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WASHINGTON — The American people got a civics lesson late last week, and it went as follows: When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it is important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats and instead to think patriotically as Americans. Our response must not depend on who was victimized. The Internet allows foreign adversar…

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WASHINGTON – The nightmare we journalists expected came to pass in an unexpected place: the suburban offices of one of America's oldest newspapers, a small community daily in Annapolis, Md. There, a guy angry about a story the paper did about him years ago stormed in and, according to police, murdered five people last Wednesday. In some ways, the mass shooting at the Ca…

Nation and World

WASHINGTON – One of the most powerful men in Washington – Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy – will retire at the end of July. And that means five U.S. senators suddenly find themselves among the nation's most important. Those five senators, two Republicans and three Democrats, will likely be the only people outside the Trump administration with any real leverage ove…

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WASHINGTON – Everything is politics, and high school never ends. I coined that phrase, appropriately enough, back in high school, sort of as a joke. But 40 years later, in an era where eating at a restaurant or baking a cake can morph into a political act, that phrase rings true. Maybe too true. Proof can be found in places as diverse as the Red Hen restaurant in Lex…

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WASHINGTON – Trump administration officials called it a "zero-tolerance policy." To deter Central American families from crossing into the United States illegally, the government would separate children from their parents at the southern border. History seems to indicate, though, that it was a zero-compassion policy. Several times in the past century, governments aro…

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WASHINGTON – Ten years to the day after Tim Russert died, President Trump returned to his own personal mass media network – the @RealDonaldTrump Twitter account – Wednesday to say something that would have likely made the Buffalo-born news icon raise an eyebrow and tear into the president with some polite but very tough questions: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/sta…

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WASHINGTON – As America embarks on a trade war to try to reclaim manufacturing jobs it lost years or decades ago, a report came out this week that paints a frightening future where automation may well destroy more jobs than trade ever did. The report from New York's Center for an Urban Future says that more than 1.2 million jobs in New York State – including 105,220 job…

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WASHINGTON – Robert De Niro, a great actor never known as one of the nation's great political minds, took to the stage at the Tony Awards the other night and quickly proceeded to make the event considerably less tony. You probably heard what he said, and we can't repeat it here. But in case you missed it, it was an attack on the president centered on a four-letter word …

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WASHINGTON – Republicans weren't able to repeal Obamacare, but they're doing a fine job of tearing it apart piece by piece. The latest proof of that came last week, when the Justice Department told a federal court that it would not defend two of the Affordable Care Act's central pillars: the individual mandate that required people to have health insurance or else face a…

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WASHINGTON – "We all have two selves: The self we show the world, and the real self we live in." A drug-abuse counselor told me that one time, and I felt shocked and shaken by the truth of what she said. Let it shake us all. Let us look around at the ones we love the most and accept the hard fact that we may not really know them. And let us resolve to try ever harder…

Nation and World

WASHINGTON – The year 2026 sounds like it's a long time away, like it's the name of some sort of science-fiction movie or something. But think back to 2010, which is just as far away as 2026. Think back to the year that Obamacare became law, the year that the Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded and filled the Gulf of Mexico with oil, the year when an earthquake devastat…

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WASHINGTON – The old media and the new media collided over breakfast and over broadband here Wednesday, as White House aide Kellyanne Conway defended President Trump in front of reporters as the commander in chief unleashed a few more fake allegations about what he calls the "Fake News Media." It was surreal, really: a mash-up of one of the most orderly and enlightening…

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WASHINGTON – No one really knows how many people died in Puerto Rico during and after Hurricane Maria, but one thing is certain: Most were American citizens who lived as second-class citizens. That reality, along with a host of others, may have something to do with the fact that the horrible suffering wrought by Maria remains a bit of a mystery in the continental United…

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WASHINGTON – President Trump seems to have developed a penchant for pardoning conservative culture warriors like race-baiting Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and provocateur/campaign finance law violator Dinesh D'Souza. And now Trump seems ready and willing to pardon himself, even, if the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 elec…

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WASHINGTON – MS-13 gets a lot of press and airtime, thanks in part to a president who often talks about the vicious Salvadoran-American gang as he pursues his agenda of reducing immigration. Meantime, America's mainstream immigrants, who outnumber MS-13 gang members by about 4,369 to 1, toil away in anonymity in hotels in Buffalo, in meat-packing plants in Kansas, in sl…