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No to the National Park Service

The National Park Service has floated the idea of whether it should charge fees to groups that hold protests on the National Mall. The reason cited by officials for this possible change is the cost to the federal government of…

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Thursday 09/20/2018
'Fort Trump' would set dangerous precedent
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [09:05 PM]

Polish President Andrzej Duda’s offer to call a military base “Fort Trump” if the U.S. agrees to set one up in his country was, of course, a joke - but not entirely. For Poland, President Donald Trump’s transactional approach to…

Making accusations against a powerful man isn't easy
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [09:04 PM]

It’s hard to publicly allege misconduct by a powerful man. No woman wants to be known primarily as a victim of harassment or, worse, assault. It’s humiliating. We - women who have gone public - are so much more than…

Are Trump's new tariffs against China a legitimate strategy?
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [09:02 PM]

Following through on previous threats, President Donald Trump announced on Monday new tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China, in addition to levies previously imposed on $50 billion worth of goods. The taxes, which go into effect…

Wednesday 09/19/2018
THEIR VIEW: An abuse of power
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [08:51 PM]

President Donald Trump has demanded the immediate declassification of portions of an order allowing the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, text-message records from several of Trump’s chief whipping boys at the FBI and interview records with Bruce…

CHRIS POWELL: For Blumenthal, whatever can stop Kavanaugh is OK
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [08:49 PM]

Almost any accusation against a 17-year-old boy may be plausible. But plausibility is not fairness, even if fairness long ago lost any standing in this country’s politics, and there are big questions of fairness in the accusation by the college…

MICHAEL REAGAN: If it's anti-Trump, it must be fit to print
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [08:45 PM]

The stories of chaos, craziness and betrayal going on inside the Trump White House are nothing to worry much about. White House staffers attempting to influence, question or thwart a president’s ideas or goals are as old as George Washington,…

There is something everyone has forgotten about Manafort
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [08:43 PM]

President Donald Trump’s defenders responded to the news of Paul Manafort’s plea deal on Friday with the usual refrain: His case has nothing to do with the Trump campaign or allegations that it colluded with Russia in 2016. They’re wrong.…

Monday 09/17/2018
THEIR VIEW: Beware the techlash
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:38 PM]

The Justice Department wants states to go after technology giants for antitrust violations. Or does it want states to go after companies for stifling free speech? It’s hard to tell from the department’s statement announcing it will convene a meeting…

CHRIS POWELL: Do you want more of the same in state government, or a change?
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:37 PM]

Columnist Running for governor, Democrat Ned Lamont faults Republican Bob Stefanowski for refusing to specify where he would cut state government spending to compensate for the enormous tax cutting Stefanowski implausibly pledges to do. The problem is that Lamont also…

Women are watching the Kavanaugh controversy closely
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:36 PM]

By Paul Waldman After the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings gave the country a window into workplace sexual harassment - and featured a committee composed entirely of white men skeptically questioning the African-American woman detailing what she suffered…

Believe it or not, there has been a bipartisan attempt at reform
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:34 PM]

Terrified of alienating the activist bases of their respective parties, Democrats and Republicans in Congress rarely even try to compromise anymore. So it’s a welcome development that two members of the House of Representatives from different parties are willing to…

Sunday 09/16/2018
THEIR VIEW: Congress must act now
icon Posted: 16 September 2018 [07:41 PM]

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday promising to punish anyone attempting to meddle in U.S. elections, including with “measures that could be capable of devastating an interfering country’s economy,” according to an administration description. For a presidency marked…

Anonymous OpEd should be a wake-up call to Republicans
icon Posted: 16 September 2018 [07:41 PM]

The New York Times took the unusual step of publishing an anonymous OpEd, from a senior Trump administration official, which both painted a horrifying portrait of an impulsive, amoral president who “continues to act in a manner that is detrimental…

Not even die-hard Republicans trust Trump on Russia
icon Posted: 16 September 2018 [07:41 PM]

Illustrating the truism that once you’ve lost credibility it’s hard to get it back, Republicans joined with Democrats in dismissing President Donald Trump’s executive order on Russia as too little, too late. The Post reported: “The order would allow Trump…

GOP's cruelty toward the poor is paying dividends in suffering
icon Posted: 16 September 2018 [07:41 PM]

The most significant part of the Affordable Care Act, itself the most significant piece of social legislation passed in decades, was its expansion of Medicaid. The idea was that no one should go without health insurance because they can’t…

Friday 09/14/2018
THEIR VIEW: The one thing you won't see on a N.Y. bus or subway
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [07:29 PM]

Perhaps you’ve heard: Nike and Colin Kaepernick have teamed up to create a potent advertising campaign, a defiant political statement applauding the former NFL quarterback for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police killings of unarmed black men. You…

As Connecticut crumbles, Malloy places focus on climate change
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [07:29 PM]

Bad news has been piling up quickly in state government this month. Among the examples: A department head at the University of Connecticut at Storrs resigned after getting caught approving more than $100,000 in travel expenses and paid time off…

The grassroots revolt against Judge Brett Kavanaugh
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [06:53 PM]

PORTLAND, Maine - Exceptional dangers require exceptional and sometimes unusual responses. This was the spirit animating the volunteers at a phone bank Tuesday night in Portland. They were asking citizens to urge their state’s popular Republican senator, Susan Collins, to…

Trump didn't drain the swamp; supporters are starting to notice
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [06:53 PM]

Here’s the thing about campaigning as an outsider, as Donald Trump did in 2016: If you win the election, you are the person in charge. You are expected to accomplish what you said you would do, or make a darn…

Thursday 09/13/2018
THEIR VIEW: U.S. hurricane response in Puerto Rico a failure
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:19 PM]

Among the most troubling of the many untruths advanced by President Donald Trump is his repeated insistence that the federal government did a good - indeed, a “tremendous” - job responding to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. A recent study…

YOUR VIEW: Gracious mayor handled situation well
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:17 PM]

To The Editor: On Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018 I attended the Global War on Terror Monument Dedication Ceremony at Central Park Plaza in New Britain. In the front row attending the ceremony was an elderly veteran proudly wearing his…

Back to school, back to lockdowns
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:14 PM]

Earlier this summer, Robert Runcie, the superintendent of schools in Broward County, Florida, sent a back-to-school message to the “families and community” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. His missive mentioned nothing about teachers or books or curriculum. Instead it…

Hurricanes have a connection to climate change
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:13 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion It may be human nature to want to assign blame for terrible events - and since climate change became part of public consciousness, it’s a frequently faulted for natural disasters. Is Hurricane Florence our fault for emitting climate-changing…

We never learned our financial lesson from Lehman crisis
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:10 PM]

Ten years ago, amid a worsening subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. government did what few have dared: It allowed a major global investment bank, Lehman Brothers Holdings, to file for bankruptcy. Within days, the shock waves crippled the nation’s largest…

Wednesday 09/12/2018
THEIR VIEW: Many parents are saying no to tackle football for kids
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:35 PM]

Should children be allowed to play tackle football? With scientific studies showing a link between the sport and traumatic brain injuries that lead to lasting health problems, that question is being asked with more frequency and urgency across the country.…

The accusers of Les Moonves just kept stepping up
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:34 PM]

The Washington Post Charming. Accomplished. Visionary. And, if you believe the highly credible accusations, one more thing: abusive. The first three qualities of CBS chief executive Les Moonves seemed as though they would allow him to stay at the peak…

Like other black women, Serena was blamed for defending herself
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:31 PM]

Imagine being blamed for defending your integrity. Then understand that being attacked for speaking up is part of daily life for black women. See April Ryan, Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, Susan Rice and Michelle Obama for a few examples of…

YOUR VIEW: Protect Our Watersheds did its job
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:30 PM]

To The Editor: A word of thanks is due. Recently, the mayor of New Britain announced that the City would no longer consider striking a deal with Tilcon, Inc. to destroy a valuable watershed vital to the region’s water needs.…

Cleveland Clinic has positive impact on economy
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:28 PM]

The Cleveland Plain Dealer For the third year in a row, the Cleveland Clinic has been named the nation’s No. 2 hospital in U.S. News & World Report rankings. Its numerical score - based on 16 specialties…

Tuesday 09/11/2018
THEIR VIEW: Tough stance on liquor at some colleges
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:14 PM]

Colleges that have banned hard alcohol say the step has helped combat some of the most pernicious effects of campus drinking. They report less consumption, fewer alcohol-induced medical transports, hospitalizations and arrests, as well as a decrease in binge drinking…

YOUR VIEW: AARP campaign urges voter participation
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:11 PM]

By To The Editor: Do you know the biggest and most robust bloc of Connecticut voters are over the age of 50? Therefore, we have a voice and need to make sure we use it in…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: The new kid all over again
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:09 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, do you have any advice for a brand new freshman who is back at the bottom again? Damitrus - A ninth-grader Damitrus, first let me begin by saying that I’m pretty impressed with…

Consider civility vs. hysteria at Kavanaugh hearings
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:06 PM]

If you, like me, streamed 22 hours straight of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, you might have noticed something: It was often presented not so much as a fight between liberalism and conservatism, or even constitutional originalism vs. activism, but as…

Jimmy Carter's decency is a rare and wonderful thing
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:04 PM]

The antithesis of Donald Trump and his administration can be studied, at least for those willing to drive 150 miles south from Atlanta, among magnolias, towering pines and seemingly endless fields of cotton, peanuts - and dreams. Jimmy and…

Monday 09/10/2018
THEIR VIEW: Dreamers safe, for now
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:22 PM]

It would be hard to find many federal judges more sympathetic to the Trump administration’s immigration policies than Andrew Hanen, a Republican appointee who sits in Brownsville, Texas, on the border with Mexico. From that outpost of the U.S. District…

Let's cut the anonymous opinion author some slack
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:20 PM]

Bloomberg Everyone seems to agree on one thing about the anonymous Donald Trump administration official whose New York Times op-ed was Topic A for 36 hours, which is a pretty long time in Trump-calibrated politics: He or she deserves no…

The conflict and chaos in Syria is growing worse day by day
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:18 PM]

Can a tweet stop another bloodbath in Syria? Evidently not. Hours after President Donald Trump used his favorite medium to warn Russia not to join in a new offensive on the northern province of Idlib, saying it would be “a…

Elections may be compromised; Facebook too
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:16 PM]

Make no mistake: Facebook is feeling the pressure. Scarred by criticism that it enabled Russian meddling during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the social media giant summoned its biggest tech peers to a summit late last month, meeting behind…

YOUR VIEW: Change of leadership needed in Berlin
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:13 PM]

To The Editor: Years ago, Rep. Joe Aresimowicz ran a campaign on reducing state government costs, by reviewing and eliminating duplication of services between departments, and by looking at private/public partnerships to help taxpayers save money. I can’t think…

YOUR VIEW: All Americans should honor the flag, anthem
icon Posted: 10 September 2018 [08:11 PM]

To The Editor: I read that ESPN “...will air the national anthem this season only when doing so feels newsworthy...” CBS and Fox have made similar decisions while NBC has not finalized how to handle the anthem.” Where is their…

Sunday 09/09/2018
THEIR VIEW: One debate is not enough
icon Posted: 09 September 2018 [09:07 PM]

The two candidates running for the Democratic Party nomination for governor - incumbent Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon - staged their one and only debate at Hofstra University on Long Island. They did Upstate New York voters a…

E.J. DIONNE: In Boston politics voters showed change can't wait
icon Posted: 09 September 2018 [09:06 PM]

The Washington Post BOSTON - The day before Ayanna Pressley rattled national Democrats by overwhelming Rep. Mike Capuano, a popular 20-year incumbent, in last Tuesday’s primary, she brought her youthful canvassers to the campaign’s Jamaica Plain headquarters to fire them…

Southern hospitality? Not for Trump
icon Posted: 09 September 2018 [09:03 PM]

Nobody likes to be called “dumb,” especially if they are from the South. If you’re not from there, you may not understand this sensitivity, but it has existed for generations. One part of being a Southerner has been the…

The down-ballot officials who may freeze the Trump Train in its tracks
icon Posted: 09 September 2018 [09:02 PM]

The Washington Post A sexual-abuse report in Pennsylvania in mid-August created an earthquake within the Catholic Church. A court ordered last week that downloadable blueprints for 3-D-printed guns be banned from the Internet. And on Wednesday, oral arguments begin in…

Florida's teacher crisis is only getting worse
icon Posted: 09 September 2018 [09:00 PM]

Florida is facing a serious teacher shortage, and it’s no surprise given the low pay, low career esteem, long hours and bureaucratic burdens of standardized testing and paperwork. Making the state’s classrooms a more attractive place to work will require…

Friday 09/07/2018
Setbacks with N. Korea doesn't mean the situation is hopeless
icon Posted: 07 September 2018 [07:19 PM]

President Donald Trump’s purported breakthrough in relations with North Korea seems to have failed. Far from dismantling his country’s nuclear program, Kim Jong Un is still expanding his arsenal. He’s aiming to undermine international unity over sanctions, planning summits this…

Don't burn your Nikes - instead give them to charity
icon Posted: 07 September 2018 [07:19 PM]

So you’re mad at Nike for hiring someone you hate to hawk products you love. What are you to do? Nike got exactly what it wanted when it decided to make Colin Kaepernick the face of its latest round of…

Does Stefanowski have a plan?
icon Posted: 07 September 2018 [07:18 PM]

From his remarks to reporters last week at the Crocodile Club lunch at Lake Compounce in Bristol, the Republican candidate for governor, Bob Stefanowski, seems to think it’s not important to tell voters how he would cut the half of…

THEIR VIEW: All the president's men
icon Posted: 07 September 2018 [07:18 PM]

Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear,” does not paint a different picture of the early Trump White House than the one that has already emerged from credible news organizations in daily reporting on President Donald Trump. Rather, the book fills in…

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