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April 30, 2017

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GOP should retreat on repeal-and-replace
Saturday, April 29, 2017
I realize there is great pressure to follow through on the GOP promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. And I realize that President Trump, as he neared the 100-day mark, sorely needed a legislative victory to tweet about. King Pyrrhus needed a win, too, but that didn’t work out too well for him. ...
Nevada economy on the rise, but we can’t be complacent
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Nevada recently hit a major milestone when for the first time in 10 years, its jobless rate fell to 5 percent as all sectors of the state’s reported job gains. ...
Trump resistance expanding, strengthening, taking action
Saturday, April 29, 2017
The resistance to the travesty of Donald Trump’s presidency is holding up just fine, thank you very much. ...
In health care, equality could be unreasonable goal
Friday, April 28, 2017
It’s mostly in health that the egalitarian drive is all-consuming. Why so? My pet theory is illustrated via three hypothetical cases: ...
French poised to elect their version of Obama
Friday, April 28, 2017
The French are too intellectually vain to borrow others’ political ideas, but too interested in style not to appreciate and appropriate that of others. So on May 7, they might confer their presidency on a Gallic Barack Obama ...
Western civilization ideals in need of defense
Friday, April 28, 2017
Between 1935 and 1975, Will and Ariel Durant published a series of volumes that together were known as “The Story of Civilization.” They basically told human history (mostly Western history) as an accumulation of great ideas and innovations, from the Egyptians, through Athens, Magna Carta, the Age of Faith, the Renaissance and the Declaration of the Rights of Man. The series was phenomenally successful, selling more than 2 million copies. ...
Did backlash from Trump vote help sink O’Reilly?
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Fans of Bill O’Reilly are predictably upset that Fox News has pulled the plug on his popular show, “The O’Reilly Factor.” But take heart, folks. Bill O’Reilly isn’t really gone. Not only has he started a podcast, but you can hear his spirit in the Oval Office. ...
Climate scientists aghast at Trump’s actions
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Nearly 100 days into a presidency remarkably thin on legislative success, one area where the Trump administration and Republican-led Congress have notched indisputable gains is on the environment. ...
Trump test: The president’s first 100 days
Thursday, April 27, 2017
We’re coming up fast on Donald Trump’s 100th day as president. I know, I know, it seems like longer. But a lot has definitely happened. So here’s Part I of the Trump 100-Day Quiz. Today: friends, family and assorted appointees. ...
Fate of Venezuela hinges on unity of opposition
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The decision by Venezuela’s Supreme Court, a political poodle of President Nicolas Maduro, to take over the powers of the opposition-controlled National Assembly has sparked off massive demonstrations that the government’s vicious repression has been unable to stop. Although the decision was reversed later, the spirit of rebellion has proven resilient. The death toll among demonstrators is rising and hundreds more have been injured. ...
Trump’s border wall fantasy falling apart
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
In the annals of pathetic climbdowns, this Sunday morning tweet from President Donald Trump deserves a special place of honor, or perhaps dishonor: ...
Nothing’s pro-life about denying aid to women
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
When President Donald Trump and his (male) aides sit at a conference table deciding to cut off money to women’s health programs abroad, they call it a “pro-life” move. ...
GOP can’t think its way out of this box
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The important thing to remember is that these problems don’t keep popping up because the people devising the plans are careless, and keep forgetting crucial issues. They’re popping up because the GOP is trying to stuff a big balloon into a small box, and every time you squeeze it somewhere it …
Are our tax dollars buying us security?
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Russia has for some time been more, rather than less, dependent on nuclear weapons for its security, and North Korea, sadly but predictably, sees its nuclear arsenal as a deterrent or counterbalance to the overwhelming military, nuclear, economic and political power of the U.S./South Korea/Japan alliance. So it’s fair to ask if U.S. nuclear and conventional superiority encourages rather than …
Sessions’ comment on Hawaii hints at the damage he’s causing
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Members of the executive branch have every right to criticize and appeal lower-court decisions, but what Sessions suggested is that Derrick Watson, the federal judge in question, somehow lost his right to rule because of …