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Bass Mitchell: The signs: A painful time

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Editor's note:  This the third of four parts of guest columnist Bass Mitchell's column titled "The Signs."  Read Part 2 online at http://tinyurl.com/ydbqxwtw and Part 1 online at  http://tinyurl.com/yaj2mauz.   As you entered the building, you came into a small corridor that ...

Jason Wright: What’s your friendship radius?

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Ask yourself - are you a 5-mile friend? A 50-mile friend? A 500-mile friend? Or, is it endless? What's your friendship radius? Lately I've been looking in the mirror and having that same conversation. And it all started with a ride home from the airport. I was returning from a speaking ...

Andy Schmookler: End gerrymandering altogether

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Gerrymandering is as old as the nation. Even so, it violates basic values of the American republic. In particular, I would argue, it violates the notion that no citizen should be denied “equal protection of the laws.” And a more just, more democratic alternative is readily at hand. Let’s ...

Letter to the Editor: Schools need support from all

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Editor: "I don't have any kids in school. I live on a fixed income. Why should I pay more taxes for schools?" I could echo that sentiment but won't. Here's why I support increased revenue and resources for our local schools. Here's why I encourage improved conditions – emotional, ...

Froma Harrop: America creates industry to clean up massacres

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America woke up Monday to news of the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. As of last count, 59 dead, hundreds wounded. And you know what jumped into my head? Oh, another one. Took place in Las Vegas? Uh-huh. Horrifying? Yes. Shocking? No. But something made this story stand out. It ...

George Bowers Sr. Christopher Columbus: Hero or villain?

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The second Monday in October is annually observed as Columbus Day honoring the Italian explorer who landed in the New World 525 years ago. Although he made previous stops in the Caribbean before he arrived on a small island off the coast of Florida, his arrival on Oct. 12, 1492 officially marks ...

Kathleen Parker: Just a guy and the search for meaning

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WASHINGTON -- The horror the horror. The English language, expansive as it is, lacks sufficient vocabulary for the near-ceaseless popping sound of an automatic weapon pounding bullets into terrified people as they run away from and toward -- the unknown. How do you express the inconceivable, ...

Connie Schultz: Such empty thoughts and prayers

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No matter how great one's faith in God, after yet another massacre of innocent people, it's impossible to believe that prayer alone is going to save us from ourselves. We're living and grieving this essential truth, no matter how many times we try to tell ourselves and anyone who will listen ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: We were idiots then

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We were such idiots then. That realization is, if you are a guy, an unavoidable hazard of seeing the new movie, "Battle of the Sexes." The film, in which Emma Stone and Steve Carell recreate the 1973 tennis face-off between "women's libber" Billie Jean King and "male chauvinist pig" Bobby ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Trump’s incentive-packed tax plan

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Much as he did in his command performance before the United Nations, when he took back control of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has seized and energized the tax cut issue. Almost daily, he is pounding away on the themes of faster economic growth and more take-home pay, arguing ...

Jonah Goldberg: GOP base is beyond Trump’s control

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The conservative movement is caught in a Catch-22 of its own making. In the war against "the establishment" we have made being an outsider the most important qualification for a politician. The problem? Once elected, outsiders by definition become insiders. This isn't just a semantic point. The ...

Rich Lowry: The GOP identity crisis

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The Republican Party can't pass Obamacare repeal, but it can nominate Roy Moore. This is the state of the GOP in a nutshell. It is a party locked in mortal combat between an establishment that is ineffectual and unimaginative and a populist wing that is ineffectual and inflamed. Donald ...

Froma Harrop: Taxing income already taxed won’t happen

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Nice try, Republicans. You'd like to end the federal deduction for state and local taxes. That would stick the expensive-to-live-in blue states with more of the nation's bills. It would amount to taxing income that has already gone to taxes. Not gonna happen. Not gonna happen because of ...

Mark Shields: Democrats, don’t blame voters who are not racist

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One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I've gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, he ...

Kathleen Parker: Stranger than Strange

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WASHINGTON -- The political resurrection of Alabama's Roy Moore -- the Moses of the South -- and the mortal end of Hugh Hefner are not entirely unrelated. It's not a straight line, mind you. But if Hefner's recent death the day after Moore won Alabama's Senate Republican primary runoff ...

Jules Witcover: Trump’s tax reform pipedream

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump's pivot from failed health care repeal to ambitious tax code reform promises to be like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. The long and futile effort to drive a stake into the heart of Obamacare ultimately was a political misreading of the public's view of ...

Walter E. Williams: Blacks vs. police

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Let's throw out a few numbers so we can put in perspective the NFL players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Many say they are protesting against police treatment of blacks and racial discrimination. We might ask just how much sense their protest makes. According to The ...

George F. Will: Will the Supreme Court fall into a political thicket?

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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments tempting it to plunge into an impenetrable political thicket. It will consider a lower court's ruling that, if allowed to stand, will require the judiciary to determine whether and when partisanship in drawing electoral districts -- something as ...