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Bruni: Television’s wonderful women

I worship Charlize Theron, the “Atomic Blonde” trailer is a hoot, and I love the story she keeps sharing with interviewers about training so hard for the fight scenes that she cracked several teeth.

But please stop telling...

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Brooks: Moral vacuum in the House of Trump
Brooks: Moral vacuum in the House of Trump

Donald Trump’s grandfather Friedrich emigrated to the United States when he was 16, in 1885. He ventured west to seek his riches and finally settled in Seattle, where he opened a restaurant that, according to family historian Gwenda...

Smith: Amhed and Raffi’s Hofbrau
Smith: Amhed and Raffi’s Hofbrau

Ahmed waxed the hall tiles below while I changed the ballast in a fluorescent fixture on the ninth floor of a building in San Francisco where I held a winter job as “superintendent of maintenance.” A fancy title meaning I was a...

Alexander: A visit with the Rainbow Family
Alexander: A visit with the Rainbow Family

With all the local attention being paid to the Rainbow Family gathering, my wife and I decided rather than take the word of others about the event we would see for ourselves. So, on Sunday, July 2, we drove to Seneca, the nearest little town to the...

Douthat: A conspiracy of dunces
Douthat: A conspiracy of dunces

Here is a good rule of thumb for dealing with Donald Trump: Everyone who gives him the benefit of the doubt eventually regrets it.

This was true of clients and contractors and creditors throughout his business career. It was true of the...

For Trump critics, to follow is to lead

President Trump’s performance at the G-20 summit in Germany produced a wave of commentary claiming the United States has abdicated its role as world leader.

ABC News contemplated “A World Without U.S. Leadership.” CNN...

LEONHARDT: Health reform that’s real and conservative

The American health care system has two core problems. It’s the world’s most expensive, and it still leaves many people uninsured.

Congressional Republicans have not tried to solve either problem. They have instead offered a plan...

Douthat: The West and what comes after

While Donald Trump was giving a speech in Poland last week depicting a West whose values, heritage and freedoms are threatened by the weakening of borders and a loss of confidence within, I was reading about the last days when European empires ruled...

The phone is smart, but where’s the big idea?

I used a smartphone GPS to find my way through the cobblestoned maze of Geneva’s Old Town, in search of a handmade machine that changed the world more than any other invention. Near a 13th-century cathedral in this Swiss city on the...

Husted: The hard, satisfying life of writers
Husted: The hard, satisfying life of writers

Imagine this: You have just earned a degree in computer engineering. You’re good at it, and you have spent a summer as an intern earning more money than you could have imagined in your hard-scrabble rural childhood.

But you decide to take...

LIMEY PASTOR: Independence Daze

I spent then next day recovering from Tuesday night’s display of fireworks by neighbors who apparently made the long trek to Idaho for Chinese fireworks, or found some souvenirs of the Middle Eastern wars in working order. My house shook with...

Kristof: In a remote village, witnessing miracles

BUCHANAN, Liberia — Miracles are rare these days, but I’ve seen them.

In a village in rural Liberia, a long and muddy road from anywhere, I came across a grandma, a mom and a baby daughter all afflicted by clubfoot. This is...

Brooks: What’s the matter with Republicans?
Brooks: What’s the matter with Republicans?

Over the past two months the Trump administration and the Republicans in Congress have proposed a budget and two health care plans that would take benefits away from core Republican constituencies, especially working-class voters. And yet over...

York: When Republicans saw the troubled future of Obamacare repeal

Why are Republicans on Capitol Hill having so much trouble repealing and replacing Obamacare? There are reasons all over the place: subsidies, tax credits, tax cuts, Medicaid, essential health benefits, and many others. But there is one fundamental...

We should welcome our UFO brothers and sisters

When folks think Pendleton, they think Round-Up. I say we should get them thinking “flying saucers.”

The East Oregonian broke the UFO story 70 years ago that introduced the world to flying saucers, a whole new culture and more.

Sights and sounds of the Rainbow
Sights and sounds of the Rainbow
East Oregonian reporter George Plaven and deputy managing editor Tim Trainor visited the Rainbow Gathering Sunday in the Malheur National Forest.
Wood: The busy season for everyone
Wood: The busy season for everyone

A recent chance dinner meeting with a friend from high school made me ponder the subject of work. We had both worked on a truck farm, growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables starting at age 14.

The months of June and July are perhaps our...

Baughman: Some hunters aren’t
Baughman: Some hunters aren’t

Righteous condemnation of hunting and hunters has become standard fare in America, and as our 21st century citizens separate themselves ever further from the natural world, their arguments and stereotypes become increasingly bizarre.

As...

Kristof: Tie Congress’ paychecks to our good health

Members of Congress are paid $174,000 a year, while members of Poland’s lower house of Parliament are paid $32,300 a year.

Hmm. It looks as if we’re getting ripped off. Members of Congress seem to underperform compared to members...

Douthat: The muggle problem

This week we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter novel, and the beginning — in Britain, at least; the first volume’s publication in America came a little later — of a cultural juggernaut that defined a...

York: Georgia vote says more about Trump now than House in ‘18

The Georgia 6th District results don’t tell us what will happen in 2018. But they do tell us what is happening right now.

In a conversation two weeks before the GA06 election, a Republican strategist involved in the fight mused on the...

Leonhardt: A vote of conscience and courage

Forget for a minute about partisan labels and listen to members of the U.S. Senate talk about why they work in politics.

Rob Portman talks about a 16-year-old constituent who died of a drug overdose — and about honoring his life...

Walden: Want to clean up Hanford? Finish Yucca Mountain
Walden: Want to clean up Hanford? Finish Yucca Mountain

Nuclear energy has played an integral role in generating electricity in the United States for decades. This reliable energy source is responsible for generating 20 percent of electricity across the country, providing low-cost power for consumers...

Murdock: A beautiful mess
Murdock: A beautiful mess

The light bounced its way around the trailer as the water splashed against the aluminum. Small rainbows and spectrums of color and light flickered through the drops of moisture all around me. It was hot and I was covered in smelly, sticky crap as I...

Gordon: Legislature should support rural public transit

KAYAK Public Transit, operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, is a rural, regional transit system serving Eastern Oregon and Southeastern Washington.

The brand KAYAK was inspired by a Cayuse/Nez Perce word,...

Limey Pastor: The visitors

Last Sunday two visitors came by the church. I recognized them from the year before. From Minnesota, they were summer swallows who wafted in as they passed through Boardman and continued to travel up to Seattle. A retired husband and wife, on a...

Kristof: Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans — but now, because of opioids,...

Seacord: Let us welcome — and learn from — the Rainbow Gathering

Grant County has evolved significantly from the time of my arrival in 1967 as an 18 year old local pastor’s son. Since that time, it has been increasingly impossible to remain isolated in a world where we are all now interconnected with instant...

Linn: Sting of sporting losses lessen over time

My family was at Cheney, Washington over the Memorial Day Weekend in 2008 for the Washington State track and Field competition. I had a granddaughter participating in her last high school track meet.

I was sitting in the stands watching the...

Friedman: Where did ‘we the people’ go?

A few days ago I was at a conference in Montreal, and a Canadian gentleman, trying to grasp what’s happening to America, asked me a simple question: “What do you fear most these days?”

I paused for a second, like a...

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