Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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ABC’s “This Week” made the poor journalistic choice on Sunday to air interviews with Trump voters who made irrational, fact-free claims — or simply revealed their inability to cope with reality. Sorry, but a Trump voter declaring he simply cannot believe President-elect Joe Biden got 78 mill…

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A few days after the election last week, when things were still a bit murky, I made an offhand remark to some friends about what kind of hat I should crochet for the march that would be taking place the day after Joe Biden’s anticipated inauguration.

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In a welcome break from increasingly grim news about the pandemic, Pfizer reported encouraging results last week from its COVID-19 vaccine trial. And Moderna made a similar announcement Monday. But the path to vaccine-based protection will require more than just the science working in our fa…

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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Karl Rove, an influential Republican strategist, wrote in The Wall Street Journal that President Trump’s political prospects are “more dire” than they were four years ago. “In such a bizarre year, anything is possible. But possible doesn’t mean likely. As insurance, Republicans better fight …

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It’s time for Americans to plan for a very different kind of Thanksgiving. Many of us need to be prepared to accept a Thanksgiving where we do not see our loved ones in person — or if we do, only with serious precautions.

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When Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2017, Sen. Dianne Feinstein was taken aback by the Notre Dame law professor’s Catholic convictions about the right to life.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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It wasn’t too long ago that the news was filled with reports of violent protests in Portland, Oregon; Seattle; Washington, D.C., and other cities around the nation. And then ... silence. Networks and newspapers are going wall-to-wall with analyses of every syllable uttered by President Trump…

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Democrats should put an end to the Supreme Court confirmation charade. The Republican Party picks a right-wing judge off a list approved by right-wing advocates based on her record of hostility to abortion rights and to the court’s 2012 ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act and her skepti…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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On the one hand, to hear Senate Republicans tell it, Democrats are barely this side of evil incarnate. They “have hung the American people out to dry,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., this month. They “stand for radical leftism and hating Trump,” claimed Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in August.

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Voters who do not want to be ruled by unelected judges want President Donald Trump to nominate and the Republican Senate to confirm the next Supreme Court justice. If Democrats deploy outrageous delaying tactics such as conducting a sham impeachment — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., re…

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Recent reporting on President Donald Trump’s private contempt for U.S. troops resonates because it echoes what he has said in public. His decision to lie to Americans about the COVID-19 virus threat, reported in Bob Woodward’s new book “Rage,” has now been acknowledged by Trump. That, too, m…

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The convenient catchall “women of color” is an easy descriptor in a world obsessed with shorthand and acronyms. But, as Black women, we stiffen. The phrase evokes the subtlety and complexity of identities erased over the span of 401 years.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020
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When U.S. cities erupted after the death of George Floyd, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was in the vanguard of the protests, renaming a section of downtown Black Lives Matter Plaza, and painting the name in letters on the street so huge they could be seen from space.

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Trump-haters are so determined to defeat the president that they’re opposing emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine. What a callous disregard for human life. Without a vaccine, another 100,000 fatalities are expected by year’s end, according to Washington University epidemiologists. O…

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If he wins, Joe Biden will inherit the responsibility for fixing a U.S. approach to Syria that has been an abject failure since the Obama administration. The Biden campaign is promising to increase U.S. engagement in Syria and increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assadto secure some dign…

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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The outrage driving protesters into America’s streets runs many layers deep. At the top is the death of George Floyd and the horrible persistence of police brutality. The latest jobs report reflects another: the disproportional damage that the coronavirus pandemic is inflicting on people of color.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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When a Wall Street Journal editorial warned this week against any precipitous U.S. withdrawal that might imperil our gains in Afghanistan, an exasperated President Trump shot back:

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They don’t know what they are doing. That’s what President Barack Obama said about U.S. leaders in charge of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. He was giving online speeches at commencement events around the country with discomforting rhetoric, but was nicer than usual. He mentioned no names.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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Life brings lots of both easy and tough decisions and choices. Some decisions are very easy to make and can be made without much thought, while other decisions require lots of thought, examination and questioning.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
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One of my favorite quotes is: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. How true! And sense that’s the case, from this point forward, I am asking everyone to try their very best at doing unto others, as you would have them do unto you.

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Inequality — that’s the foremost issue for so-called progressives these days, and here is what it means in their compassionate souls: not inequality under the law, which would be abhorrent in a just society, but inequality of income. Somehow they seem to think that some people having more mo…

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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I was almost 14 years old on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day. I spent the day picking up trash at my junior high school, along with other young people.

Monday, April 20, 2020
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With the state of our economy, the tornado recovery and COVID-19, there is no better time than now to support your local businesses and your fellow Wilsonians. I know many of our businesses aren’t open as a result of this horrible virus, but if you can support those that are open, partially …

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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Sen. Bernie Sanders has suspended his campaign for the presidency, but not his campaign for socialism, and I do mean socialism. It’s often said that, by any true definition of the term, he falls way short. In fact, if you check out his policy proposals, he’s there, definitely there, and we s…

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Throughout history and across the globe, most masks have served to disguise, cloak or alter identity, whether in the special circumstances of ritual and theater, the perpetuation of crimes or the veiling of women. Medical masks, by contrast, are meant not to hide but to protect. They maintai…

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With the COVID-19 virus and the use of rubber gloves, tissues and mask, I have noticed lots and lots of these used items being discarded and littered along our roadsides, in people’s front yards, along walkways, sidewalks and in the parking lots of many businesses. This made me once again as…

Wednesday, April 08, 2020
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A little less than two months ago, the U.S. State Department made a curious announcement that suggests President Trump’s “America First” administration put “China First” at a critical moment during the burgeoning Wuhan pandemic.

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If we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, Joe Biden almost certainly would be winning Democratic primaries and locking up the nomination about now — coasting from one victory speech to another, basking in the cheers of his supporters and wall-to-wall media coverage.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020
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As I hunker down in my house, protected from COVID-19, I know that there are those without homes who expose themselves to coronavirus everyday.

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For more than 20 years, in my former role as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s emergency response team, I have worked on several natural and man-made disasters.