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North Korea has now demonstrated its ability to reach parts of the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile, and the most powerful response President Donald Trump could muster was a tweet. North Korea’s mercurial 33-year-old leader, Kim Jong-un, has escalated the nuclear threat to...
Ten years ago, we were hearing about a new high-tech device that transfixed us even before it reached the market: the iPhone. Skeptics in our ranks predicted that the iPhone would flop because it wasn’t really necessary. They already had flip cellphones for calls, BlackBerrys for emails, digital...
It has been announced that Bill Cosby plans to conduct a series of seminars to teach people how to avoid accusations of sexual assault. Cosby became famous as a comedian, so perhaps this is his idea of a joke. If so, here’s a message to Cosby: not funny. And if he is serious about coaching young...
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Justice Department have enough problems and challenges on their hands without trying to undo sensible federal policy regarding marijuana laws approved in 29 states. Furthermore, asking Congress to repeal the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, passed in 2014,...
President Donald Trump’s pledge to put “America first” has resulted in a budget proposal that slashes foreign aid, including money for international food programs. But cuts to foreign food aid are not in America’s best interests. Members of both parties recognize that these relief programs are a...
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delivered earlier this month a 147-page set of recommendations for reforming “burdensome” regulation of the financial industry. Banks and their Republican supporters claim regulation is hampering economic growth, but the data to support that are at best mixed....
Sixteen years after a U.S.-led coalition overthrew the Taliban, Afghanistan is still a dangerous, chaotic place. This month alone, three American soldiers, including 25-year-old Sgt. Eric M. Houck of Baltimore, Maryland, were killed, and eight others were wounded in attacks by supposedly allied...
Americans have heard considerable blowback over President Donald Trump’s proposal to “privatize” the nation’s air-traffic control system. Trump’s plan would put the system under a nonprofit board rather than the Federal Aviation Administration and — as Trump puts it — speed the modernization of “...
Even in today’s polarized America, reasonable people should be able to agree that a police officer who kills someone complying with his commands should not just lose his job and otherwise get off scot-free. But apparently not, particularly if the victim is black. On Friday, Jeronimo Yanez, who...
Americans generally disapprove of racial slurs. Someone who utters one in the company of others may provoke awkward silence, blunt criticism, loud outrage or worse. Social ostracism, organized protests and loss of employment may result as well. Bill Maher had to apologize after his jocular use of...

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