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Leonard Pitts Jr.: We Can Be A Nation Bound By The Aspiration To Simple Values
Eighty-three years ago, Mr. Smith went to Washington. Last Tuesday, Lady Ruby did, too. Georgia election workers Ruby “Lady Ruby” Freeman and her daughter, Wandrea ArShaye Moss -- “Shaye” to her friends -- appeared last week before the House committe
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Mary Sanchez: From The Heartland, The GOP Launches A Trial Balloon
Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated the year that former U.S. Senator John Danforth first took office (1968). The Watergate break-in happened the year he was re-elected to that post, as Missouri’s attorney general (1972). Danforth entered the U.
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Robert C. Koehler: Good Guys With Guns?
Ready, aim, fire: “I believe in Jesus, guns and babies.” So declares Kandiss Taylor, GOP candidate for governor of Georgia, in a campaign ad. Or how about: “I’m Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL, and today, we’re going RINO-hunting.” This is not about killing
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Cal Thomas: Skirting The Issue
In the 1950s when television was in black and white as was the distinction between acceptable and unacceptable behavior, comedian Milton Berle would occasionally wear a dress in a skit, causing the studio audience to laugh uproariously. How things ha
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Jesse Jackson: Do Trump's Actions Meet The Test Of Treason?
Will Donald Trump be held accountable for the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 and what was a multi-layered conspiracy to overturn the results of the presidential election? Attorney General Merrick Garland has stated that "We're just going
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Republicans Are The Threat
ABC News thought it was — in the words of George Stephanopoulos — “too ugly” and “too dangerous” and declined to show it on air. So Rep. Adam Kinzinger tweeted it Sunday night, letting us all see the threatening letter that recently came to his wife
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Clarence Page: Looking For GOP Peace In Our Disunited States Of Resentment
While some people wonder whether we’re on the brink of a second Civil War, I sometimes wonder whether we ever really finished the first one. The Juneteenth holiday weekend, a celebration of the ending of legal slavery in the United States, offered am
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Jonah Goldberg: The GOP May Win In The Midterms, But It Can’t Hang On To Power
For congressional Republicans, the election can’t come soon enough. In the modern era, it’s hard to think of a time when the party out of power had more things going its way. Harry Enten, CNN’s political data analyst, recently noted that going by the
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Cal Thomas: The Decline Of A Nation
While inflation, high gas and food prices, a falling stock market, corrosive politics and a looming recession are all causes for concern – even alarm – two recent Gallup polls reveal an erosion of foundational principles that are key to a stable and
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: No Reason Brown Girls Can’t Save The World
She’s not exactly starving for affirmation. To the contrary, Malala Yousafzai is a global icon. Since 2012 when, as a 15-year-old Pakistani girl, she survived being shot in the head by a Taliban thug, she has met with heads of state, addressed the Un
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Clarence Page: Congress Needs To Protect Future Elections Too
Sometimes in the art of political stagecraft, an entire debate can shift on a single statement. Former Nixon aide John Dean comes to mind. His declaration during the Watergate hearings of “a cancer growing on the presidency” stands out as a pivotal m
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Mary Sanchez: Yes, He’s Violent, But He's Just Your ‘Boyfriend’
If a man takes a gun, shoots, and kills a woman who he’s been in an intimate relationship with, is the gunshot victim more, or less worthy of protection depending on if the two were married? Really, it’s not a trick question. Logically, from an empat
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Cal Thomas: Lock HIM up?
If the House January 6 committee proceeds to its seemingly predetermined conclusion that Donald Trump incited the Capitol riot and tried to reverse the results of the 2020 election and if they recommend to the Department of Justice that Trump committ
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Bill Press: Three Take-aways From Jan. 6 Hearings
The nation has seen blockbuster congressional hearings before: the Army-McCarthy hearings, which wrecked the career of the hateful Senator Joseph McCarthy; the Watergate hearings, which forced the resignation of President Richard Nixon; and the Iran-
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Robert C. Koehler: Embracing The Complexity Of Peace
“Just imagine for once if we led the world in funding peace and not wars.” Just imagine! The words are those of Robert Weissman, president of the organization Public Citizen, in response to the legislative efforts of Reps. Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan,
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Everybody Plays The Fool
"Everybody plays the fool.” -- The Main Ingredient, 1972 I won’t bother reasoning with you. As I’ve said before in this space, it’s my opinion that you folks who support Donald Trump are, by definition, incapable of that function, so it’s foolish to
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Clarence Page: ‘Law And Order’ Should Be More Than A GOP Slogan
As they were preparing to go to the airport to visit their new grandchildren, two friends of mine were robbed recently outside their Kenwood co-op building near the University of Chicago. Suddenly I was alerted once again to the horrors of Chicago’s
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Jonah Goldberg: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Jan. 6 Committee
We’re only two installments into the limited-run production of the Jan. 6 hearings, and so far, I think they’ve been great. But I also think they’ll leave almost everyone, except for me, unsatisfied. For many Democrats and Never Trumpers, the hope is
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Cal Thomas: Sticks, Stone And Worse
Most people are familiar with the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The incendiary rhetoric that has engulfed our political system has demonstrated that especially violent words can cause hurt, even death, t
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Donald Trump LOST the 2020 election!
It comes at the end. After his supporters march on the U.S. Capitol chanting “Whose streets? Our streets!” after they breach police barricades, after they smash windows and climb through, after they chant “Hang Mike Pence” and erect a gallows for tha
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Clarence Page: Why San Francisco’s Progressive Prosecutor Chesa Boudin Lost After Kim Foxx Won
My condolences to Chesa Boudin, the by-now-famous San Francisco district attorney who lost a recall election Tuesday. The polls saw it coming. As expected, his loss is being celebrated with Champagne by lock-’em-up conservatives and, for that matter,
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Bill Press: JAN. 6: Trump Should Be Tried For Treason
We’ve never seen anything like this week’s first public hearing of the House Select Committee on January 6. By any standards, it was a blockbuster event: The first House committee hearing produced like a Hollywood action movie. The first House commit
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Mary Sanchez: How Do You Warn A Tuned-out Nation That Its Greatest Threat Is Within?
The U.S. Capitol riot hearings were upstaged before they started. All it took was one man with a lethal intent toward a U.S. Supreme Court justice. A relatively young man at that. But one with access to the type of weaponry favored by many of the foo
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Cal Thomas: Prime Time For Anti-Trumpers
If things aren’t going your way on issues such as high gas and food prices, inflation and the hordes flowing across the southern border (Fox News, The Guardian, and other news outlets report between 10,000 and 15,000 migrants are on the way and neith
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Robert C. Koehler: The Collateral Damage Comes Home
“They were at places that seemed safe — but few spaces in America are guaranteed safe anymore.” This is CNN, doing its best to stay atop America’s mass shootings and keep the survivors (by which I mean us) informed. Yeah, 13 gun massacres this past w
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Clarence Page: ‘Extremism Fatigue’ In Politics? Get Used To It
I was amused by an “unscientific opinion” survey of Republican primary voters in Arizona’s heated race for Democrat Mark Kelly’s Senate seat. Many said they’d grown tired of Republican candidates’ extremism. “I know I don’t want any more GOP extremis
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: The Janes: 'We Thought It Was Over'
It opens with a woman’s voice and a black screen. “I had no other options,” she says. “I wanted it over with.” Then you see her. White, gray-haired, maybe somewhere in her 70s. And she continues her story. “I didn’t care how it was done. I was that d
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Jonah Goldberg: The Jan. 6 Committee Is A Symptom Of Our Democracy’s Failure — And Maybe A Means Of Its Salvation
On Thursday, the Jan. 6 committee will make its televised primetime debut, some 519 days after the event that gave the committee its name and purpose. For its ardent supporters, the committee’s mission is nothing less than an effort to save democracy
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Cal Thomas: Predictable Commencement Addresses
What comes to mind in the month of June? Weddings. Vacations (and how to pay for record high gas prices if you’re driving). Graduations. Time was when many commencement speeches at major universities were about America and its values and what graduat
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: 'Real ' Conservatives Are About 30 Years Too Late
Where were you when we needed you? That’s my blanket response to a persistent trickle of emails from readers who keep asking me to, in effect, stop using the word “conservative” when I mean “crazy.” “Or “fascist.” Or “mean.” Which is to say that thes
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