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Column | Trump’s crucial test at San Ysidro

Mass migration “lit the flame” of the right-wing populism that is burning up the Old Continent, she said. Europe must “get a handle on it.”

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Column | Concierge doc shows way to lower health-care costs

As physicals go, it was the most thorough I’d ever gotten.

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Column | Republican worry points for 2020

Every good politician or political consultant, when they go to the media, goes with a set of “talking points” to put the best spin on a story coherently.

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Column | Abortion: An American institution built on lies

The new head of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, stated in a recent interview that she intends to expand the organization’s services and reach.

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New pipeline will add to America’s energy independence

Thanks to technology, innovation, and deregulation, the American energy sector is thriving.

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Column | From the ashes, a lesson in love and empathy

We’ve been taught a lesson which we would do well to commit to memory. It’s a lesson about love, respect and what is possible when, as one of my academic colleagues said, we see those on the opposite side as rivals rather than enemies.

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Column | A break from the political grind, one album at a time

A friend who works in campaigns recently joked that there ought to be a mandatory, two-week respite from any kind of political talk immediately after Election Day.

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Column | Getting things done in a divided Congress

With the result of the midterm elections coming into clearer focus, it is now clear that Democrats will hold a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives come January.

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Column | Give Trump credit when due

Stuck in a hotel room watching CNN the other day, I happened to catch live coverage of Donald Trump's short speech about the "First Step Act," concerning criminal justice reforms. I was bowled over.

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Column | Stan Lee’s message lives on

My lunch got off to a bad start on Nov. 12 because of the news bulletin that rattled my phone.

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Column | Will Democratic rebels dethrone Nancy?

After adding at least 37 seats and taking control of the House by running on change, congressional Democrats appear to be about to elect as their future leaders three of the oldest faces in the party.

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Column | Caravan nears U.S., meets Mexican resistance

The Central American caravan has conclusively proven three things. First, the migrants are economic migrants, and therefore don’t qualify for asylum.

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Column | In defense of Thanksgiving

Today, too many Americans consider Thanksgiving as a mere speed bump on the way to Christmas, a chance to fuel up for Black Friday, when they’ll need their energy to cage-fight each other for an Instant Pot shaped like R2-D2 or a television the size of Guam.

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Column | Give more thanks. It’s good for you

“Thanksgiving is the time of year when we reflect on our incredible blessings, but many Americans aren’t feeling very thankful?”

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Column | Longing for the comforts of home this Thanksgiving

In 1981, I spent my junior year in Paris.

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Column | Persuasion, power and fraud

In a free democratic republic, public policy should be a matter of persuasion.

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Column | Getting things done in a divided Congress

With the result of the midterm elections coming into clearer focus, it is now clear that Democrats will hold a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives come January.

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Column | You didn’t lose the Amazon lottery. You dodged a bullet.

So what do Crystal City, Va., and Long Island City, N.Y., have that your city or state doesn’t? Well, everything, as it turns out.

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Column | Four weeks from oblivion, GOP Congress slumbers on

The session of Congress that occurs after the just-completed election and before the swearing in of the new Congress in January is called a lame duck session. It will last four weeks.

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Column | Senate Republicans are blocking Trump appointments

President Trump has hundreds of unfilled presidentially-appointed positions because Democrats have stalled the nominations process out as much as their diminished power in the post-nuclear Senate has allowed.

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Column | California’s leaders didn’t learn from past deadly wildfires

For California natives like me, the wildfires are a real gut punch.

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Column | Beating the stuffing out of Thanksgiving

This year I can’t think of Thanksgiving without thinking of Barry Manilow’s melancholy song “Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again.”

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Acosta flap proves it’s time to end white house briefings

The ugly confrontation between the president and a reporter in the White House briefing room should remove whatever doubts existed over whether the daily briefings should continue or be scrapped.

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Macron to Trump: ‘You’re no patriot!’

In a rebuke bordering on national insult Sunday, Emmanuel Macron retorted to Donald Trump’s calling himself a nationalist.

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Community View | Clearing up some confusion around evolution

The Nov. 9 Community View commenting on evolution teachings is confused and confusing.