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Column | What is democratic socialism?

Furthermore, generous welfare policies can only operate in small, homogenous countries because if you open the borders to such countries, immigrants flood in and then sink the boat.

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Column | There goes the neighborhood

This is a nation of neighborhoods, though it often seems we’ve drifted far afield from the “kinder, gentler” one former President George H.W. Bush spoke of nearly three decades ago; the kind espoused by Fred Rogers.

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Column | Trump calls off Cold War II

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.”

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Column | SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh: Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the skinny on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice?

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Column | Be civil, by George

“Can you believe that a man dumped a drink on a teenager because the teenager’s baseball cap favored the president?"

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Column | The benefits of NATO

In 1949, President Harry Truman led the way in forming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known today as NATO. For more than 60 years, this alliance, founded on the idea that “an attack on one is an attack on all,” has stood as a cornerstone of the interconnected world that Truman worked to build – one of allies who share common interests and common values working together for the greater good.

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Column | Congress too weak to stop trade war

You may not have noticed it amid the White House’s bluster on NATO this week, but Congress utterly face-planted in its effort to rein in President Donald Trump’s ever-escalating global trade war.

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Column | When will there be a Supreme Court justice who looks and thinks like me?

The Black Justice. The First Female. The Wise Latina. The Rumored Lesbian. The Catholic. The Other Catholic. Liberals have had a tendency to label possible Supreme Court picks based upon their identities, not their brains.

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Column | Commission must adopt judicial code of conduct to restore integrity

Arizona’s founders created the Corporation Commission to address concerns about the influence of public utilities, to ensure protection for consumers, provide a fair return on operational costs and infrastructure investment for telecommunications, pipelines, and railways, and guarantee reliable energy and water.

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Column | You might be an irresponsible pet owner if…

Yes, a combination of laziness, ignorance, cheapness and orneriness can make some people a nuisance to the general public and a genuine hazard to their “fur babies” ... Treat your pets right and you’ll have unconditional love for years to come – both at home and while traveling.

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Column | Time for conservatives to go on strike

Ryan is working hard to achieve his goal. The immigration bills he supports will do everything Donald Trump promised he wouldn’t do when he ran for president. Grant amnesty to DACA invaders and continue to dump low-wage visa workers into the food sector.

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Column | When abortion becomes a sacrament

This week, amid widespread Democratic tumult regarding the selection of a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, alleged comedian Michelle Wolf paid tribute to the most important facet of American life: abortion.

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Letter | What is stealing?

Earlier this year many Arizona teachers went on strike for higher wages. They abandoned their classrooms and took to the streets waving #RedForEd placards and adorned themselves in red T-shirts.

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Column | Is a Trump court in the making?

If Mitch McConnell’s Senate can confirm his new nominee for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump may have completed the capture of all three branches of the U.S. government for the Republican Party.

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Column | The Resistance is a failure

You don’t need 20/20 vision to see that the whole world is waiting for the Democratic Party to push back against the tyrannical tendencies of the Trump administration.

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Column | Summertime dinner calls long overdue

Maybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner.

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Column | Journalists aren’t so different from their readers

Local news outlets are a reflection of their community – the entire community, irrespective of skin color, political beliefs or creeds.

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County Corner | New software at Mohave County Assessor’s office

I am fortunate to update you again on what the Mohave County Assessor’s office has been busy doing. I would like to start with some important upcoming deadlines: Widow/Widower and Disability Exemption applications must be filed by July 31, and Senior Freeze applications must be filed by Sept. 1.

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Column | America’s Netflixation is now a national epidemic

I actually miss the old days of selecting a movie at the local video store. At least there, your feet eventually got so tired from browsing that you were willing to settle for Howard the Duck – again.

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Column | The liberal stampede to 'Abolish ICE'

By last week, however, "Abolish ICE!" was no longer the exclusive slogan of the unhinged left. National Democrats were signing on.

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Column | The loudest holiday

Hey everybody. You know all that anxiety that’s been building up? Well, just let it go and relax now, because the Fourth of July is here. The Great American Holiday. The one with the noise and the colors and the hot. Now, it is summer. That’s what the Fourth is. Not just the day we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the best country in the history of the world but also the heart of the season of light.

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Column | Illuminating Independence

“It’s a grand time, to be sure – the day every year that we celebrate American independence and the birth of our country. And there are lots of interesting fun facts about the Fourth.”

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Column | Civic discourse has tumbled to a shocking new low

Other than Dallas Cowboys fans living in Philadelphia, no collection of individuals is subject to as much vitriol and opprobrium as those in public life – politics, entertainment, business, media or professional athletics.

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Column | Let Sarah Sanders eat in peace

You’d think a pan-seared pork chop wouldn’t come freighted with political baggage. But politics, and that pork chop ($28, with Wades Mill Goat cheese grits, caramelized Sunflower Flats onions and a Dijon Jus) were most definitely on the menu at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., over the weekend.

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Column | Self-service: Where does it go from here?

As a keen observer of social trends (and a keen observer of which slowpokes I can wiggle ahead of in an all-you-can-eat buffet line), I couldn’t resist reading the New York Times article headlined “San Francisco Restaurants Can’t Afford Waiters. So They’re Putting Diners to Work.”

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