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Hate crime hoaxes, like Jussie Smollett's alleged attack, are more common than you think
February 22, 2019
In writing a book about hate crime hoaxes, I found more than 400. Such frauds damage good race relations.
      
 
 
My backyard is on the Texas-Mexico border. Trump wants to seize my land to build his wall.
February 22, 2019
My family has lived along the Rio Grande for 5 generations. As we could tell the president if he asked, there is no need for a wall across our land.
      
 
 
Jussie Smollett's alleged plan to manufacture outrage diminishes impact of real hate crime
February 21, 2019
Why did Smollett believe that his alleged plan would succeed? Because it was designed to fit a specific, well-established victimhood narrative.
      
 
 
Who's misusing your personal data? Why we need federal privacy protection regulations.
February 22, 2019
Here are a few principles that can protect the loss and misuse of personal data while balancing constitutionally-protected privacy and free speech.
      
 
 
Lead poisoning, black mold, vermin in base housing: Is this any way to thank our troops?
February 21, 2019
The bare minimum America owes its troops is the assurance that their families won't be sickened by the base housing they call home: Our view
      
 
 
Cannabis industry shouldn't expand until we fix marijuana's racial inequities, injustices
February 22, 2019
Cannabis industry growth comes at the expense of those with a criminal record tied to low-level marijuana possession, and those still incarcerated.
      
 
 
Pentagon: We’re working to ensure safe, quality housing for military families
February 21, 2019
Military families' concerns underscore a need for greater accountability, writes Robert H. McMahon, assistant secretary of Defense for Sustainment.
      
 
 
America landed a man on the moon. Climate change calls for the same bold, can-do spirit.
February 22, 2019
The Green New Deal is the first step in meeting the climate challenge, and yes, the devil is in the details. We need to start working on this now.
      
 
 
Don't gut libel ruling that gave us brave civil rights, Vietnam and Watergate coverage
February 22, 2019
Journalists don't always win libel cases. But they need the protections that President Trump and Justice Thomas want to 'open up' or let states handle.
      
 
 
A crowded Democratic field: Today's Toon
February 21, 2019
Daily editorial cartoons
      
 
 
5 of our top opinion pieces this week: ICYMI
February 22, 2019
From Venezuela's socialism to late-term abortion to the measles outbreak, here are our top columns of the week.
      
 
 
Freezing temps, contaminated water are inhumane; people in prison deserve better
February 21, 2019
Federal Bureau of Prisons lawsuit points out problems in system. But that's not enough. Congress must step in to hold abusers accountable.
      
 
 
Angry about Jussie Smollett? Here's what you can do: Today's talker
February 21, 2019
Don't let Jussie Smollett's case be used to dismiss the rising tide of hate crime in America.
      
 
 
How many 'Star Wars' movies are planned? A reader wants to know
February 21, 2019
Are you a "Stars Wars" nerd? Want the scoop on "Episode IX"? What about TV shows featuring favorite characters? Watch this Ask USA TODAY.
      
 
 
I edited my Mississippi high school yearbook. Blackface is not the only way to do damage.
February 21, 2019
The courage of my high school's first black graduates is inspiring. If only I could have been as courageous in acknowledging them in our yearbook.
      
 
 
Is it worth reviewing old yearbooks for racism? Our readers debate
February 21, 2019
After USA TODAY Network published a review of more than 900 yearbooks, which found more than 200 racist or offensive images, our readers weighed in.
      
 
 
Amazon lessons for voters, taxpayers, New York and the 237 other places that bid for HQ2
February 21, 2019
Did Amazon stop needing New York, or did New York drive it away? As cities across America compete for jobs, the messy breakup is a cautionary tale.
      
 
 
An ex-felon gets to vote again. Before he could, here's how he made his voice heard.
February 21, 2019
The most effective way to mobilize people can be to let them in and show them that everyone is multidimensional, that we're not defined by our pasts.
      
 
 
America's on the lookout for terrorists
February 22, 2019
America is looking to stop terrorists. Are we looking in the right places?
      
 
 
I became part of our story on racist images in college yearbooks. I'm here to apologize for publishing that photo
February 21, 2019
USA TODAY editor Nicole Carroll ran the Arizona State University yearbook when it published a picture of students dressed as celebrities in black makeup
      
 
 
We can do more to prevent mass workplace shootings like Aurora, Illinois
February 21, 2019
Since the 1999 Columbine massacre, there have been nearly four times as many mass shootings in the workplace as at schools. Here's how to reduce them.
      
 
 
California bullet train setback shouldn't be end of the line
February 20, 2019
High-speed rail stands a better chance if highways aren't so subsidized. It remains a viable, even necessary, option in certain parts of America: Our view
      
 
 
Norquist: California bullet train was a solution in search of a problem
February 20, 2019
Politicians love such mega projects especially if paid for by taxpayers from other states, writes Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform
      
 
 
Vladimir Putin's missile threat is serious, but nothing we couldn't handle: Today's talker
February 20, 2019
Washington tends to inflate the threat from Moscow, while simultaneously ignoring U.S. policies that exacerbate tensions, says John Glaser.
      
 
 
Colbert on Bernie's Trump obsession in Best of Late Night
February 20, 2019
Bernie Sanders is running for president, and he's already criticizing the current president. Find out how and what the late-night guys say about it.
      
 
 
ACLU on border wall 'emergency': We'll see you in court, President Donald Trump
February 20, 2019
Donald Trump's emergency declaration is a blatant abuse of power in the service of his anti-immigrant agenda. No president has ever tried this before.
      
 
 
Lower tax refunds show how the Republican tax cut is keeping money in your hands all year
February 20, 2019
The size of your tax refund has nothing to do with your overall tax bill. It merely reflects what you overpaid the IRS in your paychecks last year.
      
 
 
Amazon Drive is hosting terrorist content. Here's what Jeff Bezos should do about it.
February 20, 2019
Terrorist groups like ISIS are sharing audio, video and other content via Amazon Drive. Big Tech needs industry standards on how to handle this threat.
      
 
 
With Covington High School blowback, adults lost all perspective on teenage immaturity
February 20, 2019
I don't have much in common with pro-MAGA teenagers at an anti-abortion rally, but on behalf of all the so-called adults in this country, I am sorry.
      
 
 
Military-style guards with guns in schools across the nation wouldn't protect students
February 20, 2019
Even after Parkland, Santa Fe shootings, military-style guards don't make sense for schools. They'll create an environment of fear more than safety.
      
 
 
Measles outbreaks underscore risks of allowing nonmedical vaccination exemptions
February 19, 2019
Too many states make it too easy for parents to avoid having their kids immunized. Exemptions should be granted only for narrowly prescribed medical or religious reasons: Our view
      
 
 
The Obamas showed Democrats how to bridge the race gap between left and center voters
February 20, 2019
The widening divide over racial issues makes building majority coalitions harder. But race-neutral health and obesity policies prove it can be done.
      
 
 
Kirsten Powers: I'm not proud of role I’ve played in toxic public debate. I plan to change.
February 20, 2019
Whether it is the Covington controversy or the abortion debate, it’s critical to remember that people are not the sum of their worst moments in life.
      
 
 
How Bernie Sanders and Democrats can avoid the 2016 mistakes that gave us Donald Trump
February 20, 2019
As Bernie Sanders revives memories of 2016 divisions, Democrats must remember 2020 is a redistricting year and crush Donald Trump, not each other.
      
 
 
Maher: Donald Trump is the national emergency
February 18, 2019
The comics give the latest on the border crisis in Best of Late Night.
      
 
 
I had a later abortion because I couldn't give my baby girl both life and peace
February 19, 2019
No one loves my baby more than I do. Her death was a gift of mercy. Now, women like me will always be a scapegoat for policies limiting women's rights.
      
 
 
Are Democrats doomed to lose Florida? Start work now to avoid national heartbreak in 2020.
February 19, 2019
Democrats keep coming up painfully short in what is theoretically the nation's top swing state. Too much is at stake in 2020 to let it happen again.
      
 
 
Trump border emergency is fake and climate crisis is real. Guess which just got funded?
February 19, 2019
Donald Trump funds 'emergency' border wall but relief for victims of wildfires, storms and other catastrophes fueled by climate change must wait.
      
 
 
Consumers should own their data and choose who can use it: Scott McNealy
February 21, 2019
Apple's Tim Cook has it wrong, government shouldn't be launching a regulatory push — it should be getting its own privacy house in order.
      
 
 
Don’t blame drug companies for high prices
February 18, 2019
Health insurers hire third-party firms, known as pharmacy benefit managers, to manage drug plans, writes Sally C. Pipes of Pacific Research Institute.
      
 
 
Will Trump's emergency declaration stand up in court?: Today's talker
February 18, 2019
President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency will face legal challenges, and his own words may be used against him in court.
      
 
 
Pence and Biden in Munich: Stark contrast shows how Trump is ruining relations with Europe
February 18, 2019
Former ambassador: We're safer in NATO than outside it, but Donald Trump doesn't seem to realize that and is separating us from our closest allies.
      
 
 
New York's Amazon rejection exposes US opportunity gap and Democrats' political disconnect
February 18, 2019
Democrats should consider this a wake-up call for 2020 when they must win states that don't have dynamic urban economies like New York or California.
      
 
 
Teachers strike for higher pay because administration and benefits take too much money
February 18, 2019
U.S. public schools administrative staff and rising benefits costs are squeezing school budgets nationwide.
      
 
 
Cheer up. Despite national gloom, we're actually pretty happy with our lives and neighbors.
February 20, 2019
Divisive partisanship plays almost no role in how people feel about their communities, and whether they are lonely or achieving the American dream.
      
 
 
Brazilian Butt lifts can be safe when done right: Readers sound off
February 17, 2019
From e-cigarette TV ads to Brazilian Butt Lifts to transgender transitioning, our readers sound off on recent headlines.
      
 
 
Editorial cartoons on pop culture
December 13, 2018
     
 
 
Editorial cartoons on Congress
August 23, 2018
     
 
 
Editorial cartoons on politics
February 10, 2019
      
 
 
Editorial cartoons on anything and everything
December 13, 2018
     
 
 
From Ginsburg to Russia: Thompson on State of the Union
February 05, 2019
State of the Union
      
 
 
 
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