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October 18, 2019

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Trump, Democrats and true defenders of the United States
Friday, October 18, 2019
Opinion:
Last Thursday and Friday, two important Americans bore witness to the state of our nation. One was President Donald Trump, addressing political rallies. The other was Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine until suddenly told to get …
We all have a stake in fight against poverty
Friday, October 18, 2019
Guest column:
We know that while genius is spread equally across ZIP codes, opportunity is not. In Nevada, nearly one in five children are living in poverty. These kids face a fundamental injustice from the very start; growing up without …
Progressives too willing to cut constitutional corners
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Opinion:
Presidential aspirant Beto O’Rourke says tax exemptions should be denied to churches and other institutions that oppose same-sex marriage. O’Rourke’s suggestion, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to tax the “excessive” exercise of a First Amendment right, and the NBA’s painful lesson about the perils of moral grandstanding illustrate how progressivism has become …
Is Democratic Party splitting from within?
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Opinion:
The same presidential race that’s united Republicans is dividing Democrats who must choose among White House candidates promoting very different …
Western values may depend on Ukraine
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Opinion:
Certainly, Ukraine has manifold problems, but today it’s a remarkably vibrant, multiethnic democracy in a region full of aggressive nationalism and authoritarian backsliding. That makes it all the more contemptible that President Donald Trump has leveraged U.S. support for Ukraine to try to …
America exporting its corruption
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Opinion:
In 2014, Ukraine’s wildly corrupt president, Viktor Yanukovych, fled to Russia after mass protests on the Maidan, Kyiv’s central square. During what Ukrainians call the Revolution of Dignity, police snipers killed dozens of demonstrators. In the revolution’s aftermath, a number of young idealists decided to plunge into politics, hoping to …
Do we just have to accept a nuclear North Korea?
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Opinion:
No way can President Donald Trump dream of a foreign policy success on North Korea’s nukes and missiles as a break from the cacophony of one revelation after another of his dubious dealings with Ukraine, China and maybe …
Goodbye, America. Goodbye, Freedom Man
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Opinion:
The time is the early 1980s. The place is the South China Sea. A sailor aboard the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier, spots a leaky boat jammed with people fleeing tyranny in Indochina. As he helps bring the desperate refugees to safety, one of them …
Fraud Guarantee: Dark money and the art of the shady deal
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Opinion:
There’s understandable delight over the name of a company run by one of Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine-connected buddies arrested last week for allegedly laundering money into President Donald Trump’s political efforts. It’s called “Fraud Guarantee.” This will provide an excellent title for …
Arresting the homeless is neither effective nor sustainable
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Guest column:
Based on the annual homeless surveys and my own experiences for the past seven years at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, the vast majority of the chronic and systemic homeless populations suffer with mental illness, and use drugs and alcohol to manage pain, which leads to addictions. Our exceptional Metro Police officers need to spend their time arresting those who prey on the homeless and the public with acts of crime, on those who sell and distribute drugs, and not on …
Dealing with China not worth the moral cost
Monday, October 14, 2019
OPINION:
China is the largest, most powerful and arguably most brutal totalitarian state in the world. It denies basic human rights to all of its nearly 1.4 billion citizens.
The next big media pitch should be science
Monday, October 14, 2019
OPINION:
You know “that look.” It’s the face of some onlookers whose eyes glaze over when the news topic of the moment switches to science, or the glare one exhibits as if to impart the message, “I’m just a regular person, so don’t talk that scientific stuff around me.”
Senate math could pick Trump’s jurors
Monday, October 14, 2019
OPINION:
There are two paths for holding President Donald Trump to account for his abuses: one passes through the Senate, the other through the ballot box. With Trump declaring he’ll do everything he can to obstruct House impeachment efforts, his opponents need to keep both options in mind as they move to overcome his obstruction, his lying and his increasingly unhinged behavior.
Trump and Tehran have shaken up the Middle East
Sunday, October 13, 2019
OPINION:
I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds it bizarre that the Republican leadership is (rightly) going nuts over President Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds in Syria while it’s ignoring his betrayal of the U.S. Constitution at home. If only Lindsey Graham & Co. were as eager to defend our democracy as they are the Kurds. But I digress.
Deep patriot state keeps America safe
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Where I Stand:
They want the law to be obeyed. They understand that political norms exist for a reason. They belong to all manner of political parties, but in their jobs and in their lives they act in a nonpartisan manner. They act as Americans first and make simple demands of leaders — don’t break the rules, don’t abuse your power for personal benefit, value the nation and respect the Constitution. These are the hundreds of millions of Americans who would best be described a …