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Breaking away from Trump is not so easy

Special To The Washington Post HILLSBORO, Ohio - I worked on Sen. Rob Portman’s staff in 2011 during his first nine months in the Senate and came to respect the Ohio Republican as a devoted family man who is…

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Sunday 09/15/2019
Trump needs new Iran goals
icon Posted: 15 September 2019 [07:37 PM]

President Donald Trump seems to be setting the stage for renewed talks with Iran over its nuclear program, raising the prospect of easing U.S. sanctions in exchange for a meeting with the Iranian president. Unless he reconsiders his goals for…

America needs to help
icon Posted: 15 September 2019 [07:37 PM]

The Bahamas needs help. Hurricane Dorian hovered for about two days over the archipelago of islands a hop from Miami, causing massive damage yet to be calculated. Dorian clocked in as the second strongest Atlantic storm on record, with winds…

Friday 09/13/2019
THEIR VIEW: Bolton's departure was overdue
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [02:29 PM]

Editorial The departure of John Bolton as national security adviser on Tuesday - President Trump said he fired him, and Mr. Bolton maintained that he quit - was logical and overdue. A rigid ideologue, Mr. Bolton has a long record…

Vaping finally has its 'Joe Cool' moment
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [02:29 PM]

The Washington Post Christopher Columbus had been in the New World only a few days when he watched from the deck of his flagship as a native paddled toward him in a canoe laden with “some dried leaves, which…

THEIR VIEW: Number of uninsured up
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [02:28 PM]

Editorial The number of Americans without health insurance rose last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, and Democrats say this justifies more government control. Yet the reality is more complicated - in particular, note that having a Medicaid card is…

Thursday 09/12/2019
It's time for Congress to protect our oceans from offshore drilling
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:48 PM]

Special To The Washington Post In 2017, the “Vineyard Wind 1” project off the coast of Massachusetts was submitted for federal approval to become the nation’s first major offshore wind project. Its 84 turbines could replace an estimated 1.6 million…

Bolton learns that Trump's not a listener
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:47 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Before calling it quits Tuesday with his national security adviser, John Bolton, President Donald Trump reportedly spent months phoning Bolton’s predecessor, H.R. McMaster, seeking advice. During those calls, NBC News noted, Trump told McMaster “that he missed him.”…

THEIR VIEW: Customers over constituents
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:47 PM]

Editorial As lawmakers do nothing, businesses adopt gun control measures If it seems like we just wrote about this a few weeks ago, it's because we did. Following the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton,…

THEIR VIEW: A flawed approach
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:46 PM]

Editorial He blew it by inviting Taliban to Camp David and not including Afghans in a peace deal. The process and product of President Donald Trump’s policy on Afghanistan is deeply flawed. Most of the focus is…

Wednesday 09/11/2019
Did Trump's misconduct help trigger a risky Russian spy extraction?
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:36 PM]

The Washington Post CNN spent a good chunk of Monday touting its exclusive story by chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto: that the United States in 2017 had pulled out “one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government.”…

Trump should be worried about the economy
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:36 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Not so long ago, the economy was President Donald Trump’s greatest strength. Now it is becoming his greatest liability. At the end of spring, the data were mostly strong but with some ominous signs for the president: A…

THEIR VIEW: A terrible precedent
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:34 PM]

Editorial President Donald Trump is going to get his wall on our nation’s border with Mexico -- or at least some sections of replacement fencing -- even if he has to stick it to the U.S. military to secure the…

Tuesday 09/10/2019
THEIR VIEW: Authoritarians' favorite new tactic
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [02:06 PM]

Editorial What’s a repressive government to do when the Internet gives protesters new ways to speak up? That’s easy: shut the whole thing down. The New York Times reports that more than a quarter of countries in the world have…

Democrats need a feisty fighter on climate change
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [02:03 PM]

Special To The Washington Post That CNN aired a seven-hour town hall last week on the climate crisis with 10 Democratic presidential candidates is a measure of the stunning sea change in the politics of climate change. In 2016, the…

On guns, Democrats know they have a winning issue
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [02:02 PM]

The Washington Post Democrats know they have a winning issue. When the entire country is convulsed by back-to-back massacres in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, and 90 percent or so of Americans favor an array of gun measures, they have…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: We need better education for boys
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [01:55 PM]

Granddaddy’s Secrets Dear Granddaddy, why have boys fallen behind girls in U.S. education? Macey. Well, Macey, I remember when I graduated from the University of Hartford in 1995. I was shocked by how outnumbered I was by the females. I…

THEIR VIEW: Layoff notice law in need of an upgrade
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [01:52 PM]

Editorial When a trio of Friendly’s restaurants vanished from the Connecticut landscape in the spring, it was easier to notice than when most companies vanish or downsize. Chances are, you hadn’t been to Friendly’s in a while (don’t blame yourself…

Monday 09/09/2019
THEIR VIEW: Corruption at UAW
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:32 PM]

Labor Day must have been grim this year at the headquarters of the United Auto Workers. Federal agents last week raided the homes of the union’s president, Gary Jones, and a former president. They haven’t been criminally charged, but it’s…

THEIR VIEW: The internet is doing fine
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:30 PM]

The phrase was opaque but vaguely appealing. Why would anyone want to repeal something called “net neutrality”? Neutral is inoffensive, right? So when the Federal Communications Commission debated whether to ditch the policy, many Americans joined in the energetic protests.…

Gerrymandering is a cancer state courts can't cure
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:28 PM]

By Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion It’s great news that the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down partisan gerrymandering under its state constitution. The ability of states to read their own constitutions differently from the federal constitution is part of what…

What centuries of history tell us about childlessness today
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:26 PM]

By Rachel Chrastil Special To The Washington Post In the 21st century, millions of women around the world will reach the age of 45 without having given birth. Some will experience infertility, others will choose childlessness early in life, and…

Sunday 09/08/2019
We need good civics education in all schools
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:49 PM]

The Washington Post It’s back-to-school time. Hoorah! Or perhaps not . . . It’s a tough few days. As one of my friends says, it’s like playing Time Tetris. Parents are asked to think about all kinds of things: What’s…

Conspiratorial thinking is the province of the far right
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:48 PM]

The Washington Post Arthur Brooks writes a compelling column for The Washington Post identifying the prevalence of conspiracy thinking in our politics, in particular “the propagation of conspiracy theories by elites themselves.” Now, while populism exists on the right…

THEIR VIEW: Fill the vacancies at the FEC
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:48 PM]

Editorial The United States is headed into what promises to be among the most contentious and expensive campaign cycles in modern history - with foreign and domestic actors eager to make mischief - without the chief elections cop on the…

THEIR VIEW: Rolling back the availability of guns
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:47 PM]

Editorial The spark for Walmart’s action is terrible: deadly shootings at two of its stores this summer, with 24 people slaughtered. Nonetheless, the giant retailer’s realization that “the status quo is unacceptable” should be applauded. Walmart will change its gun…

Friday 09/06/2019
THEIR VIEW: Hong Kong protestors say 'too little, too late'
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:37 PM]

Editorial The withdrawal of the extradition bill in Hong Kong could be seen as an effort to bring a semblance of calm to the city where tensions have hit breaking point. But the announcement is unlikely to end the protests…

THEIR VIEW: TSA needs accountability
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:34 PM]

Editorial In the post-9/11 universe, airline passengers have no choice but to subject themselves and their belongings to screening by agents of the Transportation Security Administration. Sometimes that process is intrusive; sometimes it's even worse than that. It is vital…

MAYOR'S COLUMN: The education of our students is a team effort
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:33 PM]

Mayor’s column I hope you enjoyed your summer! By the time you read this, students in the Consolidated School District of New Britain will be heading back to school for the start of new adventures. In my role as Mayor,…

We need backup plans for our backup plans
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:31 PM]

Special to The Washington Post What's your backup plan for when your backup plan is underwater? That's the question we're facing as Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the Eastern Seaboard. In its path are a string of military…

Four important things that U.S. workers need the most
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:29 PM]

Special To The Washington Post We are living through the most disruptive era since the Industrial Revolution. From lifesaving discoveries to green technologies to better ways to stay connected, the new economy's gains have been enormous. But, for too many…

Thursday 09/05/2019
THEIR VIEW: Texas needs gun control
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [02:01 PM]

Editorial Texas leaders who keep going through the motions of addressing mass shootings in this state without making significant changes should be ashamed. In the past two years, eight people were killed during a domestic dispute by a gunman…

E-cigarettes are not off the hook; regulation is needed
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [01:56 PM]

Special To The Washington Post A mysterious lung illness that appears to be associated with vaping has swept across the country over the past few months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the victims are…

Gun violence darkens life in America
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [01:55 PM]

The Washington Post Another slaughter in Texas, this time in Odessa, four hours east of El Paso, where 22 people lost their lives just four weeks prior. Together, the two death tolls contributed to an overall count of 53 killed…

THEIR VIEW: Britain's lose-lose situation
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [01:53 PM]

Editorial Boris Johnson's attempt to sideline the British Parliament in order to force through the country's exit from the European Union seemed on Wednesday to have blown up in his face. Confronted with the prime minister's imminent imposition of a…

Wednesday 09/04/2019
THEIR VIEW: Finally, flood of lawsuits against Catholic Church is here
icon Posted: 04 September 2019 [02:28 PM]

Editorial The Catholic Church, with strong backing from the insurance industry and the Boy Scouts of America, has been successful for years in blocking state legislation that would allow adults to bring lawsuits for sexual abuse they suffered as children.…

Mattis risks normalizing Trump
icon Posted: 04 September 2019 [02:23 PM]

The Washington Post Former defense secretary James Mattis, out promoting his book, has deflected question after question about whether he considers President Trump crazy (or, in the parlance of cable TV, “unfit”). He will not say it flat out, but…

Trump's transparent and petty pre-hurricane politicking
icon Posted: 04 September 2019 [02:22 PM]

The Washington Post On the list of President Donald Trump’s alleged political sins, wrongly crediting a GOP ally for getting him to declare a prehurricane federal emergency in North Carolina doesn’t rank particularly high. But this is a remarkably…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: How to make studying more fun
icon Posted: 04 September 2019 [02:13 PM]

Granddaddy’s Secrets Dear Granddaddy, what can I do to make studying more fun? Troy. Troy, I think all of us struggle some with studying at least time to time. I’m sure that every one of us can think of more…

THEIR VIEW: Don't gamble on casinos
icon Posted: 04 September 2019 [02:11 PM]

Editorial Building a casino, it turns out, is rather a gamble - and Connecticut leaders should take note of the latest revelations from Springfield before pursuing a similar course here. The tribes that operate Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, MGM, lawmakers…

Tuesday 09/03/2019
Every vote should count
icon Posted: 03 September 2019 [07:24 PM]

The controversial way America elects presidents is barreling toward a crisis point. A federal court ruling has spotlighted the confounding nature of the system, which twice in the last five elections put presidents into office against the wishes of the…

Deal reminds us why pipelines are unloved
icon Posted: 03 September 2019 [07:22 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion One could almost feel sorry for that decidedly unloved crowd known as pipeline operators. Except they keep finding ways to make it really hard. Tallgrass Energy LP has received a buyout offer from an investor group led by…

Not all corporate lawyers are the same, so don't ban them
icon Posted: 03 September 2019 [07:21 PM]

Special To The Washington Post After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010, like many newly minted graduates, I started my legal career at a large corporate law firm headquartered in New York. I spent the first six years…

Monday 09/02/2019
new-britain-police-blotter New Britain police blotter
icon Posted: 02 September 2019 [08:14 PM]

New Britain police report the following: Wojciech Bielawski, 42, of 258 Booth St., New Britain, was charged on August 10 with disorderly…

THEIR VIEW: Israel takes some risks
icon Posted: 02 September 2019 [07:41 PM]

A French attempt to jump-start talks between the United States and Iran got plenty of attention over the weekend at the Group of Seven summit, but it might have been less serious than it seemed. Though President Trump agreed with…

THEIR VIEW: World jumps to help Amazon, but Brazil's president doesn't
icon Posted: 02 September 2019 [07:38 PM]

Kudos are in order for world leaders who reacted quickly to forest fires in the Amazon that are so intense soot-darkened skies have turned day into night in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city thousands of kilometres away. Last Monday, the…

This tiny nation should beware of China
icon Posted: 02 September 2019 [07:34 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Given a sad history of exploitation by foreigners, the young democracy of Timor-Leste can hardly be blamed for being hell-bent on self-sufficiency. But its current drive to cement its independence risks squandering the faltering progress the country has…

Sunday 09/01/2019
Destruction in Amazon rainforest hurts whole planet
icon Posted: 01 September 2019 [08:29 PM]

The Amazon is burning. That’s hugely troubling for all of us. The vast South American rainforest is our planet’s lungs. Its estimated 390 billion trees produce 20 percent of the world’s oxygen and suck immense amounts of carbon dioxide from…

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