Jay Ambrose: Making America great again may be no more impossible than Trump as president

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It is here, it is upon us, it is the utterly, totally, completely impossible presidency of Donald Trump, and he has opportunities galore to rejuvenate the best in this country. Some of his ideas could get us there as he is also reversing the worst of President Barack Obama. Will it happen? Will he make America great again?

No. That, at least, ...Read more

Rekha Basu: Obama let us in; Trump is anyone's guess

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Nearly ten years ago, Barack Obama sat down with a group of Des Moines Register writers and editors to pitch his credentials for the Democratic nomination for president. It was June 18, 2007, and Obama was a first-term U.S. senator from Illinois. His demeanor was youthful, and his closely cropped hair was black, both underscoring his relative ...Read more

Guns on campuses? Really?

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The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday, Jan. 17:

College, we like to think, is a time of intellectual inquiry. But it is also, as anyone who has spent any time on a campus knows, a time of boundary-testing, experimentation and alcohol-fueled parties. Not exactly the kind of place where it makes sense to let folks ...Read more

Trump's NATO remarks are music to Russia's ears

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The following editorial appeared in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday, Jan. 17:

If there's a strategy behind President-elect Donald Trump's off-the-cuff pronouncements, such as his characterization of NATO as "obsolete," we can't figure it out. He couldn't be more wrong in remarks published Monday denigrating the 67-year-old North Atlantic ...Read more

'Wildlife Services' targets predators for dubious reasons

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The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, Jan. 17:

As the Trump administration shapes its environmental policies, we hope the newcomers to Washington will resolve this paradox: The American taxpayer spends billions of dollars every year for the benefit of wild animals, fish and birds, including some of our most beloved...Read more

Mideast chat in Paris: The two-state solution is aired without players

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The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Tuesday, Jan. 17:

Senior officials of some 70 countries and international organizations gathered in Paris on Sunday to try, one more time, to move forward the project to divide the area shared by Israelis and Palestinians into two states, living side by side in peace.

The ...Read more

NATO and the EU: Mend them, don't end them

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The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, Jan. 18:

In lamenting President Barack Obama's foreign and military policies, Republicans have frequently offered a concise summary: "Our allies don't trust us, and our enemies don't fear us." They didn't imagine the day would come when the same might be said of a Republican ...Read more

Andrew Malcolm: Disregard all those farewells: Obama isn't really leaving

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Donald Trump will give his closely watched inaugural address this week. It will be a great one. Trust him. Fantastic, even. Possibly beyond belief. Because he's a great speech-giver. Everyone knows that. He does, too.

But Trump's entering the White House means Barack Obama has to leave it, a process he -- remember him? -- began in earnest last ...Read more

Is empathy overrated?

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Does the ability to share the feelings of another person make us better human beings?

Fans of empathy describe it as working like a spotlight, focusing us on specific individuals, driving us to feel as they do, and making us care. This sounds good, but it has its perils. Spotlights illuminate what they're pointed at, and since we find it ...Read more

Abortion provider: Why I'll be marching in Washington

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As the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on Jan. 22, and with the coming of the new year, I find myself contemplating the word "choice." After all, isn't the new year the time to think about the choices we make?

I chose to be a physician and an abortion provider. And, like many other providers, I do this work so that women can have a ...Read more

Why Trump's tantrums will soon be dangerous

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The following editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday, Jan. 17:

It's churlish for President-elect Donald Trump to pick fights with the likes of actress Meryl Streep. It's divisive to feud with Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights hero, on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend no less. It's damaging to criticize a key ally such as German ...Read more

Christine Flowers: Congressman Lewis shouldn't turn his back on system that boosted him

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My father seldom talked about his time in Mississippi. It was as if he had gone there in a different lifetime, different from the one he inhabited as a father, a high-powered civil litigator and a guy who liked to watch the Philadelphia Eagles with a Rolling Rock in his hand on Sunday afternoons.

That summer of 1967 was as much a part of him as...Read more

Daniel Pipes: Trump's good qualities can carry the day

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Many conservatives who once found Donald Trump unpalatable have come around to accept him. Most famously, Mitt Romney once excoriated Trump as dishonest, "a phony, a fraud," and condemned his bullying, greed, showing off and misogyny. After the presidential election, however, Romney praised Trump ("I look forward to the coming administration") ...Read more

The Iraq pit: A new administration should move to cut losses

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The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, Jan. 16:

One question that should be high on the foreign policy agenda of President-elect Donald Trump is whether America should continue the war in Iraq, which now risks having ensnared three U.S. presidents.

The Iraq War has now cost the taxpayers $2 trillion. Nearly ...Read more

A millennial whisperer

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President Barack Obama will be seen by historians as the first president to bring millennial values to the challenges of the Oval Office. He isn't a millennial (in fact he has two millennial children), but his leadership style and beliefs reflect America's largest and most diverse cohort. And while much of the rest of America is divided on how ...Read more

Trump should ramp up Islamic State fight wisely

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The following editorial appeared in The Orange County Register on Saturday, Jan. 14:

The Defense Department is preparing plans that would enable President-elect Donald Trump to ramp up the conflict with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as soon as he assumes office.

On the stump, Trump notoriously lambasted the way the war has been conducted...Read more

Clemency for Leonard Peltier? Never

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The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Saturday, Jan. 14:

Leonard Peltier is 72 and in his 40th year of a life sentence for the 1975 murders of two FBI agents on a reservation in South Dakota. He's a cause celebre in a movement to persuade President Barack Obama to commute that sentence and let Peltier walk free. That ...Read more

Two-pack pressure: A low-cost alternative to EpiPen emerges

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The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Saturday, Jan. 14:

The clamor over the cost of Mylan's EpiPen has generated a reaction in the health care market. The CVS pharmacy chain announced last week that it will make a competing product -- the generic version of Adrenaclick -- available in all of its stores for much ...Read more

I'm a lobbyist. Don't hate me

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I am a Washington lobbyist.

Mine is one of the most reviled professions in America. According to a Gallup poll, people rate the honesty and ethics of lobbyists lower than any occupation measured -- and that includes car salespeople and telemarketers.

I have to be registered with the government and report any changes in my work quarterly, as ...Read more

Trump and the environment

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The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, Jan. 17:

Federal environmental policy often produces conflicting results. On one hand, the Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated a Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. On the other, Washington uses incentives and ...Read more

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