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Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd
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Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd

On November 3rd, Puerto Ricans will head to the polls to answer a simple question with powerful implications: "Should Puerto Rico be admitted immediately into the Union as a State? Yes or No.”  This is not the first time Puerto... Read More

Living in an Era Where Misinformation Is Weaponized
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Living in an Era Where Misinformation Is Weaponized
2020-10-18 18:12:31
by Leonard Pitts

“Jared Kushner is under federal investigation for diverting money to terrorist organizations according to a guy I met at the gas station who told me he works for the FBI” is something I would never be allowed to publish. “Donald... Read More

Trump Nearing a Dead End on 5th Avenue
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Trump Nearing a Dead End on 5th Avenue
2020-10-12 18:09:29
by Robert B. Reich

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Donald Trump boasted in 2016. Trump’s 5th Avenue principle is being severely tested. Some 40 percent of voters have stuck by him even... Read More

The Democratic Party Is Most Successful When It's at Its Broadest Big Tent
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The Democratic Party Is Most Successful When It's at Its Broadest Big Tent

The Democratic Party is most successful when it’s at its broadest, attracting everyone from far-left democratic socialists to center-left moderates. Most of the time, the metaphor we use is that of a “big tent.” But the Rev. Jesse Jackson put... Read More

The 30 Minutes That Matter
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The 30 Minutes That Matter
2020-10-08 14:30:45
by The 30 Minutes That Matter

Last night marked the 32nd Presidential or Vice Presidential debate that I remember closely watching and there are several trends that persist. First, and most importantly, viewer responses are typically very subjective. As America becomes more polarized, the vast majority... Read More

COVID-19 Makes Trump a Wartime President
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COVID-19 Makes Trump a Wartime President
2020-10-06 15:50:02
by Mary Sanchez

PARIS — When U.S. President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, it wasn’t long before the chaos began. Those who lament the lack of transparency and the mixed messaging from the White House regarding the president’s condition are... Read More

America’s Voting Systems Need A Glow Up
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America’s Voting Systems Need A Glow Up

As 2020 has shown, our future is not set in stone. There is no telling when the COVID-19 pandemic will be over or when the next crisis might arise. This uncertainty only cements the fact that our democracy must meet... Read More

Rational People, Party Politics and Our Patriotic Duty
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Rational People, Party Politics and Our Patriotic Duty
2020-10-05 11:54:58
by Rachel Marsden

PARIS — It’s almost that time again. As another U.S. presidential election ramps up, so does the frequency of remarks along the lines of: “If (the candidate I oppose) wins, I’m moving to (state that overwhelmingly supports the candidate I... Read More

How Should We Begin to Rethink Policing?
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How Should We Begin to Rethink Policing?
2020-10-02 11:46:27
by Mary Sanchez

The nation is screaming Black Lives Matter. The president keeps communicating that they do not. Among the latest evidence of the disconnect is the fact that a federal judge halted President Donald Trump’s version of how policing will reform. The... Read More

What Trump Said About the Proud Boys Was Unconscionable
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What Trump Said About the Proud Boys Was Unconscionable
2020-10-01 11:46:25
by John Kass

President Donald Trump’s failure to loudly and forcefully condemn white supremacists in his debate with Joe Biden was an unmitigated disaster that may have cost him a chance at reelection. What Americans witnessed in the chaotic dumpster fire of a... Read More

To America’s Eight Year Olds...Stand By
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To America’s Eight Year Olds...Stand By

Twenty-eight years ago, I watched all three presidential debates at home with my dad. The I992 campaign gave America an incumbent Republican president widely viewed as a WWII hero, experienced in public policy and clearly a decent man debating a young,... Read More

There Is a Fire in the House of Democracy
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There Is a Fire in the House of Democracy
2020-09-30 11:46:24
by Leonard Pitts

Just last week, the headlines were inescapable. They stemmed from a story in The Atlantic detailing what amounts to the Republican Party plotting a coup. Which is to say, cooking up Electoral College schemes designed to keep Donald Trump in... Read More

Checking China’s Diplomatic Piracy in the South China Sea
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Checking China’s Diplomatic Piracy in the South China Sea
2020-09-18 19:14:08
by Craig Singleton

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and wooden legs are long gone. Instead, Beijing’s most effective raiding parties prefer business suits and briefcases, thus allowing them to... Read More

We Give a Damn Too Late
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We Give a Damn Too Late
2020-09-16 14:50:39
by Leonard Pitts

LOS ANGELES - We gave a damn too late. Sometimes, I think that will be the legacy of this generation. Or maybe I’m just tired of seeing people walking around without masks as if a pandemic had not taken almost... Read More

Trump’s Many Lies No Longer Shock Us
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Trump’s Many Lies No Longer Shock Us
2020-09-13 14:50:39
by Leonard Pitts

We weren’t going to normalize this. Remember that? Remember the way many of us solemnly vowed we would always maintain the ability to be outraged, hold on to our capacity for shock? Well, after almost four years that have passed... Read More

What Was in It for Them?
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What Was in It for Them?
2020-09-09 14:50:38
by Leonard Pitts

The American Cemetery at Normandy sits on a bluff overlooking the beach where, on June 6, 1944, American soldiers waded ashore to begin the invasion of France. The old battlefield is marked with shell craters and gun pits offering mute... Read More

Why Trump Could Win a Second Term
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Why Trump Could Win a Second Term
2020-09-08 14:50:28
by Rachel Marsden

It would be a huge mistake to write off the 2020 U.S. presidential race result as a foregone conclusion. Many did so in 2016, taking as a no-brainer that Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump. Some self-deluded Clinton supporters found... Read More

The Year of Our Fragility
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The Year of Our Fragility
2020-09-02 14:50:29
by Leonard Pitts

This is almost four months early. Ordinarily, Christmas trees are looking peaked, and George Bailey has long since realized that he had a wonderful life when pundits begin to summarize the year and assign it a theme. But given the... Read More

The VA Needs to Follow the FDA’s Guidance on Smoking Alternatives
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The VA Needs to Follow the FDA’s Guidance on Smoking Alternatives

According to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s (IAVA) annual member survey 34% of veterans use tobacco products versus 13.7% of their civilian counterparts (2018 data). Smoking cigarettes is detrimental to a person’s health, and quitting is the best path... Read More

Gen Z and Millennials are Unequivocally Resurging #MeToo
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Gen Z and Millennials are Unequivocally Resurging #MeToo

The #MeToo movement that started in 2017 is still very much alive and thriving in 2020, and with good reason. A recent report from Buzzfeed News shockingly revealed 36 former employees of the Ellen Show encountered harassment and sexual assault... Read More

Why an Anti-Trust Safe Harbor Is the Answer the News Business Needs
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Why an Anti-Trust Safe Harbor Is the Answer the News Business Needs

News consumption is growing exponentially, but for the past decade, the revenue to news publishers has been on a decline. This is, in large part, because of the unbalanced relationship between news publishers and tech platforms. But that relationship could be... Read More

Moving Forward Together in the Face of a Global Pandemic
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Moving Forward Together in the Face of a Global Pandemic

This global pandemic knows no borders and has no regard for politics. Like Americans who have come together to take steps to bend the curve, our elected officials have also come together swiftly and in a bipartisan manner to provide... Read More

COVID-19 Is About to Make Our Affordable Housing Crisis Much Worse. Here’s One Way to Help Stem the Tide
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COVID-19 Is About to Make Our Affordable Housing Crisis Much Worse. Here’s One Way to Help Stem the Tide

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic created a global economic downturn, the U.S. faced a mounting affordable housing crisis. In March, the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimated that the U.S. needs at least 7 million more affordable units to sufficiently house extremely... Read More

Time for Congress to Fix Leave Protections for Forgotten Frontline Workers in Next Relief Bill
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Time for Congress to Fix Leave Protections for Forgotten Frontline Workers in Next Relief Bill

Every day, Joyce Barnes starts work at 7 am. She wraps up at 10 pm to go home. And she’s done this for more than three decades as a home health care worker. One of Joyce’s patients suffered a stroke... Read More

America’s Mariners Perform Essential Work During COVID-19 Crisis
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America’s Mariners Perform Essential Work During COVID-19 Crisis

Each week, tug boat operators cross the Bering Sea from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to Akutan Island, towing a barge full of groceries, medicine and other life-sustaining provisions. After offloading the cargo, containers full of fish products are loaded onto the... Read More

Veterans Need Help to Quit Smoking. Smoking Alternatives Can Help.
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Veterans Need Help to Quit Smoking. Smoking Alternatives Can Help.

As a veteran advocacy organization, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) focuses on non-partisan priority issues all Americans can support, like combating veteran suicide and access to post military education. These priorities are driven by veteran responses to IAVA’s... Read More

Congress Must Return to Session
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Congress Must Return to Session

There is no question that the United States is in crisis. A global pandemic and economic crisis have upended American life, costing lives and leaving millions of families without a way to make ends meet. In the face of this... Read More

Report: Williams CEO Scuttled a Merger Directors and Shareholders Wanted
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Report: Williams CEO Scuttled a Merger Directors and Shareholders Wanted
2020-05-05 21:36:40
by Levi Lefebure

As a four-year-old court battle over a breakup fee for an ill-fated merger between two energy pipeline companies continues, a new report by the Market Institute details a shocking campaign by Williams Companies CEO Alan Armstrong to scuttle the merger... Read More

Caregivers of Americans With Disabilities Cannot Be Left Behind in COVID-19
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Caregivers of Americans With Disabilities Cannot Be Left Behind in COVID-19

The threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is concerning to most Americans, but it is particularly critical for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and those with acquired disabilities as seen in people with brain and spinal cord injuries or... Read More

Hospitals: As We Fight COVID-19, Drop the Lawsuits Stop Suing the Government, Taxpayers, and Patients
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Hospitals: As We Fight COVID-19, Drop the Lawsuits Stop Suing the Government, Taxpayers, and Patients
2020-04-21 12:13:27
by Cynthia Fisher

A recent survey found 91 percent of Americans want healthcare price transparency – and support that hospitals and healthcare facilities be required to publicly disclose the prices of their services. Hospitals – which, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, have already... Read More

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