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Crisp: Zombie lies just won’t die

November 7, 2023, 6:01am Columns

You probably know what a “zombie lie” is, but, just in case, it’s an idea or proposition or theory that is demonstrably, logically and intuitively false but which, like a zombie, refuses to die. And it will eat your brain. Read story

Yglesias: Can Johnson succeed where McCarthy failed?

November 6, 2023, 6:01am Columns

With the election of Mike Johnson as speaker of the House, the hard-right faction of the House Republican caucus has finally gotten its way. America is now poised for a catastrophic series of inter-branch battles that will push the economy and the political system to the brink. Read story

Other Papers Say: The thrill of AI is not gone

November 6, 2023, 6:01am Columns

When the notion of artificial intelligence became mainstream, it conjured the sense of miracles within reach. Computers would be able to process scads of data to solve humanity’s most pressing problems, from medical mysteries to international terrorism. Read story

Abcarian: Is is right that Americans are fired for taking sides in war?

November 6, 2023, 6:01am Columns

Should Americans be punished or lose their livelihoods for things they say about a gut-wrenching conflict taking place halfway across the world? In an ideal world where freedom of speech is absolute, short of advocating violence, no one should get fired for stating an unpopular view. Read story

Estrich: Stand up to antisemitism in United States

November 6, 2023, 6:01am Columns

In Senate testimony on Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that antisemitism was reaching “historic levels.” “In fact,” he said, “our statistics would indicate that for a group that represents only about 2.4 percent of the American public, they account for something like 60 percent of all religious-based hate crimes.” Read story

Harrop: Gun cultures need gun laws, too

November 6, 2023, 6:01am Columns

Rep. Jared Golden’s about-face on gun laws is not surprising. He is a Democrat representing Lewiston, Maine, still convulsed by a mass shooting that took 18 lives. Formerly against tightening the laws, Golden now wants a ban on semiautomatic weapons. Read story

Donnelly: Officers celebrated for timely, caring response

November 4, 2023, 6:01am Columns

At 4 p.m. Sept. 11, motorists on Interstate 5 called 911 to summon help for a man dangling off the Salmon Creek overpass. Quickly responding, Clark County sheriff’s deputies found the man hanging by his hands. But he didn’t jump. A sheriff’s deputy applied his training and a caring approach… Read story

Leubsdorf: Rematch in 2024? Maybe not

November 4, 2023, 6:01am Columns

A year before Americans elect their next president, pundits, strategists and the two 2020 combatants themselves seem convinced the election will again pit President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. Read story

Other Papers Say: Clean energy is state’s future

November 4, 2023, 6:01am Columns

In the fight against climate change, Washington has led by example. State lawmakers have mandated phasing out fossil fuel emissions by 2045 and have created one of the few carbon pricing systems in North America to rein in the biggest polluters. The state’s residents are paying more at the gas… Read story

Estrich: Johnson plays partisan politics with Israel aid

November 4, 2023, 6:01am Columns

How long, people wondered, would it be before the new House speaker showed his true stripes caving to the right-wingers in his caucus? Would it be a matter of weeks? Months? Read story