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What does Trump have against banks lending fairly?

For more than four decades, U.S. law has required banks to lend fairly and equitably, meaning that they must serve everyone in their communities on equal terms, and can’t discriminate on the basis of race or class. So do they?…

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Monday 07/15/2019
THEIR VIEW: Visiting a mysterious ocean world and why we need NASA
icon Posted: 15 July 2019 [08:14 PM]

Even beyond its ambitious plans to send human beings to other worlds, NASA can still inspire. The space agency sparked imaginations again the other day when it announced the next of its unmanned missions to other worlds. This time it…

With census order, Trump would seek to defy the judiciary
icon Posted: 15 July 2019 [08:12 PM]

The Washington Post President Donald Trump has struck out in the courts on his effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Supreme Court’s recent ruling essentially called out Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for giving a…

Public opinion on abortion is turning away from Republicans
icon Posted: 15 July 2019 [08:11 PM]

The Washington Post Opinions on abortion tend to move slowly, if at all. While there are nuances in public sentiment involving policy and legal complexities related to the issue, for most people the overall topic is something about which they’ve…

Sunday 07/14/2019
A $15 minimum wage isn't scary - monopsony is
icon Posted: 14 July 2019 [08:16 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion A new Congressional Budget Office analysis of a nationwide minimum wage increase has stirred up lots of debate, since it predicts that an increase would have both gooda and bad effects. The CBO examines three possible levels for…

We need answers on the Border Patrol's inexcusable actions
icon Posted: 14 July 2019 [08:15 PM]

The crush of migrants that overwhelmed U.S. border facilities in the spring, producing appalling conditions for migrant children at Customs and Border Protection stations, has eased with summer’s arrival as scorching temperatures and deterrent measures adopted by Mexican authorities drove…

Sudan has a remarkable, unexpected second chance
icon Posted: 14 July 2019 [08:14 PM]

Given how discouraging the situation in Sudan looked a few weeks ago, after a terrible massacre and uncertain end to three decades of despotism under President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, it is reassuring to see that democracy-seeking protesters and the military…

Friday 07/12/2019
THEIR VIEW: Questions linger about earlier leniency for Epstein
icon Posted: 12 July 2019 [08:47 PM]

Editorial Eleven years later, Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers have another shot at the justice they say they were denied when then-U.S. Attorney - and now former Labor Secretary -Alexander Acosta cut him a lenient nonprosecution agreement in a major sex-crimes case.…

THEIR VIEW: The British ambassador was right about Trump
icon Posted: 12 July 2019 [08:45 PM]

Editorial British ambassador Kim Darroch, a seasoned professional who is highly respected in Washington, was embarrassed last weekend by the leak of some of his tough-but-fair assessments of President Donald Trump and his administration in private cables to London. Any…

'Disrespectful': Ocasio-Cortez on Pelosi singling out women of color
icon Posted: 12 July 2019 [08:44 PM]

The Washington Post The tension between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and several high-profile freshman lawmakers has been building arguably since before their elections, and it seems to be cresting. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., comments this week to The Washington…

Amazon tries to prove it's not a Dickensian workhouse
icon Posted: 12 July 2019 [08:43 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion You can identify companies’ sore spots by what gets them angry. Last week, the executive in charge of Amazon.com’s logistics operation tweeted a rebuttal to a television show. Comedian John Oliver had devoted one of his trademark…

Thursday 07/11/2019
Trump is washing his hands of climate change
icon Posted: 11 July 2019 [06:24 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion President Donald Trump has a real thing for cleanliness. As he made clear at an event staged at the White House on Monday, this extends far beyond copious use of hand-sanitizer - from sea to sanitary sea, no…

Good news - and bad news - from Greece
icon Posted: 11 July 2019 [06:24 PM]

The Washington Post It may have been the worst recession to hit any economy in modern times. Between 2007 and 2014, Greece lost a quarter of its economy; hundreds of thousands of people moved abroad; unemployment peaked at almost 28…

Time for the appeals court to right the ship on Obamacare
icon Posted: 11 July 2019 [06:23 PM]

The Washington Post The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit will consider on Tuesday one of the most outrageous rulings of the past year: the one in which a U.S. district judge in Texas struck down…

FDA should act fast amid youth vaping 'epidemic'
icon Posted: 11 July 2019 [06:22 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Teen vaping has skyrocketed in just a few years: Between 2017 and 2018, the share of high-school students using e-cigarettes rose by 78%, to one in five. Unlike other tobacco products, e-cigarettes have not been…

Wednesday 07/10/2019
We need regulations on career colleges and student earnings
icon Posted: 10 July 2019 [06:33 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has repealed the gainful employment rule, which requires career colleges to ensure that their graduates can afford to repay their loans. Any program that leaves most students with unaffordable debts, relative…

Dear Tom Steyer: Please don't run for president
icon Posted: 10 July 2019 [06:32 PM]

The Washington Post It is hard to imagine how anyone at this point could look at the sea of contenders for the Democratic presidential nod and think the party needs one more. The field seems to have sorted itself into…

Congress threatens a worse crisis
icon Posted: 10 July 2019 [06:31 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion More than a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, the U.S. is finally on the verge of adopting a much-needed reform designed to make the system more resilient. Note to Congress: Please don’t get in the…

GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Stressed? Exercise and socialize
icon Posted: 10 July 2019 [06:30 PM]

Dan Blanchard Dear Granddaddy, I’ve been going through a stressful time. How do I overcome my hardships? Stephanie. Stephanie, I’m sorry to hear that you have been going through some stressful times. A strategy I used when I…

Iran breaches the nuclear limit while Trump flails
icon Posted: 10 July 2019 [06:29 PM]

The Washington Post When President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear accord with Iran and reapplied sanctions, Tehran’s response was easily foreseeable and widely predicted: It would start to break through the limits it agreed…

Tuesday 07/09/2019
THEIR VIEW: Punishing people who aid migrants smacks of hypocrisy
icon Posted: 09 July 2019 [07:02 PM]

For the crime of providing a pair of Central American migrants with food, water, fresh clothing and beds, a U.S. volunteer with the humanitarian group No More Deaths was handcuffed and charged with three felonies last year. The charges were…

The U.S. women's soccer team has more than earned equal pay
icon Posted: 09 July 2019 [07:00 PM]

The patronizing slogan “Dare to Shine!” flashed across the world as the United States women’s national soccer team lifted its World Cup after a 2-0 victory against the Netherlands. Seeing as the team tore up the field, sweeping up not…

Don't despair over our antibiotic resistance crisis
icon Posted: 09 July 2019 [06:57 PM]

Special to the Washington Post When the media covers antibiotic-resistant bugs, they typically describe them with a sense of alarm, fear and helplessness. Much of this is warranted: Antibiotic resistance is undermining the foundations of our modern medical system. No…

Epstein paid big to enable his pathology. Maybe now he'll really pay.
icon Posted: 09 July 2019 [06:55 PM]

The Washington Post The pathology described in Jeffrey Epstein’s 14-page indictment is as much about money as it is about sex. Made public on Monday before the multimillionaire’s New York courtroom appearance, the document tells the story of a 66-year-old…

Monday 07/08/2019
THEIR VIEW: An ocean of plastic
icon Posted: 08 July 2019 [07:57 PM]

Plastic is everywhere. It is not merely that the material, rarely used in consumer products before 1950, has become ubiquitous in the homes, cars and offices Americans inhabit. Scientists using remotely operated submersibles announcedlast month that they had found plastic…

I live in Southern California, but I don't quake in my boots
icon Posted: 08 July 2019 [07:54 PM]

Special to The Washington Post After 40-plus years in earthquake country, I should know better. But if you pop the trunk of my car or check the shelves of my home in Southern California, you won’t find any jugs of…

Sunday 07/07/2019
It's up to voters to protect our democracy
icon Posted: 07 July 2019 [08:32 PM]

Special to the Washington Post Over the past decade, the conservative Supreme Court has reshaped the American political system in ways that fundamentally undermine voting rights and equal representation in our nation. In a trio of cases, the court…

Raise a glass to economic expansion
icon Posted: 07 July 2019 [08:31 PM]

A full decade has passed since the end of the last recession, in June 2009, and the economy continues to grow. As of Monday, the current expansion surpassed the previous record for uninterrupted growth, set between 1991 and 2001. But…

Just don't do it.
icon Posted: 07 July 2019 [08:31 PM]

Nike pulled a new line of sports shoes from its stores in China in June because of a backlash against the company on Chinese social media. The cause of the offense? An Instagram post by the brand’s Japanese designer that…

Friday 07/05/2019
Wait. What is Ivanka Trump's job exactly?
icon Posted: 05 July 2019 [08:13 PM]

The Washington Post Ivanka Trump - prized first daughter, presidential sounding board, sometime diplomat - managed to ignite the rage of the Internet by just doing her job. Wait, what job is that exactly? Officially, the 37-year-old is a senior…

Countries are killing internet access in times of crisis
icon Posted: 05 July 2019 [07:54 PM]

The Washington Post In the halcyon days of the internet, a vision took hold that in a vast global network, no single point could control. Rather, the internet would flow like water around obstacles. Tim Berners-Lee, a web…

THEIR VIEW: George Washington was 'truly a man of virtue'
icon Posted: 05 July 2019 [07:53 PM]

Editorial In our lore and legend, the American Revolution is seen by quite a few people as a grand little war of another time - redcoats, muskets, tricorn hats, fifes and drums - producing in the end one nation indivisible.…

YOUR VIEW: Gary Lee welcomes everyone
icon Posted: 05 July 2019 [07:51 PM]

To the Editor: Nice article in the Herald regarding Healthtrax but one person missing from the photo was Gary Lee who is the shining light at the gym. There isn’t anyone who hasn’t come in contact with Gary either…

Thursday 07/04/2019
The Democrats' debate could have been worse
icon Posted: 04 July 2019 [01:57 PM]

Column Expectations could not have been lower going into round one of the Democrat Party’s ridiculously overcrowded presidential debate in Miami. Maybe that’s why it turned out to be a decently watchable debate. It was no “Games of Thrones” finale,…

YOUR VIEW: A thank you from YMCA Project Graduation
icon Posted: 04 July 2019 [01:49 PM]

To the editor: The YMCA PHS Project Graduation Committee 2019 would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of the local businesses and volunteers for their year-round support to make this year’s celebration a success!! Thank you to…

YOUR VIEW: The Girl Scouts say thank you
icon Posted: 04 July 2019 [01:48 PM]

To the editor: On behalf of over 26,000 Girl Scouts in Connecticut, I’d like to thank all of those in our state and beyond who supported our young female entrepreneurs participating in the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Because of…

Gerrymandering still needs to be fixed
icon Posted: 04 July 2019 [01:46 PM]

Editorial The Supreme Court made one thing very clear last week: Citizens tired of politicians choosing their voters, rather than the other way around, cannot look to federal courts for help ending even extreme gerrymandering. And in Maryland, the district…

Wednesday 07/03/2019
Trump in danger of repeating Obama's Iran mistake
icon Posted: 03 July 2019 [03:19 PM]

Bloomberg President Donald Trump, who seems obsessed with undoing his predecessor’s legacy, is in danger of repeating Barack Obama’s fundamental mistake on Iran: Making the confrontation with the Islamic Republic almost exclusively about nuclear weapons. In recent weeks, Trump has…

THEIR VIEW: A conversation Congress needs to have
icon Posted: 03 July 2019 [03:04 PM]

Editorial Two senators want to take the conversation about election interference back to where it all began: advertisements. Russia’s Internet Research Agency purchased more than 3,500 of them on Facebook ahead of the 2016 election, the platform says - and,…

YOUR VIEW: Trump should be impeached
icon Posted: 03 July 2019 [03:02 PM]

To President Trump, I am writing as the grandmother of a 14 year old and a 6 year old loved and lovely girls. I am writing as a citizen of the United States of America, a taxpayer and a law-abiding…

Tuesday 07/02/2019
THEIR VIEW: Twitter's policy on political figures' tweets is encouraging
icon Posted: 02 July 2019 [09:15 PM]

Most Americans likely recall President Donald Trump’s tweeted threat to North Korea last year that he has a “Nuclear Button.” They may also remember when he called Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former aide, “that dog.” Now picture these proclamations covered…

THEIR VIEW: Take the spotlight off North Korea
icon Posted: 02 July 2019 [08:58 PM]

At the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea on Sunday, President Donald Trump put himself just where he likes to be: at center stage, showcasing his supposedly unmatched negotiating skills without net or supporting cast. The U.S. would have…

High-tax states are practicing financial destruction
icon Posted: 02 July 2019 [08:56 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion It is clearer than ever that the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made high tax states less competitive with low tax states. But instead of using this moment to reflect on how taxes influence behavior,…