by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., to engineer a pay raise for members of Congress — whose salaries have been frozen at $174,000 since 2009 — has run aground, at least for now. It’s a reminder that pay increases for elected officials, no matter how modest, are politically radioactive. They shouldn’t be," writes Michael McGough.
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June 16, 2019

MARTELLE: Sarah Sanders says she’s leaving the White House. Can we believe her?
"You’ll be forgiven if the first thought that crossed your mind at the news that Sarah Huckabee Sanders is quitting as President Donald Trump’s press secretary was, 'Oh, does she still work there?' You’ll also be forgiven if the second thought was, good riddance," writes Scott Martelle. "Sanders stepped into the muck-filled shoes left behind by Sean Spicer in July 2017, and deftly continued with lies, half-truths and aggressive attacks on the media. Which, of course, is just what her boss wanted her to do."
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June 16, 2019

BLOOMBERG: Foreign election meddling is wrong, Mr. President
"It was extraordinary to hear a U.S. president declare that the FBI director is 'wrong' for saying that candidates should report to the FBI — as the law clearly intends — any effort by foreign agents to aid a political candidate by passing along opposition research. President Donald Trump does not understand the value of the law prohibiting campaigns from such aid, nor does he appear to have any intention of following it," writes former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "For all the different interpretations of the Mueller report, there is one aspect of it where there should be no debate among Republicans and Democrats: The threat of foreign meddling in U.S. elections has increased, it must not be tolerated or abetted, and campaigns must be held accountable for assisting in policing this national security imperative."
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June 14, 2019

Commentary: Give animals away for free and they may pay a terrible price
"Last month, authorities in St. Peters, Missouri, arrested a man suspected of killing and dismembering at least a dozen cats and kittens. The details are disturbing, to say the least: He allegedly stomped on their heads or strangled them then dismembered some of them by cutting off their heads or limbs before dumping their bodies around town," says Teresa Chagrin. "The suspect’s arms and hands were reportedly covered with scratches, which he admitted were from a cat he had killed the day before he was arrested. According to a prosecutor, the wounds suggested that the cat had been 'fighting for his life.' There is another disturbing aspect to this case: Unsuspecting people apparently supplied the killer with his victims. The man reportedly acquired the cats he tortured and killed by scouring Craigslist for felines who were advertised as 'free to a good home.'"
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June 14, 2019

Despite Trump’s ‘burn’ policies, renewable energy capacity now exceeds coal’s
"You probably didn’t notice, but April marked a threshold for the nation. For the first time, our capacity for creating electricity from renewable sources crept past that for coal," says Scott Martelle. "Yes, that’s a good thing. Not good enough, mind you, to save us from the worst effects of climate change from global warming, but it’s further evidence that we’re at least moving in the right direction. And that comes despite President Donald Trump’s inane insistence that the nation drill more, burn more and export more fossil fuels — including his doubled-down promises to single-handedly save the American coal industry."
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June 14, 2019

Commentary: Trump war on science is grounds to impeach
"Since the earliest days of the Trump administration, we’ve heard how Trump and his allies may have covered up evidence and obstructed investigations into Russiagate and other improprieties. Unsurprisingly, this has led to calls for the president’s impeachment," says columnist Basav Sen. "But there are other, more serious forms of obstruction that haven’t generated anywhere near as much attention, despite potentially catastrophic consequences for the country and the world. And the most dangerous of these has been the Trump administration’s near-constant war on science."
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June 12, 2019

Commentary: Men can’t hear it, women don’t say it — the importance of ‘no’
Columnist Sarah Menkedick talks about the importance of saying no in everyday situations in this column. She says, "It is difficult to say no in sexual scenarios. It is sometimes a greater struggle to say no in the everyday situations in which men attempt to coerce women’s time, energy and attention, perhaps because these situations often don’t feel as urgent and the power dynamic isn’t as blatant. The Me Too movement has generated an important conversation about consent and sex, but not nearly as much has been said about the dynamics of saying no in these myriad other scenarios."
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June 12, 2019

Trump bromance with Netanyahu is about to heat up for Israel’s do-over election
"The Trump administration went out of its way to help Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu win April’s Israeli elections, and even tried to boost him in his failed attempt to form a governing coalition. With a do-over election set for Sept. 17, we can expect an equally determined and flamboyant do-over effort from the White House on the prime minister’s behalf," says columnist Aaron David Mille. "Indeed, for President Trump, no other politician’s success seems to matter more than Netanyahu’s. They have known each other for years, but the president isn’t backing the prime minister for sentimental reasons."
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June 12, 2019

"As Republicans in states around the country pass sweeping abortion bans, I think about what life could be like for women and girls if these laws take effect. I don’t have to use my imagination," says columnist Margaret Wurth. "Women and girls across Latin America are already living in places where abortion is heavily restricted or completely banned. In the past year, I’ve done research for Human Rights Watch in two countries that ban abortion completely, without any exceptions, even if the woman’s life is in danger."
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June 8, 2019

Racist posts by officers add heft to questions about predatory practices
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board condemns overt racism found within the city's police force.
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June 8, 2019

Commentary: New abortion laws may save Roe v. Wade
Sonia Suter of The Baltimore Sun posits that political fallout from recent state laws banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy will result in a Supreme Court that is reluctant to consider appeals to overturn lower courts' decisions that find them unconstitutional — much less reconsider Roe v. Wade.
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June 6, 2019

"Thomas Hofeller, who died last August, was the most artful and devious Republican cartographer of his generation. The sweeping Republican legislative and gubernatorial victories in 2010 gave him a vast canvas on which to jigger the voting districts," says columnist Walter Shapiro. " It turns out that there was far more to the Hofeller story than merely tweaking district lines to dramatically increase the odds of GOP victories, or pioneering the practice of creating overwhelmingly black congressional districts in the South to minimize Democratic chances elsewhere. It was revealed last week in a federal court filing that Hofeller left behind another legacy — a diabolical plan to use the 2020 census to reduce congressional and legislative representation in areas with large Latino populations."
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June 6, 2019

Jay Ambrose: Trump defenders are not bad people
"John Pavlovitz is a liberal, widely read Christian pastor who has composed an internet article saying good people don’t defend a bad man. And you know who he’s talking about, of course: none other than President Donald Trump." In this column, Jay Ambrose explains why Pavlovitz is wrong
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June 6, 2019

Commentary: The cigarette tax has saved millions of lives. A soda tax could too
"You might want to think twice before downing that 12-ounce can of Coke. Since sugary drinks can cause a host of health problems, drinking one sugar-filled soda ends up imposing about 10 cents of health costs on others because the resulting medical bills are paid through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurers," say these columnists for the Los Angeles Times. "We came to this conclusion while studying what economics says about the benefits of soda taxes, which have been embraced by seven cities across the country."
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June 4, 2019

Commentary: Hollywood’s abortion stance offers #MeToo healing
"Hollywood’s liberal leanings have long put it at odds with the Republican party. But at the same time, and for most of its existence, its male-dominated, casting-couch culture hasn’t made it the friendliest to women or certain progressive ideals," says columnist Tara Lachapelle. "Now, just as the entertainment industry seeks a path forward from the reckoning forced by the #MeToo movement, it finds itself taking on a key role in an abortion fight in Georgia."
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June 4, 2019

Editorial: In Virginia Beach, a tragedy we didn't deserve
"Following the mass shooting at Virginia Tech 12 years ago, professor and poet Nikki Giovanni delivered a stirring address that included a simple truth. 'No one deserves a tragedy.' It is a mantra that bears repeating in Virginia Beach and across a commonwealth that on Friday witnessed yet another senseless act of violence," writes The Virginian-Pilot Editorial Board.
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June 3, 2019

Patricia Murphy: 5 reasons Nancy Pelosi is absolutely right about impeachment
Patricia Murphy, from CQ Roll Call, outlines five reasons that Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders who were in office when House Republicans voted to impeach Clinton in 1998 are hesitant to begin proceedings against Donald Trump.
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June 3, 2019

Francis Wilkinson: Before impeachment, Democrats must win the war for truth
Francis Wilkinson of Bloomberg News writes that Democrats can't win impeachment — or the 2020 election — without first winning the war for truth. That, she says, will take consistent, methodical highlighting of Trump's ethical and policy failures. And Mueller's testimony before Congress.
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May 28, 2019

Commentary: Trump says he doesn’t ‘do cover-ups.’ Well, glad that’s settled
The lexicon of presidential denials and non-denial denials of impropriety and illegality is replete with memorable one-liners. And on Wednesday, President Donald Trump offered a new one: “I don’t do cover-ups.,'" columnist Jon Healey says. "Good, that’s settled. Oh, wait…."
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May 28, 2019

Commentary: Impeach Trump for the spectacle if nothing else
Columnist Hal Riedl says Nancy Pelosi should bring forward a bill of impeachment against President Donald Trump just for the spectacle of it. Such a bill would force to the Senate to act. "A bill of impeachment forces the president-and-party-before-country Republicans in the Senate to defend Mr. Trump before a riveted national and worldwide audience," Riedl says. "Will Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, eloquent champion of the Constitution during the impeachment trial of William Jefferson Clinton and great friend of the patriot John McCain, feel anything other than a fool when he stands in the well of the Senate to tell the nation and the world why Donald Trump should not go and go now?"
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May 28, 2019

Commentary: Modi win bodes ill for India, world
"The world’s largest secular democracy has just moved further away from its foundational ideals – exemplifying a worrisome global phenomenon," says columnist Amitabh Pal. "India, like the United States, was established as a secular, democratic republic. The ascension to power five years ago of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist who was banned from the United States for almost a decade for allegedly presiding over an anti-minority pogrom in his home state, struck a severe blow at these principles. His re-election (with a bigger parliamentary majority this time) cripples these values even further."
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May 22, 2019

Stuart Rothenberg: Will the Supreme Court save the GOP from itself on abortion?
"Social conservatives cheering the rash of state laws limiting legal abortion might want to be careful what they wish for," says columnist Stuart Rothenberg. "That’s because Democratic prospects for 2020 are likely to improve as uncertainty about the future of Roe v. Wade grows. And uncertainty will grow as more and more states impose restrictions on legal abortion. ... Magnifying the debate over abortion rights could well put the House out of reach next year for the GOP, put the Senate at much greater risk and further undermine President Donald Trump’s already iffy re-election prospects."
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May 22, 2019

Virginia Heffernan: The twisted foes of legal abortion
"As anticipated on Oct. 6, 2018, the day alleged sexual assailant Brett M. Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, high-stakes gynecology is back in the news," says columnist Virginia Heffernan. "The flood of new, sweeping restrictions is widely seen as what the legal scholar Dahlia Lithwick calls a Supreme Court “squeeze play,” an attempt to get the justices, five of whom are conservatives, to overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision that ruled that Americans have a constitutional right to privacy when making decisions about pregnancies."
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May 22, 2019

Commentary: ‘Fighting’ disease is the wrong metaphor
"When Alex Trebek, the longtime “Jeopardy” host, revealed to the world that he’d been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer this spring, his statement echoed the words of many patients I’ve treated. 'I’m going to fight this,' Trebek promised. 'I plan to beat the low survival statistics for this disease.' Though I mourned his diagnosis, I also winced at his use of the familiar language of “fighting” and “beating” cancer," says columnist Sunita Puri. "As a palliative care physician, I know patients can find it empowering to describe their approach to illness as a battle. But others have shown me that the language of “fighting” a disease or “giving up” is a toxic binary. It divides the sick into winners and losers — those who beat cancer and those whom cancer beats."
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May 19, 2019

Glanton: With Roe v. Wade, it’s time for supporters to stop playing nice
"I will never have an abortion. Biologically, the time for me having to make such a crucial decision regarding my body has come and gone," columnist Dahleen Glanton says. "The battles being waged across America on the fate of Roe v. Wade do not have a direct impact on anyone of my generation. This is an assault on young people. They should be commanding the war, with the rest of us following their lead."
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May 19, 2019

"I often hear people talk about their difficulties in finding a meaningful job or keeping up with increasing healthcare, housing and education costs," columnist John Manzella says. "These concerns, along with rising income inequality and a shrinking middle class, are provoking anger. For many, trade and immigration have become convenient villains. But that narrative is wrong. Let me tell you why."
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May 19, 2019

Commentary: Collective ignorance, government timidity are public health threats
"I live in Kentucky, a state with the nation’s largest hepatitis A outbreak, an emerging measles outbreak and a governor who said he exposed his children to chickenpox rather than get them vaccinated. In the last year, two heads of infection control in Kentucky’s Department of Health have left the position. The first one was asked to leave after he expressed the need for an urgent increase in infection control funding," columnist Kevin Kavanagh says. "I am a firm believer that we must learn from history or be doomed to repeat it. Unfortunately, the United States and many other nations appear not to have learned this lesson with regard to public health and are heading down a dangerous path."
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May 9, 2019

"Not to express sympathy for Mark Zuckerberg, but Facebook has reached the point where it just cannot win. Ever. Period," says Jon Healy. "Let’s imagine for a moment that you have a business that offers free meeting space to the public, provided that users follow the good-conduct rules you post on your bulletin board. If some of your patrons should then violate the rules and make other customers feel like your space breeds hate and irrationality, you’d show those rule-breakers the door, right? Of course you would. But when Facebook did that very thing, it drew condemnation from some quarters and earnest hand-wringing from others."
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May 9, 2019

Commentary:  McConnell stick his head firmly in the sand on Mueller report
"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argued Tuesday that Democrats were locked in grief and denial now that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has found no evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated or cooperated with Russian agents before the 2016 election," says Jon Healey. "But while McConnell paid noteworthy attention to Mueller’s findings about Russian meddling, he seemed to be in denial himself about the second half of Mueller’s report. In fact, he made nary a mention of Mueller’s findings regarding 10 instances where President Trump potentially obstructed justice."
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