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Mueller report won’t likely change much
Not a day passes without speculation somewhere in the media about when Special Counsel Robert Mueller will release his report and just what exactly it will say about Trump.
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Words have power
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Editorial
Words have power
Those pursuing abstract causes have to avoid the improper use of language lest they harm their objectives. That happened to some extent with “affirmative action,” and a careless usage of “socialism” seems to be developing.
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Opinion
Tough call on Fairfax resignation
Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax is in a terrible no win situation. He has been tried and convicted in the media and by his own party. Even if he manages to hold on to the lieutenant governorship, his political future is dead as a door nail.
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The 19th Amendment failed to enfranchise all women
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Editorial
The 19th Amendment failed to enfranchise all women
An article in the Sunday New York Times entitled “When the suffrage movement sold out” showed how the suffragettes had failed to secure the voting rights of their black sisters in the South. It will be of interest to note whether gender solidarity holds up as the 115th Congress presses forward on controversial issues.
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Harris still has some explaining to do
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Opinion
Harris still has some explaining to do
There’s a lot to like about 2020 presidential contender Kamala Harris, but she has yet to answer troubling questions that still cloud her political past.
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Unmasking bigotry in the Republican Party
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Editorial
Unmasking bigotry in the Republican Party
As might be expected, Republican leaders who are embarrassed by King’s outbursts now state that they were unaware of his commitment to white supremacy. But King was the national co-chairman of Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential effort. When the tide turned the Republican Party essentially renounced an embarrassing congressman.
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Activists mark victories during Boston Women’s March
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Local News
Activists mark victories during Boston Women’s March
Thousands of people turned out onto Boston Common Saturday for the third annual Women’s March, but the message this year seemed different from those of past years.
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A betrayal of GOP values
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Editorial
A betrayal of GOP values
Republican leaders who tolerate Donald Trump’s obsession with building a border wall thereby impugn the integrity of the party’s basic philosophy. They are also responsible for inspiring Trump to consider violating the sacrosanct constitutional distinction between the authority of the president and the Congress.
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Pressley says she’ll prioritize issues of economic inequality
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Local News
Pressley says she’ll prioritize issues of economic inequality
Standing before a capacity crowd in the Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center Saturday, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley pledged to battle economic inequality as she took the oath of office in a symbolic swearing-in ceremony, a week after she officially took the oath of office in D.C. After Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey administered the oath, Pressley told the audience she would not celebrate victory until we have realized “equity, equality and justice.”
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Editorial
GOP voter suppression poses grave danger to Democrats in 2020
New Jersey Democratic Senator Corey Booker flatly called the Georgia gubernatorial election a theft for GOP winner Brian Kemp. This was not partisan hyperbole. Thousands of eligible votes weren’t registered, were tossed, discounted, or ignored. The process was only slightly less muddled and outrageous in Florida where there were also widespread reports of irregularities, incompetence, fraud and manipulation.
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Federal government must protect voting rights
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Editorial
Federal government must protect voting rights
The U.S. Constitution grants every citizen the right to vote, but somehow not every state has received the memo. Some state governments have made access to the polls more arduous for Democrats. With the size of support for Republicans withering, the strategy for victory has become to reduce the vote count for Democrats by any means necessary.
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Opinion
Doing everything under the sun to make the blue wave a trickle
Now that the theme of a blue wave bust has become a popular talking point expect that talk to accelerate in the run-up to November 6. The best answer to that is to ensure that this is nothing more than what it is, namely scare talk.
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