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JENNIFER RUBIN: More disturbing allegations against Kavanaugh

The Washington Post On Sunday night, the dam seemed to break in the confirmation fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The duo of Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer (whose work helped bring down then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman)…

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Monday 09/24/2018
Hey, Facebook: Discrimination against hiring women was outlawed
icon Posted: 24 September 2018 [07:34 PM]

Discrimination against women in hiring was outlawed a half-century ago. But there was no Internet in 1964. Now, advanced technologies allow advertisers to target segments of the population based on their interests or characteristics. And Facebook is facing a complaint…

Abolishing the Second Amendment isn't wise
icon Posted: 24 September 2018 [07:32 PM]

The ongoing debate over guns in America has led some to vociferously call for abolishing the Second Amendment. That’s just not wise thinking. There are common-sense restrictions on guns that fall within the scope of the Second Amendment. So there’s…

Sunday 09/23/2018
Monday 09/17/2018
CHRIS POWELL: Do you want more of the same in state government, or a change?
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:37 PM]

Columnist Running for governor, Democrat Ned Lamont faults Republican Bob Stefanowski for refusing to specify where he would cut state government spending to compensate for the enormous tax cutting Stefanowski implausibly pledges to do. The problem is that Lamont also…

Women are watching the Kavanaugh controversy closely
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:36 PM]

By Paul Waldman After the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings gave the country a window into workplace sexual harassment - and featured a committee composed entirely of white men skeptically questioning the African-American woman detailing what she suffered…

Believe it or not, there has been a bipartisan attempt at reform
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:34 PM]

Terrified of alienating the activist bases of their respective parties, Democrats and Republicans in Congress rarely even try to compromise anymore. So it’s a welcome development that two members of the House of Representatives from different parties are willing to…

Thursday 09/13/2018
Back to school, back to lockdowns
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:14 PM]

Earlier this summer, Robert Runcie, the superintendent of schools in Broward County, Florida, sent a back-to-school message to the “families and community” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. His missive mentioned nothing about teachers or books or curriculum. Instead it…

Hurricanes have a connection to climate change
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:13 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion It may be human nature to want to assign blame for terrible events - and since climate change became part of public consciousness, it’s a frequently faulted for natural disasters. Is Hurricane Florence our fault for emitting climate-changing…

We never learned our financial lesson from Lehman crisis
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:10 PM]

Ten years ago, amid a worsening subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. government did what few have dared: It allowed a major global investment bank, Lehman Brothers Holdings, to file for bankruptcy. Within days, the shock waves crippled the nation’s largest…

Wednesday 09/12/2018
The accusers of Les Moonves just kept stepping up
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:34 PM]

The Washington Post Charming. Accomplished. Visionary. And, if you believe the highly credible accusations, one more thing: abusive. The first three qualities of CBS chief executive Les Moonves seemed as though they would allow him to stay at the peak…

Like other black women, Serena was blamed for defending herself
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:31 PM]

Imagine being blamed for defending your integrity. Then understand that being attacked for speaking up is part of daily life for black women. See April Ryan, Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, Susan Rice and Michelle Obama for a few examples of…

Cleveland Clinic has positive impact on economy
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:28 PM]

The Cleveland Plain Dealer For the third year in a row, the Cleveland Clinic has been named the nation’s No. 2 hospital in U.S. News & World Report rankings. Its numerical score - based on 16 specialties…

Tuesday 09/11/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: The new kid all over again
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:09 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, do you have any advice for a brand new freshman who is back at the bottom again? Damitrus - A ninth-grader Damitrus, first let me begin by saying that I’m pretty impressed with…

Monday 09/10/2018
THEIR VIEW: Dreamers safe, for now
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:22 PM]

It would be hard to find many federal judges more sympathetic to the Trump administration’s immigration policies than Andrew Hanen, a Republican appointee who sits in Brownsville, Texas, on the border with Mexico. From that outpost of the U.S. District…

Let's cut the anonymous opinion author some slack
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:20 PM]

Bloomberg Everyone seems to agree on one thing about the anonymous Donald Trump administration official whose New York Times op-ed was Topic A for 36 hours, which is a pretty long time in Trump-calibrated politics: He or she deserves no…

The conflict and chaos in Syria is growing worse day by day
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:18 PM]

Can a tweet stop another bloodbath in Syria? Evidently not. Hours after President Donald Trump used his favorite medium to warn Russia not to join in a new offensive on the northern province of Idlib, saying it would be “a…

Elections may be compromised; Facebook too
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:16 PM]

Make no mistake: Facebook is feeling the pressure. Scarred by criticism that it enabled Russian meddling during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the social media giant summoned its biggest tech peers to a summit late last month, meeting behind…

Sunday 09/09/2018
E.J. DIONNE: In Boston politics voters showed change can't wait
icon Posted: 09 September 2018 [09:06 PM]

The Washington Post BOSTON - The day before Ayanna Pressley rattled national Democrats by overwhelming Rep. Mike Capuano, a popular 20-year incumbent, in last Tuesday’s primary, she brought her youthful canvassers to the campaign’s Jamaica Plain headquarters to fire them…

Southern hospitality? Not for Trump
icon Posted: 09 September 2018 [09:03 PM]

Nobody likes to be called “dumb,” especially if they are from the South. If you’re not from there, you may not understand this sensitivity, but it has existed for generations. One part of being a Southerner has been the…

The down-ballot officials who may freeze the Trump Train in its tracks
icon Posted: 09 September 2018 [09:02 PM]

The Washington Post A sexual-abuse report in Pennsylvania in mid-August created an earthquake within the Catholic Church. A court ordered last week that downloadable blueprints for 3-D-printed guns be banned from the Internet. And on Wednesday, oral arguments begin in…

Florida's teacher crisis is only getting worse
icon Posted: 09 September 2018 [09:00 PM]

Florida is facing a serious teacher shortage, and it’s no surprise given the low pay, low career esteem, long hours and bureaucratic burdens of standardized testing and paperwork. Making the state’s classrooms a more attractive place to work will require…

Friday 09/07/2018
Setbacks with N. Korea doesn't mean the situation is hopeless
icon Posted: 07 September 2018 [07:19 PM]

President Donald Trump’s purported breakthrough in relations with North Korea seems to have failed. Far from dismantling his country’s nuclear program, Kim Jong Un is still expanding his arsenal. He’s aiming to undermine international unity over sanctions, planning summits this…

Don't burn your Nikes - instead give them to charity
icon Posted: 07 September 2018 [07:19 PM]

So you’re mad at Nike for hiring someone you hate to hawk products you love. What are you to do? Nike got exactly what it wanted when it decided to make Colin Kaepernick the face of its latest round of…

Does Stefanowski have a plan?
icon Posted: 07 September 2018 [07:18 PM]

From his remarks to reporters last week at the Crocodile Club lunch at Lake Compounce in Bristol, the Republican candidate for governor, Bob Stefanowski, seems to think it’s not important to tell voters how he would cut the half of…

Thursday 09/06/2018
Mayor finally did the right thing on Tilcon
icon Posted: 06 September 2018 [07:59 PM]

After continued heavy opposition from constituents, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart has joined Southington officials in withdrawing the city’s support for Tilcon’s plan to expand its operations into protected land. Finally, the mayor has done the right thing - more…

Red light cameras don't make streets safer
icon Posted: 06 September 2018 [07:56 PM]

Like many states, Pennsylvania has authorized the use of automated camera systems at intersections to record and fine drivers who don’t stop for red lights. A major new study of red-light camera use in Texas, however, indicates that the camera…

What do we still want from Monica Lewinsky?
icon Posted: 06 September 2018 [07:52 PM]

The Washington Post There’s a line between needing to hear women’s painful stories and forcing women to relive them, and on Monday evening the line got blurry with Monica Lewinsky. On stage at an event in Jerusalem, ostensibly there to…

The Puerto Rico death toll from Maria will only get higher
icon Posted: 06 September 2018 [07:49 PM]

The latest attempt to get an accurate death toll in Puerto Rico following last year’s Hurricane Maria paints a grim picture: 2,975 “excess” deaths could be attributed to the storm, according to George Washington University researchers. That’s 46 times more…

Wednesday 09/05/2018
President's cynical federal pay freeze is unfair and unjustified
icon Posted: 05 September 2018 [05:57 PM]

Even by the standards of President Donald Trump’s administration, his proposal to freeze federal pay at current levels through 2019 counts as an unusually hypocritical policy choice. Perhaps this little gesture of government-bashing will provide a “drain the swamp” talking…

Trump is unfit for office, the book 'Fear' confirms it
icon Posted: 05 September 2018 [05:54 PM]

If you take seriously the revelations in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” - and how can you not, given Woodward’s nearly half-century of scoops about Washington’s elite? - then it’s time for President Donald Trump to be removed from office via…

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching to midterm elections?
icon Posted: 05 September 2018 [05:54 PM]

As the late Sen. John McCain’s departing call to national unity reverberated across America last week, Donald Trump’s prediction of violence should Democrats prevail in November’s midterm elections seemed both discordant and, well, weird. The president issued his dire warning…

Tuesday 09/04/2018
Contempt for democracy on display at Kavanaugh hearing
icon Posted: 04 September 2018 [06:55 PM]

Senate Democrats attempted to take control of the first day of confirmation hearings on Tuesday for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The result was chaos - or at least what passes for chaos in the context of…

President Donald Trump's good friend Jeff Sessions
icon Posted: 04 September 2018 [06:54 PM]

Along with his many other daily Tweet targets, President Trump can’t stop beating up on Jeff Sessions for being a lousy attorney general. When it comes to Sessions, the president leaves no petty pebble un-thrown. This week, Trump supposedly was…

Trolling is a 'blood sport' especially in Vermont
icon Posted: 04 September 2018 [06:51 PM]

Haters really gotta hate. Trolling has become the blood sport of the modern age. Somehow, it is “entertaining” to some to turn any topic - no matter how benign - into mean-spirited cyber bullying. Even old-fashioned harassment and public shaming…

Monday 09/03/2018
JENNIFER RUBIN: Trump's Republican party may have short shelf life
icon Posted: 03 September 2018 [07:48 PM]

The Washington Post Not so long ago, Republicans figured that they’d pick up a half-dozen seats in the Senate. A slew of Democrats in states that President Donald Trump won (handily, in some cases) - North Dakota, Indiana, Montana, Ohio,…

DeSantis' 'monkey' remark was just the start of his racist remarks
icon Posted: 03 September 2018 [07:46 PM]

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s victory in the Democratic primary for Florida governor wasn’t even 12 hours old when his Republican challenger, Rep. Ron DeSantis, hurled a few race cards into the general-election campaign. Of course, he did this during an…

Hard-hitting U.S. sanctions against Iran are warranted
icon Posted: 03 September 2018 [07:45 PM]

While the Trump administration’s reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran earlier this month grabbed the headlines, a more significant date is Nov. 4, when the truly crippling penalties - including those on Iranian oil - are slated to return. If…

Thursday 08/30/2018
Trump's NAFTA deal isn't worth the price
icon Posted: 30 August 2018 [06:48 PM]

Ever have a big argument with your spouse, and think you won it? But then later realize that the momentary satisfaction of victory pales against the good will you lost? And if your spouse is miserable, you’ll probably end up…

'No one deserves to die over playing a video game'
icon Posted: 30 August 2018 [06:47 PM]

“No one deserves to die over playing a video game, you know.” That was the comment of one of the people who managed to escape from a gunman who shot up a gaming tournament in Jacksonville, Florida. The same thing…

Wednesday 08/29/2018
CHRIS POWELL: Open primaries facilitate mischief
icon Posted: 29 August 2018 [08:01 PM]

Columnist Whenever a political party’s primary election nominates a candidate disliked by high-minded people, they consider it a failure of civic structure and propose to prevent recurrences by legislating open primaries, in which unaffiliated voters, not just party members, can…

E.J. DIONNE: John McCain and the last of human freedoms
icon Posted: 29 August 2018 [07:58 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Few politicians who fail to win the presidency are subsequently judged to be giants in our history. Among the select few are Robert F. Kennedy, Barry Goldwater and Hubert H. Humphrey in the 20th century; Henry Clay,…

Trump administration's scandalous handling of student loans
icon Posted: 29 August 2018 [07:57 PM]

Monday’s resignation of Seth Frotman, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s student loan ombudsman, should be a scandal of the first order. In an incendiary letter, Frotman claims the bureau’s political appointees are “undercutting enforcement of the law,” ending effective oversight…

Tuesday 08/28/2018
Trump's snub of McCain is a failure of the office of president
icon Posted: 28 August 2018 [07:10 PM]

Donald Trump’s petulant reaction to John McCain’s death could be analyzed only in terms of what it tells us about the president as a person. But it incident also reinforces some of the central themes of his presidency. Trump continues…

Some white Americans see racial equality as oppression
icon Posted: 28 August 2018 [07:10 PM]

Protesters may have toppled “Silent Sam,” a Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, last week, but the university has vowed to reinstall it. Two hundred miles north, the figure of Gen. Robert E. Lee still…

Sen. Graham has lost his way
icon Posted: 28 August 2018 [07:09 PM]

When Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., died, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., lost one of his dear friends and his political and moral compass. For months as McCain’s health declined, Graham sank further into the quicksand of conspiracy theories (e.g. making a…

Monday 08/27/2018
KATHLEEN PARKER: The Manafort juror who could save America
icon Posted: 27 August 2018 [08:06 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Juror No. 0302 may not have sought fame, but Paula Duncan will long be remembered in connection with Paul Manafort, whom she and 11 others convicted on eight counts of financial crime. What makes Duncan memorable, besides…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Where are school social workers?
icon Posted: 27 August 2018 [08:04 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, where have all the social workers in our schools gone? Aren’t they needed more than ever during this time of school shootings? -Aly H. A high school student…

Betting on today's market can be dangerous
icon Posted: 27 August 2018 [08:03 PM]

Bull market: Temper enthusiasm about subsidized stock market Why it matters: Betting on a stock market and economy with questionable foundations can be dangerous to consumers and business. Americans aren’t complaining that their 401K balances are decidedly to the positive…

I used to be afraid to call Trump a mob boss -- not anymore
icon Posted: 27 August 2018 [08:02 PM]

The Washington Post My rule of thumb for months now has been to not think of the Trump White House as a presidency, but to think of it as a crime family like “The Godfather” and President Donald Trump as…