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December 13, 2018

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The GOP goes full authoritarian
Thursday, December 13, 2018
President Donald Trump, it turns out, may have been the best thing that could have happened to American democracy. No, I haven’t lost my mind. Individual-1 is clearly a wannabe dictator who has contempt for the rule of law, not to mention being corrupt and probably in the pocket of foreign powers. But he’s also …
Democrats have a cornucopia of candidates
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Deval Patrick is not running for president! I know. First Michael Avenatti drops out and now the former governor of Massachusetts. Who do the Democrats have left? Hehehe …
Reluctant challenger to Trump may be best hope
Thursday, December 13, 2018
With his gravelly voice and his lack of senatorial sheen — even in a well-pressed suit he somehow radiates rumpledness — Sherrod Brown could have wandered into the Senate from Depression-era proletarian literature. The Ohio Democrat’s populist persona is …
Don’t run, Mr. Biden
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
He’s an admirable person. He pressed on with public service long after he could have cashed in. His devotion to his family is palpable; his strength through its tragedies, extraordinary. He’s informed, he’s affable and he’s real. But is he the best …
Rodeo shows what Las Vegas can accomplish when acting boldly
Rodeo shows what Las Vegas can accomplish when acting boldly
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Sun editorial:
The broncs and bulls are bucking at the Thomas & Mack Center, boots are scooting on dance floors up and down the Strip, and cash is flowing all around. The National Finals Rodeo is in full swing, providing an annual reminder of the good that can happen when …
Trump’s presidency is without humor
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
As with September’s memorial services for John McCain, expressions of mourning for George H.W. Bush — extolling his humility, loyalty, temperance, decency, bravery and devotion to public service — have contained thinly veiled rebukes of the current president. The sharpest one, I thought, came …
What has he been smocking?
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
President Donald Trump was up early Monday morning, tweeting falsely that investigators have found “No Smocking Gun” that proves he did anything wrong. He meant “smoking,” of course. His vision must be …
GOP attacking democracy on several fronts
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
In case after case, Republicans have demonstrated an eagerness to undercut democracy and tilt the rules of the game if doing so serves their ideological interests. The quiet coup by the GOP-controlled legislature in Wisconsin is designed to defy the voters’ wishes. It reflects …
Christmas in Europe coming under leaden skies
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
There is not a dark cloud hanging over Europe. There are a bunch of them. Taken together they account for a sense of foreboding, not quite despair, but a definite feeling that things are unraveling and, worse, that there is no leadership — second-raters at all the national helms. That was the near consensus at the annual …
Just who are Trump’s allies in trade war?
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Where, after all, is the major constituency supporting Donald Trump’s tariffs and threats to exit international agreements? Big business hates the prospect of a trade war, and stocks plunge whenever that prospect becomes more likely. Labor hasn’t …
Tiny bee’s survival has big implications for the environment
Monday, December 10, 2018
Guest column:
No species offers any clearer snapshot of the intricate relationships required to sustain a desert ecosystem that evolved over tens of thousands of years than the tiny Mojave poppy bee, which has now been reduced to only seven small populations, all of them …
For justice to prevail, the ‘blue wall of silence’ must come down
Monday, December 10, 2018
This just in: Black men are still being killed by police officers for …
The ‘Next America’ is right around the corner
Monday, December 10, 2018
“You know William Gibson’s line, ‘The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed’? Well, the future is here, and now it’s starting to really get distributed. This is the Next America. But our institutions and political parties have not …
NYT columnists ponder world affairs — and those red trees in the White House
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Bush 41 was probably the last president who refused to govern in a state of remorseless partisan war with his opponents. Obviously that wasn’t true of his political campaigns, particularly against …
Border wall cuts scar through desert environment
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Deep in this beautiful wilderness of sagebrush, wildflowers and soaptree yucca, a freshly minted 18-foot-high steel barrier towers over the landscape. Out here in the remote New Mexico desert, the new border wall is …