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Premier"s pay cap woes pile up Premier"s pay cap woes pile up
Premier Mark McGowan had better make the most of his winter break because the number of vexing issues awaiting his return are mounting and they are steadily becoming challenges of his Government’s own making. It’s hardly a revelation that being in power poses the kinds of problems which to those in opposition are nothing more than cannon fodder to exploit. Before winning the election WA Labor was gi

2017.07.14 02:03

Two Pommie Sheilas: Brits need to learn true perils of a WA winter 2017-07-14

Two Pommie Sheilas: Brits need to learn true perils of a WA winter
Its time to embrace the Perth winter despite the British heatwave, say our Two Pommie Sheilas. Whenever I call my family back home at this time of year, the chirpy tones at the other end of the line are a sign all is not right. Gone is the doom
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Resolving the Afghanistan crisis 2017-04-26

Resolving the Afghanistan crisis
The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan has not only continued unabated for over 15 years, making it America’s longest war, but has no end in sight. Since their 2001 overthrow of the Taliban government, America and its allies have more than struggle
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Hillary as seen by official Washington 2017-04-26

Hillary as seen by official Washington
We call it Kultursmog, it being that collection of attitudes, ideas, tastes and personages that are polluted by the politics of the left and that predominate on both coasts. And who are we? We are the freethinkers who are immune to the Kultursmog by
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There’s a crisis in the air 2017-04-17

There’s a crisis in the air
ANALYSIS/OPINION: American armed forces consistently perform so well that their effectiveness is taken for granted. Complaints about military spending cuts during the Obama years are such a cliche that they have been yawned at by our political lea
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Atty. Gen. Sessions should empanel grand jury to probe intelligence leaks 2017-04-17

Atty. Gen. Sessions should empanel grand jury to probe intelligence leaks
An extraordinary scenario is taking place right out in the open, and we all seem to be missing it. The subject is the utterly incompetent protection our “intelligence community” (as they like to be called) is providing for the nation&rsqu
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U.S. strike on Syria ends hopes of new era with Russia 2017-04-11

U.S. strike on Syria ends hopes of new era with Russia
The U.S. missile strike on Syrian territory spells the end of a long and strange period of speculation, of hopes for a new era of U.S.-Russian relations, of prospects for a “major deal” between the two countries and, in general, of any po
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Forget grand U.S.-Russia bargain 2017-04-11

Forget grand U.S.-Russia bargain
What’s a grand bargain? Since Donald Trump’s election last November, there has been much speculation about a U.S.-Russia grand bargain, although it has faded dramatically in recent weeks amid far-reaching U.S. investigations of Russian in
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The message for America’s allies 2017-04-03

The message for America’s allies
ANALYSIS/OPINION: President Trump got elected by railing against what liberal elites won’t admit. The institutions that provided the foundation for post-World War II U.S international security and economic policy — NATO, alliances with
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Trump’s first at-bat in the permanent war 2017-04-03

Trump’s first at-bat in the permanent war
ANALYSIS/OPINION: President Trump, in his first at-bat as commander in chief, is developing and unfolding his war plans at the same time. The small steps he’s taking are appropriate for a president learning the role of military commander. Bu
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The North Korean war scare 2017-03-27

The North Korean war scare
ANALYSIS/OPINION: In 2015 the Intelligence Community declassified The 1983 Soviet “War Scare” — the definitive report by the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board on how and why the USSR nearly launched a preempti
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Time for Time-less truth 2017-03-27

Time for Time-less truth
ANALYSIS/OPINION: It’s been a long while since I perused Time magazine, either online or in print. Years ago, the weekly ceased being an interesting news magazine and evolved into a caricature of fashionable left-wing thought. It is no lo
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Immigration Googlespeak 2017-03-21

Immigration Googlespeak
ANALYSIS/OPINION: In the face of intense criticism of his initial executive orders restricting travel and immigration to the United States President Trump didn’t back down and didn’t double down. He and his administration calmly and me
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Funding advanced research should be priority 2017-03-21

Funding advanced research should be priority
ANALYSIS/OPINION: There is a lot of talk and understandable handwringing about declining state revenues for higher education. The difficulty of finding funds for expansion, let alone maintenance, is often painful for college and university executi
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Perry needs to focus the energies of his new department 2017-03-21

Perry needs to focus the energies of his new department
ANALYSIS/OPINION: “It’s better to do a few things well than to do many things poorly.” Such sayings become commonplace for a reason: They ring true. Bakers can make great doughnuts, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ex
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James Comey’s disappointing tap dance 2017-03-21

James Comey’s disappointing tap dance
ANALYSIS/OPINION: James Comey, the director of the FBI, continues to act like a jerk for every season. The man who first tried to save Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and then tried to wreck it at the eleventh hour, reprised his familiar tap dan
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The Epic of Donald Trump 2017-03-15

The Epic of Donald Trump
The $54 billion bonus heading for the Pentagon is a beautiful thing, and so far I haven’t heard a dog bark against it, even though we don’t appear to have $54 billion worth of new enemies and we’ve now come to admire former enemy Vl
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A Message From Turkey, a Nation Under Pressure 2017-03-15

A Message From Turkey, a Nation Under Pressure
Before I left to begin reporting for The New York Times in Turkey — a nation strained by war,  terrorist insurgencies, a refugee crisis and a widening crackdown on dissent — Turkish diplomats in Washington sent me on my way with a ve
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On the eve of the insurrection 2017-03-04

On the eve of the insurrection
Benjamin Franklin has been trying for years to give the Republicans needed advice from the grave, and they never listen. “We must indeed all hang together,” Franklin told his fellow conspirators in Philadelphia, “or most assuredly w
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Putting Americans first 2017-03-04

Putting Americans first
Prior to winning the White House, President Donald Trump pledged if he were to occupy the Oval Office, one of his first tasks would be to look into every violation of a trade agreement a foreign country is using to harm American workers and then dire
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Trump"s travel ban is a gift to jihadi recruiters: Mohamed Fahmy 2017-02-18

Trump"s travel ban is a gift to jihadi recruiters: Mohamed Fahmy
I was in Egypt when President Donald Trump signed the controversial executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries. The prevailing feeling on the ground at the time: relief. Egypt wasnt on the list. But some people
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Trump"s defiant podium battle was unpresidential... and perfect: Robyn Urback 2017-02-18

Trump"s defiant podium battle was unpresidential... and perfect: Robyn Urback
Donald Trumps Thursday afternoon news conference was brilliant. Dont get me wrong; from a safeguarding-democracy perspective it was horrific. Trump dismissed legitimate questions about Russian influence over his now-former national security advise
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This weekend, America can use all the prayer it can get 2017-01-21

This weekend, America can use all the prayer it can get
 Washington is praying up a storm this weekend.   From the west front of the U.S. Capitol to the nave in the Washington National Cathedral, throngs of people, led by America’s conservative and religious elites, have assembled to lif
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Trump"s inaugural speech was strikingly radical 2017-01-21

Trump"s inaugural speech was strikingly radical
 Trump delivered the speech forcefully. He displayed less preening narcissism than we have come to expect (though there was no nod to humility, either). It was populist rather than conservative. We heard no rote denunciations of big government.
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Is the Baseball Hall of Fame a museum? Or is it a shrime? 2017-01-21

Is the Baseball Hall of Fame a museum? Or is it a shrime?
 Many Americans are more thoughtful when choosing appliances than when choosing presidents, but the baseball writers whose ballots decide who is “enshrined” — more about that verb anon — in Cooperstown’s Hall of Fam
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Donald Trump is our president. Let us pray ! 2017-01-21

Donald Trump is our president. Let us pray !
 The humble, warm and engaging Trump we’d hoped to meet on Inauguration Day failed to make an appearance. We’ve heard he exists, but shtick is shtick, and Trump is Trump. He was, is and apparently intends to run the nation as a popul
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How to mount a progressive resistance 2016-12-13

How to mount a progressive resistance
 The Portland, Ore., City Council just struck a direct blow at inequality, passing a path-breaking law that will slap a surtax on large corporations that pay their chief executives more than 100 times what they pay their typical worker.  
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The swamp is deep, and here are five bipartisan ways to drain it 2016-12-13

The swamp is deep, and here are five bipartisan ways to drain it
 Norman Eisen, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, co-founded and chairs Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Peter Schweizer is president of Government Accountability Institute.   As founders of two leading g
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Baby boomers have been a disaster for America, and Trump is their biggest mistake yet 2016-10-26

Baby boomers have been a disaster for America, and Trump is their biggest mistake yet
The idealists of the 1960s have come a long way from Woodstock. After a quarter- century of mismanaging the country, they have produced Donald Trump, who with his narcissistic and uncompromising style is a bright orange symbol of what went wrong with
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Why the Middle East knows not to trust the United States 2016-10-26

Why the Middle East knows not to trust the United States
When the United States fights its wars in the Middle East, it has a nasty habit of recruiting local forces as proxies and then jettisoning them when the going gets tough or regional politics intervene. This pattern of “seduction and abandonm
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The RNC"s suckers and sellouts are helpless to Trump 2016-10-26

The RNC"s suckers and sellouts are helpless to Trump
The system is rigged and the polls are phony. As E-Day draws nigh, Donald Trump and his spokesvolken have contrived every possible excuse for the Republican nominee’s likely defeat. Unless, of course, lying has caught on “big league&rd
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In pop culture, there are no bad police shootings 2016-10-26

 In pop culture, there are no bad police shootings
Buster Keaton’s 1922 short film “Cops” begins with a mistake. “The Great Stone Face,” as the actor was known, is driving a wagon when he wanders into the route of a Los Angeles Police Department parade. If that isn&rsquo
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Congress needs to curb live-saving drug prices: tellusatoday 2016-08-29

Congress needs to curb live-saving drug prices: tellusatoday
    The cost of drugs is the driving force behind the accelerating price of health coverage and threatens the future of Obamacare. The latest example is the 500% increase increase in cost of the EpiPen allergy drug while CEO Heather
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Death penalty punishes survivors like me: Column 2016-08-29

Death penalty punishes survivors like me: Column
  My sisters killer is serving a life sentence. Dylann Roof and the Charleston church victims deserve the same The day after the massacre of nine parishioners at the Emmanuel A.M.E. Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., a judge sen
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Latino lives don"t matter in politics: EJ Montini 2016-08-29

Latino lives don"t matter in politics: EJ Montini
  I’ve lived in Arizona for over 30 years, and for over 30 years well-meaning newspaper writers, well-educated political scientists and well-connected civil rights activists have predicted that Latinos are about to become the dom
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Non-profit leaves much room for speculation: tellusatoday 2016-08-29

Non-profit leaves much room for speculation: tellusatoday
 Bill Clinton vowing to ban foreign and corporate donations to the Clinton Foundation should Hillary be elected is like calling the fire department after your house has burned down. Perception in politics counts — a lot. If
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The Southwestern Water Wars 2015-03-13

The Southwestern Water Wars
 “WE don’t want you here,” warned the county commissioner, pointing an accusatory finger at the drilling company executives as 600 local residents rose to their feet. “We want you to leave Hays County.” Normally, m
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Strength Is Weakness 2015-03-13

Strength Is Weakness
 We’ve been warned over and over that the Federal Reserve, in its effort to improve the economy, is “debasing” the dollar. The archaic word itself tells you a lot about where the people issuing such warnings are coming from. It
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Hillary Clinton"s Big Test 2015-03-13

Hillary Clinton"s Big Test
 The political world is stuck in the middle of an accelerating protocol crisis. All sorts of customary acts of self-restraint are being washed away. It used to be that senators didn’t go out campaigning against one another. It used to be t
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Congress"s Duty on Authorizing Force 2015-03-13

Congress"s Duty on Authorizing Force
 The Republicans in the Senate seem to have had no trouble inserting themselves into the Iran nuclear negotiations, when they had no business interfering. Yet they have shown little interest in carrying out a job that is squarely withi
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How We Learned to Kill 2015-02-27

How We Learned to Kill
 I. The voice on the other end of the radio said: “There are two people digging by the side of the road. Can we shoot them?” It was the middle of the night during my first week in Afghanistan in 2010, on the northern edge of Americ
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Nothing Is Wrong With Your Sex Drive 2015-02-27

Nothing Is Wrong With Your Sex Drive
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — LAST week, Sprout Pharmaceuticalsresubmitted its drug flibanserin to the Food and Drug Administration for approval. Flibanserin, in case you haven’t heard, is a drug intended to treat low sexual desire
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North Korea"s Nuclear Expansion 2015-02-27

North Korea"s Nuclear Expansion
North Korea could be on track to have an arsenal of 100 nuclear weapons by 2020, according to a new research report. The prediction, from experts on North Korea, goes well beyond past estimates and should force renewed attention on a threat that has
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Charlie Dent: A Republican Moderate (Gasp) 2015-02-27

Charlie Dent: A Republican Moderate (Gasp)
 Political moderates are so near extinction in the hard-edged House Republican caucus that Representative Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania is practically a miracle of ornithology — that rare bird called a G.O.P. centrist whose forthright call
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Is Introversion Still a Liability in Politics? 2015-02-27

Is Introversion Still a Liability in Politics?
 “You could almost say that introversion has become the new cool,” said Brian R. Little, a professor of psychology at Cambridge University. In large part as a result of Susan Cain’s popular 2012 book “Quiet,” he exp
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