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Will the Democrats give up on Beto O'Rourke?

Special To The Washington Post Given all the investment that parts of the media and many Democratic activists have made in former representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas, it is riveting - and painful - to watch the effort to…

icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [07:20 PM]

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Sunday 05/19/2019
The media barely covers mosques set on fire
icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [07:20 PM]

Special to The Washington Post Less than a month after the inauguration of President Donald Trump and just a few hours after the first Muslim ban was issued, a mosque in Victoria, Texas, was set on fire - to be…

Abortion bill goes after Roe v. Wade
icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [07:19 PM]

All eyes were on Alabama on Tuesday as the State Senate debated, and passed, what could become the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Under the legislation, which Republican Gov. Kay Ivey has not yet said whether she will…

We need Iran Deal 2.0
icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [07:18 PM]

It’s been a year since President Donald Trump made good on a campaign pledge to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The administration’s strategy: Turn the screws on Tehran with sanctions to compel Iranian leaders to work…

Friday 05/17/2019
THEIR VIEW: The drift toward war with Iran
icon Posted: 17 May 2019 [07:39 PM]

Editorial British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt concisely described the two big dangers embedded in the growing tensions between the United States and Iran. There is, he said Monday, “the risk of a conflict happening by accident, with an escalation that…

THEIR VIEW: Leave the Fourth of July alone please
icon Posted: 17 May 2019 [06:39 PM]

Editorial In the abstract, it might seem fitting for the president of the United States to deliver an address to the country as part of theFourth of July festivities in the nation’s capital. It is, after all, the country’s birthday;…

Thursday 05/16/2019
Nuclear war is still very possible and very scary
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [05:53 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion One of the most striking facts of today’s world is that young people do not seem to worry very much about nuclear war. Climate change is by far the larger concern, while nuclear war is seen as a…

Democrats, the media are fixated on Trump
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [05:53 PM]

Every time I see the latest economic news, I thank Hillary Clinton. Every time I see those high GDP numbers (up 3.2 percent last quarter), I thank Hillary. Every time I see those record low unemployment numbers for blacks, Latinos…

U.S., China must avoid retaliation
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [05:51 PM]

How can a prolonged and intensified confrontation between the United States and China be averted? To stop the expansion of sanctions and retaliation, both countries must sincerely explore ways to come up with compromises. The U.S. government has announced a…

Safety net attacked
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [05:51 PM]

Republicans failed to undermine the Medicaid program, the federal-state partnership that provides health-care coverage for the poor and near-poor, when they tried to repeal Obamacare two years ago. But the Trump administration might have found a way - by issuing…

Wednesday 05/15/2019
THEIR VIEW: Trump will be tested in the courts
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:39 PM]

Editorial Among the mysteries surrounding President Donald Trump's conduct, one of the strangest is his penchant for meeting President Vladimir Putin of Russia without aides or interpreters, contrary to the practice of past presidents. The Post's Greg Miller has quoted…

THEIR VIEW: Booker has bold ideas on gun violence
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:38 PM]

Editorial New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has released a plan to combat gun violence. Alongside some familiar proposals - including universal background checks on gun purchases and bans on semi-automatic rifles ("assault weapons") and high-capacity magazines - he has some…

Tuesday 05/14/2019
THEIR VIEW: Trade war grows closer
icon Posted: 14 May 2019 [07:37 PM]

The U.S. and China inched closer to outright trade war on Monday when Beijing announced plans to raise duties on selected American imports. The announcement was pointedly timed, less than two hours after President Donald Trump tweeted, “China should not…

Protecting health care -- and our Constitution
icon Posted: 14 May 2019 [07:31 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - For House Democrats, this will be health care week. How many voters will notice? The answer will be instructive about how the constitutional crisis that is upon us will affect action on every other problem…

WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption is a gimmick
icon Posted: 14 May 2019 [07:30 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion The discovery that hackers could snoop on WhatsApp should alert users of supposedly secure messaging apps to an uncomfortable truth: “End-to-end encryption” sounds nice - but if anyone can get into your phone’s operating system, they will be…

Monday 05/13/2019
THEIR VIEW: Thank you, Kendrick
icon Posted: 13 May 2019 [09:01 PM]

Kendrick Castillo is a bright light of selflessness and love in days where Americans move from one tragedy to the next, marking their sorrow with headlines and social media posts. The 18-year-old Colorado senior died Tuesday while saving his classmates…

THEIR VIEW: President Trump owes the American people his tax returns
icon Posted: 13 May 2019 [08:59 PM]

President Trump owes the American people a fuller account of his financial dealings, including the release of his recent tax returns, because politicians should keep their promises, because the public deserves to know whether his policies are lining his pockets…

Trump's trade war is an intellectual disaster
icon Posted: 13 May 2019 [08:57 PM]

The Washington Post President Donald Trump thinks trade wars are “good and easy to win,” mostly, it seems, because he doesn’t understand anything about them. Which, to be honest, isn’t really news. Trump, after all, has just been saying the…

Sunday 05/12/2019
THEIR VIEW: Calmness is critical in trade talks
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [07:42 PM]

The intensifying confrontation between the United States and China significantly amplifies uncertainties in the future of the global economy. Their trade conflict should be solved by thoroughly and repeatedly having cool-headed talks. U.S. President Donald Trump announced that, effective this…

THEIR VIEW: Warran chases pipe dream, forgets about voters
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [07:41 PM]

Make no mistake, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s call for impeachment is nothing but a product of poor polling. Since her presidential announcement in early February, she has seen many in the field pass her by and with Joe Biden holding steady…

Donald Trump Jr. is acting like a guilty man
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [07:37 PM]

The Washington Post Donald Trump Jr. has so far not been indicted for his actions in 2016, apparently because prosecutors decided he was too stupid to pull off an actual conspiracy with Russia to aid in their efforts to get…

Criticism is conversation, not an assault on your identity
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [07:36 PM]

Special To The Washington Post It’s open season on critics. As Alison Herman compiled for the Ringer, over the past few weeks we’ve seen musicians go after music writers, actress Olivia Munn attack the proprietors of the fashion site GoFugYourself…

Friday 05/10/2019
THEIR VIEW: The economy is good but it could be better
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:27 PM]

Editorial In this 28th month governed by a man of low character who disrespects the rule of law while lying, hiding conflicts of interest, promoting his private business, dividing the country and insulting a long list of the nation’s best…

THEIR VIEW: Myanmar must put a stop to the assault on the press
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:26 PM]

Editorial The amnesty granted to two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists imprisoned in Myanmar was good news and a tribute both to their courage and to the many journalists, national leaders and human rights organizations that had campaigned for their freedom. But…

Thursday 05/09/2019
Trump is becoming 'self-impeachable' with his actions
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:39 PM]

The Washington Post House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hit the nail on the head in an interview with The Washignton Post’s Robert Costa on Wednesday morning. “The point is that every single day, whether it’s obstruction, obstruction, obstruction -…

You don't have a right to cheap airplane flights
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:38 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion At Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s annual meeting on Tuesday, shareholders had every reason to congratulate the management. Europe’s biggest airline reported record sales for 2018 and managed to maintain profit margins in the face of rising fuel costs. But…

Status quo isn't working
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:37 PM]

“To put it bluntly, we are not performing up to the standards and expectations we have for ourselves or each other. This is unacceptable. We cannot shrink from facing the challenge head on. We must, and will, do better.” That…

A high-stakes election revote in Istanbul
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:36 PM]

Local elections in Turkey about five weeks ago offered encouraging signs that the country’s democracy was still alive. Opposition candidates won mayoral races in several of the most important cities, including Ankara, the capital, and Istanbul, which is Turkey’s largest…

YOUR VIEW: Run or walk to get kids to read
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:36 PM]

To The Editor: Books and children, what a great combination! This year some of the proceeds from the 5K race for Lucy Robbins Welles Library will be used to refurbish the children’s department. You have several options to show your…

Wednesday 05/08/2019
THEIR VIEW: Nature is valuable, too
icon Posted: 08 May 2019 [05:48 PM]

Editorial Nature is not only pretty, it is also valuable. And humans are squandering its value with behavior that will grievously harm future generations. That is the bottom line of a landmark report on biodiversity that the United Nations released…

Tuesday 05/07/2019
THEIR VIEW: Venezuela's next step
icon Posted: 07 May 2019 [08:25 PM]

The failure of an uprising against Venezuela’s authoritarian regime last week has left opposition leaders and their foreign supporters debating what went wrong. Did the generals and other senior regime officials who reportedly agreed to help remove President Nicolás Maduro…

We're in danger of killing our way of life
icon Posted: 07 May 2019 [08:17 PM]

The Washington Post On Monday, the United Nations released a report declaring that upwards of 1 million plant and animals forms of life are on track to become extinct within the next several decades, as a result of human activity.…

Imprisoned for 511 days, reporters are freed in Myanmar
icon Posted: 07 May 2019 [08:16 PM]

The Washington Post The prison ordeal of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is thankfully over, but their biggest challenges may lie ahead. The two local reporters for Reuters contributed incredibly detailed investigative reporting that uncovered a massacre of Rohingya…

Monday 05/06/2019
THEIR VIEW: Losing their fair shot
icon Posted: 06 May 2019 [09:00 PM]

When people have a criminal record, it can be hard - too hard - for them to ever overcome the stigma, particularly when job-hunting. This fact can lock people into a pattern of failure and recidivism. Some people wind up…

THEIR VIEW: Canceling student debt with taxpayer money is a terrible idea
icon Posted: 06 May 2019 [08:58 PM]

The bidding war for votes in the Democratic presidential primary escalated quickly this week with a proposal by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to wipe out student debt, courtesy of the taxpayers. Warren’s proposal, put forward not in proposed legislation but…

Why Vladimir Putin is still laughing at us
icon Posted: 06 May 2019 [08:56 PM]

So who was the big winner in Wednesday’s televised street fight at the Senate Judiciary Committee? Was it the veteran D.C. lawyer, the brilliant and unflappable Attorney General William Barr? Was it the rude, permanently Trump-deranged, visibly stupid Democratic senators…

Why don't Americans want to impeach Trump?
icon Posted: 06 May 2019 [08:54 PM]

The Washington Post Americans’ heightened aversion to impeachment - 29 percent favor impeachment in the latest Quinnipiac poll, while 66 percent do not - seems unrelated to a belief in President Donald Trump’s innocence or approval of his performance. In…

Sunday 05/05/2019
'Coup' and 'revolution' are loaded words best avoided
icon Posted: 05 May 2019 [07:23 PM]

The failed (for now) attempt by Juan Guaido, recognized by many countries as Venezuela’s interim president, to displace tenacious dictator Nicolas Maduro has caused a confusion among commentators: Do we call this a coup or a popular uprising, perhaps a…

Economic expansion is not near ending
icon Posted: 05 May 2019 [07:21 PM]

The current U.S. economic expansion that began in 2009 will celebrate its 10th anniversary in June. The following month, it will become the longest period of sustained U.S. growth on record, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. The…

Friday 05/03/2019
THEIR VIEW: It's our turn to live the nightmare
icon Posted: 03 May 2019 [06:18 PM]

Editorial It’s our turn, Charlotte, to live the nightmare. It’s our turn to see the breaking news email about gunfire, to feel the notification buzz on our phone, to be jolted that our city is included in the next words…

THEIR VIEW: Trump is misguided on the Jones Act
icon Posted: 03 May 2019 [06:04 PM]

Editorial President Donald Trump has reportedly just rejected a waiver of the Jones Act - the law that requires the use of vessels built in the U.S. and owned and crewed by Americans to move cargo between U.S. ports -…

Thursday 05/02/2019
The empathy factor in 2020 will be important
icon Posted: 02 May 2019 [06:08 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - In 2008, when Sarah Palin entered the stage to debate her fellow vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, she asked him first thing: “Hey, can I call you Joe?” It was a charming moment. In Palin’s…

YOUR VIEW: Thank you to NBHS student volunteers
icon Posted: 02 May 2019 [06:07 PM]

To the Editor: On behalf of the Walnut Hill Park Rose Garden’s board members, I would like to thank the NBHS students who helped to prepare the garden for a new season on Saturday, April 27. The students, organized by…

YOUR VIEW: Silence from the Bristol leadership
icon Posted: 02 May 2019 [06:06 PM]

To the Editor Monday night, Rep Chris Ziogas, as promised, presented the Democrat proposal on tolls and, as expected, the “facts” he and his colleagues provided served their purpose but fell short of the truth. The format of the “Forum”…

Venezuela's risky move
icon Posted: 02 May 2019 [06:05 PM]

Deep uncertainty surrounds the latest events in Venezuela. Tuesday began with a pre-dawn recorded address to the public by interim president Juan Guaidó, who stood with members of the security forces at a Caracas air base and declared that a…

Wednesday 05/01/2019
THEIR VIEW: What Macron does right
icon Posted: 01 May 2019 [05:08 PM]

Editorial Emmanuel Macron is trying to be something new in French politics - a president who responds to public concerns without dropping his reforms at the first sign of trouble. Instead he has tried to air public grievances and react…

Tuesday 04/30/2019
THEIR VIEW: The NRA's finances should be investigated
icon Posted: 30 April 2019 [07:47 PM]

During his successful campaign for president in 2016, Donald Trump got more help from the National Rifle Association than from any other outside group. No surprise, then, that he would spring to its defense by criticizing New York officials who…

Mayor: More revenue, not more taxes, needed for city
icon Posted: 30 April 2019 [07:45 PM]

On April 10, I handed over my no-tax increase budget to the Common Council for their review and consideration. The budget is currently being looked over by all members of the Council’s subcommittees; a public hearing was held on April…

Welcome to the war over Donald Trump's wallet
icon Posted: 30 April 2019 [07:42 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Last week, President Donald Trump, while inveighing against Robert Mueller, Democrats, and “the swamp,” assured the public that “I have been the most transparent president and administration in the history of our country.” On Monday, in a…