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May 24, 2018

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Dehumanization is central to Trump’s xenophobic playbook
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
It’s never right to call other human beings “animals.” It’s not something we should even have to debate. No matter how debased the behavior of a given individual or group, no matter how much legitimate anger genuinely evil actions might inspire, dehumanizing others always leads us …
Enough is enough
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The school shooting has become an American motif, a previously unthinkable option for the odd, the alienated and the spurned, a way to …
Battling campus oppression of the freedom of expression
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
On election night 2016, Mark Schlissel, the University of Michigan’s president, addressed more than 1,000 students, declaring that the 90 percent of them who had favored the losing candidate had rejected “hate.” He thereby effectively made those who disagreed with him and with the campus majority eligible to be targets of the university’s “bias response teams.” That his announced contempt for them made him a suitable target of the thought police is …
Media must hold itself to a higher standard
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
When Donald Trump takes his swipes at the “disgusting and corrupt media” and tens of millions of Americans agree, it’s not as if they …
Nuclear waste in Nevada? Not on my watch
Monday, May 21, 2018
GUEST COLUMN:
While I understand that the publisher may be blinded by his own political bias, which is clear based on both his monetary and in-kind contributions, I would like to take the opportunity to provide the complete history of my successful efforts to stop Yucca Mountain. As the late Paul Harvey would say, here is “the rest of the story.”
Did China bribe our president?
Monday, May 21, 2018
OPINION:
Did the president of the United States just betray the nation’s security in return for a bribe from the Chinese government?
At last, prohibition on sports betting has been lifted
Monday, May 21, 2018
OPINION:
Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 instantly reduced crime by reducing the number of criminalized activities, including some that millions of Americans considered victimless activities and none of the government’s business. Now, America is going to become more law abiding, the Supreme Court having said that the federal government cannot prohibit states from legalizing what Americans have been doing anyway with at least 150 billion of their dollars annually. This large figure (almost five times the combined revenues of MLB, the NFL, NBA and NHL; 14 times the movie industry’s domestic ticket sales) is a guess and might be much less ...
On Election Day, we can restore US morals
Sunday, May 20, 2018
OPINION:
President Donald Trump’s approval rating is rising. The Democratic advantage on survey questions about party preference for control of Congress is vanishing. Liberal anxiety about the fate of the midterms — and I would venture, the country itself — is rising.
Let’s talk peace in the Middle East
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Where I Stand:
This past week marked two distinct celebrations of the state of Israel’s 70th birthday. One was the official opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. The other was an acknowledgment in Washington, D.C., by Israel of 70 Americans who have contributed to …
Politicians aren’t as dumb as we think
Sunday, May 20, 2018
OPINION:
Let’s posit three rules of political analysis. First, data are better than presuppositions. Second, actual votes cast can tell us more than the polls. Third, even when we carefully examine the facts, we’re all vulnerable to seeking confirmation of what we believed in the first place.
GOP’s spending must be reined in
Sunday, May 20, 2018
OPINION:
Politicians’ addiction to overspending has long been bound by no political affiliation.
Clean car standards should be a ‘no brainer’
Saturday, May 19, 2018
OPINION:
It’s easy to say clean air is a basic right and to assume our congressional representatives will do everything in their power to protect this right.
Art of the Deal: ‘It’s my way or up a blind alley’
Saturday, May 19, 2018
OPINION:
Trump, by taking a hard line on Iran, drew some needed attention to Iran’s bad behavior and created an opportunity to improve the nuclear deal. But to do so would have required Trump to admit that there was merit in the deal Obama had forged and to be content with limited, but valuable, fixes that our European allies likely would have embraced.
Trump should embrace NAFTA
Saturday, May 19, 2018
OPINION:
President Donald Trump will soon announce his intentions regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement. The possible outcomes, including U.S. withdrawal, would jeopardize the United States’ energy trade with Mexico, which totaled nearly $40 billion last year, or more than $100 million every day.
Withdrawing from Iran deal isolates US
Friday, May 18, 2018
President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal places the United States, not Iran, in violation of the agreement, undermines the United States’ global leadership position and diplomatic power, and puts …