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OP-ED: President Trump’s doomsday shutdown
OP-ED: Beware politicians promising ‘quick, glorious’ wars
A sage walked into a village in India and found the townsfolk pulling people one after the other from the river.
by Jeremy Barnes | 1 day ago
OP-ED: Taxpayers on hook for millions of government work hours that no one actually worked
The U.S. Senate voted late Thursday to grant back pay for furloughed federal workers, which is usually what happens when the government shuts down. It’s a benevolent and fair thing to do — 800,000 employees for
by Scott Martelle | 2 days ago
OP-ED: Trump’s border wall woes
As 800,000 federal employees enter another week without paychecks, any way to end the country’s budget impasse has appeal. But the solution is not the one President Donald Trump has been floating in recent days
by Erwin Chemerinsky | 6 days ago
OP-ED: Can’t kill the ACA. Can’t get it to work
It was a pretty good year for President Barack Obama’s major legacy, health care reform, aka Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. The pace of new signups has been respectable if not miraculous, and now Republi
COLUMN: For drug companies, making shareholders happy is more important than treating the sick
Hypothetically speaking, if a drug company is sitting on a huge pile of cash, can it justify steadily hiking the price of a well-established medicine used by millions of people?
OP-ED: Women take Congress, misogynists lash out
Just over a year ago, a writer named Kristen Roupenian published a short story in the New Yorker called “Cat Person.” It chronicled a brief, mediocre romance. At first, it was hard to say what made the story ne
OP-ED: 2019 will be the worst year of Trump’s life
It’s a good guess that Donald Trump’s really bad year will be 2019. And it’s not yet clear whether he’ll survive, like Clinton, or be forced out of office, like Nixon.
OP-ED: The feds are focused on ending modern-day slavery in the U.S.
Human trafficking in the form of sexual slavery is a real problem in our country, one that the federal government is fighting hard to dismantle.
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OPED: The 5 deadly myths of defense spending
It’s both necessary and healthy for the 116th Congress to have a full debate on defense funding. Unfortunately, it’s a near certainty that some members of Congress will muddle that debate by trotting out the fo
OPED: Prepare for slower growth and greater risks in 2019
In 2019 we can expect slower growth, continued volatility, and China to resist significant market-based reforms. These and other factors, combined with an environment of political uncertainty, could create grea
OPED: I’m a white evangelical Christian who stands with immigrants
Although Republican politicians might be surprised to hear it, my faith compelled me to vote for the pro-immigrant candidate.
OPED: Shutdown over nonexistent crisis
The federal government remains in a partial shutdown as President Donald Trump digs in his heels (good thing those bone spurs got better) over his silly wall, refusing to agree to a spending bill that doesn’t include $5.7 billion for what assuredly would be a waste of tax dollars.
OPED: When professionals sell out, we get a president like Trump
When he was 16, Friedrich Trump, President Trump’s grandfather, fled mandatory military service in the German Imperial Army. Having decided he was too weak to serve, Trump slunk off to North America around 1885. Now it appears that Trump’s father, Fred, took pains to pass Friedrich’s moral cowardice
OPED: 2018: The year we lost ourselves
The signature loss of this year was neither personal nor public. No, 2018 will go down as the year we lost ourselves. Although, granted, we've been losing ourselves for a while now.
OPED: The appalling normalcy of gun violence in America
So far this year California has endured 24 incidents in which at least four people were hit by gunfire, one of the definitions of a mass shooting.
OPED: 6 tips for progressives in 2019
As we begin the New Year, the federal government is in gridlock, shut down over President Donald Trump’s demand to spend $5.7 billion on a border wall (rather than on jobs, education or health care). Trump has
OPED: Michael Flynn didn’t tell the truth about Russia contacts. Why?
If the lesson of Watergate was “follow the money,” then the lesson of the Trump-Russia scandal may well be “follow the lies.”
OPED: Methane pollution limits reflect conservative values
Teddy Roosevelt was prescient when he said, “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased; and not impaired in value.”
OPED: Importance of Mueller probe in post-impeachment era
With the threat of Senate conviction virtually non-existent, does the president really need to fear impeachment?
OPED: Penny Marshall’s girl power
Penny Marshall loved baseball and understood that while Major League Baseball is big business today, there remains something pure and playful about the game.
OPED: Missing Dad and taking stock this Christmas
This will be the second Christmas holiday without my father. Although I miss him every day — we used to talk on the phone, like clockwork, at 9:30 every morning — I think I miss the cantankerous old coot the mo
OPED: Cry of ‘fake news’ is more than just wrong, it’s nationally destructive
Keep it up, America, and you’ll be going the way of the Roman Empire. Keep on gleefully dismissing valid, pointed stories written by skilled journalists as “fake news.” That irresponsible action is going bite y
OPED: Cases highlight unequal justice outcomes
Cyntoia Brown was a victim of child sex trafficking who killed her abuser. Jeffrey Epstein was a billionaire serial child sex abuser. Both were convicted and sentenced — in ways that demonstrate the profound in
OPED: Driverless car bill a disaster waiting to happen
Despite almost daily reports of crashes or nonresponsive technology on public roads involving driverless cars, Congress is trying to hitch a new law to Santa’s sleigh in the form of the year-end-keep-the-govern
OPED: Finding the heart of Christmas in a nursing home visit
At this time of year, many Americans become deeply conscious of essential living: love of family, enjoyment of friends, the value of “quality time” and the joys of simply being alive. Especially in these trying
OPED: Who does America execute? A lot of people with mental illness, brain traumas
It’s been apparent for years that the American death penalty system is so deeply and irredeemably flawed that it should not be used to determine whether someone should die for a crime.
OPED: Will death of girl finally put an end to our immigration gulag?
The death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl hours after Border Patrol agents took her and her father into custody is a tragic turn of events that engenders no small amount of finger-pointing and recriminations. S
OPED: The president’s voter fraud commission should have gone hunting in Trump country
President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission was launched in 2017 on the false premise that massive voter fraud by non-citizens prevented Trump from winning the popular vote in 2016.
OPED: The hidden cost of jewelry gifts
It is the holiday season, and people are out buying gifts for loved ones. Jewelry is always a favorite gift — last December, U.S. consumers spent $6.57 billion on jewelry. This year in the U.S., overall holiday
OPED: Congress needs to take action on toxins
Here’s a story about some toxic chemicals that have been used for decades, contaminating drinking water in Michigan and across the nation. Health impacts, including developmental delays in children, are well kn
OPED: Saying ‘you’re fired’ too often is bad for a presidency
President Donald Trump said Saturday that his chief of staff, John Kelly, would step down by the end of the year.
OPED: Recognizing the exceptional career of Steve Warren
We believe Warren is one of the most exceptional administrators who ever served in the commonwealth at the county government level.
OPED: Doing something about food waste
Oddly shaped produce can make for a fun conversation. But most produce that doesn’t fit the public’s idea of normal ends up in a landfill. Some is never harvested at all.
OPED: These election pros spotted fraud in N.C.
What appears to be brazen absentee ballot fraud in Bladen County, N.C., involving the 9th Congressional District race mirrors a pattern seen repeatedly in past elections in other North Carolina counties, accord
OPED: Dear Victoria, I have a secret — my queer, fat sexuality is not for sale
While my friends were all about sexy, little things, the only stuff that fit me at Victoria’s Secret was the appletini body spray. The following summer, when I existed on an 800-calorie-a-day diet and dropped 3
OPED: How this man lost 50 pounds: No sweets, no tweets
Aug. 3 fell on a Friday. President Donald Trump was tweeting about 3D printer guns. Political numskulls were screeching on television. Twitter was erupting by the millisecond.
OPED: All the president’s moronic men
Four Trump-circle rogues in the news last week have shed light on a perplexing mystery of our time. Why in the world do educated American men, with families, do moronic, dangerous and treacherous things like, a
OPED: A holiday from your cellphone
As the whirlwind of the holidays descends, you may find yourself wishing that you could slow down time. Here’s the thing: You can.