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London calling: ‘People seem more nervous now. … Maybe it’s the perilous state of democracy

BY: - May 20, 2022

LONDON — I first came to the U.K. in 1981 as a student and have lived here on and off (more off of late) for the last 40 years. I have never seen people more anxious than now. The 1980s were an extravagant, greed-is-good era kicked off by the “fairy-tale” wedding of the Prince of […]

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FL’s Northern Turnpike Extension threatens to pave over historic Black community

BY: - May 19, 2022

If you plan to visit the historic Central Florida community of Royal, I have two pieces of advice for you: 1) Don’t go there feeling hungry. There are no fast-food joints or other restaurants where you can order a Royal version of the Royale with Cheese. 2) You better hurry. Powerful people are plotting its […]

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In an unprecedented economic recovery, why are we only talking about inflation?

BY: - May 17, 2022

The latest jobs report shows that the U.S. economy continues its rapid recovery from the pandemic crisis. Employers added 428,000 new jobs in April, continuing a now-year-long streak of similarly strong job growth. After surging to a post-World War II high of 14.7% in 2020, unemployment is now down to 3.6%, the lowest level in […]

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When will our ‘pro-life’ leaders do something about gun deaths?

BY: - May 16, 2022

Aaron Salter Jr., 55, was on duty at the security job that supplemented his retirement income. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was buying groceries. Celestine Chaney, 65, stopped in for strawberries for the shortcake she and her sister were eager to enjoy. But their plans went awry Saturday afternoon. Salter’s work shift ended sooner than he expected. […]

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Conservatives needn’t panic about the end of Title 42

BY: - May 14, 2022

Trump’s former immigration adviser is having a premonition of doom. Stephen Miller has the dubious distinction of authoring ex-President Trump’s (anti-)immigration policies.  He retweeted news of a Centers for Disease Control announcement last month, saying: “This will mean Armageddon on the border. This is how nations end.” So what on Earth could a public health […]

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New algae blooms expose Florida Gov. DeSantis’ failure to fix pollution

BY: - May 12, 2022

Have you noticed the Democratic candidates for governor — Charlie Crist, Nikki Fried, and Annette Taddeo — milling around like a bunch of lost children lately? While they vie for which one of them will get to take on the incumbent Republican governor, Ron “Let’s Give the Attorneys Millions” DeSantis, this fall, they look a […]

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Pandora’s Box: Overturning Roe is only the beginning of the threats to women | Opinion

BY: - May 10, 2022

When I was raped in 2016, one of my attackers reached inside me and pulled out my NuvaRring, an internal birth control device, and asked me what it was. When I told him, he cast it aside where it was lost until police retrieved it a couple days later. Following my attack, because of the abrupt […]

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U.S., U.K. vie to outdo each other in misogyny

BY: - May 9, 2022

LONDON — Which country hates women more, the U.S. or the U.K.? In America, a woman will apparently soon be forced to carry a child to term, even if she was raped, even if she was trafficked, even if she can’t care for the kid, doesn’t want it, and having it means ruining her life. […]

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Now is the time to remember the good our government does for us | Opinion

BY: - May 8, 2022

With higher gas prices, rising food costs and near record inflation as we emerge from the worst pandemic in a 100 years, many of us may be struggling to make ends meet or move forward in any way — finding it difficult to see what government is doing to make our lives better. But as […]

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Bookman: Roe v. Wade’s rights guarantees not settled law after all. They lied.

BY: - May 7, 2022

For almost five decades, Roe v. Wade has been established American law, guaranteeing the constitutional right of choice to all Americans. Even those Supreme Court justices now ready to toss that precedent aside have previously testified under oath during their Senate confirmation hearings that they believed Roe is established law that ought to be respected. […]

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The GOP’s anti-abortion crusade is not pro-family at all

BY: - May 6, 2022

In the hours after the bombshell leak of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion toppling Roe v. Wade, I awaited the torrent of Republican-authored press releases vowing to provide every resource the federal government could muster to support the millions of new families they were going to usher into existence. Of course, that didn’t happen. […]

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With solar bill veto, Florida Gov. DeSantis slips into something more liberal

BY: - May 5, 2022

The governor was trying to make a point about cartoons the other day when his memory got fogged by false nostalgia. That’s likely to happen when your sparring partner is a gigantic mouse. Gov. Ron DeSantis, while stumping for a fellow Republican in Nevada, claimed the evil animation cabal from Disney was slipping hidden messages […]