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January 23, 2018 - 27 minutes ago

The U.S. has had four partial shutdowns of the federal government in the last 25 years. Each time, we debate who's responsible: which party is the formal cause of it, which is being less reasonable in budget negotiations. Maybe it's time instead to debate doing away with the possibility of…


Senators offer strong words or warning

January 23, 2018 - 12 minutes ago

History will record that two Republican senators spoke up for American values in opposition to a president of their own party. It will ask where were all the others.

Arizona’s John McCain and Jeff Flake voiced strong support for press freedom last week, denouncing President Donald…


While Washington bickers, the planet cooks

January 22, 2018

One byproduct of the day-to-day chaos of the Trump presidency is that the nation's biggest, long-term challenges are often forgotten. While Washington spent last week agonizing over the prospect of a totally unnecessary government shutdown, what should have been far bigger news went nearly…


Choosing desirable immigrants a long struggle

January 21, 2018

In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: "It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us." Perhaps…