Commentary

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris stand together at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as they arrive to attend an event marking the 10th anniversary of the dedication of memorial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Viewpoints: Invoking King’s legacy without exhausting it

Where others ignore the context of King’s words, Biden spoke to the core of the civil rights leader’s legacy.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris stand together at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial as they arrive to attend an event marking the 10th anniversary of the dedication of memorial in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Comment: NPR holds master class in confronting Trump, Big Lie

Steve Inskeep’s interview allowed Trump to speak but sandwiched his falsehoods with facts and context.

Comment: Prince Andrew only adds to scandals’ weight on crown

While Queen Elizabeth remains beloved, the monarchy faces bitter times going forward.

Comment: Filibuster showing cracks but could prove resilient

For moderates in both parties, the filibuster remains useful in providing them political influence.

Comment: Supreme Court invites chaos if lawsuit model spreads

States are lining up to copy Texas’ abortion law, applying it to other constitutional protections.

Comment: West is right to deny Russia a ‘sphere of influence’

It may be unsuccessful, but the West must resist a destabilizing return to ‘might makes right’ politics.

Comment: If not to sway votes, why speak on voting rights?

Biden’s speech is unlikely to change any votes in Congress, but such addresses do serve purposes.

Comment: Our certainty in our own beliefs may be our downfall

We’ve made being right a high-stakes game that doesn’t allow others the space to consider other points of view.

Comment: Our response to covid must change with each variant

What worked — and what didn’t — changes as the virus mutates; our response must adapt, too.

Comment: Going to take more than laws to defend democracy

Here’s what those concerned for America’s republican form of government can do to protect it.

Comment: Time to make N95 masks the standard for covid fight

New versions of the N95 offer better breathability and more protection against virus transmission.

Comment: 1st Amendment may not shield Trump, Jan. 6 mob

Supreme Court precedent protects political speech but not threats or incitement to violence.

Comment: Danger of ignoring claims accusing Jews of genocide

Pinning genocide on the Jews allows the bigot to swipe the “Holocaust card” and play it against them.

Comment: The next kink in supply chain? Global oil supplies

OPEC countries say they are increasing production but that still might not meet expected demand.

Comment: Biden’s vision of democracy holds truth as foundation

The founders, Biden said, enshrined “an idea they couldn’t live up to but an idea that couldn’t be constrained.”

Comment: Busting five myths about the Senate filibuster

The filbuster hasn’t been a Senate rule from the start and it doesn’t foster bipartisanship and cooperation.

Comment: Closing schools won’t halt omicron; it will hurt kids

Vaccine availability and other measures are better at protecting kids than closures of schools.

Comment: More news outlets putting focus on ‘democracy beat’

Media outlets are breaking away from ‘both sides’ reporting and instead are focused on voting rights and more.

Comment: Ineffective waste of land, stream buffers are back

Gov. Inlsee has dug up a bad idea to protect salmon habitat. The real threat is urban development.

Comment: What happened to corporate pledge to back democracy?

A year after pulling campaign donations to the ‘Sedition Caucus,’ Boeing and others have resumed their support.