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WASHINGTON — That the Democrats’ two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called “debates” validates Finley Peter Dunne’s prediction that “when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy.” Already a linguistic…

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WASHINGTON — This week’s two-day Democratic debate-fest is so sprawling that it looks more like a New England town meeting than a confrontation among presidential candidates. But don’t count on its being neighborly.

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I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in response to President Donald Trump’s claim that his newspaper committed “treason” by publishing a story about U.S. efforts to compr…

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The Democratic National Committee assigned the 20 presidential candidates for next week's debates to the two nights by lot in hopes of avoiding the 2016 Republican bias towards candidates leading the polls. They didn't totally succeed.

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Dear Dave: My husband and I met a young woman through an outreach program at church. She is a single mother with a small child, and recently she asked us for money, so she could buy baby food and diapers. This isn’t the first time she has asked us for money. In the past, she has used money w…

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“The Pentagon has released new color photos as proof that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman,” ABC News reported. Since then, Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. drone, and President Donald Trump said he called off a retaliatory attack at the last minute. A…

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WASHINGTON — It is an awful thing to call someone a liar. It breaks the social fabric. We expect that most people we know tell the truth. Saying they don't — that in essence we don't trust them — is an insult. Parents punish their children if they lie and warn them not to call anyone a liar.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. —Former Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., argued that Democrats need to pay far more attention to rural America if they ever want to take back the Senate. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., urged his party to be more open to people of faith. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., spoke for new m…

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WASHINGTON — “It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely stable genius” a…

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Alabama has been in the news lately for recently passing the nation’s strongest anti-abortion law, but it also just enacted what is being hailed by one expert as “one of the most comprehensive and effective campus free-speech laws in the country.”

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In early 2017, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick opened the legislative session by prioritizing a measure that would have required people in Texas to use the bathroom of their biological sex in public schools and state and local government facilities.

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