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April 25, 2019

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Politicians happy to borrow from the future
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Pursed lips and clucked tongues signaled disapproval among the wise and responsible when, at a recent televised event, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist from Vermont, did not plausibly explain how he would pay for “Medicare for All.” The remarkable thing, however, is the quaint expectation that any political person should …
Violence in the workplace need not be tolerated
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Guest column:
Workplace violence in medical facilities is an underreported problem throughout the United States. There are a variety of situations in which medical professionals and other health care industry employees experience hostile working conditions, ranging from threats to cases in which physical force is …
Republicans sold out America for a tax cut
Thursday, April 25, 2019
So all the “fake news” was true. A hostile foreign power intervened in the presidential election, hoping to install Donald Trump in the White House. The Trump campaign was aware of this intervention and welcomed it. And once in power, Trump tried to …
House Democrats reach a fork in the road
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
It may not have been his intention, but special counsel Robert Mueller has forced a momentous choice on the Democrats who control the House of Representatives. How they navigate the next several months will matter not only to politics but, more importantly, to whether …
Mueller’s report calls for impeachment, not indictment
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
In 2017, a brilliant visual effects expert created a video montage called “It’s Mueller Time! Trump Administration Season Ending.” Set to the crooning of the 1963 song “From Russia With Love,” it shows FBI agents rounding up the central figures who brought us Donald Trump’s presidency, culminating in Trump himself being led away with his hands behind his back. I’ll admit to having watched this over and over again; it’s one of the …
Conservatives should thank Mueller
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
In June 2017, The Wall Street Journal editorial board, long a skeptic of Robert Mueller’s probe, offered the central argument for why an investigation was necessary. “Russian meddling in U.S. elections is a serious matter and Americans need to know what happened,” they wrote. “If Mr. Trump or key associates canoodled with the Russians to steal an election, then he must face the likely consequence of impeachment.” That’s exactly right. And it’s why an investigation by a …
The ego maniac is ‘exonerated’
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
When it comes to presidential obstruction, at least Watergate started with a crime. After 675 days, more than 2,800 subpoenas, nearly 500 search warrants, $30 million spent, endless jaw-jaw on cable and countless whiny Trump tweets, we have come down to one fundamental truth. And it’s the same truth that has been terrorizing us all along: President Donald Trump’s dirtbag machinations are driven by …
Only Congress can hold Trump accountable
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
There is a mountain of evidence that President Donald Trump obstructed justice. There is considerable evidence that the Trump campaign embraced and encouraged Russia’s attempt to meddle in the 2016 election. Special counsel Robert Mueller laid out the facts — and now Congress …
Tax system must work for working Americans
Monday, April 22, 2019
GUEST COLUMN:
April 15 was the day we all paid our fair share of taxes. Well, some of us. If you are one of the 4.3 percent of working Americans who got any kind of pay bump tied to the tax cuts that took effect in 2018, congratulations. If you are among the 95.7 percent who did not, here’s why: The 2017 Trump-GOP tax cuts favored the wealthy and corporations and will explode the national debt to the tune of $2 trillion. What does that mean for the average Nevadan?
The Notre Dame Cathedral and the path to renewal
Monday, April 22, 2019
OPINION:
The burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, a monument to human creativity and divine inspiration, invites first a mournful silence and then a search for meaning. This often involves efforts to understand the inexplicable by reference to metaphor.
It’s the corruption, not the collusion
Monday, April 22, 2019
OPINION:
The Mueller report is like a legal version of a thriller movie in which three malevolent forces are attacking a city all at once. Everybody’s wondering if the attackers are working together. The report concludes that they weren’t, but that doesn’t make the situation any less scary or the threat any less real.
Britain sets sail for the past — old glories and new realities
Saturday, April 20, 2019
OPINION:
Confused about Brexit? Then let me tell you about my father. He was born when the British Empire was still in bloom and being British was to inherit a divine state of grace. It was an exceptionalism. You carried the long and varied history of Britain with you. It was your honor and your obligation.
Why Trump won’t stop talking about Ilhan Omar
Saturday, April 20, 2019
OPINION:
It’s still common to hear analysts speak of the “Trumpification” of the Republican Party — the extent to which it has adopted the attitude and ethos of the sitting president.
Mueller’s report is the beginning, not the end
Saturday, April 20, 2019
OPINION:
The report from special counsel Robert Mueller provides a devastating portrait of President Donald Trump’s behavior that may invite the beginning of an impeachment inquiry and a constitutional confrontation. A collision of some kind between the president (along with his attorney general) and Democrats who control the House of Representatives is now inevitable.
Take the electric-vehicle tax credit off the road
Saturday, April 20, 2019
OPINION:
Some government foolishness has an educational value that compensates for its considerable cost. Consider the multibillion-dollar federal electric-vehicle tax credit, which efficiently illustrates how government can, with one act, diminish its already-negligible prestige while subtracting from America’s fairness. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., hope to repeal the tax credit, which probably will survive because it does something that government enjoys doing: It transfers wealth upward by subsidizing affluent individuals and large economic entities.