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Plastic straws ban is quite a straw man
August 16, 2018
Plastic straws make up only about 2,000 tons of the nearly 9 million tons of the ocean’s plastic waste: Our view
      
 
 
Why I introduced a ban on plastic straws for NYC
August 16, 2018
5 trillion pieces of plastic float in our oceans. Government must lead, writes Rafael Espinal, a New York City Council member from Brooklyn.
      
 
 
Ferguson's action at the ballot box sends message to prosecutors: Voters want police held accountable
August 16, 2018
Black organizers, movement key to pushing out attorney who failed to seek justice for Michael Brown
      
 
 
Jesse Jackson on Aretha Franklin's civil rights legacy: 'She was the fountain of love'
August 16, 2018
Jesse Jackson recalls how the Queen of Soul gave quietly to the movement her father helped lead.
      
 
 
Dangerous signal on Brennan: Trump will pull your clearance if you speak truth to power
August 16, 2018
Revoking Brennan's security clearance recalls authoritarian regimes I studied in the CIA. Trump wants to silence critics, not protect national security.
      
 
 
Jack Phillips: Despite my court win, Colorado Civil Rights Commission is coming after me again
August 16, 2018
Even after the Supreme Court ruled in my favor, I am under attack once again for my beliefs.
      
 
 
What our investigative journalists expose isn’t fake news
August 15, 2018
USA TODAY Network reporters aren’t the enemy of the people. They pursue real stories intended to right wrongs and help the least among us.
      
 
 
Congress isn't helping DREAMers, but states, colleges and businesses can. Here's how.
August 16, 2018
America doesn't have to fiddle while Congress dithers over DACA. States, colleges and businesses can take steps to help DREAMers realize their dreams.
      
 
 
Don't divert taxpayer money to vouchers. It does much more good at public schools.
August 16, 2018
Ideologues are peddling a myth that private school vouchers will improve education. To really help students, vote to keep money in public schools.
      
 
 
Queen of soul: Today's Toon
August 16, 2018
      
 
 
Recovering American war dead is serious, sacred business; leave hyperbole out of it
August 16, 2018
President Trump is making it sound like the recent return of U.S. war dead from North Korea is unprecedented; that's just not true.
      
 
 
Short-term health insurance is a Band-Aid that helps consumers while Congress does nothing
August 16, 2018
Short-term insurance plans are a tradeoff because of what they don't cover. But they are better than nothing for consumers crushed by Obamacare costs.
      
 
 
Betsy DeVos wants to fail students at for-profit colleges
August 15, 2018
Education secretary proposes dumping 'gainful employment' rule that holds career training programs accountable: Our view
      
 
 
Money spent in Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation battle is good for democracy
August 16, 2018
Advocacy groups will spend money informing the public through research, advertising, and rallies. We should welcome their involvement.
      
 
 
Candidate Trump might have won a lawsuit to silence Omarosa. President Trump, no way.
August 15, 2018
Trump made campaign staffers sign a comically harsh NDA. But no court would let him enforce it as president. It's un-American and anti-First Amendment.
      
 
 
Kimmel examines Trump's vocabulary in light of Omarosa's tell-all book
August 15, 2018
Omarosa accuses Trump of using the n-word. The president says never. The comics get to the bottom of that and more in Best of Late Night.
      
 
 
Commit every college to full transparency
August 15, 2018
It's good that Education Department is cutting faulty Gainful Employment metric, writes Steve Gunderson, CEO of Career Education Colleges and Universities
      
 
 
Donald Trump is turning U.S. economic sanctions into an empty threat
August 15, 2018
Tough global sanctions against Iran, North Korea and Russia took years to build. Trump's muddled, go-it-alone policies have drained them of impact.
      
 
 
Why I'm starting the first computer science middle school in Washington, DC
August 17, 2018
Our education system doesn't give students what they need to succeed in the digital economy, especially in low-income, black and Latino communities.
      
 
 
After latest abuse revelation, more than Catholics should be trying to fix the church: Readers sound off
August 15, 2018
The scandal is a reflection on the entire nation, and we all must fight against bad actors to protect children
      
 
 
Make water a top global priority. It's the best, cheapest way to save lives: Frist
August 15, 2018
The best way to save lives and prevent outbreaks of threats like Ebola is water in health facilities. Congress and the world need to meet this challenge.
      
 
 
Republicans have a Kobach problem and, like Trump, it's not going away soon.
August 15, 2018
Kris Kobach's race for Kansas governor will be a window on whether chicanery, vote fraud nonsense and a Trumpy persona are still winners with voters.
      
 
 
Don't ask college applicants about juvenile records. Teens grow up and need opportunity.
August 15, 2018
Students of color get hurt most when colleges ask about school discipline and juvenile records. The Common App and 'ban the box' are on the right track.
      
 
 
Cuts in Social Security and Medicare are inevitable. Delaying reform will make it worse.
August 15, 2018
While our elected officials continue to delay much-needed reforms to Social Security and Medicare, their financial state gets worse and worse.
      
 
 
Governors: We need bipartisan criminal justice reform to improve lives and our workforce
August 14, 2018
Both parties should support criminal justice reform. We can protect citizens, reduce crime and recidivism, and help people find work after serving time.
      
 
 
After FEMA's soul searching on Puerto Rico, no more excuses
August 14, 2018
With the height of the 2018 hurricane season approaching, let's hope FEMA heeds its own report on Hurricane Maria: Our view
      
 
 
Opinion: Why 'Crazy Rich Asians' made me cry
August 15, 2018
As a Korean-American woman, I'm not crazy or rich, but “Crazy Rich Asians” feels like it’s about me.
      
 
 
NRA must push to change law that frequently 'works against people of color': Today's talker
August 14, 2018
'Does anyone believe a black shooter would escape arrest due to "stand your ground," much less avoid getting fatally shot by police?'
      
 
 
FEMA: We incorporate lessons in real time
August 14, 2018
2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report was not an admission of failure, writes William B. “Brock” Long, the administrator of FEMA.
      
 
 
Trump showed Omarosa the rewards of ruthless disloyalty and careless security
August 14, 2018
Sometimes bad hires like Omarosa happen. But Trump's personnel track record is atrocious. The best limbo dancer couldn't wriggle under this low bar.
      
 
 
DNC official: We all need to get serious about election security. You too, Republicans.
August 14, 2018
From candidates to voters, we're vulnerable to cyber attacks. Here are ways you can make it harder for foreign adversaries to disrupt US elections.
      
 
 
Trevor Noah on not believing the alt-right hype in Best of Late Night
August 14, 2018
The late-night comics take a look at how the group's Washington D.C. rally was more hype than
      
 
 
Here's why powerful women don't use the 'Mike Pence rule.' Spoiler alert: They can't.
August 14, 2018
'Pence Rule' supporters see it as a shield of honor for powerful men. But if high-ranking women tried to deploy the rule? They'd get ridiculed.
      
 
 
Ex-GOP chairman: The Republican Party traded Ronald Reagan for Donald Trump, so I quit
August 14, 2018
I resigned as a county GOP chairman after Donald Trump surrendered to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. My fellow Republicans have abandoned their principles.
      
 
 
College dorms are training grounds in political civility. Could they save democracy?
August 14, 2018
College dorms are among the last few shared experiences left in America. They are civility training grounds for people with diverse political views.
      
 
 
Unite the Right 2018 divides into 4 lessons
August 13, 2018
Charlottesville II shows weakness of white supremacy. Give DC police credit. Free speech wins in Lafayette Square. And public shaming thins alt-right.
      
 
 
I was at the sad white supremacists gathering. It didn't fool me. Their movement is rising.
August 13, 2018
Don't be fooled by the sad display of two dozen white supremacists in front of the White House. Racists are on the rise in our country.
      
 
 
Charter schools want to share how they are helping more low-income students finish college
August 13, 2018
Charter schools have developed a way to help more low-income students finish college. Public schools need to get over themselves and learn from them.
      
 
 
Omarosa's tapes are concerning on a national security level ... but we still want to hear them: Today's talker
August 13, 2018
Omarosa Manigault Newman says she secretly recorded her firing. And while that brings national security concerns, we still want to hear it.
      
 
 
Time for a Nancy Pelosi Farewell Victory Tour and new House leaders for Democrats
August 13, 2018
What would Trump and Republicans run on if they didn't have Pelosi? She should say she'll leave leadership in 2019, then campaign like heck for Democrats.
      
 
 
Insulin is a human right for me, all diabetics. We need to make medications free to those who need it.
August 13, 2018
Insulin prices have more than tripled in the last 20 years for the same exact product, while health care executives continue profiting off an incurable disease.
      
 
 
TSA program is guilt by association on steroids
August 12, 2018
For years, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has received reports that TSA burdens not only its targets but also family members: Opposing view
      
 
 
The US had it coming from Russia: Readers sound off
August 12, 2018
From Russian meddling to renaming Austin to socialism, our readers sound off on recent news.
      
 
 
Let Catholic adoption agencies be Catholic. We should focus on finding every child a home.
August 12, 2018
A new bill would allow more faith-based adoption agencies to operate based on their religious beliefs, helping more children find their forever homes.
      
 
 
Veteran: Unite the Right white supremacists violate every principle I defended in uniform
August 12, 2018
The America I fought for is not the one Unite the Right wants. A year after Charlottesville, veterans are holding the line against hate and for US values.
      
 
 
As I watched Billy Ray Irick executed, I could feel the heartbeat of another mom
August 10, 2018
A witness to Billy Ray Irick's execution, Knoxville News Sentinel journalist Jamie Satterfield, offers a first-hand account of how she felt.
      
 
 
Editorial cartoons on environment
August 13, 2018
      
 
 
Editorial cartoons on politics
August 13, 2018
      
 
 
Editorial cartoons on Congress
August 13, 2018
      
 
 
Editorial cartoons on military
August 09, 2018
      
 
 
Editorial cartoons on anything and everything
August 07, 2018
      
 
 
 
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