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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who had more than a few experiences with ignorance and hate, once observed that a person has very little morally persuasive power with those “who can feel your … more
Climate change has become "everybody's crisis," President Joe Biden declared as he inspected Hurricane Ida damage last week. And in fact, according to a Washington Post analysis, just this summer … more
A bill passed last week by the California Legislature would ban manufacturers from putting the triangular chasing-arrows symbol, signifying that their plastic products and packaging are recyclable, … more
Nearly every major medical organization has warned against self-medicating with ivermectin, a deworming drug with both veterinary and human medical uses, to treat COVID-19. more
Gov. Gavin Newsom faced a recall because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he survived the recall, in part, because of his pandemic response, including his support for masking and vaccine mandates. The … more
America’s top military commander justifiably feared for the sanity of his boss in the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency and took steps to circumvent Trump’s authority in case … more
A new Treasury Department report finds that the United States is losing $163 billion per year because of tax evasion by the top 1% of earners. The story is mind-numbingly familiar: phenomenally rich … more
Faced with a surge of delta-variant COVID-19 cases, especially in areas with low vaccination rates, President Joe Biden spoke and moved with great clarity of purpose in mandating vaccines for federal … more
Americans of divergent political persuasions found common cause to unite around President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because of the clear and present danger that al-Qaida posed … more
California's 13 largest wildfires have occurred since the Cedar fire burned 2,820 structures and killed 15 people in San Diego County in October 2003. With the Dixie and Caldor fires front of mind … more
Eight days before the 20th anniversary of the darkest day in New York City history, President Joe Biden honored a promise to the families of Sept. 11′s victims and initiated the impending … more
It would be hard to imagine a more deeply personal, enormously consequential, morally fraught public policy issue than abortion. Those on either side of this debate who reduce the topic to pithy … more
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is not a “personal choice.” It never was, really, but the onslaught of cases fueled by the delta variant has removed any doubt. And yet that’s not what … more
The U.S. Supreme Court did President Joe Biden a favor in ordering the reinstatement of the "Remain in Mexico" policy governing asylum-seekers from Central America. The program, part of former … more
A horrendous new Texas law scheduled to go into effect Wednesday would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected —typically around six weeks of gestation — and turn individuals into … more
Former President Donald Trump appears to have created a monster he can no longer control. He inspired violent rebellion, and now the rebels are turning against him. He inspired pandemic skepticism, … more
A belated happy birthday to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who turned 83 earlier this month. Breyer just granted an interview to another newspaper, and it’s clear he’s got a wisdom … more
In a way of thinking, gun ownership in America is deeply rooted in a desire for personal responsibility. Many gun owners carry a gun out of a desire to defend themselves if attacked, and many … more
In an ironic twist on the old Republican claim to be the protectors of “local control” in schools, Republican politicians across America are trying to prohibit school districts from … more
How is it that a commonsense health protocol — the wearing of a mask — has become a figurative hill to die on when refusing to wear a mask actually could result in serious illness and … more
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