Editorial: Rubio and Senate stand small when it comes to the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court nomination is in. The drama now moves to the Senate, where members like Marco Rubio can abide by the principles they once preached.Florida’s senior senator could stand up in the Senate chamber and proclaim, “I said in 2016 that we should not consider a nomination made in the last year of a president’s term. Therefore, I will vote no on this nominee.”Rubio could say that, but he won’t. He — and others like him — will pretend the doctrine he applied when President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland does not apply to President Donald Trump.Rubio and his fellow Republicans wo...
Editorial: Poisoning police reform
As part of his reelection campaign, Donald Trump would have us believe that he’s jumped aboard the criminal justice reform bandwagon. He spent $5 million on a Super Bowl ad showing his signing of the First Step Act, which forced the resentencing of thousands of drug and nonviolent federal prisoners across the country.That law — which President Barack Obama couldn’t get through a Republican Congress — is surely positive.But in classic bait-and-switch fashion, Trump has actually undermined most police reform efforts, in particular dismissing most in the post-George Floyd moment. Indeed, the mark...
New York Daily News
Commentary: Bigger fish to fry: The only thing worse than Trump getting 3 Supreme Court picks is if he gets 4 or 5
I sat in the same room with Clarence Thomas once, me, a bunch of photographers taking pictures and senators asking questions, and I remember having the same anxiety then, as I am having now, about defeat and inevitability.And as we await what is being billed as a Senate battle royale over the latest Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, I find that I am not so bothered by the hypocrisy of it all as I am by the complacency and political apathy that got us here in the first place.The hypocrisy is a surprise to no one. I know the body is still figuratively warm, but did anyone really think fo...
New York Daily News
Life in a food desert, where fresh produce is 2 bus rides from home
FORT WORTH, Texas — Willie Brown carefully guided his cart of groceries off the Trinity Metro Bus. The cart thumped on the ground, and he slowly pushed it across an empty parking lot toward home.Thirty years ago, that empty parking lot would have been filled with shopping carts and families buying groceries. It would have been where Brown shopped. Now, the Stricks Food Store is empty. Its parking lot at East Jefferson and Evans avenues is used as a gathering place for people who use bus stop No. 5.The building is a reminder of what the Hillside neighborhood used to be.“This area is dying,” Bro...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Will Bunch: Yes, the Reichstag is on fire, but the American people have water to put it out
Part of a life well-lived, I’ve come to realize, is hanging on to an old quote from a mentor or family member that over time has taken on much deeper meaning than when it was uttered to you as a clueless 16-year-old. For me, it’s the oxymoron that my high school football coach, Rob Pickert, used to teach how a defensive end must rush a quarterback — “with reckless abandon, but under control.” Over the next 45 years I’d see that’s the right way to tackle a lot of problems … including a vainglorious wannabe dictator poised to end U.S. democracy.My thoughts on President Donald Trump’s open contem...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Martin Schram: Free riders on the 'Fair Share' Express
The ornate East Room of the White House was bathed in TV klieg lights and all three of the nation’s TV networks were beaming the president’s prime-time news conference live, coast to coast.As I rose from my front row seat, as Newsday’s young Washington bureau chief, I realized I was about to confront the president with a stunning discovery I had found that afternoon that would sound like a made-for-TV movie coincidence. Except it would put the president’s latest scandal into a context that hard-working, tax-paying Americans would find instantly infuriating.It was Feb. 25, 1974. While Washingto...
Tribune News Service
Heidi Stevens: Donald Trump's $70,000 in hair care expenses puts all previous hair scandals to shame (including, obviously, mine)
There are hair scandals, and then there are HAIR SCANDALS.I would know. I weathered my own, and lived to tell.Let’s look at a few of the highlights. (Which work best, I have found, when subtle lowlights are woven in at the roots.)John Edwards’ $400 haircut (which was leaked to the media by the Obama campaign) was the beginning of the presidential hopeful’s downfall. Never mind that he reimbursed his campaign the $800 it cost for two haircuts by his Beverly Hills barber. (“Though, perhaps,” The New York Times sniffed at the time, “the word stylist is more applicable.”) Edwards had campaigned as...
Seattle's median household income soars past $100,000 — but wealth doesn't reach all
For Seattle, the 2010s were marked by the explosive growth of two things: Population and income.Regarding population, the city ended the decade with the distinction as the fastest-growing big city in the U.S. So it seems only fitting that when it comes to income, Seattle should also close out the previous 10-year stretch with a milestone.And according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week, Seattle did just that, crossing over into six-figure territory.The median income for the roughly 345,000 households inside Seattle’s city limits hit $102,500 in 2019, up about $9,000 from 2018...
The Seattle Times
Mary Schmich: Take a deep breath and repeat, “Despair is not an option.” An election season to-do list
We’ve entered a new season. It’s not just the season of autumn, it’s election season, five weeks that stretch before us like an eternity and a nanosecond, weeks that risk being a nonstop brawl. As the countdown proceeds, the noise will get louder and uglier, meaning we, the people, will get louder and uglier. And more anxious.So today, we turn to a time-honored anxiety management tool, the to-do list. Keep this list handy. Place a check next to each item you accomplish. You can do it.2020 ELECTION SEASON TO-DO LIST1. Register to vote.2. Take a deep breath and repeat, “Despair is not an option....
As questions surround mail voting during the election, Washington's experience took root over years
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Voting by mail may seem so familiar in Washington these days as to be baked into our civic culture.But the ballots landing in residents’ mailboxes next month are the product of decades of experiments and reforms — sometimes painful ones — as local and state election officials gradually reimagined a new way for public participation.Washington’s story also contradicts President Donald Trump’s attempts this year to disparage mail voting as he trails in the polls. Trump has sought to cast doubt on the coming election results by suggesting Democrats are pursuing mail voting in an e...
The Seattle Times