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Politicians like to say the federal government should keep its hands off schools — until they want to interfere. Take President Trump, for example. On the campaign trail he vowed to end the tight federal control of schools that characterized the Obama administration. No more using federal mo…

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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Tesla, the electric vehicle startup, did something remarkable last month: It surpassed Ford and GM to become the country’s most valuable car company based on market capitalization. Want to acquire Tesla? It would cost a cool $50 billion. GM’s worth a tad less. Ford’s value is about $45 billion.

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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With the debate over the future of Obamacare now underground — Senate Republicans having decided that the monstrous American Health Care Act approved by the House two weeks ago is best discussed in secret, and they may be at it for months yet — it’s a good time to review the state of health …

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The conflict in Afghanistan remains a stalemate between beleaguered Afghan security forces and the Taliban, but momentum has shifted to the latter. Taliban militants now control or contest more than 40 percent of the country. In rural areas, the Taliban have rolled out shadow governments tha…

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President Trump’s Tuesday morning tweets are correct: As president, he has the legal authority to share intelligence with pretty much whomever he wants. But that doesn’t mean he was right to do so last week when he apparently gave top Russian diplomats highly classified information gathered …

  • From St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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There are very specific and solid reasons why religious institutions qualify for tax-free status in this country. Similarly, there also are very specific and solid reasons why religious organizations lose their tax-free status when they engage in political activities. President Donald Trump …

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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The War on Drugs has been such an abject failure — the get-tough approach having served to crowd prisons with non-violent offenders who are disproportionately African-American while having little to no discernible impact on actual narcotics use — that the country’s elected leaders seemed to …

  • By Kevin Ferris, The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Air Force Maj. Leo Thorsness waited more than six years for the Medal of Honor he was awarded for his actions over North Vietnam on April 19, 1967. On that day, Thorsness and his wingman had successfully taken out two surface-to-air missile sites. But the second plane was hit by antiaircraft…

  • From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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The slow pace of U.S. efforts to take Islamic State strongholds Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq have produced a risky U.S. move in relations with NATO ally Turkey. The U.S. will begin providing heavy weaponry, including armored vehicles, to the Syrian Kurdish group, YPG. Its forces have bee…

  • From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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If Americans wanted to view photos of Wednesday’s meeting between President Donald Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, they had only one source to turn to: the Russian government. The Oval Office meeting reportedly was arranged at Russian Pres…

  • From Minnesota Star Tribune
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In a remarkable and unnerving spectacle, the president who benefited from Russian interference in the election has fired the man leading the investigation into said interference, FBI Director James Comey. Even more incredibly, the dismissal was based on the recommendation of a man who was su…

Georgians like their chicken Southern fried and in a wide variety of other ways, from hot wings to ala king, but there’s a lot more to chickens in our state than delectable dishes. To say that chickens are important to our state’s economy is an understatement.

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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President Donald Trump took office with half of Americans expecting greatness and the other half gravely suspicious of the presidency that would unfold. Generously feeding that suspicion: an FBI investigation of Trump’s moot presidential campaign. That probe is ongoing, but James Comey will …

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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Before the House of Representatives’ health care vote last week, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to press his case to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That morning, he tweeted “Death spiral!” over a link to news that Aetna would pull out of the Virginia insurance exchange out of fear o…

  • From the Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Today, Bethany Gladhill’s daughter Beatrix is an active 9-year-old who enjoys dance and school. But right after she was born, Beatrix was diagnosed with a heart valve anomaly. After a family job loss, which meant no more employee health benefits, Gladhill soon found that she couldn’t add bab…

  • From The San Diego Union-Tribune
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In 2010, after a Democratic-controlled Congress passed and President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, Republicans denounced what came to be known as Obamacare with critiques that were often borne out. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., for one, has long had on his website a statement ripping …

  • From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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American presidents make history because their words and deeds can radically affect the course of humanity. The current president, Donald Trump, is putting his personal stamp on history by making a mockery of it.

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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One of the great tragedies of recent conflicts in the Middle East, most of which have involved the United States, is that Christian communities — many of them there since the time of Christ — have been uprooted, perhaps never to return.

  • By Omar Al-Ubaydli, The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Recent U.S. presidential administrations are cultivating quite the reputation for scandal, with Donald Trump’s perceived conflicts of interest, Barack Obama’s seemingly unbounded surveillance program or George W. Bush’s controversial justification for invading Iraq. Corporate scandals, meanw…

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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Any U.S. foreign policy decision that fails to consider human rights is not only immoral but likely ineffective. We are a nation founded on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To ignore the suffering of others is to violate our nation’s bedrock principles. It is a betrayal of the fou…

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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You’ve got a business meeting in New York or a vacation in Paris. United has convenient flights at a good price. But maybe you’ll choose another carrier just to avoid Hell’s favorite airline — the one that had a passenger dragged from his seat before takeoff.

  • From the Los Angeles Times
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin laid out the Trump administration’s blueprint for tax cuts Wednesday, and like much of what the administration has done thus far, it was long on promises but short on detail and realism. We’d welcome White House leadership on a bipartisan effort to clean up …

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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As a political weapon, a government shutdown is a bit like self-immolation — it certainly demonstrates a commitment to one’s cause, but there’s no real victory possible for participants. The last shutdown was back in 2013 when Barack Obama, a Democrat, was president, and Republicans controll…

  • From The News & Observer
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The fuss over immigration reform always has been underlined by hypocrisy. Politicians, including the current president, talk about crime and drugs and portray huge groups of immigrants as a menace to American society. Trump’s pushing ahead for the southern border wall that was a centerpiece …

  • From the Akron Beacon Journal
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House Republican leaders heard criticism from right and left about their proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Now they have floated adjustments to the proposal, the American Health Care Act, that signal a first preference for addressing the concerns voiced from the right.

  • From The Sacramento Bee
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If there were ever a cautionary tale about the perils of speeding immigrant deportations, it’s the case of Juan Manuel Montes, a 23-year-old Dreamer from the California border town of Calexico. Last week his attorneys filed a lawsuit arguing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Februar…

  • For The Baltimore Sun
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Accountability should be regarded as more than a buzz word. Our democracy is built on checks and balances so that those who are given extraordinary power are held accountable. But to do that requires more than an occasional press conference, it depends on public disclosure of useful informat…

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