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California voters get what they deserve

The nation’s largest state has just voted in an election triggered by one of the nation’s weirdest recall processes, and the results have come out just about where they’ve been before. California Gov. Gavin Newsom was elected governor in 2018 by 62% to 38%, a result that was, ...

2020 remains toxic for Republicans

The best indication that Larry Elder was going down hard in the California recall wasn’t the polling, although that all swung the wrong way in the final weeks, but his suggestion late in the campaign that Democrats were going to steal the election. Preemptive excuse-making isn’t a sign of ...

Someone stop the world; the GOP wants to get off

WASHINGTON — As public demand cries out for sensible governmental solutions to cope with a changing world, the confused Republican Party’s response is to head for the hills. The current ills imperiling the country, from the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change, are being rejected or ...

Future is female: Is that entirely a good thing?

“Men are abandoning higher education in such numbers that they now trail female college students by record levels.” So declares the opening sentence of a Wall Street Journal piece that is creating quite the buzz. Here are some of the eye-popping statistics: Women now account for 59.5% of ...

You’ve got to be taught to love America or risk losing it

The lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II wrote many beautiful songs for Broadway musicals. One that was not beautiful, but powerful for what it said about race relations in 1949 when the show opened was “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.” The song was about being taught to hate. You also must ...

Grand Rapids fingerprinting policy violates privacy

The Constitution explicitly protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure, yet it seems the Grand Rapids Police Department infringed on residents’ rights when it took the fingerprints of Black teenagers who were never accused of a crime. Michigan residents shouldn't have to fear ...