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Progressives’ War on Big Business Will Hurt Workers

When Amazon announced last week that it would pay all of its U.S. employees a minimum of $15 an hour — more than double the minimum wage — CEO Jeff Bezos called on “other large employers to join us.” No... Read More

American Statesmanship is Not Dead
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American Statesmanship is Not Dead

Extreme partisanship, we are often told, is the new normal. Americans are sorting into clusters of the same opinions, we choose our media diets so that discordant views never enter our partisan echo chambers, and the... Read More

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Capitalism's Victory in Brazil Proves US Door-Kicking Isn't Necessary
2018-10-09 23:37:52
by Rachel Marsden

What happened to America's obsession with Latin America? During the Cold War, it was pretty much all we ever heard about on the foreign policy front. These days, it's doubtful that U.S. leadership would spit on Latin... Read More

OP-ED: It’s Time to Come Together to Protect our Patients
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OP-ED: It’s Time to Come Together to Protect our Patients

Emergency physicians are America’s first line of medical defense. We come to the aid of patients at their most critical times, often providing life-saving care. These dedicated physicians serve as the gateway to other areas... Read More

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Containing the Catastrophe
2018-10-09 11:15:04
by Robert B. Reich

Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they'll vote in the midterm elections should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. ... Read More

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The Republican Party has Clearly Lost Its Way
2018-10-08 11:42:09
by Leonard Pitts

The other day, a woman confessed to me that she's a Republican. Republicans may bristle at the verb, but it's used advisedly. The lady admitted her party affiliation the way you would some personal failing. "I don't tell a . . . Read More

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Hypocritical Damon Uses Kavanaugh Portrayal as a Shield
2018-10-06 00:38:11
by John Kass

Future historians probably won't devote entire volumes to Hollywood actor Matt Damon for his part in the grotesque savaging of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Sadly, Damon will most likely be just a footnote, some jester in... Read More

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Here's Wishing Jason Kander Strength -- and a Speedy Return to Public Life
2018-10-06 00:35:03
by Mary Sanchez

When Barack Obama was asked about the future of the Democratic party in a final White House interview, without hesitation he said one name: Missouri's Jason Kander. Obama likely recognized that Kander had the zest and charisma to enthrall voters, ... Read More

When Cities Rely on Fines and Fees, Everybody Loses
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When Cities Rely on Fines and Fees, Everybody Loses
2018-10-06 00:05:49
by Anne Kim

Raising taxes is painful. That may be why, since 2010, 47 states and a number of cities have instead raised both civil and criminal fines and fees. These increases are often viewed as a conflict-free way to plug budget holes. Read More

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Where There's Doubt, Men Get the Benefit Thereof
2018-10-03 10:56:09
by Leonard Pitts

Let's get something straight: Men are not the victims here. It is a foolish and offensive line of reasoning, so naturally it has caught traction on the political right. Indeed, for some, it is an article of faith as the... Read More

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New Strategic Focus an Improvement, but US Must Abandon Nation-State Cronyism
2018-10-03 10:54:14
by Rachel Marsden

It's all laid out in black and white in the Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy: "Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security." Last month, CIA Director... Read More

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America's Bullies
2018-10-02 11:48:34
by Robert B. Reich

As a kid I was always a head shorter than other boys, which meant I was bullied -- mocked, threatened, sometimes assaulted. Childhood bullying has been going on forever. But America has become a culture of bullying... Read More

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The Republicans Put On Quite a Show
2018-10-01 14:43:15
by Leonard Pitts

Give the Republicans credit: they worked hard to create the appearance of enlightened compassion. Meaning, of course, Thursday's Senate Judiciary... Read More

The Senate Judiciary Committee Sets a New Low
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The Senate Judiciary Committee Sets a New Low
2018-09-29 01:35:03
by Mary Sanchez

Hell hath no fury like an entitled man scorned. America met that man on Thursday, in all his caustic glory. He's federal Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, now well on his way to becoming the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. Read More

Democrats, Kavanaugh and the Illness Deep Within the Bones of the Republic
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Democrats, Kavanaugh and the Illness Deep Within the Bones of the Republic
2018-09-27 11:08:52
by John Kass

It is tempting to watch the political spectacle of Democrats destroying Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as if it were only some shameful partisan circus. Read More

'What Boy Hasn't Done This in High School?'
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'What Boy Hasn't Done This in High School?'
2018-09-26 11:28:46
by Leonard Pitts

Gina Sosa is not impressed by attempted rape. "What boy hasn't done this in high school?" she asks. "Please, I would like to know." Since she asked so nicely, I went on Twitter... Read More

Social Media Propaganda Isn't Changing Any Functional Minds
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Social Media Propaganda Isn't Changing Any Functional Minds
2018-09-26 11:05:44
by Rachel Marsden

In the endless attempt to undermine the legitimacy of U.S. President Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 election, much has been made of the role of social media. Read More

Why I'm Betting on Millennials This Election Day
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Why I'm Betting on Millennials This Election Day
2018-09-25 11:26:35
by Robert B. Reich

Millennials (and their younger siblings from Generation Z) are the largest, most diverse and progressive group of potential voters in American history, comprising fully 30 percent of the voting-age population. On Nov. 6, they'll have the power to alter the... Read More

Is Senate Committee Equipped to Grasp Allegations Against Kavanaugh?
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Is Senate Committee Equipped to Grasp Allegations Against Kavanaugh?
2018-09-22 02:18:51
by Mary Sanchez

For all their well-learned politesse, the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have scarcely been able to conceal their determination to get Christine Blasey Ford out of their hair. Read More

Hazards of an Era of Digital Lynch Mobs
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Hazards of an Era of Digital Lynch Mobs
2018-09-21 12:09:06
by Leonard Pitts

"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged." Jesus preaches that in the book of Luke. But then, Jesus never had Twitter. Or, for that matter, Instagram or Facebook. He never had, in other words, one of the social media ... Read More

Ari Fleischer asks if we're being fair to Brett Kavanaugh
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Ari Fleischer asks if we're being fair to Brett Kavanaugh
2018-09-19 12:57:03
by Leonard Pitts

Ari Fleischer wants to know if we're being fair. "How much in society should any of us be held liable today when we've lived a good life, an upstanding life by all accounts, and then something that maybe is an... Read More

Trump shouldn't let himself be manipulated by agenda-driven cronies
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Trump shouldn't let himself be manipulated by agenda-driven cronies
2018-09-19 12:53:32
by Rachel Marsden

Despite his generally good instincts, U.S. President Donald Trump is proving that his biggest weakness is on the foreign affairs front, an area where his background is lacking. This forces him to rely on unelected advisers, many of whom ... Read More

Our Big, Bold Plan — and Why Opportunity Can Win
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Our Big, Bold Plan — and Why Opportunity Can Win
2018-09-19 09:17:55
by Lanae Erickson Hatalsky

That’s the question on the mind of every Democrat going into 2020. The scale of the threat posed by a Trump second term is unfathomable — from the Supreme Court and women’s rights to the economy, the environment, and our ... Read More

Trump Tariffs are Hurting Illinois Businesses – I’ve Seen It Firsthand
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Trump Tariffs are Hurting Illinois Businesses – I’ve Seen It Firsthand

President Trump’s irresponsible trade war continues to spiral further out of control, and while the adverse effects are being felt by American businesses large and small, the ultimate victims... Read More

The three big lessons we didn't learn from the economic crisis
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The three big lessons we didn't learn from the economic crisis
2018-09-18 11:03:52
by Robert B. Reich

Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people's money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers. America should have learned three big lessons from the ... Read More

Trump's detention policy: Fiscally exorbitant as well as morally bankrupt
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Trump's detention policy: Fiscally exorbitant as well as morally bankrupt
2018-09-15 14:33:56
by Mary Sanchez

President Trump's callous disregard for his fellow citizens is well known to people of a certain hue, shall we say. It was in full display this week in his insistence that only a few dozen Puerto Ricans died as a ... Read More

We Promised My Grandparents Never Again.
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We Promised My Grandparents Never Again.
2018-09-15 13:17:56
by Nathan Kasai

After widespread and unwavering backlash, President Trump tried to control the fallout from his self-created family separation crisis, signing an executive order that claims to keep asylum-seeking families together. But the President’s executive order simply trades one cruel policy for... Read More

Sessions agrees to include Democrats in meeting on Social Media
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Sessions agrees to include Democrats in meeting on Social Media

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ meeting with state attorneys general to discuss complaints against social media companies has been expanded to include Democrats, the Justice Department said on Thursday. Read More

Where have you gone, Bob Woodward
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Where have you gone, Bob Woodward
2018-09-14 11:14:03
by Leonard Pitts

"Where have you gone, Bob Woodward? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you." I asked that question in January, repurposing a Paul Simon lyric to implore the dean of American political reporters to help us make sense of the ... Read More

Obama hides his cynicism behind a silky tongue
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Obama hides his cynicism behind a silky tongue
2018-09-13 12:05:58
by John Kass

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and former President Barack Obama are out making stump speeches, rallying the Democratic base for the critical midterm elections in November in the hopes of crippling President Donald Trump by taking control of Congress. Read More

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