Editorials

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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Last year, mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus spread from South America into the U.S. Pregnant women, or those trying, lived in fear of a bite that could result in a baby with birth defects. This year, so far, the buzz is better: Reported Zika cases have dropped in the U.S. and other parts o…

  • From The San Diego Union-Tribune
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The North Korean crisis appears to have de-escalated in recent days, thanks to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s steady, stern response to the rogue nation’s provocations. Pyongyang’s decision to drop a plan to shoot ballistic missiles near Guam, a U.S. te…

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Kenya appears to have worked its way through elections more or less in one piece this time, in spite of some fairly dire history of sometimes violent confrontations in the past on these occasions. Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, an Amherst graduate and the son of the father of Kenya’s in…

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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With a Republican president and a Republican Congress, raising the debt ceiling should be no big deal. But what about this Republican president and this Republican Congress? In a battle of dysfunction, America’s economy stands on the brink.

  • From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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America lost troubadour songster and movie and TV figure Glen Campbell Tuesday in Nashville at 81. Some of the songs that made Campbell famous constituted part of the soundtrack of Americans’ lives during his performance years, and long afterward. A number of them were in the category of mus…

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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The combination of North Korea’s augmenting nuclear weapons capacity and threats against United States and the region, plus America’s own unclear policy toward what is happening — including President Donald Trump’s threats of an unprecedented level of “fire and fury” — is becoming disturbing…

  • From the Los Angeles Times
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A draft federal report on climate change that went public Monday contains little in the way of new science, and although its language is unequivocal, it merely confirms what has been obvious to so many scientists for so long: Human activity is increasing global temperatures, leading to poten…

  • From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Erik Prince founded a now-defunct company, Blackwater, whose very name evokes images of private warriors running amok in Iraq, shooting up the streets and killing civilians with reckless abandon. Prince is the last person who should be advocating for private security forces to take over the …

  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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This summer, the Rethink Vets program launched by The Heinz Endowments has been encouraging employers to consider hiring more veterans. The advertising campaign — “Don’t just call veterans heroes. Call them for an interview” and other similar messages — also worked to influence the public pe…

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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North Korea’s latest overwrought and cartoonish rhetoric, a promise of “thousands-fold” retaliation against the United States for punishing trade sanctions approved by the United Nations Security Council over the weekend, is oddly comforting. The U.S.-sponsored resolution, which passed with …

  • From the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune
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Venezuela’s descent into dictatorship accelerated this week with a bogus vote to create a Constituent Assembly that would be tasked with rewriting the country’s constitution. This comes on top of other assaults on democratic institutions like the judiciary and the news media, as Venezuelan P…

  • From the Los Angeles Times
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In a process that can be likened to the creation of GMO crops, scientists have edited genes in human embryos in order to eliminate a mutation that causes thickening of the heart wall. The embryos were created solely for the scientists’ study and will not be implanted. Nonetheless, the resear…

  • From The San Diego Union-Tribune
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President Donald Trump’s decision to replace ineffectual White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security chief John Kelly — a former Army general with a history of smart, effective leadership — makes complete sense. What’s also worth noting is that Kelly is an honorable man,…

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Concerned that the satellites Americans and our military depend on are in jeopardy, the top Republican and top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Strategic Forces are pushing a proposal to create a new branch of the armed services: the United States Space Corps.

  • From the Los Angeles Times
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As part of his all-too-successful courtship of religious conservatives, Donald Trump promised during his presidential campaign to “get rid of” the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 law that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt nonprofit organizations from endorsing candidates for public office.

  • The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer
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The exit of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer after a tumultuous and at times incompetent performance does serve to show just how chaotic the Trump administration is. Replacing a press secretary is no big deal. But Spicer apparently thought he was going to be promoted to communications…

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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Social Security is the oldest and most popular federal income support program, and after more than 80 years, it might seem as permanent as the pyramids. But the pharaohs did better long-range engineering than the architects of the New Deal did. A 2015 Gallup Poll found that 64 percent of mil…

  • From The San Diego Union-Tribune
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President Donald Trump’s basis for wishing he had never named Jeff Sessions attorney general is much different than the reasons the American public should have the same view. In bombshell remarks that confirmed just how much Trump is stomping on ethical norms, the president told The New York…

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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While researchers haven’t yet found a way to prevent or cure dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, they’re making progress on how to catch it early. The findings from three new studies, two from the University of Wisconsin and one from Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, are important for be…

  • From The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer
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Remember when then-candidate Donald Trump, gleeful that no matter what he did those at the base of his support wouldn’t care, aimed his finger at a camera and reckoned that he could “shoot someone on Fifth Avenue” and nothing would happen?

  • From the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal
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Insurance companies currently are evaluating whether to participate next year in the federal health exchange. That is where millions purchase health coverage on their own. The marketplace already faces turmoil, largely due to the uncertainty about what the Republican Congress will do with it…

  • From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The last thing Republicans on Capitol Hill apparently want the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to do is actually protect financial consumers. That would explain the angry GOP reaction whenever the bureau announces new rules, such as one this week to stop big financial institutions from …

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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A group of economists released a paper recently suggesting young men are working fewer hours because they are spending so much time playing video games. Video games might also help explain a study last month from Johns Hopkins University researchers who said today’s 19-year-old is as sedenta…

  • From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Until Donald Trump’s election as president, the Office of Government Ethics had been a fairly obscure agency that supervised conflict of interest standards within the federal government. It is no longer fairly obscure, and when its director resigns, as Walter M. Shaub Jr., did last week, it …

  • From The (Macon) Telegraph
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The altercation between Chris Cashell and Houston County Sheriff Deputy Jonathan Lewis that led to Cashell’s death didn’t have to happen, but it is an example of the sort of situations deputies, police officers and others in law enforcement are called in to intervene when domestic situations…

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