Trump starts down path to tyranny

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So it begins. The nation is edging toward the constitutional crisis that many feared would erupt during the Trump administration. Our democracy is more fragile than I knew. We are so bitterly divided, so consumed by partisanship and tribalism, that we seem willing to destroy the very thing we are fighting over: our country. Perhaps […]

Another police shooting, another dead kid

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The latest tragic shooting of an unarmed black man — a child, really — occurred in a suburb of Dallas, Texas called Balch Springs. On Saturday night, April 29, as four teenagers were driving away from a house party, an overzealous police officer fired into the car, hitting 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in the head. The […]

The import of Donald Trump’s wall

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“Build that wall!” That was one of the more popular rallying cries at then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign events and was perhaps uttered more frequently than the incendiary “Lock her up!” — a reference to imprisoning Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton. And the phrase has lived on. At athletic events, academic competitions and other non-political gatherings, Trump’s […]

The consequences of gutting Obamacare

In 1940, when my mother was 13 years old, her mother had a hysterectomy at a hospital in Century, Fla. As was common in small Southern cities in those days, the hospital was owned by a group of doctors, and patients only received the care they could pay for. My grandmother was among the lucky […]

GOP shows its contempt for average folks

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For all their claims to morality, family values and Christianity, members of the Republican Congress show a troubling hostility to the poor. Despite their professed piety — House Speaker Paul Ryan wears his Catholicism like a neon badge — they seem ignorant of the precepts of the New Testament. Just look at the GOP’s approach […]