U.S.Court Keeps Religious Harmony

July 5, 2019

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One strength of democracy is its ability to guide people of different faiths to live in harmony. For most religions, harmony is a core promise. Yet it’s often secular government that must ensure it. That was made clear in a recent ruling of the United States Supreme Court. In a 7-2 decision, the high court […]

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Resist Impeach President

May 27, 2019

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From the start, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has resisted calls to impeach President Donald Trump. She’s called the move divisive. She refused to budge even as rumblings grew among House Democrats that special council Robert Mueller’s report had enough to start impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump on obstruction of justice grounds. Ms. Pelosi […]

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The Unity We Don’t See

February 23, 2019

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Today, unity is an elusive concept, it would seem. Politically, racially, nationally and world wide, the trend of the moment is to define ourselves in narrower and narrower bands. And there’s a logic to that. Cable television figured this out decades ago. Two hundred channels give far more scope for personal taste and expression than […]

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Mexico as US Migration Partner

November 1, 2018

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As they trek together toward the United States, a few thousand migrants from Central America could end up doing more than pose a crisis at the US border. Or the mass exodus has the potential to build a better partnership between the US and Mexico in addressing the “push factors” that drive such people to […]

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America Dropped Treaty Problems

October 2, 2018

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Hundereds of diplomats from around the world converged on New York last week for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran is today’s David facing the American Goliath. In this confrontation, as in the Bible, the odds favor Goliath. American leaders are threatening Iran in terms more […]

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Journalist Not Enemy of People

August 16, 2018

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“Fake news.” Biased reporting.” But there’s a new melody now, a new thread added by Trump. “Enemy of the people.” It’s an old phrase, one used all the way back to Roman times, as well as the Soviet Union against dissidents. A form even appeared in Nazi Germany, when Jewish people were called an “enemy […]

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Dog Days and News

August 2, 2018

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Once upon a time this part of summer, especially August, was known as the dog days. Everything went w-a-y d-o-w-n like a snoozing hound. Schools were out. So was the sun. Everyone, it seemed, was on vacation or about to be. Including those slow-motion clowns in Washington. The definition of important news changed too during […]

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