Editorial: Florida's Rubio shouldn't be Trump's 'mini-me.' He should find the high road and take it
It’s time for Sen. Marco Rubio to come to his senses. The last thing Florida and the country need is another elected leader on the national stage channeling our failed and lame-duck president. Plus, we’ve got Gov. Ron DeSantis for that.What Floridians and citizens across the country should see is someone who can show he is worthy of presidential consideration — not someone who, for the next four years, will pander only to President Trump’s base, seeking the ex-president’s favor by being a “mini-him.” Because that’s what this really is about, isn’t it — 2024?But Rubio’s increasing stridency — i...
Editorial: The danger of legal immunity for those who expose others to COVID-19
The Florida Legislature is not quite as indifferent to the coronavirus pandemic as it might appear. Some members are actually talking about immunity. Unfortunately, it’s altogether the wrong kind.The immunity they have in mind is protection for nursing homes and other businesses against being sued over COVID-19 illnesses and deaths.One reason why that’s wrong is self-evident in the story we published Tuesday about a lawsuit against Publix Supermarkets over the death of Gerardo Gutierrez, who worked at one its stores in Miami Beach and died of COVID-19 after a co-worker had tested positive.It’s...
Editorial: After 19 years, bring troops in Afghanistan home
Given President Donald Trump's habit of making weighty decisions based on whims, the national security establishment's pushback against his plan to bring home 2,000 of the 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 500 of the 3,000 in Iraq by Jan. 15 is understandable. A speedy drawdown of troops in such unstable areas may seem as dumb and dangerous as the president's recent rash talk of bombing Iran on his way out the door. For one thing, Trump should leave massive foreign policy changes for when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. For another, Trump should be far more focused on the war against...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Will Bunch: From Terre Haute to Tehran to your grandma, Trumpism is revealed as a death cult in the end
For a man who too often talked and occasionally governed more like a mob boss than like the 45th president of a democratic republic, it’s sadly fitting that the final days of Donald Trump’s White House are playing out like a closing montage from one of “The Godfather” movies.Cue the operatic aria, or maybe the piano riff from “Layla,” as the camera pans over the bloody pavement in a faraway village in Iran and the windshield of a sedan riddled with bullet holes, as a top nuclear scientist is brutally whacked just days after a not-so-secret sit-down between the crime bosses of Saudi Arabia and ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Madam secretary: In praise of Biden's choice of Janet Yellen
It makes headlines but is ultimately of no moment that Janet Yellen will, when confirmed, become the nation’s first female secretary of the treasury, just as she was the first female chair of the Federal Reserve. Women filling government’s top jobs is inching ever closer to becoming simply the norm.What matters about Yellen — born and bred in Bay Ridge, Jewish daughter of a schoolteacher and doctor, valedictorian at Fort Hamilton High — is that she is a brilliant economist and public policy tactician, a believer in aggressive government intervention who knows how to move both fiscal and moneta...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Diplomacy is still the key to curbing Iran
The assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist may also prove lethal to President-elect Joe Biden’s stated desire to recommit to the Iran nuclear deal.Whether that was the objective of Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is unknown. What is clear is that the reaction from adversary and ally alike may make it more difficult for the U.S. to diplomatically reengage with Iran and return to the multinational pact that was negotiated during the Obama administration.President Donald Trump reneged and withdrew America from the deal in 2018 and subsequently leveled severe sanctions on Iran for it...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jay Ambrose: Put on the handcuffs, hide under the bed and stay there
We’ve never seen anything like it, have we — some state governments not just advising people on how to spend Thanksgiving with their families, but dictating how they do it or whether they do it at all? Here was totalitarianism unknown in American history, cops just maybe arresting you if there were too many people at the table, and it did not stop there.Some states have also dictated how many people can go to church despite precautions being taken. And, yes, it is totally proper to give advice, to say lives could be at stake from COVID-19 if large numbers were gathering in close proximity, and...
Tribune News Service
John M. Crisp: Trump's legacy persists on the Supreme Court
How long Trump’s legacy outlasts President Donald Trump remains to be seen, but it appeared to be healthy and durable last week in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling.The case was Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York. The diocese sought “injunctive relief” from the governor’s executive order limiting attendance at religious services during the pandemic. Cuomo had established color-coded zones — red, orange, yellow — to indicate infection levels and imposed attendance restrictions accordingly, a maximum of 10 congregants in red zones and 25 in orange zones.The appl...
Tribune News Service
Album reviews: Megan Thee Stallion, The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, The Dirty Knobs
Megan Thee Stallion“Good News”(330 Entertainment *** 1/2)Good news abounds for Megan Thee Stallion, the Texas rapper who also answers to Hot Girl Meg and has recorded using the alter ego Tina Snow.Beyond last week’s four Grammy nominations for best new artist, record of the year, best rap song and best rap performance (the last three for “Savage” featuring Beyonce) — she has succeeded here at something that’s often elusive: Living up to the outsized expectations she set for herself when she first emerged as a brazen, bountifully talented new voice in 2019.Her first zeitgeist moment happened th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Evidence of fraud in a Florida election. Where's the outrage?
The walls of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee are lined with nuanced portraits of leaders who left a lasting legacy. Jeb Bush, the “e-governor,” is depicted with his BlackBerry alongside. And Dempsey Barron, the Panhandle rancher who dominated the Senate for two decades, is shown on his horse.Considering how secret money and shady candidates continue to corrupt our politics, the Capitol should also find wall space for Alex Rodriguez, a 55-year-old South Florida mechanic who ran for the Florida Senate in November and lost.Alex who? That’s the point. Until now, no one knew this unknown candida...