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Putin exploits Obama’s failure to challenge him

On Sept. 5, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

China’s market woes make it trickier to negotiate with

When U.S. policymakers began planning Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington next month, they must have imagined that the Chinese president would be arriving, figuratively, in a gleaming aircraft carrier with his trademark "Chinese Dream" banners flying. The challenge then...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

In Deep South, thousands flock to see Donald Trump

MOBILE, Ala. — Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Friday joked, "I know how Billy Graham felt" as he addressed the largest crowd yet of his thriving presidential campaign.

Date: 08/21/2015 | Nation & World

How did Donald Trump make his fortune?

NEW YORK — Donald Trump sells himself as a bold empire builder, the kind of businessman who could force through big changes in Washington as president.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama to oppose Arctic drilling

WASHINGTON — In her first major break with President Obama over environmental policy, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she opposed drilling in the Alaskan Arctic because it is too dangerous.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Nation & World

Mayor who made racist comments about Obamas resigns

AIRWAY HEIGHTS — The mayor of a Spokane suburb says he’s resigning for health reasons, after he got in hot water for making derogatory comments about President Obama and the first lady.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Northwest

The 6 books on President Obama’s summer reading list

President Barack Obama is on Martha’s Vineyard for his annual two-week summer vacation, and the White House has released his reading list.

Date: 08/15/2015 | Nation & World

DNA proves President Harding had a love child

DNA testing all but confirmed Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it's rewriting another lurid chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s.Genetic analysis has proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child with long-rumored...

Date: 08/14/2015 | Nation & World

Doctors plan cancer treatments for Jimmy Carter

ATLANTA — Determining what treatment to pursue for former President Jimmy Carter's cancer will depend on its type, its origin and factors such as age and health, doctors said.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton to turn over email server to Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton relented Tuesday to months of demands she relinquish the personal email server she used while secretary of state, directing the device be given to the Justice Department.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Nation & World

Steps for saving the safety net

Social Security marks its 80th birthday Friday, and it's an occasion that should be celebrated. The program that provides a safety net of benefits for American workers and their families at retirement or in the event of disability or early death, was signed into law by President...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Editorials

Even if he’s right on Iraq, Obama needs Congress, country behind him

Can an American president make big, historic changes in the country's direction with a relatively narrow base of political support? That was the challenge President Obama faced when he pushed health care reform through Congress, and it's the same problem he faces now in trying to win...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iran deal a tough sell, even to Obama’s ad guy

Obama ad man Mark Putnam has a dexterous sense of loyalty.He is proud of his work on the president's 2008 and 2012 campaigns. His website boasts that he wrote and produced Obama's 30-minute infomercial in 2008, "the most-watched and highest-profile political ad in...

Date: 08/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Public turning against nuclear deal with Iran

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the American public rejects the president's Iran deal by more than 2 to 1. This is astonishing. The public generally gives the president deference on major treaties. Just a few weeks ago, a majority supported the deal.What happened?...

Date: 08/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama to require steeper emissions cuts from U.S. power plants

WASHINGTON — Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Who will be the new face of the GOP?

WASHINGTON — The question that will be front and center at Thursday's Republican presidential debate is who will lead the party in 2016. As important will be: What kind of party will the GOP nominee end up leading?For Republicans this is a moment for optimism, but it's...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Obama looks like a statesman next to hyperbolic critics

It is good to be President Barack Obama these days. In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Planned Parenthood videos show what abortion does to our values

"Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you." — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013Planned Parenthood's reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Is the problem Trump or those who support him?

Not long ago Donald Trump addressed a crowd in Arizona, where he retrod his undocumented claims about the Mexican government "sending" its rapists to the U.S. The venue was a convention center with a capacity of 4,100. Afterward he tweeted a photo of the audience with the...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama again leaves Nigeria off his Africa trip itinerary

Obama left Nigeria out again in his 2013 visit to Africa. Now, as he prepares for his third and likely final trip to the continent as president, Nigeria is once more being bypassed in favor of Kenya and Ethiopia.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

Ex-President George H.W. Bush leaves hospital after fall

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Maine hospital on Sunday, four days after the 91-year-old fell at his summer home and broke a bone in his neck.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Bonding time for Obama, teenage daughters during N.Y. getaway

NEW YORK — It’s inevitable: At some point, teenage kids just aren’t that into their parents anymore.Parent Barack Obama, who happens to be president, set out to combat that trend by hanging out with his teenage girls on a New York overnighter.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Deal with Iran saves us blood, treasure

To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.Imagine a U.S.-led military strike — not a pinprick but an extended bombing campaign robust enough to eliminate 98 percent of Iran's enriched uranium, put two-thirds of...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Deal shows Iran can be pushed toward diplomacy

The shrill Republican attacks on the Iran nuclear deal are an embarrassment. Most global leaders share President Obama's view that the agreement is preferable to any realistic alternative. It's a diplomatic achievement that reinforces U.S. leadership, rather than undermining it. The...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Actions speak louder than the flag wavers

When President Obama arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a vulgar sight awaited him: About 10 demonstrators across the street from his downtown hotel waving Confederate battle flags as the motorcade pulled up.Such a greeting of the nation's first black president would...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump goes after John McCain’s war record

AMES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World

Poll: Clinton standing falls among Democrats

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. deal with Iran is both realism, retreat

President Obama was well into his feisty and freewheeling news conference on the Iran nuclear deal when Major Garrett of CBS News got under the presidential skin."As you well know, there are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped-up charges," Garrett said.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

New rule to protect streams near coal mines

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed new regulations Thursday designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation’s streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans, even as the administration projected only modest job losses in coal...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire

Deal puts Iran on irreversible nuclear path

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined "The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history," you don't expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then on Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama finally makes just use of his pardon pen

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted,...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP quickly rejects Iran deal without reading it

Negotiators in Vienna had announced the Iran nuclear deal only an hour earlier, but Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Republican presidential candidate, was already on the airwaves denouncing it."You have created a possible death sentence for Israel," he...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Nuclear deal is sound; Iran is bigger question

As the Iran nuclear talks neared the endgame, some observers worried that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, in their eagerness for a deal, would give away the store with last-minute concessions.Those fears turned out to be misplaced, notwithstanding...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

5 things to know about Donald Trump’s fortune

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says his personal fortune is more than $10 billion, making the businessman the wealthiest person to ever run for the White House.Five things to know about Trump’s wealth:

Date: 07/15/2015 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton to make boosting wages a central theme

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton will make boosting middle class incomes and wages the focus of her economic agenda, pointing to stagnant paychecks as the central challenge facing the U.S. economy.The Democratic presidential candidate intends to lay out the themes of her...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

President Obama will visit federal prison

WASHINGTON — President Obama will visit a federal prison in Oklahoma, White House officials said Friday, as part of his intensified push to overhaul the nation's criminal justice system.The Thursday trip will be "the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to a...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

Trump: Most reviled and popular GOP candidate

Donald Trump is simultaneously the most widely disliked candidate in the Republican field and, at least for now, among its front-runners, according to new polls that illustrate how deeply polarizing the billionaire developer is.Almost half of voters surveyed don't just have...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

Islamic State’s online executions seek us as witnesses

Reporting about the Islamic State inevitably means watching their videos, but that's not something I would wish on anyone. The group has created a public theater of death on the Internet — beheading people, drowning them, burning them, breaking their bones.This extreme...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Secretary of state wants to hold earlier presidential primary

OLYMPIA — Washington intends to conduct a presidential primary in 2016, though it is not certain when.Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants to hold it in early March rather than late May,...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling

WASHINGTON — Medicare said Wednesday it plans to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care, the same idea that sparked accusations of “death panels” and fanned a political furor around President Barack Obama’s health care law six years ago.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Nation & World

Sequestration could force Army to cut more troops

WASHINGTON — In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts. And they could grow even larger unless Congress and the White House find a way to stop further across-the-board...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. has to do more than play whack-a-mole in Syria, Iraq

In the beginning there was Operation Overlord. Then came Operation Rolling Thunder, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.Now the fight against the Islamic State has introduced a new concept into modern warfare. Call it Operation Whack-a-Mole.

Date: 07/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama spending his windfall of political capital on Cuba

"This," President Obama said in the Rose Garden on Wednesday as he announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, "is what change looks like."This echo of his 2008 campaign theme was self-congratulatory but deserved, coming at a time of...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Supreme Court’s EPA ruling can’t stop coal’s long slide

It took 41 years from the time it was enacted by Congress for the Clean Air Act to limit the amount of mercury and other poisonous substances that coal-fired power plants are allowed spew into the air. A ruling Monday from the Supreme Court, which struck those limits on something very...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

Weakened party ID puts GOP at disadvantage

The Gallup organization reported its latest findings on party identification late last week, and the report contained good news for the Democrats and a flashing yellow for Republicans.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. deal with Iran guarantees it gets a bomb

The devil is not in the details. It's in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama's fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie Sanders gains on Clinton in Iowa

Hillary Clinton enjoys a 19-point lead among likely Democratic caucus-goers in the key state of Iowa over her nearest challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but that advantage has shrunk since May, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.The former...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Former Sen. Jim Webb to run for president

WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced his presidential campaign Thursday, opening a long-shot bid against Hillary Clinton and a field of Democratic rivals for the party's nomination.Webb, in an announcement posted on his campaign website, acknowledged he...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Christie's favorability under water in Iowa

WASHINGTON — A new poll of Republicans in Iowa has New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with among the worst favorability ratings in a crowded field of presidential candidates, and with just 1 percent of likely caucus participants saying they would vote for him.The New...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

U.S., Cuba to resume ties on July 20

WASHINGTON — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other's capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes.For President...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

White House lifts photo ban during tours

WASHINGTON — For more than four decades a White House tour was a hushed affair, where visitors moved at timed intervals through the executive residence, their cameras in their pockets, taking in portraits of past presidents, the antique furniture and the color of the drapes.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Michelle Obama finds her voice with ‘Let Girls Learn’

First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more-important husbands, dabbling in "lite" fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows.The safest bet has been to keep interests...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

The founding farmers

Nation’s first leaders revolutionized garden styles

Date: 07/02/2015 | Home and Garden

81 things that Mike Huckabee has denounced

Former Arkansas governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has denounced the following:1. Dancing, in general. "Christian teens stay away." (1973)2. Twerking, by Miley Cyrus. "Shameless and tasteless display of...quite ordinary private...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Nation & World

Left allows its president to fight on alone

Americans were perilously close to losing their right to health care when the Supreme Court offered a reprieve. Few were more grateful than the conservative politicians who had been railing against the Affordable Care Act while praying they would not have to face the political...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rights tilting to corporations in trade deal

In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would, in his words, "level the playing field" and "give our workers a fair shot." But critics...

Date: 06/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iran’s 2 voices complicating nuclear deal

Iran enters the endgame of the nuclear talks with what amount to two negotiating positions — the parameters reportedly endorsed in April at Lausanne by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and another set of "red lines" drawn this week by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Date: 06/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Wasn’t court’s place to correct Obamacare

The GOP-majority Supreme Court saved President Barack Obama's bacon Thursday with a political ruling that papered over his signature Affordable Care Act. Writing for the majority in the 6-3 King v. Burwell decision, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the 900-page law was written...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Get behind trade, worker bills

The path toward trade bills that would allow the U.S. to secure pacts with 11 Pacific Rim nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership has had more uphill climbs and switchbacks than the Silk Road.Trade issues, specifically trade authority for President Obama and related worker...

Date: 06/23/2015 | Editorials

State’s farms, businesses need trade deal

Opening foreign markets to American agricultural exports has provided strong returns to rural communities. When the high-quality products grown and made in rural Washington have a chance to compete on a global scale, every Washingtonian benefits.Expanded exports mean more...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Commentary

Rand Paul plans to ‘blow up’ U.S. tax code

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul called Thursday for a “fair and flat tax” that would “blow up” the nation’s tax code, offering a proposal his campaign said would cut taxes by $2 trillion over the next decade.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Nation & World

Congress can set Obama’s war powers, but won’t

This is what it's like inside a vacuum:A half-dozen members of Congress and perhaps twice as many staffers sit quietly on the floor of the House. Two reporters sit in the press gallery, and a few dozen tourists, mostly in shorts and T-shirts, fidget in the public gallery.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump brings his road show to Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — By the time Donald Trump arrived at Hoyt Sherman Auditorium here Tuesday night, he was running more than an hour behind schedule. "This has been a really wild day," he exclaimed. It would only get more so.By then, the audience had already...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Nation & World

Obama, GOP work to rescue trade pact

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress joined forces Wednesday on a quick, bipartisan rescue attempt for the administration's trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Nation & World

Taxpayers on hook for student loans for failing colleges

"You'd have to be made of stone not to feel for these students," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said as he announced an Obama administration decision to forgive as many as 350,000 loans taken out by students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. "Some of these...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Majority wants Congress to ensure Obamacare subsidies, poll finds

WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of Americans want Congress to ensure that residents in every state can receive insurance subsidies through the Affordable Care Act, according to a new national poll conducted as the Supreme Court prepares to decide a legal challenge that could strip away the subsidies...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Nation & World

Two years after Snowden, what has changed?

Two years ago this month, a 29-year-old government contractor named Edward Snowden became the Daniel Ellsberg of his generation, delivering to journalists a tranche of secret documents shedding light on the government's national security apparatus. But whereas Ellsberg released the...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Should we keep fighting in Iraq if Iraqis won’t?

Don't feel bad if you're confused about what the United States is trying to accomplish in Iraq. President Obama doesn't seem to know, either — or else he won't say.Days after admitting that "we don't yet have a complete strategy" for training Iraqi...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Congress won’t be there for Obamacare

Things clearly had gotten off on the wrong foot.Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, wanted to know whether President Obama is going to work with Congress to rewrite health care law if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare —...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton distances herself from Obama’s style

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton kicked off the second phase of her presidential campaign here Saturday, and it was clear that, as much as she might broadly embrace President Barack Obama on policy, she will present herself as a different kind of chief executive.It has long...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

Generals wary of deeper U.S. engagement in Iraq

As President Barack Obama was weighing how to halt Islamic State advances in Iraq, some of the strongest resistance to boosting U.S. involvement came from a surprising place: a war-weary military that has grown increasingly skeptical that force can prevail in a conflict fueled by...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

Iowa Republicans kill their presidential straw poll

WASHINGTON — Iowa Republicans have canceled their once-vaunted presidential straw poll, bowing to the reality that the decades-old political tradition now only threatened to spotlight the state's diminished role in the presidential race.Despite a packed field of...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Nation & World

House rejects Obama appeals, imperils trade bill

WASHINGTON — Led by union-backed Democrats, the House delivered a stinging blow to President Barack Obama on Friday and left his ambitious global trade agenda in serious doubt.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

More U.S. troops to aid Iraq

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more American troops to Iraq on Wednesday in an effort to reverse major battlefield losses to the Islamic State, an escalation but not a significant shift in the struggling U.S. strategy to defeat the extremist group.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

Trade bills must pass Congress

Three votes yet to be taken in Congress — two in the House and one in the Senate — will have a significant impact on jobs and the economy in Washington state and for the rest of the nation.And both are meeting resistance from a bipartisan coalition in both...

Date: 06/08/2015 | Editorials

Trade bill a boon to state’s businesses

In our global economy, every state needs international trade in order to generate growth and create good jobs. But some states are especially reliant on foreign trade to maintain a robust economy; Washington is without question one of these states. That's why Washington state businesses...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Commentary

As he plans run, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal hits bottom

BATON ROUGE, La. — Just weeks before he is expected to announce his presidential campaign, Bobby Jindal is at the nadir of his political career.The Republican governor is at open war with many of his erstwhile allies in the business community and the state legislature.

Date: 06/06/2015 | Nation & World

Obama remembers Joe Biden's son for living 'life of meaning'

WILMINGTON, Del. — Mourning a loss that touched people on Delaware street corners and far beyond, President Barack Obama on Saturday remembered Beau Biden, the vice president's son, as a public servant who learned through early tragedy what mattered most and resolved to "live a...

Date: 06/06/2015 | Nation & World

Ben Carson campaign in turmoil after staff quit

WASHINGTON — The presidential candidacy of Ben Carson, a tea party star who has catapulted into the top tier of Republican contenders, has been rocked by turmoil with the departures of four senior campaign officials and widespread disarray among his allied super PACs.

Date: 06/05/2015 | Nation & World

Move to digital medical files will need time

I rarely do follow-up columns. I'm averaging one every 10 years. And while my last such exercise resulted in a written apology from the White House (for accusing me of making up facts over its removal of Churchill's bust), today's is not a complaint. It's merely a recognition that the...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hillary Clinton: Expand access for voters

HOUSTON — Hillary Clinton on Thursday called for sweeping changes in national voter access laws aimed at making it easier for young people and minorities to take part in elections, putting her on a collision course with Republicans who say such reforms are a political ploy that...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World

U.S. now working to smooth Japanese, N. Korean relations

When South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Washington, D.C., two years ago, she spoke of "Asia's paradox" — a disconnect between the region's growing economic cooperation and its deep political and security tensions.This dissonance is still evident...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Rand Paul vows to force expiration of Patriot Act

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., vowed that he would force the Patriot Act to expire Sunday when the Senate reconvenes after not taking action last week to extend or replace a controversial surveillance program.

Date: 05/30/2015 | Nation & World

Clear rules for cleaner waters

The Obama administration's issuance this week of the Clean Water Rule to restore safeguards under the 1972 Clean Water Act will help keep our waters clean — from stream to sea and...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Editorials

Cruz moved Obama’s ‘red line’ in Syria

As he prepared for his presidential run over the last year or so, a hawkish Sen. Ted Cruz has said U.S. policy in the Middle East and elsewhere is a mess because of President Obama's weakness — particularly his failure to enforce his own "red line" after the Syrian...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Digital records are what's ailing doctors

About a decade ago, a doctor friend was lamenting the increasingly frustrating conditions of clinical practice. "How did you know to get out of medicine in 1978?" he asked with a smile."I didn't," I replied. "I had no idea what was coming. I...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

When popping the question to Obama, anything goes

WASHINGTON — Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it.President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since setting up his @POTUS handle last week.The suggested subject from...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Nation & World

Five Republicans tie for first in poll

No fewer than five contenders are atop the crowded Republican presidential pack, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday.Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and former Arkansas...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Nation & World

Whit Ayres’ plan to make Marco Rubio president

It isn’t often that a presidential campaign blueprint comes packaged between covers and available in bookstores and online for all to see. But that’s the inescapable conclusion from looking through the pages of the book entitled, “2016 and Beyond,” by Republican pollster Whit Ayres.

Date: 05/24/2015 | Nation & World

Planting flowers to save bees and agriculture

Ladybird Johnson may have been onto something after all.During the Johnson administration, the late first lady famously fought to replace billboards with wildflowers along the nation's highways. While she was seeking to beautify America, her idea has returned, this time with...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Editorials

Iraqis fleeing battle; maybe we should, too

If Iraqis won't fight for their nation's survival, why on earth should we?This is the question posed by the fall of Ramadi, which revealed the emptiness at the core of U.S. policy. President Obama's critics are missing the point: Ultimately, it doesn't matter how many troops...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Senate clears trade pact, highway funding

WASHINGTON — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton follows nation to the left

WASHINGTON — Amid discussion of Hillary Clinton's move to the left in her presidential campaign, a new Gallup poll provides an important piece of context: The nation has shifted left, as well.In recent weeks, Clinton has called for reforming the nation's criminal...

Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World

5 reasons the Iowa Straw Poll does not matter

WASHINGTON — R.I.P., Iowa Straw Poll. Badly wounded in 2011, it was lethally wounded Thursday.Mike Huckabee announced he won’t compete this year. Neither will Jeb Bush. So far, no one except Donald Trump has committed to participating - if he runs.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World

Hypothetically, should we have left Iraq in ’11?

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it's the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who's in charge — while the...

Date: 05/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fox News will thin out GOP candidates

Fox News announced guidelines Wednesday that will winnow the field of participants in the first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign.The network will require contenders to place in the top 10 in an average of the five most recent national polls in the run-up...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Nation & World

Pay raises and a Tubman $20

Time to tie up a couple of loose ends from earlier editorials.Poorly timed raise: In March, we advised the state Legislature to complete its work, including passage of state budgets...

Date: 05/19/2015 | Editorials

Obama’s not denying climate change, just ignoring it

Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean."Climate change can no longer be denied ... and action can no...

Date: 05/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

U.S. summit with Gulf Arab leaders upbeat

President Obama's meeting with Arab leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David ended with surprisingly upbeat statements and an "unequivocal" U.S. commitment "to deter and confront" any future aggression from Iran."The U.S.-G.C.C.

Date: 05/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

How long can Clinton avoid taking a stand?

President Obama, so often cool and cautious in his language, gave a full-throated roar on trade last week, saying that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was "absolutely wrong" in her criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that "her arguments don't stand the test of fact...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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