U.S. Supreme. Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett during the third day of her Senate confirmation hearing in 2020.

Reading Amy Coney Barrett between the lines

The newest justice may be crafting a middle ground on exemptions for religious believers from the burdens of laws others must follow.

California salmon wipeout is even worse than you think

July 27
In this June 8, 2021, photo, a dead chinook salmon floats in a fish trap on the lower Klamath River in Weitchpec, Calif. Baby salmon are dying by the
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Biden's ethics promises

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Russian criminal organizations have allegedly carried out cyberattacks against America.

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The United States is increasingly a target of this kind of attack, yet has no effective response.
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Denounce the Proud Boys

Cuban Americans shouldn't want to be linked to extremist group.
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A Washington Post article quoted Attorney General Merrick Garland on his overriding philosophy that “there not be one rule for Democrats and another

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Jamelle Bouie
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The Supreme Court in Washington.

Biden's panel shows why court should lose its supreme power

It has far too much power, but it's hard to fight the status quo.
Robin Abcarian
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U.S. Rep Matt Gaetz, left, and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speak in Florida on May 7.

The Gaetz-Greene show must go on

The shameless representatives have taken their America First tour on the road.
D.J. Tice
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Cops' critics — as well as cops — face more scrutiny. And politics is as bogus as ever.
Douglas P. Seaton
July 23
People protest against critical race theory being taught in schools at a rally in Leesburg, Va., on June 12.

Counterpoint: Critical race theory deserves the criticism it's getting

CRT is a far more dangerous and one-sided attack on the entire range of education standards than previous curricula.
Dick Schwartz
July 23
The Olympic rings outside Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 19.

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Douglas Harper
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The U.S. can learn from our northern neighbor's reconciliation efforts.
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A needed ban on conversion therapy for kids

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David Schultz
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